Video and performance work by Sara Condo
Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist Sara Condo to present a selection of her video and performance work. Condo grapples with technology, landscape and feminism, finding unexpected meanings along the highways and byways of the United States. Trust the journey.
The program includes:
Everywhere is Anywhere, a scrolling landscape photograph and science fiction piece mourning the death of the “American Dream.” The video follows the zen warrior path of the main character, D a queer cyberpunk goddess, who wanders across the land following the death of her estranged father, whom we will call The Wizard. D is on a spiritual journey on a search to unravel the layers of patriarchal power systems embedded in the fabric of her life. Struggling to come to grips with the loss of her ego, she completes walking meditation upon the built environment. Using the landscape as her friendly companion, D reflects on the history of each location and her place within.
The Wizard, a live performance piece incorporating computer generated audio and video visuals
Wanderlust, a short experimental documentary centered around a woman who travels alone. As she travels, she contemplates notions of female hysteria, agriculture, and the dawning of the New Age.
Total screening time: approx 55 minutes
Filed under: artist in attendance
, expanded cinema
Friday, May 4th at 7:30 PM
Suggested donation $7-10
The Nightingale welcomes Nick Alonzo as he presents his new film
The Art of Sitting Quietly & Doing Nothing (2018)
Plot: The semi-autobiographical dramedy focuses on an impulsive young man named Carl (played by newcomer actor Alex Serrato), who begins to reflect on his past life in the city as he currently resides in the woods after being dumped by his long time girlfriend, Gloria (played by actress/filmmaker Alycya Magaña).
Director: Nick Alonzo
Cast: Alex Serrato, Alycya Magaña
Director’s Bio: Nick Alonzo is an independent, self-taught filmmaker based Chicago. In 2013, Nick directed, wrote and produced his first short film “Cut” a dark-comedy short about a man bleeding to death after accidentally cutting himself with a document file. The short – filmed on a $30 budget – was selected and screened at Columbia College for the 2013 CineYouth Film Festival.
In the summer of 2014, Nick made his first feature-length film, “Shitcago” a 65 minute black/white comedy shot entirely in the city of Chicago without any filming permits. Loosely based on personal events and people he met in his hometown in Chicago, the film follows a young loner as he wanders the city of Chicago and encounters many idiosyncratic characters. The film screened locally around the city of Chicago including at Pilsen Outpost, Comfort Film, and Transistor Chicago.
In 2017, Nick was one of the five filmmakers who participated in Destroy Your Art, a film collective where filmmakers were invited to create a short film, screen it to a live audience, and destroy it after the screening. The event was created by filmmaker Jack C. Newell and Rebecca Fons.
The event will start at 7:30pm with an introduction from the director. A Q&A session with the filmmakers and cast will follow.
Programmed by Raul Benitez.
Filed under: artist in attendance
PS When You Thought You Are Going To Die
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, June 30th, 7:30 pm, $7-10
“[A] movie’s reality should be as nasty and fucked up as possible, so we want to get fuck out of the theater and hope for something better in life…. I try not to have a message or even word in my movie. But I usually have some sick stories behind each of the movies. Those are just mental eye candy that it taste sweet first, seizure second.” – Stom Sogo
The Nightingale is pleased to present another tribute to Stom Sogo on the day before he died. A special thanks goes to Anthology Film Archives, John Klacsmann, Karen Johannesen and the following for their kind words and continued support of such an incredible, unstoppable force.
“A dynamo whose thunderous potential was cut short by his premature death, Japanese moving-image artist Stom Sogo (1975-2012) remains a romantic rebel if ever there was one. For over two decades he created a hair-raising body of aggressively beautiful films and videos. His distinctive, psychically charged work revels in optic and aural jolts just as much as it attempts a sincere connection with the viewer. While he mastered numerous approaches, his primary technique involved heavy amounts of re-photography, a process that allowed him to fashion multiple electrified layers of strobing imagery. Other pieces demonstrate his uncanny editing prowess in their startling juxtaposition of home movies with materials taken from an expansive array of unlikely sources.” – Andrew Lampert
“Total anarchy, pushing the limits, going out/within further and further, marveling at all the beauties and laughing at all the absurdities. To me this is what Stom was all about at all times.” – Raha Raissnia
“The films of Stom Sogo are incantatory and self combustible. An erratic master of low tech do-it-yourself sortilege, he puts his works through seemingly perpetual remakes.” – Mark McElhatten
“Stom was both cunning and tender, even now I use him to measure imposters. He certainly laughed at the solemnity with which the courtiers behave. He always wanted more, again.” – Albert Herter
SILVERPLAY, 2002, video, 16m
Song for TV, 2002, video, 4m
YA PRIVATE SKY, 2001, S8mm/video, 3.5m
SLOW DEATH, 2000, S8mm to video, 16m
PERIODICAL EFFECT, 2001, S8mm/video, 10m
REPEAT, 2006, video, 9.5m
PS WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, 2003, video, 14m
STOM SOGO was born in 1975 and moved to the United States in 1992. He graduated with a BA in art and film from Hunter College, New York, in 2000. Sogo started Open Screenings at Anthology Film Archives in 1995, inspiring a whole crew of filmmakers. His Super8 films and video works have screened at various festivals and exhibitions including Rotterdam Film Festival; the Whitney Biennale; Lincoln Center, MoMA, Light Industry, Union Docs, Chicago Filmmakers, Image Forum (Tokyo), Microscope, and many others.
Films/videos courtesy of Anthology Film Archives, New York
Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna
Filed under: archival
, found footage
, home movies
, Super 8mm