. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Kent Lambert & Jesse McLean interview each other

On the eve of tomorrow’s program, Have to Believe We Are Magic: Videos by Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean, the artists interviewed each other. Here is the exclusive transcript. Kent Lambert:  Ready when you are! Jesse McLean‪: ‬ ‪Ready!‬ ‪KL: ‬ ‪Do you have questions prepared?‬ Or should we have more of a casual conversation at the […]

Kent Lambert & Jesse McLean Sept. 23!

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 […]

Eleanore & the Timekeeper kicks off our fall season on Sept. 16!

Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m. | Danièle Wilmouth in person! Still from “Eleanore & the Timekeeper” (Danièle Wilmouth, 2010). Image courtesy the artist. Best known for her striking performance films, award-winning Chicago filmmaker and SAIC faculty member Danièle Wilmouth’s first feature is an intimate portrait of the complex bond between her aging grandmother and developmentally […]

CATE Returns Sept 16

Conversations at the Edge returns Thursday, September 16 with the world premiere of Danièle Wilmouth’s Eleanore & the Timekeeper. Additional highlights include appearances by Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean, Rosa Menkman, Bruce Bickford, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Luis Gispert, Alina Rudnitskaya, Kevin Jerome Everson, Daniel Eisenberg and programs highlighting recent video from China and reenactment in media […]

Back in Fall 2010

Still from “Basking in what feels like ‘an ocean of grace,’ I soon realise that I’m not looking at it, but rather that I AM it, recognising myself” (Emily Wardill, 2006). Courtesy LUX and the artist. Thanks to all for another fantastic season! CATE is now gearing up for Fall 2010. Stay tuned to this […]

Thomas Comerford’s “The Indian Boundary Line” return engagement Thursday, April 22

Still from “The Indian Boundary Line” (Thomas Comerford, 2010). Courtesy the artist. In case you missed the sold-out screening of our season opener, Thomas Comerford’s The Indian Boundary Line, the first time around, the film returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center for an encore engagement this coming Thursday, April 22 at 6pm. Find more […]


Thursday, April 15, 6pm | Ryan Trecartin in person! Still from “Sibling Topics (Section A)” (Ryan Trecartin, 2009). Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery. “Both in form and in function, Ryan Trecartin’s video practice advances understandings of post-millennial technology, narrative, and identity, while also propelling these matters as expressive mediums. His work depicts worlds […]

Everything I Tell You Now Is True: The Short Films of Emily Wardill

Thursday, April 8, 6pm |Emily Wardill in person! Still from “Ben” (Emily Wardill, 2007). Courtesy the artist and LUX. The films of British artist Emily Wardill are brilliant cinematic labyrinths. Visually striking and playfully rigorous, they draw upon an array of sources– underground theater, psychoanalytic case studies, the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Rancière, […]


Thursday, April 1, 2010, 6:00 pm Still from “On the Third Planet from the Sun” (Pavel Medvedev, 2006). Courtesy the artist. The documentaries of Pavel Medvedev are haunting portraits of some of post-Soviet Russia’s most isolated people and places. This rare screening presents four different facets of Medvedev’s remarkable oeuvre. Vacation in November (2002) follows […]


Thursday, March 25, 6pm | Naomi Uman in person! Still from “Unnamed Film” (Naomi Uman, 2008), part of the Ukrainian Time Machine, 2008. Courtesy the artist. In 2006, experimental filmmaker Naomi Uman retraced her great grandparents’ emigration from Eastern Europe in reverse, settling in the tiny village of Legedzine, Ukraine, where she still lives today. […]

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