1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

SHALA MILLER

Heat Situated/Necessary Accessories

Thursday, August 31 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Nightingale presents Heat Situated/Necessary Accessories: new video works and poetry by Shala Miller. Her work primarily consists of photography, text, video and drawing from time to time. Language and conversation serve as the thematic umbrella for Shala’s work. Whether it’s the language of a photograph and it’s poetic capabilities or the conversation between the soprano and alto.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Shala is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is soon to be a New Yorker.

PROGRAM NOTES:

THE ECHO, Super 8 converted to video, video, digital collage 8:14
LET’S GET IN THE DARK, video, 2:50
LULLABY FOR THE FALLING/A SPELL, video, 2:59
SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE HEAD AT THE TAIL, video, 5:08

videos to be followed by a reading of new poems.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentation, essay, experimental, feminism, film, performance, poetry, Super 8mm, video

ZERO

Composer, Coleman Zurkowski, in attendance!


Saturday, August 26 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Nightingale presents ZERO, a project by Coleman Zurkowski.

ZERO is an exploration of the mental and physical effects of binaural/isochronic rhythms gradually slowing into silence and is a filmic companion to composer Coleman Zurkowski’s album of the same name.

Both united by and created for Zurkowski’s score, the film is comprised of chaptered shorts by Nick Edelberg, Kostas Chondros, Jodie Mack, Solomon Turner, Anthony Zakharia, Jimmy Schaus, Sofia Canales, Chris Wronka, and John Schmidt.

Zurkowski and contributing filmmaker Jimmy Schaus will be in attendance to introduce the film.The screening will open with a performance by Zurkowski as DJ VERSACI.

Total running time: 70 minutes

COLEMAN ZURKOWSKI is a composer and musician. He studied composition at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. Zurkowski lives in New York City and composes music for film, television, and commercials, while releasing albums of his own work. In 2015, he was chosen to be the resident composer of the Khora Residency at the Syros International Film Festival. (http://colemanzurkowski.com)



Filed under: 16mm, animation, artist in attendance, collaboration, expanded cinema, music, sound, video

THE TUBA THIEVES

Director, Alison O’Daniel, in attendance!

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, August 18, 8 PM, $ 7-10

The Nightingale is thrilled to present a screening of Los Angeles artist Alison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves. O’Daniel’s long-term film project The Tuba Thieves, made in the wake of tuba robberies from Los Angeles schools, elliptically connects the story of a deaf drummer to the students, band directors, and school communities who must reconcile with missing sound following the thefts. The film is composed of portraits of music and silence in Los Angeles and beyond, and is interrupted by fictionalized re-enactments of two historic concerts: the 1952 premiere of John Cage’s 4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY and a 1979 punk concert hosted by Bruce Conner at The Deaf Club in San Francisco.

Reversing the typical process wherein a composer responds to filmic imagery, O’Daniel commissioned musical scores by three composers and worked ‘backwards”, accumulating a narrative through a process of deep listening. First-hand accounts and real life details from collaborations with students, musicians, composers, and actors are continuously altering the narrative, which is filmed in segments over time, eventually forming a feature length film. Featuring scores by Ethan Frederick Greene, Christine Sun Kim and Steve Roden.

Total running time: 52 minutes

Poster by Caroline Walp

ALISON O’DANIEL is a visual artist working across film, sculpture, performance and music, inviting audiences and collaborators to navigate, de-construct and re-imagine sound. Her current project The Tuba Thieves is composed of narrative film, performance and sculptures based on commissioned musical scores made in response to an epidemic of tuba thefts occurring in Los Angeles high schools.

She has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. She received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, CA.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, music, narrative, Uncategorized, video

! ! ! GARAGE SALE ! ! !

The Sale of a Thousand
Interesting & Useful Objects
Benefitting the Nightingale & Co

Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 10 AM – 3 PM

Join us as we clean house and raise a little dough. AV equipment, furniture, cameras, clothes, dishes, books, art supplies, housewares.

Good tunes, occasional snacks, and visiting provided. It has been too long since we have seen each other’s faces. HAGGLING ENCOURAGED!

