Saturday, June 15, 7 PM, $7-10 suggested donation – cash only
Artists in person!
The Nightingale is thrilled to welcome Lydia Moyer to screen her meditative collage-like critique of contemporary life, The Forcing, preceded by Latham Zearfoss’s similarly elucidative short work WHITE BALANCE.
The Forcing, 2018, 46 min
An insistent collage of images and sound that muddles the quiet detail of flora and fauna with the chaotic noise of mass upheaval, building tension through the offset of sound and image. Made in response to the turbulence of contemporary American life, acknowledging how much is experienced through screens. The Forcing asks viewers to ride the waves of the capitalocene, moving between original and existing materials toward an unheroic encounter with the beautiful and the terrifying. Boundaries between climate change and the struggle for social justice dissolve relying on the energy of sound to place them side-by-side on the cosmic continuum.
WHITE BALANCE, 2018, 9 min
This experimental documentary seeks out moments of cognitive dissonance around multifaceted, liberal ideas of whiteness. Further, it questions how power circulates as ideology, via material and immaterial means. Paired with an unnerving original score, the camera lands on episodic vignettes that unpack white identity as a socially constructed set of power relations, and the color white as an aesthetic experience ranging from humdrum to stunning to repulsive.
Lydia Moyer is a contemporary video and print artist who works primarily with themes of feminism, the environment, and history. She often appropriates existing materials and objects and blurs the premise of non-fiction. Her work has been featured a number of national and international exhibitions. Aside from her artwork, Moyer also works as an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia.
Latham Zearfoss works in Chicago, where they produce time-based images, objects and experiences about selfhood and otherness. Outside of the studio, they contribute to collective motions toward joy and reflection through social projects such as a queer dance party (Chances Dances), a critical space for white allyship (Make Yourself Useful), and an itinerant conference on socially-engaged art (Open Engagement). Latham graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. They have exhibited their work, screened their videos, and DJed internationally and all over the U.S.
Jacob Ciocci presents: “April fools! Pain is just a Program made by your Mind: the video Program. New Videos made by your Mind by Jacob Ciocci” presented on April Fools Day, the day that was made by your mind
Monday, April 1 at 8 PM (doors 7:30), $0-7-10
The Nightingale is fool-less-ly excited to bring relatively new Chicagoan Jacob Ciocci and some of his (relatively and, as they say, brand) new work to the big screen. For a legally voting or vaping aged human’s life, Ciocci has produced an immense body of work in video, performance, animation, sound, netart, sculpture, drawing, publication, painting and whatever else there is that has exhibited in museums and punk houses alike, populated by an idiosyncratic cast of characters from the far edges of junk culture, the bleating hearts of pop op and whatever a mind is. Formally diffuse, but with key ties (ecstatic color and movement, 31st century collage, heavy/heady/leafy sentiments), his work continues to grow and deepen, responsive both to Culture and culture, never shifting away from the lens (like a camera, like a projector) of his own subjectivity.
If you didn’t zone deep to paperrad.org or (f/b)reakdance at an Extreme Animals show, did you really vote against Romney?
Or, as a recent excursion to Planet Fitness for Jacob yielded:
It’s April fools but who is the biggest fool? An internet troll, a gremlin, the joker, or me, who still believes in these fantastic creatures ?
On April 1st Watch out for internet trolls gremlins and jokers and real trolls and fake jokers aka jokesters.
It’s always April fools day with all these trolls gremlins and jokers all over the place
On the internet it’s always April fools day so don’t get tricked by a troll gremlin or joker when you check your email
On the internet it’s always April fools day. Never trust a troll, a gremlin or a joker and definitely never ever trust yourself
If a troll asks for your password on April fools day give it to them it’s a reverse prank
Listen to the fools, the trolls and the jokesters for they have the mystical passwords and might steal your bank info
Can you handle life inside The mind of a fool, just for one day? What if that fool also happened to be a troll mixed with a gremlin and stole your password?
Jacob Ciocci (b. 1977, Lexington, KY) is a multimedia artist and musician. Ciocci was a member of the influential art collective Paper Rad whose work in the field of net.art––one of contemporary arts’ recent movements of the true avant-garde––helped ignite the genre, and is considered formative to a generation of younger artists whose works deals with the digital. He is also a co-founder of the long running electronic music and performance group, Extreme Animals.In his videos, installations and performances, the cultural symbols and technological tools of our time, both the popular and the obscure confront one another and the viewer on a visceral, emotional, and experiential level.
Ciocci has had recent solo exhibitions with Interstate Projects, New York; And/Or Gallery, Los Angeles and Prosjektrom Normanns, Norway. He has exhibited and performed his work at a range of venues, including MOMA, the New Museum, and the Tate Britain. Recent activities include a series of cell-phone charging sculptures for the Difference Engine group exhibition at Lisson Gallery (summer 2018) and “Appetite For Destruction” a short essay about the online “Finger Family Video” phenomenon. Ciocci is also the second Google Image result for the phrase “making friends with computers”.