• “Topography”: a sketch of Deborah Stratman’s sound installation “Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen”

Deborah Stratman is probably my favorite filmmaker in Chicago—from the creepy In Order Not to Be Here, which looks at surveillance, fear, and violence, to the fascinating documentary Kings of the Sky, about a Chinese tightrope-walking troupe, her work fuses experimental narrative to compelling subjects and social interrogations. For her soundtracks she’s regularly collaborated with fantastic composers and musicians, from Kevin Drumm to Maryanne Amacher. I was unaware that she also works directly with sound outside of a cinema context, but her new installation at the Gahlberg Gallery at the College of DuPage has convinced me she’s got a strong feel for that as well.