Programmer, Amanda VanValkenburg,
Friday, September 8 at 8 PM, $7-10
Inner Distances, a screening curated by Amanda VanValkenburg, examines how technology affects sense of place and sense of self. Relationships to location becomes abstracted through the mediation of devices. The internet creates familiar landing sites, social media pages become extensions of identity, and google maps can be used to explore topographically accurate recreations of locations around the world. Sense of place is an abstraction of location navigated by information, senses, and physical stimulus. This screening is focused on repurposing devices or software to explore concepts of space and technology, or other strategies that investigate relationships between the virtual and the physical.
Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko and Faraz Anoushahpour
Through a flood of images and impressions, a narrator attempts to recall a family holiday. Produced in Berlin and Toronto, Bunte Kuh combines a found postcard, family photo album, and original footage to weave together the temporal realities of two separate vacations.
The oscillating sound of video games, glass facades, barbed wire and high walls that block our view of what goes on behind them. Someone has something to hide here. In EMBARGO we peer over the barriers, past red eyes and CCTV cameras and into state-of-the-art premises of arms and drone manufacturers. The elaborate recording techniques create quite a distinctive spatiality, drifting between distance and closeness. A science-fiction nightmare, dangerously close to reality.
Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time
This short video is based on a CNN debate which took place in April 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The visuals of the debate have been removed and replaced with a series of dreamlike images. Paired with this alternative footage, the politicians’ words narrate a new and personal story, revealing the subconscious of the politicians. The debate turns into a Rorschach test onto which viewers can project their own thoughts and associations.
The artist re-enters a space from their childhood as an adult, freely exploring and reimagining the tone of the space through the lens of an iphone and a year-long process of editing sound and footage on an apple desktop computer.
The Age of Branches
A dramatic retelling of systemic collapse, unfolding on the scale of nanoseconds, The Age of Branches examines the American power infrastructure during a crisis of continental proportions, reframing the jargon of its technical port-mortem as mythic language.
A 3D sculpted environment full of architecture caught in the act of critical change. Simulated disasters oscillate on the border between realism and complete artifice with a slow observation of decay. Basing each vignette off of existing locations, the 3D re-enactment allows an destructive intervention that is ephemeral by design.
The observations of an object in motion: A mobile device captures the trajectories of objects liberated from and bound to land, against a backdrop of uniquely human dissonance. Terrestrial attempts to articulate a desire to transcend bodily limits with electronics and machines, while acknowledging an unavoidable level of dysfunction. The film was inspired by an incident in 2014 where a Blue Line train in Chicago failed to stop at its final destination, the O’Hare airport, and eventually came to a stop halfway up the escalator at the airport’s entrance. Terrestrial re- imagines this accident as an earthbound machine’s failed takeoff.
An anaglyph 3D found footage film about machines and landscape that interlaces motion with stasis, crescendos with glissandos, and reds with blues. Its triangular structure juxtaposes scenes of a parked Chevy Caprice police vehicle, a cruise along Montréal’s infamous Turcot Interchange, and a visit to a basement rave room.
About the Artists:
Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko have worked in collaboration since 2013. Using various performative structures to work in relation to speci c sites, their projects explore collabora- tion as a way to upset the authority of a singular narrator or position. Currently based in Toronto, recent lm and installation work has been shown at Projections (New York Film Festival), Wavelengths (Toronto Inter- national Film Festival), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Kurz lmtage Oberhausen (Ger- many), Portland International Film Festival, Media City Festival (Windsor/Detroit), Experimenta (Bangalore), Crossroads Festival (San Francisco), and ZK/U Centre for Art & Urbanistics (Berlin), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto), SPACES Art Centre (Cleveland), and Trinity Square Video (Toronto).
Johann Lurf is an artist and filmmaker, using the moving image to analyse and restructure space and film. His practice involves observational and documentary filmmaking especially in the field of structural film, as well as an approach to found footage which is strongly oriented on filmic language itself. Born in 1982 in Vienna Lurf has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London. He graduated from Harun Farocki’s film class in 2009. He received the State Grant of Austria for Video and Media Art and participated in the Artist-in- Residence Programs at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles 2011, the SAIC in Chicago 2015 and in Tokyo 2016. His work has been shown internationally and recognized with awards in numerous exhibitions and festivals.
Orr Menirom’s work explores the border between what is real and what is barely or beyond perceptible. Mixing appropriated materials with self shot footage, she cuts and pastes sentences and uses other people’s words to question language as the border between the political and the existential. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Menirom is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2014), Kuvataideakatemia (exchange student, 2009) and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BFA, 2010). She was a 2016-17 research fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL). Solo and two person shows include The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center (IA), Aspect/Ratio Gallery (IL) and Fafa Gallery (Helsinki, Finland). Screenings include the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Expo Chicago (IL) and Chicago Underground Film Festival (IL). Awards include a New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, Toni and Tim Urban Artist-in-Residence and an Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship.
Brock Neilson grew up in a rural part of Idaho and is currently based in Salt Lake City. They typically work in abstract sound, costume-making, drag performance and electronic music.
Based in a diverse and expanding multimedia practice, Pennsylvania-born artist, musician, and writer Daniel Spangler creates speculative, narrative-based works that examine the construction of personal and mass-media languages used by humans to reconcile themselves with the complexities of the natural world–a process by which storytelling arises as an emergent phenomena. Formerly a visual effects artist, he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and later received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. His work has been exhibited and screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and many others.
Amanda VanValkenburg uses her background in painting and drawing to inform her work with 3D software to make videos that play in the uncanny valley. Her work has been shown in the MCA, Mana Contemporary, the Gene Siskel, the Elmhurst Museum, the Nightingale, 6018 North Gallery, Links Hall, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, and the Chicago Digital Media Festival. She was recently a High Concept Labs sponsored artist and an Oxbow Artist in Residence.
Calum Walter is an artist focusing on sound and the moving image. He has a BFA from the University of Colorado where he studied filmmaking with an emphasis on sound, and later received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has screened at places including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Slamdance, FIC Valdivia, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. He lives in Chicago and teaches in the department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University.
Blake Williams was in born in Houston, Texas and currently lives, works, and writes in Toronto, Canada, where he is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. His stereoscopic videos propose mutant and imaginary histories of representational media by exploring the buried or ‘useless’ functionalities of visual technologies. His work has screened at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Locarno Festival, and International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen.
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