Upcoming Shows:   
*August 31st-October 2nd Sound Installation co-authored with Jacob Brunner in conjunction with exhibition at 3rd street Gallery in Philadelphia*
*Excerpt from upcoming Cassette release on Vitrine "The Sallow Rakes" *

Sunday October 9, 2016 Impermanent Society presents Free Improv in the Streets at the Old City Festival / In front of SugarCube 124 N. 3rd Street
October 17th Ruff Bummer (FL), Voice Hoist (FL), W00dy and Jim Strong @ Kungfu Necktie Upstairs
 Monday October 17 - Sunday October 23, 2016
Impermanent Society presents 2nd Annual festival of Free Improvisation in Sound and Movement.

The festival runs from Monday October 17th - Sunday October 23th 2016 and will present a wide range of programming including community focused workshops, adult & youth education, panel discussions, professional development and performances

October 27th-November 6th Ghost in Salad and Jim Strong Halloween/Fall Tour
*Venue/Details Soon*
Rough Itinerary:
27 DC @ Rhizome with Thomas Helton and Susan Alcorn
28 Richmond TBA
29 Chapel hill @ Cathedral2 with Patrick Gallagher and De_Plata
30 Atlanta? Athens? Help
31 Chatanooga, Tennessee: Tiki Bar?
1 Disputanta, Kentucky : Day of the Dead Ritual
2 Dayton TBA
3 Chicago TBA
4 Detroit @ DITTO ditto 
5 Cleveland @ Gallacom INTL 
6 Pitt @ Spaghetti Warehouse

November 13th: Like a Villian Location TBA 

Musical Instruments and Performance

   Wearable Instruments 2015-16
 "Plate of Urchins" 2016 Wood, Aluminum, Strings, Piezo Transducers, Humbucker Pickups, Hand Stamped Leather Straps

"Mouth with Feet all Around it"  2015
wearable musical instrument- Wood, Strings, Rubber, Leather, Piezos

 "Mechanism of the writer" 2015
wearable musical instrument- Wood, Strings, Acrylic, Leather, Piezos

Above photos of Instruments by Jason Rusnock

Paintings and Other Sculpture

"The Childs Boat" 2015 32x44 Mounted Candle: 13 x 3
Acrylic and Graphite on paper mounted on board with Rubber/Aluminum frame and Resin, Rubber and Wood Construction

"Candle01" 2015 22 x 4 x 3
Resin, Broom Tines, Acrylic and Wood

"Nervals Lamp (Vernal Psalm)" 2015 22 x 28
Acrylic, Graphite and Buttons on Illustration Board mounted on Corrugated Plastic with Carved Wooden Frame with Painted Aluminum siding.

"Technologies Insect" 2011-15 23 x 6
Acrylic, Graphite and Buttons on Illustration Board mounted on Wood with Painted and Carved Wooden Frame

above photos by Paul Benson

Still from Mechanism of the writer Performance and Exhibition (behind) w/ Gwendolyn Rooker.  2015

Motor Instrument 2015 motors, piezos

Hand 2015 motion activated sensor, springs, piezos

Objects/ Sculpture

     "Anti-Harvest"       2016   6x4     Resin, Pumpkin Stalk and Flying Squirrel remains 2015

"Shoe"        2016     21x5x6       Tree Bark, Spray Foam, Glue

     "Hand component for positive response machine boy"  2015      9x4x2       resin broom sticks

"Calendar Chair" (Left) Reconstructed Chair, Thread, Ceramic  36 x 15 2014 .  "Worms path after Rain" (Right) Reconstructed Chair, carving 36 x 15 2014

Improvised Performance with Janna Meiring at Mascher Space in Philadelphia. Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit

Painter and pataphysician: Thomas Chimes at The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia 2015  photo by Lauren karstens

        Film still from "Getting Dressed" from the filmballad of mamadada



Minna Kartunnen - Movement - Finland
Elise Knudson- Movement - New York
Jim Strong- Invented Instruments - Pennsylvania


The Death and Painful Dismemberment of Paul W. Auster live sound / Sound design by jim strong.
Jim Strong is an experimental instrument builder and visual artist. 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.) spanning sound, poetry, screenings and dance in galleries, warehouses and basements across the philadelphia area.   

