Episode 31: Joseph Kramer

Joseph Kramer
Porous Notion: Index Fragments and Interpretations


Porous Notion: Index Fragments and Interpretations is the presentation of select recordings from the ongoing sonic/material archive, Imperfect Index. These are private snapshots of home, simultaneously captured on and created by a system consisting of a specialized tape recorder and customized cassettes.

This mechanism, typically employed as a performance instrument, both records onto the custom tape and plays it back in turn. The result is a system that makes a record of the sonic space that also reproduces the recording from moments ago while simultaneously recapturing its own output. The system continuously collects new bits of sound that have either originated in the space, passed in through the window or electrical wiring, or leaked into the electronic circuitry of the device. These new sounds join the already recorded sounds in the accumulating sonic image as certain parts of the spectrum are reinforced while others are smeared away.

Documentary fragments, iterative overlappings, and intuitive reorganizations from this set of archival cassettes will be presented over the course of multiple broadcasts emanating from the gallery space at 6018NORTH as part of the exhibition Home: Public or Private?.


Joseph Kramer is a Chicago-based sound artist and musician working in performance, installation, recording and object making. He often works in collaboration, most frequently with Noé Cuéllar as part of the ongoing project, Coppice. He has performed and exhibited solo and in cooperation at The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hyde Park Art Center and Audible Gallery in Chicago, The Flea Theater in New York, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis, McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival in Shreveport, and internationally in Iceland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands.


Episode 31 premiered at the exhibition Home: Public or Private? at 6018NORTH, a non-profit art space for experimental culture, installation, and performance located in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The exhibition was presented as part of the 2012 Chicago Artists Month.

Home: Public or Private? - What happens when our private life becomes public and public space becomes private? Located in a dilapidated mansion, this exhibition presents multiple artists exploring this questions through installations inside the rooms of the house as well as outside. The investigations and activities presented explore the social, cultural, and political ramifications of our shifting conception of public and private space.