1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

INNER DISTANCES

Programmer, Amanda VanValkenburg,
in Attendance

Friday, September 8 at 8 PM, $7-10

Inner Distances, a screening curated by Amanda VanValkenburg, examines how technology affects sense of place and sense of self. Relationships to location becomes abstracted through the mediation of devices. The internet creates familiar landing sites, social media pages become extensions of identity, and google maps can be used to explore topographically accurate recreations of locations around the world. Sense of place is an abstraction of location navigated by information, senses, and physical stimulus. This screening is focused on repurposing devices or software to explore concepts of space and technology, or other strategies that investigate relationships between the virtual and the physical.

This project was developed with support from High Concept Labs.

Program Details:

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko and Faraz Anoushahpour
Bunte Kuh
(5 min)
Through a flood of images and impressions, a narrator attempts to recall a family holiday. Produced in Berlin and Toronto, Bunte Kuh combines a found postcard, family photo album, and original footage to weave together the temporal realities of two separate vacations.

Johann Lurf
Embargo
(10 minutes)
The oscillating sound of video games, glass facades, barbed wire and high walls that block our view of what goes on behind them. Someone has something to hide here. In EMBARGO we peer over the barriers, past red eyes and CCTV cameras and into state-of-the-art premises of arms and drone manufacturers. The elaborate recording techniques create quite a distinctive spatiality, drifting between distance and closeness. A science-fiction nightmare, dangerously close to reality.

Orr Menirom
Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time
(11 minutes)
This short video is based on a CNN debate which took place in April 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The visuals of the debate have been removed and replaced with a series of dreamlike images. Paired with this alternative footage, the politicians’ words narrate a new and personal story, revealing the subconscious of the politicians. The debate turns into a Rorschach test onto which viewers can project their own thoughts and associations.

Brock Neilson
Reunion 1
(7 minutes)
The artist re-enters a space from their childhood as an adult, freely exploring and reimagining the tone of the space through the lens of an iphone and a year-long process of editing sound and footage on an apple desktop computer.

Daniel Spangler
The Age of Branches
(8 minutes)
A dramatic retelling of systemic collapse, unfolding on the scale of nanoseconds, The Age of Branches examines the American power infrastructure during a crisis of continental proportions, reframing the jargon of its technical port-mortem as mythic language.

Amanda VanValkenburg
Unnatural Disasters
(10 minutes)
A 3D sculpted environment full of architecture caught in the act of critical change. Simulated disasters oscillate on the border between realism and complete artifice with a slow observation of decay. Basing each vignette off of existing locations, the 3D re-enactment allows an destructive intervention that is ephemeral by design.

Calum Walter
Terrestrial
(10 minutes)
The observations of an object in motion: A mobile device captures the trajectories of objects liberated from and bound to land, against a backdrop of uniquely human dissonance. Terrestrial attempts to articulate a desire to transcend bodily limits with electronics and machines, while acknowledging an unavoidable level of dysfunction. The film was inspired by an incident in 2014 where a Blue Line train in Chicago failed to stop at its final destination, the O’Hare airport, and eventually came to a stop halfway up the escalator at the airport’s entrance. Terrestrial re- imagines this accident as an earthbound machine’s failed takeoff.

Blake Williams
Red Capriccio
(7 minutes) 
An anaglyph 3D found footage film about machines and landscape that interlaces motion with stasis, crescendos with glissandos, and reds with blues. Its triangular structure juxtaposes scenes of a parked Chevy Caprice police vehicle, a cruise along Montréal’s infamous Turcot Interchange, and a visit to a basement rave room.

About the Artists:

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko have worked in collaboration since 2013. Using various performative structures to work in relation to speci c sites, their projects explore collabora- tion as a way to upset the authority of a singular narrator or position. Currently based in Toronto, recent lm and installation work has been shown at Projections (New York Film Festival), Wavelengths (Toronto Inter- national Film Festival), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Kurz lmtage Oberhausen (Ger- many), Portland International Film Festival, Media City Festival (Windsor/Detroit), Experimenta (Bangalore), Crossroads Festival (San Francisco), and ZK/U Centre for Art & Urbanistics (Berlin), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto), SPACES Art Centre (Cleveland), and Trinity Square Video (Toronto).

