Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | August 27, 2014
It’s George, CATE’s program assistant here. I’m so excited to share our Fall 2014 line up! We have some incredible practitioners from all over the globe, representing so many varied practices.
Some of my favorites include the British filmmaking legend John Smith and his deadpan absurdity; Carlos Motta for his poetic investigations of non-Western Queer histories; and the program The X-Ray of Civilization, an exploration of downtown NYC during a time of plague.
We’re also hosting Chinese artist Cao Fei, French filmmaker Mati Diop, award-winning Chicago maker Jennifer Reeder, and mischievous media maker and curator Andrew Lampert, in addition to a program on the late Chicago video maker and visionary Anda Korsts. Check out the entire season here.
This season is utterly multifaceted, yet totally complimentary. So come shelter yourself from the dark nights – be that just for an evening or the entire season – at the Gene Siskel Film Center. CATE kicks off Thursday, September 18.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | August 6, 2014
Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our Fall 2014 Season. This season promises to be one of our most exciting to date with a fantastic selection of programming varying from some of the heaviest hitters to those working on the cutting edge of the moving image field.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 24 | Basma Alsharif in person!
Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 17 | Tom Andersen in person!
A master of the essay film, Thom Andersen turns his attention to the work of the Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Considering built, unrealized, and abandoned projects and using a stop-motion technique that emphasizes the temporal dimension of architecture, Reconversão (2012) regards buildings not as static objects but living things, subject to decay, death, and even rebirth. (Museum of the Moving Image)
Thom Andersen (b. 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, curator, and scholar based in Los Angeles where he currently teaches film composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Anderson has made numerous short films including Melting (1965), Olivia’s Place (1966) and — ——- (1967, in collaboration with Malcolm Brodwick). In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a videotape about the representation of Los Angeles in movies.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | April 10, 2014
Filmmaker Sven Augustijnen sat down with CATE Program Assistant George William Price to discuss his multifaceted artistic practice within the context of his film “Spectres”, screened at CATE on April 4, 2014.
Augustijnen’s work concentrates on the tradition of portraiture and the porous boundaries between fiction and reality, using a hybrid of genres and techniques to interrogate how contemporary reality is constructed through various fictions and narratives.
“Spectres” (2011) focuses a critical eye on the official account of the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first elected Prime Minister post European colonial rule.
George William Price: What drew you to this particular project? Why do you feel it was important to investigate this set of histories within Spectres?
Sven Augustijnen: My practice comes mainly from observations. I live in Brussels, a town that is very marked by its colonial history and I feel interested in the public space and what’s going on there — the people etcetera.
Somehow the project came to me, although I knew it was impossible. That you shouldn’t do this, you know, there is an attraction also to this project.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | April 3, 2014
Thursday, April 10 | Commodore Gilgamesh and Ghoul Skool in person!
“If everything is terrible, then nothing is” is the motto of this filmmaking collective, whose pseudonym-loving members make rapid-fire mash-ups from VHS tapes found in thrift stores—forgotten children’s shows, religious sermons, no-budget monster movies—to explore the weirdest corners of the American psyche. Leaving little time for reflection, only total submission, its cinema is a kind of psychedelic food poisoning, equally abrasive and hilarious and, in the end, oddly affectionate toward its varied subjects. Everything is Terrible!presents several shorts and its feature-length masterwork Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez! (2012)—a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountainwith a cast of cinematic canines.
Founded in 2006, Everything is Terrible! (EIT!) is an anonymous video collective dedicated to unearthing the best and worst ever committed to VHS. EIT! mines thrift stores and bargain bins for old VHS tapes and gives them new life in video compilations, live shows, and the group’s website. EIT!’s work has been hailed by Wired, Time, The Onion, Chicago Tribune, NPR’s All Things Considered, BoingBoing, Buzzfeed, Videogum, Paste, and Jezebel.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | March 29, 2014
Curator and academic Christiane Paul sat down with CATE Program Assistant George William Price to discuss her research and curatorial practice centered around New Media. Paul presented a multimedia talk “Genealogies of the New Aesthetic” at CATE on March 27, 2014.
Christiane Paul (b. 1961, Attendorn, Germany) is Associate Professor at the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology.
