BASEMENT MEDIA FEST

LO-DEF, LO-TECH, LO-FI
programmer LJ Frezza in attendance

Thursday, August 28th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

THE NIGHTINGALE IS ECSTATIC TO BE BRINGING THE BASEMENT UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR. BASEMENT MEDIA FEST IS A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS WORKING WITH LO-DEF, LO-TECH, AND LO-FI MOTION PIX TECHNIQUES. FOUNDED IN RESPONSE TO HI-RES COMMERCIAL MEDIA AND CORPORATE-SPONSORED FILM FESTS, BASEMENT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE MEDIATED EXPERIENCE AS AN AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE. HASHTAG FUZZY / HASHTÅG GLITCHY / HÅSHTÅG  GRIMY.

///WARNING/// SUM OF THESE MOVIES FEATURE FLICKERING LIGHT AND RAPIDLY CHANGING MOTION. MAY CAUSE SEIZURES/MOTION SICKNESS. IF YOU HAVE TO SPEW, SPEW IN THIS.

Still from Tyler Tamburo – Cold Blood

/START PROGRAM:

House (Andy Birtwistle, 3:45, Digital)

I Am All Men As I Am No Man and Therefore I Am (Gilberto Alfredo Salazar­ Caro, 5:29, Digital)

Election Coverage (Chris Paul Daniels, 1:01, Digital)

Cold Blood (Tyler Tamburo, 3:24, Digital)

Queens Quay (Stephen Broomer, 1:11, 16mm)

[phrases] (Ben Balcom, 4:24, Digital)

Doubt #2 (Josh Lewis, 5:26, 16mm)

Smashed (Emma Varker, 3:53, Digital)

The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) (Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 7:09, 16mm)

[RGB] (N. Heppding, 4:30, Digital)

Seriously Delinquent (Dylan Pasture, 6:49, Digital)

The Way You Recognize It (Laura Thatcher, 1:32, Digital)

How to Draw Clouds (Salise Hughes, 2:20, Digital)

RIP Geocities (Faith Holland, 2:31, Digital)

Every Feature Film on My Hard Drive 3 Pixels Tall and Sped Up 7000% (Ryan Murray, 3:29, Digital)

holiday 13 (Jordan Lopez, 1:44, Digital)

Up (Scott Fitzpatrick, 4:47, Digital)

/END PROGRAM

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Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, found footage, new media, video

LOST IN THE WOODS

Works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo (in Person!)

On The Evening by Olivia Ciummo (2014)

Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

Lost in the Woods is a program of short moving image works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo. Their works, though aesthetically divergent, provoke patient observation vs. anxiety driven themes. Taking cues, leaving footprints, stealing apathy, appropriating transcendence and encapsulating it—non-sequiturs become the texture and a summary that repeats and replicates, inviting perpetuity. This first co-screening by the artists brings together both recent and unseen projects. Both artists will be present following the screening.

Victoria – 10:00, 2012
An ode to R.S. – 3:30, 2013
In Reps of Long-Play – 6:30, 2013
Untitled (Redactions) – 3:20, 2014
On the Evening – 7:00, 2014
Anthology – ≈ 4:00, 2014
(On Fractured Water) – 4:00, 2014
Cipher II (excerpt) – 3:00, 2014
Invert and All That is Solid – 3:00, 2014
Wesserunsett – 5:00, 2014
(alternating artists, starting with Olivia Ciummo)

Untitled (Redactions) by Christopher Meerdo (2014)

Olivia Ciummo is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Photography – Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art – NYC, The Pittsburgh Biennial, Mass Art Film Society – Boston, Media City Film Festival- Windsor, Crossroads Film Festival – San Francisco, The Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas as well as film festivals, galleries, backyards, basements, and cultural centers nationally and abroad. She is the recipient of an APEX Art International Fellowship for 2014. She has an MFA in Moving Image from The University of Illinois at Chicago and she teaches moving images and digital media at The College of New Jersey.

www.oliviaciummo.com

Christopher Meerdo (b.1981) is a Chicago based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in post-soviet Lithuania as a teenager. He has survived several near-death experiences including drowning and crashing in an airplane. Meerdo is a recipient of an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he teaches photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown in numerous locations including Reykjavik, Nottingham, Seattle, Toronto, and New York with recent solo exhibitions at Document, Chicago, The Union League Club, Chicago, and ITP Space, Jackson, WY. Recent screenings include Theaster Gates Skowhegan Award, NYC, Cabinet Magazine, NYC and Public Fiction, LA.  Meerdo was recently an artist in residence at the SIM Program in Reykjavik, Iceland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2013.

http://christophermeerdo.com/

Organized by Jesse Malmed



Filed under: experimental, film, found footage, video

DAREDEVILS

The First Feature from Stephanie Barber
Stephanie Barber in person!

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Sunday, September, 21st at 8:00 pm, $7-10


A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.

Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker & Adam Robinson and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.

Barber’s first feature, the piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.

***Special Thanks to Carl Bogner at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee***

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. They ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of play, emotionalism, story, and humor. Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY, The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her essays, stories and poems have been published in books, magazines and online journals.

http://www.stephaniebarber.com/
http://daredevilsmovie.com/

Programmed by Christy LeMaster



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, video

CINEMA BABYLON

Experiments in Narrative
Programmers, Christine Kolozvary &
Michael Bucuzzo, in person!

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Friday, September 26th at 8:00 pm, $7-10 

Cinema Babylon is a program of shorts by emerging artists who are exploring both the tropes and excesses of narrative form, and the unraveling structure of avant garde film. Influenced by filmmakers such as George Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lewis Klahr, and Ericka Beckman, many of these films remain unseen for being both too narrative and too experimental. This screening is an opportunity to showcase works that abandon the confines of narrative cause and effect for the tenuous logic of a dream.

With support from the Millenium Film Workshop in NYC, Cinema Babylon will tour across the United States in September 2014 in an effort to bridge together like minded film communities, and to spark a discourse about new young talent.

Programmed by Christina Kolozsvary & Michael Bucuzzo

Program Details:
LOLCATS by Rachel Maclean,
Video, 15 min

HEX AND THE CITY by Stephen Quinlan,
Video, 10min

EUDORA by Michael Bucuzzo,
16mm Transfer, 10 min

A CATECHISM OF FAMILIAR THINGS by Gina Marie Napolitan,
Video, 8 min

CHANCES! by Lindsay Denniberg,
Video & Film, 15min

SPECIES by Cate Giordano,
Video & Film, 15 min

ASTRONAUT AND THE STAR by Christina Kolozsvary,
Video, 22 min

SPACEBOY by Mike Olenick,
Video, 7 min

Trailer is here.

Hosted by Ian Curry and Christy LeMaster



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, narrative, video

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