Conversations at the Edge Spring 2017
Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. The series is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank.
1993-2015, Various directors, Argentina/Brazil/Colombia/Peru, 76 min.
- Thu, Feb 16th 6:00pm
Curated by Argentine film scholar Federico Windhausen, this revealing program of contemporary videos from Latin America charts the limits of communication between indigenous and non-indigenous worlds. Vincent Carelli and Dominique Gallois’s MEETING ANCESTORS (A ARCA DOS ZO'É, Brazil 1993) follows an Amazonian tribal leader who uses videotape to share stories about the past and dangers of encroaching development. Vicente Cueto records Peruvian villagers identifying recently unearthed clothing of victims of 1980s guerrilla/military conflicts in RACCAYA UMASI (Peru, 2015). And, in the elegiac CONTORNOS (Peru, 2014), Ximena Garrido-Lecca meditates on the loss of history and geography in the Andean mining city of Cerro de Pasco. Also on the program: BILINGÜE (Leticia Obeid, Argentina, 2013) and TROPIC POCKET (Camilo Restrepo, Colombia, 2011). In Spanish, Portuguese, Wichí, and Tupi with English subtitles. Various formats. (Amy Beste)
FEBRUARY 16: Curator Federico Windhausen will be present for audience discussion.
Nathaniel Dorsky: The Dreamer
2013-16, Nathaniel Dorsky, USA, ca. 90 min.
- Thu, Feb 23rd 6:00pm
Since the early 1960s, Nathaniel Dorsky has been making extraordinarily beautiful films that blend a reverence for the sensual world with a deep contemplation of the mysteries beyond. They are “occasions for reflection and meditation on light, landscape, time, and the motions of consciousness,” writes curator Steve Polta. Dorsky’s “photography emphasizes the elemental frisson between solidity and luminosity...while his uniquely developed montage permits a fluid and flowing experience of time.” In this rare Chicago appearance, Dorsky presents four recent films, SUMMER (2013), PRELUDE (2015), AUTUMN (2016), and THE DREAMER (2016), each suffused with grace, joy, and mourning for changing seasons and times. Silent. 16mm. (Amy Beste)
FEBRUARY 23: Nathaniel Dorsky will be present for audience discussion.
Stacey Steers: Edge of Alchemy
2006-16, Stacey Steers, USA, ca. 50 min.
- Thu, Mar 2nd 6:00pm
Bees swarm, a bat swallows a young woman, eggs and orbs multiply against backdrops of flora, viscera, and pulsating night skies. Such are the surreal visions of Stacey Steers’s animated films, which she composes by hand from thousands of silent-film stills and fragments of 19th century engravings and illustrations. Over the last decade, she has produced a trio of works on women’s inner lives, meditating on fraught relationships, motherhood, medicine, and death through the images of early film stars Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Janet Gaynor, and the unnamed women of Eadweard Muybridge’s proto-cinematic study "Human and Animal Locomotion" (1887). She presents all three films for the first time, including her latest, EDGE OF ALCHEMY (2017), a disquieting tale of reanimation and hive collapse. Also on the program: NIGHT HUNTER (2011) and PHANTOM CANYON (2006). Various formats. (Amy Beste)
MARCH 2: Stacey Steers will be present for audience discussion.