In his investigations into painting he has developed a process of cultivating and transferring evaporated residue to a variety of surfaces as a mark of place.
The process, which incorporates masks, tennis rackets, grilling grates etc. disperses pigment in strata, creating a series of intimate topographies in two dimensions, which are placed in the context of hand-constructed surfaces that incorporate family artifacts.
Across modes and media, jim transforms with affection the common materials of the daily suburban life using homespun methods  to weave a digested picture of the places they were made and merging experiences oscillating between the domestic and the extraterrestrial. 

Strong is a Current Member of Vox Populi gallery in Philadelphia.



Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
Vox Populi
Crisis of Taste 
Mel Bentley
Ted Carey
 Jason Rusnock


BFA- University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA 2008

 Group Exhibition:   

"New Members Show" Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017 (Forthcoming)
 Sound Installation at Third Street Gallery Philadelphia PA 2016 
"Group Show" @ The Cameron Street Gallery Winchester, VA 2016
"HyperIntersection" @ Pageant Gallery Philadelphia 2015
"Mechanism of the writer" @ ArtCON2015/ Little Berlin Philadelphia 2015
"Open House" vacant house, Philadelphia PA  2014
"Food for thought" 440 Gallery, Brooklyn NYC  2014
“1.5 million” Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery. Philadelphia, PA Oct 2009


Interview by Cacophony Magazine 2016

"Thomas Chimes and Mari shaw - a philadelphia story"  Art Blog Art Blog  Andrea Kirsch 2015


Pfff 2016 Philadelphia Free Form Festival
October 17th -23th 2016  Icebox Crane Arts Building  (forthcoming) 

"Buttery Coldness" Film Screening, Lecture/ Performance with Lily Benson and Julia Pelta Feldman

Overlapping Kinespheres Embodied Improvisation and the (___) Global Underscore Mascher Space Philadelphia 2016

NowHere Festival of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement

October 19 - October 25, 2015
 Dedicated to promoting the Free Improvisation artform, the festival included 27 movement and sound artists from across the US. 

Gentle Sheers/ Membrane Channel/ American Shrimp Girl/ Grow New Buddhism in E-Seminar -- 2014-Present 
Performance Series with Constantly Shifting Monikers focus on Cross Disciplinary Sound, Theater, Dance, Poetry and Screenings

 Select Screenings: 

"Misrecollections Ghost" with C.J. Alvarez @  
RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE,  Berlin-Friedrichshai 2015
"Misrecollections Ghost" with C.J. Alvarez Sewanee Union Theater in Sewanee, TN 2015
"Camera swinging from a Rope" w/ digby 30 seconds, 2013 20/92 Video Screening @ Icebox Project Space 
"Everything all at Once" w/ lily benson 4 min, 2011  Pink Pony, New York 
"Getting Dressed" excerpt from The Film Balad of Mama Dada 2:08 min, 2013
Roulette Theatre in Brooklyn, NYC,  August 8th  

The whitney museum ISP exhibition June 15 2013  
CPH:DOX (Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival)
World Premiere
November 14, 2013
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
January 18, 2014
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Dutch Premiere
January 28, 2014
Lisbon International Independent Film Festival (IndieLisboa)
Portuguese Premiere
May 2014
New Horizon International Film Festival
International Competition: Films on Art
Polish Premiere
July-August, 2014

Select Theater/ Performances:

"Mechanism of the Writer" Little Berlin Philadelphia 2015
"Banquet of Limitless Opportunity" Humble Treasures Productions/ Little Berlin 2015
"Painter and Pataphysician: Thomas Chimes" Mari Shaw and Humble Treasure Productions, Slought Foundation 2015
"The Death and Painful Dismemberment of Paul W. Auster" Humble Treasure Productions, Little Berlin Philadelphia PA 2014  
"Antoinette and the Milky City" Cecilia Corrigan, Philadelphia PA 2006


