RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series


Monday, October 19th, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

(2012, HD Video, 82 min)

A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS was shot intimately with my father and mother over a one and a half year period at their home in Florida. It is a portrait of their lives in the present, along a continuous present marked by frequent incursions into various pasts, real and imagined. My father has no colon. He is a narcoleptic. His friends are all dead. His life is dreamt. In the house there is my mother. There are the cats. And then there is a body without organs. -SG

Preceded by
RESTLESS LEG SAGA by Shana Moulton
(2012, HD video, 7:14)

In this edition of Moulton’s narrative series, the artist’s character Cynthia suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome, and seeks relief in pharmaceutical ads on TV and in health magazines. In a domestic world enlivened with animated dance and mystic poetry (written and read by poet John Coletti), Cynthia finds relief in the healing mineral AION A, discovered by Swiss artist Emma Kunz.


RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is organized by Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Jenny Miller

Filed under: animation, documentary, experimental, new media, video


Live Taping at The Nightingale


Saturday, April 25, 8 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

E.S.P. TV is a live TV studio that hybridizes technologies old and new to realize synthetic environments for performance while also exposing the process of production.

The COAST TO COAST  tour will travel to 12 locations across the US in April 2015. For this project, a large ENG news van has been outfitted as a modified mobile broadcast unit. The van houses analog and digital broadcast consoles with additional internet and web ready capabilities.

The tour encompasses live taping events, exhibitions, screenings, and artists talks. Fifty plus artists  participating in this televisual project will create new works with a focus on transmission and simulation. In an effort to better document the broader spectrum of cultural activity, E.S.P TV teams up with  museums, galleries, project spaces, and DIY venues.  In addition to live performances, E.S.P TV will present a traveling video program at each location.  The events will be both recorded and streamed live, and made available on our website and on our television program.

The Chicago taping will include

Performances by
Nick Ciontea
Video works by
Thomas Dexter & Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Fern Silva
peter burr
Sabrina Ratté
Jeremy Rotsztain
Jeremy Couillard


Directed by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, this expansive project utilizes a mobile television studio to explore the artist dialogue with broadcast transmission, analog and digital media, and televisual liveness. Each live taping event is the realization of an artists’ collaboration with Kiernan and Keddie.  These events are taped live with a crew of cameramen, sound engineer, and video mixing team in front of an audience. The recorded events air on Manhattan Neighborhood Network public television weekly, as well as online, and have been exhibited internationally.

E.S.P. TV has held over 50 live taping events internationally and has aired over 70 episodes to date and has worked with various venues including: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Printed Matter, Millennium Film Workshop, New School, Rawson Projects, Recess (NYC); Interstate Projects, Spectacle Theater, Issue Project Room, Roulette (Brooklyn); Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Liminal Space (Oakland, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX), General Public (Berlin),  STORE (Dresden), Studio XX (Montreal), Kling and Bang Gallery (Reykjavik) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).

E.S.P. TV broadcasts every Tuesday night at 10PM on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). Channel 67 in Manhattan, as well as online at www.mnn.org.  All episodes are then posted online on our website and Vimeo platforms.  E.S.P. TV now also airs on Wednesdays with Comcast Cable 66/966 or Verizon Fios 29/30 in Philadelphia at 11:30PM.

Filed under: animation, experimental, narrative, video

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