Johann Lurf is an artist and filmmaker, using the moving image to analyse and restructure space and film. His practice involves observational and documentary filmmaking especially in the field of structural film, as well as an approach to found footage which is strongly oriented on filmic language itself. Born in 1982 in Vienna Lurf has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London. He graduated from Harun Farocki’s film class in 2009. He received the State Grant of Austria for Video and Media Art and participated in the Artist-in- Residence Programs at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles 2011, the SAIC in Chicago 2015 and in Tokyo 2016. His work has been shown internationally and recognized with awards in numerous exhibitions and festivals.

Orr Menirom’s work explores the border between what is real and what is barely or beyond perceptible. Mixing appropriated materials with self shot footage, she cuts and pastes sentences and uses other people’s words to question language as the border between the political and the existential. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Menirom is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2014), Kuvataideakatemia (exchange student, 2009) and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BFA, 2010). She was a 2016-17 research fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL). Solo and two person shows include The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center (IA), Aspect/Ratio Gallery (IL) and Fafa Gallery (Helsinki, Finland). Screenings include the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Expo Chicago (IL) and Chicago Underground Film Festival (IL). Awards include a New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, Toni and Tim Urban Artist-in-Residence and an Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship.

Brock Neilson grew up in a rural part of Idaho and is currently based in Salt Lake City. They typically work in abstract sound, costume-making, drag performance and electronic music.

Based in a diverse and expanding multimedia practice, Pennsylvania-born artist, musician, and writer Daniel Spangler creates speculative, narrative-based works that examine the construction of personal and mass-media languages used by humans to reconcile themselves with the complexities of the natural world–a process by which storytelling arises as an emergent phenomena. Formerly a visual effects artist, he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and later received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. His work has been exhibited and screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and many others.

Amanda VanValkenburg uses her background in painting and drawing to inform her work with 3D software to make videos that play in the uncanny valley. Her work has been shown in the MCA, Mana Contemporary, the Gene Siskel, the Elmhurst Museum, the Nightingale, 6018 North Gallery, Links Hall, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, and the Chicago Digital Media Festival. She was recently a High Concept Labs sponsored artist and an Oxbow Artist in Residence.

Calum Walter is an artist focusing on sound and the moving image. He has a BFA from the University of Colorado where he studied filmmaking with an emphasis on sound, and later received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has screened at places including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Slamdance, FIC Valdivia, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. He lives in Chicago and teaches in the department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University.

Blake Williams was in born in Houston, Texas and currently lives, works, and writes in Toronto, Canada, where he is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. His stereoscopic videos propose mutant and imaginary histories of representational media by exploring the buried or ‘useless’ functionalities of visual technologies. His work has screened at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Locarno Festival, and International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen.



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SHALA MILLER

Heat Situated/Necessary Accessories

Thursday, August 31 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Nightingale presents Heat Situated/Necessary Accessories: new video works and poetry by Shala Miller. Her work primarily consists of photography, text, video and drawing from time to time. Language and conversation serve as the thematic umbrella for Shala’s work. Whether it’s the language of a photograph and it’s poetic capabilities or the conversation between the soprano and alto.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Shala is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is soon to be a New Yorker.

PROGRAM NOTES:

THE ECHO, Super 8 converted to video, video, digital collage 8:14
LET’S GET IN THE DARK, video, 2:50
LULLABY FOR THE FALLING/A SPELL, video, 2:59
SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE HEAD AT THE TAIL, video, 5:08

videos to be followed by a reading of new poems.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentation, essay, experimental, feminism, film, performance, poetry, Super 8mm, video

ZERO

Composer, Coleman Zurkowski, in attendance!


