Lisa Alvarado is a visual-acoustic producer based in Chicago.  She uses painting and musical performance to reanimate and transform excluded history.  Since 2010, her large-scale free hanging paintings travel as performance banners for the musical ensemble Natural Information Society, of which Alvarado is a member playing harmonium and gong.  The "hypnotic, highly rhythmic, psychedelic environments" of Natural Information Society is the living context for Alvarado's work.

Alvarado has exhibited work in exhibitions including The Freedom principle : Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Material Issue, currently on view at KMAC Museum, Louisville; Szalon, Reva and David Logan Center Gallery, University of Chicago; Traditional Object, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, among others.  she has performed and presented her banners in Festivals and institutions including Serralves em Festa, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Sardinia; FIMAV Victoriaville Festival; Fylkingen, Stockholm; Issue Project Room, New York; Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Cafe Oto, London, among others.  

Alvarado has performed with Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi in The Black Monastic residency, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, Documenta 13, Kassel; The Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge; in Simon Starling’s At Twilight: A play for two actors, three musicians, one dancer, eight masks (and a donkey costume) currently on view at The Common Guild, Glasgow; Japan Society Gallery, New York and in Doug Aitken‘s  Station to Station Films.

Alvarado’s work has been included in Frieze Magazine UK; Art Covers, Taschen books; The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, MCA Chicago and the University of Chicago Press and the Chicago Tribune.  Natural Information Society music can be found on Eremite Records, Drag City Records, and booking with Filho Unico.  The background video is a performance excerpt of Natural Information Society with Evan Parker at Cafe Oto London, June 2016.
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Glenn, Allison. "Transmission and Interruptions." Derrick Adams: ON, Pioneer Works Press New York


Sharratt, Chris. “Live : Simon Starling.” (At Twilight) Frieze Magazine UK


Material Issue exhibition catalogue, KMAC Museum


Messages in the Street exhibition microsite


Bourland, Ian. "Sunrise in Different Dimensions." Frieze Magazine UK


Freedom Principle exhibition microsite


Fischer, Tobias. “Fifteen Questions interview with Rhys Chatham.” (Natural Information Society) Fifteen Questions Magazine


McNutt, Ryan. “Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society : Deep Water Church, Halifax NS.” Exclaim Magazine CA


Fronta, Goncalo.  “Toda a Musica na vida de Joshua Abrams num guimbri.” (Natural Information Society) Publico Magazine Portugal


Farago, Jason. "The best American art shows of 2015." (Freedom Principle #1) The Guardian UK


Golden, Thelma. "Best of 2015." (Freedom Principle) Art Forum Magazine


"The Best Experimental Albums of 2015." (Magnetoception  #2) Pitchfork


"Top 50 Releases of 2015." ( Magnetoception  #3) The Wire UK


Waxman, Lori." 'Freedom Principle' at MCA takes on black art, music." Chicago Tribune


Willis Thomas, Hank. "'The Freedom Principle' at the MCA Chicago, Selected by Hank Willis Thomas." Art News


Stockholder, Jessica. “Best of Chicago 2015.” (Freedom Principle) Art in America Magazine


Ratliff, Ben. "Magnetoception." New York Times


Masters, Marc. "Songs We Love: Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas, 'Sign Spinners'." NPR Music


Nelson, Solveig. "The Freedom Principle : Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now." Art Forum Magazine


Masters, Marc. " Summer 2015 Experimental Records Roundup." Pitchfork


Leitko, Aaron, "Automaginary." Pitchfork


Farago, Jason. "The Freedom Principle review - an astounding fusion of jazz and art." The Guardian UK


Bier, Arielle. "The Freedom Principle." Art Forum Magazine


The Freedom Principle exhibition catalogue, MCA Chicago and the University of Chicago Press


Meyer, Bill. "Joshua Abrams - Magnetoception (Eremite)." Dusted Magazine


Reichert, Elliot. "Review: Imaginary Landscapes/Mana Contemporary." Newcity Art Magazine


Krute, Clinton. "Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles : Memory, texture, and tradition." Bomb Magazine


Coley, Byron. “Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society with Hamid Drake.” Exclaim Magazine CA


Broomer, Stuart. “Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society : by way of the guimbri.” Music Works Magazine CA


McGonigal, Mike. "Joshua Abrams ' Natural Information Society plays Trinosophes." Detroit Metro Times


Ovstebo, Solveig. "Chicago's Best, 2014: Solveig Ovstebo." (Szalon) Art in America Magazine


Waxman, Lori. "The desires of art." Chicago Tribune


Szalon, exhibition publication, Reva and David Logan Center gallery, University of Chicago


Binlot, Ann. "Theaster Gates' Monastic Orders." Interview Magazine


Preski, Kenneth. "Lunch with Joshua Abrams: on new releases from Natural Information Society in 2014." Newcity Music Magazine


Lorrai, DI Marcello. "Sant' Anna Arresi: Aspettando Taylor." Giornale della Musica Italy


Thomson, Allese. "Positive Feedback." Art Forum Magazine Diary


Margasak, Peter; Roelstraete, Dieter; Alvarado, Lisa. "In Rotation: MCA curator Dieter Roelstraete on Constellation." Chicago Reader


Chinen, Nate. "Notes From Brooklyn, Chicago and the Web." New York Times


"Wire: Sleeves Received" The Wire Magazine UK


Smith, Roberta. "Art Show as Unruly Organism." (Theaster Gates' 12 Ballad for Huguenot House) New York Times


