The Animated Films of Adam K. Beckett

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6pm Curator Jim Trainor in person! The young animator Adam K. Beckett created a handful of vivid, astonishing films in the early 1970s, but died tragically at the age of 29 at the peak of his creative frenzy. Based on an innovation he called the evolving cycle—whereby an animated image grows […]

Akram Zaatari: This Day

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6pm Akram Zaatari in person! In 1982, 16-year-old Akram Zaatari watched the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon from his balcony in Saida, documenting the bombings in a diary of snapshots. The resulting images—at once beautiful and terrifying—make up his stunning 2004 video Saida, June 6, 1982 and have haunted his work […]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Worldly Desires

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 6pm Called “one of the most creative and unpredictable film artists now working anywhere” by Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, tonight’s program is a slate of new films and videos by multiple Cannes-winner and SAIC alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Blissfully Yours), including the dazzling 2005 featurette, Worldly Desires. A […]

JODI: Max Payne Cheats Only

Thursday, October 5, 2006, 6pm Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans in person! Digital provocateurs JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans) pioneered Web art in the mid-‘90s, upending the conventions of the emerging medium to create anarchic programs that simulated computer crashes, viruses, and error messages. The duo has wrought similar havoc on computer programs and […]



    Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC's Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State / Chicago, IL / 312.846.2600), unless otherwise noted.