Corey Smith (he/him) is a composer, writer, and performer from Chicago, Illinois. 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. Corey has been an artist in residence at Light Box Detroit, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. His work has been seen at Links Hall, the Detroit Fringe Festival, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House, and numerous venues around the USA. His longstanding project, The New Prairie School, has been featured by Architectural Digest. Corey is an avid collaborator and has worked in various capacities as a sound designer, director, performer, composer, and/or devisor for artists such as Every House Has a Door, Rough House Puppet Theater Company, the Suburban Piano Quartet, director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton, and many others.
Still from 'the light comes in the name of the voice', 2020, Opera-installation., Photo by Veronica Vargas
Still from 'Etude 1', 2021
Performance for the webcam.
the light comes in the name of the voice, 2020, Opera-installation, 7 hours.
the light comes in the name of the voice is an opera for an emptied theater. This seven-hour long musical work told as a gallery installation using only light and sound, investigates the corners of things, the transparent, the more-than-human. Fabric forms perform the operatic narrative by catching light — they fade in and out of view alongside the original sound score. “the light comes in…” attempts to articulate the ununderstandable and the imperceptible through the grammar of absence, the logic of ghosts.
JRTC, 2019, Performance, 6 mins.
An experiment with light, sound, and choreography. Attempting to get to the massive feeling of the James R Thompson Center’s atrium.
Maranta for Ina Duley Ogdon (April 2020), 2020, Video, 11 mins.
Maranta for Ina Duley Ogdon (April 2020) is a sound piece, as well as a performance for the camera — a slow closing of hands in prayer or a turning of the leaves of a maranta leuconeura (aka “prayer plant”). Ina Duley Ogdon lived from 1872 and 1964 and was a hymn writer. Her most famous contribution to religious song is Brighten the Corner, written while tending to the sickbed of her ailing father: “Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar; / Brighten the corner where you are!” This hymn — its humility, quiet, and isolation is the subject of this work.