 



Filed under: poetry, potluck, queer, Uncategorized

JAMES FOTOPOULOS

A Retrospective
Artist in Attendance!

 

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday-Sunday, August 4-6th,  $7-10

This August the Nightingale Cinema is happy to present a three night retrospective of Chicago native James Fotopoulos. Featuring past and new video works. Some of these pieces have not been screened in Chicago in over 10 years.

August 4th at 7:30 pm
CHRISTABEL
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2001
USA, 74 min. 16mm/video

“Christabel is an abstract interpretation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s unfinished Gothic poem about female possession. Adhering to the poem’s structure the film is presented in four parts – Two digital video half hour segments and then two short 16mm conclusions. The contemporary relevance of the poem’s symbols and themes is underlined using performance combined with heavy image and sound layering.” —JF

Dignity
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2012
USA, 82 min, video

Agents Mr. Rainbow and Mr. Lamb are sent to an alien planet fighting a civil war. Their mission to destroy a perpetual motion machine is interrupted by their capture. While their interrogations proceed the two men struggle to come to terms with their suffering and pending death.

Dignity uses the minimal structure of a sci-fi B-film, the high artifice of painted backdrops, prosthetic horror effects, psychedelic noise soundtrack and early digital techniques to flesh out the philosophical ideas ranging from the stoic writings Marcus Aurelius to the fantasy prison drawings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

August 5th at 5pm
FAMILIES
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2002
USA, 97 min, 16mm.

A hybrid film that intentionally clashes techniques and syntaxes, FAMILIES is a series docufictional vignettes in a rural industrial town as portrayed through Fotopoulous’ singular eye.

“Life in a rural industrial town: a teenage boy, his family, friends and failed attempt at love are investigated through stark black-and-white photography and static long takes. Filmed in a fusion of authentic and staged documentation, with robotic performances by actors and non-actors, the piece meditates on the mundane existence of human and animal life.” —JF

There
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2014
USA, 103 min, video

Lamb is a troubled veteran and his girlfriend, M, is tormented as well. When he’s not working as a security guard in an old warehouse with other unstable vets, Lamb haunts a nightclub frequented by wounded and traumatized ex-soldiers. There he meets a one-armed vet, Thrill, who starts a strange story about the effects of his post-traumatic stress, which unsettles Lamb.

While walking though a forest, Lamb discovers a humanoid carcass and hides it in his basement. At the club he meets an older woman and begins an affair. Soon otherworldly events start to occur and his girlfriend is attacked inside their apartment by mysterious beings.

In the middle of the night the older woman comes over traumatized. She believes she was brought to an underground compound in the forest inhabited by creatures similar to the one Lamb discovered. She insists these aliens are waiting for a signal to attack. Lamb and M build a truck bomb to destroy the compound before it’s too late.  As they drive it to the nuclear power plant the story Thrill told seems about to end.

August 6th at 5pm
The Nest
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2003
USA, 78 min, 16mm

“Filmed in saturated colors on out-of-date film stocks with an aggressive soundtrack, the story of The Nest is told – The marriage of two young professionals unravels after an unnamed accident physically and emotional traumatizes the wife. Government agents, shadowy investigators and transgender beings appear, trying to solve the nervous-breakdown-mystery of secret alien forces that chose the couple as their target. In-camera tricks, drawings, derelict optical printing, miniatures, puppets and prosthetic makeup effects convey the dual collapse of the protagonists’ lives and the film structure as one unified entity.” —JF

The Given
Dir. James Fotopoulos, 2015
USA, 75 min, video

An actress living in New York performs an audition, then goes to meditation and winds up at a party of artists viewing a film.  At home, she and her girlfriend explore buried memories and later nightmares trigger sleepwalking.  Finally, the actress enacts a childlike performance inspired by a Frank Wedekind play.

Mr Fotopoulos will be in attendance for all the screenings.

James Fotopoulos is a filmmaker who began production on his first feature-length film, ZERO (1997), in 1995. In 1998, he founded Fantasma for the production of his second feature, Migrating Forms (1999), and would continue to create a number of critically acclaimed narrative feature films, such as Back Against the Wall (2000), Families (2002), The Nest (2003) and Dignity (2012).

