THE OTOLITH GROUP

The Radiant & People To Be Resembling
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, March 23, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

THE RADIANT and PEOPLE TO BE RESEMBLING
by The Otolith Group
Screened in association with LUX

Preceded by BABBIT RESERVE MINING BLAST by Jack Behrend
Courtesy of Chicago Film Archives
With minimalist synth improvisation by Nick Broste, Kent Lambert, and Seth Vanek

Program Details
THE RADIANT(2012, HD video, 64 min)
Commissioned as part of dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. A film essay burdened by the difficult task of representing the invisible aftermath of nuclear fallout, The Radiant travels through time and space to invoke the historical promises of nuclear energy and the threats of radiation that converge in Japan’s illuminated cities and evacuated villages in the months immediately following the disasters. The Otolith Group’s cinematic document offers glimpses into the shape and presence of an unseen entity and its abstract manifestation through visual phenomena.

PEOPLE TO BE RESEMBLING (2102, HD video, 22min)
People To Be Resembling can be described as a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the post-free jazz, pre-world music trio Codona, founded by multi-instrumentalists Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. Consisting of stills by renowned photographers Roberto Masotti and Isio Saba, newly filmed and archival footage and original music performed by musician Charles Hayward, People to be Resembling reimagines the poetics of permutation that informed the sonic geography of the first Codona album recorded with ECM in September 1978. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to redream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik. In its arrangement of positive and negative with colour and black and white and still and moving imagery, The Otolith Group’s People to Be Resembling stages an experiment in mnemonic cohabitation inspired by the visionary music of Codona.

The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun who live and work in London. During their longstanding collaboration The Group have drawn from a wide range of resources and materials. They explore the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The work is research based and in particular has focused on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events and histories in their most expanded form.

 

Special thanks to LUX and Chicago Film Archives for Program Support

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FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Spring Screening / The Nightingale Turns 7!

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Saturday, April 4, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film.  Admission price  at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Spring Screening will include moving image work by cast, and crew members of  the movie, including work by Stephanie Acosta, Weléla Mar Kindred, and Fannie Sosa & Poussy Draama. Party to celebrate The Nightingale’s 7th birthday to follow the screening.

Special Thanks to Homeroom for program support of this event.

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BEYOND THE EMB

Beyond The Empire Marketing Board (EMB):
Nonfiction Films by Basil Wright, Mark Lapore, and Meredith Lackey from 1934-2014
Filmmaker Meredith Lackey in person!

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Wednesday, April 8th, $5-10
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Program starts at 8 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

When I was a very young man and had no resources, Grierson sent me around the Caribbean in 1933 to film the British Colonies; Jamaica, Barbados and all that chain of islands. I was alone and toting a camera about and I wasn’t very experienced. I wished I could have managed to say more about the diabolical capitalist or British Colonial policy which was always so nice and fat. I got a bit of it into Song of Ceylon the next year, but, you see, if you’re working for the Empire Marketing Board in the British Colonies, you can’t do it. -Basil Wright from Daniella Gitlin in To Experience Song of Ceylon (*)

This program is made of three films that step beyond the traditional terms of nonfiction cinema, which John Grierson called “documentary” while head of Britain’s Empire Marketing Board. The program starts with Basil Wright’s Song of Ceylon. Wright remarked on shooting the film:

“I started shooting the film with a logic I couldn’t understand. I couldn’t imagine why I was forcing myself or being forced by something inside me to shoot the material.”-Basil Wright (***)

I believe Depression in the Bay of Bengal, A by Mark Lapore and Shwebontha by Meredith Lackey share this intuitive approach that Wright excitedly describes: interacting with a specific moment and place through a moving image camera. Their films favor the organicism of learning by seeing and listening over the strict dictations of producers protecting clients’ interests, their own expectations, or funding proposals. Furthermore, Lapore’s film, Depression in the Bay of Bengal, was funded by a Fulbright Grant to revisit – and possibly recreate – Wright’s Songs of Ceylon.

