Screening and Performance

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, February 17th, 7:00 pm, $7-10

Bad Romance features video works by performers and video artists that play with well-worn conventions of portraying seduction, romantic relationships, or intimate encounters in popular culture. The artists included in this screening expose the underlying mechanics of creating these seductive, and often instructive, images and scenes. They place themselves or their loved ones in front of the camera, employ illuminating voice-overs, construct awkward revelations and propose humorous antidotes to problematic romantic tropes.

Steven Summers – Chicago, IL
First Time, 6:22, 2016

Charmaine Ortiz – Carolina Beach, NC
Search: “How to draw a Woman”, Male Perspectives from YouTube result pages 1-50, 2012, 10:00

Marlo Koch – Chicago, IL
Cherry, 2014 6:27

Marlo Koch and Emerson Sigman – Chicago, IL
Wide Open, 2016, 2:39

Karin Stothart – Los Angeles, CA
Beach, 2013, 6:12
White Horse, 2012, 4:32

Casey Smallwood – Chicago, IL
Four Scenes for Mother, 2011,12:56
Smallwood Satyricon, 2013, 11:35

With Performance by Marilyn Volkman – Chicago, IL
NEO-Craft: The Easiest and Quickest Way to Gain Advantages for Prosperity, Happiness and Romantic Love

Programmed by Sara Holwerda

  • Image Credit: still from White Horse, by Karin Stothart

Filed under: artist in attendance, autobiography, feminism, narrative, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video


Touring Program from Minneapolis

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, February 11th, 7:00 pm, $7-10

Neither subject nor object, neither figure nor ground, neither signal nor noise, neither inside nor out… LIMINALISM is a collection of short, experimental 16mm film, video and expanded cinema from Minnesota-based artists that explores the dreamlike and surreal realm in which we find ourselves when our perception of clear boundaries and separateness dissolves.

LIMINALISM is a traveling program curated by Cellular Cinema, the only regularly recurring experimental film and video screening series in Minneapolis. Cellular Cinema began in 2014 and has presented roughly two dozen screenings of work by local and international artists, alone and in partnership with organizations such as the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and the White Page Gallery. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez, Michael Wawzenek.

Filed under: Uncategorized


Camera/Dance Works by Jeremy Moss & Pamela Vail
Artists in Attendance!


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Wednesday, December 7th, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Jeremy Moss and Pamela Vail to present a 60-minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlights transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms.

Jeremy Moss and Pamela Vail have been actively collaborating since the fall of 2008 and their collective films and videos have shown at prominent national and international festivals including Experiments in Cinema, Crossroads in San Francisco, Cucalorus, Next Dance Cinema, Cinedans in Amsterdam, Arkipel in Jakarta, and at renowned North American venues such as the Northwest Film Forum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and Echo Park Film Center.

Their non-narrative visual explorations investigate and present the singular moving body via structural camera and rhythmic editing. Both durational and intense, phrasing of movement and cutting range from assaulting and severe to meditative and lulling. Through this program, the artists ask: how do/can camera and movement inform the other, and offer new possibilities without favoring one over the other? Can the camera act as a dynamic partner, more than simply a new “stage” or documenting device for the dancer? Can the dancer be more than a subject embedded within the frame and altered by the cut? What is the role of location when considering the duet between dancer and camera? How can the dance film continue the early investigations of camera and movement radically propelled by Maya Deren in the twentieth century.


Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, collaboration, dance, experimental, hand-processing, landscape, music, performance, place, rural, sound, Uncategorized, video


Shapeshifters 2016

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, December 2nd, 7 pm, Free

Reading and trusting. Posing and proving. Making and translating. Scoring and keeping score.

Scoring and Keeping Score will occur over two consecutive nights at two separate locations. The Nightingale will host a screening of video work, while DFBRL8R will be dedicated to performance, interactive installations, and objects. These works by ten Chicago-based artists respond to a world in which nothing seems to stick. By uncovering complicity and taking truth into their own hands, they accumulate mobility in iterations and find stability in constant motion.

The Nightingale: Friday, December 2nd, 7-10pm
DFBRL8R: Saturday, December 3rd, 7-10pm

During both nights, audiences can expect to examine and participate in conversations, interventions, and re-evaluations.

Paris F. Jomadiao
Mev Luna
Angel Marin
Caroline McCraw
Catie Rutledge
Misael Soto
Lauren Steinberg
Marcela Torres
Celia Wickham

Curatorial support by Latham Zearfoss

Filed under: artist in attendance, Uncategorized

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