Screening / Performance by
NO ONE IS ANYWHERE
Sunday, March 9th, Doors at 6pm / Screening at 7pm, $7-10
Process/Progress is a multidisciplinary series of responses combining the cinematic with oratory, the found with manufactured, the confirmed with the veiled. Films play in varied scales, the communal performativity of the cinema is spliced with voices present and archived, stretching and contracting distance and location with the edge of a screen, a page, a table, a phrase, a gesture, a performance.
A culmination of 2 years of foraging and transmigratory making Process/Progress combines performing object, installation, film and performance into an intimate journey and continuing exhibition about the fallibility of monument, the translatability of archive and how far a circumference an initial question can trace before returning anew.
(2014, Performance/Screening, 35-40 min)
Questioning ideas of space and place, where there ends and we begin.
About the Artists:
A discursive performance and art project housed widely in the minds of Rory Murphy and Stephanie Acosta, NO ONE IS ANYWHERE. Focusing on subjects of place, object, memory, archive and the living, Murphy and Acosta communicate through distance about proximity.
Formerly of Chicago’s the Anatomy Collective, the artists engage an extensive understanding of performance and ensemble building along with varied formal and experimental forms and technologies to create environments for, and interventions within, the viewer.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
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ROCK MY RELIGION and MINOR THREAT
Rock Essay Videos by Dan Graham
Presented by White Light Cinema
Sunday, March 16th at 7:00pm., $7-10
White Light Cinema is pleased to present seminal artist and video maker Dan Graham’s acclaimed 1984 rock/theory/religion/anthropology/essay video ROCK MY RELIGION, along with the lesser-known complementary work MINOR THREAT, two pioneering lo-fi examples of the intersection of video art and cultural critique.
“[N]ot just a remarkable video but also a vital work of rock criticism.” (Jim Supanick on ROCK MY RELIGION)
ROCK MY RELIGION (1984, 55 min, Video, Blu-Ray Projection)
“Rock My Religion is a provocative thesis on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture. Graham formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the “reeling and rocking” of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teenage consumer in the isolated suburban milieu of the 1950s, locating rock’s sexual and ideological context in post-World War II America. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. This complex collage of text, film footage and performance forms a compelling theoretical essay on the ideological codes and historical contexts that inform the cultural phenomenon of rock `n’ roll music.” (Electronic Arts Intermix)
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Archival Screening and Book Launch
Presented by threewalls
Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm, $5-10
The Nightingale and Threewalls are pleased to host the Chicago launch of the new book, LEARNING BY DOING AT THE FARM by presenting a program of three films from University of California, Irvine’s Special Collections: The screening will be followed by a discussion with the book’s editors, Robert Kett and Anna Kryczka.
About The Farm:
In 1968, faculty from the University of California, Irvine’s Social Sciences Division began a short-lived pedagogical experiment in intercultural exchange and scientific/artistic learning through practice that brought indigenous craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to live, teach, and be studied on the undeveloped edges of the newly-built California Brutalist campus. Through previously unpublished archival documentation, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California (recently published by Chicago-based Soberscove Press) offers access to the initial dreams of what the Farm could become and the collaborations–and commune–that eventually came to pass.
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Recent Video Work by Jean-Paul Kelly
Friday, February 21st at 7:00 pm, $7-10
Jean-Paul Kelly’s works are simultaneously critical and sensory, built in layers of appropriated/recreated documentary sources. Kelly challenges traditional modes of representation, and how we perceive the world – physically, intellectually, and emotionally – is often at stake in his work. Even in his most grounded examinations of economic difficulty, human tragedy, and environmental disaster, Kelly embeds abstract elements – providing not only an emotionally rich tonal palette but also a much-needed fresh critical frame on the nature of documentary representation.
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Portland Experimental Film and Video Makers
Sunday, February 16th at 8:00 pm, $7-10
Portland is coming to Chicago!
The Nightingale will be showing a full program of film, video, new media and sound works from Portland, Oregon artists!
Featuring works by:
Hannah Piper Burns, Nadia Buyse, Carl Diehl, Riley King , Karl Lind, Jesse Malmed, Matt McCormick, Pam Minty, Benjamin Popp, Kelly Rauer, Vanessa Renwick, Stephen Slappe, Erin Yanke, and more!!
Programmed by Emily Eddy and Julie Perini.
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