On Suzan Pitt

This week we are thrilled to present the animated films of Suzan Pitt! I am excited to welcome SAIC art history graduate student Lara Schoorl to the blog.  Schoorl reflects on the psychosexual nature of Pitt’s films while describing their visually stunning style. Suzan Pitt’s films from the 1970s through the 2010s show us dream worlds, female […]

October 15-The Animated Films of Suzan Pitt

Thursday, October 15 | Suzan Pitt will discuss her films via Skype. She will not be able to appear in person, as previously announced (we hope you still join us!).  Since the 1970s, Suzan Pitt has created some of the most acclaimed and influential independent animations of her generation. Best known for Asparagus (1979)—which screened with David […]

On Louis Henderson

Tomorrow English filmmaker Louis Henderson will join us for his first Chicago appearance!   Video Data Bank‘s Lindsay Bosch blogs about Henderson’s references to the Internet and computing in his complex meditations on neo-colonalism and contemporary Ghana.   Most of video art I watch, I watch on my laptop.  I dream of creating a perfect screening space—uninterrupted hours, big […]

October 8- Louis Henderson: Melts Into Air

Thursday, October 8 | Paris-based filmmaker Louis Henderson in person! In his first Chicago appearance, award-winning director Louis Henderson presents a pair of films on the networked links between colonialism, computing, and capitalism in contemporary Ghana. In Lettres du Voyant (2013), a series of mysterious letters describe the practice of “Sakawa”—e-scams fortified by Western African religious rituals—and the possibilities […]

On Wayne Boyer and Larry Janiak: Camera and Line

Tomorrow Wayne Boyer, Michael Golec, Associate Professor of Design History at SAIC, and Anne Wells, Collections Manager for the Chicago Film Archives (CFA) will join us at the Gene Siskel Film Center post screening for a round table discussion. This week Anne Wells of the CFA writes for us, reflecting on her personal relationship with the […]

October 1-Wayne Boyar and Larry Janiak: Camera and Line

Thursday, October 1 | Followed by a roundtable with Boyer, Michael Golec, Associate Professor of Design History at SAIC, and Anne Wells, Collections Manager for the Chicago Film Archives (CFA). Presented in collaboration with the CFA.  Chicago at midcentury was home to a remarkable group of artists who bridged European modernism, pop, and psychedelia in brilliant personal and […]

On Le Révélateur

I am delighted to welcome Natalia de Orellana back to the Conversations at the Edge blog (see her previous contributions here and here).  This week, she writes about Le Révélateur and the ways their audiovisual performances work on the senses. In the audiovisual performances of Le Révélateur, sound and image are not in competition but […]

September 24-Le Révélateur

Thursday, September 24 | Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté and musician Roger Tellier-Craig in person! Le Révélateur is Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté and musician Roger Tellier-Craig (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am). Using digital and analog tools, the two produce mesmerizing audiovisual performances of pulsing light corridors, abstract color washes, spaced out synths, and […]

FALL 2015 SEASON

This is Ziva, the program assistant for Conversations at the Edge and we are excited to announce our Fall 2015 lineup! The Fall season will start out with Le Révélateur which includes Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté and musician Roger Tellier-Craig presented in collaboration with Lampo (9/24), Chicago filmmakers Wayne Boyer and Larry Janiak (10/1), […]

An Interview with Daniel Sousa

During his visit to SAIC in April Daniel Sousa sat down with graduate student Elizabeth Metcalfe for a revealing interview about his background in painting and illustration, his relationship to animation and upcoming projects he is currently working on. Elizabeth Metcalfe: I know you have a background as a painter and illustrator. Your films have a very painterly quality. […]

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