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In Progress | Micah Schippa: Negative Ecstasies

February 24, 202410:00 am - 5:00 pm

This performance is free with museum admission. Performances occur at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm and last 1.5 hours.

A trumpet in a clear display case is partially submerged in a white substance.

Micah Schippa, She bathed a trumpet in milk—Eduardo C. Corral, 2020. Photo credit: Joshua Schadel. Courtesy of Murmurs Gallery and the artist.

About the Event

Negative Ecstasies (Trois études contre l’Etat policier fasciste) is a sculptural composition for seven vocalists. The work, a sort of anti-tone poem, is built around motifs of despair in relation to labor, industrialism, gore-capitalism, and the way these systems stress the subjects they encounter. Configured in response to the interior floor plan of the MCA, the score is tangentially based on the history and architecture of The Midland Building (“The Great Central Market”), the suicidal poetry of Foxconn factory worker Xu Lizhi, and historic union, labor, and coal mining songs. The dead are sculptures that sing.

Negative Ecstasies is a performance in three movements, which may be enjoyed independently. Movement one begins at 10 am, movement two at 1:30 pm, and movement three at 3:30 pm. Each movement lasts approximately 1 hour.

Performers: Courtney Mackedanz, Kim Upstill, Lizz Smith, Max Buzone, Micah Schippa, Noël Morical, and Ulysses Wildfong

About the Artist

Photo of Micah Schippa.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Micah Schippa is an artist, writer, and musician based in Chicago. They have recently shown their work at Murmurs, Los Angeles; Pina, Vienna; and Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; with upcoming solo exhibitions at Romance, Pittsburgh; and Pinacoteca, Vienna.


In Progress is supported by the New Works Initiative which puts the creative process at the heart of the MCA’s relationship with Chicago by supporting the development of new performances and creative projects.

Lead support for the New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman.