Welcome to NON:onLINE
NON:op's immersive platform for virtual performance
Please Join Us
as we investigate alternative futures
through music, poetry, performance, and observation
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A note from NON:op's founder and artistic director, Christophe Preissing:
White Silence = Violence. ENOUGH!
our recent Blood Lines installation, a collaboration with Augustana
Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, we remembered the violence of the 1919
Chicago uprising by saying out loud the names of Eugene Williams, James
Crawford, Hymes Taylor, and others, noting the time, place, and manner
of their deaths.
repeats itself. 1921, The Tulsa Massacre. 1955, Emmett Till. 1999,
Amadou Diallo. 2014, Michael Brown. 2014, Eric Garner. 2014, Tamir Rice.
2014, Trayvon Martin. 2015, Sandra Bland. 2015, Freddie Gray. 2016,
Philando Castile. 2020, Tony McDade. 2020, Ahmaud Arbery. 2020, Breonna
Taylor. 2020, Manuel Ellis. 2020, George Floyd. and countless others.
people fear for their lives when jogging. Black people fear for their
lives when driving. Black people fear for their lives when shopping.
Black people fear for their lives in their own homes. Black people fear
for their lives when watching birds. ENOUGH!
long as white people remain silent, black people will continue to be
killed, harassed, and targeted simply based on the color of their skin.
a white man, I have benefitted from social, political, and economic
policies that have given preference to those like me. And I will be safe
and protected by a system that favors whiteness over non-whiteness. I
do not need to fear that, based solely on the color of my skin, I will
be prevented from going anywhere, saying anything, protesting, and
demanding justice. I have witnessed individual acts of racism and
institutional oppression. ENOUGH!
of a sense of entitlement comes greed (injustice), out of a desire for
safety comes fear (prisons), out of power comes control (segregated
housing and schools). Until everyone is safe, no one is safe. Until
there is justice for all, there will be no justice. Until everyone has
the power of self-determination, no one will be able to control the
desire for self-determination. ENOUGH!
am I writing this? Because it’s time for white America to be
accountable for the policies and actions of a government that has since
before its inception promoted white interests over those of people of
color—Institutional Bias. It’s not merely individual racist acts of one
person against another, structural racism and oppression also kills the
mind, body, and spirit. Because of our white privilege, we have a
responsibility to call out racism when we see it, to call out prejudice
when we smell it, to call out injustice when we hear it, to call out
physical violence and murder when we taste it in our mouths and feel it
in our bones. We know it when we witness it. It’s time for white America
to step up and say ENOUGH!
accountability applies to our own organization, and we will continue to
examine our own structures and privilege. In the next two months NON:op
will introduce four online, participatory projects that seek to address
the problems we face as a nation.
In this, our second issue of NON:onLINE, we build on last year's BLOOD LINES performative installation with SAY THEIR NAMES, a
monthly memorial that invites readers to say the names of black persons
killed by law enforcement. We also invite participants to collaborate
with TikTok videos in three installments of Tristan Tzara’s classic Dada
play, The Gas Heart, both a revolt against art and a resistance to the bankrupt culture of post-war Europe. In July we will introduce L's GA - Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,
a participatory production of Salvatore Martirano's 1968 anti-war
classic that asks the question, "What masks are you forced to wear?" and
American Biography, a shared archive dedicated to gathering diverse and inclusive experiences of America.
We invite you to join us as we create an alternative future.
Definitions, Readings, and Links
- A tendency for the rules, policies, practices, and procedures of
particular institutions to operate in ways which result in certain
social groups being advantaged or favored and others being disadvantaged
- The ways in which history, culture, ideology, public policies,
institutional practices, and personal behaviors and beliefs interact to
maintain a hierarchy – based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or
other group identities – that allows the privileges associated with the
dominant group and the disadvantages associated with the oppressed,
targeted, or marginalized group to endure and adapt over time.
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Blood Lines: remembering the 1919 Chicago race riot
Christophe Preissing, concept sound composition
David Sundry, sculpture and visual design
Hugh Sato, mechanical fabrication and programming
July 27, 1919, Eugene Williams, an African-American teenager, was
struck by a rock and drowned in Lake Michigan after violating the
unofficial segregation of Chicago’s beaches and being stoned by a group
of white youths. His death, and the police’s refusal to arrest the white
man whom eyewitnesses identified as causing it, sparked a week of
rioting between gangs of black and white Chicagoans, concentrated in the
South Side neighborhoods surrounding the stockyards and what was known
then as the Black Belt. When the riots ended on August 3, 23 blacks and
15 whites had been killed and more than 500 people injured; an
additional 1,000 black families had lost their homes when they were
torched by rioters.
