. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm | Laura Parnes in person! Image from Blood and Guts in High School (Laura Parnes, 2004-06). Courtesy the artist. Laura Parnes’s bracingly inventive, stylized films and videos operate at the intersection of narrative film and video art. This evening, Parnes will present her acclaimed feature, Blood and Guts in High […]

The Wild Triumphs of Martha Colburn

Thursday, February 10, 6:00 pm | Martha Colburn in person! Destiny Manifesto (Martha Colburn, 2006). Courtesy the artist. Martha Colburn’s wickedly witty animations are assemblages of stop-motion puppetry, multi-layered glass painting, and all forms of pop cultural detritus. Drawing inspiration from the histories of the American West and more recent narratives of methamphetamine use and […]


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, March 11, 6pm | Tran, T. Kim-Trang in person! Still from “ekleipsis” (Tran, T. Kim-Trang, 1998), part of the Blindness Series, 1992-2006. Courtesy the artist and the Video Data Bank. The Blindness Series is Los Angeles-based artist Tran, T. Kim-Trang’s expansive, fourteen-years-in-the-making tour de force on vision and its metaphors.  Comprised of eight videos, […]


Thursday, February 11, 6pm | Dara Birnbaum in person! Still from Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (Dara Birnbaum, 1978-79). Courtesy the Video Data Bank. Thirty years before the ubiquitous YouTube mash-up, artist Dara Birnbaum hijacked television imagery in a series of coolly ironic videos that recontextualized pop cultural icons (Wonder Woman, Kojak, Laverne & Shirley), TV grammar […]


Thursday, November 5, 6pm | Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn in person! Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, “Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit it Out” (2006). Image courtesy of Elizabeth Dee Gallery. With a biting yet surprisingly tender wit, Los Angeles performance and video artists Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn couch social critique in bizarre, hilarious, […]

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. […]

Through the Looking Glass: Videos by Cecelia Condit

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6pm | Cecelia Condit in person! Cecelia Condit, Annie Lloyd (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. Since the early 1980s, Cecelia Condit has garnered acclaim for her sweetly gruesome stories of menaced and menacing women. Cultural critic Laura Kipnis calls Condit, “the most serious practitioner of the grotesque in video art” […]

Carolee Schneemann: Film & Performance

Thursday, November 6, 6pm | Carolee Schneemann in person! Since the early 1960s, legendary multimedia artist Carolee Schneemann has blazed a groundbreaking, taboo-busting path through the art world. Expressive, exuberant and intelligent, her work ranges from hand-made diary films and politically charged performances to painting, poetry, and installation, all the while exploring and overturning preconceived […]

Joanie 4 Jackie: The Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising

Thursday, October 16, 6pm Joanie 4 Jackie knows that the best lady-made film and video art belongs not only in a gallery, but also in the bedrooms of girls all over America. — J4J In 1995, multimedia artist Miranda July began inviting DIY women filmmakers to submit work in return for a “chainletter,” or a […]

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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.