1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

Barbara Hammer: VITAL SIGNS

Presented by South Side Projections, the Nightingale, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm, $7-10

Barbara Hammer needs no introduction.

A pioneer of queer cinema, Hammer has been an active filmmaker for over four decades, directing more than 80 experimental films and documentaries. In 2010 the Museum of Modern Art presented a month-long retrospective of her work, and she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. In mid-February, South Side Projections, the Nightingale, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will honor Hammer with a two-night celebration, the first major retrospective of her work in Chicago in more than 20 years.

On Friday, February 16 at 7pm, the Nightingale Cinema (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will host a mini-retrospective on 16mm. The films being shown are PSYCHOSYNTHESIS (1975), SISTERS! (1974), STILL POINT (1989), ENDANGERED (1988), OPTIC NERVE (1985), VITAL SIGNS (1991), and SANCTUS (1990). The program is approximately 90 minutes long.
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Filed under: 16mm, experimental, feminism, film, queer

ST. FRANCIS HEARS A NOISE

New Sci-Fi Feature by Jimmy Schaus
Artist in Attendance!
Presented by ACRE Projects

Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to partner with ACRE Projects to present the narrative feature debut of Chicago based artist Jimmy Schaus. St. Francis Hears a Noise is a psychotronic, picaresque science fiction romp about a sound recordist whose special microphone picks up messages from beyond, which are stolen by a sinister underground production network to unlock latent psychic energy from the young actors they routinely exploit. Francis, the titular protagonist, sets off on a journey to investigate and retrieve his precious sounds, only to uncover a vast network of control in which he may already be enmeshed.

Jimmy Schaus is an artist whose work spans narrative film, video art, music, sound and performance. Born and raised in central Florida, Schaus spent several years touring in underground music projects before shifting focus to filmmaking along with a move to Chicago in 2012. He completed an MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, and works as a videographer, editor, and instructor of film and audio production. St. Francis Hears a Noise is his first feature length project.

Program Details:
St. Francis Hears a Noise (2017, Digital File, 130 min.)

Image credit: Jimmy Schaus, Still from St. Francis Hears a Noise, 2017; Image courtesy of the artist.

Programmed by Kate Bowen, Aaron Walker, & Christy LeMaster



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, queer, sound, video

THIS STRUCTURE EXISTS…

This Structure Exists in Real Life:
Digital Video Work by Orr Menirom
Artist in Attendance!

Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to present Orr Menirom and a solo screening of her digital video art. Surveying work from the past eight years, this screening follows Menriom’s development from a sculpture background into a concrete exploration of the materiality of the video medium. Broadly, Menirom’s work investigates how contemporary digital technologies complicate indexical representation of reality and human perception. In making work that plays on the edges of the technical and conceptual properties of digital video, Menirom engages narrative expectation and the murkiness of memory by using glitch, off-set editing, and conspicuous digital construction.

“My current video practice focuses on the ephemeral as a tool for the investigation of the social and political condition. Can the act of imagination, underlying the work of art, become a tool for social and political change? My short films move between figuration and abstraction, investigating what is real and what is barely or beyond perceptible. Some of the videos begin as a familiar form, such as a news interview, a political debate or a viral YouTube video. As the work progresses, the form slowly disintegrates into an abstract space, inhabited by glitched images and anonymous voices. Another area of interest in my work is the complex relations between video art and film. I re-edit materials from film, television and social media in order to investigate the mechanisms by which they construct meaning. Influenced by the video essay genre, I question the narrating voice often used in video essays and cinema in general, and try to find texts within the footage itself. I re-edit speeches, dub images and use others’ words to create new sentences. The editing is transparent, and the editor’s hand is felt through jump-cuts and glitches. This brings to the surface the power dynamic between the viewer and the author: Whose voice speaks in the video? Whose message is heard?”- OM

Orr Menirom was born in Tel Aviv and received an BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2010 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Her work has been presented internationally at festivals and galleries including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Fafa Gallery in Helsinki, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Aspect/Ratio Gallery in Chicago.

Program Details:
The Vanishing Monuments (2009, 5:42)

Index (Untitled Symmetry) (2017, 0:39)

Sunset and a Tower (2010, 4:50)

Index (Untitled Gatekeeper) (2017, 1:11)

Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings (2013, 10:00)

Index (Untitled Exit) (2017, 0:37)

Exchange (2014, 12:03)

Index (Untitled Modern Savage) (2017, 2:10)

Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time (2017, 11:23)

Index (Untitled Baudrillard) (2017, 1:12)

Homewrecker (2016, 14:32)

TRT 64:31

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, found footage, international, place, re-photography, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

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