An Interview with Laura Heit

School of the Art Institute Animation Professor Chris Sullivan speaks with Laura Heit about her practice. Chris Sullivan: What options or answers does animation offer you that are different than other medium? Laura Heit: My work is visual first, and my background is drawing and printmaking—image making—so this is the way I think, the way […]


Thursday, December 10, 6pm | Ben Russell in person! Ben Russell, Let Each One Go Where He May (2009). Image courtesy of the artist. Fresh from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago-based filmmaker and SAIC alumnus Ben Russell’s stunning feature debut is an epic road movie that draws from documentary and […]

An Interview with Joost Rekveld

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s F Newsmagazine sits down with Joost Rekveld, Dutch filmmaker and current head of the ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague. Read the full story in the October edition of F News. Joost Rekveld, #23.2 Book of Mirrors, 2007. F News: In terms of the film work, who would […]


Thursday, December 3, 6pm Akino Kondoh, “Ladybirds’ Requiem,” 2005-6. Courtesy the Artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo. In a nation that is geographically isolated yet always looking outward, rooted in ancient tradition while existing at the forefront of technological innovation, the complexion of contemporary Japanese moving image is like no other. This evening’s program brings […]

Intelligent Wounds: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom by Abina Manning

Mike Hoolboom at work. Courtesy the artist. Abina Manning: In October, 2009, you were in Chicago for Conversations at the Edge and showed your latest feature, Mark (2009, 70 minutes).  Can you tell us a little about it and your process of making it? Mike Hoolboom: Mark is a portrait of my friend and former […]



    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.