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.
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, artist in attendance
, Free Screening!
, Super 8mm
New Sci-Fi Feature by Jimmy Schaus
Artist in Attendance!
Presented by ACRE Projects
Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale is delighted to partner with ACRE Projects to present the narrative feature debut of Chicago based artist Jimmy Schaus. St. Francis Hears a Noise is a psychotronic, picaresque science fiction romp about a sound recordist whose special microphone picks up messages from beyond, which are stolen by a sinister underground production network to unlock latent psychic energy from the young actors they routinely exploit. Francis, the titular protagonist, sets off on a journey to investigate and retrieve his precious sounds, only to uncover a vast network of control in which he may already be enmeshed.
Jimmy Schaus is an artist whose work spans narrative film, video art, music, sound and performance. Born and raised in central Florida, Schaus spent several years touring in underground music projects before shifting focus to filmmaking along with a move to Chicago in 2012. He completed an MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, and works as a videographer, editor, and instructor of film and audio production. St. Francis Hears a Noise is his first feature length project.
St. Francis Hears a Noise (2017, Digital File, 130 min.)
Image credit: Jimmy Schaus, Still from St. Francis Hears a Noise, 2017; Image courtesy of the artist.
Programmed by Kate Bowen, Aaron Walker, & Christy LeMaster
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Experimental Animations by Mothers
Presented by Extended Practice
Saturday, October 7 at 6 PM, $7-10
This international program of experimental animations illuminates the connection between the process of animation and the experience of parenting, and celebrates motherhood as especially rich creative territory. From the first flicker of life, a mother’s sense of time, space, reality and even her own body transforms. As a flexible medium, animation can construct realities and play with the elasticity of time and space. The works in this screening utilize intergenerational collaboration, evocative materiality, layered narratives, and the physical engagement of the creator with every frame.
This screening is programmed for the Nightingale Cinema by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez as part of Extended Practice, an artist-led collaborative project created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.
Featuring work by: Lindsay Arnold, Shira Avni, Lisa Barcy, Heather Freeman, Georgie Flood, Ariana Gerstein, Megan Hildebrandt, Anna Hrachovec, Emily Hubley, Faith Hubley, Debbie Lee, Marjorie Lemay, Jennifer Levonian, Maria Lorenzo, Alison O’Neill, Vanessa Sweet, Lynn Tomlinson, Selina Trepp, and Karen Yasinsky
Total runtime: 75 minutes.
Nursing mothers are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Funding for this screening is supported in part by the DCASE Individual Artist Project grant.
Filed under: animation
Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is sincerely pleased to host Sincerely Productions’s long awaited mystery series KATIES CROSSING, screening all 5 episodes (90 min total) with loads of cast and crew in attendance.
KATIES CROSSING is a five part queer mystery series revolving around two Katies who find each other, like each other, and mysteriously transform each other. One Katie is an investigative journalist hot on the trail of a conspiracy involving a hot dog company, trash, and rivers. The other Katie is a dog walker turned newly famous YA fiction ebook author. They must try to remain themselves as they unravel the mystery of what’s on the other side of the crossing.
KATIES CROSSING is a DIY television show- made without studios or networks and made with the support of the Chicago art/farm/film/and friend scene. SINCERELY PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to making independent and DIY television and film with community that’s watchable on it’s own platform. Visit http://sincerely.tv/ to see what’s happening.
Written by Sally Lawton, Max Wirt, Katy Albert, and Katie Williams
Directed by Sally Lawton and Max Wirt
Katy Albert as Katie
Katie Williams as Katie
Sierra Berquist as Aria the Scientist
Shelley Geiszler as Sonia the Lawyer
Ian Bertorelli as Tony Babel
and Sophia Hamilton as Tina Beef
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS:
Ian Fullerton, Gita Jackson, Tracey Ramsey, Kathleen Soler, Brianna Facione, Fontaine Capel, Mary Alice Williams, Shelby Turner, Dave Smith, Mari Mahoney, Maya Mahoney, and Adam Paul
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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