. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Announcing Spring 2022

Posted by | ialber | Posted on | February 5, 2022

Join us for the spring 2022 season of Conversations at the Edge!

The series returns to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Gene Siskel Film Center (164 North State Street) for in-person screenings, performances, and presentations with Nazli Dincel (Feb 17),  Meriem Bennani (Mar 10),  Andy Slater (Mar 31), Dani and Sheilah ReStack (Apr 14), and Nick Briz  (Apr 14). Visit www.saic.edu/cate for season details.

Thanks to our partners Video Data Bank, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts and the University of Chicago, Gallery 400, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

A hand sensually stroking a large green leaf overlaid with the word “metaphor.”

Nazlı Dinçel, Between Relating and Use, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Video Data Bank

A large blue computer rendered globe with the words USA, CAPS, MOROCCO, and SPAIN hovering over the outlines of states.


Meriem Bennani, Party on the CAPS, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist

A white man with red hair and red wraparound glasses wearing a blue cardigan holding up a microphone in a white room.


Andy Slater. Photo: Charlie Simokaitis

The rear end of a brown and white horse and a white rider swimming in green water.


Dani and Sheilah ReStack, Future From Inside, 2021. Image courtesy of the artists and Video Data Bank

Words and numbers in white type arranged to form the impression of a fingerprint against a background of purples and blues.


Nick Briz, howthey. watch/you, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist

Fall 2021 Season Recap

Posted by | ialber | Posted on | February 5, 2022

We would like to thank all of you for joining us both virtually and in person for our screenings and conversations with the fantastic artists of the Fall 2021 season of Conversations at the Edge!

A big thank you as well to all of our presenting partners, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Video Data Bank, The Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Stay tuned to our page for exciting news about our upcoming Spring 2022 season!

A black man in white swim trunks standing with arms outstretched on an ocean beach.

Renée Green Partially Buried Continued (1997) Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank

A white woman holding her nose in profile against a backdrop of television static.

Lynda Benglis Now (1973) Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank

A Thai woman with a low ponytail wearing a white shirt standing in profile against a river landscape.

Anocha Suwichkornpong By The Time It Gets Dark (2016) Courtesy of the artist and Kim Stim

A Thai woman in a white backwards baseball cap kneeling in an outdoor field at dusk. Behind her is a white truck and tall trees.

Pom Bunsermvicha Lemongrass Girl (2021) Image courtesy of the artist and Square Eyes

A large container ship in a blue ocean harbor. In the foreground of the image is a waving hand.

Tulapop Saenjaroen Notes From the Periphery (2021) Image courtesy of the artist

 

Announcing Fall 2021

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | February 5, 2022

The Fall 2021 season of Conversations at the Edge starts Thursday, September 23!
Join us for theatrical screenings, virtual artist talks, and virtual screenings! All programs take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and on the Film Center’s virtual cinema platform. More info at saic.edu/cate
A black man with white swim trunks standing with arms outstretched on an ocean beach.

Renée Green Partially Buried Continued (1997). Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank

RENEE GREEN
Renée Green: Partially Buried, Partially Buried Continued, and Mise-en-scène: Commemorative Toile
9/23, 6:00 pm CT // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
9/24 – 9/30 // On Demand // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Renée Green in conversation with Jordan Carter
9/27, 6:00 pm CT // Virtual Event // Zoom
LYNDA BENGLIS
Lynda Benglis: Works on Video
10/7, 6:00 pm CT // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
10/8 – 10/14 // On Demand // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Lynda Benglis in Conversation with Molly Donovan
10/8, 6:00 pm CT // Virtual Event // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG
By the Time It Gets Dark
10/21, 6:00 pm CT // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
10/22 – 10/28 // On Demand // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Mundane History (with Nightfall)
10/23, 5:00 pm // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
Krabi 2562 (with Jai)
10/24, 5:00 pm // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
10/22, 6:00 pm CT // Virtual Event // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema

POM BUNSERMVICHA

Lemongrass Girl
10/21, 6:00 pm CT // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
10/29 – 11/4 // On Demand // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
10/22, 6:00 pm CT // Virtual Event // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema

TULAPOP SAENJAROEN

Tulapop Saenjaroen: Short Films
10/28, 6:00 pm CT // Theatrical Screening // Gene Siskel Film Center
10/29 – 11/4 // On Demand // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
10/22, 6:00 pm CT // Virtual Event // Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema
Closed captions are available for virtual events. Closed captions or subtitles are available for virtual screenings. Hearing loops, wheelchair accessibility, and companion seating are available for theatrical screenings. For other accessibility requests, please visit saic.edu/access.

Spring 2021 Season Recap

Posted by | dmwaur | Posted on | May 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2021 season of Conversations at the Edge! 

We are so grateful for the artists and scholars who shared their work with us and for our presenting partners, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program, the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, SAIC’s Video Data Bank, and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Wendy Clarke, One On One: Arnold and Ahneva. Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank.

Carolyn Lazard, A Recipe for Disaster, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Madeleine Hunt – Ehrlich, Spit on the Broom, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Ian Cheng, Emissary Forks at Perfection (still), live simulation and story, infinite duration, 2015-2016. Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias, London and Gladstone Gallery, New York

Wong Ping, Jungle of Desire, 2016. Wong Ping. Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong _ Shanghai; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York /Los Angeles

Announcing Spring 2021

Posted by | dmwaur | Posted on | January 18, 2021

We’re excited to announce the Spring 2021 season!

