1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

The First 5 Years and The Last 5 Years
as part of Platforms: 10 Years
of Chances Dances

platforms

Tuesday, September 8, 8 pm, Free
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A bookended pair of lively screening events featuring works from the past, present, and future of CHANCES granted artists, organizers, and scenesters. This is your pre-party party, snacks and group travel to that night’s CHANCES DANCES included.

Including work by: Mark Aguhar, Cavenaw and Cavenis, Sky Cubacub, Ky Dickens, EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Hope Esser & Daviel Shy, Rami George, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Meg Leary, Marianna Milhorat, Madsen Minax, Dylan Mira, Fawzia Mirza, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Oli Rodriguez, Amina Ross & NIC Kay, Jules Rosskam, Xina Xurner, Latham Owen Zearfoss

Program Design by Marian Runk
Curated by Christy LeMaster

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Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.

Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities
by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the
last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.

In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.



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A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

bodywoorgans

Monday, October 19th, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS by Stephen Graves
(2012, HD Video, 82 min)

A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS was shot intimately with my father and mother over a one and a half year period at their home in Florida. It is a portrait of their lives in the present, along a continuous present marked by frequent incursions into various pasts, real and imagined. My father has no colon. He is a narcoleptic. His friends are all dead. His life is dreamt. In the house there is my mother. There are the cats. And then there is a body without organs. -SG

Preceded by
RESTLESS LEG SAGA by Shana Moulton
(2012, HD video, 7:14)

In this edition of Moulton’s narrative series, the artist’s character Cynthia suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome, and seeks relief in pharmaceutical ads on TV and in health magazines. In a domestic world enlivened with animated dance and mystic poetry (written and read by poet John Coletti), Cynthia finds relief in the healing mineral AION A, discovered by Swiss artist Emma Kunz.

 

RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The 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 join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging 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.  RUN OF LIFE is organized by Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Jenny Miller



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BASEMENT MEDIA #5

 Lo Fi-Lo Def-Lo Tech Moving Image Works
Curator  LJ Frezza in attendance!

Me.Dancing

Saturday, July 18, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The BASEMENT MEDIA FESTIVAL is an annual traveling screening event, showcasing contemporary low-fidelity moving image works. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. We’ll be presenting a mix’dprogram of celluloid and .movs this year, so def drag yrself over for a wide array of glitch’d fuzzy, faded, and scratch’d. B THERE & B SQUARE. CU SOON.

 

/START PROGRAM

Yates – The Bags, Probably 1971 – 5 mins

Jarrett Hayman – Me, Dancing – 2 mins

John Wilson – How To Remain Single – 17 mins

Amelia Johannes – Family Crockery (Whiteness) – 2 mins

Eric Stewart – Wake – 8 mins

Paul Turano – Toward the Flame – 5 mins

Jared Hutchinson – The Infinity Scroll, pt. II – 3 mins

Hannah Piper Burns – Outer Darkness – 11 mins

Henning Frederik Malz – Rest in Me – 6 mins

Felipe Steinberg – Tudo Referente a Frio: Rua César Bierrenbach, 181, Campinas – 15 mins

/END PROGRAM

 

Watch the trailer here. // More info on tour dates and the fest in general here. // BASEMENT is co-organized by LJ FREZZA and NICHOLAS TAMBURO



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Radius GRIDS

GRIDS Book Release and
FLEETING COMPONENTS Screening

Radius GRIDS Cover

Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

The Nightingale is delighted to host the release party of GRIDS, a book documenting the recent activity of Radius and the accompanying premiere of FLEETING COMPONENTS, a film by Stephanie Acosta.

Radius GRIDS was a four-part, year-long series of mobile radio broadcasts in Chicago that examined energy production, distribution, and consumption. The new GRIDS Book features on-site photographs and artist interviews with Antye Greie-Ripatti, Brett Bloom, Bonnie Fortune, Mari Keski-Korsu, Ethan Rose, Kristen Roos, and Amanda Gutiérrez. FLEETING COMPONENTS documents the GRIDS series through interviews, behind the scenes, and more.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Stephanie Acosta is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and producer focused on experimental means to experiential goals. Acosta blends performance with practiced based research creating work at once in response to, and creator of, site and space.



