3/8/14

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

2014 PROGRAM
Shorts Program 6: Their Hive Energys - 88min
SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH - 
6PM @ The Logan Theatre                                         
2646 N Milwaukee Ave, ChicagoIL  
BUY TICKETS HERE  
Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday
Mike Kuchar, USA, 2013
20 min., Video
“‘Misery’ doesn’t like ‘company’, – but ‘company’ does love a ‘party’, so come join in on a catastrophic celebration, and do ‘hang on’ tight, – because it’s a steep ride down into the depths of a soul in meltdown mode!” – Video Data Bank
Tubal Freaks Sneek-a-PeekTubal Freaks Sneek-a-Peek,
Andy Roche, USA, 2013
3 min., Video
Fantasy is the only morsel available to the leashed dog. – Andy Roche

Hot ChickenHot Chicken
Iain Bonner, Australia, 2013
14 min., Video
Watch the Trailer
No man is an island. Give praise! – Iain Bonner

FamiliarsFamiliars
Torsten Zenas Burns, USA, 2012
9 min., Video
Familiars is an experimental video project re-imagining the Skinner families Massachusetts Wistariahurst family house and grounds as a fictional residency program populated by speculative Holyoke entities. Scenes include variable collaborations between: Kitten & Catman, A living relative, Baseball ramblers, Silk worms, Immersion Man with radar, Frozen birds in a bell jar, Japanese & American mill workers, Ectoplasmic typewriters and spectral publishing entities. – Torsten Zenas Burns
Studies in SilenceStudies in Silence: 3. Domesticating Wild ThingsWhitney Johnston, USA, 2013
2 min., Video
An experiment in silence and its effect on perception. – Whitney Johnston

My Sweet
My Sweet
Kate McCabe, USA, 2013
4 min., Video
The second in McCabe’s comedic love letter series. A woman’s missive to her lover archly attempts to patch up an argument. (French with English subtitles) – Kate McCabe

Here is EverythingHere Is Everything
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, USA, 2013
14 min., Video
Here is Everything presents itself as a message from The Future, as narrated by a cat and a rabbit, spirit guides who explain that they’ve decided to speak to us via a contemporary art video because they understand this to be our highest form of communication. Their cheeky introduction, however, belies the complex set of ideas that fill the remainder of the film. Death, God, and attaining and maintaining a state of Grace are among the thematic strokes winding their way through the piece, rapturously illustrated with animation, still and video imagery.”  - Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Conjurors BoxConjurer’s Box
Kerry Laitala, USA, 2011
6 min., 35mm on Video
Conjuror’s Box, the latest work in the Muse of Cinema Series, was made using several D.I.Y. collage techniques including: CINEGRAMMING, hand-painting, and the re-animation of magic lantern slides. Conjuror’s Box takes the viewer through the looking glass, to immerse them in a fiery pane of hand-painted wonders. Conjuror’s Box summons forth primordial images of beauty from the hand painted imagery to images of transformation, metamorphosis, and chimera to literary and even ancient, biblical references. The fiery hole becomes a mirror fusion of past and future deaths. – Kerry Laitala
Up The Valley and BeyondUp The Valley and Beyond
Todd Rosken, USA, 2013
15 min., 35mm on Video
All you ever wanted to know about how sexploitation genius Russ Meyer got to be…Russ Meyer. Watch it! See it! Go! Go! Go! – Todd Rosken

SIGNAL CULTURE RESIDENCY

DEMOFORMANCE: 
OWEGO(CORP) MARCH RE-ACTIVATIONAL


1/17/14

DEMOFORMANCES SCREENING IN NETHERLANDS

PHIRE (INSTALLATION) BY ETEAM / DEMOFORMANCES (VIDEO) BY TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS
 LINK: INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM

12/31/13

THE BLEEDING GROUNDS

THE BLEEDING GROUNDS  
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, CURATIONS AND 
VIDEO SCREENING HISTORIES 1990 - 2013 
TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS / VIROCODE

11/9/13




LAKE HITCHCOCK CENTER FOR THE BOOK ARTS
MAGAZINE 1: THE UNCANNY PIONEER VALLEY

MAGAZINE LAUNCH & LOOPED VIDEO SCREENING
VARIABLE INDEX
The 122 page magazine will include alternate covers, artist pages, national & international
dispatches, research projects, puzzles and secrets from over 45 contributors.
THE EDU CORRIDOR
The magazine will also include student project pages and video from both 
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, Department of Communication, Media and Theater arts 
and Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, Department of Art.
VIDEO CURATION
Accompanying the publication will be a special one night only looped 
video screening curated around the theme of performance art for the camera.
TIME & DATE & ADDRESS
PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE: 362 DWIGHT ST. HOLYOKE, MA
EVENT & RECEPTION (FREE): SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 7-10:30PM

