1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

SASHA LITVINTSEVA

Recent Work by Sasha Litvintseva
Artist in Attendance!

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Run of Life Experimental Documentary Series
Saturday, July 30, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee

 

Sasha Litvintseva is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and curator. She was born and raised in Russia and has been based in London since 2004. Her films excavate the layers of history, past and future, embedded in landscape and architecture, and juxtapose and entangle the monumental and the pictorial, narrative and infrastructure, the global and the personal, the human and the geologic, embodiment and temporality, politics and leisure, and ultimately the infinite and the everyday.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Poland, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Modern Art Museum Moscow, Institute of Contemporary Art, London,  Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Union Pacific gallery, London, Kasseler Dokfest, Carlos Ishikawa gallery, London, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Kino Der Kunst, Munich, Cinema Du Reel, Paris among many others.

She has had solo shows and retrospective screenings at Union Docs, New York, Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Close-Up Film Centre, London, AC Institute, New York, Edinburgh Film Guild, Image/Movement, Berlin, Nightingale Cinema, Chicago and VISIONS, Montreal, and her film Evergreen was released on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2015. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art she is currently working on an AHRC CHASE funded practice based PhD proposing the concept of geological filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is a founding member of the Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit. She is also an independent curator of contemporary moving image and co-curator of the forthcoming inaugural November Film Festival.

 

Program, Details:
Alluvion  (2013, HD video, 31 min) 
A father and his grown children of unnamed nationality, make their way through a Turkish coastal landscape where ancient and modern histories transmute into material spectacle and the nights are filled with incessant entertainment. Amidst remains of mutated cultures, bodies are caught in rituals of sun worship, stagnating in a state of passivity. Disco-lights permeate all, and turquoise toenails float above the city. Millennia old columns are submerged in swimming pools. At a shipyard on the edge of town, a group of men are building an ark, labourers actively asserting meaningful influence upon their surroundings, they may or may not achieve salvation as the film and the world around them all are disintegrating toward an Atlantean End.

 

Immortality, home and elsewhere (2014, HD video, 12 min)
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Weaving around a theory of immortality based on the premise that our lives are a summation of all the information we consume and process, gleaned from existing theories from a number of scientific disciplines, the film draws on my personal history’s brush with a global nuclear disaster, to precipitate a meditation on the potential role of an individual in the imaginary film/event of our individual or collective death: as a protagonist, or as an extra appearing in a handful of frames at the very moment of their death.

The (im)possibility of a singular setting for such an event is at question, and there is a temporal flattening accompanying the spacial flattening, both as a collapse of history implied by the end of potential futures, but also the flattening of time implicit in our fascination with ruin.

The uncanny familiarity we gain with spaces through mainstream cinema, which is itself becoming increasingly domesticated, is not unlike what is made possible with streetview. By releasing locations such as the pyramids and the Taj Mahal, themselves monumental attempts at immortality, streetview is declaring itself as a competitor to tourism, tourism itself a chase of experience and self-documentation.

The virtual experience may not quite compare to the real thing yet, but the mediated virtual experience carries the same indexical value as the mediated real thing, being one step removed from the physical world. The question of authenticity in terms of cinematic authorship as well as consumption remains to be answered.

If you could experience everything that ever was, would you still be afraid?

 

Evergreen  (2014, HD video, 27 min)
Evergreen explores the crisis of grand narratives in the face of the photographic image. It is a self-deconstructing story of an immortal traveller’s undefinably temporal/spacial journey through inhabited theme parks and museums, islands of time, abandoned cities. A civilisation’s perpetual struggle for perfection and unquenchable documentation of itself, as if driven by knowledge of its looming demise. Heritage as spectacle, spectacle as heritage, nature as both.

 

Exile Exotic (2015, HD video, 14 min)
Steeped in elliptical history and historical simulacra, Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother’s and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. Soundtracked by an operatic score reminiscent of the song of the sirens making Odysseus stray on his long journey home, our story reverberates throughout the scope of Russian history’s limiting of free movement of individuals. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves.



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LIGHTSHIP 103

Recent Short Films by Anna Kipervaser and Alex Cunningham

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, August 6, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Anna Kipervaser and Alex Cunningham as they take their recent short films on the road together in the experimental cinema salon tradition. Showing a mix of experimental film and video work, Alex and Anna explore intersections between realities, between abstraction and translation, structure and poetry, internal and external.

The air turns a different color, blindingly bright, deafeningly silent. The source: a hollow sun which inscribes the entire landscape, the same landscape we stand on and look down, out, and up from. Auratic thickets thick with bracken and brier are actively peeled away for the reveal. A history of life. Their story of disturbances in the once-set inscriptions.

Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion!

Program Details:

The Order of Revelation: 1-5
Anna Kipervaser (16mm, 14min)

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THE ORDER OF REVELATION is a long-form multipart silent 16mm experimental film translating the Quran from Arabic to Visual, in the order in which it was revealed rather than the order in which it was canonized. The film reclaims the Visual as a Language and challenges prioritization of semantic meaning in translation in favor of considerations such as form fidelity. The structure expands with each chapter, accounting for the development of language while adhering to the rules of the recitation of the Quran. THE ORDER OF REVELATION: 1-5 is a translation of the first 5 chapters of the 114 that make up the Quran.

 

Zeniths and Nadirs: the oscillations of beginning, and so always.
Alex Cunningham (16mm, 8min)

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An attempted and failed documentary of the birth story of earth and an imbalanced human psychology.

 

Theia
Alex Cunningham (Digital, 9min)

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For Theia, and her moon ghost.

 

Hortus Conclusus
Anna Kipervaser (Digital, 6min)

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From the “Song of Songs”: A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

 

Raining Ragas nos. 1-6
Alex Cunningham (16mm, 18min)

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Inspired by the structured yet highly improvisational style of the Indian raga, these six rolls of 16mm film, shot and edited in-camera, perform the filmic plea of a musical raining raga in hopes of inducing the monsoon.

Shot in Kerala and West Bengal during the weak and delayed onset of the 2015 South Asian monsoon, Raining Ragas Nos. 1-6 reveal the anticipation, frustration, and confusion in awaiting the unpredictable weather system.

 

Suhail and The One Having Crossed Over
Anna Kipervaser (Digital, 6min)

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Before he was known as Canopus, he was called Suhail. And before that his name was Osiris. In all documented cases, he had two sisters, one of whom was left behind. She always signals the coming of an other, bigger than she. Their legend lives on to this day; each night the two sisters mourn him – and their separation – across the great heavenly river.

 

Bios:

Anna Kipervaser is a Ukrainian-born multimedia artist. Her work spans multiple disciplines including experimental and documentary moving image works in both 16mm film and HD video. Anna is also painter, printmaker, curator of exhibitions and programmer of screenings showcasing the works of contemporary international artists. Her moving image work has screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Crossroads Film Festival at the San Francisco Cinematheque, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Spectacle Theatre, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota, and 12Gates Video Art Fest. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Class 2003, a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, and, an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, Class 2015. annakipervaser.com

 

Alex Cunningham is an experimental and documentary filmmaker currently based in North Carolina. He received his BFA from Ithaca College in 2012 and his MFA from Duke University in 2016. His films address and explore the issues of the physical earth as a living object and human physical intervention into and relationship with the landscape and climate. He is also a professor of photography and cinema, a curator and programmer, and a film projectionist. alexandercunningham.com



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