Saturday, August 26 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Nightingale presents ZERO, a project by Coleman Zurkowski.

ZERO is an exploration of the mental and physical effects of binaural/isochronic rhythms gradually slowing into silence and is a filmic companion to composer Coleman Zurkowski’s album of the same name.

Both united by and created for Zurkowski’s score, the film is comprised of chaptered shorts by Nick Edelberg, Kostas Chondros, Jodie Mack, Solomon Turner, Anthony Zakharia, Jimmy Schaus, Sofia Canales, Chris Wronka, and John Schmidt.

Zurkowski and contributing filmmaker Jimmy Schaus will be in attendance to introduce the film.The screening will open with a performance by Zurkowski as DJ VERSACI.

Total running time: 70 minutes

COLEMAN ZURKOWSKI is a composer and musician. He studied composition at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. Zurkowski lives in New York City and composes music for film, television, and commercials, while releasing albums of his own work. In 2015, he was chosen to be the resident composer of the Khora Residency at the Syros International Film Festival. (http://colemanzurkowski.com)



Filed under: 16mm, animation, artist in attendance, collaboration, expanded cinema, music, sound, video

THE TUBA THIEVES

Director, Alison O’Daniel, in attendance!

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, August 18, 8 PM, $ 7-10

The Nightingale is thrilled to present a screening of Los Angeles artist Alison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves. O’Daniel’s long-term film project The Tuba Thieves, made in the wake of tuba robberies from Los Angeles schools, elliptically connects the story of a deaf drummer to the students, band directors, and school communities who must reconcile with missing sound following the thefts. The film is composed of portraits of music and silence in Los Angeles and beyond, and is interrupted by fictionalized re-enactments of two historic concerts: the 1952 premiere of John Cage’s 4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY and a 1979 punk concert hosted by Bruce Conner at The Deaf Club in San Francisco.

Reversing the typical process wherein a composer responds to filmic imagery, O’Daniel commissioned musical scores by three composers and worked ‘backwards”, accumulating a narrative through a process of deep listening. First-hand accounts and real life details from collaborations with students, musicians, composers, and actors are continuously altering the narrative, which is filmed in segments over time, eventually forming a feature length film. Featuring scores by Ethan Frederick Greene, Christine Sun Kim and Steve Roden.

Total running time: 52 minutes

Poster by Caroline Walp

ALISON O’DANIEL is a visual artist working across film, sculpture, performance and music, inviting audiences and collaborators to navigate, de-construct and re-imagine sound. Her current project The Tuba Thieves is composed of narrative film, performance and sculptures based on commissioned musical scores made in response to an epidemic of tuba thefts occurring in Los Angeles high schools.

She has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. She received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, CA.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, music, narrative, Uncategorized, video

JAMES FOTOPOULOS

A Retrospective
Artist in Attendance!

 

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday-Sunday, August 4-6th,  $7-10

This August the Nightingale Cinema is happy to present a three night retrospective of Chicago native James Fotopoulos. Featuring past and new video works. Some of these pieces have not been screened in Chicago in over 10 years.

August 4th at 7:30 pm
CHRISTABEL
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2001
USA, 74 min. 16mm/video

“Christabel is an abstract interpretation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s unfinished Gothic poem about female possession. Adhering to the poem’s structure the film is presented in four parts – Two digital video half hour segments and then two short 16mm conclusions. The contemporary relevance of the poem’s symbols and themes is underlined using performance combined with heavy image and sound layering.” —JF

Dignity
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2012
USA, 82 min, video

Agents Mr. Rainbow and Mr. Lamb are sent to an alien planet fighting a civil war. Their mission to destroy a perpetual motion machine is interrupted by their capture. While their interrogations proceed the two men struggle to come to terms with their suffering and pending death.

Dignity uses the minimal structure of a sci-fi B-film, the high artifice of painted backdrops, prosthetic horror effects, psychedelic noise soundtrack and early digital techniques to flesh out the philosophical ideas ranging from the stoic writings Marcus Aurelius to the fantasy prison drawings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

August 5th at 5pm
FAMILIES
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2002
USA, 97 min, 16mm.

