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THE BEAM

small matters and cosmic scans from Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen, Deborah Stratman, Mike Gibisser and Semiconductor

Wednesday, September 19 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Beam plays like a science nonfiction road film–– following the largely invisible NOVA experiment path over 550 miles – from Illinois to Northern Minnesota – in search of something that’s everywhere: neutrinos, the tiny subatomic particles that fill our world, unbothered by matter or its related matters. Visually striking, enlightening but never didactic, first time collaborators Barnett and Bolen—draw out the poetics of seeking the unseeable, of trying to name and know the invisible bits that we share space with. In celebration of its world premiere, we’ve paired it with some other incredible films playing in the interstices of the scientific and poetic, dispensing with those classifications, but keen to understand the links between technologies of vision and visualization, the metaphors through which we understand the universe.

 

Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen — The Beam | 27 mins. | HD | color | sound | 2018

“They go through everything and they never stop.”

“There is no stop.”

“It just keeps going into the cosmos”

 

Mike Gibisser — Second Law: S Leh St. | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | color | sound | 2010

The second of a four part series. The second law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy, states order tends toward disorder. An old woman passes time in her home. The dust in the air sometimes floats skyward.

 

Semiconductor — 20Hz | 5 mins. | HD | b+w | sound | 2011

20Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.

 

Deborah Stratman — …These Blazeing Starrs! | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | b+w | sound | 2011

Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage.

…These Blazeing Starrs! juxtaposes a modern empirical desire to probe and measure against older methods, when star gazers were translators, explicating the sky more intuitively for predictions of human folly. Comets are now understood as time capsules harboring elemental information about the formation of our solar system. Today we smash rockets into them to read spectral signatures. In a sense, they remain oracles – it’s just the manner of divining which has changed.

programmed by Jesse Malmed



Filed under: artist in attendance, collaboration, documentary, environmental, essay, experimental, place, science, sound, video

Heaven Is a Place


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, Uncategorized, video

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