Nothing Compares 2 U: Films & Videos by Michael Robinson

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 6pm Michael Robinson in person! The films and videos of Michael Robinson are a deft mix of stunning beauty and nervy wit. He combines lush, often optically-printed imagery with the electric fuzz of video-games, old movie footage, and dusty magazine layouts in pop song–scored cine-ballads that are at once cynical and […]

Guerrilla Television

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 6pm Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, and Chip Lord in person! The 1970s gave rise to a network of radical video makers who set out to create a feisty alternative to broadcast television. Decades before the so-called media democratization offered by YouTube, cell phone cameras, and hundred-channel cable, these artist-activists turned their […]

Tommy’s Chicago: Newly Preserved Films by Tom Palazzolo

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 6pm Tom Palazzolo in person! For over four decades, Chicago legend and SAIC alum Tom Palazzolo (“Tommy Chicago”) has documented the unorthodox rituals of the Windy City with genuine affection and wonder. From frantic deli owners to the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture, Palazzolo’s work is suffused with mischievous humor and […]

Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Experimental Films

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 6pm For nearly a century, Indian filmmakers have drawn on the country’s rich aesthetic traditions to craft radically original works.  Despite the international popularity of Bollywood, the country’s “Cinema of Prayoga” (which loosely translates as cinema of “experiment” in Sanskrit) remains largely unknown. Curated by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza of […]



    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.