UIC 2016 MFA Screenings 1 & 2

Works for the Screen by Graduating UIC MFAs
Co-Presented by UIC School of
Art & Art History


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, April 5 & Thursday April 7, 7 pm, Free


Coinciding with the 2016 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions at Gallery 400, a series of works for the screen by graduating MFA students from the School of Art & Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago are presented at Nightingale Cinema.


Wanderlust, Sara Condo (2015, 12 min, HD Video)
Wanderlust is a short experimental documentary centered around a woman who travels alone and contemporary notions of female hysteria, agriculture, and the dawning of the New Age.

Tissues, Jessica Pierotti (2015, 8 min, Video)
Tissues is a performative video work that addresses anxiety, control, absurdity, and an obsessive and sincere interest in attempting to understand the inside of a box of tissues.

Sponge/Mopping Up, Grace Cross (2015, 6 min, Video)
Sponge/Mopping Up is a performative feminist diptych video, that uses a magic domestic mop as paintbrush and hairdo; discussing issues of cultural appropriation and the intimacy of female micro-economies that persist under the radar.

A study, in the key of C, Rachel Glass (2015, 6 min, 16mm on video)

Make Your Own Metric, Aaron Walker (2016, 2 min, video)
Where does the creation of a work and its evaluation begin and end? We take a look.

Context Is Half The Work, Aaron Walker (2016, 2 min, video)
A slow pan reveals that things are exactly as they seem.


Sara Condo  is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in Cicero, IL she is a third­ generation Lithuanian­ American who uses personal narratives and mythology as a living site for exploration into the complexity of socio­economic class, psychology and gender. Using photography, video, sound, computer programming, and sculpture, her work depicts the meditative moments present in our everyday lives that illuminate truths of the human condition. Condo studied Media Arts at DePaul University and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. She is a current MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating in 2016. Most recently she has been traveling to the American West to various intentional communities and plays in a band sometimes.

Grace Cross is a trans-global material painter, fiber, and video maker who enacts symbols rooted in African cosmology that question ideas of home, labor, gender roles and security of space today for the foreign body; making for shifting recipe’s that address the repercussions of colonial heritage.

Rachel Glass is an artist and filmmaker based in Chicago, IL.  Working in experimental and personal documentary, and collaborating with nuns, neighbors, lovers and tweens, she contends with whiteness and its effect on our historical and contemporary narrative.  Glass studied Anthropology at Grinnell College, receiving a BA in 2009.

Jessica Pierotti works photographically within mixed mediums. She struggles with themes of control, anxiety, desire, and femininity; often working with personal content and everyday objects as a means of focusing in on modest gestures.

Aaron Walker is a social practitioner, self-publisher, and organizer from Cincinnati, Ohio whose projects often stem from engagements with localized, autonomous artist-run communities and the systems of support formed within.




Do Systems Dream of Monster Sheep?
Little Stabs at Narrative by Liz Cambron and Jimmy Schaus


The recent experimental narrative work of Liz Cambron and Jimmy Schaus deals with individuals navigating activism and cultural production in a time of heightened surveillance, mass incarceration, and shifting definitions of self and identity. The videos in this program, ranging from shorts to (potential) feature length films, contain humor, paranoia, and glimpses of the underground. Through the genres of magical realism and science fiction, their stories contain windows into fictional worlds within the films themselves. Both Cambron and Schaus are formal adventurers; they are not content with describing and prescribing society’s ills with worn cinematic or narrative tropes. Instead, the two are committed to generating new visual and sonic worlds, emphasizing the role which perceptual expansion (and not to mention fun and mischief!) might play out in social evolution.


Fuck the Fasces, Liz Cambron (2016, 11:04 min, HD video)
Fuck the Fasces is a short fiction video that follows a protagonist that has been magically transported out of prison by a magic mountain, only to be traced by the silver markings the government left on his wrists.

Penetration at the White House, Liz Cambron
(2016, 6:34 min, HD video)
Penetration at the Whitehouse is a short fiction video that centers around two friends having a paranoid conversation about internet spying, Kim Kardashian, and pissing in the shower.

Your Friends are in a Cult, Liz Cambron
(2016, in-progress, HD video)
Your Friends are in a Cult is a short fiction video about a breakup between two friends who can’t agree on what’s best for the “movement”.

St. Francis Hears a Noise, Jimmy Schaus (2016, in-progress, HD video)
Slapstick speculative fiction about a sound recordist thrust between various establishments of perpetual production.



Liz Cambron is a film and video maker based in the Midwest. She writes, directs, edits, shoots, collaborates, and protests. Bridging fiction and non-fiction, her work shows how gendered relationships and power systems define what we can and can’t do in the world, and she tries to f#ck with that. She refers to her current work as tiny poetic ‘protests.’

Jimmy Schaus is a filmmaker, video artist and musician living in Chicago, IL.  His work often takes the form of experimental, elliptical narratives which imagine new ways of seeing, hearing and being in the world.  He grew up in Florida, where he was an active participant in the sub-underground music scene.

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