Visual AIDS: Alternate Endings

 A Commemorative Program

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Monday, December 1st  at 7:00pm, $5

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014), The Nightingale is pleased to showcase Visual AIDS’ program of newly commissioned short videos by Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hi Tiger/Derek Jackson, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS utilizes the medium of video to highlight diverse voices that bring together charged moments, memories and personal perspectives amidst the public history of AIDS. These seven short videos intersect at a crossroads in which the artists position themselves during the present moment of HIV/AIDS cultural production: looking back at the historic past as they envision divergent narratives and possibilities for the future, because AIDS IS NOT OVER.” (Visual AIDS)Select information on the commissioned videos:

 

Tom Kalin, Ashes, 2014
For the 25th Anniversary of Day Without Art, Tom Kalin photographed thousands of high resolution still images and “stitched” them into a moving image. While borrowing library books for research on another project, Kalin discovered, glued to the endpapers, ordinary “due date” ledgers stamped with dates spanning three decades. Inspired by these tiny ledgers—like skin or palimpsests that recorded an analogue history, an accumulation of many gestures—Kalin combines quotidian pictures snatched from his daily life with an evocative musical track by ongoing collaborator Doveman (Thomas Bartlett). The film layers dates and moments from Kalin’s personal world with the public and global history of AIDS.

My Barbarian, Counterpublicity, Hd video, 2014, Shot in LA at My Barbarian Studios
My Barbarian’s Counterpublicity is a staged video performance based on an essay about Pedro Zamora, AIDS activist and star of the Real World: San Francisco, written by José Esteban Muñoz in his book, Disidentifications. The three members of My Barbarian re-perform scenes from The Real World in an alienated style, resisting the affect of “reality tv” even as they interrogate its politics, contrasting these scenes with the embodied performance of 90s-inspired music videos, with lyrics adapted from Muñoz’s theory of Queer counterpublic spheres that operate against the dominance of racism and homophobia.

Hi Tiger, The Village, 2014, Digital video, Directed by Derek Jackson, Shot by Rollin Leonard
Hi Tiger, the Portland, Maine based art-punk band fronted by visual artist and performer Derek Jackson, recreates the song “The Village” by New Order. Originally, New Order recorded the song as an upbeat new wave tune in 1982. With Hi Tiger’s re-imagining some 30 years later, The Village becomes a torch song that meditates on themes of love and loss, complicity and defiance. In the context of HIV and AIDS, the song becomes a love letter to those that have passed and a call to arms for the ones who remain.

Julie Tolentino, evidence, 2014 (Special thanks to Abigail Severance & Juvenal Cisneros)
In evidence, Julie Tolentino’s naked, moving body articulates backward on her hands and knees, balancing a cluster of Asian medicine cups. Her self-made sound piece initiates the video with a queer list of loved ones living and lost, recognizable or not, as both invocation and provocation of individuals who deeply shifted her perspective. As the listed names blur and are archived in Tolentino’s body, evidence opens up to the list’s potency through a female, brown, artist/activist body in the unseen yet held spaces of relationship, memory, sex and loss.

More info at www.visualaids.org

 

 

 



Filed under: archival, documentary, experimental, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Winter Screening and Inaugural Party

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Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, $15

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film.  Admission price  at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Winter Screening will include a treatment presentation by director Daviel Shy,  exclusive trailer release, and dramatic readings from The Ladies Almanack 1928 original novel. Reception with artists to follow the screening.

To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website. Donations are tax-deductible.

http://theladiesalmanack.tumblr.com/contribute

Image Credit: Collage made by  Sarah Patten. Full image may be found here. See more of her amazing collage work here.



Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, narrative, queer, reading, Super 8mm

PUBLIC HEARING

New Experimental Documentary
by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in attendance with coffee and donuts

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Friday, November 21st at 7:00 pm, $7-10

PUBLIC HEARING by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
110 minutes / 16mm-to-HD, B&W / 2013
Donuts and coffee will be served.

Preceeded by
CA-PAN (Convergence Art Public Affairs Network) by Chaz Evans
30 minutes / HD / 2014

 

PUBLIC HEARING re-performs a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, a cast of actors and non-actors read between the lines in an ironic debate over the
replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart.

PUBLIC HEARING is the first feature documentary film by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, filmed in one room with an ensemble cast of professional actors, sculptors, filmmakers, musicians and businessmen. The subject of the hearing is the environmental impact of an existing Wal-Mart expanding to become a super Wal-Mart. The source material and screenplay is direct text from a publicly released transcript downloaded from the town website of Allegany, New York. The text was preserved in chronological order with no additions, only redactions due to budget: a loss of the most redundant of the redundant. As a film meant to be watched rather than a purely structuralist exercise, this limiting technique reflects the reality of the public hearing itself, which forced comments for which there was no time to be submitted in writing.

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, film, Uncategorized, video

CONDITIONS UNCERTAIN …

CONDITIONS UNCERTAIN AND UNLIKELY TO PASS
Recent Work by Ben Balcom

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Thursday, November 20th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is pleased to welcome Milwaukee-based media artist Ben Balcom, who will present a selection of his stunning film, digital, and hybrid work from the past few years. Balcom engages with medium specificity—the textures and rhythms of the media he’s working in—and simultaneously troubles the inherent distinctions as he blends analog and digital, or pushes a single medium to extremes. His works are ones of instability, hovering tentatively and precariously between New Media and Old Media, but claiming neither (or maybe both). Beyond his formal play, Balcom takes on representation, technology, geometry, intellectual disquisition, systems and structures, and, well, a lot of heady-sounding things. But we come back to that word “play.” The seriousness is measured by a deftness of touch, an enthusiastic curiosity, occasional glimpses of irony, and a sensitivity to the beauty of the multiple textures in the imagery that provide many points of access. In instability there is openness.

A Symptom
6.5 min, 16mm/Digital, 2014
A mirrored discourse. The object we see is the object wanting enumeration, but it is never said quite right. We are looking at speech from both sides of the mirror, listening to the wretch who elaborates upon the grid of desire.

Ceol (Ruinsong)
5 min, 16mm/Digital, 2014
There, the ruins of a castle at the far edges of the land. The birdsong you hear mimics the sound of the river, and the human voice mimics the song of the bird. This is a failed historical gesture sung in the playful, wild mimetic gesture.

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Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, experimental, video

YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, November 17th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Q&A following the movie featuring Cinematographer, Sean Hanley
and Chicago Housing Activist, Mary Tarullo!

Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.


YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT: a hybrid documentary by Lynne Sachs
64 min // United States // 2013 // Chinese, English, & Spanish with English Subtitles // HD digital projection

Immigrant residents of a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafés, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy, and urban life. Working from the idea that anytime someone is on camera they inadvertently engage in a performance, Sachs asked her subjects to become her collaborators, inviting them to participate in the construction of a film about their lives. In 2012, Lynne began a series of live film performances of Your Day is My Night in alternative theater spaces around New York City. She then completed the hour-long hybrid video which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in 2013 and screened at the Vancouver Film Fest, Union Docs, the New Orleans Film Fest and other venues in the US and abroad.

Preceeded by
LIGHT READINGS by Stephen Vitiello
8 min // United States //2001 //sound piece

WINDOW CLEANING IN SHANGHAI by Laura Kissel
3 minutes // United States //2011 // HD digital projection

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

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