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:

Shawn Decker and Jan Erik Andersson Sounding Dome Sauna

My current collaboration with Finnish Artist Jan-Erik Andersson, the "Sound Sauna" is part of the SaunaLab project, which is set to be unveiled as part of Turku, Finland's run in 2011 as Cultural Capital of Europe

The Ragdale House
I am busy this week installing a new site-specific installation at the wonderful Ragdale House, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, In Lake Forest, Illinois.  Come up and explore all the wonderful art being installed as part of this show,  then maybe take a walk on the fabulous restored prairie and the incredlible gardens on the grounds!  Here is the Press Release with the details :
Shawn Decker: Motion Studies (Prairie) at Experimental Sound Studio

Motion Studies (Prairie) had a great run at ESS's Audible gallery - now it is done, and the documentation will be here on line very soon - followed hopefully soon by a full-scale version of the piece. In the mean time, read the review of the show in Time Out Chicago.

Shawn Decker: Motion Studies (Prairie) at Experimental Sound Studio

Image of Motion Studies (Prairie) at the Experimental Sound Studio's Audible Gallery
Motion Studies (Prairie) - my latest piece - will open this Friday at the Experimental Sound Studio's  Audible Gallery, 5925 Ravenswood, Chicago, IL, on Friday Aug. 27th,  with an opening reception from 6-9 PM. 

Shawn Decker and Jan-Erik Andersson Sounding Dome Sauna

My latest collaboration with Finnish artist Jan-Erik Andersson is  a Sound Sauna for Turku, Finland, Cultural Capital 2011.