sound artist and experimental composer working with sound, text, video and sculpture to understand materiality of thought as it morphs in no particular order into belief systems, social anxiety, competition, closed circuits, and the loss or assertion of self
born 1975 saint louis, missouri
TAURUS SUN, GEMINI MOON, SAGITTARIUS RISING, VENUS IN CANCER, MARS IN PISCES, MERCURY IN GEMINI
Pluto’s return is considered astrologically to portend upheaval, transformation and death or rebirth. It takes 248 years for Pluto to travel the full sphere of the zodiac, and as such, a return to the precise position of a person’s birth cannot be experienced in an individual’s single living incarnation as it would for quicker moving planets. For man-made systems: Institutions, nations, belief systems, and cultural systems however, Pluto’s Return can usher in drastic change. 2020 marks the return of Pluto for the birth of the United States of America in 1776.
Tears|OV: Lori E Allen, Deborah Wale, Katie Spafford with Tom Loffman and Emily Klimkiewicz
All tracks written and composed in the shadow of Pluto’s looming recrudesce
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
All tracks written & composed by Lori E Allen and Deborah Wale. Cello parts composed by Katie Spafford. Lori E Allen: vocals, samples, sequenced percussion, piano, synth, noise and arrangements. Deborah Wale: vocals, percussion, tube, synth, noise, scratching and spoken word. Katie Spafford: cello. Recorded and mixed by Andre T., April 2019. Mastered and cut by Jason Goz at Transition Mastering Studios, London, May 2019. Artwork: Deborah Wale. Photography: Wolfgang Tillmans. Art direction and design: Don Wyrm. Executive producer for this album was the ineffable Restless Worm.
Broadcast From Home Reading series during quarantine by Armin Gerold Lorenz.
IGTV, 24 March – 24 April 2020, including texts by: James Schuyler, Paul B. Preciado, Enver Hadzijaj, Samuel R. Delany, Nabarun Bhattacharya, Doireann O’Malley, Essex Hemphill, Olivia Laing, Ursula K. Le Guin, W.G Sebald, Etel Adnan, Arthur Holmes, Armin Lorenz Gerold, Brendan Cook, Frank O’Hara, Kim Addonizio, Ocean Vuong, and Lori E Allen. View all episodes HERE
FORENSIC FOLD in Arabic gum
It comes but it never came.
58 thousand six hundred eight feet in the past, due north, cross the river, the very same building stays standing
It is a type of distance that can be walked over and over again without ever placing one foot in front of the other
a type of distance that can be measured by most anything; industrial fractions of time:
weeks, months, days of hour
frame of mind
a number of repetitive tasks completed,
incremental achievements in self-care,
progress streak bonuses and hijacked menstrual cycles,
a plaque on the teeth that once cut a smile because the thought didn’t hinge.
And still this austere stubborn timeless structure that will always belong to you long after your skin cells are no longer its dust somehow provided the space to take pen to paper,
but how bromide the tide it travelled in its paper boat like
a grief pigeon carrier surfing a Mexican wave of solidarity,
passing over blue gloved caring hand after blue gloved dutiful hand of new restrictions from a different type of blue glove than the kind I saw you hold once.
The clinical approach outlasts any personal trial,
because certain feels certainly the certain way to have certainty.
And oh how long it takes for nothing to happen is the time lapse photographic pornography of my certain desire.
A writ is still being written to
My anger is cheap against the honorable square perfection of this olive branching neatly folded paper body bag.
Or maybe it is just some other incarnation of return to sender, with some of the words crossed out to change its meaning;
recycling its way to say there’s already somebody else I’m recycling with.
We are afterall trained to live off our faltering jurisdictions.
Notice of expired membership?
That would be redundant.
A full taxonomy of gentle treasures and generous declarations for the new service?
To be sure, I am already abreast of such social mediations
this ordinary white square might erupt in.
What can be stuffed into 100 grams? Is it the same heavy fluff of bliss that can also be posted?
A spinal cord weighs just an ounce:
nerves, with bone not included.
A heart, well, it’s a tad too heavy.
One could only send a portion frankly,
Let’s frankly fuck the franking machine.
It comes but it never came.
It came because it wouldn’t come.
Voice, video and audio: Armin Lorenz Gerold
Text: Lori E Allen
Cassette only – limited edition of 75 copies. TTW#85
SOLD OUT AT SOURCE
3 part podcast series with content taken from the 40+ interviews conducted by Evelyn Pittman and produced by Lori E Allen. Each of the interviews can be accessed in their entirety at the Bishopsgate Institute in London. reminiscences from lesbian, bisexual and transwomen over a period of roughly fifty years from 1967 onward. Funded by OPening Doors London and the Heritage Fund.
INGRID SCHMOLINER & LORI E. ALLEN
audio visual collab.
TRT: 25′ 02”
prepared piano: Ingrid Schmoliner
video: Lori E. Allen
Piano prepared with wooden sticks, metal, porcupine quills and rubber. Recorded in June 2020 at echoraum_Vienna. Piece is entirely acoustic with no electronic treatment or overdub. Video is layered footage taken on location at Seven Sisters, South Downs and St. Leonards, East Sussex UK. Visual composition sets to link sonic tensions in dissonance and transience energetic tensions between elements in water and earth. The rising, falling, disintegrating, overflowing, movements between, across and under surface were similarly meant to represent the passing of emotions through the body over the course of any given time.
