First Saturdays at Mana, Featuring Trinity Project and DUET (Variations)

Trinity Project Public
Opening Reception and
DUET (Variations) performance

December 3, 2016
1PM – 3PM

4th and 5th Floor Classroom
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL


First Saturdays at Mana, Featuring Trinity Project and DUET (Variations)


Saturday, December 3, 2016 is our monthly First Saturdays at Mana, featuring special programming and select open studios. This month’s programming features the opening of the temporary exhibition Trinity Project, and a special durational performance by Victoria Bradford and Todd Mattei, DUET (Variations). The café will be serving complimentary coffee, wine, and bagels supplied by local Pilsen sandwich shop, Andorkas


The Trinity Project

The Trinity Project is an exhibition of works by architects Schulz und Schulz, and photographers Joachim Brohm and Valentina Seidel. Schulz und Schulz designed the new St. Trinitatis church in Leipzig, which opened in 2015 to much critical acclaim. Brohm and Seidel worked closely with the architects over a period of three years, exploring the urban, historical, topographical, and societal factors involved in the church‘s construction. Their photographs probe the tension between rationality and subjectivity, narrative order and openness, past and present, and simplicity and complexity in the architectural work. Click here [hyperlink to Trinity Project page] to read more about the project and its creators.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, in cooperation with the Mies van der Rohe Society.




DUET (Variations)

Just weeks after premiering their new collaborative work DUET, media artist and musician Todd Mattei and visual artist and dancemaker Victoria Bradford will spend 2 hours on view in the High Concept Labs studio deconstructing their creation. Using duration as a key, they will unlock previously unexplored depths of the project—the running body as image, meditation, and momentum; whether the music directs the dancing or vice versa; the media duet/duel when the dancing body watches the body dance on a screen—all through a coordinated, clarifying set of sounds. 

"Species where... partners never sing alone, or use different repertoires for solo and DUET singing, suggest either an extraordinary level of attentiveness to the initiator by the responding partner, or that initiators only begin singing when their partner is nearby and attentive." —from Vocal Communications in Birds and Mammals, by Marc Naguib, Vincent Janik, Nicola Clayton, and Klaus Zuberbuhler.

Image: © Joachim Brohm and Valentina Seidel