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WEIRD TELEPHONE…

Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number
Presented by Video Game Art Gallery

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Saturday, March 21, $5
Doors open from 5-10 pm
Program and Live Auction starts at 7 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

VGA Gallery is honored to act as the custodians of haunted telephones that only dial one number. The telephones will be available for demonstration and auction for a limited time at the Nightingale. VGA has received this important information from the original caretaker of the phones:

SOLD AS-IS, FOR CURIOSITY ONLY
This phone only dials one number correctly: 270-301-5797.

I do not recall how I arrived at that discovery. Dashiell had piercing tinnitus that kept him up nights, and sometimes I would find him come morning hunched wincing over the receiver, dialing away, unsystematic and helpless. Maybe he came across it during one of those nights? I really don’t remember.

A telephone that dials only one number is likely not useful to very many people. To avoid disappointment, please DO NOT place a bid on this telephone if you intend it for any of the following uses:

1. Day-to-day telephone usage — as I have said, it only dials one number.
2. Communicating with the dead — the telephone is not suitable for this purpose.
3. To dissect for curiosity — I have inspected the phone, and its bowels are unremarkable.
4. Repair and resale — I feel that it would be dishonest to suggest this phone can be repaired.

I can recommend that you buy this telephone for:
1. Holding the receiver to your ear to listen to the dial tone and reflect.

thank you for reading,
– your dot

At 7pm a special live auction program will commence and consist of:
1. Live demonstrations performed by Cardboard Computer
2. The auction of a weird and haunted telephone, administered by VGA Gallery
3. A grand finale performed by musician Ben Babbit.

Special refreshments will be provided by ARCADE BREWERY, and keepsakes by TINY MISSILE

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Cardboard Computer is the collaborative team comprised of Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy, and Ben Babbitt. They are currently working on Kentucky Route Zero, a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it. Acts I, II, and III of Kentucky Route Zero are available now.

Founded in 2013 in the lively game community of Chicago, Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery seeks to increase cultural appreciation and education about one of the most important mediums of the 21st century — video games –through exhibition, study, and sale. VGA Gallery is owned by VGA Foundation, which is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3).



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WHAT HAVE YOU …

DONE FOR ME LATELY?
Tracers Year of Radical Programming Launch
DJ Claire Arctander and
DJ The Tornado spinning the (feminist) hits!!

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Saturday, February 28th at 5-7:00 pm, $Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is thrilled to announce that it will be a venue for the Tracers 2015-2016 Season!

Tracers is an inclusive and publicly engaged collective dedicated to promoting feminism and all forms of human equality. Tracers proposes and promotes self-determination as a civil right. Tracers is for EVERYONE.

Tracers was founded in 2013 when a group of artists, educators and activists in Chicago determined a need to revitalize the word feminism and the whole of the 4th wave feminist movement. Tracers provides an outlets for diverse artists, writers, activists, and citizens to build on the Chicago feminist legacy and contextualize its impact in a global 21st Century context.

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This year’s programming includes: Feminist parking lots, gallery shows, film screenings, a reading series, hair braiding, panels on women’s work and more to come. Come help us launch this new Tracers year to learn more!



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OTHER PROVOCATIONS

A Benefit for Joe Gibbons

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Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Joe Gibbons, the brilliant, provocative video artist, was arrested on New Year’s Eve for bank robbery. The New York Post—all salacious details, condescending scare quotes and scandalous urgency—breathlessly reported the story but left out some of the best parts. The Nightingale Cinema, in solidarity with other cinemas across the country, is doing its small part to raise (among other things) awareness of Gibbons‘ fascinating work and his present predicament. We’ll be screening a range of his works, made both collaboratively and on his own. A pioneer in experimental autobiography(?), Gibbons‘ work—which has shown in contexts like the Whitney Biennial, MoMA and Rotterdam—often centers on Joe—an anxious, if genius, misanthrope. The work is risky and smart, disarmingly funny and constantly bumping up against its own consideration of truth.

Attend generously.



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