Daniel Eisenberg’s THE UNSTABLE OBJECT at the Gene Siskel Film Center

May 1, 6:00 p.m. |Daniel Eisenberg in person! The Unstable Object (Daniel Eisenberg, 2010). Image courtesy the artist. Daniel Eisenberg’s The Unstable Object, which premiered at Conversations at the Edge, will be screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center on May 1st. What do a luxury automobile, a wall clock, and a cymbal have in […]

James Benning: Twenty Cigarettes

April 19, 6:00 p.m. | James Benning in person! James Benning, Twenty Cigarettes (2011). Courtesy the artist. Celebrated for his minimal, monumental landscape studies, James Benning turns to the intimacy of the portrait in his latest film, Twenty Cigarettes. Referencing Warhol’s screen tests, 1930’s Hollywood glamour, and the disappearing cigarette break, the film captures 20 […]

An Interview with Laure Prouvost by Robyn Farrell

March 1, 2012 Roybn Farrell in conversation with Laure Prouvost on the occasion of the screening “Don’t Look Up,” a program of brilliantly anarchic videos by Laure Prouvost. Robyn Farrell: Your work is highly sensorial: color, sight, and sound all feature prominently, as well as the desire to touch and taste. How does the medium […]

Yvonne Rainer: Lives of Performers

April 12, 6:00 p.m. | Yvonne Rainer in person! Yvonne Rainer, Lives of Performers (1972). Courtesy Zeitgeist Films. Join us for an evening with filmmaker, choreographer, and poet Yvonne Rainer and a rare screening of her acclaimed first feature, Lives of Performers, shown from a pristine new print.  Embodying Rainer’s aesthetic rigor and wit, the film […]

An Interview with Steve Anker by Jennifer Breckner

February 17, 2012 Jennifer Breckner in conversation with Steve Anker on the occasion of the screening “Radical Light,” a program of works that grows out of a decade-long research project into the history of experimental film and video in the Bay Area helmed by curators at the Pacific Film Archive and CalArts. Jennifer Breckner: On […]

Handsworth Songs

April 5, 6:00 p.m. John Akomfrah/Black Audio Film Collective, Handsworth Songs (1986). Courtesy the artists and LUX, London. Founded against the backdrop of rising neo-fascism, police brutality, and extreme racial unrest of 1980s Britain, the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) produced some of the period’s most poetic and provocative works before disbanding in the 1990s. […]



    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.