Jordan Knecht

Art form(s):Publishing/ Performance/ Installation

CAPE Teaching Artist since 2017

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MFA in Performance from School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BA from Hampshire College


Over the past five years Jordan Knecht moved from Denver to Chicago, worked at a ramen shop in a basement, went through some breakups, found a therapist who did EMDR, completed graduate school during a global pandemic while teaching art at three elementary schools remotely and house sitting back and forth across the United States for about 16 months, experienced some deep self-shattering, started climbing, began DJing, founded a new performance project, almost went on tour, but caught covid instead, successfully went on tour a few months later, bought around 3,000 pounds of used turf from a football field in Denver, finished therapy, shook out around 2,000 pounds of synthetic fill from the turf with the help of some very kind friends, learned a bit about the chemistry and biology of scent, and read quite a few books while lying down by Lake Michigan. Jordan still lives in Chicago, but given the way he’s been living for the past five years, it’s reasonable to be unclear on that fact.

Artist Statement:

I am motivated by a curiosity in the complex dynamical systems that make up our world, cause and effect and feedback loops. Of particular interest to me are the parallels between physical systems and the systems present in intersubjective experience between conscious beings. I find sound and music, along with imagery, produced and assembled in surreal and uncanny collages to be provocative in ways that allow for discussion of intersubjective experience between artist and audience—especially so when narratives emerge organically.