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LAMPO Artist Talk: Whitney Johnson

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Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1656

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Whitney Johnson (aka Matchess) discusses her new and recent works Huizkol (2020) and Fundamental 256 Hz (2019) and the limits of sound healing. She also reviews other examples of sound and its purported effects on the body. For instance, brainwave entrainment techniques claim to coax the mind into states of awareness through exposure to binaural beats. At the extreme, in 1936 American inventor Royal Raymond Rife maintained his beam ray clinical instruments would explode the "BX Virus Carcinoma" and other pathogens by producing resonant frequencies at their "Mortally Oscillating Rates." Johnson extends the talk to her experience working at La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Dream House in New York City. Photo: Alison Green

Supported by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund

Arranged in conjunction with Johnson's performance on Saturday, February 22 presented by Lampo in partnership with the Graham Foundation.

Whitney Johnson (b.1981, Clearfield, Penn.) is a musician, composer and writer living in Chicago. She performs with the viola, as well as combo organ, electronics and voice. As Matchess, she interprets the unknown with sound. Her techniques reproduce meaning through a range of historical material processes, including reel-to-reel tape looping, cassette tape sampling and field recording. In the Matchess Trilogy (2013-2018), Johnson used the limited palette of a 1960s Ace Tone combo organ, an analog Rhythm Ace drum machine, viola and voice to craft a sound collage of transient songs on a bed of ambient noise. She has recently collaborated in improvised and composed settings with Circuit des Yeux, TALsounds, Brett Naucke, Gel Set, Lia Kohl, Macie Stewart, Matt Jencik, Couteau Sang, Lea Bertucci and Sarah Davachi. In tandem with her music practice, she received her doctorate in the sociology of sound from the University of Chicago in 2018, writing a dissertation on the cultural value of embodied sensory perception, particularly in the discipline of sound art.

Whitney Johnson's first Lampo appearance was in April 2018 with Sarah Davachi.

The Lampo series of performances is a project of Lampo, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Current programs are supported in part by the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the John W. and Clara C. Higgins Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Essential contributions also come from individuals, members and volunteers.

website: http:www.lampo.org/

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