The sound in Terence Hannum’s video installation Evocation, this month’s 12 x 12 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a wall of throbbing electronic harmony and dissonance. Hannum recorded the earth-shaking dirges of the experimental metal band Sunn O))) at a recent performance and shot footage, projected here on three walls–dark, abstract scenes in which fragments of performers, fans, and equipment appear in lightning flashes through clouds of thick smoke. Comparing the shamanic summoning of spirits, or evocation, to immersive media experiences, Hannum notes that he often dislikes IMAX movies because they deny “the terror that is necessary to begin to experience the sublime.” Visually the installation evokes Mark Rothko’s meditations on color and Ad Reinhardt’s austere, monolithic black canvases, but Hannum adds the aural element of drone, a common feature of sacred and ecstatic music. He’s also curated a selection of Chicago drone bands to perform on Tuesdays (which are free) at 6 PM: on February 6 it’s White/Light, on the 13th it’s Lichens (Hannum’s gallery talk follows at 6:30 PM), and on the 20th, Locrian and Bird Show. a Opens 2/2 during “First Friday,” 6-10 PM, $10 advance, $15 at the door. Through 2/25: Tue 10-8, Wed-Sun 10-5, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $10 suggested admission; $6 students, seniors; free kids under 12.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Evocation, 2006 photo courtesy of artist.