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 […]

November 12-Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator

Thursday, November 12 | This week Los Angeles based ‘conceptual entrepreneur’ Martine Syms will join us for a screening and discussion!  The interdisciplinary work of Los Angeles–based “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms (BFA 2007) takes shape through websites, essays, bibliographies, and videos to explore the ways individual and social identities are formed. Incisive and sharp, she has addressed Afrofuturism, […]

On Ming Wong

This week we are excerpting Travis Jeppesen‘s Art in America interview with Ming Wong! To read the full interview see the “MORE” link at the end.  TRAVIS JEPPESEN: Petra von Kant, Gustav von Aschenbach, Jake Gittes, Evelyn Mulwray: These cinematic heroes and heroines have little in common except for having all been re-depicted by the Singaporean artist Ming Wong, who […]

November 5-Ming Wong

Thursday, November 5 | This week Berlin based artist Ming Wong joins us for a screening and discussion!  Berlin-based, Singapore-born artist Ming Wong repurposes global cinema to explore issues of race, gender, and performance. He deliberately miscasts himself in iconic scenes from films by directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Alain Resnais, and Roman Polanski, often in settings […]

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 […]

On Marisa Olson

Tomorrow Marisa Olson will be joining us at the Gene Siskel Film Center to present a selection of her works from the past decade. Olivia Junell, dual degree graduate student in art history and arts administration, blogs for us about Olson’s exploration of technology–it’s precariousness and codependency–within our contemporary culture. Marisa Olson: In Praise of […]

Outmoded Insights – An Interview with Robin Deacon

Robin Deacon is a filmmaker, writer, performance artist, and professor at SAIC. His performance White Balance: A History of Video explores the history of video through text, speech, and an artillery of outdated video equipment. But he wants wants you to know–it’s not a camera geek thing. It’s about the narratives these pieces of technology allow him to […]

On Robin Deacon

I am delighted that Conversations at the Edge will be opening with my fellow Englishman Robin Deacon‘s multimedia performance White Balance: A History of Video this Thursday, February 19th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. White Balance is a performance that draws on Deacon’s journalistic and documentary approaches to art making. Throughout the performance he engages with different […]

Feb 19 – Robin Deacon: White Balance: A History of Video

Thursday, February 19th | Robin Deacon in person! Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Robin Deacon presents a stirring performance on the history and aesthetics of video. The title White Balance refers to the process by which a video camera is adjusted to account for differences in light. For Deacon, this process also suggests video’s capability to convey […]

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