. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Special Preview: Carlos Motta interviewed for Video Data Bank

We are excited to present a short excerpt of Carlos Motta’s interview for Video Data Bank‘s On Art and Artists Collection, conducted by SAIC’s Art History Chair David Getsy. In this compelling interview Motta discusses his rich practice, major influences, and Queer and Trans theory in relation to contemporary artistic practices. The full interview is scheduled for […]

On Carlos Motta…

This week SAIC graduate student Charles Rice writes about how he has drawn inspiration from Carlos Motta’s work in order to develop a practice informed by abandonment, autobiography and memory. My own artistic practice is centered on my own (queer) body and how I may establish a narrative that acknowledges my own lived histories. I […]

October 2 – Carlos Motta: The Nefandus Trilogy

Thursday, October 2nd | Carlos Motta in person! Carlos Motta’s practice draws upon various political histories in an attempt to articulate counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. Composed of the three films Nefandus, Shipwreck (Naufragios) and The Defeated (La visión de los vencidos) his 2013 Nefandus Trilogy is a haunting examination of pre-Hispanic homoeroticism […]

October 17 – Ghost Anthology: A History of Argentine Experimental Film

Thursday, October 17, 6pm | Curator Pablo Marín in person! Organized by Buenos Aires-based filmmaker and curator Pablo Marín, Ghost Anthology charts an eye-opening course through the last 40 years of Argentina’s rugged experimental film history, showcasing a collection of films rarely exhibited in the US. The movement exploded in the 1970s, just as the country came […]

February 14 – Fern Silva: Concrete Parlay

  Thursday, February 14, 6p.m. | Fern Silva in person!   Fern Silva’s invigorating, geographically-sweeping films bring together sounds and images of nature, ritual, and pop culture from Europe, South America, the Middle East and the United States to explore ideas of travel and cross-cultural movement. “The disorienting whirl of the compass,” suggests curator Aily […]


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 […]

Terra Incognita: Films & Videos by Ben Russell

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 6pm Ben Russell in person! Senses co-mingle, past becomes present, and geography is turned upside down in filmmaker and SAIC alum Ben Russell’s short films and videos. Shot throughout South and North America, these works play on the history and fantasies of the New World, mixing photography, ethnography, psychedelia, and ceremony […]

David Lamelas: Time Is a Fiction

Thursday, September 7, 2006, 6pm Argentine-born conceptual artist David Lamelas has produced an extraordinary body of film and video work over the past 30 years, balancing a cheeky sensibility with a serious inquiry into the rhythms and syntax of contemporary life. Tonight’s program is a rare opportunity to see five of his earliest 16mm experiments, […]

Media City: Films and Videos from Media City 2006

Thursday, April 6, 2006, 6pm Curator David Dinnell in person! In the last twelve years, Media City has become one of the premiere festivals for experimental film and video art in North America. Staged each February in Windsor, the fest is renowned for its smart and cosmopolitan programming (videos from the Brazilian underground follow those […]

Shadows, Specters, and Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film – Chile, Obstinate Memory & Cooperation Of Parts

Thursday, November 10, 2005, 6pm Daniel Eisenberg & Jeffrey Skoller in person! This program is part two of three screenings celebrating FVNM faculty-member Jeffrey Skoller’s recently released book, Shadows, Specters, and Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film. Patricio Guzmán explores collective political amnesia in Chile, Obstinate Memory (1997). Twenty-five years after The Battle of Chile, […]

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