There will be an 15 minute intermission between films.

Programmed by Raul Benitez.



Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, dual projection, film

MOST OF THE SOULS…

MOST OF THE SOULS THAT LIVE HERE
Recent Hungarian Narrative

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, July 29, 8 pm, $7-10

The renowned anarchist Count Ervin Batthyany reappears 100 years after his death. He tries to put his theories into practice again, as he realises that the world has not turned out as he’d expected. But the ideal of freedom and equality awakens the same fears in the choreographers of power as it did 100 years ago. And after an encouraging start the count and his new friends come up against more and more obstacles.

Programs Details:
MOST OF THE SOULS THAT LIVE HERE
Directed by: Igor Buharov, Ivan Buharov
Duration: 1h: 33m
Year: 2016

It has been more than 19 years that I have been working together, under the pseudonym of Igor and Ivan Buharov. We have been producing and directing several films. (experimentals, features, shorts, documentaries, animations) We have also been involved in the creation of several music projects and film music. Our works always dancing on the edge of fine art and cinematic art. In 1995, together with Vasile Croat and István Nyolczas, we have formed the 40 Labor “Multiartist” Group which made performances, events, actions, exhibitions, concerts, multimedia works. We held surrealistic audiovisual performances where the image, the music and the words became an organic whole after chaos. “A generation earlier, the Hungarian underground masters who influenced them were equally overlooked. There is an air of “self­censorship” about the Buharovs; in times of entrepreneurial globe­trotting art, they reflect an era when artists used film with the hope of reaching wide and nourishing the roots of their own culture. “ Vassily Bourikas “This audiovisual experiment can best be described as getting lost in someone else’s dream. The directors Igor and Ivan Buharov invite us to see the insides of their brains through various amusing and absurd story­lines.” Off­screen film festival Brussel In the beginning we have started by using used expired raw material exploiting the organising element of the unintentional. For our films, we mainly use super 8 footage, then we blow it up to 35 mm for distribution use. We are also composing music for the soundtrack of our films. We formed the Pop Ivan band in Budapest in 1998. Our music is characterised by a certain permeability between styles and atmospheres : one can discover in their works archaic Moldvan melodies, Latin rhythms, elements of the modern free­jazz and of contemporary compositions. At our performances we frequently use visual effects : the audience can watch super 8 or/and 16 mm films parallel to listening to the music of Pop Ivan. Our debut album was released in 2001 entitled Hospital Hungary, the second was was Dreamhunting in 2009. Since 2000 we have been giving concerts in Europe, have played in Belgium, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria the Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, and Georgia.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Igor Buharov ​(Kornél Szilágyi ) 1971 Education 2004 – 2010 Intermedia Department, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest 1990 – 1992 Chef, Rózsa Károly Technical School for Catering Activities 2007 – 2010 Board Member of Studio of Young Artists Association 1999 – Feature Film Directors Association member, part of the Hungarian Moving Picture Foundation 1997 – 2000 Board Member, Hungarian Independent Film and Video Association

Ivan Buharov​(Nándor Hevesi)1974 Education 1993 – 1997 Teacher of visual culture BA, EKTF Eger 2006 – 2007 Dharma Gate Buddhist University Budapest 2009 – 2010 Teacher of visual culture MA, EKTF Eger Activities 2001 – Member of the Studio of Young Artists Association 1999 – Feature Film Directors Association member, part of the Hungarian Moving Picture Foundation 1997 – 2000 Board Member, Hungarian Independent Film and Video Association

Screening with Zsuzsanna Szegedi’s shorts CRISIS OF THE FREE SPIRIT and CRISES OF THE VISIBLE.

Zsuzsanna is a recent MFA graduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (I actually graduate the next day; but close enough) Her installation “The film I brought back from Hungary” is currently on view at the Sullivan Galleries. Zsuzsanna’s shorts being presented at Nightingale capture abstractions of language, autonomy, and their absence—the absence of the individual voice. These pieces are part of a bigger series exploring the limitations, imprisonment of incomprehension, voicelessness, while using appropriated voices, texts, interviews as medium.



Filed under: Uncategorized

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