Shawn Decker
Since the beginning
Works in Evanston United States of America

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BIO
Shawn Decker is a composer, artist, and teacher who creates sound and electronic media installations and writes music for live performance, film, and video. His is positioned at the intersection of music composition, the visual arts, and performance, using physical and electronic media to investigate, simulate and praise the natural (and unnatural) worlds. He frequently collaborates with other artists, including most recently Jan-Erik Andersson and Anne Wilson. As an artist whose work spans multiple disciplines, for making use of technology and technological processes on the one hand and incorporating traditional elements such as Irish and American folk fiddle-traditions on the other - merging physical elements and techniques from sculpture with environmental sound and music performance, Decker sees art and artmaking within a very broad context. As a senior faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, education is another element within his broad-based practice, with teaching supporting artistic production, and vice-versa.

His work has been frequently performed, seen, and heard in the US and Europe at a wide variety of venues. Recent exhibitions of both solo and collaborative work have shown at venues such as: the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago’s Millenium Park, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the 2003 Biennial of Electronic Art in Australia, Art Basel Miami, the Klosterruine in Berlin, ISEA2002 in Nagoya, the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa, Japan, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, CAM Houston , ISEA2000 Paris, the Waino Aalto museum in Turku, Finland and numerous others. Decker is a Professor in the Art and Technology and Sound departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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EVENT

Surround Sound: Prairie and Beyond - Panel Discussion


Dates:
Thu Apr 18, 2013 18:00 - Thu Apr 18, 2013

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

In conjunction with the Exhibition Prairie by artist Shawn Decker, Kate Dumbleton of the Arts Administration Program at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago has organized a panel discussion:

Panelists: Roscoe Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Pamela Jennings
Moderator: Dieter Roelstraete

From cities to environmental ecosystems to musical notes, how things fit together and influence one another to shape patterns and systems is a topic of limitless discussion and a site of continuous innovation. This panel convenes some extraordinary thinkers across discipline to consider ideas such as organizing sound, planning dynamic spaces and innovative environments, improvising and self-organizing systems, and convening natural and manipulated environments.


EVENT

Artist Talk with Shawn Decker


Dates:
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:15 - Thu Mar 28, 2013

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Join Artist Shawn Decker in a gallery talk about his sound installation Prairie, in the Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center. His large sculptural electro-mechanical sound installation Prairie references the dynamic rhythms of grasslands and the rich soundscape and eco-systems found within, evokes insect sounds, as well as rain, wind, and other rhythms of life within the prairie, enacted within a architectonic minimalism which references highly manufactured Minimalist sculpture of the 1960s as well as to the modernist grids evident in Modernist architecture, and the peculiar notion of “manufacturing” nature.


EVENT

Positive Feedback: assuming the (un)natural in contemporary installation art


Dates:
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:00 - Thu Mar 21, 2013

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

A panel discussion, organized by students at the School of the Art institute's Arts Administration Program, on topics surrounding the sound installation Prairie by artist Shawn Decker.

Panelists:
Amy Coffman-Phillips, Biomimicry expert and founder of B-Collaborative.
Hannah Higgins, Professor of Art History at UIC and author of The Grid Book.
Lou Mallozzi, Sound artist, curator, and faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Moderator:
Hamza Walker: Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.

Location: Garland 1, First Floor, Chicago Cultural Center.


EVENT

Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center, through May 5, 2013


Dates:
Mon Mar 18, 2013 00:00 - Sun Mar 31, 2013

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Prairie, A large scale electro-mechanical sound installation by artist Shawn Decker will be at the Chicago Cultural Center's Yates Gallery through May 5, 2013. This piece, supported by a rhizome comissioning grant, is an immersive sound installation taking up over 2000 square feet, and is comprised of over 400 small speakers and 400 motors, each independently controlled. The City of Chicago is hosting 4 dance performances within the piece, 2 panel discussions, an artist talk, musical performances with the piece, meditation sessions in the space and more. The piece is open 10AM-6PM 7 days a week, except for City of Chicago Holidays. A full calendar of events is posted online and on our facebook page www.facebook.com/ShawnDeckerPrairie.


DISCUSSION

A Small Migration (2004) - Shawn Decker


Full documentation for this and other works is at www.shawndecker.com!!!