. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Rose Lowder’s Bouquets

Thursday, February 17, 6:00 pm | Rose Lowder in person! Bouquets 25-27 (Rose Lowder, 2002-03). Courtesy the artist and Light Cone, Paris. Brimming with vibrant images of blossoms, orchards, insects, and grasses, the works of celebrated French filmmaker Rose Lowder literally buzz with life. For over thirty years, she has crafted a body of stunning […]


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. […]


Thursday, February 25, 6pm | Moyra Davey in person! Still from “Fifty Minutes” (Moyra Davey, 2006). Courtesy the artist. New York-based photographer and writer Moyra Davey is known for her finely observed photographs of domestic interiors. Her graceful, straightforward images catalog life’s in-between moments and overlooked objects–still lifes of crowded bookshelves, empty whiskey bottles, and […]

Letters, Notes: Films by David Gatten

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6pm | David Gatten in person! David Gatten, The Great Art of Knowing (2004). Image courtesy of the artist. “Influenced equally by Stan Brakhage and Ludwig Wittgenstein.”—Ed Halter, Village Voice For more than ten years, filmmaker and SAIC alum David Gatten’s serenely beautiful handmade films have employed experimental techniques—cellophane tape ink […]

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 […]

Jennifer Montgomery: Notes on the Death of Kodachrome

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 6pm | Jennifer Montgomery in person! Jennifer Montgomery, Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006). Image courtesy of the artist. At its start, Notes on the Death of Kodachrome pretends to be about the discontinuation of the much-beloved Super-8 film stock, Kodachrome, and with it, the possible demise of small-gauge filmmaking. […]

The World of George Kuchar

Thursday, November 2, 2006, 8pm | George Kuchar in person! George Kuchar has been working with the moving image for nearly half a century. First, with his twin brother Mike, producing their ultra-low-budget underground versions of Hollywood genre films. And then, on his own, since the 1980s, creating brilliantly edited, hilarious, often diaristic tapes with […]

Image x Sound: The Short Films of Tatsu Aoki

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 6pm Tatsu Aoki in person! In celebration of acclaimed Chicago musician and filmmaker (and School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty member) Tatsu Aoki’s 25th year making films, CATE and the 11th Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase present a two-part retrospective of his extraordinary short diary films. Aoki began keeping […]

Media City: Films and Videos from Media City 2006

Thursday, April 6, 2006, 6pm Curator David Dinnell in person! In the last twelve years, Media City has become one of the premiere festivals for experimental film and video art in North America. Staged each February in Windsor, the fest is renowned for its smart and cosmopolitan programming (videos from the Brazilian underground follow those […]

Confessions of a Sociopath: Recent Work by Joe Gibbons

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 6pm | Joe Gibbons in person! Joe Gibbons, Confessions of a Sociopath Part 1 (2001-06). Image courtesy of the artist. Joe Gibbons’ dry humor comes across in obsessive rants that scrape the bottom of a monomaniacal mind, spilling forth with fantasies of power, destruction, and death. In this selection of recent […]

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