1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

POINTS NEAR AND FAR

Recent Work by Ephraim Asili
Ephraim Asili in person!
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 22, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Ephraim Asili’s work celebrates the African Diaspora as a cultural force—a lineage of years and miles that influences contemporary African-American identity and the cultural identity of North America in general. Complicating the traditional travelogue, Asili weaves together the near and the far as a way of revealing linkages across history and geography. Through audio-visual examinations of societal iconography identity, geography, and architecture Asili strives to present a personal vision which could be described as an amalgam of pop, African American and “moving image” culture filtered through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional awareness.

Program Details:
PRETTY PLEASE
(2015, 16mm transferred to digital, 3 min.)
A video for Josephine Foster’s song, Pretty Please, featuring a pageant of actors performing biblical characters.

POINTS ON A SPACE AGE
(2009, video, 33 min.)
Points on a Space Age explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the influential Sun Ra Arkestra since the passing of its founding member, Sun Ra and examines their current work (in the physical absence of Sun Ra) under the direction of Marshall Allen. – EA

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, experimental, film, international, music, video

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT

Polish Experimental Documentaries
HOW TO LIVE directed by Marcel Łoziński

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Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Inspired by international film critic Ela Bittencourt’s Neither/Nor Series at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, five different Chicago arts organizations collaborate to present this series of rare Polish political documentaries with an experimental slant. Presented at three venues across the city and with Bittencourt in attendance, TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT  will include three programs of work.

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Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Constellation Chicago (3111 N. Western), $10
Presented by Run of Life
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

WANDA GOŚCIMSKA. … A WEAVER (dir. Wojciech Wiszniewski, 1975, 21 min.)

HEAR MY CRY (dir. Maciej Drygas, 1994, 57 min.)

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Beguiled Cinema
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

THE CASE OF PEKOSIŃSKI, (dir. Grzegorz Królikiewicz, 19, 21 min.)

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
The NIGHTINGALE (1084 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Run of Life

HOW TO LIVE (dir. Marcel Łoziński, 1977, 83 min)

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Polish director, Marcel Łoziński, claims “I’m a documentary filmmaker … because I like to ‘thicken’ reality but never to distort it.” This encapsulates the chimeric quality of the movies in this series, forged with aesthetics of absurdism and a prescient sense of what is now the genre we call non-fiction.  These works reflect the political climate of Communist Poland and its blacklash. The subjects of these docs are a man willing to lose everything in protest, a former chess champion oppressed by a fascist government, and a worker memorialized in outsized proportion. Portraits of a conflicted era, these movies don’t try to escape their circumstances but rather meld the chaos into humorous and poignant documents of a bygone political age.

Ela Bittencourt is a writer, critic, and film programmer. She has written for a wide range of publications including Artforum, Cineaste, Frieze Magazine, Film Quarterly, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, and Reverse Shot, among others.  She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she taught essay writing.

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT is presented by Constellation Chicago, Run of Life, The Nightingale, and Beguiled Cinema, Society for Arts, and organized by Christy LeMaster and Kathleen Sachs.

 

 



Filed under: archival, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, Uncategorized, video

ZACHARY HUTCHINSON

New Works

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Saturday, January 16, 7 pm, $5-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

How to Reduce Your Masculinity in 10 Easy Steps, and more! The Nightingale will host a selection of brand new works by Chicago based artist Zachary Hutchinson. Co-curated by Zachary Hutchinson & Emily Eddy.

Zachary Hutchinson (b. 1991) is a interdisciplinary artist and programmer. His work is the result of a necessity to play, to collaborate with his friends as a way to cast a realm of possibility in which to act and choreograph our playing around identifying and scrambling the discursive signs of culture and identity that he is not comfortable inheriting. He comes to art through costume making, make up, traditional theater, video making and an obsessive attention to image and transgressive affect. He recently received his BFA at from SAIC and is a MFA candidate at UIC. He has had works shown in Montreal, Mexico City, San Francisco, Berlin and extensively in Chicago. His current project VideoVideoZine.com is a monthly user submitted archive of moving image work along side interviews with young artists and curated videos selections by establish artists.

My work is the result of a necessity to play, to collaborate with my friends as a way to cast a realm of possibility in which to act and choreograph our playing around identifying and scrambling the discursive signs of culture and identity that I am not comfortable inheriting. I come to art through costume making, make up, traditional theater, video making and an obsessive attention to image and transgressive affect.

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Filed under: experimental, new media, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

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