. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


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 […]

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 […]

Still Raining, Still Dreaming: Films & Videos by Phil Solomon

Thursday, October 9, 2008, 6pm | Phil Solomon in person! Phil Solomon w/Mark Lapore, Crossroad (2005). Image courtesy of Phil Solomon. For over three decades, Phil Solomon’s cinematic alchemy has forged great beauty from images awash in material and emotional grit. Renowned for transforming found footage into molten dreamscapes through chemical and photographic processes, Solomon […]

15 Years of the Chicago Underground Film Festival

Thursday, October 2, 6pm | Festival director Bryan Wendorf and CUFF filmmakers in person! Roger Ebert once said of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, “What you get for your money is not just admission to the films, but admission to a subculture.” For 15 years, CUFF has exhibited the vibrant media emerging from Chicago’s schools, […]

Films by Robert Breer, 1957-86

Thursday, September 11,  6pm | Restored 35mm blow-ups! Robert Breer, Fuji (1974). Image courtesy Anthology Film Archives. Joyous, restless, audacious and witty, Robert Breer’s animated films are like no others. Time and again Breer marries his playful perspective to cutting-edge techniques to create formally innovative, non-narrative films filled with humor and charm. Tonight’s program features […]

Films by Gordon Matta-Clark

Thursday, March 13, 8pm | Jane Crawford in person! Gordon Matta-Clark, Eric Convents, and Roger Steylaerts, Office Baroque (1977). Renowned “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) sliced through the walls, floors, and facades of abandoned buildings, staged socially engaged street performances, and documented much of it in radical photographic collages, films, and videos. Matta-Clark’s films, writes curator […]

Zack Stiglicz: Posthumously Yours

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6pm When noted Chicago filmmaker, painter, and SAIC faculty member Zack Stiglicz passed away this fall, he left behind a singular body of work. Originally trained as a political scientist, Stiglicz began a new career in art in the late 1980s. His richly textured films and videos weave together desire, violence, […]

The Devil Lives in Hollywood: Amy Lockhart & Friends

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 6pm Amy Lockhart in person! Nothing is quite right in animator and SAIC visiting faculty member Amy Lockhart’s hallucinogenic, hyper-colored world. Siamese-hearts pump hamburgers and butterflies, voracious Pac-Men hunt flocks of weeping eyeballs, and frogs belch Smurf-like red-and-white mushrooms. Funny and tragic by turns, Lockhart’s films mix knowingly-naïve hand-drawn characters with […]

Tommy’s Chicago: Newly Preserved Films by Tom Palazzolo

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 6pm Tom Palazzolo in person! For over four decades, Chicago legend and SAIC alum Tom Palazzolo (“Tommy Chicago”) has documented the unorthodox rituals of the Windy City with genuine affection and wonder. From frantic deli owners to the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture, Palazzolo’s work is suffused with mischievous humor and […]

Light Years: The Films & Videos of Gunvor Nelson

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6pm | Gunvor Nelson in person! Gunvor Nelson, Natural Features (1990). Image courtesy of the artist. One of the few women to emerge from San Francisco’s heady independent film scene of the 1960s, Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has produced one of the great bodies of work in experimental film. Her works […]

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