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A dynamic interplay of music, text, and visual projections performed in Chicago, New York, and St. Paul.
A dynamic interplay of music, text, and visual projections performed in Chicago, New York, and St. Paul.
A dynamic interplay of music, text, and visual projections performed in Chicago, New York, and St. Paul.
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WHAT IS KING OF THAT ALSO?

King of that Also is an hour-long concert of Baroque and contemporary music with accompanying visual projections, and a companion publication that includes works generated in response to the project’s themes.

King of that Also is a dynamic interplay of music, text, and visual projections, created by four artists who could only have made it together—it’s a game of telephone in which a single idea is passed from artist to artist. Each of us interpreted the themes of union, connection, and human experience through the lens of our own medium. In this game, however, the pieces build upon each other, fusing into a single work.

The central piece of King of that Also is a new, 25-minute work called “Music for a Wedding.” For this work, John West set texts by Galen Beebe and Lauren Clark to music for soprano voice, baroque violin, recorder, and basso continuo. The songs will be performed by an ensemble of professional musicians trained in historical performance.

Lauren and Galen wrote the poems that are now the songs alone, for the page, with no idea what they would become. The texts navigate relationships, circling weddings and funerals and investigating what it means to engage in union. Accompanying the music is a performance of live visual projections by Fontaine Capel. These visuals include GIFs, text, shadow-work, and more, and respond to and illustrate the themes the songs explore. The concert brings four representations of union as a physical and social experience off the page and into literal physical and social existence.

HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THE EXPERIENCE?

The concert will premiere at The Baroque Room in St. Paul on December 20th. We will show excerpts in New York City on December 27th. Our tour will conclude in Chicago, with a talk-back and two performances on February 4th, 5th, and 6th.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE BOOK?

Along with the concert, we are producing a companion book that includes texts by Lauren and Galen that respond to the project, as well as images by Fontaine and the original poems that the songs are composed from. We are working with the Chicago Risograph printing studio Perfectly Acceptable Press to produce the publication and all associated materials, including a limited edition run of posters.

HOW WILL YOU USE THE MONEY?

We will use the funds we raise to pay our musicians, rent performance and rehearsal space, and produce a limited run of Risograph-printed books and posters. By supporting this project, you are supporting more than the four of us. We are working with only small, locally-run, independent makers and producers. Your donations will support this extended network of artists, writers, and musicians, and help to create an experience that will impact communities across the country.

We believe that text can leap off the page and enter the space—help us make that happen.

We believe that a song and a book can grow from the same seed—help us make that happen.

We believe that Baroque instruments can call out, and visual art can respond—help us make that happen.

A visualized line from Lauren's poem, Night Journey
A visualized line from Lauren's poem, Night Journey

WHO ARE YOU?

Etc. Gallery is a Chicago-born collaborative that produces web-, print-, and experience-based experimental narratives. Galen Beebe and John West launched the endeavor in 2013 and have since produced three web projects and a book. John is a writer, web-developer, and musician who holds degrees in Philosophy and Historical Performance from Oberlin College. Galen is a text-based multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing her MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been featured in Hypocrite Reader, Satellite Collective's Telephone, and Patient Sounds.

Lauren Clark is a poet, editor, and translator whose work has appeared in The Journal, DIAGRAM, Phantom Books, and The Offing. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and works at Poets House in New York City. She is writing her first collection of poetry, a manuscript also titled Music for a Wedding.

Fontaine Capel is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and facilitator. Her work has appeared domestically and internationally: digitally, and IRL. She is a current member of the experimental performance collaborative Pup House, and is Executive Director of the alternative art space Hume Chicago. In conjunction with her studio and curatorial practice, she is a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Marwen. She received a B.A. at Oberlin College where she studied Art History and Studio Art.

DIDN’T YOU MAKE KISS LIST?

Yes! In 2013, Galen and John teamed up to make Kiss List—a website and book that feature charts and graphs about Galen’s first kisses with everyone she's ever kissed. We successfully Kickstarted then, too!

A visualized line from Lauren's poem, I Am Dead
A visualized line from Lauren's poem, I Am Dead

Risks and challenges

King of that Also is Etc. Gallery’s first live performance as a collective, and moving from the digital/print into the physical will be a big shift for us. However, we are bringing together a group of individuals who are experienced performers, producers, and publishers. Each person in our team brings an important skill set, from the creative to the managerial, and together we have the expertise to bring King of that Also into the real world. We’re already coordinating across time zones, being dually located in Chicago and New York; though working closely with artists and musicians from across the country can be challenging, we have chosen to collaborate with artists we've joined with on past projects and whose work we trust. As frequent collaborators, we’re used to coordinating and working together, and we know that King of That Also will be a success.

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