New Sensory Cinema

January 27 - May 9

From January 27 through May 9, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled New Sensory Cinema, with weekly Tuesday lectures by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Bass’s lecture. Admission to all New Sensory Cinema programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center


Our age of the pocket camera and handheld screen hails the contemporary body as a site of surveillance, capture, and voyeurism, but our screen-centric world often overlooks the sensations of bodies themselves. New Sensory Cinema explores fourteen films, all made in the last thirty years, in which the body acts as a territory of desire, a vessel of transformation, a site of return, and a mode of resistance to cinematic capture. Each movie offers a provocation of the senses — devotion, entrapment, obliteration, ecstasy, possession — in which the filmmaker pushes against the boundaries of genre to propose new cinematic forms.

— Melika Bass