Thursday, November 5, 6pm | Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn in person! Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, “Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit it Out” (2006). Image courtesy of Elizabeth Dee Gallery. With a biting yet surprisingly tender wit, Los Angeles performance and video artists Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn couch social critique in bizarre, hilarious, […]

Interview with Daniel Eisenberg on Johan van der Keuken's THE WAY SOUTH (1981)

On the occasion of this Thursday’s forthcoming screening of Johan van der Keuken’s The Way South, CATE interviewed SAIC Film, Video, and New Media Professor Daniel Eisenberg, who will be introducing the film, and who himself is deeply influenced by van der Keuken’s work. Still from Johan van der Keuken’s “The Way South” courtesy of […]


Thursday, October 29, 6pm | SAIC Professor Daniel Eisenberg in person! Image: Johan van der Keuken, “The Way South” (1981). Image courtesy of Idéale Audience International. Prolific Dutch documentarian, author, and photographer Johan van der Keuken produced 55 films and nine books over the course of his career. Influenced by Dutch realist photographers, existential and […]

Bad at Sports on MARK

Read Lauren Vallone’s post on Mike Hoolboom’s film Mark here.

Mike Hoolboom's MARK

Thursday, October 22, 6pm | Mike Hoolboom in person! Image: Mike Hoolboom, Mark (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. “Society is not first of all a milieu for exchange where the essential would be to circulate or to cause to circulate, but rather a socius of inscription where the essential thing is to mark and […]

Interview with Golan Levin by jonCates (2003)

Following Golan Levin’s September 17 appearance at CATE, we present you with an excerpt of an interview conducted by SAIC Assistant Professor of Film, Video, and New Media, jonCates, in 2003. This interview was done as part of Cates’s Critical Artware project. Double-Taker (Snout), Interactive Robot from Golan Levin on Vimeo. jonCates: Have the histories […]

More Details on Hollis Frampton's SOLARIUMAGELANI and Book Signing

Images from Frampton’s Solarumagelani. Program Details Summer Solstice (Solariumagelani) (1974, 16mm, color, silent, 32 min.) “…the operations that dislocate a film like Summer Solstice–I hope irreparably–from being a movie about the locomotion and eating habits of cows, a dairy farm document, or what have you, are finally of a whole lot less concern to me […]


Thursday, October 15, 6pm | Frampton scholar Bruce Jenkins in person! Image: Hollis Frampton filming Winter Solstice. Image courtesy of Anthology Film Archives. Filmmaker, photographer, and theorist Hollis Frampton (1936–84) is a major figure in the American avant-garde. Ambitious in scope, his films wittily engage with philosophy, mathematics, and science. CATE presents a rare screening […]

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 […]


Thursday, October 8, 6pm | Joost Rekveld in person! Image: Joost Rekveld, #37 (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. Joost Rekveld’s films are spectacular treatises on the nature of light. They have screened around the world, including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Media City, and the Dutch Filmmuseum. Inspired by Medieval and Renaissance theories of optics, proto-cinematic […]

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    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.