Screen Grab.1

From: jonCates (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 10 2009 - 09:40:47 PDT


Screen Grab.1
August 14th, 8PM
Nightingale Cinema
1084 North Milwaukee
Chicago IL, 60622

$7 to $10 Donation

Screen Grab.1
Artists Included ::
Petra Cortright
Dennis Knopf
Oliver Laric
Guthrie Lonergan
Travess Smalley
Rick Silva

Organized by ::
Nicholas O'Brien

Screen Grab, a new series curated by jonCates and Nicholas O'Brien for
Nightingale Cinema, aims to bring New Media Art to experimental cinema
audiences in order to create dialog. Although the language doesn't
differ greatly between these camps, there still remains a dislocation.
Screen Grab hopes that this process will create more overlap in the
continuing discourse of moving image arts.

Some works in this program need little help with this process. Oliver
Laric's Versions, for instance, is as much a nod towards Chris Marker
as it to 4chan (a message board that serves as a meme breeding
ground). Travess Smalley's Liquify can certainly be connected to
durational films without much hesitation, not to mention its direct
like with psychedelic cinema of the 60s and 70s; Photoshop is the new
overhead projector. Petra Cortright's Dragon_Ball_P also fuses the
psychedelic with technological. In utilizing the campy preset effects
of webcam software, Cortright creates a lo-fi dance that seems like a
Skype ritual ceremony. Dennis Knopf's Office Party borrows from
flicker films and the superimposition that occurs through the use of
this cinema device. However, Knopf's work shows what was once
sensational (i.e. Paul Sherit's T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G), might have become
bland (corporate office portraits). Guthrie Lenrgan's 3 Notes, on the
other hand, references the emerging hybridity that is found in digital
environments. The youtube collage of sound in this piece exemplifies
the subtle juxtapositions that can occur through online communities.
Likewise, Rick Silva (releasing previous projects under the pseudonym
Abe Linkoln) uses glitch aesthetics in AntlersWifi to contemplate the
abundance of blog culture. He uses these spaces as a medium for
calculated data dumping, noise compacting, and saturation zones where
he crafts a new cinema dialog of image corruption and sonic
dissonance.


Screen Grab.1 as well as being the inaugural show for the series, will
also raise funds for an upcoming collaborative project called
Expressive Media Express that will occur during Chicago Artists Month
in October. This initiative is designed to encourage creative use of
digital tools and simultaneously showcase Chicago's energetic New
Media community to youth in the city. By creating a weekend-long
interactive slate of programs including workshops, a screening, and
a historical timeline installation of Digital Media Arts in Chicago
and abroad organizers Jon Cates, Christy LeMaster, and Nicholas
O'Brien hope to provide software and hardware skills that put the
basic tools of digital media in the hands of kids at an early stage
and reposition the conversation away from technophobic fear and into
playful discovery.

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