. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

November 1- Vincent Grenier: Tabula Rasa

Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. | Vincent Grenier in person! For nearly four decades, Vincent Grenier has sought to capture what he describes as “the ineffable, untranslatable, revelations of light, color, form, and composition.” The result is a sensuous, meditative, yet energized body of work across a range of approaches and formats. This program brings […]


Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. | Laida Lertxundi in person! Shot within and around Los Angeles, Laida Lertxundi’s seductively enigmatic films mix soul music and art punk as non-actors lounge within sublime beachscapes, cheap motels, and light-flooded apartments. My Tears Are Dry (2009) is a luscious and melodic composition that lures the viewer into and […]


Thursday, October 11, 6 p.m. | Introduced by Daniel Eisenberg, Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago For more than four decades Jean-Marie Straub and the late Danièle Huillet influenced generations of filmmakers, artists, and thinkers with their personal and politically engaged films based on […]


Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. | Introduced by Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago Hito Steyerl’s masterfully orchestrated video essays chart the lives of images, objects, and places to arrive at provocative new conclusions about their meaning.This program features two of these works, Lovely Andrea (2007) and In Free Fall […]

Thursday – WU TSANG & WILDNESS!!

September 13, 6:00 p.m Due to unforeseen circumstances, artist Wu Tsang will be joining us live via Skype instead of in person.  We apologize for any inconvenience (but hope you will still join us!) Image from Wildness (Wu Tsang, 2012). Courtesy of the artist. Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, magical realism […]

Handsworth Songs

April 5, 6:00 p.m. John Akomfrah/Black Audio Film Collective, Handsworth Songs (1986). Courtesy the artists and LUX, London. Founded against the backdrop of rising neo-fascism, police brutality, and extreme racial unrest of 1980s Britain, the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) produced some of the period’s most poetic and provocative works before disbanding in the 1990s. […]

We Began By Measuring Distance

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. | Basma Alsharif in person! Introduced by Tirtza Even! Basma al-Sharif, We Began By Measuring Distance (2009). Courtesy the artist. “We Began By Measuring Distance”  reflects on intrinsic and imposed distances—physical, logistical, and psychological—represented in works by women filmmakers from or connected to Palestine, including Jumana Emil Abboud, Basma Alsharif, […]


Thursday, November 17, 6:00 pm | Amar Kanwar in person! Image from THE SMILE (Amar Kanwar, 2007). Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Amar Kanwar’s films and installations offer incisive and meditative explorations of the political, social, economic, and ecological conditions of the Indian subcontinent. They are also formally inventive, synthesizing documentary, […]


Thursday, October 6, 6:00 pm | Filmmakers Bill Brown and Lee Anne Schmitt in person! Image from Bowers Cave (Lee Lynch and Lee Anne Schmitt, 2010). Image courtesy the artists. In recent years, a number of artists have turned to the landscape itself–using everything from iPhone apps to walking tours–to examine the ways in which […]


Thursday, September 22, 6:00 pm | Matthew Buckingham in person! Image from A MAN OF THE CROWD (Matthew Buckingham, 2003). Courtesy the artist. Answering to the gaps and cracks in history, New York-based artist Matthew Buckingham weaves fact and fiction, past and present into elegant narratives and meditative essays.  This evening’s program, culled from across […]

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    Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC's Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State / Chicago, IL / 312.846.2600), unless otherwise noted.