. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Rosa Menkman: Glitched

Thursday, September 30, 6 p.m | Rosa Menkman in person! Every technology possesses its own inherent accidents. Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and theorist whose focus is on visual artifacts created by accidents in digital media specifically. She describes these as “the uncanny, brutal structures that come to the surface during a break of […]

Kent Lambert & Jesse McLean Sept. 23!

Still from Security Anthem (Kent Lambert, 2003). Image courtesy the artist. Haunting and hilarious by turns, the videos of Chicago artists Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean remix the banal debris of television culture into striking meditations on our highly mediated public sphere. In works like Security Anthem (2003), Hymn of Reckoning (2006), and Sunset Coda […]


Thursday, April 15, 6pm | Ryan Trecartin in person! Still from “Sibling Topics (Section A)” (Ryan Trecartin, 2009). Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery. “Both in form and in function, Ryan Trecartin’s video practice advances understandings of post-millennial technology, narrative, and identity, while also propelling these matters as expressive mediums. His work depicts worlds […]


Thursday, March 3, 2010 at 6pm | Takeshi Murata and Robert Beatty in person! Still from “Melter 2” (Takeshi Murata, 2003). Courtesy the artist. For the last six years, artist Takeshi Murata and musician Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race) have collaborated on a series of visceral glitch-based animations, setting Murata’s psychedelic imagery to […]

An Interview with Joost Rekveld

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s F Newsmagazine sits down with Joost Rekveld, Dutch filmmaker and current head of the ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague. Read the full story in the October edition of F News. Joost Rekveld, #23.2 Book of Mirrors, 2007. F News: In terms of the film work, who would […]

Interview with Golan Levin by jonCates (2003)

Following Golan Levin’s September 17 appearance at CATE, we present you with an excerpt of an interview conducted by SAIC Assistant Professor of Film, Video, and New Media, jonCates, in 2003. This interview was done as part of Cates’s Critical Artware project. Double-Taker (Snout), Interactive Robot from Golan Levin on Vimeo. jonCates: Have the histories […]


Thursday, October 8, 6pm | Joost Rekveld in person! Image: Joost Rekveld, #37 (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. Joost Rekveld’s films are spectacular treatises on the nature of light. They have screened around the world, including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Media City, and the Dutch Filmmuseum. Inspired by Medieval and Renaissance theories of optics, proto-cinematic […]

Golan Levin this Thursday, September 17!

September 17, 2009, 6pm | Golan Levin in person! Golan Levin, Opto-Isolator (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. Whimsical, provocative, and sublime, the work of new media artist Golan Levin explores the possibilities of code, screens, interactivity, and our relationship with machines. Levin creates collaborative digital systems, resulting in performances like Dialtones (A Telesymphony) (2001), […]

Cory Arcangel

Thursday, March 19, 6pm | Cory Arcangel in person! Best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks, multi-media trickster Cory Arcangel uses new and vintage computers, sound, performance, and the web to recontextualize popular figures (Super Mario Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel) and aesthetic systems (the instructional video, adult contemporary music, the “artist talk”) […]


Thursday, October 30, 6pm | Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt in person! Semiconductor, Magnetic Movie (2007). Image courtesy of the artists. UK artist-duo Semiconductor’s stunning digital animations render our physical world in a constant state of flux. Since 1999, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have used digital technologies to create what The Wire calls “experimental meta-science […]

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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.