Life In A Tin Can

Programmed by Caitlin Ryan & Drew Durepos

Tuesday, October 27 at 9 PM
Streaming on Twitch
$7-10 suggested donation for the artists and Brave Space Alliance
Q&A to follow!
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The films in this program all explore the notion of feeling constricted and contained, operating in introspective modes. And yet, each one offers an impulse outward and away, an escape route to somewhere beyond the edges it limns. And each work does so with its own unique logic of humor and play. Some are heavy. Some are light. All are circular. Admittedly, some feature other popular shapes, but we don’t know what to make of those.

When we started assembling this program back in late 2019, we noticed that the works we were considering all featured some sort of circle image, circular aspect, or cyclical pattern. In an effort to be as daft as possible, we latched onto this observation as the key to unlocking the mystery of whatever the hell we were doing. Months later, circles began to reveal themselves all around us. We missed the familiar circles of our fellow artists and friends, in spaces like the Nightingale. We noted the circle in the spherical shape of the virus. We felt the circles form under our eyes, and the concentric squeeze of circumscribed lives, binding us in safety but exhausting us daily. We stared down at the top of a cylinder appearing on “Life in a Tin Can,” a mediocre Bee Gee’s album with a sleeve of questionable aesthetic merit, but also a phrase that speaks to our sense of isolation as we sink into winter. Will life be cold and metallic, or cozy and warm? Depends on the night, the sequence of events, and what’s being served. At this point, we’ll settle for a mix of both.

The Bee Gees sang that: “If you’re living in Chicago / it’s your home / if you’re living in Chicago / you’re alone.” Where do they get off making such declarations? And what the hell does that even mean? Dunno. But it sounds deep, it feels round, and it’s catchy.

Neal Vandenbergh, Green Mamba Jet Car
Leslie Supnet, A Time is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Laura Harrison, Little Red Giant: The Monster That I Was
Chris Reeves, Circular Breathing
Kera MacKenzie & Courtney Prokopas, Wonder Machine
Zachary Hutchinson, Pigkick
Amy Lockhart, Jessica
JP Marchant, Driving Around in Circles (In the Suburbs)
Tyler Williams, PURE FILTH
Carl Elsaesser, The Misbehaving Image
Paul Dickinson, 2016, June 28 World Premiere!
Deborah Stratman, Xenoi
Nellie Kluz, DD

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Filed under: experimental

Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

The Nightingale and Hyde Park Art Center present: Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

Thursday, September 10, 2020, free with RSVP,
Alongside animated shorts selected by Stephanie Graham for Boundary at Hyde Park Art Center.
Programmed by Emily Eddy and Jesse Malmed

a drive-in with no feature, a decentered and oneiric midwest — speculative if incoherent — filled with the atmospheres of a time out of time.

They say “these strange times” and emails wish us well. We enter each other’s homes without leaving ours; we take to the streets even as there are fewer places to go; urgency, emergency and crisis collide with new soporific cycles. Like trying to research the untraceable quotation that “the closer you look at things, the less you see,” those slant truths aren’t scant, but they may be to easier to trace at the boundaries (which reveal themselves to be anything but) than in the conical middle. Join us in the immediate vicinity of placelessnesses: Is Chicago (Not Chicago); is a movie, is not a movie; is the Nightingale, is not the Nightingale.

pre-show reel eric fleischauer – Lost Art Slideshow (looping)

Glamhag – Diet Glam Ad

By Way of Today – Dr. Ned Charles

Zachary Hutchinson – How to Make a
Chicago Style Hotdog Cake

Caitlin Ryan – A Love Story

Deborah Stratman – Shrimp Chicken Fish

Ben Balcom – Speculations

Cauleen Smith – Songs for Earth and Folk

Danièle Wilmouth – Fanfare for
Marching Band

Curtis Miller – Do It Again

Frédéric Moffet – The Magic Hedge

Amir George – Moments of Intention

Filed under: artist in attendance, drive in, experimental, video

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