1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE BEAM

small matters and cosmic scans from Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen, Deborah Stratman, Mike Gibisser and Semiconductor

Wednesday, September 19 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Beam plays like a science nonfiction road film–– following the largely invisible NOVA experiment path over 550 miles – from Illinois to Northern Minnesota – in search of something that’s everywhere: neutrinos, the tiny subatomic particles that fill our world, unbothered by matter or its related matters. Visually striking, enlightening but never didactic, first time collaborators Barnett and Bolen—draw out the poetics of seeking the unseeable, of trying to name and know the invisible bits that we share space with. In celebration of its world premiere, we’ve paired it with some other incredible films playing in the interstices of the scientific and poetic, dispensing with those classifications, but keen to understand the links between technologies of vision and visualization, the metaphors through which we understand the universe.

 

Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen — The Beam | 27 mins. | HD | color | sound | 2018

“They go through everything and they never stop.”

“There is no stop.”

“It just keeps going into the cosmos”

 

Mike Gibisser — Second Law: S Leh St. | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | color | sound | 2010

The second of a four part series. The second law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy, states order tends toward disorder. An old woman passes time in her home. The dust in the air sometimes floats skyward.

 

Semiconductor — 20Hz | 5 mins. | HD | b+w | sound | 2011

20Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.

 

Deborah Stratman — …These Blazeing Starrs! | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | b+w | sound | 2011

Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage.

…These Blazeing Starrs! juxtaposes a modern empirical desire to probe and measure against older methods, when star gazers were translators, explicating the sky more intuitively for predictions of human folly. Comets are now understood as time capsules harboring elemental information about the formation of our solar system. Today we smash rockets into them to read spectral signatures. In a sense, they remain oracles – it’s just the manner of divining which has changed.

programmed by Jesse Malmed



Filed under: artist in attendance, collaboration, documentary, environmental, essay, experimental, place, science, sound, video

ST. FRANCIS HEARS A NOISE

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.

Program Details:
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



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, queer, sound, video

QUICKENING

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, experimental, feminism, film, queer, sound, Uncategorized

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