For the third ‘installment’ and second season, of the MakeRoom Artist Residency we have had the great pleasure of hosting performer, composer and artist Lauren Sudbrink of Chicago for a 10-day stay.
During her time at MakeRoom she has accomplished a great deal and stayed very focused on her work. She has commented often about how valuable and precious her time at MakeRoom is and how much she hopes to maximize her energies to accomplish as much as possible. Toward that goal she has stayed very fixated and determined in optimizing her residency experience.
Her work is performative in nature and varies from project to project. However, while at MakeRoom she has concentrated exclusively on a work titled- 840 Variations on Vexations, an ongoing project that takes inspiration from avant garde French composer Erik Satie’s composition, Vexations.
Taking a break from her work, Lauren was willing to answer 8 questions for us. The answers of which give us good insight into her thoughts on her MakeRoom experience as well as her love for Charolette Moorman and Yoko Ono.
1. What does the MakeRoom Artist Residency mean to you?
Time is such a valuable asset for artists who are often juggling multiple jobs, social calendars, important relationships with friends and family, (sleep?) and of course, their practice. The practice is often the portion of these responsibilities that is most compromised by the busy lives we lead, no matter how much we try to weave it into our daily tasks and routines. MakeRoom has graciously given me the gift of time. Time away from my responsibilities and distractions in Chicago. Time to make and think. Time to rest and recharge. Time to focus and time to play. Time to make the morning coffee experience a delicate ritual instead of a rushed affair. Time to do what I love, all day, every day for ten days. This time has been invaluable to me and I am not surprised that I do not want it to end.
2. How will your time at MakeRoom allow you to investigate, explore or deepen your work?
Throughout my time at MakeRoom I’ll be able to focus exclusively on aspects associated with my larger work in progress, an eventual book entitled 840 Variations on Vexations. It is my goal to work toward furthering the arrangement of the material that will make up the book, focusing on layout and structure. I will also execute a selection of projects from my annotated list (840 Variations on Vexations) that require intimate attentions to their tedious, durational and/or collaborative nature.
3. In 10 words or less what have you learned while at MakeRoom?
Thomas should be a cruise director. Chemex > French Press.
4. What is your favorite tool or skill in life?
Perseverance/focus/dedication. Humor and play. (I can’t pick one)
5. In 3 words, what do artists/makers/creators offer the world?
Opportunities for (deeper) thought
6. Share a podcast, book or film that I should know about, something that really has you thinking.
Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman, a book by Joan Rothfuss. This book is one of the first to really explore and unpack the life and career of Charlotte Moorman, a woman who has essentially been written out of the avant garde canon. She is, of course, the inspiration for my iPhone bra that I created and wore for a panel I spoke on about the Fluxed Body in Parts in Toronto in fall of 2018. Moorman is a hidden gem of the avant garde; a cellist, performance artist and founder of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. I highly recommend bringing her into your life at your earliest convenience.
Somewhere in Time, a film from the 1980s, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Essentially a romantic sci-fi tied up in a bow with time travel. It’s incredibly sad and slow and perfectly lovely.
7. What is on your bucket list?
-Finish my book 840 Variations on Vexations
-Have a drink with Yoko Ono-discuss potential collaborations
-Drive the Ring Road in Iceland
-Full-time teaching position at a University
-Visit Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett (a museum of mechanical musical instruments in Germany)
-Climb a volcano and toss in a wish
8. Shapes, colors or words – pick your favorite.
Shapes-as they can draw and define languages and other methods of communication, alternative to the written as we know it. This includes music (and other sonic experiences) and mathematics, as well as gestural and other visual methods.