Sam Anthem

Sam Anthem & Lorenzo Osterheim 


UnƧightly [Sound Poetry]

Funeral in my Brain” is an adaptation/fragmentation of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I Felt a Funeral in my Brain.” We use the poem as a frame to make sense of the experience of undergoing an MRI and viewing these images of one’s insides. Accordingly, we’ve mapped the poem and a real MRI image of one of the artist’s body on top of their body, and then perform the poem in harmony with electronic sounds imitating, mutating, and relating to the sounds produced by an MRI machine.

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Sam Anthem is a sound and performance artist who approaches art and life as a fool and a guest: a fool because they are critical of status quo knowing; a guest because they walk on land and move through space that is never their own. Accordingly, as an artist who unclaims and resists “craft” and “mastery,” they platform agencies of (other) affects, collaborators, species, and materials.

Artist Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Lorenzo Osterheim is a Los Angeles based artist-researcher, whose works are a reflection on the individual’s phenomenological relationship to digital media and technologies. In a variety of mediums Using humor and the absurd Osterheim brings forth or makes present the technological enframing of everyday activities.

Artist Location: Irwindale, CA

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