Guerrilla Television

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 6pm Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, and Chip Lord in person! The 1970s gave rise to a network of radical video makers who set out to create a feisty alternative to broadcast television. Decades before the so-called media democratization offered by YouTube, cell phone cameras, and hundred-channel cable, these artist-activists turned their […]

Tommy’s Chicago: Newly Preserved Films by Tom Palazzolo

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 6pm Tom Palazzolo in person! For over four decades, Chicago legend and SAIC alum Tom Palazzolo (“Tommy Chicago”) has documented the unorthodox rituals of the Windy City with genuine affection and wonder. From frantic deli owners to the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture, Palazzolo’s work is suffused with mischievous humor and […]

Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Experimental Films

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 6pm For nearly a century, Indian filmmakers have drawn on the country’s rich aesthetic traditions to craft radically original works.  Despite the international popularity of Bollywood, the country’s “Cinema of Prayoga” (which loosely translates as cinema of “experiment” in Sanskrit) remains largely unknown. Curated by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza of […]

SAIC Film, Video & New Media Department Year-End Show

Thursday, May 3, 2007, 6pm Tonight’s program is a cinematic toast to the semester’s end with a cross-section of current work by students in the department of Film, Video & New Media. All Stars Jodie Mack, 2006, 0:24 min, 16mm Colored acetate + star punch + tape = this mini-movie. (JM) Bird Song Trilogy, Part […]

Pistolary! Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 6pm | Peggy Ahwesh in person! Peggy Ahwesh, Nocturne (1998). Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank. Since the early 1980s, Peggy Ahwesh has created “a kind of renegade arte povera ethnography of the everyday” (Mark McElhatten). Drawing from horror films, psychoanalysis, and the writings of Bataille, her films and videos […]

Sharon Lockhart: Pine Flat

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 6pm Sharon Lockhart in person! Los Angeles photographer and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart’s latest project is an exquisite, meditative portrait of youth in Pine Flat, a small community of three hundred in the foothills of central California’s Sierra Nevadas. Shot over the course of two years and made up of twelve ten-minute […]

Jennifer Montgomery: Notes on the Death of Kodachrome

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 6pm | Jennifer Montgomery in person! Jennifer Montgomery, Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006). Image courtesy of the artist. At its start, Notes on the Death of Kodachrome pretends to be about the discontinuation of the much-beloved Super-8 film stock, Kodachrome, and with it, the possible demise of small-gauge filmmaking. […]

LTTR: The Dead, The Absent and Fictitious

Thursday, April 5, 2007, 6pm LTTR in person! LTTR (K8 Hardy, Emily Roysdon, Ulrike Mueller, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi) is a radically vibrant feminist art collective. Post-punk and gender-queer, their exuberant activist practice includes international curatorial projects, community-based workshops, screenings, and an annual self-published arts journal-enthusing a growing community of artists and thinkers. Tonight’s program […]

Vladmaster!

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 6pm Vladimir in person! Portland artist Vladimir elevates the View-Master to high art with her hand-made stereoscopic Vladmasters, repurposing the plastic viewers for extraordinary public performances. Drawing upon Greek legends, entomology, and newspaper stories, her “films” are 28-frame haikus, each photographed from richly detailed dioramas and set to her artfully composed […]

Mary Ellen Bute: Centennial

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 6pm Mary Ellen Bute, Color Rhapsody (1948). A pioneer of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s and the 1950s. Renowned for their brilliant color, elegant design, and sprightly, dance-like rhythms, Bute’s films are at once formally rigorous and exuberantly […]

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