Clandestinos! Mapping Cuba’s Digital Audiovisual Landscape

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6pm | Cristina Venegas in person! In recent years, Cuba has witnessed an explosion of independent media, ushered in by a dynamic new generation of artists and filmmakers and the increasing availability of digital technologies. Presented as part of a month-long series of Cuban film and video at the Film Center, […]

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 […]

The Animated Films of Adam K. Beckett

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6pm Curator Jim Trainor in person! The young animator Adam K. Beckett created a handful of vivid, astonishing films in the early 1970s, but died tragically at the age of 29 at the peak of his creative frenzy. Based on an innovation he called the evolving cycle—whereby an animated image grows […]

SAIC Department of Film, Video and New Media Year-End Show

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6pm Filmmakers in person! Tonight’s program is a cinematic toast to the semester’s end with a cross-section of current work by emerging talents in the School of the Art Institute’s Department of Film, Video, and New Media. Cheers! Lilli Carré’s What Hits the Moon (2006) pits an aging cartoon character against […]

Calculations: Pioneers of Computer Animation

Thursday, May 4, 2006, 6pm Larry Cuba, Calculated Movements (1985). Decades before Hollywood CGI spectaculars, artists worked with computers to create an aesthetic specific to the machine. At IBM, Bell, and in their own home-built labs, they generated visionary spectacles from mathematical precision– stroboscopic patterns, kinetic rhythms, and volumetric illusions. Tonight’s program is a cross-section […]

Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised

Thursday, September 8, 2005, 8pm | Curator Tom Comerford in person! Kartemquin Films, Now We Live on Clifton (1974). Image courtesy of Kartemquin. These experimental and non-fiction films and videos, culled from different decades, all examine the urban landscape of Chicago, but each employs different tactics towards observing the landscape and the forces that transform […]

The Kids Are All Right & Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories

Thursday, September 1, 2005, 6pm | Kerry Richardson, Mike Ervin, Salome Chasnoff & The Empowered Fe Fes in person! Kerry Richardson, The Kids Are All Right (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Just in time for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon, this program celebrates disability activism and activists, including former Jerry’s Kids, and […]

Lo-Fi Landscapes: Pictures from the New World

Thursday, April 28, 2005, 8pm | Thomas Comerford and Bill Brown in person! Thomas Comerford, Land Marked/Marquette (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Beloved filmmakers (and SAIC faculty and former faculty, respectively) Thomas Comerford and Bill Brown follow-up their 2002 Lo-Fi Landscapes Tour with a new program of films about the space of history and […]

An Animated Valentine

Thursday, February 17, 2005, 8pm Curator Jim Trainor in person! In the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, or its aftermath, we present ten animated films to tickle your spirits, or further crush them. Love is the subject, and many are the splendors, from Chuck Jones’ interspecies tearjerker Feed the Kitty (1952) to the excruciating first date […]

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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.