. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Apr 16 – Marisa Olson: In Praise of Garbage

Thursday, April 16th | Marisa Olson in person! For more than a decade, new media artist, curator, and theorist Marisa Olson has staged on- and offline interventions that shrewdly and often hilariously shed light on the politics of pop culture, histories of technology, and aesthetics of failure. Her projects take shape through an array of forms—YouTube responses […]

November 7 – Now: The Body and the Screen

Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. | Presented by curator Jennifer Chan Artists Janet Lin in person and Georges Jacotey present via Google Hangout! In video’s early days, artists explored the camera’s influence on the way we understand ourselves by mixing performance and the medium’s capacity for instantaneous playback. In a seminal example, Lynda Benglis directed, questioned, and […]

April 18 – twohundredfiftysixcolors

Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. | Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus in person! World Premiere! Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs (the file format used to create simple, looping animations online) twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an internet page signpost, the file type has evolved […]

March 7 – REMIX-IT-RIGHT: Rediscoveries in the Phil Morton Archive

Thursday, March 7, 8 p.m. | Program introduced by curator Jon Cates. Artists in person! Chicago video pioneer Phil Morton (1945-2003) anticipated remix in his genre-defying individual and collaborative projects that share characteristics with what we now call “New Media” today. Radically open, committed to process, collaborative, contentious, and charismatic; Morton embodied what he dubbed […]

February 28 – Archives in Progress: An Evening with Darko Fritz

Thursday, February 28, 6 p.m. | Darko Fritz in person! “Darko Fritz is like a one-man tech-art history machine.”– Bruce Sterling, author and Wired columnist Since the late 1980s, the work of Amsterdam-based curator and researcher Darko Fritz has revolved around a significant investigation into the use of technology in culture. Renowned for his groundbreaking […]

September 27- BRENNA MURPHY

Thursday, September 27, 6 p.m. | Brenna Murphy in person! Mixing raw footage with sophisticated 3D graphics, Portland-based artist Brenna Murphy creates videos, soundscapes, and downloadable virtual realms in an on-going exploration of psychedelia across physical and virtual realities. For her premiere Chicago appearance, she presents a collection of her videos “structured to function as […]

Sara Ludy: A Space In-Between

March 15, 6:00 p.m. | Sara Ludy in person Sara Ludy, Transom (2011). Courtesy the artist. The work of SAIC alumna Sara Ludy (BFA 2003) spans a wide variety of formats including photography, video, animated gifs, live performance, and large-scale installations. She explores the representation of domestic interiors, suburban architecture, and landscape design in virtual […]

NICOLAS PROVOST: LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH

Thursday, November 10, 6:00 pm | Nicolas Provost in person! Image from LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH (Nicolas Provost, 2009). Courtesy the artist and the Video Data Bank. With digital prowess and deft editing, Belgian filmmaker Nicolas Provost transforms clichéd Hollywood scenes into something altogether more alluring, mysterious, and occasionally, more grotesque. Long Live the […]

Botborg!

Thursday, April 7, 6:00 pm | Live performance! Joe Musgrove and Scott Sinclair in person! Principle 2 (Botborg, 2007). Courtesy the artists. As Botborg, Berlin/Brisbane-based artists and musicians Scott Sinclair and Joe Musgrove fuse and rewire raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-color synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, audio […]

Tony Cokes: Notes on Evil (and Others)

Thursday, March 31, 6:00 pm | Tony Cokes in person! #3 (Tony Cokes, 2001). Courtesy the artist. In his incisively witty videos and installations, Tony Cokes juxtaposes familiar archival footage, Google searches, and Hollywood imagery with text and popular music to critique the media’s often reductive representations of race and class. This evening’s screening surveys […]

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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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