Video and performance work by Sara Condo
Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist Sara Condo to present a selection of her video and performance work. Condo grapples with technology, landscape and feminism, finding unexpected meanings along the highways and byways of the United States. Trust the journey.
The program includes:
Everywhere is Anywhere, a scrolling landscape photograph and science fiction piece mourning the death of the “American Dream.” The video follows the zen warrior path of the main character, D a queer cyberpunk goddess, who wanders across the land following the death of her estranged father, whom we will call The Wizard. D is on a spiritual journey on a search to unravel the layers of patriarchal power systems embedded in the fabric of her life. Struggling to come to grips with the loss of her ego, she completes walking meditation upon the built environment. Using the landscape as her friendly companion, D reflects on the history of each location and her place within.
The Wizard, a live performance piece incorporating computer generated audio and video visuals
Wanderlust, a short experimental documentary centered around a woman who travels alone. As she travels, she contemplates notions of female hysteria, agriculture, and the dawning of the New Age.
Total screening time: approx 55 minutes
Filed under: artist in attendance
, expanded cinema
SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium
Featuring performances by Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods accompanying films by JoAnn Elam
Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm, Free
Back for its third year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, Experimental Sound Studio, and Chicago Film Archives. This year’s project, the Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!), is a series of public events in Chicago dedicated to ideas, research, performance, and conversation surrounding female and trans-identifying practitioners in and around the sonic arts. Saturday’s screening kicks off the series which includes panel discussions and performances at Sector 2337, Constellation, and the Experimental Sound Studio. Musicians Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods will collaborate to compose live scores for a selection of films curated and sequenced by CFA from the JoAnn Elam Collection. Aulbert and Woods were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.
The soprano, voice performer, and multivocalist, “Hamburg’s queen of Avantgarde” (Hamburger Abendblatt Jan. 2010) Frauke Aulbert is one of the most active and multi-talented vocalists in the field of contemporary music today. Her almost infinite, impressive vocal sound palette enfolds a nearly four octave range next to classical singing (diploma), over- and undertone-singing, multiphonics, techniques from Bulgarian folclore, Korean gugak, gamelan, jazz, dhrupad, beatboxing a.s.o. Concerts led her to festivals all over the world: Europe, Korea, Australia, Brasil, Georgia, Tunesia, and the USA. Frauke Aulbert was awarded various prizes and grants, a.o. the first price by the Stockhausen-foundation, as well as artist residencies in Rome (Goethe Institut), Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts) and Stuttgart (Akademie Schloss Solitude) in 2016/17, where she is currently working on her project ‘Beatboxing and the Avant Garde’. Frauke Aulbert has collaborated with composers such as Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hans Joachim Hespos, Simon Stockhausen, Brigitta Muntendorf, Heera Kim, Michael Maierhof, Geoffroy Drouin and Alexander Schubert. Frauke Aulbert is founding member and artistic (co)director of her groups Collect/Project (Hamburg-Chicago), Decoder Ensemble (Hamburg) and Forum Neue Vokalmusik (Hannover). She studied in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, and in Kiel and Hamburg, Germany. Her diploma thesis examined ‘Overtone singing in Contemporary Music’.
Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Outside of solo performances, he has performed with the Ictus Ensemble (Brussels, BE), Ensemble L’Arsenale (IT), zone Experimental (CH) Basel Sinfonietta (CH), New York City Ballet, Ensemble LPR and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, he has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Heinz Holliger, G.F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Steve Mackey and Peter Eotvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rachael Yamagata. His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough, has garnered great acclaim since its release in November 2016, and has been profiled in the Guardian, I Care If You Listen, Musical America, and Strings Magazine amongst others.
JoAnn Elam (1949-2009) is a central figure in the in the history of Chicago’s experimental film community. Her short experimental and documentary films capture the spirit and ethos of a politically active, feminist, and socially conscious artist. Along with Bill Brand, Warner Wada, and Dan O’Chiva, Elam founded Chicago Filmmakers (initially called Filmgroup, with screenings held at N.A.M.E. Gallery) in 1973.
Filed under: 8mm
, artist in attendance
, Free Screening!
, Super 8mm
And Other Extracurricular Activities
Saturday, September 16 at 7 PM, $7-10
Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski in attendance!
BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities” follows song-and-dance man Beverly Fresh to the annual Turkey Trot festival in the southern Indiana town of Montgomery. The film examines the rural cultural rituals and events of small Midwestern towns and investigates the sense of restlessness that hangs in the region. Beverly meets with Dar-L and the Pork Chop Boys and sets out to ease their desperation. He comes across a demolition derby driver, traveling salesmen, banjo player and other kindred spirits wandering nervous and lookin’ for something else.
BATHTUB SONGS, a project of Sawbuck Productions, Inc and WILD AMERICAN DOGS, blurs the lines that demarcate observational documentary and narrative nonfiction. In a traditional documentary manner, Bathtub Songs chronicles actual events of the festival and highlights local history and attractions. This factual presentation mingles with a fictional narrative arc. The unfolding of the film’s narrative arc hinges on the film questioning the actuality of its own material and narrative structure. Bathtub Songs presents a stylized portrait of the town by combining traditional documentation, local folkore, participatory performances, and fabricated narrative, resulting in both a recognizable impression and an entirely new understanding of the rural American Midwest.
BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities
2015, digital video, 110 minutes
Directed by Greg Scott
Written by Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski
Immediately following the film there is a Q & A with the Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski.
Sawbuck Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organization 501(c3) that creates and distributes multiple media geared toward documenting the people, places, and things that operate on the fringes, often featuring projects that challenge mass media representations of drugs and addiction. Most of Sawbuck’s non-fiction films deal directly or indirectly with the lives of heroin users, crack smokers, sex workers, drug dealers, unhoused persons, and others who operate on the margins. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Sawbuck has produced several dozen short documentaries and a half-dozen feature-length pictures. Their public radio documentary “Brickyard” has garnered several national and local awards for journalism. Most of Sawbuck’s narrative film work is experimental, weird, and focused on the peripheries- movies made out on the backroads of the rural American midwest.
THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS (Greg Scott & Beverly Fresh) are an interdisciplinary art duo focused on producing experimental films and performance.
Programmed by Sara Holwerda
Filed under: documentary