Shawn Decker and Jan Erik Andersson Sounding Dome Sauna

The Sounding Dome Sauna, created last summer for the European Cutural Capital celebration in Turku Finland was reinstalled this summer, in a new location - at the Wäinö Aaltosen Museo, a wonderful Museum and cultural center in downtown Turku.  In addition to the Sauna itself, relocated to a new site, my collaborator, Jan-Erik Andersson, also designed an all new changing room, which you can see alongside the Sauna in the photograph.  Like last year, this is a working sauna, open to the public during museum hours (with an attendent, etc.) for saunas of steam and sound.

Shawn Decker: Prairie redesign in studio at the Ragdale Foundation

For three weeks in May I had a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL - a residency I have done many times in the past, although not so recently.  As usual, this residency was extraordinarily productive - I totally redesigned the piece Prairie (you can see documentation of the original smaller "prototype" version in the works section, here) with the assistant from a Rhizome grant.  The idea was to make t

View from mountaintop in Sewanee TN

I just finished teaching a class in Physical Computing for Artists at a summer arts program at the St. Andrews school in Sewanee TN called "Shakerag".  What a terrific place and program!  An intensive week of work - with very hard working and dedicated students - and what is really interesting to me is that they are including technology based classes in with the other more traditional craft based areas - linking these kinds of "process" oriented activities together.

Shawn Decker and Lynn Book performing "The Phaedra Escapes" at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

I have just uploaded a set of excerpts, as well as a couple of photos, from The Pheadra Escapes, A denatured song cycle for voice, electronics, and sfxs (Lynn Book) and violin, analog synthesizer, and laptop (Shawn Decker). These excerpts are from the 60 minute live performance at the Outer Ear Festival, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL,  in Jan 2012.

Here are the excerpts:

Shawn Decker, Scratch Studies

I am teaching a one week workshop Moving and Shaking the World: Physical Computing for Artists at Shakerag in Sewanee, Tennessee this summer on physical computing for artists - The workshop will be from June 10-June 16, and will provide a great hands-on introduction to artists who are looking to add environmental sensing, motion, sound, etc. to their artwork -  or for whatever project you might have in mind!

Shawn Decker

Tonight, Feb 23rd, listen to a recording of a live performance of The Phaedra Escapes, a new song cycle that is a collaboration between Lynn Book and myself on NUMBERS.FM. This is a new work that we recently performed as part of the Experimental Sound Studio's Outer Ear Series.

Shawn Decker - Motion Studies (Prairie)

Each year, awards commissioning grants - eight are chosen by a curatorial panel, and two are chosen by rhizome's members.  This year, my proposal for Prairie, a full-scale version of the work started with Motion Studies Prairie (documented in the artworks section of this site) was chosen by the members of Rhizome to receive one of these awards!  You can see the proposal on - as well as a future interview there as well.  Also, of

Shawn Decker and Jan Erik Andersson Sounding Dome Sauna


Jan-Erik Andersson and I have been working on the Sounding Dome Sauna for for two years now, and it just opened to the public on June 1, 2011! This project is one of several artist-designed and constructed saunas  that are part of the SaunaLab project, one of the many projects that make up the City of Turku Finland's European Cultural Capital 2011 activities.

This weekend, April 29, and 30th, 2011, I am presenting two scores for dance works by Mordine and Company Dance Theater for their NEXT 2011 concert.   Lifespeak (2011), a new work, will be premiered at this concert. I will be performing the entire 25' score live from the stage.  Also shown will be Illuminations (2009) which is a major work from 2 years ago  for which I also created the music (based on a section of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians).  Both works were choreographed by Mordine & Co. Artistic Director Shirley Mordine, and both pieces will feature lighting and visual design by my good friend John Boesche.

Merchandise Mart Chicago

If you are in Chicago for ART CHICAGO (at the merchandise Mart, April 28-31), stop by to check out the panel discussion I will be participating in.  This event is part of the Talk Shop series, and is free of charge (once you have paid to get into Art Chicago). The event is sponsored by the International Sculpture Society, and was organized by Chicago art critic Polly Ulrich.  The talk is from 4:30-5:30, Saturday April 30.  Here is the description: