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Kent Lambert & Jesse McLean Sept. 23!

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | September 20, 2010

Still from Security Anthem (Kent Lambert, 2003). Image courtesy the artist.
Still from Security Anthem (Kent Lambert, 2003). Image courtesy the artist.

Haunting and hilarious by turns, the videos of Chicago artists Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean remix the banal debris of television culture into striking meditations on our highly mediated public sphere. In works like Security Anthem (2003), Hymn of Reckoning (2006), and Sunset Coda (2006), Lambert culls footage from “Lost,” his own home movies, and the vocal stylings of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to explore the vagaries of national security in this current age of international terror. In her Bearing Witness TrilogyThe Eternal Quarter Inch (2008), The Burning Blue (2009), and Somewhere Only We Know (2009)–McLean sifts through televangelist sermons and Space Shuttle lift-offs to consider the possibility for genuine human connection within a blur of televised emotion. This evening’s program features the North American premiere of McLean’s Magic for Beginners (2010) and a brand-new collaboration between the two.

Have to Believe We Are Magic: Videos by Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean

2003-10, USA, multiple formats, ca. 80 min (plus discussion)

Security Anthem (Kent Lambert, 2003)

Eternal Quarter Inch (Jesse McLean, 2008)

Hymn of Reckoning (Kent Lambert, 2006)

Somewhere Only We Know (Jesse McLean, 2009)

Sunset Coda (Kent Lambert, 2006)

Fantasy Suite (Kent Lambert, 2009)

The Burning Blue (Jesse McLean, 2009)

WHS/VHS (Kent Lambert, 2009)

Majic (Kent Lambert, 2004)

Magic for Beginners (Jesse McLean, 2010) North America Premiere!

Altered Beast (Kent Lambert & Jesse McLean, 2010) World premiere!

KENT LAMBERT (1976, Colorado Springs, CO) lives and works in Chicago. His videos have been screened at festivals around the world and at such venues as Other Cinema in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. His pop band Roommate will release its third album, titled Guilty Rainbow, in early 2011.

JESSE MCLEAN (1975, Philadelphia, PA) grew up in Pennsylvania, studied art at Oberlin College, and received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was the winner of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Besides Ann Arbor, she has shown her work at the Venice Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Onion City Film and Video Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives, Art Chicago, PDX Festival, FLEX, and the Director’s Lounge in Berlin. She lives and works in Chicago, where she teaches part-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Kent Lambert

Jesse McLean