Curated by jonCates, Christy LeMaster, and Nicholas O’Brien


October 23rd, 2009

Screen.Grab2 | CHIcast ::

ABOUT Screen.Grab2:
Screen.Grab2 presents a sampling of Video and New Media work using the visual vocabulary of network and digital culture. From glitch to screen savers to realtime audio-video noise to experimental dance pop movies, CHIcast converses with the multi-vocal presence of screen based art located within Chicago.

In PART I of Screen.Grab2, Nicholas O’Brien has curated a screening program of digital works by artists based in Chicago.

For PART II of Screen.Grab2, jonCates has organized a series of performances of digital and analog computers and electronics that will pop offscreen and into the physical space of the Nightingale.

Nick Briz
Jake Elliott
Arend Gegruyter-Helfer
Emily Kuehn
Jesse McLean
Michael Morris
Jon Satrom
Micah Schippa

Rainbo Video
Tyler St Clair (Stagediver/Dispyz)
Aaron Zarzutzki
Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy


“Although Screen.Grab is designed to enable a dialog between New Media and Experimental Cinema, this installment is also intended to bring together discourses from various mediums through creatively engaging in the familiar frameworks of online and digital tools. The ubiquity of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and digital iconography evident in CHIcast is approached with a playful inquisitiveness and criticality. The work examines our digital interactions through questioning the supposition of the reliable, accurate, personal, and informative qualities found in New Media environments. In repositioning these characteristics away from the initial excitement and subsequent skepticism of New Media, the material found in this screening steer the conversation into a more colloquial and casual shared exploration.” – Nicholas O’Brien


Rainbo Video (dance pop audio video from Chicago)
Rainbo Video is a musician, filmmaker, and audiovisual artist based in Chicago. Forging everything from dance party pop to euphoric mash-ups and melodic ambient, he makes brightly colored candy for the ears. His films and art are just as kaleidoscopic, integrating optical illusions, cognitive puzzles, found footage, guessing games, cryptograms, and 3-D excursions into surrealism.

Tyler St Clair (breakcore on obsolete hardware from Milwaukee)
Tyler St Clair uses modified and circuit-bent gear including (but not limited to) a VIC-20 & MC-505. He also began work on several Atari 2600 sample playback utilities back in 2003 and has even been seen as a supporter of the UK hacking scene, evidenced by musical submissions to the Hackervoice UK podcast.

Aaron Zarzutzki (realtime noise and glitchery from Chicago)
Aaron Zarzutzki builds homebrew and hacked electronics, mixing together mechanics and codecs and causing analog and digital noise to feedback into each other. He also organizes The Myopic Music Series with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Brian Labycz.

Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy (minimal VGA and CRT hacks from Chicago)
Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy bend naive cathode rays using Arduino microcontrollers handbuilt into VHS video cassette cases, Python programming and old CRT monitors from the beige days of computing.

October 24th, 2009

The Workshops:
Many media savvy parents wrestle with how to help their kids safely participate with computer and internet technology. Expressive Media Express aims to assist parents and youth by moving the conversation away from technophobia into creative energy. Two free workshops with accompanying take-home curriculum are available for students ages 8-15.

Alex Inglizian’s BentBox workshop at 10 am gives youth the opportunity to open up everyday toys and to sonically modify them for their own creative purposes.

Similarly, Jake Elliott’s Step Mania School at 2 pm relocates youth from passive game players to active game makers, as well as lays the foundation for using free alternative software. Participants will work with an open source dance dance revolution program.

Both sessions are free and provide access to an expandable set of skills, as well as teach the importance of community and collaboration. Both workshops are suggested for kids aged 8-15 and each workshop participant will work with their own adult preceptor for the duration of the lesson. Workshops will run from three to four hours in length. Parents are encouraged to attend. All materials are provided. Workshops will be held at The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642) An educational media art installation will also be up on site, showing the vibrant history of electronic arts in Chicago through an interactive time-line of tactile technology. Kids will be able to interact with modified computers from several different eras of computer history to see first hand the progression of this technology and the art affiliated with it. There will also be an outdoor installation by inflatable artist, Seth Bro.

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