1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

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Found Footage Work-Out Video Mixtape

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Tuesday, September 1, 7 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale will host an open group work-out, led by a revolving mix of VHS-era hosts on the big screen. Jane will be there. Richard will be there. Billy & Marshall Fitness will be there. Events are free and open to anyone. Workout will be light to moderate and last an hour.

Areas of Interest:
***Being joyfully physical in a sedentary world ***
***Seeing your friends sweat and admiring their power***
***Swimming for a short time in the optimistic tone of SD era motivational workouts***
***Sharing practical ideas of how to manage being healthy & happy and balancing creative work/life demands***
***The endless appeal of self-improvement***



Filed under: archival, experimental, feminism, found footage, Free Screening!, performance, Uncategorized, video

THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

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

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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.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, music, narrative, new media, opening, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

KINOSONIK #4

Sound & Image Collaborations
Presented by ESS, Chicago Film Archives,
Black Cinema House, & The Nightingale

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Saturday, October 3, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists 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.

KINOSONIK #4:
Favorite Experimental Films from CFA
with live scores by Damon Locks & Peter Maunu

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, music, performance, video

KINOSONIK #5

Sound & Image Collaborations
Presented by ESS, Chicago Film Archives,
Black Cinema House, & The Nightingale

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Saturday, November 7, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists 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.

 

KINOSONIK #5:
Design, Nature, & their Relationship
with live scores by Walter Kitundu & Katherine Young (more…)



Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, music, performance, Uncategorized, video

LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS

Super 8mm Films by Steve Polta
Co-presented with
The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival

Arrival

Sunday, July 19, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

“[Polta’s] fuzzy, abstract images often accompanied by an ambient sound track [are] genuinely entrancing, actively engaging the viewer in piecing them together.” — Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader

“Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” — Rick Bahto, The Echo Park Film Center

Steve Polta—musing filmmaker, former San Francisco taxi driver, arts writer-catalyzer, A.M. radio oldies fan—returns to Chicago bearing a mini-retrospective of his Super 8mm filmscapes. The program will run in one piece, as an unbroken ribbon of his signature swirl of grain, dust, glints, and other alluring or ominous particulate matter. Exploratory ecstasy abounds! 

This screening is co-curated by Karen Johannesen of The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival.

The program is composed of:

Red Sketch (1997c) (1997)
interval Oakland 99 (2000)
Departure (1997c) (1997)
Picture Window (1996a) (1996)
Minnesota Landscape (1997)
Estuary #1 (1998)
The Berries (2000)
Summer Rain for LMC, side A (2007/2011)
Summer Rain for LMC, side B (2007/2011)
A House Full of Dust (2007)



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, performance, Super 8mm

are they pleasure paths …

or desire lines?
screening & arcanebolt performance

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Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Desire lines are the trodden dirt trails that cut out shortcuts and alternate routes through sodded landscapes. They are often viewed as users misbehaving or circumventing design.

Similarly, pleasure paths are the winding trails etched by hikers in unstructured natural spaces, a sort of collective pathfinding. Veering off from the paved trail, pleasure paths offer an alternative to the established route.

These ways in which users are regarded and the semantic shift between them is a compelling way to think about how we engage and rebuff software, hardware and our user state. How we use and get used.

The projects included explore multiple ways in which users navigate systems: breaking, building, experimenting and reforming within the conditions of software.

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program details:
surfing my feed (endless summer) ~ 2014 (on before screening)

a moment (between two places) ~ 2015 (20:00)

teaching a water faucet how to be a waterfall ~ 2013 (2:33)

motionless performance ~ 2012 (15:12)

gui ~ 2012 (4:13)

arcanebolt performance ~ (30:00)

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Mark Beasley is an artist working with the internet, sculpture, video and performance. Recent work examines the relationship between culture and technology, how they shape each other and ourselves as users. He has participated in shows in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Madrid, Amsterdam, Göteborg and Trondheim.

arcanebolt, comprised of Tamas Kemenczy, Mark Beasley & Alex Inglizian, is a video synthesizer cobbled together out of homemade electronics and microcontrollers that target old, corruptible CRT displays. We use firmware generated animations, feedback loops, keyboards and bleeding circuits to build up and tear apart video images and tease out unexpected audio/video territory from bygone computer peripherals.



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, performance, Uncategorized, video

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE

Live Telethon

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Wednesday, June 24, 7 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

Join us at The NIGHTINGALE for an in-person telethon to help push Jerzy Rose’s Kickstarter campaign for his third feature NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE past the hump and closer to the goal! Featuring films by cast members, including Bruce Bundy, Ted Tremper, , a live table-read, and a performance by Mike Lopez and Jared Larson!

Get ready to enjoy:
The Mud, by Nigel DeFriez, Bruce Bundy, Kira Pearson, and Rob Malone
ETERNITY! An Ethnography of a Ghost Ship by Theodore Roosevelt, by Ted Tremper
Good Ideas (live performance), by Mike Lopez and Jared Larson
The Restaurant Business (live performance), by Halle Butler

Donate to the Neighborhood Food Drive Kickstarter  to RSVP and receive a complimentary beer! We’ll have extra perks (free movie passes! books! other things!) for those who donate in person at the event. No cover!

 



Filed under: experimental, narrative, performance, reading, Uncategorized, video

RECYCLED CINEMA

Work by  Roger Beebe
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Roger Beebe in person!

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Monday, April 20,  7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to Chicago with a contemporary expanded cinema program titled RECYCLED CINEMA that will immerse the audience in imagery and sound. Best known for his live cinema performances, Beebe will host an evening of carefully crafted and meticulously timed multi-projector experiments that pull from his practice of appropriating educational, industrial and mass-cultural imagery. Decidely analogue, Bebee intentionally places the projectors and the projectionist (himself) in the room with the audience. His performances often incorporate archival material to build loose themes and visual synchronicity into accumulative, experimental documentaries pieces.

Program Details:
Strip Mall Trilogy (2001, 9:10, super8mm)
“The Strip Mall Trilogy” is a series of three city symphonies that attempt to liberate color, sound, and form from the sprawling consumerist landscape of postmodern America. Part 1, “Green Means Go,” presents fragments of color over a musique concrete soundtrack composed of sounds recorded at the strip mall. Part 2, “The Abecedaire,” wrestles (and later plays) with alphabetic form extracted and abstracted from the signs of commerce of which they are normally a part. Part 3, “X-formations,” tries to argue that there is, in fact, beauty after strip malls. Let’s hope so. Parts 1 and 3 were edited entirely in camera.

Famous Irish Americans (2003, 8:00, digital video)
Who’s your famous Irish American? Georgia O’Keefe? William McKinley? Sandra Day O’Connor? How about Shaquille O’Neal? This videotape is a secret history of some of our most overlooked Irish-American citizens; a hyperflat exploration of race, America, and the limits of binary thought.

Money Changes Everything (2009-2011, 5:00, 3x16mm)
Three days in Las Vegas, Nevada; three different visions of the discarded past and of the constantly renewed future. A three-part portrait of a town in transformation: a suburban utopia in the desert, a cancerous sprawl of unplanned development, a destination for suicides.

S A V E (2006, 5:15, 16mm)
A disused gas station offers a curious imperative to passersby: “SAVE.” A riddle posed in the form of architecture: what is there to save? One more installment in the history of Americans pointing their cameras at gas stations; an attempt to figure out something about where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what’s been left behind. The first part of “S A V E” was edited entirely in camera.

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, performance, Super 8mm

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