Conversations at the Edge - Spring 2014

  1. Conversations at the Edge - Spring 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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Christiane Paul: Genealogies of the New Aesthetic



Thu, Mar 27th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Christiane Paul in person!

  1. Christiane Paul:
  2. Genealogies of the New Aesthetic
  1. 1968-2014, multiple countries, ca 60 min.

Curator and scholar Christiane Paul presents a multimedia talk on the “Genealogies of the New Aesthetic.” Identified as such by the British artist and programmer James Bridle, the New Aesthetic began as a Tumblr devoted to new modes of technologically enabled imaging and exploded into a meme dissected by critics from Wired, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. Taking Bridle’s Tumblr as her starting point—a collage of corruption artifacts, 8-bit imagery, information visualization, and more—Paul (using research conducted in collaboration with Malcolm Levy) traces the histories of each to create a lineage for practices, artifacts, and their aesthetics. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)

Christiane Paul will be present for audience discussion.



Thu, Apr 3rd at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Sven Augustijnen in person!

  1. 2011, Belgium, 104 min.

Confronting the authorized version of an atrocity committed during the early days of post-colonial African rule, Sven Augustijnen’s SPECTRES focuses a critical eye on the official account of the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first elected Prime Minister. The film begins a half-century later as the filmmaker sets off in the company of an amiable former Belgian civil servant-turned-historian on a journey in which the political soon becomes personal and standard notions of historical evidence begin to veer into Errol Morris terrain. SPECTRES vividly demonstrates that reconciliation always begins by uncovering the truth. In French with English subtitles. DCP. (Bruce Jenkins)

Sven Augustijnen will be present for audience discussion.

Everything is Terrible! Doggie Woggiez and More


Thu, Apr 10th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Members of Everything is Terrible
in person!

  1. Everything is Terrible!
  2. Doggie Woggiez and More
  1. 2012-14, USA, ca 80 min.

“Bruce Conner for the information age...”
—LA Weekly

“If everything is terrible, then nothing is” is the motto of this filmmaking collective, whose pseudonym-loving members make rapid-fire mash-ups from VHS tapes found in thrift stores—forgotten children’s shows, religious sermons, no-budget monster movies—to explore the weirdest corners of the American psyche. Leaving little time for reflection, only total submission, its cinema is a kind of psychedelic food poisoning, equally abrasive and hilarious and, in the end, oddly affectionate toward its varied subjects. EIT! presents several shorts and its feature-length masterwork DOGGIE WOGGIEZ! POOCHIE WOOCHIEZ! (2012)—a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky's HOLY MOUNTAIN with a cast of cinematic canines. Multiple formats. (Jim Trainor)

Members of Everything is Terrible! will be present for audience discussion.



Thu, Apr 17th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Thom Andersen in person!

  1. 2012, Portugal/USA, 65 min.

A master of the essay film, Thom Andersen (LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF) turns his attention to the work of the Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Considering built, unrealized, and abandoned projects and using a stop-motion technique that emphasizes the temporal dimension of architecture, RECONVERSÃO regards buildings not as static objects but living things, subject to decay, death, and even rebirth. Digital video. (Museum of the Moving Image)

Thom Andersen will be present for audience discussion.

Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging


Thu, Apr 24th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Basma Alsharif in person!

  1. Basma Alsharif:
  2. Doppelgänging
  1. 2012–14, multiple nations, ca 70 min.

Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in HOME MOVIES GAZA (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in GIRLS ONLY (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in DEEP SLEEP (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)

Basma Alsharif will be present for audience discussion.