Studio Gang Collaborates with Artist Nick Cave for Here Hear Chicago Commissioned by Navy Pier

June 28, 2017

Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has commissioned world-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a new site-specific project that incorporates art, design, and performance. The project comprises a series of live productions in which Cave’s performers will intersect with and respond to a field of dynamic, custom-fabricated objects designed by Studio Gang. The series includes Cave’s newest performance work, Up Right, and the internationally acclaimed HEARD, which both feature his iconic Soundsuits. The performances will be accompanied by some of Chicago’s most talented musicians, including jazz artist Kahil El Zabar, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and others. Building on the participatory nature of Cave’s work, Studio Gang’s objects will define a flexible space for performance, responding to the spontaneous interactions of performers and the public.

“Like Cave’s works, the objects blur the boundary between audience and performer,” said Gang. “People will engage with the objects, making them performative and expanding the collaboration to the city of Chicago.”

Here Hear Chicago is part of a series of special projects initiated by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The first performance will be held on Wednesday, September 13, at 8 pm in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. The full schedule will be released later this summer.

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