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Audible at ESS is a public space and gallery for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists projects. A simple 400-square-foot space at street level, the space is not only used for ESS programs and events, but is also open to proposals by artists, organizations, and community members.

Current exhibition

Luftwerk: Seacurrent

September 18 – October 25, 2009

Seacurrent is the latest video installation by Luftwerk, a collaboration between Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero.  Their innovative work transforms surfaces and environments into a moving and illuminated canvas—using scale, light, motion and perspective, they make the architecture of a given site fluid and evocative. Seacurrent is a composite of horizontal slices of images of Lake Michigan, shot at various times of day and night under varying conditions, and rearranged into large-scale shifting patterns, projected on undulating paper strips and crystallized salt. These rolls of paper act as canvas and water surface, evoking the cyclical motions of the sea.

The opening reception for Seacurrent on September 18 will include a performance at 7pm by Hans-Peter Pfammatter on solo piano.


Luftwerk currently develops multimedia works informed by natural elements. Luftwerk is the collaboration of Petra Poul Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Bachmaier earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the Hamburg Academy of Arts, where she graduated with special honors in 2000. Sean Gallero, originally from New York City, received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Since 2000, both artists have worked together on multiple video installations, forming Lufwerk in 2007. Besides developing independent projects, Bachmaier and Gallero design projections for special events and entertainment productions. Their work has been presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, MASSMoCA anniversary Gala, Caro d’Offay Gallery and various other public venues. 

Luftwerk: Seacurrent is curated by Lou Mallozzi for the Audible Gallery at ESS.

Past projects

Fred Holland: Golden Splinters (May - July, 2009)
Linda Kramer: Stray Flowers (Feb-April 2009)
Hal Rammel: Regional Light: Both Near and Far (Nov-Dec 2008)
Karen Lebergott: Magic Mountain (Sept-Nov 2008)
Kristin M. Frieman: Thread Tracings: a Dressmaker’s Still Life (May-June 2008) & Return Relief (June-Aug 2008)
McArthur Binion: Simplicism II: Gouache Work (Mar-Apr 2008)
Jeff Abell: Clarity & Confusion (Feb-Mar 2008)
Rebecca Kressley: Five Girls (It Held Her Very Close, Their Terrible Cries, There, at the Bottom, They Knew if They Stayed Very Still) (Nov-Dec 2007)
Various: Signals Across Borders (Sept-Oct 2007)
Jesse Seay: Mechanical Tide (July-Sept 2007)
Terri Zupanc: listening - drawings and photos (May-June 2007)
Michael J. Schumacher: Room Piece Chicago (March-April 2007)
Stephen Lapthisophon: The Sound of Music (February 2007)
Peter Brötzmann and Tom Raworth: Visual Works (November-December 2006)