1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE ISLAND OF ST. MATTHEWS

And Other Recent Work
by Kevin Jerome Everson
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, July 20, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Screening accompanied by a printing of A GIRL’S YOUNGTOWN by Jacqueline Marino from Belt Magazine
Moderated by Belt Magazine Editor, Martha Bayne.

PROGRAM DETAILS
Fe26 (7 min, 2014)
Fe 26 is a 16mm short film by Kevin Jerome Everson that follows two gentlemen around the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio and examines the tensions between illegal work –in this case, the stealing of manhole covers and copper piping–and the basic survival tactics that exist in areas of high unemployment.

The Island of St. Matthews (64 min, 2013)
The Island of Saint Matthews is a 16mm feature film about the loss of family history in the form of heirlooms and photographs. Years ago filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply—that “we lost them in the flood” was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport, a community just west of Columbus, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker’s parents. Residents, young and old, are here seen and heard reminiscing about the 1973 flood of the Tombigbee River. The film combines these interviews and conversations, filmed in front of a church, at a beauty school, on porches and backyards, with sequences of a waterskier on the Tombigbee River; a worker at the lock and dam; a young couple meeting with an insurance agent about flood insurance. The sound of a church bell—an original bronze sculpture made by the filmmaker and similar to the bell used to warn residents of an impending natural disaster—intones throughout, interspersed with a spare, elegiac score.

“With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism I favor a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is reedited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life—along with its beauty—but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.” -Kevin Jerome Everson


Kevin Jerome Everson was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the prestigious 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video and was the subject in spring 2012 of a mid-career retrospective at Visions du Reel, Nyon Switzerland, a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011 and a retrospective at Centre Pompidou in 2009. 2014 Solo Museum exhibitions included the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis and SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. 2015. His films will be featured in the How to Remain Human exhibition at MOCA Cleveland May-Sept. 2015.

Programmed by Sally Lawton

RUN OF LIFE is a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is co-curated by  Christy LeMaster, Beckie Stochetti, Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton & Jenny Miller

Belt Magazine publishes independent journalism about the Rust Belt. Online only, it launched in September 2013, and focuses on longform journalism, op-eds and first person essays of interest to the Rust Belt and beyond. Belt Publishing, founded in 2012, publishes anthologies by and for residents of often misrepresented cities. Both the digital and book publishing arms of Belt are committed to carefully edited, complex writing. We believe in quality over quantity, community over analytics, and the importance of the Rust Belt. We rely on individual members to sustain us.

Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago, and the editor-in-chief of Belt Magazine. She also edits, with Zoe Zolbrod, the Sunday page of the literary website The Rumpus and her features and essays have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, the Rumpus, Bookworm, and the Baffler. She is a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck and the founder of the long-running community meal project and hunger-relief fundraiser Soup & Bread, based at the Hideout bar and music venue. Her narrative cookbook, Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time was published in 2011 by Agate Publishing.

 



Filed under: 16mm, documentary, experimental, narrative, Uncategorized, video

LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS

Super 8mm Films by Steve Polta
Co-presented with
The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival

Arrival

Sunday, July 19, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

“[Polta’s] fuzzy, abstract images often accompanied by an ambient sound track [are] genuinely entrancing, actively engaging the viewer in piecing them together.” — Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader

“Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” — Rick Bahto, The Echo Park Film Center

Steve Polta—musing filmmaker, former San Francisco taxi driver, arts writer-catalyzer, A.M. radio oldies fan—returns to Chicago bearing a mini-retrospective of his Super 8mm filmscapes. The program will run in one piece, as an unbroken ribbon of his signature swirl of grain, dust, glints, and other alluring or ominous particulate matter. Exploratory ecstasy abounds! 

This screening is co-curated by Karen Johannesen of The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival.

The program is composed of:

Red Sketch (1997c) (1997)
interval Oakland 99 (2000)
Departure (1997c) (1997)
Picture Window (1996a) (1996)
Minnesota Landscape (1997)
Estuary #1 (1998)
The Berries (2000)
Summer Rain for LMC, side A (2007/2011)
Summer Rain for LMC, side B (2007/2011)
A House Full of Dust (2007)



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, performance, Super 8mm

BASEMENT MEDIA #5

 Lo Fi-Lo Def-Lo Tech Moving Image Works
Curator  LJ Frezza in attendance!

