Thursday, November 5, 6pm | Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn in person! Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, “Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit it Out” (2006). Image courtesy of Elizabeth Dee Gallery. With a biting yet surprisingly tender wit, Los Angeles performance and video artists Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn couch social critique in bizarre, hilarious, […]

Chick Strand: SOFT FICTION

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6pm Chick Strand, circa 1970. Photo by Neon Park. Celebrated West Coast filmmaker Chick Strand passed away this past summer, leaving behind a body of sensual and smart work significant for its radical exploration of the space between documentary and poetry, truth and fiction, and the politics and pleasure of representation. […]

Through the Looking Glass: Videos by Cecelia Condit

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6pm | Cecelia Condit in person! Cecelia Condit, Annie Lloyd (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. Since the early 1980s, Cecelia Condit has garnered acclaim for her sweetly gruesome stories of menaced and menacing women. Cultural critic Laura Kipnis calls Condit, “the most serious practitioner of the grotesque in video art” […]

Carolee Schneemann: Film & Performance

Thursday, November 6, 6pm | Carolee Schneemann in person! Since the early 1960s, legendary multimedia artist Carolee Schneemann has blazed a groundbreaking, taboo-busting path through the art world. Expressive, exuberant and intelligent, her work ranges from hand-made diary films and politically charged performances to painting, poetry, and installation, all the while exploring and overturning preconceived […]

Joanie 4 Jackie: The Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising

Thursday, October 16, 6pm Joanie 4 Jackie knows that the best lady-made film and video art belongs not only in a gallery, but also in the bedrooms of girls all over America. — J4J In 1995, multimedia artist Miranda July began inviting DIY women filmmakers to submit work in return for a “chainletter,” or a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Light Years: The Films & Videos of Gunvor Nelson

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6pm | Gunvor Nelson in person! Gunvor Nelson, Natural Features (1990). Image courtesy of the artist. One of the few women to emerge from San Francisco’s heady independent film scene of the 1960s, Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has produced one of the great bodies of work in experimental film. Her works […]

A Heart and Other Small Shapes: Jennifer Reeder Videos 1995 – 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 6pm Jennifer Reeder in person! Eleven years ago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum Jennifer Reeder took the art world by storm with her riot grrl super hero White Trash Girl. Since then, she has continued to mine the charged landscape of the profane with sublime portraits of adolescence, […]

Video Remains

Thursday, December 1, 6pm Alex Juhasz in person! In observance of World AIDS Day we’re glad to welcome documentarian Alex Juhasz with her recently completed video about the intersection between AIDS, the deterioration of video documentation and the complicated nature of collective and individual memory. Like much of Juhasz’s work, this tape is part homage, […]

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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.