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Welcome to the April 2022 issue of NON:onLINE!
Spring Is HERE / Support Ukraine!
by Christophe Preissing
the arrival of spring, the first blush of blossoming flowers, bird
song, and warmer weather is being shattered by Russia's invasion of
Ukraine. As the brutal assault approaches three months, we are witness
to atrocities committed by Russian forces against Ukrainian citizens.
War Crimes—as defined by the the 1949 Geneva Conventions and ratified by
all Member States of the United Nations—include "Intentionally
directing attacks against the civilian populations or against individual
civilians not taking direct part in hostilities..." Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
not here to bash the Russian people. The Russian people, like most
people, are inherently good. It is those in power who are responsible
for wars, for poverty, for racism, for genocide. With "fake news" and
"facts" the Russian people have been manipulated by politicians and the
powerful in order to reinforce their personal gains and control over the
population. However, why does the military and why does power attract
those who would do the most inhumane things to other human beings? Are
these symptoms inherent in hierarchical systems, does hierarchy breed
these monsters, or at minimum, does hierarchy create the conditions that
allow for this barbaric expression, and what can we do to help?
are heartbroken over the pain and suffering of the Ukrainian people,
and the terror and indiscriminate, and purposeful targeting and killing
of the civilian population. How can I help? How can each one of us
support Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. One of my friends is traveling
to Berlin to assist with resettlement efforts. And while we can't all
go to Europe or host families, there are many other things we can do to
help, including making donations through the International Rescue Committee, Amnesty International, or UNICEF. Or visit National Public Radio, Global Citizen, or contact your local Ukrainian Orthodox Church for more ideas on how you can help.
What Can You Do to Support the Ukrainians?
This spring, I am excited about many things: we had a very successful month of Hear Below guided and self-guided soundwalks and with your participation, are creating a Hear Below Community Archive; Viral Silence
commissions are underway and will be presented in May and June; we will
be announcing one or more positions in marketing and administration; SAY THEIR NAMES
research and map continue (look for an announcement of the updated map
in the early summer); and we are working with Roosevelt University
associate professor Thomas Kernan on a series of three performances of L's GA and the three commissioned responses in Chicago, Champaign, and Springfield. (More information on these projects is below.)
With sadness and gratitude, I continue to work on memoria de memoria,
a memorial composition for Keith Cooper and Chicago's other 790
homicide victims in 2021. A meditation written for twelve voices and
community members, memoria will premiere at the beginning of
July at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park. And as of April 1, we
bid farewell to Bill Brooks, who is stepping away from the board after
many years of service. We thank Bill for his inspiration, energy, and
creative ideas, for his skilled service as a writer and editor, as a
curmudgeon, and for all he has donated to NON:op over many years. While
Bill is stepping away from the Board, he's not going too far. He will
join NON:op's Advisory Board and will remain a presence, though less
visible. (BTW, he makes a mean cocktail and knows where all of the good
martini bars are located!)
Oh! And I nearly forgot. NON:op is excited to announce that we are hiring a Marketing and Administrative Assistant. Please see below or click on the link in the table of contents for more information. We look forward to working with you!
Like what we do?
Join us as we create an alternative future!
NON:op's first Board retreat in November 2021, I announced that NON:op
is what I will be doing for the rest of my life. Combining creativity in
music, sound, theatre, visual and written arts with social causes is
what excites me and makes me get up in the morning. If this is something
that excites you, I encourage you to join me and NON:op's Board as we
imagine and create an alternative future through music, art, poetry,
performance, and observation. I look forward to your participation!
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To find out more about our program initiatives and how to participate,
please visit our website.
To make a donation to NON:op Open Opera Works,
please visit the SUPPORT page on our website.
If you believe in the work we are doing and would like to donate your time or expertise,
or if you would like to discuss joining our Board, please contact Christophe at non [at] nonopera [dot] org.
[ INTERACT ] Viral Silence 2022
Viral Silence: Community Portraits in Response to Covid-19
is a statewide collaborative community commissioning and
virtual touring program that captures local experiences
and responses to Covid-19. This second year of programming partners
three new artists and Illinois communities: JoVia Armstrong in
collaboration with Stephan Moore, composers and sound artists, with
Chicago's Austin Neighborhood and Saint Martin's Episcopal Church; Edward Breitweiser with pt.fwd and the McLean County Museum of History;
and X, indigenous futurist, multidisciplinary artist and architect
specializing in land, architectural, and new media installation, to
create a geolocated augmented reality soundscape app.
Creative artists and the cultural sector have been especially adversely affected economically by the pandemic. Viral Silence
strives to address the needs of these accomplished individual artists
and offers hope and support to a wide and diverse audience of viewers
who mourn the closure cultural and performance institutions. The
project's participatory processes and resulting portraits help to heal
and bind communities around memory, loss, and rediscovery.
