. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

The Unstable Object

Thursday, December 2, 6 p.m. | Daniel Eisenberg in person! The Unstable Object (Daniel Eisenberg, 2010). Image courtesy the artist. “Daniel Eisenberg’s films construct intricate webs of associations and reflections that probe consciousness, memory, and the emotional undercurrents of landscapes.” – Steve Anker What do a luxury automobile, a wall clock, and a cymbal have […]

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, 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 […]


Thursday, February 4, 6pm | Thomas Comerford in person! Still from “The Indian Boundary Line,” 2010. Courtesy the Artist. Over the last eight years, local musician and filmmaker Thomas Comerford has been at work on a series of quietly-observed films that contemplate the entwined social, political, and environmental histories of Chicago (Figures in the Landscape, […]

Interview with Daniel Eisenberg on Johan van der Keuken’s THE WAY SOUTH (1981)

On the occasion of this Thursday’s forthcoming screening of Johan van der Keuken’s The Way South, CATE interviewed SAIC Film, Video, and New Media Professor Daniel Eisenberg, who will be introducing the film, and who himself is deeply influenced by van der Keuken’s work. Still from Johan van der Keuken’s “The Way South” courtesy of […]


Thursday, October 29, 6pm | SAIC Professor Daniel Eisenberg in person! Image: Johan van der Keuken, “The Way South” (1981). Image courtesy of Idéale Audience International. Prolific Dutch documentarian, author, and photographer Johan van der Keuken produced 55 films and nine books over the course of his career. Influenced by Dutch realist photographers, existential and […]

Mike Hoolboom’s MARK

Thursday, October 22, 6pm | Mike Hoolboom in person! Image: Mike Hoolboom, Mark (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. “Society is not first of all a milieu for exchange where the essential would be to circulate or to cause to circulate, but rather a socius of inscription where the essential thing is to mark and […]


Thursday, October 15, 6pm | Frampton scholar Bruce Jenkins in person! Image: Hollis Frampton filming Winter Solstice. Image courtesy of Anthology Film Archives. Filmmaker, photographer, and theorist Hollis Frampton (1936–84) is a major figure in the American avant-garde. Ambitious in scope, his films wittily engage with philosophy, mathematics, and science. CATE presents a rare screening […]

Chick Strand: SOFT FICTION

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6pm Chick Strand, circa 1970. Photo by Neon Park. Celebrated West Coast filmmaker Chick Strand passed away this past summer, leaving behind a body of sensual and smart work significant for its radical exploration of the space between documentary and poetry, truth and fiction, and the politics and pleasure of representation. […]


Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6pm | Director Amie Siegel in person! DDR/DDR (Amie Siegel, 2008). Image courtesy of the artist. The latest feature by artist, filmmaker, and SAIC alum Amie Siegel (Empathy, 2003) is a multi-layered and disarmingly beautiful essay on the German Democratic Republic and its dissolution, which left many of its former citizens […]

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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.