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2020 Media Mixer!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 ,  TBD

Constellation Chicago
3111 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 , go to map

Admissions: $15 in advance, $20 at the door


On May 6th, 2020, CFA will premiere three new Media Mixer pieces at the Constellation. The Media Mixer is a popular annual event wherein CFA arranges three “blind dates” between local audio and visual media artists who have never previously worked together. These newly acquainted artists are commissioned to create unique works using footage and sounds from CFA’s vault.

The 2020 Media Mixer artists are:

Jean Sousa and Kioto Aoki
Jiayi Chen and Ronnie Kuller
Rob Christopher and David Boykin

More on this year’s artists:

Jean Sousa

Chicago-based artist Jean Sousa,has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and a Regional Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and 2017. Awards include a Fellowship for residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Cliff Dwellers Fellowship for Artist Residency at Ragdale, a Professional Artist in Residence at Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan, and an Artist Residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. 

Ms. Sousa works primarily in photography and film and her work has been in exhibitions at the Southeast Museum of Photography, San Francisco Camerawork, The Union League Club, the Illinois State Museum, Chicago Gallery, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among other venues. Her films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York, the London Filmmakers Cooperative, Collectif Jeune Cinéma in Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Cinematheque in San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her experimental films are in the Canyon Cinema Foundation Collection and are currently part of their 50th Anniversary Touring Program.

Kioto Aoki

Kioto Aoki is a visual artist whose practice includes photography, film, books and installations to engage the material specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. Using the nuances of time, space, form, light and motion, her work explores different modes of perception as it relates to the space between the still and the moving image; as well as the human body within the device of the photographic frame.

She has exhibited and screened in Chicago, Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Japan. Her work is held in Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Library. Kioto received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kioto is also a performing artist specializing in Japanese traditional music, playing taiko, tsuzumi, and shamisen. She has been performing on stage since the age of 7, and is carrying on the lineage as part of a traditional Japanese performing arts family. She is active within the experimental and creative music scene in Chicago and the Bay Area as a member of Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) and Tatsu Aoki’s The Miyumi Project. Kioto is an instructor at Tsukasa Taiko, a program of AIRMW as well as curatorial manager of the Arts Incubation program.

Jiayi Chen

Jiayi Chen is an artist born in Chongqing, China, and is currently based in Chicago, IL. She works in hand-processed film, video, installation, and photography. She is interested in language, instructions, and correspondence. Her work has been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as well as local film festivals at the Nightingale Cinema amongst other venues.

Ronnie Kuller

Ronnie Kuller is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Chicago. She has written music for Theater Oobleck, Mucca Pazza, the Cambrians, the Actor’s Gym, the Neo-Futurists, and Opera-Matic. She has performed in venues all over the country, including Orchestra Hall at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Mass MoCA, Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, the Watermill Center, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has collaborated with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and performs regularly as the accompanist for singer-songwriter Mister Tom Musick. One of her compositions (Tube Sock Tango) was recorded onto wax cylinder at Edison National Historical Park, and was also featured on the TV show Transparent. Since 2006, she’s been an Artist-in-Residence at Snow City Arts, where she teaches individualized music workshops to pediatric inpatients at Rush Children’s Hospital. Ronnie is a 2013 3Arts Awardee and a 2015 3Arts Ragdale Fellow.

Rob Christopher

Rob Christopher is a film director, producer, and writer. He recently finished the film Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago, a documentary exploring the author’s impactful work featuring voice performances by Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor as they read excerpts of Gifford’s stories against a vibrant visual backdrop fusing archival footage with an evocative jazz score by Jason Adasiewicz.

Furthermore, Christopher also works at the American Library Association, and has been a regular contributor to local publications such as CINE-FILE.

David Boykin

David Boykin began studying music on the clarinet at the age of 21 in 1991 and first performed professionally in 1997.  Since 1997 he has released over 20 recordings as a leader; appeared as a features guest on other prominent musician’s recordings; performed at major international jazz festivals and smaller jazz venues locally and globally; and founded Sonic Healing Ministries, which is an organization dedicated to the spiritual evolution of humanity through music.

Constellation Chicago
3111 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
go to map
Admissions:$15 in advance, $20 at the door