. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Interview with Jodie Mack

Could you tell us a little bit about the program you’ll be screening for Conversations at the Edge this fall? Sure. The formal description: Let Your Light Shine investigates the formal principles of abstract cinema while maturing an interest in found materials; evolving modes of production and labor; and the role of decoration in daily […]

October 31- Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine

Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. | Jodie Mack in person! Jodie Mack’s handmade films are vibrant examinations of the decorative detritus that accumulates around us. With cast-off bits of wrapping paper, calico fabrics, and magazine clippings, she crafts exquisite stroboscopic abstractions and poignant fables of the pitfalls of modern materiality. The SAIC alumna returns to Chicago with […]

Thursday – WU TSANG & WILDNESS!!

September 13, 6:00 p.m Due to unforeseen circumstances, artist Wu Tsang will be joining us live via Skype instead of in person.  We apologize for any inconvenience (but hope you will still join us!) Image from Wildness (Wu Tsang, 2012). Courtesy of the artist. Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, magical realism […]

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 […]

Interview with Luis Gispert

Charlotte Marra spoke with artist Luis Gispert in advance of his October 21 appearance at Conversations at the Edge. Charlotte Marra: In the video René (2008), you create a portrait of a family friend. There is a marked difference in style and subject matter from your previous work (Stereomongrel, 2005, or Smother, 2008) and elements […]

Luis Gispert: Hyperreal

Thursday, October 21, 6 p.m. | Luis Gispert in person! Réne (Luis Gispert, 2008). Image courtesy the artist. In his dramatic photographic tableaux, sculptures, video vignettes, and short films, Miami-New York-based artist and SAIC alumnus Luis Gispert (BFA ’96) mashes up consumerist pop culture and narco-nouveau riche ‘80s aesthetics with Freudian nightmares and socio-economic provocation. […]

Internal Systems: Films by Coleen Fitzgibbon

Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. | Coleen Fitzgibbon in person! “…Brilliance waiting to be revisited.” — Holly Willis, LA Weekly Between 1973 and 1975, Coleen Fitzgibbon, operating under the name “Colen Fitzgibbon,” produced a series of films that stand as some of cinema’s most rigorous explorations of the medium.  Associated with the Structural film movement […]


Thursday, February 18 at 6pm | Sterling Ruby in person! Sterling Ruby, still from Transient Trilogy, 2005-9 Hailed as “one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century” by Roberta Smith of the New York Times, Los Angeles-based artist and SAIC alumnus Sterling Ruby is known for his aggressive biomorphic sculptures, defaced minimalist […]


Thursday, December 10, 6pm | Ben Russell in person! Ben Russell, Let Each One Go Where He May (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. Fresh from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago-based filmmaker and SAIC alumnus Ben Russell’s stunning feature debut is an epic road movie that draws from documentary and […]


Thursday, November 19, 6pm | Laura Heit in person! Image: Laura Heit, The Matchbox Shows (1999-current). Image courtesy of the artist. Poignant and smart, the animated films of puppet artist and SAIC alumnus Laura Heit employ stop-motion, live action puppetry, hand-drawing, and computer animation. Heit is the co-director of the Experimental Animation department at CalArts […]

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