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 […]

The Wave: New Experimental Films from China

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6pm Little more than a decade-and-a-half old, Chinese media art is vigorously energizing the country’s rich aesthetic traditions, ushering in new forms of art-making to express China’s rapid social, economic, and political changes. Curated by Li Zhenhua, this program surveys the field with works from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, including 1201 […]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Worldly Desires

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 6pm Called “one of the most creative and unpredictable film artists now working anywhere” by Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, tonight’s program is a slate of new films and videos by multiple Cannes-winner and SAIC alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Blissfully Yours), including the dazzling 2005 featurette, Worldly Desires. A […]

Image x Sound: The Short Films of Tatsu Aoki

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 6pm Tatsu Aoki in person! In celebration of acclaimed Chicago musician and filmmaker (and School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty member) Tatsu Aoki’s 25th year making films, CATE and the 11th Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase present a two-part retrospective of his extraordinary short diary films. Aoki began keeping […]

Media City: Films and Videos from Media City 2006

Thursday, April 6, 2006, 6pm Curator David Dinnell in person! In the last twelve years, Media City has become one of the premiere festivals for experimental film and video art in North America. Staged each February in Windsor, the fest is renowned for its smart and cosmopolitan programming (videos from the Brazilian underground follow those […]

Shuddhabrata Sengupta and the Raqs Media Collective

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 6pm Shuddhabrata Sengupta in person! Shuddhabrata Sengupta is a media-maker, writer, and one of the co-founders of the Raqs Media Collective, a group of artists working in new and old media, installations, video, sound, photography and text based in Delhi, India. Founded in 1991, their hybridized practice is both rooted in […]

The Sharpest Point

Thursday, March 2, 2006, 6pm | Curators Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke in person! Jude Norris, Red Buffalo Skydive (2001). Image courtesy of Vtape. In celebration of the publication of SAIC faculty member Steve Reinke and Chris Gehman’s recent animation anthology, The Sharpest Point, tonight’s program spans the entirety of animation history, tracing subterranean cinematic […]

Activist Videos by Lina Hoshino

Thursday, April 7, 2005, 8:15pm Lina Hoshino in person! Lina Hoshino’s award-winning videos, which have screened around the world since 1993, deal directly with grassroots media and art activism. Tonight she shares a diverse group of documentary and animated shorts including: a commentary on Japanese cosmetic aspiration, Beauty and the Crease (1997); Story of Margo […]

Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad)

Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 8pm Apichatpong Weerasethakul in person! Experimental filmmaker and the most prominent advocate of film art in Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, an alumnus of the Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will be an artist-in-residence this week at the school. Well-regarded for challenging […]

Exploded States: War, Politics and National Identity

Thursday, October 7, 2004, 8pm Shuji Terayama, Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971). This program is part of the series “JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film and Video 1955-Now” that will screen at the University of Chicago later this fall. In Exploded States, the importance of political and social critique for postwar Japanese experimentation is made apparent.  These experimental […]

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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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