April 18 – Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan: On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds

Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan in person Critics Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan, winners of the 2018 Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art, engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the social and political dynamics embedded in virtual reality, games, digital art, and software design. Considering the work of Rachel Rossin, Ramsey Nasser, Jenova […]

April 11 – Tabita Rezaire: Network Blossom

Tabita Rezaire in person French Guyana-based new media artist and energy worker Tabita Rezaire navigates power structures on and offline to pursue decolonial healing. Through performance, 3D animation, and screen interfaces, her work addresses the ongoing effects of colonialism and decenters occidental authority. She presents a trio of videos that reimagine technology, spirituality, and the […]

April 4 – Shards from the Mirror of History

Nicky Ni and Jennifer Lee in person Born under China’s one-child policy in the 1980s and raised amidst the country’s recent social and economic changes, China’s “lost” generation has gained a reputation for unprecedented individualism, ambition, and distinctive sense of humor. Curated by Nicky Ni, this program brings together a group of emerging Chinese artists […]

March 21 – Evan Meaney: We Will Love You Forever

Evan Meaney in person Mixing humor and pathos, the work of new media artist and game designer Evan Meaney meditates on the transience of human experience and its representation in digital media. Meaney often uses corrupted and failing data as source material, exploring human efforts to collect and preserve in the face of entropy. He […]

March 17-shawné michaelain holloway: Extreme Submission

Thursday, March 17 | Join us to welcome dirty new media performance artist shawné michaelain holloway for a screening and discussion! In the last four years, Paris-based dirty new media performance artist shawné michaelain holloway has established herself as one of the most significant voices online. Her rhizomatic projects explore intimacy, power dynamics, and the technologies that […]

November 19-Claudia Hart: Simulisms

Thursday, November 19 | This week SAIC artist and faculty member Claudia Hart will join us for a live performance and a discussion!  Since the late 1980s, artist and SAIC faculty member Claudia Hart has used commercial CGI and 3D simulations technology to produce sensual and subversive works on identity, representation, and experience. In recent years she […]

On Martine Syms

This week I am delighted to write about Los Angeles-based ‘conceptual entrepreneur’ Martine Syms! Syms explores identity and the ways it is constructed, particularly blackness and black identity–through popular and everyday culture.  Martine Syms’s highly interdisciplinary and prolific practice explores the requirements and motives of individual and collective identities in contemporary Western society. Her work often interprets […]

On Lorna Mills

Tomorrow Lorna Mills will join us for a screening and discussion with artists featured in Ways of Something, a four-part update of John Berger’s BBC documentary Ways of Seeing!  I’m excited to welcome SAIC undergraduate Paula Pinho Martins Nacif to blog about Mills and her work. Nacif perceptively analyzes Mills’s ambitious series as a whole and sheds light on […]

October 22-Lorna Mills: Ways of Something

Thursday, October 22 | This week new media based artist Lorna Mills will join us for a screening and discussion!  Ways of Something is Lorna Mills’s astonishing update of John Berger’s seminal BBC program Ways of Seeing (1972). Featuring the work of 114 digital and web artists from around the world, the project consists of a series of […]

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 […]

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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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