• May 28 2019 | 8:00 pm

    We Series: a ritual for Exchange

    We Series is a festival presenting live art that blurs the boundary between performance and reality. Every Tuesday in May, the We Series offers rituals, participatory performance, and immersion in artist-led experiences.


We Series: a ritual for Exchange
Featuring Cream co., Focus Group LLC, Corey Smith, Nick Meryhew, Sonal Aggarwal


This chapter is a ritual that proposes alternatives to everyday capitalist commerce. Barter, gifts, sharing, networks, value, markets, drink tickets. Bring an item for trade.


Sonal Aggarwal is a world traveling performer. Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the country after college to travel the world. In March of 2015 while living in India as an artist and emcee, her life took a dramatic turn with a motorcycle accident that led her back to Chicago. During her rehabilitation, she realized that she was meant to do stand up comedy. Now, her infectious energy is on stage all over Chicago and soon, the world.

Nick Meryhew is an experimental musician, curator, and armchair geologist. Their work explores ideas of assemblage, hybridity, and nonhierarchy through a sculptural approach to found sound. Nick has presented work at No Nation Gallery, Dfbrl8r, The Hideout, Art Institute of Chicago, High Concept Labs, and MCA Chicago. They have curated at Logan Square’s Comfort Station since 2017.

Ethan T. Parcell is a musician, artist and educator in Chicago IL. His small and hospitable works are in the fields of composition (especially for young musicians), writing (mostly to sing later), and iterative drawing. He leads the experimental opera ensemble Focus Group LLC and is an active performer as a singer, percussionist and clarinetist.

Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. Corey has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. He is a 2017 and 2018 grantee of the City of Chicago’s Individual Artist Program as well as a 2018 recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

We each have an affect on the rooms we enter. With our presence we bring our personal experience and hidden motivations. We encounter others who bring the same. And in this ecology we can develop a common purpose that amplifies, refracts, upsets, or transcends the notions we brought in with us. Just by being together we are making meaning, with and for each other.


Because your presence at the We Series affects us all, we ask some things of you:


-Arrive knowing your presence is part of the event. You may be called to participate.

-Depending on the evening, bring bedding, a mask, or an item for trade. Read instructions carefully.

-If you are able, donate by free will to the artists.