Tuesday, March 6 at 8 PM, $7-10
In conjunction with the exhibition of the same name in its final days at our Milwaukee Avenue (but Chicago City) sibling Heaven Gallery, this screening brings together a buoyant and brilliant batch of films for and from other contexts.
Substituting the small, large and medium specificity, the second half of the statement for the former becomes the latter:
Heaven Is a Place brings together a barker’s dozen of artists each making work for a specific screening, just not the same one. Each work constitutes a(n art) historical insertion and a speculative citation and a wormhole to another screening. Featuring some of our continent’s sharpest, this screening offers the opportunity for a bit of historical re-vision-ing, in which the august museum group screening from our birth year—first discovered through a tattered library copy of the program notes—finally includes our work; where the hot new screening at the cool new screening space in the temperate old town that included every idea you have but not the name you use gets rectified; where the doodle in the margin becomes canon with the blithe affect of a butterfly.
Artists include: Selina Trepp, Anthony Buchanan, Nazlı Dinçel, Deborah Stratman, Jen Proctor, Ian Bryce Jones, Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, Sky Hopinka, Kelly Gallagher, Ben Balcom, Clint Enns and more!
Filed under: 16mm
, artist in attendance
Artist LJ Frezza in person!
Friday, April 17, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
The Nightingale is delighted to host the latest traveling show from Los Angeles Filmforum’s program FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION!
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the “producer” and “consumer” of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.
Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short (20 minutes or less), audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The show is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen.
Generously sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.
Astro Black: Race for Space by Soda_Jerk (Australia, digital video, color, sound, 2010, 6:06)
Demolished Every Second by John Davis (US/Tajikistan, 16mm on digital video, color, sound, 2014, 4:25)
Sara Nokomis Weir by Brian L. Frye (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 20:00)
Lexicon by Celeste Fichter (US, digital video, color, silent, 2014, 2:36)
The Bags, Probably 1971 by Joshua Yates (US, hand-processed 16mm film on video, black & white and color, sound, 5:11)
No Signal Detected by Péter Lichter (Hungary, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 2:33)
TOHO by Sellotape Cinema (UK, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 9:30)
Nothing by LJ Frezza (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 6:27)
Array by Ben Balcom (US, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 7:18)
My clothes were dragging me back by Maria Magnusson (Sweden, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 4:53)
Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg: Work of Art! Reality TV Special by Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans (US, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 14:00)
Iterations by Gregg Biermann (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 5:37)
Filed under: 16mm
, found footage
, new media