. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

October 10 – Kurt Hentschläger

Thursday, October 10, 6pm | Kurt Hentschläger in person! An evening with Chicago-based Austrian artist (and SAIC visiting faculty) Kurt Hentschläger whose work explores human perception through intricate, multi-sensorial environments and live, audiovisual performances. Renowned for his immersive installations, the majority of Hentschläger’s works are generated or orchestrated by computer, employing atmospheric and drone soundscapes, figurative visuals, and […]

Vivienne Dick: No Wave Films

Thursday, February 3, 6:00 pm She Had Her Gun Already (Vivienne Dick, 1978). Courtesy the artist and LUX, London. “The quintessential No Wave filmmaker.” —J. Hoberman One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from New York’s seething No Wave scene, and currently enjoying a resurgence of interest in her work, Ireland-born Vivienne Dick created […]

Everything I Tell You Now Is True: The Short Films of Emily Wardill

Thursday, April 8, 6pm |Emily Wardill in person! Still from “Ben” (Emily Wardill, 2007). Courtesy the artist and LUX. The films of British artist Emily Wardill are brilliant cinematic labyrinths. Visually striking and playfully rigorous, they draw upon an array of sources– underground theater, psychoanalytic case studies, the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Rancière, […]


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 […]


Thursday, December 3, 6pm Akino Kondoh, “Ladybirds’ Requiem,” 2005-6. Courtesy the Artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo. In a nation that is geographically isolated yet always looking outward, rooted in ancient tradition while existing at the forefront of technological innovation, the complexion of contemporary Japanese moving image is like no other. This evening’s program brings […]

Program details for Book of Mirrors: Films by Joost Rekveld

Still from Joost Rekveld, #11, Marey <-> Moiré (1999). Image courtesy of the artist. Program Details #3 (1994, 16mm, color, silent, 4 min.)) “#3 is a film with pure light, in which the images were created by recording the movements of a tiny light source with extremely long exposures, so that it draws traces on […]

CameraLESS Films / Movies without Cameras

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6pm | Curator Jodie Mack in person! Thorsten Fleisch, Kosmos (2004). Image courtesy of the artist. For over one hundred years, filmmakers have found ways to emancipate themselves from advanced photographic processes and make films without cameras—by drawing, painting, scratching, or adhering figures and objects directly onto filmstrips. Whether produced meticulously […]

Mary Ellen Bute: Centennial

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 6pm Mary Ellen Bute, Color Rhapsody (1948). A pioneer of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s and the 1950s. Renowned for their brilliant color, elegant design, and sprightly, dance-like rhythms, Bute’s films are at once formally rigorous and exuberantly […]

The Sharpest Point

Thursday, March 2, 2006, 6pm | Curators Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke in person! Jude Norris, Red Buffalo Skydive (2001). Image courtesy of Vtape. In celebration of the publication of SAIC faculty member Steve Reinke and Chris Gehman’s recent animation anthology, The Sharpest Point, tonight’s program spans the entirety of animation history, tracing subterranean cinematic […]