Screening / Performance by
NO ONE IS ANYWHERE
Sunday, March 9th, Doors at 6pm / Screening at 7pm, $7-10
Process/Progress is a multidisciplinary series of responses combining the cinematic with oratory, the found with manufactured, the confirmed with the veiled. Films play in varied scales, the communal performativity of the cinema is spliced with voices present and archived, stretching and contracting distance and location with the edge of a screen, a page, a table, a phrase, a gesture, a performance.
A culmination of 2 years of foraging and transmigratory making Process/Progress combines performing object, installation, film and performance into an intimate journey and continuing exhibition about the fallibility of monument, the translatability of archive and how far a circumference an initial question can trace before returning anew.
(2014, Performance/Screening, 35-40 min)
Questioning ideas of space and place, where there ends and we begin.
About the Artists:
A discursive performance and art project housed widely in the minds of Rory Murphy and Stephanie Acosta, NO ONE IS ANYWHERE. Focusing on subjects of place, object, memory, archive and the living, Murphy and Acosta communicate through distance about proximity.
Formerly of Chicago’s the Anatomy Collective, the artists engage an extensive understanding of performance and ensemble building along with varied formal and experimental forms and technologies to create environments for, and interventions within, the viewer.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
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George Kuchar’s Rarely Screened
Color Feature on 16mm!
Saturday, March 15, at 7pm, $7-$10
The Nightingale pays tribute to the hilarious, resolute, lurid vision of much-beloved moviemaker George Kuchar, whose death in late summer 2011 left the experimental film community with a permanent skip in its heartbeat.
An itchy, pungent cavalcade of perverted thrills, UNSTRAP ME! was filmed amid much classy drinking, suggestive sculpture, and raucous travel. Kuchar—who was aged 26 at the time and fresh from his landmark short Hold Me While I’m Naked—uncharacteristically adapts a story by someone else: writer-producer Walter K. Gutman (who also financed noted beatnik undergrounders Pull My Daisy and The Sin of Jesus). With a budget that allowed for shooting in such exotic settings as Provincetown, Queens, and the Ringling Brothers Circus on the west coast of Florida, Kuchar was able to flash his own flair for with exotic costumes, make-up, and bouncy, bumptious color and to indulge the producer’s fondness for “strong muscular women who were able to pick him up off the ground.” Gutman plays Uncle Bojo Wurlitzer, a horndog whose fleshy predilictions cause him no small measure of frisson and frustration.
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ROCK MY RELIGION and MINOR THREAT
Rock Essay Videos by Dan Graham
Presented by White Light Cinema
Sunday, March 16th at 7:00pm., $7-10
White Light Cinema is pleased to present seminal artist and video maker Dan Graham’s acclaimed 1984 rock/theory/religion/anthropology/essay video ROCK MY RELIGION, along with the lesser-known complementary work MINOR THREAT, two pioneering lo-fi examples of the intersection of video art and cultural critique.
“[N]ot just a remarkable video but also a vital work of rock criticism.” (Jim Supanick on ROCK MY RELIGION)
ROCK MY RELIGION (1984, 55 min, Video, Blu-Ray Projection)
“Rock My Religion is a provocative thesis on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture. Graham formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the “reeling and rocking” of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teenage consumer in the isolated suburban milieu of the 1950s, locating rock’s sexual and ideological context in post-World War II America. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. This complex collage of text, film footage and performance forms a compelling theoretical essay on the ideological codes and historical contexts that inform the cultural phenomenon of rock `n’ roll music.” (Electronic Arts Intermix)
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Archival Screening and Book Launch
Presented by threewalls
Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm, $5-10
The Nightingale and Threewalls are pleased to host the Chicago launch of the new book, LEARNING BY DOING AT THE FARM by presenting a program of three films from University of California, Irvine’s Special Collections: The screening will be followed by a discussion with the book’s editors, Robert Kett and Anna Kryczka.
About The Farm:
In 1968, faculty from the University of California, Irvine’s Social Sciences Division began a short-lived pedagogical experiment in intercultural exchange and scientific/artistic learning through practice that brought indigenous craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to live, teach, and be studied on the undeveloped edges of the newly-built California Brutalist campus. Through previously unpublished archival documentation, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California (recently published by Chicago-based Soberscove Press) offers access to the initial dreams of what the Farm could become and the collaborations–and commune–that eventually came to pass.
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