Collaborative Performance by
Peter Burr & Fern Silva

Peter Burr

Friday, April 18th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

Peter Burr’s and Fern Silva’s explosive creative energies will expand the Nightingale’s usual cinema setup with a mixed media collaborative performance to be preceded by three recent video works by Burr.

WAYWARD FRONDS  Performance by Peter Burr and Fern Silva (2014)
A 3-part journey through simulated Earth. Fern Silva and Peter Burr merge their filmmaking practices in a performance involving 8mm film, video projection, and live performance.

Preceeded by:
ALONE WITH THE MOON by Peter Burr (2012)
You are on a train and you are in a well and you are lying beneath the nighttime sky and as your eyes open and close, you find yourself learning not what looking feels like (as Bridget Riley painted) but what feeling looks like.  There is no landscape without a body and no vision without a self.  Your Self is black and white, inside and outside – an optical illusion in an infinite bardo plane.

GREEN | RED by Peter Burr  (2013)
A car is driving towards us to the beat of its engine. Our eyes flicker to life and we’re thrown into a world where the sidewalks are endless, the radio is playing electric, and the night-sky is broken by shuddering stars. Here we flow as red and green decay in black.

SPECIAL EFFECT by Peter Burr (2014)
A computer-generated television show inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. Set in the abandoned resorts of New York’s Borscht Belt, we follow three men who venture into the heart of a wasteland that was once the site of an extraordinary alien phenomenon. As in a dream, black and white shifts to color as we attempt to grasp its nameless mysteries of The Zone.

Total Running Time: 70 minutes


Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY, USA. His video and performance work has been presented in many venues including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, ES; and MoMA PS1, New York, NY. He is also the founder of CARTUNE XPREZ, an animation project that has toured through more than 25 countries over the past 10 years to present site-specific cartoon events. Part live theater, part psychedelic insurrection, and part roads how, his work has become a touchstone for an experimental genre that animates its way out of Sunday morning cartoons to the extent of anarchy.

Fern Silva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Moving Image in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  His current research investigates the history, influence, and consequences of travel on culture and society.  As an artist experimenting with various modes of documentary and narrative filmmaking, his work often shifts between ideas surrounding mysticism and the deceptive capabilities of memory.  He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, Edinburgh, Images, Oberhausen, London and Ann Arbor Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Museum of Art Lima, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll, is the recipient of the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was nominated for Best International Short Film at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, MFA from Bard College and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL.

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