George William Price: So Christiane how did you become interested in tracing the genealogy of the New Aesthetic? What was so intriguing to you about this particular project?
Christiane Paul: I’ve been thinking and writing about the aesthetics of digital media for quite some time. To me it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the reception of new media. I’m working at the Whitney Museum and one of the problems I encounter constantly, occasionally with my colleagues at the museum and often with mainstream audiences, is a lack of understanding of the aesthetics of the medium. I’m very invested in changing that and when the New Aesthetic appeared and took off I was just struck by the fact of how blurry an image of aesthetics it represents.
The New Aesthetic is a ghost of an image. It is a degradation but at the same time very valuable because it says something about its own condition. To me the achievement of the New Aesthetic and perhaps the reason why it became such a meme is that it really captures something important about aesthetics right now. But it fails and is not very helpful when it comes to actually creating a framework for an in-depth understanding of aesthetics. That is one of the reasons why Malcolm Levy and I decided to look at genealogies of that New Aesthetic; many aspects of the New Aesthetic of course have a fifty-year history.
To me the current discussions surrounding post-digital, post-Internet, post-medium work are really closely related to the New Aesthetic because they struggle with some of the same issues, particularly the relationship between networked technologies and the object. All of these terms ultimately describe projects that are deeply influenced by digital technologies on various levels but do not necessarily take a digital form, existing as software and hardware. They manifest as paintings or as sculptures but could not be understood without a deeper level of knowledge of digital technologies and their aesthetics.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | March 27, 2014
Thursday, April 3 | Sven Augustijnen in person!
Confronting the authorized version of an atrocity committed during the early days of post-colonial African rule, Sven Augustijnen’s Spectres (2011) focuses a critical eye on the official account of the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first elected Prime Minister. The film begins a half-century later as the filmmaker sets off in the company of an amiable former Belgian civil servant-turned-historian on a journey in which the political soon becomes personal and standard notions of historical evidence begin to veer into Errol Morris terrain.Spectres vividly demonstrates that reconciliation always begins by uncovering the truth.
Sven Augustijnen (b. 1970, Mechelen, Belgium) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Hoger Sint-Lukas Instituut in Brussels, and at theJan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work concentrates mainly on the tradition of portraiture and the porous boundaries between fiction and reality, using a hybrid of genres and techniques to disorienting effect. His films have been included in exhibitions and festivals in Athens, Basel, Fribourg, San Sebastián, Siegen, Rotterdam, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Vilnius, among others. In 2011 he received the Evens Prize for Visual Arts. Augustijnen lives and works in Brussels.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | March 24, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m. | Christiane Paul in person!
Curator and scholar Christiane Paul presents a multimedia talk on the“Genealogies of the New Aesthetic.” Identified as such by the British artist and programmer James Bridle, the New Aesthetic began as a Tumblr devoted to new modes of technologically enabled imaging and exploded into a meme dissected by critics from Wired, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. Taking Bridle’s Tumblr as her starting point — a collage of corruption artifacts, 8-bit imagery, information visualization, and more — Paul (using research conducted in collaboration with Malcolm Levy) traces the histories of each to create a lineage for practices, artifacts, and their aesthetics.
Christiane Paul (b. 1961, Attendorn, Germany) is Associate Professor at theSchool of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. As Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, she curated several exhibitions — including Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011),Profiling (2007), Data Dynamics (2001) and artport, the Whitney Museum’s website devoted to Internet art.
Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | January 21, 2014
We are thrilled to announce the Spring 2014 Season of Conversations at the Edge (CATE). This season will be opening with a multimedia talk on the “Genealogies of the New Aesthetic” by Christiane Paul on March 27th
Also lined up this season is Sven Augustijnen‘s Spectres (4/3) a film essay that presents a controversial view of Belgium’s colonial past and questions how a country or individual engages with their colonial past.
On April 10th CATE welcomes Everything is Terrible! to the Gene Siskel Film Center. This anonymous video collective mine thrift stores and bargain bins to unearth the best and worst ever committed to VHS. The collective will be presenting several short found footage works along with the feature length work Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez!
Finally Basma Alsharif returns to CATE (4/24) with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself.