September 13, 2013

“SHIFT: A New Media Exhibit By Luftwerk” Opens September 14 At Chicago Cultural Center

Exhibition-Related Events Scheduled on Sept. 20, Oct. 11–12

Cindy Gatziolis    312.744.0573

“SHIFT: A New Media Exhibit by Luftwerk,” opening September 14 through January 5, 2014, explores the theories and principles of color, its synesthetic relationship with sound and sensibility, and the infinite quality of moving light. Three distinct yet interconnected installations transport the viewer into an immersive experience of projected video, light and resonance, all within the combined spaces of the Chicago Rooms (second floor) at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).

Luftwerk is the collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Their multi-media art installations combine the visual elements of light with the sculptural facets of architecture and design. Previous site-transforming installations have been presented at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania, Kennedy International Airport in New York and – just last year – the Cloud Gate sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park.

An opening reception is scheduled on September 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m. as part of the Chicago Cultural Center Fall Open House.

This exhibition will also be showcased during the inaugural Chicago Music Summit’s free Music Showcases on September 20, 6:30–8:45 p.m. Chicago musicians Owen Clayton Condon and Atmospheric Audio Chair will be pushing the boundaries of improvised and ambient sounds, performing individually as well as collaboratively in this immersive environment by Luftwerk.

Another immersive experience will be offered to the public during the Super Nature Installation on October 11 and 12, 12–5 p.m., performed by BodyCartography Project (Minneapolis, Minn.) as part of the new SpinOff dance series. In an empty gallery, one member of the public will meet one performer and have a non-verbal interaction. Both performer and audience will have agency to transform the energy of the space through their behavior and social interaction, sometimes very subtle and sometimes extreme. Reservations are highly recommended. To secure your 10-minute slot, visit

“SHIFT” is free admission, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Exhibition hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed holidays. For more information, call 312.744.3316; TTY 312.744.2964 or visit or

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