Viral Silence 2022 Commissioned Artists (left to right): Edward Breitweiser, X, JoVia Armstrong
Free Public Programming Calendar
Trap and Release – May 22, 2022, 1pm
JoVia Armstrong and Stephan Moore
Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, 5710 W Midway Park, Chicago
Live Stream: Experimental Sound Studio
Six Words – June 24, 2022, 7pm
McLean County Museum of History, 200 N Main Street, Bloomington
Live Stream: Experimental Sound Studio
Geolocated Augmented Reality Soundscape App - Summer 2022 Release
For more information visit our Viral Silence webpage on our website.
Viral Silence is
partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency
and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural
Affairs and Special Events.
[ PARTICPATE ] HEAR BELOW: Community Archive
Take a Self-Guided Soundwalk in Chicago's Pedway System
Then participate in the Hear Below community archive
Find Out More HERE
NON:op Open Opera Works and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presented our fourth annual HEAR BELOW: My Pedway Soundwalk,
small-group and self-guided soundwalks through the sounding space of
Chicago's Pedway system. This year we conducted five small group
soundwalks led by Eric Leonardson, Andy Slater, Jeanette Dominguez, and
Christophe Preissing. About 40 people participated in these soundwalks
many of whom have or will be contributing to the community archive. If
you attended the walk and have not uploaded your archive materials, or
if you would like to participate in the soundwalk and submit materials,
you still have time. (Plus you can receive a free Musicircus or HPSCHD
t-shirt for participating.)
What do YOU hear?
Use your smartphone or digital recording device to make recordings of
your soundwalk, your own sonic points of interest, or your favorite
sounds. Then share your sound, video, photos, and observations with us
through the Google form available HERE or on the Hear Below tools page
on our website. We will begin compiling your recordings, images, and
descriptions soon, and will include them in the archive and the radio
documentary or podcast to be broadcast later this spring. And with your
submission you are eligible for a free Musicircus or HPSHCD t-shirt—see
the image at the bottom of this email.
|JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Marketing and Administrative Assistant
Working with the Artistic Director and Project Leaders, the Marketing
and Administrative Assistant will be responsible for marketing and
communication in support of programming, engagement, and development
initiatives within the larger artistic and geographic community. The
ideal candidate supports NON:op's vision, is passionate about the arts
and social justice, and has excellent organizational and communication
To find out more about NON:op Open Opera Works and our initiatives visit our WEBSITE
. The full job description is available HERE
To apply send your resume/cv, a cover letter summarizing your
experience and how your interests intersect with NON:op's vision, and
names and contact information for two references to non [at] nonopera
[ UPDATE ] SAY THEIR NAMES
Remembering Black Americans Killed by Police Violence
The SAY THEIR NAMES
team has been busy at work on research and a major update to the
interactive map. The current research and database/mapping team is led
by Saba Ayman Nolley and consists of Ronald Browne, Omid Nolley, Rob
Strzok, Ting Liu, Qili Sui, and Christophe Preissing. While research
continues the database and map team has been busy creating a robust
database, research input portal, and a new interactive map interface.
our goal is to have a “soft” rollout of the map and research portal in
June, we are planning a workshop and fundraiser in the fall to formally
introduce these updates to the general public.
contact us at STN@nonopera.org if you have any information to add to
any of the Black Americans killed by police currently on the map, or
with additional names that should be included on the map. You may also
fill out a form on our website HERE.
To find out more about SAY THEIR NAMES, including research methodology,
current and past researchers, and how you can participate, please visit
our SAY THEIR NAMES webpage.
To support SAY THEIR NAMES and make a donation to NON:op Open Opera Works,
visit the SUPPORT page on our website.
Thank You to Our Funders
Robert H. and Terri L. Cohn Family Foundation
For the third year in a row, NON:op Open Opera Works has received significant support from the Robert H. and Terri L. Cohn Family Foundation.
We thank them for their generous donation during these difficult times.
Because of funders like the Cohn Family Foundation, NON:op can continue
to produce engaging, participatory, online experiences that expand the
meaning of arts and humanities and provide opportunities for all persons
to participate in the arts.
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Thank you to the Illinois Arts Council Agency for their second year of Artstour support of our Viral Silence: Community Portraits in Response to Covid-19
project. Arts Tour funding pays three artists/teams to create and
present work in partnership with local communities in
Bloomington-Normal, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site/Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville, and Chicago's Austin neighborhood. The in
person and virtual tour will take place in June.
NON:op received an Action Grant from Illinois Humanities to support our SAY THEIR NAMES Project. This funding allows us to continue this important research and support the development of a new database and map.
A big thank you to the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council for their support of our SAY THEIR NAMES Project. Our partnership with HPKIC will support community outreach.
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Board, Volunteer, Intern, and Other Opportunities
seeking board members, volunteers, interns, participants, assistants,
artists, and all who have creative ideas and who would like to work with
NON:op to implement a shared vision. Please contact Christophe at non [at] nonopera [dot] org if you would like to find out more and join us as we create an alternative future.
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