An Evening of Projected Cross-Media Work


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
October 20th, 2012

An evening of projected, cross-media work; broad in definition and scope; something for everybody or, perhaps, everything for nobody; a balancing act in moving image “art.” Works will be projected onto the screen, the wall, and alternative substrates throughout the space.

Aiden Simon
Wolfie E. Rawk
Michael Hall

Program 1 [Body] 6:30-8:00
Cameron Worden
Nico Gardner
Sallie Smith
Whitney Johnston
Giana Gambino
Autumn Hays

Intermission 8:00-8:30

Program 2 [Space] 8:30-10:30
Hannah Verrill
Calum Walter
Milad Mozari
Liz Ensz
Stephanie Acosta
John Paul Morabito

Using bodies and environments as tools for experiential questioning Stephanie Acosta work collaboratively, to explore experiences from Alzheimer’s to Urbanization, and, at times, the simplicity of a gesture. Interested in the way physical bodies in space can communicate multiple layers of meaning, she is engaged with the stories of the material and the unenduring.

Liz Ensz is a Chicago-based artist exploring American history, identity, myth, and cultural symbols through a variety of materials and sculptural processes.

Giana Gambino is an artist and administrator working on a dual MA at SAIC; Creatively, She collaborates with Rachel Steinberg under the pseudonym, BFFAEAETDDUP. Together they are interested in playfully investigating social interactions and the way communication is effected by changes in language due to technology. Using internet based dialogue, appropriated footage, actors to create invented scenarios, BFF focuses on the transformation and disjuncture of reality and perception pertaining to relationships and communication.

Through investigation of the rituals within an organized belief system and the rituals that embody the daily patterns of routine human behavior, Nico Gardner manifests the superficial, as surface, and what it means to craft and choreograph the self into a material.

Michael H. Hall makes works/ installations that involve multi-media practices such as mold making/ casting, construction/ fabrication, video and performance. By exploring his own personal struggles with dyslexia and love/hate relationship with laziness, food, television and other procrastination tools Michael develops works that can be seen as self-referential but share a common thread with problems found in everyday society. He focuses on the desire to do nothing and the bottomless consumption of unnecessary products. His work reflects this need for more: over packaged, over processed, endless supply of products, foods and other instantaneous gratifications that seem more and more necessary with every technological advance. Michael believes in transforming everyday objects and making a monument to the mundane. The nonument.

Working primarily in time-based art Autumn Hays executes her pieces using a wide variety of media. The focus of her work surrounds systems of classification and organization that are used to segregate difference. The exploration of disability, otherization and the body presented as an archival source.

Whitney Johnston is made up of: skeletal system, muscle, organs, fat, blood, fur, toxins.

Initially trained as a commercial textile designer, interdisciplinary artist John Paul Morabitonow uses the precision and rigor of industrial cloth production in durational performance-based textile work. Morabito’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He holds a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and is an MFA candidate in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Milad Mozari creates layered narratives through physical loops. His projects investigate binaries such as public-private, and the potential of what they can evolve into. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aiden Simon makes work that is unstable, and addresses the representation of trans bodies, with a disregard for origin stories. Aiden received a BFA in photography from MICA and is currently pursuing an MFA at SAIC. Wolfie E. Rawk explores themes of trans identity, monsters, cuteness, glitz and glam in sculpture, fiber and the projected image. They received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Hampshire College and are currently an MFA candidate in the Fibers and Material Studies Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hannah Verrill wants to destabilize the familiar structural components of performance. She uses choreography to repurpose, confuse, and play with these parts to find new ways for herself and others to exist inside of an event comprised of watching and being watched.

Calum Walter is a moviemaker interested in aural and optical anomalies. His work pays tribute to sound as equal contributor to the experience of narrative and experimental moving image works. More recently, he has begun focusing on a type of social portraiture using consumer-grade cell phone cameras and high-powered binoculars.

Cameron Worden likes trash, garbage, gluing pieces of garbage to other pieces of garbage, videotaping garbage, videotaping people standing next to garbage, home movies, dumb stuff, creepy stuff, writing his name on the toilet bowl, broken things, other things, free legal highs, falling asleep in the gutter.

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