Jefferson Park EXP with Jenna Boyles and CatManMainLand – March 14, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday March 14 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

Jenna Boyles aka Jenna Junk is an interdisciplinary artist and human magnet for things no one else wants. Joyfully defying landfills, she gleans sound from inherited and collected objects labeled “trash” and “obsolete.” Devoted to the concept of waste as memory – a form of storing and recalling past information – she brings attention to the potential within discarded material. Rewiring old electronics and embedding soft e-textiles into her installations and wearables, her work articulates the ubiquity and resonance of unwanted things while playing on the sensitivity between squishy-bodies and hard-wired machines. Currently she is in Pittsburgh, PA reviving the house that she inherited from her grandma Helen.

Boyles received her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 and MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Her costumes and illuminated objects have appeared in parades and forests, on rivers and beaches. She has performed at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago IL; Area 405 and the 14Karat Cabaret in Baltimore, MD. She participated in the Tough Art Residency at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and was the inaugural artist in residence at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD. Recently, Boyles was a New Media Artist in residence at Mana Contemporary Chicago. She currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


CatManMainLand is a project of Christopher Riggs, an autistic person who plays noise music using the electric guitar and synthesizer. Without the use of processing or FX, he squeezes sounds from his guitar the Chicago Reader has called “unapologetically ugly”.

library experimental – july 7, 2018

Library Experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians. It is happening at the Chicago Public Library in Jefferson Park on Saturday, July 7 from 2-4pm.

Early! Free! Kid friendly! If the kids are patient!

The final show of the 2018 season features Christopher Riggs; and Will Soderberg / Enid Smith.

Jefferson Park library is located at 5363 W Lawrence. Convenient to both bus and blue line.

Christopher Riggs is a teacher who also plays experimental music on the electric guitar.

Using springs, magnets, pieces of metal, dowels, and violin bows, he makes his instrument sound like underwater pterodactyls, cellos from space, the inside of a trash compactor, alien insects, malfunctioning mp3 files, or washing machines filled with marbles. He achieves these unguitar-like sounds without the aid of processing or effects.


Enid Smith earned her BFA in contemporary dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. In New York City, she performed with Ivy Baldwin Dance, The Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC Cosmetics among others. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2007, she has presented her own work under the name enidsmithdance, collaborated with The North Shore Choral Society and the artists of Articular Facet, and worked extensively with The Evanston Dance Ensemble and ede2. Most recently Enid has performed with Khecari and as a guest artist with Lucky Plush Productions. She currently teaches advanced modern at Dovetail Studios and Dance Center Evanston and maintains a massage therapy practice.


Will Soderberg’s first recorder was a Kenner ‘Say It Play It’ which he received for Christmas in 1969. He likes to record sounds and videos and then change them using: ipads, computers, discarded electronics, found objects, abandoned ios apps & devices, obsolete software, etc. He attempts to manipulate and recombine sources to provoke new contexts by placing them in unfamiliar, often imaginary settings. He likes to perform with musicians & dancers of all ages.