1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

The First 5 Years and The Last 5 Years
as part of Platforms: 10 Years
of Chances Dances

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Tuesday, September 8, 8 pm, Free
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A bookended pair of lively screening events featuring works from the past, present, and future of CHANCES granted artists, organizers, and scenesters. This is your pre-party party, snacks and group travel to that night’s CHANCES DANCES included.

Including work by: Mark Aguhar, Cavenaw and Cavenis, Sky Cubacub, Ky Dickens, EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Hope Esser & Daviel Shy, Rami George, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Meg Leary, Marianna Milhorat, Madsen Minax, Dylan Mira, Fawzia Mirza, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Oli Rodriguez, Amina Ross & NIC Kay, Jules Rosskam, Xina Xurner, Latham Owen Zearfoss

Program Design by Marian Runk
Curated by Christy LeMaster

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Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.

Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities
by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the
last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.

In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, music, narrative, new media, opening, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

KINOSONIK #4

Sound & Image Collaborations
Presented by ESS, Chicago Film Archives,
Black Cinema House, & The Nightingale

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Saturday, October 3, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

KINOSONIK #4:
Favorite Experimental Films from CFA
with live scores by Damon Locks & Peter Maunu

(more…)



Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, music, performance, video

KINOSONIK #5

Sound & Image Collaborations
Presented by ESS, Chicago Film Archives,
Black Cinema House, & The Nightingale

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Saturday, November 7, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

 

KINOSONIK #5:
Design, Nature, & their Relationship
with live scores by Walter Kitundu & Katherine Young (more…)



Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, music, performance, Uncategorized, video

LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS

Super 8mm Films by Steve Polta
Co-presented with
The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival

Arrival

Sunday, July 19, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

“[Polta’s] fuzzy, abstract images often accompanied by an ambient sound track [are] genuinely entrancing, actively engaging the viewer in piecing them together.” — Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader

“Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” — Rick Bahto, The Echo Park Film Center

Steve Polta—musing filmmaker, former San Francisco taxi driver, arts writer-catalyzer, A.M. radio oldies fan—returns to Chicago bearing a mini-retrospective of his Super 8mm filmscapes. The program will run in one piece, as an unbroken ribbon of his signature swirl of grain, dust, glints, and other alluring or ominous particulate matter. Exploratory ecstasy abounds! 

This screening is co-curated by Karen Johannesen of The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival.

The program is composed of:

Red Sketch (1997c) (1997)
interval Oakland 99 (2000)
Departure (1997c) (1997)
Picture Window (1996a) (1996)
Minnesota Landscape (1997)
Estuary #1 (1998)
The Berries (2000)
Summer Rain for LMC, side A (2007/2011)
Summer Rain for LMC, side B (2007/2011)
A House Full of Dust (2007)



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, performance, Super 8mm

are they pleasure paths …

or desire lines?
screening & arcanebolt performance

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Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Desire lines are the trodden dirt trails that cut out shortcuts and alternate routes through sodded landscapes. They are often viewed as users misbehaving or circumventing design.

Similarly, pleasure paths are the winding trails etched by hikers in unstructured natural spaces, a sort of collective pathfinding. Veering off from the paved trail, pleasure paths offer an alternative to the established route.

These ways in which users are regarded and the semantic shift between them is a compelling way to think about how we engage and rebuff software, hardware and our user state. How we use and get used.

The projects included explore multiple ways in which users navigate systems: breaking, building, experimenting and reforming within the conditions of software.

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program details:
surfing my feed (endless summer) ~ 2014 (on before screening)

a moment (between two places) ~ 2015 (20:00)

teaching a water faucet how to be a waterfall ~ 2013 (2:33)

motionless performance ~ 2012 (15:12)

gui ~ 2012 (4:13)

arcanebolt performance ~ (30:00)

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Mark Beasley is an artist working with the internet, sculpture, video and performance. Recent work examines the relationship between culture and technology, how they shape each other and ourselves as users. He has participated in shows in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Madrid, Amsterdam, Göteborg and Trondheim.

arcanebolt, comprised of Tamas Kemenczy, Mark Beasley & Alex Inglizian, is a video synthesizer cobbled together out of homemade electronics and microcontrollers that target old, corruptible CRT displays. We use firmware generated animations, feedback loops, keyboards and bleeding circuits to build up and tear apart video images and tease out unexpected audio/video territory from bygone computer peripherals.



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, performance, Uncategorized, video

WHATHAVEYOUDONEFORMELATELY?

Tracers/Nightingale Media Series #003:
DEEP LISTENING WORKSHOP

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Sunday, June 12, 5 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

TRACERS is teaming up with The Nightingale for a monthly media series featuring readings, scholars, films, moving pictures, music, meditation, performance, and lively discussion around topics of contemporary feminism. Over the course of the year, this series presents a body of texts and media designed to promote broader feminist discourse beyond the institutional setting. Your new feminist library starts here. Unless otherwise noted, these events are family friendly and FREE.
DEEP LISTENING: Meditation and Writing Toward Creating Your Future

Feeling stuck or derailed? Wishing for a change in the route your life has taken? This workshop will guide you through the basics of two important processes toward accessing your true creative voice and taking steps in realizing personal goals and a vision for your recreated future. A combination of guided meditation and creative writing exercises will be introduced and put into practice during this workshop, enabling you to immediately begin to hear your innermost desires and instincts toward making changes and gaining momentum in creating the truest version of your self, how to realign the structure of  your life, and the real work that you want to do.

Please bring pens, paper and/or your journal!!

This workshop is co-taught by Sherry Antonini and Kara Nakfoor. Antonini is an interdisciplinary artist who teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Nakfoor is a psychic reader, energy healer, and meditation teacher.



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, reading, Uncategorized

Radius GRIDS

GRIDS Book Release and
FLEETING COMPONENTS Screening

Radius GRIDS Cover

Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

The Nightingale is delighted to host the release party of GRIDS, a book documenting the recent activity of Radius and the accompanying premiere of FLEETING COMPONENTS, a film by Stephanie Acosta.

Radius GRIDS was a four-part, year-long series of mobile radio broadcasts in Chicago that examined energy production, distribution, and consumption. The new GRIDS Book features on-site photographs and artist interviews with Antye Greie-Ripatti, Brett Bloom, Bonnie Fortune, Mari Keski-Korsu, Ethan Rose, Kristen Roos, and Amanda Gutiérrez. FLEETING COMPONENTS documents the GRIDS series through interviews, behind the scenes, and more.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Stephanie Acosta is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and producer focused on experimental means to experiential goals. Acosta blends performance with practiced based research creating work at once in response to, and creator of, site and space.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, new media, Uncategorized, video

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