Thursday, March 29, 2007, 6pm Vladimir in person! Portland artist Vladimir elevates the View-Master to high art with her hand-made stereoscopic Vladmasters, repurposing the plastic viewers for extraordinary public performances. Drawing upon Greek legends, entomology, and newspaper stories, her “films” are 28-frame haikus, each photographed from richly detailed dioramas and set to her artfully composed […]

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 […]

Saul Levine: Notes from the Underground

Thursday, March 8, 2007, 6pm | Saul Levine in person! Saul Levine, New Left Note (1968-83). Image courtesy of the artist. “Saul Levine is the foremost dissenting filmmaker in America,” writes critic P. Adams Sitney. “With about thirty-five years of consistent production behind him, and no signs of fatigue, he can show us the shape […]

A Home-Made Optics: Films & Videos by Leighton Pierce

Thursday, March 1, 2007, 6pm Leighton Pierce in person! Since the 1980s, many of the films and videos of Iowa-based artist Leighton Pierce have painted a lush portrait of Midwestern life. Tonight’s program compiles his rich domestic observations-a gurgling, backyard fountain in Glass (1998); the repetitive clatter of children’s feet on the porch in The […]



    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.