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Saturday, July 18, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The BASEMENT MEDIA FESTIVAL is an annual traveling screening event, showcasing contemporary low-fidelity moving image works. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. We’ll be presenting a mix’dprogram of celluloid and .movs this year, so def drag yrself over for a wide array of glitch’d fuzzy, faded, and scratch’d. B THERE & B SQUARE. CU SOON.

 

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Yates – The Bags, Probably 1971 – 5 mins

Jarrett Hayman – Me, Dancing – 2 mins

John Wilson – How To Remain Single – 17 mins

Amelia Johannes – Family Crockery (Whiteness) – 2 mins

Eric Stewart – Wake – 8 mins

Paul Turano – Toward the Flame – 5 mins

Jared Hutchinson – The Infinity Scroll, pt. II – 3 mins

Hannah Piper Burns – Outer Darkness – 11 mins

Henning Frederik Malz – Rest in Me – 6 mins

Felipe Steinberg – Tudo Referente a Frio: Rua César Bierrenbach, 181, Campinas – 15 mins

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Watch the trailer here. // More info on tour dates and the fest in general here. // BASEMENT is co-organized by LJ FREZZA and NICHOLAS TAMBURO



Filed under: archival, documentation, experimental, found footage, music, narrative, new media, Uncategorized, video

are they pleasure paths …

or desire lines?
screening & arcanebolt performance

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Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Desire lines are the trodden dirt trails that cut out shortcuts and alternate routes through sodded landscapes. They are often viewed as users misbehaving or circumventing design.

Similarly, pleasure paths are the winding trails etched by hikers in unstructured natural spaces, a sort of collective pathfinding. Veering off from the paved trail, pleasure paths offer an alternative to the established route.

These ways in which users are regarded and the semantic shift between them is a compelling way to think about how we engage and rebuff software, hardware and our user state. How we use and get used.

The projects included explore multiple ways in which users navigate systems: breaking, building, experimenting and reforming within the conditions of software.

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program details:
surfing my feed (endless summer) ~ 2014 (on before screening)

a moment (between two places) ~ 2015 (20:00)

teaching a water faucet how to be a waterfall ~ 2013 (2:33)

motionless performance ~ 2012 (15:12)

gui ~ 2012 (4:13)

arcanebolt performance ~ (30:00)

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Mark Beasley is an artist working with the internet, sculpture, video and performance. Recent work examines the relationship between culture and technology, how they shape each other and ourselves as users. He has participated in shows in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Madrid, Amsterdam, Göteborg and Trondheim.

arcanebolt, comprised of Tamas Kemenczy, Mark Beasley & Alex Inglizian, is a video synthesizer cobbled together out of homemade electronics and microcontrollers that target old, corruptible CRT displays. We use firmware generated animations, feedback loops, keyboards and bleeding circuits to build up and tear apart video images and tease out unexpected audio/video territory from bygone computer peripherals.



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, performance, Uncategorized, video

WHATHAVEYOUDONEFORMELATELY?

Tracers/Nightingale Media Series #003:
DEEP LISTENING WORKSHOP

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Sunday, June 12, 5 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

TRACERS is teaming up with The Nightingale for a monthly media series featuring readings, scholars, films, moving pictures, music, meditation, performance, and lively discussion around topics of contemporary feminism. Over the course of the year, this series presents a body of texts and media designed to promote broader feminist discourse beyond the institutional setting. Your new feminist library starts here. Unless otherwise noted, these events are family friendly and FREE.
DEEP LISTENING: Meditation and Writing Toward Creating Your Future

Feeling stuck or derailed? Wishing for a change in the route your life has taken? This workshop will guide you through the basics of two important processes toward accessing your true creative voice and taking steps in realizing personal goals and a vision for your recreated future. A combination of guided meditation and creative writing exercises will be introduced and put into practice during this workshop, enabling you to immediately begin to hear your innermost desires and instincts toward making changes and gaining momentum in creating the truest version of your self, how to realign the structure of  your life, and the real work that you want to do.

Please bring pens, paper and/or your journal!!

This workshop is co-taught by Sherry Antonini and Kara Nakfoor. Antonini is an interdisciplinary artist who teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Nakfoor is a psychic reader, energy healer, and meditation teacher.