A hybrid film that intentionally clashes techniques and syntaxes, FAMILIES is a series docufictional vignettes in a rural industrial town as portrayed through Fotopoulous’ singular eye.

“Life in a rural industrial town: a teenage boy, his family, friends and failed attempt at love are investigated through stark black-and-white photography and static long takes. Filmed in a fusion of authentic and staged documentation, with robotic performances by actors and non-actors, the piece meditates on the mundane existence of human and animal life.” —JF

There
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2014
USA, 103 min, video

Lamb is a troubled veteran and his girlfriend, M, is tormented as well. When he’s not working as a security guard in an old warehouse with other unstable vets, Lamb haunts a nightclub frequented by wounded and traumatized ex-soldiers. There he meets a one-armed vet, Thrill, who starts a strange story about the effects of his post-traumatic stress, which unsettles Lamb.

While walking though a forest, Lamb discovers a humanoid carcass and hides it in his basement. At the club he meets an older woman and begins an affair. Soon otherworldly events start to occur and his girlfriend is attacked inside their apartment by mysterious beings.

In the middle of the night the older woman comes over traumatized. She believes she was brought to an underground compound in the forest inhabited by creatures similar to the one Lamb discovered. She insists these aliens are waiting for a signal to attack. Lamb and M build a truck bomb to destroy the compound before it’s too late.  As they drive it to the nuclear power plant the story Thrill told seems about to end.

August 6th at 5pm
The Nest
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2003
USA, 78 min, 16mm

“Filmed in saturated colors on out-of-date film stocks with an aggressive soundtrack, the story of The Nest is told – The marriage of two young professionals unravels after an unnamed accident physically and emotional traumatizes the wife. Government agents, shadowy investigators and transgender beings appear, trying to solve the nervous-breakdown-mystery of secret alien forces that chose the couple as their target. In-camera tricks, drawings, derelict optical printing, miniatures, puppets and prosthetic makeup effects convey the dual collapse of the protagonists’ lives and the film structure as one unified entity.” —JF

The Given
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2015
USA, 75 min, video

An actress living in New York performs an audition, then goes to meditation and winds up at a party of artists viewing a film.  At home, she and her girlfriend explore buried memories and later nightmares trigger sleepwalking.  Finally, the actress enacts a childlike performance inspired by a Frank Wedekind play.

Mr Fotopoulos will be in attendance for all the screenings.

James Fotopoulos is a filmmaker who began production on his first feature-length film, ZERO (1997), in 1995. In 1998, he founded Fantasma for the production of his second feature, Migrating Forms (1999), and would continue to create a number of critically acclaimed narrative feature films, such as Back Against the Wall (2000), Families (2002), The Nest (2003) and Dignity (2012).

There will be an 15 minute intermission between films.

Programmed by Raul Benitez.



Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, dual projection, film

CHICAGOLAND SHORTS: VOL. 3

Recent Moving Image Work from Chicago

GIANTS ARE SLEEPING by Amanda Gutierrez

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm, $7-10

Chicagoland Shorts celebrates the new wave of independent cinema in Chicago. Vol. 3 champions work by underrepresented filmmakers and combines experimental genres into one seamless anthology.

Program Details:
ZWISCHEN
Lori Felker
ZWISCHEN (“between” in German) exists on the thin line between opposing forces. Dirt moves over light to a hand-drawn soundtrack of noise and space. 3min, 2006.

BLOKD
Martin Mulcahy
Through the voices and tools of his great grandfather, an early avant-garde filmmaker, a man explores the world as if we are living inside a movie set. 5min, 2016.

YO NO SOY ESA
Diana Delgado Pineda
On an ordinary winter afternoon, a mother does laundry and her daughter puts her clothes away. What could happen when Mom isn’t looking? 6min, 2014.

(more…)



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