jim strong



The Sick Engine  2016
Wood, Aluminum, Motor, Acrylic Resin, Clay, Timer, Guitar Pick up,
Strings, Zither Pins, Speaker, Amplifier, LED, mp3 player
recording approx: 30 min


Performance Documentation: Fish Songs at Vox Populi 1/28/17

Instruments Grouped

Instruments for performance from L-R “Mouthwithfeetallaroundit“, “The Mechanism of the Writer” and “Plateofurchins


“A Congeries of Grouse” Evaporated Residue, Acrylic Paint, Graphite on Paper mounted on wood in wooden artist frames with mirror 2016

fish songs (4)

Performance Documentation: Fish Songs at Vox Populi 1/28/17

Jim Strong, The Sallow Rakes (VT33)  Vitrine

Jim Strong‘s work explores a broad range of activity with a focus on experimental instrument building, painting, improvised performance, cross-disciplinary collaborations and curation. His Instruments are built intuitively utilizing Crank Mechanisms, Strings, Broken Electronics and pressurized air. His most recent work explores movement and improvisation through wearable instrumentation. He Plays solo and in variable group improvisations and works collaboratively in Dance, Video and Theater. His Video work has been shown internationally notably in RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Icebox Project space in Philadelphia. Strong is a founding member of the Impermanent society of Philadelphia and the Pfff! festival promoting the art form of free Improvisation in Movement and Dance. In addition, He Curates multimedia events under shifting monikers (GENTLE SHEERS, membrane channel etc.) having presented Audrey Chen, Jill Flanagan / Forced into Femininity, Metropolarity, Elaine Kahn, Panoply Performance Lab, BOBO and Pod Blotz to name a few

Across modes and media; Strong’s work finds its home in incongruence; between the comedic and the grotesque; the domestic and the extraterrestrial.

“Rubber burns on a pyre of wet oak. Breath bleeds into the more discreet sounds of the body. Jim Strong has made a name for himself privileging the collaborative and intuitive serendipity of performance.” – Vitrine

above photo documentation of work presented and performed at Vox populi between January and February of 2017 during the new members exhibition …. Photos by Jason Rusnock, Ross Greibnow and Sarah K