Lisa Alvarado “Snake Drinks Water Makes PoisonWire Magazine UK clothing 
2016
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Dieter Roelstraete
Material Issue, KMAC Museum, Louisville, curated by Joey Yates, and Aldy Milliken
Messages in the Street, Chicago public space, curated by Allison Glenn
Natural Information Society performances:
Simon Starling’s At Twilight: A Play for two actors, three musicians, one dancer, eight masks (and a donkey costume), The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK and The Japan Society Gallery, New York
Serralves em Festa residency, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Galeria ze Dos Bois, Lisboa, Portugal
El Intruso, Madrid, Spain
Dabadaba, San Sebastian, Spain
Doek Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Obey Convention IX, Halifax, Canada
Mona Bismark Foundation, Paris, France
Poitiers a Jazz, Poitiers, France
Cafe Oto, London, UK (with Evan Parker)
Intention to Know: The Thought Forms of Annie Besant, Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago
Levitation Festival, Thalia Hall, Chicago
Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
Ruimte, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium
2015
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Dieter Roelstraete
Imaginary Landscapes, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, curated by
Allison Glenn
Natural Information Society performances:
31e Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Canada
Kulturno prireditveni center Narodni Dom, Maribor, Sovenia
Haiku Festival, Area Sismica, Forli, Italy
Hybrida Space, Villa Moretti, Tarcento, Italy
Rogueart Records, Paris, France
Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mother STHLM, Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden
Sound in Motion, Muziekcentrum Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Worm, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Stadtgarten, Koln, Germany
Café Oto, London, UK
Klub Ucho, Gdynia, Poland
OPT, Wroclaw, Poland
Kulturana, Warsaw, Poland
Festival de Musiques de Creation, Ville de Sanguenay
Array Music, Toronto
Union Pool, New York
Capital Fringe, Washington DC
New Ghost, Servants Quarters, Marhalls, Cleveland
Montague Bookmill, North Hampton, Massachusetts
Hallwalls cCntemporary Arts Center, Buffalo
Trinosophes, Detroit
Constellation, Chicago
Chicago Psych Fest
Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago
In C, Constellation, Chicago
Magnetoception, 2x LP, Joshua Abrams, (Natural Information Society) Eremite Records
Automaginary, LP / CASS, silk-screened covers, Natural Information Society + Bitchin Bajas, Drag City Records
2014
Szalon, Reva and David Logan Center Gallery, University of Chicago, curated by Monika Szewczyk
Chromatic Consortium, The Franklin, Chicago
Natural Information Society Performances:
Eastern Daze Festival, Ghent, Belgium
Roze Tanker, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occii, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland
Baby’s All Right, New York
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago
House of Blues, Chicago
The Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pioneer Valley Jazz, Northhampton
New Music Circle, St Louis
Mercury Ballroom, Louisville
Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis
Theaster Gates’ Black Monks of Mississippi performances:
The Black Monastic residency, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Represencing, CD reissue, Joshua Abrams, (Natural Information Society) Eremite Records
Natural Information, CD reissue, Joshua Abrams, (Natural Information Society) Eremite Records
2013
Traditional Object, solo, Soccer Club Club gallery, Drag City, Chicago
Power of 10, Three Walls Gallery, Chicago
Natural Information Society Performances:
Doug Aitken’s Station to Station Films
Sant’Anna Arressi Festival, Sardinia, Italy
Lavoir Moderne, Paris, France
Cafe Oto, London, UK
Galeria BWA, Zielona Gora, Poland
OPT – Osrodek Postaw Tworczych, Wroclaw, Poland
Bajkonur, Lodz, Poland
Kalendarium Cafe Kultura, Warsaw, Poland
Klub Re, Krakow, Poland
Dragon, Poznan, Poland
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Sala Rosa, Montreal
Array, Toronto
Off the Record, DCASE, Reva and David Logan Center, performance penthouse, University of Chicago
Summersonic, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago
Constellation, Chicago
Trinosophes, Detroit
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo
Black Elks Lodge, Ann Arbor
Theaster Gates’ Black Monks of Mississippi performances:
Revealed, in James Turrell’s Skyspace, Stonescape, Napa Valley
13th ballad, video footage of 12 Ballads for Huguenot House performances, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
2012
Limpia, solo, Soccer Club Club gallery, Drag City, Chicago
Natural Information Society performances:
Powiekszenie, Warsaw, Poland
OPT – Osrodek Postaw Tworczych, Wroclaw, Poland
Estrada, Poznan, Poland
Klub Re, Krakow, Poland
Jazzowa Osrodek, Sejny, Poland
Klub Jazzga, Lodz, Poland
Henry Miller Library, Big Sur
Delmonte Speakeasy, Los Angeles
Dublab, Los Angeles
Brick & Mortar, San Francisco
Haven Underground, Nevada City
Face the Strange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Adventures in Modern Music Festival, Wire UK, Empty Bottle, Chicago
Polish Embassy, Chicago
Theaster Gates’ Black Monks of Mississippi performances:
12 ballads for Huguenot House, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
president Barack Obama’s 51st birthday, Chicago

Represencing, LP, silk-screened covers, Joshua Abrams, (Natural Information Society) Eremite Records
2011
Cosmic Workshop, Chicago
Alternating Currents, Woodland Patterns, Milwaukee
Natural Information Society performances:
Nuit Blanche, Guelph International Jazz Festival, Canada
Loft Society, Cincinnati
Bezanson Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lorem, Cambridge
Chicago World Music Festival, The Vic, chicago
2010
Qunehuayan, Belair, Chicago
Natural Information Society performances:
Issue Project Room, New York
X Avant New Music Festival, Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, Canada
Blacks Elks Lodge, Ann Arbor
Harvard Graduate School of Design, with Theaster Gates, Cambridge
Natural Information, LP, Joshua Abrams, (Natural Information Society) Eremite records


© 2016 Lisa Alvarado