Slow Dances is a game for stochastic choreography and accompanying music by Matt Mehlan & Sonnenzimmer (Nadine Nakanishi & Nick Butcher).
Released as a 53-card deck (52 playing cards + USB card drive with music), Slow Dances consists of a series of prompt cards that create a flexible score for dancing, based on chance and dancers’ own interpretations.
Matt Mehlan – Music & Visuals
Sonnenzimmer – Graphics
Matt Mehlan is an artist, musician, and producer based in Chicago. An active figure in underground music in New York City for a decade before returning to his hometown; Matt leads the band Skeletons, mixes and masters recordings at his STUUDIO, runs the record label Shinkoyo, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Matt is a co-founder of the original Silent Barn space in Queens, NY, a member of the 19 piece supergroup Congotronics Vs Rockers (with Deerhoof, Konono No 1, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars), and has produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered releases by Zeena Parkins, Janka Nabay, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Jobs, Amirtha Kidambi, IE, Nine 11 Thesaurus, The Fly Girlz, and The Wet Ink Ensemble, among others. He has performed around the world and released music on Shinkoyo, Ghostly International, Tomlab, Crammed Discs, The Social Registry, Sockets, and Altin Village and Mine.
Sonnenzimmer is the collaborative practice of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their work investigates and challenges the preconceived notions of the graphic arts. Their experimental studio was established in 2006 in Chicago. Together, they explore the physical and psycho-physical nature of graphics through publishing, exhibitions, design, music, and performance. While they move through an array of media, their focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of graphic expression at large.