Artist Member, Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2016-Present
Curator Member, Impermanent Society of Philadelphia 2015-Present
Ernest W. Greenfield Annual, 2008
Michael Leone Award, 2007 

Recent past performances:
November 7th-10th 2014: Little Berlin.  Philadelphia PA.  w/ HTP
December 20th 2014: Vox populi. Philadelphia PA. w/ Sublime Frequencies 
February 7th 2015: First Banana. Philadelphia PA. w/ RSK, LXV, IMF, Jenny Hanniver, Gene Pick 
February 24th 2015: Painter and pataphysician.  Philadelphia PA. Slought foundation. w/ HTP
March 4th 2015 Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan.  Middletown, CT. w/ Vigilante Margarita and Bernd Klug
Attic Room w. Layne Garrett (DC), Al Margolis (NY), Mel Bentley (PA), Zachary Darrup (PA)- Strings and Text
 . March 20th Philadelphia: at THE VAT  w/ Seceret Boyfriend, Tether, Newton
 . March 21st Baltimore at The Red Room w/ tpt+tpt (Dave Ballou and Jeff Kaiser)
 . March 22nd: D.C. at Union Arts w/ Fire Death, Ian Mcain and Luke Stewart,        Patrick Cain
March 30th 2015 duo with Eun Jung Choi (movement) at Vox Populi in Philadephia
also with Ben Bennett/ Michael Foster, No Flesh Zone and Sargentt
SAT, APRIL 11TH 2015 with Eun Jung Choi (movement) at mascher space (Night Kitchen) also with // LIGHTNING ROD SPECIAL, CHRISTINA GESUALDI and SHANE CLARK
April 24th:  D.C. Union Arts duo with Martin Freeman (Electronics)
May 2nd 2015: Banquet of limitless opportunities @ Little Berlin
May 3rd 2015 "Mechanism of the writer" w/ Gwendolyn Rooker and Jacob Brunner @ Little Berlin
September 12th 2015 House Gallery 1816 Frankford Ave, Phila, PA 19125 between Berks and Montgomery. 8 pm start sliding scale $7-10 trio with  Eun Jung Choi (Dance) / Elise Knudson from NYC (Dance)   
September 18 2015- Mt. Airy Read and Eat 7141 Germantown Ave Phila, PA duo w/ Joel Kromer       
September 29 2015 - Consolidated Cardboard, Allentown trio with Jack Wright (sax) and Zach Darrup (guitar) 
October 8th 2015 @ h.o.t. series @ Mascher Space Philadelphia
October 11th 2015 @ 12.00PM - 6.00PM outside of Sugarcube at 124 N. 3rd Street with Imozoku Butoh
October 20th @ Pageant Gallery :Algea Group w/ Z Darrup and Unguent_ also Tether, Martin Freeman and Patrick j. Cain
November 6th 2015 @ Goldilocks gallery dreams in a cryogenic fugue release duo with digbie + eliot klein, richie morseberger
November 8th 2015  @ Vox Populi  w. Ethan Tripp, Anne f Jacques and Tim Olive
November 10th 2015 @ Vox Populi veRmulsCHt (Berlin), Whoopsydaisy and SCC
November 18th 2015 @ Strong family home: Digbie,  Whoopsydaisy, David Fishkin, Eliot Klein, Derek Baron (NYC) and more 
November 5th 2015 @ Da Vinci Art Center Anais Maviel/ Micheal Foster, Mike Bruno and Babanaga 
November 8th 2015 @ Dixons Place NYC Curated by Marcia Monroe.  Trio with Elise Knudson and Minna Karttunen (Movement)  Also: Emily Berry, Carol Mendes, Parijat Desa and Rachel Oliver