2021 BEST EXPERIMENTAL BANDCAMP Marc Masters.
2021 ELECTRONIC SOUND. ISSUE 74. Bob Fisher.
2020 Wire Magazine, Issue 435,
2020 Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA Daily
2020 Wire Magazine, Issue 431
2019 FIFTEEN QUESTIONS
2019 Wire Magazine, Issue 430
2019 Further Evidence
2019 On the Surface. INTERALIA MAGAZINE
2017 WOLFGANG TILLMANS: SOUTH TANK
2016 Art Monthly | 394, Art and the Chthulucene,
ASSOCIATE LECTURER, for MA in CURATING, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON (CHELSEA), JANUARY 2022 – PRESENT
CURATORIAL RESEARCHER & CO-CURATOR, RAVENS ROW. OCTOBER 2021- PRESENT
VIDEO MIXER/CAMERA OPERATOR, ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON, FREELANCE 2021-PRESENT
UI/UX DESIGNER, REVERBERATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS CHELSEA. APRIL 2021
SONIC IDENT DESIGNER, RADIO ARTS CATALYST, APRIL 2021
EDITOR, UNTITILED HEIROGLYPHS by TAI SHANI, COMISSIONED BY SERPENTINE GALLERIES and POMPEII COMMITMENT, ARCHAOLOGICAL MATTERS 2021
UI/UX DESIGNER, OUR HAUNTED FUTURES, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON (CHELSEA). APRIL 2021
BROADCASTER, THE SHAPE OF A CIRLCE IN THE MIND OF A FISH: THE UNDERSTORY OF THE UNDERSTORY, SERPENTINE GALLERIES. 2020
PRODUCER, TRANSMISSIONS. 2020, APRIL- OCTOBER 2021
Responsibilities included: technical liaison with Project curators and invited artists; oversight on all video content, mastering and online streaming; website design, build and maintenance.
PODCAST PRODUCER, From a Whisper to a Roar OPENING DOORS LONDON, SUPPORTED BY HERITAGE FUND UK AUGUST 2019-SEPTEMBER 2020
A 3 episode podcast series tracing oral histories of LGBTQ+ women spanning the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and the formation of the GLF.
Responsibilities include: podcast production including audio mix and master, sample source and citing, voiceover text and delivery, uploading and maintenance across all available platforms.
A/V TECHNICIAN, TATE BRITAIN, TATE MODERN, GOETHE INSTITUT, AND BARBICAN DECEMBER 2014-PRESENT
Responsibilities include: set-up and running of various A/V events across Tate Britain, Tate Modern; 35 and 16mm freelance projection for Goethe Institut and the Barbican. Select high profile tech appointments include: AV installation of Modigliani Virtual Tour, tech support across all events on Joan Jonas Retrospective, Wolfgang Tilllmans Retrospective, Tarek Atoui Reverse Collection, and speaker installation for Lawrence Abu Hamden Walled Unwalled.
VIDEO MIXER/CAMERA OPERATOR, BLOOMBERG TV, BLOOMBERG LONDON, FREELANCE 2018-PRESENT
LECTURER, MUSIC THEORY/EXPERIMENTAL COMPOSITION, SSR LONDON SEPTEMBER 2016 – JANUARY 2018
Responsibilities included: preparation and delivery of lesson, course syllabus, and weekly hands-on workshop; grading, appraisal and one-to-one feedback.
SOUND ENGINEER, RESONANCE FM 104.4, JUNE 2015- AUGUST 2016
Responsibilities included: volunteer sound engineering on live radio shows, upload and maintenance of stings and advert content for the station.
TECHNICAL MANAGER, BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE. LONDON AUGUST 2008 – JULY 2015
Responsibilities included: managing a team of 20 + projectionist staff, oversight of projection box maintenance and installation, technical production on in-house events, budget holding, appraisals, retro-fitting and technical liaison with the Archive.
PROJECTOR INSTALLATION & FILM PROJECTION, BMW TEN DAYS SIX NIGHTS, TATE MODERN SOUTH TANKS 2017
Installation of 35mm film projector and screen in the South Tanks and film projection for the event.
PROJECTOR INSTALLATION & FILM PROJECTION, QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL. LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ARCHIVE GALA 2010, 2011, & 2012
DIGITAL CINEMA SOLUTIONS ADVISOR, WOLFGANG TILLMANS – BOOK FOR ARCHITECTS: TWO CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION, 14TH ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE, VENICE 2014
CHIEF PROJECTIONIST, RITZY CINEMA. LONDON 2003-2008
ART TEACHER, CITY & COUNTRY SCHOOL OF MANHATTAN. NEW YORK, NY 2000-2002
EXCAVATION & LAB TECHNICIAN, ABRI CASTANET, FRANCE 1996-1999: COLLAPSED PALAEOLITHIC ROCK SHELTER FUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SORBONNE AND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.
EXCAVATION TECHNICIAN, FORT BELL FONTAINE, ST. LOUIS, MO 1994-1995: FORT CA. 1810 FUNDED BY UMSL, THE MISSOURI HISTORICAL
MA ARCHAEOLOGY, IINSTITUTE of ARCHAEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, 1999
BA (Hons) ANTHROPOLOGY & CLASSICAL STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, 1997
MSC in MUSIC MIND BRAIN, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY 2018-2019 (Partial Completion)
ARNIS RESIDENCY. 2021
SOUND UK: SOUND GENERATOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT GRANT. 2021
FREEDLANDS FOUNDATION GRANT. 2020
NTS WIP (shortlisted) 2019
STUK, UP IN THE AIR RESIDENCY, BELGIUM. 2018
SOUND & MUSIC: EMBEDDED CAFÉ OTO (shortlisted). 2016.