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White Light / Black Noise

  • The Franklin 3522 West Franklin Boulevard Chicago, IL, 60624 United States (map)

Opening reception: Sunday, August 27 from 2-5PM
EXPO Art After Hours: Friday, September 15 from 6-9PM

Taking on the notion of the backyard as territory of negotiating difference, Huong Ngo will create a site-specific sound installation for her solo exhibition at The Franklin that examines and archives the often invisible and unspoken aspects of growing up bilingually. For the project, Ngo interviewed nine participants, who grew up in bilingual or multilingual house- holds, delving into how language is bound up in their sense of identity, belonging, perceptions of the world, and places in geopolitical histories. Ngo guides the participants through workshops using bird calls as scores for performative uses of their languages.

While the concept of white light is more familiar, black noise is the technical term for silence, but also describes a range of sounds that are just beyond human perception, thus asking what we might be missing when we are not attuned to what is not plainly visible.

For EXPO Chicago Art After Hours, THE FRANKLIN will stay open late for a bonfire and barbecue.


Earlier Event: August 5
Closing Performance with Mocrep
Later Event: September 1
You Open Your Mouth Half Way