December 12th 2015 @ Lacuna  trio with Lauren Pakradooni and David Sutton. also Shots, Adrian Rew, Jero Route 66 and DJ creative person 
December 13th 2015 @ The warm worm Valerie Keuhne. Toru. Duo with Shaina Kapeluck
December 19th 2015 @ House in Bethlehem Trio with David Sutton and Mike Bruno
December 21st 2015 @ Commun Circuit NOise Festival duo with Digbee 
1-9-16 Davinci Art Alliance Kapeluck/ Imozoku/ Strong
2-5-16 Lava Space
GENTLE SHEERS 01 at Vox Populi, Philadelphia 3/22/16
Fiona Parkers Birthday 4/2/16  at Eris Temple Arts with Bath Assaults, Fiona Parker and the spitting truth, New age Realty and more
GENTLE SHEERS 03 at Vox Populi, Philadelphia 4/5 /16
The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia Presents: Audrey Chen 4/9/16 at the Argentine Tango School
Duo Tour with Flandrew Fleisenberg 2016
Wednesday 4/13 - Roanoke, VA at ArtRat Studios   .   Thursday 4/14 - Columbus house show put on by Bobb Hat and Jen Powers  .  Friday 4/15 - Toledo, OH at Robinwood Concert House  .  Saturday 4/16 - Detroit at Spread Art/ Detroit Contemporary  .  Sunday 4/17 - Chicago at Elastic Arts
Gentle Sheers 04- Piss Kills Mold (Jimmy Joe Roche) with Jim Strong, Will Schorre, Khristian Weeks and Peter Redgrave + more TBA + location TBA
Duo with Anais Maviel (N'Goni/ Vox/ Drum)  OTWO series (On The Way Out) at Freddys Bar Brooklyn, NY 5/24/16
Gentle Sheers 05 - David Lackner and Austin Knight, Sun Color (Barcelona, Spain), Daniel Fishkin, Fers Yn Ri  at R&D Vinyl
June 5th 2016 Narberth Family House show Goodbye to Manon Manavit with: People Skills, Bonnie Kane, Shadow Band, Eliot Klein, Jack Wright /Jim Strong duo, Whoopsy Daisy, Ghost in Salad and many more tba
June 12th 2016 Impermanent Society Presents: Anastasia Clark/Sandy Gordon/ Samuel Lang Budin (NY), Neil Feather (Baltimore) and Daniel Fishkin/ Jim Strong duo
 June 16th  2016:  Hollow Deck (MA), Erik Ruin Ominous Cloud Ensemble, Hallowed Bells and Schuyler Thum @ 3947 Ogden St Philadelphia
June 18th  2016: Rooted Ritual:Arcane Growth duo with LXV 
 June 23rd 2016: "Buttery Coldness" a  Film and Performance/Lecture Hosted by Lily Benson featuring Julia Pelta Feldman at Vox Populi

July 7th-9th 2016 ARTMAF 2016 in Virginia
July 13th 2016: ISOP presents Katt Hernandez
July 23rd 2016: Naka Naka * Cienfuegos * LXV & Jim Strong * Gene Pick & Slow Tongued Beauty * CC * DJ's Diamond Girl & Deflector @ Berks warehouse
August 31st-October 2nd 2016 Sound Installation co-authored with Jacob Brunner in conjunction with exhibition at 3rd street Gallery in Philadelphia
September 4th 2016 : Queer Trash III at Bizarre Bushwick in Brooklyn NY with Jacob Wick (Mexico City), Madame Kim Fatale and K-12 aka Gabe Ruin
September 11th 2016 : ISOP presents Derek Baron and Sandy Gordon
September 12th 2016  the Vat also with Bomb Trep, Fleshtone Aura and Leadpipe
September 15th 2016: solo at Eris Temple Arts
September 17th 2016 Duo with Jacob Brunner / Sound Installation at 3rd Street Gallery
September 24th 2016 H.O.T. Series of Philadelphia, Mascher Space