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, reading, Uncategorized

Radius GRIDS

GRIDS Book Release and
FLEETING COMPONENTS Screening

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Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

The Nightingale is delighted to host the release party of GRIDS, a book documenting the recent activity of Radius and the accompanying premiere of FLEETING COMPONENTS, a film by Stephanie Acosta.

Radius GRIDS was a four-part, year-long series of mobile radio broadcasts in Chicago that examined energy production, distribution, and consumption. The new GRIDS Book features on-site photographs and artist interviews with Antye Greie-Ripatti, Brett Bloom, Bonnie Fortune, Mari Keski-Korsu, Ethan Rose, Kristen Roos, and Amanda Gutiérrez. FLEETING COMPONENTS documents the GRIDS series through interviews, behind the scenes, and more.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Stephanie Acosta is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and producer focused on experimental means to experiential goals. Acosta blends performance with practiced based research creating work at once in response to, and creator of, site and space.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, new media, Uncategorized, video

WHATHAVEYOUDONEFORMELATELY?

Tracers/Nightingale Media Series #002:
WOMEN’S WORK with Beth Capper

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CHOCOLATE CAKE by JoAnn Elam (1973)

Sunday, June 28, 5 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

TRACERS is teaming up with The Nightingale for a monthly media series featuring readings, scholars, films, moving pictures, music, meditation, performance, and lively discussion around topics of contemporary feminism. Over the course of the year, this series presents a body of texts and media designed to promote broader feminist discourse beyond the institutional setting. Your new feminist library starts here. Unless otherwise noted, these events are family friendly and FREE.

Second on our docket is WOMEN’S WORK.  To create an event that is part book club/screening/discussion group, we invited media scholar Beth Capper to chose a contemporary feminist text to explore. She will introduce major concepts from The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries by Kathi Weeks and present a screening of work illustrative of its themes. Reading the book isn’t required to participate. The event is modular and meant to work as as introduction to texts and issues that can be explored further.

Featuring:
Chocolate Cake by JoAnn Elam

Killing Time/Fannie’s Film by Fronza Woods

Bessie Cohen, Survivor of 1911 Shirtwaist Fire by Hope Tucker

Conductor/Collaboration #3 by Ei Jane Janet Lin & Miao Jia Xin

Beth Capper is a PhD student in modern culture and media at Brown University, where she works at the intersections of feminist media and performance. Her work on the filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s 1970’s media workshops has been published in Art Journal. She is currently a co-organizer of the Providence-based film and video series Magic Lantern Cinema.

 

Check out Kathi Weeks’ book here.

 

Chocolate Cake screening courtesy of Chicago Film Archives

Killing Time/Fannie’s Film made available through the support of Women Make Movies. For more information or to book a film, visit www.wmm.com.

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EXTENDED RAEDING LIST

 Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

Maria Mies, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labor

Leopoldina Fortunati, Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor, and Capital

Premilla Nadasen, Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United  States

Angela Y. Davis, “The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working Class Perspective,” Women, Race and Class

Selma James and Mariarosa Dalla Cosa, Sex, Race and Class: The Perspective of Winning 1952-2011

Jennifer Morgan, Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery

 Del Re, Alissa. “Women and Welfare: Where is Jocasta?” in Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics.

Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body and Primitive Accumulation.

Fortunati, Leopoldina. Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital.



Filed under: archival, feminism, Free Screening!, lecture, reading, Uncategorized, video

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE

Live Telethon

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Wednesday, June 24, 7 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

Join us at The NIGHTINGALE for an in-person telethon to help push Jerzy Rose’s Kickstarter campaign for his third feature NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE past the hump and closer to the goal! Featuring films by cast members, including Bruce Bundy, Ted Tremper, , a live table-read, and a performance by Mike Lopez and Jared Larson!

Get ready to enjoy:
The Mud, by Nigel DeFriez, Bruce Bundy, Kira Pearson, and Rob Malone
ETERNITY! An Ethnography of a Ghost Ship by Theodore Roosevelt, by Ted Tremper
Good Ideas (live performance), by Mike Lopez and Jared Larson
The Restaurant Business (live performance), by Halle Butler

Donate to the Neighborhood Food Drive Kickstarter  to RSVP and receive a complimentary beer! We’ll have extra perks (free movie passes! books! other things!) for those who donate in person at the event. No cover!

 



Filed under: experimental, narrative, performance, reading, Uncategorized, video

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