Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 7 pm, $7-$10
Another Perfect is a screening of three trans / non-binary artists summoning a time and space in which queerness is unbound. This is not fantasy – the works are glimpses into other-times and other-spaces, unclaimed then’s and there’s wherein bodies run free. Transhood is an anachronism to any understanding of selfhood; our day-to-day is marred by the burden of binary structures, asking us to be “yes” or “no,” “on” or “off,” “this” or “that” — Another Perfect recognizes transhood as a space (and time) of potential, released from the carnal metrics of today.
This event was curated by Luis Mejico, F4F’s 6th and final artist of the inaugural season of RESIDE. F4F is a domestic venue based in Little Village, Chicago. We cultivate a Femme community, center Blackness, and we expand upon understandings of what a domestic space can be. RESIDE is a five-month series of programs featuring five of Chicago’s most innovative emerging artists, all of whom happen to be native Chicagoans. Each month is dedicated to an individual artist’s visions and passions. F4F provides RESIDE artists an avenue to engage in creative practice and community-building through artist-led, and neighborhood driven making.
Luis Mejico is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator. She has performed and exhibited work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Queens Museum in New York, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Links Hall, Zhou Brothers Art Center, The Oak Park Art League, The Uptown Arts Center, and Jan Brandt Gallery, among others.
Mejico’s practice gives form to trans anxieties and excitations. Through video, performance, and fiber works, she exposes the complexities and absurdities of a body undefinable. The work largely addresses the trans body’s confusion and opposition toward itself, and communicates an ambivalence to the carnal experience of transhood. This and other frustrations are addressed through works that are often humorous, displaying a sense of sarcasm in pithy bursts that replicate the jarring feeling of thinking of one’s body as only a semblance of truth. Mejico’s practice collapses real and unreal realms to produce uncomfortable and alluring half-truths.
“My practice relies on my ability to employ protective architecture, charms, and symbols in my work in order to grant myself power and comfort in spaces that deny these things to me. I’m interested in exploring these forms of material and ritualistic therapy in order to prescribe remedies for the intergenerational trauma that my family and I have experienced as Sino Vietnamese Americans, an identity both alienated and fetishized by the western gaze. This healing is also further complicated by my own identity as a trans non-binary individual, as my place of belonging becomes increasingly obscured. This drives me to demand a space in which every facet of myself can coexist simultaneously. In such spaces, I suggest that the objects I create possess mana given to them through cultural and personal histories. Through this, I am working through a methodology of learning that results in me reorienting not only myself but also the objects that I work with. This results in my objects developing characters and personalities that work with me to achieve maximum comfort, with 100% protection guaranteed (or your money back).” – Mac Do
Wayne P. Tate Jr. (they/them) makes several works in the vein of an elaborate soul-seeking process. Through comics, videos, and even explorations of video games, they’re attempting to ask intimate questions about the way they exist within rigid systems of gender, race, sexuality, and ability.
Often in flux, Wayne made The Ghost Who Carries Me about the ongoing difficult relationship they’ve built with their depression, in attempt to coherently communicate the way their depression has been both an ally and an enemy.
How to Settle In between Spaces: a speculative supposition on safety practices, Mac Do
Untitled (Little Happy Terrors), Luis Mejico
The Ghost Who Carries Me, Wayne P. Tate Jr.
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Presented by South Side Projections, the Nightingale, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm, $7-10
Barbara Hammer needs no introduction.
A pioneer of queer cinema, Hammer has been an active filmmaker for over four decades, directing more than 80 experimental films and documentaries. In 2010 the Museum of Modern Art presented a month-long retrospective of her work, and she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. In mid-February, South Side Projections, the Nightingale, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will honor Hammer with a two-night celebration, the first major retrospective of her work in Chicago in more than 20 years.
On Friday, February 16 at 7pm, the Nightingale Cinema (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will host a mini-retrospective on 16mm. The films being shown are PSYCHOSYNTHESIS (1975), SISTERS! (1974), STILL POINT (1989), ENDANGERED (1988), OPTIC NERVE (1985), VITAL SIGNS (1991), and SANCTUS (1990). The program is approximately 90 minutes long.
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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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