A Skate Media Inspired Shorts Program
Sunday, October 14 at 8:00 PM, $7-10
Bail or No? takes its name from a moment of indecision, the intuitive, instinctual moment where one decides to either bail from a skate trick or to ride it out. The shorts assembled as part of this program, while disparate in their approaches and proximity skateboarding, ruminate on the spirit of skating, namely the ways in which it has embraced individual and idiosyncratic contributions to the form and how the very practice of skateboarding insists on risk in the face of both futility and injury.
Bail or No? is an experimental shorts program in the guise of a collage film, with concrete and asphalt video-poetry riffing on the aesthetics of skate media, DIY culture, bailing as a form, and the metaphor of micro-rebellion. Aware that such rebellions are easily commodified and co-opted, the program is nonetheless knit together by a mutual spirit—that having to bail is okay, but to move without risk or chance, is to throw in the towel regardless.
Featuring contributions by Brandon Alvendia, Liz Cambron, Chris Johanson, Joe Castrucci with Future Islands, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Rick Silva and Jordan Tate, Jennifer Chan, John Auer, Dina Kelberman, Caitlin Ryan, Jacob Riddle, Rick Charnoski, Philippe Blanchard, Thad Kellstadt, KC Milliken with Eric Fleischauer, and surprise cameos by many more. Programmed by Chris Reeves and Aaron Walker.
Total screening time: 60 minutes
Filed under: anarchy
, artist in attendance
, new media
Featuring Ezra Claytan Daniels
and Ben Passmore with Vicko Alvarez Vega
and Jessica Campbell
Tuesday, October 9 at 8 PM, Free
The Nightingale is delighted to welcome back Ezra Claytan Daniels as he celebrates the book version of his inventive graphic novel Upgrade Soul. Originally released as an interactive iPhone App, the innovative sci-fi story follows an aging couple in the aftermath of an experimental operation to clone themselves gone awry. Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity -Is it the capability of our mind or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truth that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.
Touring with Daniels is Philadelphia-based cartoonist Ben Passmore reading from his comic-collection released in March of 2018, Your Black Friend and Other Strangers. Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humour and lived relatability. These comics are essential, humorous, and accessible, told through Passmore’s surreal lens in the vibrant full-color hues of New Orleans.
At this event, Ben and Ezra will both present sections of their new releases. Afterwards, they will join Chicago-based comic artists, Jessica Campbell and Vicko Alvarez Vega in a roundtable discussion about creating comics that address white supremacy, sexism, and xenophobia.
Filed under: animation
, artist in attendance
, expanded cinema
, Free Screening!
, new media
, social justice
2nd Annual Video! Video!
Video Festival Day 3
Saturday, September 23 at 7 PM, Free
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FREE FILM FESTIVAL!
☆Video! Video! Zine is devoted to obtaining visibility for moving image makers. Through monthly open calls, we motivate and encourage makers to participate, no matter what skill level or knowledge of moving image. We also hope to inspire through monthly guest curated “5 videos you must see” and interviews of moving image makers who need a spotlight. ☆By doing this Video! Video! Zine hopes to become an accessible submission-based Internet archive of amazing moving images from around the world.
This year we gave 3 grants to 3 artists who display work that we feel demands visibility! This night we would like to honor Xitlalli Sixta Tarin, Zhi Yuan Yang and Wayne P. Tate Jr. by looking at their work and having a discussion afterword.
MORE ABOUT THE GRANTEES~
Wayne P. Tate Jr. (they/he) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago and a SAIC BFA Candidate. Their work travels within the mediums of comics, writing, video, and sometimes new media. Overall, they like to explore mental illness and its ties to their identity as a mixed queer/trans person of color.
@tatertotter on Instagram.
Xitlalli Sixta Tarin is an interdisciplinary queer mestiza artist working primarily with video, installation, performance, and new media. They were born in San Antonio, Texas and are a SAIC BFA candidate.
Zhiyuan Yang, born in Beijing, China. Yang is the recipient of James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship. Her works have been exhibited and screened extensively throughout Chicago including Filter Photo, Latitude, Hairpin art center, ARC Gallery, and Sullivan Galleries. Her photograph is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago.Yang will participate the residency program by Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), and her work will be included in the biennial of South Bend Museum of Art.
Aproximate runtime is one hour.
Also check out the first two days of the festival~!
Video! Video! Video Festival Day 1 and Video! Video! Video Festival Day 2
Filed under: Free Screening!
, new media