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RUN OF LIFE: AESTHELETICS

Co-presented with LIVE TO TAPE
Artist Television Festival

bowl

Monday, May 18th,  7 pm, $10-12
Links Hall, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Sports remains America’s favourite sport. We’re here to watch games, to watch the unending machinations of humans in intractable situations, trying to be best and bounce within and against a series of rules. Sure, games are a metaphor but so’s everything. Monica Panzarino opens the whole event with an anthem performed with her Freqshift/Reverb Audio Bra. Seth Vanek hosts a variety show. TVTV takes us to the Super Bowl (featuring Bill Murray in his Links Hall debut). Dara Birnbaum skates cut through hospital soap. Josh Weissbach contends with the dire consequences of head-to-head combat head-to-head, while Christine Lucy Latimer scrambles the signals, signifiers and a few faces. Chris Collins provides a post-show wrap-up, using another form of aesthletics—making a piece over the course of the evening.

Monica Panzarino — Monica Panzarino Sings The Star-Spangled Banner
Dara Birnbaum — Pop-Pop Video: General Hospital/Olympic Women Speed Skate
Josh Weissbach — Football Films Presents
Run of Life — Eligible Receiver (Hand Off from Ivan Ladislav Galeta)
TVTV — TVTV Goes to the Super Bowl
Christine Lucy Latimer — Mosaic
Seth Vanek — Talk Show
Chris Collins — Post-Show Wrap-Up

LIVE TO TAPE Artist Television Festival, a week-long — of performances and screenings of — May 18-24, curated by Links Hall Artistic Associate Jesse Malmed. Seven days of live talk shows, historical and contemporary moving image works and commissioned performances, television-as object, as concept, as antagonist, as material, as form, as inspiration-is unscrambled and reconceived. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, wonky and wild,Live to Tape gives us a glimpse into the futures and pasts of artist television. Over the course of the festival, Live to Tape will present a wide variety of performances and screenings organized into eight different video screening programs each followed by a talk show.

RUN OF LIFE is a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The 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 join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring 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.  RUN OF LIFE is co-curated by  Christy LeMaster, Beckie Stochetti, Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, & Jenny Miller

Special thanks to Media Burn and Video Data Bank for their support of this program.

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A GEOGRAPHER’S LENS

Multimedia Methods and
Scholar-Activist Praxis
Presented by the Subconference of the
Annual Meeting of the AAG

rareearth

Wednesday, April 22, 6 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Join us for an evening of discussion and excerpts from four films with four documentarian-geographers. In coordination with the Subconference of the Association of American Geographers’ annual meeting, this event will provide an opportunity for an off-site, trans- and non-disciplinary, multi-method mingling of idea makers and media makers. While exploring different content in different geographic settings, the four panelists’ pieces take up the overlapping themes of economic, state, and extra-judicial violence amidst the quest for endless accumulation and surplus. The works explore the the prison and military industrial complexes, contested spaces of ‘urban renewal,’ and sites of accumulation and abandonment ranging from the body to the Mojave Desert to the city of Detroit and beyond.  We will gather to discuss process-oriented questions about filmmaking and public scholarship for liberatory social change. The event will comprise a panel discussion with the four filmmakers (Elizabeth Knafo, Amanda Matles, Alexis Mitchell, and Brett Story) moderated by Annie Spencer, as well as excerpts from their latest films.  We will reserve ample time for audience discussion.

 

Rare Earth (2014) // Elizabeth Knafo
From the Mojave desert, to the Pacific seabed, to the surface of the moon, the rush for rare earth minerals is afoot. “Rare Earth”explores the re-opening of an historically toxic rare earth mine in the California desert, and the intensifying land rush for the high-tech minerals across the world. The work is a portrait of changing desert landscapes and the residents who grapple with the impacts of industrial mining. “Rare Earth” traces the toxic and transformative legacy of treasure hunting in the American West—a legacy of speculation, produced scarcity and the social violence of resource extraction—deepening in our era of global climate change.

Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation (2013) // Paper Tiger
This is Detroit as seen by Paper Tiger Television members, Maria Byck, Amanda Matles, Nadia Mohamed, Adrienne Silverman. From food deserts, to the plans to “rightsize” the city, Detroiters resist, rework, and remain resilient given the social and ecological failures of post-industrial global capitalism. With a critical lens on race and class dynamics, this documentary weaves together segments on Detroit’s labor history, the roots of Detroit’s urban agriculture movement, a critical look at philanthro-capitalism and its relationship to urban renewal, as well as media (mis)representations of a city in transformation.

STEALTH (2014) // Chase Joynt and Alexis Mitchell
By merging hidden camera footage from a patient’s hysterectomy, with interviews of the objects used in these procedures and spaces, STEALTH poignantly and humorously mobilizes ‘sousveillance’ to subvert the perspective of surveilling machinery. Through a triangulation of corporeal, medical and military technologies, STEALTH provocatively points to previously unexplored histories and relationships between inanimate objects and human bodies.

EMPIRE SYMBOL OR, A MAN AND HIS MULE(2015) // Bambitchell  (Alexis Mitchell & Sharlene Bamboat) 
Empire Symbol, Or A Man and his Mule, traces the journey of a Canadian veterinarian who was responsible for transporting mules from New York to Karachi, India during WWII. Employing his diary entries, Bambitchell unearth both the psychic life of The Vet, as well the histories of Canadian Militarism that are embedded within mundane processes of global trade and transport.

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (in progress) // Brett Story
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a non-fiction work about the prison from the places we least expect to find it: the front yards, public spaces, and social rituals of everyday life. A meditation on the prison and its geographic disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, the doc unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the United States where prisons do work and affect lives: an anti-sex offender pocket park in Los Angeles, a congregation of ex-incarcerated chess players shut out of the formal labor market, the overnight buses that carry visitors to far away prisons, an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs, and a host of other unexpected spaces.

 

The event is happening in collaboration with the Subconference of the Annual Meeting of the AAG. The Subconference was created to offer a space for radical academics and activists to think critically and creatively about the connections between academic geography, higher education, and social/political change. The subconference is an evolving ambition. Each year we seek out new ways to creatively appropriate the critical mass of the AAG, using the space of the conference as an asset for forging solidarities and facilitating collective exchanges between people who are already engaged in radical, socially transformative work in all the disparate locations that we come from.

Annie Spencer, curator of A GEOGRAPHER’S LENS,  is a writer, organizer, media maker, and doctoral candidate in economic geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Spencer’s work examines state improvement schemes, accumulation, addiction, and everyday wageless life in the post-American century.



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FEST of (IN)APPROPRIATION #7

Artist LJ Frezza in person!

TOHO

Friday, April 17, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to host the latest traveling show from Los Angeles Filmforum’s program FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION!

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the “producer” and “consumer” of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.

Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short (20 minutes or less), audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The show is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen.

Generously sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.

 

Program Details:
Astro Black: Race for Space by Soda_Jerk (Australia, digital video, color, sound, 2010, 6:06)

Demolished Every Second by John Davis (US/Tajikistan, 16mm on digital video, color, sound, 2014, 4:25)

Sara Nokomis Weir by Brian L. Frye (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 20:00)

Lexicon by Celeste Fichter (US, digital video, color, silent, 2014, 2:36)

The Bags, Probably 1971 by Joshua Yates (US, hand-processed 16mm film on video, black & white and color, sound, 5:11)

No Signal Detected by Péter Lichter (Hungary, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 2:33)

TOHO by Sellotape Cinema (UK, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 9:30)

Nothing by LJ Frezza (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 6:27)

Array by Ben Balcom (US, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 7:18)

My clothes were dragging me back by Maria Magnusson (Sweden, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 4:53)

Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg: Work of Art! Reality TV Special by Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans (US, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 14:00)

Iterations by Gregg Biermann (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 5:37)

(more…)



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