Conversations at the Edge - Fall 2014

  1. Conversations at the Edge - Fall 2014

Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today. CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Video Data Bank and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

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Jonathan Monaghan: Alien Fanfare

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Jonathan Monaghan in person!

  1. Jonathan Monaghan:
  2. Alien Fanfare
  1. 2008-14, Jonathan Monaghan, USA, ca. 70 min.

Seamlessly melding imagery from art history, mainstream video games,and contemporary advertising, Jonathan Monaghan’s videos are surreal explorations of power, value, and the role of technology. The artist, whose work takes shape through glossy animated videos, virtual environments, and 3D printing, presents a selection of his latest works (including the science-fiction inspired shorts MOTHERSHIP [2013] and ALIEN FANFARE [2014]), plus a behind-the scenes look at the research and technology that informs his practice. Various formats. (Amy Beste)

Jonathan Monaghan will be present for audience discussion.

Jennifer Reeder: A Million Miles Away

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Jennifer Reeder in person!

  1. Jennifer Reeder:
  2. A Million Miles Away
  1. 2010-14, Jennifer Reeder, USA, ca. 90 min.

Jennifer Reeder’s pop-noir films explore women’s experiences in breakups, breakdowns, and new beginnings. The award-winning Chicago director presents four recent shorts and a preview of her latest project, BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN. A MILLION MILES AWAY (2014) listens in on the bedroom conversations of teenage girls as they forge bonds over absent parents and bad friends before culminating in a breathtaking school choir rendition of Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” The discovery of a teenage girl’s dead body sets the tone for “The Forevering Trilogy” (SEVEN SONGS ABOUT THUNDER, 2010; TEARS CANNOT RESTORE HER; THEREFORE I WEEP, 2010; AND I WILL RISE IF ONLY TO HOLD YOU DOWN, 2011). Various formats. (Amy Beste)

Jennifer Reeder will be present for audience discussion.

Carlos Motta: The Nefandus Trilogy

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Carlos Motta in person!

  1. Carlos Motta:
  2. The Nefandus Trilogy
  1. 2012-13, Carlos Motta, Various nations, ca. 60 min.

Carlos Motta’s practice draws upon various political histories to articulate counter-narratives that recognize suppressed histories,
communities, and identities. His 2013 “Nefandus Trilogy" (NEFANDUS, SHIPWRECK, and THE DEFEATED) is a haunting examination of pre-Hispanic homoeroticism and its brutal stigmatization during Europe’s colonization of the Americas. Motta accompanies the trilogy with excerpts from his ongoing “Democracy Cycle,” including the multimedia documentary GENDER TALENTS (in-progress), on international trans and intersex activism. In English, Spanish, Kogi, Norwegian, and Korean with English subtitles. Various formats. (George William Price)

Carlos Motta will be present for audience discussion.

Andrew Lampert: Tables Turned

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Thu, Oct 9th at 6:00pm
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An Evening with John Smith


Thu, Oct 16th at 6:00pm
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Cao Fei: Haze and Fog


Thu, Oct 23rd at 6:00pm
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Anda Korsts's Video Metropolis


Thu, Oct 30th at 6:00pm
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Followed by a roundtable on Anda Korsts's work and legacy with documentary filmmaker Judy Hoffman, Media Burn Archive founder Tom Weinberg, and Executive Director Sara Chapman.

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The X-Ray of Civilization


Thu, Nov 6th at 6:00pm
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Films by Tom Rubnitz, David Wojnarowicz, and Tommy Turner. Introduced by Marvin J. Taylor, Director of Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University, and founder of the “Downtown” collection.

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Mati Diop: A Thousand Suns


Thu, Nov 13th at 6:00pm
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