Interview with Vincent Grenier

From color studies to lyrical explorations of associative montage, Vincent Grenier’s work inspires the viewer to watch and wait, newly attentive to the quiet surprises of daily life. On the occasion of his program with CATE, Grenier spoke with Ross Jordan spoke about the innovation and sensuous nature of his work. In my interview with […]

Interview with Brenna Murphy

Ian Ostrowski in conversation with Brenna Murphy on the occasion of her program created especially for CATE with Lampo on September 27, 2012.  Murphy’s performance explores a brand new virtual space and is accompanied by textured soundscapes generated from a home-made analog synthesizer and her own voice. I had the pleasure of interviewing Brenna Murphy […]

November 15- John Akomfrah: The Nine Muses

Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m. | John Akomfrah in person! The Nine Muses, the 2011 feature by British filmmaker, artist, and co-founder of the 1980s Black Audio Film Collective John Akomfrah, journeys through the history of African and Caribbean migration to post-war Britain through the lens of Homer’s revered epic poem The Odyssey. Structured as […]

November 8- Lawrence Jordan: Beyond Enchantment

Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m. | Lawrence Jordan in person! Best known for his singular cutout animation style, the films of avant-garde great Lawrence Jordan channel the unconscious through surreal compositions of found graphics, drawings, and engravings. Jordan co-founded Canyon Cinema, collaborated with the likes of Stan Brakhage and Joseph Cornell, and continues to make […]

November 1- Vincent Grenier: Tabula Rasa

Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. | Vincent Grenier in person! For nearly four decades, Vincent Grenier has sought to capture what he describes as “the ineffable, untranslatable, revelations of light, color, form, and composition.” The result is a sensuous, meditative, yet energized body of work across a range of approaches and formats. This program brings […]

October 25- TVTV: FOUR MORE YEARS

Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m. | Allen Rucker and Tom Weinberg in person! Video collective TVTV defined the radical video documentary movement of the 1970s. Four More Years (1972) is an iconoclastic view of the American electoral process, captured through TVTV’s irreverent, candid coverage of Richard Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign and the Republican Convention in […]

October 18- LAIDA LERTXUNDI

Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. | Laida Lertxundi in person! Shot within and around Los Angeles, Laida Lertxundi’s seductively enigmatic films mix soul music and art punk as non-actors lounge within sublime beachscapes, cheap motels, and light-flooded apartments. My Tears Are Dry (2009) is a luscious and melodic composition that lures the viewer into and […]

October 11- JEAN-MARIE STRAUB and DANIÈLE HUILLET

Thursday, October 11, 6 p.m. | Introduced by Daniel Eisenberg, Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago For more than four decades Jean-Marie Straub and the late Danièle Huillet influenced generations of filmmakers, artists, and thinkers with their personal and politically engaged films based on […]

October 4- HITO STEYERL

Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. | Introduced by Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago Hito Steyerl’s masterfully orchestrated video essays chart the lives of images, objects, and places to arrive at provocative new conclusions about their meaning.This program features two of these works, Lovely Andrea (2007) and In Free Fall […]

September 27- BRENNA MURPHY

Thursday, September 27, 6 p.m. | Brenna Murphy in person! Mixing raw footage with sophisticated 3D graphics, Portland-based artist Brenna Murphy creates videos, soundscapes, and downloadable virtual realms in an on-going exploration of psychedelia across physical and virtual realities. For her premiere Chicago appearance, she presents a collection of her videos “structured to function as […]

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