[ https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/chicago-race-riot-of-1919 ]
Last year's Blood Lines
installation remembered the 1919 uprising with long tuned wires, placed
in the center aisle to separate Augustana Lutheran Church's nave into
two parts, a mechanical activation system, and a wooden
sculpture/resonator. The 38 deaths attributed to the riot were
represented by 15 long wires tuned and timed to correspond to the
distance in space and time from Eugene Williams' drowning on July 27 to
each subsequent death.
this October 19, 2019 performance, members of the Hyde Park and Kenwood
Interfaith Council and other neighbors from the surrounding community
read the name, race, age, and time, location, and manner of death for
each killing in sequence and in time with the long wires' sounding.
[ INTERACT ] SAY THEIR NAMES
the 100 years since the 1919 uprising, we are still witnessing the
death of black persons by those who would "serve and protect". We
remember black persons killed in the 1919 uprising and we remember those
who continue to be killed for being black. SAY THEIR NAMES and join us
in a monthly online memorial to those killed in the uprising, or SAY THE
NAMES of other black persons killed by law enforcement for being black.
For more information on how you can participate in this video project,
and a list of names of those killed in the 1919 Chicago uprising, please
visit the SAY THEIR NAMES webpage. Videos will be compiled and included in a monthly online BLOOD LINES - SAY THEIR NAMES installation.
[ READ MORE AND INTERACT WITH SAY THEIR NAMES ]
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The Gas Heart
Cigar, button, nose.
Cigar, button, nose.
He was in love with a stripper.
Wait... who was in love with a stripper?
So opens Tristan Tzara's Dada classic, The Gas Heart.
Watch for this three-act video streamed production featuring Arlene
Malinowski, Michael Herzovi, Hal Cosentino, Andy Slater, Clare Brennan,
and KG Price with percussion by Steve Butters and a quartet of
Beginning in our July issue of NON:onLINE we will feature one act of Tristan Tzara's classic Dada play every other month.
Here's where you come in... Do you TikTok? We do!!
Create a TikTok video with one of our excerpts from The Gas Heart
and you may just end up in the first act of this Dada classic! Look for
nonopera on TikTok and create your own video response using the
original sound in one of our Gas Heart clips. Then friend nonopera and share the clip from TikTok via email to non [at] nonopera [dot] org.
Please include your name for attribution. Sharing your video with us
means you agree to letting us use your video in NON:op's production of The Gas Heart.
[ READ MORE AND COLLABORATE ON THE GAS HEART ]
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Illinois Humanities recently awarded NON:op a CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant
for general operating support. Illinois Humanities activates the
humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational
opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build
community, and strengthen civic engagement. Illinois Humanities is a
nonprofit organization and the state’s affiliate for the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Welcome NON:op's newest board member, Saba Ayman-Nolley.
Ayman-Nolley is Professor Emerita and former chair of the psychology
department at Northeastern Illinois University. Her PhD in Developmental
and Educational Psychology is from the University of Chicago. Her
research has explored areas of non-verbal communication and creativity
as they relate to Children’s understanding of social concepts and roles.
She has been a board member of the Jean Piaget Society and its
Vice-President of communications. She has also developed and implemented
training programs and curriculum for teachers and parents. For the last
ten years she has been an organizer of the Art in Response to Violence
international conference. She has received over 10 research grants and
authored over 75 presentations and publications.
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Internship and Part Time Opportunities
Social Media Marketing Specialist
– NON:op has internship and part time opportunities in advanced social
marketing that includes social medial marketing management, Content
Creating and Advertising (Photo and Video), Email Marketing, and a wide
range of social media platforms including, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
Snapchat, Tumblr, MailChimp, TikTok, YouTube, etc. Organization skills,
ability to manage multiple projects, take direction and create
campaigns that support NON:op’s vision and goals. Please contact non [at] nonopera [dot] org by July 1 to be considered for this position.
– NON:op is seeking a web designer to take our website to the next
level. Web Designer works with Social Media Marketing specialist to
integrate Social Media and email platforms, integrate our NON:onLINE
immersive platform for virtual performance, video hosting and live
streaming, online interactivity. Zoom design? Please contact non [at] nonopera [dot] org by July 1 to be considered for this position.
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Board and Artist Opportunities
you support NON:op's mission? Do you enjoy immersive performances that
are fun AND intellectually challenging? Want to become more involved?
There are exciting board and artist opportunities as we build a more
diverse and nimble organization to respond to these critical times.
Please contact Christophe at non [at] nonopera [dot] org for more information.
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Thank you for taking care of each other by staying indoors and practicing social distancing.
We hope you and yours are well and staying safe as we create an alternative future.
SHARE. INTERACT. COLLABORATE.
Christophe, Ann, Bill, Theo, Harrah, Saba, and the rest of NON:op's Artists and Board of Directors
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