. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

The Presentation Theme: New & Old Films by Jim Trainor

Thursday, November 20, 6pm | Jim Trainor in person! Jim Trainor, The Presentation Theme (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. The work of celebrated Chicago filmmaker and SAIC professor Jim Trainor revels in the world between playfulness and prurience with shaky, line-drawn animations of animals, humans, and their habits. Tonight he presents two new films […]

Outer Ear Festival of Sound: Recent Films by Deborah Stratman

Thursday, November 13, 6pm | Deborah Stratman in person! Deborah Stratman, O’er the Land (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. The Experimental Sound Studio’s Outer Ear Festival of Sound and CATE team up to present a special preview of award-winning filmmaker Deborah Stratman’s latest film, O’er the Land (2008). Completed in part through a residency at […]

Carolee Schneemann: Film & Performance

Thursday, November 6, 6pm | Carolee Schneemann in person! Since the early 1960s, legendary multimedia artist Carolee Schneemann has blazed a groundbreaking, taboo-busting path through the art world. Expressive, exuberant and intelligent, her work ranges from hand-made diary films and politically charged performances to painting, poetry, and installation, all the while exploring and overturning preconceived […]


Thursday, October 30, 6pm | Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt in person! Semiconductor, Magnetic Movie (2007). Image courtesy of the artists. UK artist-duo Semiconductor’s stunning digital animations render our physical world in a constant state of flux. Since 1999, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have used digital technologies to create what The Wire calls “experimental meta-science […]

Omer Fast: Recent Works

Thursday, October 23, 6pm | Omer Fast in person! Omer Fast, The Casting (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. The provocative, whip-smart work of Berlin-based artist Omer Fast is garnering international acclaim, and with good reason. Showcasing an incisive eye, sharp technique and keen wit, Fast’s videos and installations of funeral directors, Colonial Williamsburg re-enactors, […]

Joanie 4 Jackie: The Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising

Thursday, October 16, 6pm Joanie 4 Jackie knows that the best lady-made film and video art belongs not only in a gallery, but also in the bedrooms of girls all over America. — J4J In 1995, multimedia artist Miranda July began inviting DIY women filmmakers to submit work in return for a “chainletter,” or a […]

Still Raining, Still Dreaming: Films & Videos by Phil Solomon

Thursday, October 9, 2008, 6pm | Phil Solomon in person! Phil Solomon w/Mark Lapore, Crossroad (2005). Image courtesy of Phil Solomon. For over three decades, Phil Solomon’s cinematic alchemy has forged great beauty from images awash in material and emotional grit. Renowned for transforming found footage into molten dreamscapes through chemical and photographic processes, Solomon […]

15 Years of the Chicago Underground Film Festival

Thursday, October 2, 6pm | Festival director Bryan Wendorf and CUFF filmmakers in person! Roger Ebert once said of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, “What you get for your money is not just admission to the films, but admission to a subculture.” For 15 years, CUFF has exhibited the vibrant media emerging from Chicago’s schools, […]

Eyes Wide Open: Videos by Dani Leventhal

Thursday, September 25, 6pm | Dani Leventhal in person! Dani Leventhal, Show and Tell in the Land of Milk and Honey (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. At once tender and savage, Dani Leventhal’s astonishing video diaries capture the banal and the horrific to reveal the transcendent beauty and pain of daily life. In the […]

GLITCH: Creative Problem Creating

Thursday, September 18, 6pm | Curator Jon Satrom in person! What happens when the creative roadblocks—errors, glitches, accidents—become the building blocks in the art-making process? This program highlights artists who intentionally create problems by corrupting data, hacking signals, and manipulating the medium, often to the point of challenging its own display. Curated by new media artist and SAIC […]

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