1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

A GEOGRAPHY OF ADDRESSES

Films by Josh Weissbach (in attendance!)

Model Fifty-One Fifty-Six 01

Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The place where it happened, where it kept happening, where it only happened once. The walls are this tall and there are this many of them and there are this many doors and windows to exit and enter and stare out of. This is where it is on the map. These are the nearest streets and this is how you’d get from there to here. Here is where it happened next, where it kept happening, where it hasn’t happened yet. Sometimes there aren’t any doors or windows because there aren’t any walls. In describing the place, it becomes fixed as an image, as a string of words.

Examining both domestic and natural spaces, Weissbach seeks sites of trauma, vitality and memory. The specific becomes general and the general becomes specific. Psychological spaces take on architectural terms just as literal spaces begin to shape what happens inside of them.

Weissbach’s films are impeccably composed and paced, with an airiness that allows for both tension and relief. There is an inscrutable intensity to much of the work, using the same breath to express both data and drama, as Jack Webb says just the feelings.

The ghosts find doors in the walls, while the television is stuck on an unhaunted house.

inverted exteriors, 2013, 16mm film, 2:43

Model Fifty-One Fifty-Six, 2014, 16mm film, 11:02

106 River Road, 2011, 16mm film, 5:53

storm crossings : shifting geometries, 2012, 16mm film, 14:31

2843 Colborne St., 2012, 16mm film, 10:56

theoria, 2014, 16mm film, 5:46

200 N.W. 5th Street, 2014, digital video on 16mm film, 3:46

Football Films Presents, 2014, digital video, 4:16


Josh Weissbach is an American experimental filmmaker.  He lives in a house next to an abandoned village in Moodus, Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and three cats.  He received his M.F.A in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his B.A. in Film-Video Production, Photography, and Cuban Studies from Hampshire College.  In 2013, he co-founded Microlights, a screening house specializing in avant-garde film and video based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has shown his 16mm films and digital videos in film festivals, microcinemas, and galleries domestically and internationally.

Organized by Jesse Malmed



Filed under: experimental, film, Uncategorized

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