. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Announcing Fall 2022

Join us for the fall 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 with Jessica Bardsley (9/22), Tsai Ming-Liang (10/3), Marta Pajek (10/20), an animation program including Yoriko Mizushiri, Martina Scarpelli, Shoko […]

Spring 2021 Season Recap

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 […]

Announcing Spring 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 […]

That’s A Wrap! – Fall 2019

Thank you for joining us for our Fall 2019 season! See you in January 2020!                    

October 3 – New Films from the GLAS Animation Festival

GLAS Animation Festival director Jeanette Bonds in person Each year, the GLAS Animation Festival showcases a thrillingly expansive range of films from around the globe. Founded in 2016 by animators Jeanette Bonds and Einar Baldvin, it has become a singular platform for art and industry alike, highlighting experimental and visionary threads across the spectrum. Bonds […]

September 26 – Selina Trepp: I Work With What I Have

Selina Trepp, Tomeka Reid, Jason Roebke, Dan Bitney in person Informed by ideas of improvisation, collaboration, and flux, Chicago-based artist Selina Trepp (BFA 1998) produces exuberant works from radically limited means. Since 2012, she has refrained from bringing new materials into her practice, instead recycling past artworks and remnants into each new project. Her animated […]

February 7 – Jodie Mack: The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack in person Artist and animator Jodie Mack (MFA 2007) is celebrated for transforming the patterns of everyday life into dazzling short films. Her debut feature is an exhilarating examination of the global circulation of textiles. Shot on location in nearly 20 countries, the film interweaves footage of industrial mills, artisan looms, airports, cargo […]

An Interview with Peter Burr

During his visit to SAIC in this week, Peter Burr sat down with CATE Curatorial Assistant Nicky Ni for an interview about his background in painting and drawing, his iconic computer animation style, and his multimedia practice that spans from video, performance, to immersive and interactive game installation. NN: Could you give a brief summary […]

Peter Burr: Pattern Language

Artist and animator Peter Burr creates videos, performances, and video games that conjure virtual spaces and illusive patterns. Burr’s singularity not only resides in his mesmerizing moiré sequences but also in his aesthetic of privileging every crisp pixel. This program features a series of single-channel computer animations extracted from Burr’s expanded projects. Derived from Aria End, […]

On Margaret Tait

At the shady foot of trees Certain things grow, But at the foot of stone grow the sun-loving             wind–resisting short plants With very small bright flowers And compact, precise leaves. The wind whips the tight stems into a vibration, But they don’t break. — Margaret Tait, excerpt from The […]

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