March 28 – Disorienting Diasporas

Curators Nima Esmailpour and Jordan Arseneault in person    Since 2006, the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project (QMDCQ) has worked to resuscitate a rich heritage of queer moving-image makers and their works. Curated by the QMDCQ in partnership with the Montréal-based collective Taklif: تکلیف, Disorienting Diasporas is a migrant mixtape par excellence. Spanning nearly two decades […]

March 21 – Evan Meaney: We Will Love You Forever

Evan Meaney in person Mixing humor and pathos, the work of new media artist and game designer Evan Meaney meditates on the transience of human experience and its representation in digital media. Meaney often uses corrupted and failing data as source material, exploring human efforts to collect and preserve in the face of entropy. He […]

March 7 – On Watching Men

Curator Rachael Rakes in person Featuring works by Chick Strand, Tracey Moffatt, Yael Bartana and Jumana Manna, this program explores the subtleties of power relations and gender dynamics in observational film and media art. The artists turn their cameras on men, addressing and reversing conventional hierarchies, while also placing various manifestations of masculinity under experimental, […]

February 28 – Morgan Fisher: Paintings, Photographs, Films

Morgan Fisher in person Morgan Fisher, artist and filmmaker, will discuss his recent work in painting and photography, then present a selection of films, including Standard Gauge (1984) and the Chicago premiere of Another Movie (2017). Standard Gauge, a single take except for the titles, shows in close-up pieces of 35mm film (“standard gauge”) that […]

February 21 – Laida Lertxundi: Landscape Plus

Laida Lertxundi in person Blending conceptual rigor with sensuous pleasure, the films of Los-Angeles based artist Laida Lertxundi are seductive and self-reflexive explorations of place. She presents a suite of recent works produced through a process she refers to as “landscape plus,” which marries observational photography with music, actions, and chance events. In Vivir para […]

February 16 – The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images

Presented as a companion to Naeem Mohaiemen’s United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part I), Eric Baudelaire’s The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images explores the fractured biographies of Fusako Shigenobu, leader of the ultra-left Japanese Red Army (JRA) in Lebanon, her daughter May Shigenobu, and radical […]

February 14 – Naeem Mohaiemen: United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part I)

Naeem Mohaiemen in person Naeem Mohaiemen uses films, photographs, and essays to explore the histories of failed utopias within the framework of international left-wing politics. In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition of the artist’s acclaimed three-channel installation Two Meetings and a Funeral, Mohaiemen presents United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part […]

February 7 – Jodie Mack: The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack in person Artist and animator Jodie Mack (MFA 2007) is celebrated for transforming the patterns of everyday life into dazzling short films. Her debut feature is an exhilarating examination of the global circulation of textiles. Shot on location in nearly 20 countries, the film interweaves footage of industrial mills, artisan looms, airports, cargo […]

Spring 2019 Sneak Peek

The start of our Spring 2019 semester is just around the corner! We have a terrific season lined up, including visits by media artists Jodie Mack, Naeem Mohaiemen, presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, Laida Lertxundi, Morgan Fisher, Evan Meaney, presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank, and Tabita Rezaire. We’ll also […]

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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.



     

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