. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

VISION IN MOTION: FILMMAKING AT THE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, 1944-70

Thursday, October 1, 2009 and Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6pm Guests in person! Image: László Moholy-Nagy & ID students, Design Workshops (1944). “The illiterates of the future,” the pioneering Hungarian artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy once famously proclaimed, “will be ignorant of the camera and pen alike.” Founded in Chicago in 1937 and modeled […]

The Films of Bruce Conner

Thursday, April 16 & Friday, April 17, 6pm | Guests in person! Bruce Conner, A Movie (1958). Image courtesy of the Conner Family Trust. Explosive, elegiac, and ecstatic, the films of Bruce Conner (1933-2008) have had an enormous impact on film and pop culture, echoing through the rhythms of MTV, on-line remixes, and the use […]

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 […]

Falling Out of Time: New Documentaries from the Former Soviet Europe

Thursday, April 3, 6pm | Curators Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby in person! Igor Strembitsky, Wayfarers (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Once the home of state-sponsored social realism, the former Soviet Europe has given rise to a new breed of documentary, revising its realist tradition with the observational ambiguities and formal rigor more familiar […]

Clandestinos! Mapping Cuba’s Digital Audiovisual Landscape

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6pm | Cristina Venegas in person! In recent years, Cuba has witnessed an explosion of independent media, ushered in by a dynamic new generation of artists and filmmakers and the increasing availability of digital technologies. Presented as part of a month-long series of Cuban film and video at the Film Center, […]

Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Experimental Films

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 6pm For nearly a century, Indian filmmakers have drawn on the country’s rich aesthetic traditions to craft radically original works.  Despite the international popularity of Bollywood, the country’s “Cinema of Prayoga” (which loosely translates as cinema of “experiment” in Sanskrit) remains largely unknown. Curated by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza of […]

The Wave: New Experimental Films from China

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6pm Little more than a decade-and-a-half old, Chinese media art is vigorously energizing the country’s rich aesthetic traditions, ushering in new forms of art-making to express China’s rapid social, economic, and political changes. Curated by Li Zhenhua, this program surveys the field with works from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, including 1201 […]

The Animated Films of Adam K. Beckett

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6pm Curator Jim Trainor in person! The young animator Adam K. Beckett created a handful of vivid, astonishing films in the early 1970s, but died tragically at the age of 29 at the peak of his creative frenzy. Based on an innovation he called the evolving cycle—whereby an animated image grows […]

SAIC Department of Film, Video and New Media Year-End Show

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6pm Filmmakers in person! Tonight’s program is a cinematic toast to the semester’s end with a cross-section of current work by emerging talents in the School of the Art Institute’s Department of Film, Video, and New Media. Cheers! Lilli Carré’s What Hits the Moon (2006) pits an aging cartoon character against […]

Calculations: Pioneers of Computer Animation

Thursday, May 4, 2006, 6pm Larry Cuba, Calculated Movements (1985). Decades before Hollywood CGI spectaculars, artists worked with computers to create an aesthetic specific to the machine. At IBM, Bell, and in their own home-built labs, they generated visionary spectacles from mathematical precision– stroboscopic patterns, kinetic rhythms, and volumetric illusions. Tonight’s program is a cross-section […]

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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.



     

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