1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THIS STRUCTURE EXISTS…

This Structure Exists in Real Life:
Digital Video Work by Orr Menirom
Artist in Attendance!

Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to present Orr Menirom and a solo screening of her digital video art. Surveying work from the past eight years, this screening follows Menriom’s development from a sculpture background into a concrete exploration of the materiality of the video medium. Broadly, Menirom’s work investigates how contemporary digital technologies complicate indexical representation of reality and human perception. In making work that plays on the edges of the technical and conceptual properties of digital video, Menirom engages narrative expectation and the murkiness of memory by using glitch, off-set editing, and conspicuous digital construction.

“My current video practice focuses on the ephemeral as a tool for the investigation of the social and political condition. Can the act of imagination, underlying the work of art, become a tool for social and political change? My short films move between figuration and abstraction, investigating what is real and what is barely or beyond perceptible. Some of the videos begin as a familiar form, such as a news interview, a political debate or a viral YouTube video. As the work progresses, the form slowly disintegrates into an abstract space, inhabited by glitched images and anonymous voices. Another area of interest in my work is the complex relations between video art and film. I re-edit materials from film, television and social media in order to investigate the mechanisms by which they construct meaning. Influenced by the video essay genre, I question the narrating voice often used in video essays and cinema in general, and try to find texts within the footage itself. I re-edit speeches, dub images and use others’ words to create new sentences. The editing is transparent, and the editor’s hand is felt through jump-cuts and glitches. This brings to the surface the power dynamic between the viewer and the author: Whose voice speaks in the video? Whose message is heard?”- OM

Orr Menirom was born in Tel Aviv and received an BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2010 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Her work has been presented internationally at festivals and galleries including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Fafa Gallery in Helsinki, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Aspect/Ratio Gallery in Chicago.

Program Details:
The Vanishing Monuments (2009, 5:42)

Index (Untitled Symmetry) (2017, 0:39)

Sunset and a Tower (2010, 4:50)

Index (Untitled Gatekeeper) (2017, 1:11)

Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings (2013, 10:00)

Index (Untitled Exit) (2017, 0:37)

Exchange (2014, 12:03)

Index (Untitled Modern Savage) (2017, 2:10)

Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time (2017, 11:23)

Index (Untitled Baudrillard) (2017, 1:12)

Homewrecker (2016, 14:32)

TRT 64:31

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, found footage, international, place, re-photography, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

BLUE FISH

blue fish Japanese Environmental
Documentary Film Festival


November- December  2017

The earth is breathing; so are humans. This fall, between October 1 and November 19, the Nightingale Cinema presents Japanese environmental documentaries to reflect upon humans’ relationship with nature. The films introduce the lives of people such as fishermen and farmers of Iwai-shima island who have been protesting against and stopping the construction of a nuclear power plant since 1982, as well as organic farmers in Fukushima who have been going through the aftermath of the 2012 nuclear power plant accident. This festival will expand the knowledge of Chicago’s urban audiences about global environmental issues and synchronize contemporary concerns about the planet through the lens of the not-so-Far East.
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Filed under: artist in attendance, Asian, documentary, environmental, international

ASIDES + BESIDES 2

Video Artists Remixing Artist Videos

Wednesday, November 15 at 8 PM, $7-10

A screening of video artists remixing artist videos, drawing into focus our own (often productive) sloppiness in the language surrounding artistic production that includes the work of others. In this case, these works are less interested in (though not opposed to) ideas like détournement, appropriation, reenactment, “found” footage, glitch, covers, samples, collage, etc. than to how we can apply the thinking behind the music industry’s idea of the remix into the contexts and histories of experimental film, video art and critical cinema.

Think: the extended remix, the dub remix, the club remix, the dirty remix, the radio remix, the house remix, the porch remix, the czech remix, the lights on remix. Serious is fun, fun is serious.

Seat dancing allowed. Fresh looks assumed.

Works by: Lori Felker, Nellie Kluz, Hale Ekinci, Coorain Devin, A.J. McClenon and Chris Little.

Doors at 7:30, screening at 8:00



Filed under: artist in attendance, dance, experimental, found footage, video

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