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
Video works by
Thomas Dexter & Heather Dewey-Hagborg
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
The Radiant & People To Be Resembling
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Monday, March 23, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.
THE RADIANT and PEOPLE TO BE RESEMBLING
by The Otolith Group
Screened in association with LUX
Preceded by BABBIT RESERVE MINING BLAST by Jack Behrend
Courtesy of Chicago Film Archives
With minimalist synth improvisation by Nick Broste, Kent Lambert, and Seth Vanek
THE RADIANT(2012, HD video, 64 min)
Commissioned as part of dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. A film essay burdened by the difficult task of representing the invisible aftermath of nuclear fallout, The Radiant travels through time and space to invoke the historical promises of nuclear energy and the threats of radiation that converge in Japan’s illuminated cities and evacuated villages in the months immediately following the disasters. The Otolith Group’s cinematic document offers glimpses into the shape and presence of an unseen entity and its abstract manifestation through visual phenomena.
PEOPLE TO BE RESEMBLING (2102, HD video, 22min)
People To Be Resembling can be described as a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the post-free jazz, pre-world music trio Codona, founded by multi-instrumentalists Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. Consisting of stills by renowned photographers Roberto Masotti and Isio Saba, newly filmed and archival footage and original music performed by musician Charles Hayward, People to be Resembling reimagines the poetics of permutation that informed the sonic geography of the first Codona album recorded with ECM in September 1978. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to redream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik. In its arrangement of positive and negative with colour and black and white and still and moving imagery, The Otolith Group’s People to Be Resembling stages an experiment in mnemonic cohabitation inspired by the visionary music of Codona.
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun who live and work in London. During their longstanding collaboration The Group have drawn from a wide range of resources and materials. They explore the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The work is research based and in particular has focused on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events and histories in their most expanded form.
Special thanks to LUX and Chicago Film Archives for Program Support
Filed under: animation
, found footage
, new media
Recent Work by Kelly Sears
Kelly Sears in person!
Sunday, March 15th at 5:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
Kelly Sears is an experimental animator that cuts up and collages imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame. Working with appropriated images ranging from thrift store cast-offs to archival material, she uses animation to rebuild American histories that shift between the official and the uncanny while exploring contemporary narratives of power, such as manifest destiny, occupation and surveillance.
This hour-long program contains films that address failure – of technology, of progress, and history. But this failure creates an opportunity to reexamine and envision other speculative narratives. A former President is possessed by his nightmares, high school students are infected by a sinister force in their school’s architecture, astronauts drift away from their missions and telephone operators are built into a covert observation network.
Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals, such as MOMA, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Industry, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. She teaches animation and film production at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL (2015, HD video, 6:00)
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THE DRIFT (2007, HD video, 8:20)
A mysterious disappearance on a late 1960s space journey entrances the
nation. This film reexamines the nature of our country’s expansionist
endeavors and the desire to push too far, too fast.
COVER ME ALPHA (2011, HD video, 2:30)
Names of maneuvers and procedures from a military yearbook re-caption
the activities of soldiers in battle.
Filed under: 16mm