Screenings and conversations begin February 8 in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema. Join us for programs with Wendy Clarke (Feb 11),  Dustin Gibson, Robert McRuer, Liza Sylvestre, and Minh Nguyen (Feb 25),  Madeleine Hunt – Ehrlich (Mar 25), Ian Cheng (Apr 6), and Wong Ping (Apr 15). Visit www.saic.edu/cate for season details.

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, Spit on the Broom, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Fall 2020 Season Recap

Posted by | dmwaur | Posted on | November 15, 2020

For our Fall 2020 program, we brought together a group of artists and scholars including Alison O’Daniel (Oct 1), American Artist (Oct 8), Delinda Collier (Oct 15), Ursula Biemann (Oct 22), Auriea and Michaël Samyn (Oct 28). 

These vibrant conversations and related screenings took place in the Gene Siskel Film Center‘s virtual cinema. We’re grateful for our presenting partners, including SAIC’s Video Data Bank and the  Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

Thank you for joining us!

Alison O’Daniel, still from The Tuba Thieves, 2013 – ongoing. Image courtesy of the artist.

American Artist, Blue Life Seminar, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Delinda Collier, Media Primitivism (Duke 2020)

Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and SAIC’s Video Data Bank

Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, The Endless Forest, 2005-ongoing. Courtesy of the artists

Fall 2020 Season Announcement

Posted by | dmwaur | Posted on | August 20, 2020

We’re pleased to announce the Fall 2020 season of Conversations at the Edge! Throughout the season, we’ll be hosting virtual artist talks and events alongside on-demand screenings. Join us for programs with Alison O’Daniel (Oct 1), American Artist (Oct 8), Delinda Collier (Oct 15), Ursula Biemann (Oct 22), and Auriea and Michaël Samyn (Oct 28).  

All programs are free, captioned, and take place in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema. Full details at www.saic.edu/cate.

Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves (2013 – ongoing). Courtesy of the artist

Remainder of Spring 2020 – Postponed

Posted by | mnguyen6 | Posted on | March 26, 2020

We regret to announce that the remainder of Conversations at the Edge‘s Spring 2020 season has been postponed for a later date. This includes An Evening with Ian ChengThis Set of Actions is a MirrorWong Ping: Digital FablesMcKenzie Wark and Legacy Russell: Culture That Loves Us. In accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SAIC has suspended all on-campus events, exhibitions, and programming. For more information please visit saic.edu/alerts.

March 12 – Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters – POSTPONED

Posted by | mnguyen6 | Posted on | March 9, 2020

Beatrice Gibson in person

3/12- Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters

In response to the CDC’s guidance on COVID-19, the 30th annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, has been postponed. Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Incorporating experimental music, poetry, and improvisation, the award-winning films of London-based artist Beatrice Gibson are shape-shifting explorations of social and political turmoil. In two powerful, deeply connected works—I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018), which takes its title from a poem by CAConrad, and Deux soeurs qui ne sont pas soeurs (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters) (2019), based on a screenplay by Gertrude Stein—Gibson defines the nature of motherhood and community in an age of contemporary anxiety. Weaving together images of joy and horror with readings by Conrad, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, filmmakers Ana Vaz and Basma Alsharif, as well as friends and family, Gibson builds an archive of stories, at once triumphant and traumatic, cynical and optimistic, toward a collective future.

2018–19, France/United Kingdom, DCP, ca 50 minutes followed by discussion. 

Presented in partnership with the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, a project of Chicago Filmmakers.

Beatrice Gibson is an artist and filmmaker based in London. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre in London; Bergen Kunsthall in Norway; and Mercer Union in Toronto. She has twice won the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2009/13). In 2015 she won the 17th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel, Switzerland, and more recently was the recipient of the Marian McMahon Akimbo Award at the 2019 Images Festival in Toronto. Her latest film premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight), Cannes Film Festival 2019.

March 5 – Mariah Garnett: Trouble

Posted by | mnguyen6 | Posted on | March 3, 2020

Mariah Garnett in person

Mariah Garnett, still from Trouble, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

In the early 1970s, Mariah Garnett’s father fled Northern Ireland after being the subject of a BBC documentary about relationships that crossed the country’s violent religious and political divide. Four decades later, the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker returned to her father’s native Belfast, immersing herself in the city’s sectarian upheavals to make her own film about his early life. Named one of Sight & Sound’s best films of 2019, Trouble mixes archival footage, contemporary interviews, and a series of extraordinary performances in which Garnett plays her father, reenacting both the BBC documentary and his present-day reflections on the period. Through its multifaceted form, the film depicts the complexities of identity and the echoing effects of personal and historical trauma.

2019, United Kingdom/United States, DCP, 83 minutes followed by discussion.

Mariah Garnett mixes documentary, narrative, and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that deconstructs the conventional hierarchy between filmmaker and subject which has historically represented the purview of directors who are economically, racially, and gender privileged. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK; ltd los angeles; and Louis B. James, New York. Screenings and other exhibitions include the New Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; REDCAT, Los Angeles; BFI Southbank, London; New York Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan; and Made in L.A. 2014, the Hammer Museum biennial. She has received awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), California Community Fund (2014), Artadia Los Angeles (2016), and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow in film/video (2019).

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    Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.

     

    CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC's Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.

     

    Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State / Chicago, IL / 312.846.2600), unless otherwise noted.



     

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