On Text of Light and Films by László Moholy-Nagy

This week, we welcome back graduate student, Mev Luna, to conclude our Fall 2016 season with some thoughts on László Moholy-Nagy’s films and experimental music group, Text of Light.  Line. Movement. Composition. Transparency. Layered forms. All of these adjectives can be applied to the large breadth of work by László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946), as seen in […]

Thursday, December 1 – Text of Light and films by László Moholy-Nagy

The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium  (please use Modern Wing entrance, 159 E. Monroe Street) FREE, registration required. Register here.  Film and photography played central roles in the work of pioneering artist and designer László Moholy-Nagy, who experimented with light, abstraction, and staccato montage throughout his career. For this program, the improvisational group Text of […]

On Brett Story

We are thrilled to present writer & filmmaker Brett Story’s film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, an absorbing meditation on the unexpected ways prison shapes lives and landscapes far beyond its walls. To accompany the film, Story recommends the following five books on carceral geography: an approach to analyzing incarceration and policing in spatial terms, drawing from […]

Thursday, November 17 – Brett Story: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

“An impressive, genre-subverting work” —Filmmaker magazine The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, by the award-winning filmmaker and geographer Brett Story, is an absorbing meditation on the unexpected ways prison shapes lives and landscapes far beyond its walls. Shot across the United States, the film highlights ordinary places tied to the penal system by location, family, and […]

On Jacolby Satterwhite

We are excited to welcome graduate student Caroline McCraw to write for us this week. In her essay, McCraw discusses Satterwhite’s body of work, which combines dance, 3D animation, and the family archive. Jacolby Satterwhite is a New York-based artist from Columbia, SC, whose multidisciplinary work explores identity and personal history through video, performance, animation, drawing, […]

On Paul Kos

This week, we welcome back George Price of Video Data Bank to write for us. In his essay, Price discusses the work of video and conceptual artist, Paul Kos, a key figure in the West Coast whose career spans nearly 50 years. I am delighted to welcome conceptual artist and educator Paul Kos to Conversations at […]

Thursday, November 3 – Paul Kos: Sympathetic Vibrations

A pioneering figure in West Coast video and conceptual art, Paul Kos makes poetic and often playful works from humble materials mined for their physical properties and metaphorical possibilities. In the elegant Ice Makes Fire (1974–2004), Kos fashions a block of ice into a lens that can start a fire; in the enigmatic Warlock(ing) (1971), he […]

On Nicolás Pereda

We are excited to welcome graduate student Mev Luna to write for us this week. In their essay, Luna reflects on the work of Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Pereda whose films intertwine documentary and narrative to portray everyday life in Mexico. Nicolas Pereda is a Mexican filmmaker whose films are known for their enigmatic sensibility, minimal […]

Nicolás Pereda: Minotaur and The Palace – Thursday, October 27

Thursday, October 27 | Join us next week for a screening and discussion with Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Pereda! Nicolás Pereda’s extraordinary films intertwine documentary and narrative to portray everyday life in Mexico. In his first Chicago appearance, Pereda presents two recent works, each a suggestive fable of labor and leisure. The Palace (2013) follows an enigmatic household of women […]

On Sara Magenheimer

We are delighted to welcome George William Price of Video Data Bank to write for us. In his essay, Price reflects on the work of this week’s Conversations at the Edge artist, Sara Magenheimer. I am delighted to welcome interdisciplinary artist Sara Magenheimer to Conversations at the Edge this week as part of Video Data […]

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