. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Announcing Spring 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 […]

Fall 2021 Season Recap

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 […]

Fall 2020 Season Recap

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 […]

Fall 2020 Season Announcement

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).   […]

March 12 – Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters – POSTPONED

Beatrice Gibson in person 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 […]

Feb 27 – Linda Mary Montano: Laughing, Crying, Living Art

Linda Mary Montano in person Linda Mary Montano is renowned for videos and endurance-based performances that dissolve the boundaries between art and life. In works like Art/Life One Year Performance 1983–1984, a collaboration with Tehching Hsieh, she spent a year bound to the artist by an eight-foot rope; in 14 Years of Living Art (1984–98), she wore monochromatic clothing, […]

Feb 20 – Avant-Noir

Curator Greg de Cuir Jr. and artist Edgar Arceneaux in person Conceived by Belgrade-based curator Greg de Cuir Jr. as an “intervention into the status quo,” Avant-Noir brings together contemporary films and videos by international artists of African descent to showcase visual representations of Black cultures in their many complexities. Part of a much larger […]

Feb 13 – Lori Felker: Intrusions and Interruptions

Lori Felker in person Known for genre-bending explorations of human relationships, award-winning filmmaker Lori Felker (MFA 2007) debuts a collection of slippery, semiautobiographical tales of motherhood, miscarriages, and missing people. In Spontaneous (2020) she charts the loss of her pregnancy during the Slamdance Film Festival premiere of her short Discontinuity (2016), highlighting the chasm between her body’s slow-moving […]

Feb 6 – An Evening with Vaginal Davis

Vaginal Davis in person Vaginal Davis is a key figure in the history of queer music, performance, and video art. She emerged from Los Angeles’s 1970s queer and punk performance scenes, creating her own mythology during live shows with her “multiracial, maxi-gendered” bands. She turned to video in the late 1980s, mixing identity, fiction, and […]

Spring 2020 Season Announcement

We’re pleased to announce the Spring 2020 season of Conversations at the Edge! We have a spectacular program lined up, including appearances by media artists  Vaginal Davis (Feb 6); Lori Felker (Feb 13); Linda Mary Montano (Feb 27); Mariah Garnett (March 5); Beatrice Gibson (March 12); Ian Cheng (March 24), and Wong Ping (April 9), […]

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