ALTERNATE COVERS
DARRIN MARTIN / DENIS LUZURIAGA / SCOTT REILLY
AMY JOHNQUEST / BANNERQUEEN / FAFNIR ADAMITES
RJ MESSINEO / SUZANNE LOMANTO / JIM SHEA / SAMUEL ROWLETT
DISPATCHES
GREG SAULMON / CHRIS NELSON / JUSTIN P. WEST
JAY DUCHARME / SAMUEL ROWLETT / DAPHNE BOARD
KARL ERICKSON
THE EDU CORRIDOR
HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE / PERFORMANCE ART 
                        FOR THE CAMERA CLASS - STUDENTS                           
BROOKLYN COLLEGE / DIGITAL VIDEO CLASS - STUDENTS
ARTIST PAGES
JAMIL HELLU / SARA BLISS / HOWIE CHERMAN / DENISE IRIS
KARL ERICKSON / BODYBANKS & CAT GIRL GENERATOR
MIRIAM DYM / ALEXIS FEDORJACZENKO
CHRISTIAN BURNS - burnsWORK / ANTHONY DISCENZA
MITCH PATRICK / GX JUPPITER-LARSEN / THE HATERS
ARIEL KOTKER / SIMGE HOUGH / DAN GREENWOOD / DIAGRAM A
BAIRD SOULES / SYNTHHUMPERS: JIM SUPANICK & JOSH SOLONDZ
PUZZLES
KARI GATZKE / GX JUPPITER-LARSEN / READYMADE
LOOPED VIDEO SCREENING: 
(PERFORMANCE ART FOR THE CAMERA)
SARA BLISS / DENISE IRIS / KARL ERICKSON
BODYBANKS + CAT GIRL GENERATOR / MIRIAM DYM
NEIL YOUNG / CLOACA / CHRISTIAN BURNS - burnsWORK
MITCH PATRICK / SAMUEL ROWLETT
GX JUPPITER-LARSEN / THE HATERS
SYNTHHUMPERS: JIM SUPANICK & JOSH SOLONDZ
ARIEL KOTKER / BEN HERSEY
DAN GREENWOOD / DIAGRAM A / MONICA PANZARINO
KAREN CHOY + AMANDA FIGUEROA  - BROOKLYN COLLEGE
MICHAEL SAVAGE + ANGEL MARTINEZ - HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PRONOBLEM / CHRIS NELSON / HOWIE CHERMAN
AMARA HARK-WEBER / MERCEDES TEIXIDO

10/17/13

PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE @ THE CANAL CREATURE CRAWL






PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE 
PRESENTS:
MOBILE GEOGRAPHY PERFORMANCE SERIES #6
PHOTO-INTERACTABLES & COS-PLAY VOLLEY(BALL)))

A HYBRID PERFORMANCE SERIES PAYING HOMAGE TO TWO
ARTISTS AND ONE SPORT ALL SPAWNED IN HOLYOKE, MA.

THE INDIVIDUALS ARE:
 WILLIAM WEGMAN (CONCEPTUAL ARTIST / PHOTOGRAPHER)
KNOWN FOR VIDEO ART AND COLLABORATIONS WITH HIS MANY DOGS

ARTHUR ADAMS (COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATOR)
KNOWN FOR HIS 1990’S CREATION “MONKEYMAN & O’BRIEN”

THE SPORT IS:
VOLLEYBALL (INVENTED BY WILLIAM MORGAN IN 1895)

PHOTO-INTERACTABLES
PHOTO-INTERACTABLE (WEGMAN-ENTITY) #1 
 4X6ft. Mixed media interactive photo stands. 

PHOTO-INTERACTABLE (ADAMS-ENTITY) #2 
 4X6ft. Mixed media interactive photo stands. 

COS-PLAY VOLLEYBALL X2
Costume volleyball event with two joined nets.

The variable project is a collaboration between
The City of Holyoke, PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE, media artist Torsten Zenas Burns and students from Holyoke Community College - Performance Art for the Camera class taught in the Department of Communication, Media and Theater arts. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
City of Holyoke
 Jeffrey C. Bianchine: Creative Economy Coordinator
Canal Creature Crawl / Nancy Howard Smith / M.I.F.A.
Signs Plus, Holyoke, MA
Kari Gatzke / Denis Luzuriaga
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
The Dept. of Communication, Media and Theater arts. Holyoke, MA
HCC (EMS) student participants

PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE / HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS

EVENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH - 4PM-12AM   
HERITAGE STATE PARK / 2ND CANAL / HOLYOKE CITY HALL  

6/7/13

GALLERY 400 / 2013 HALFLIFERS INTERVIEW

Existential Slapstick: An Interview with HALFLIFERS

Gallery 400's current exhibition, I THINK WE'RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE: THE LEGACY OF HALFLIFERS, will be on view through June 22. Curatorial Assistant Karen Greenwalt recently got the opportunity to speak with Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza, the collaborative team that makes up HALFLIFERS. In the resulting interview, Greenwalt learned what HALFLIFERS is, what inspires Burns and Discenza, what underscores the collaborative's interest in speculative fiction and zombies, and much more.
Karen Greenwalt is currently a PhD student in the art history program at UIC and a Curatorial Assistant at Gallery 400.

5/21/13

GALLERY 400 / HALFLIFERS EVENT #2



Loophole Limbo

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Gallery 400400 South Peoria Street / Chicago, ill


Loophole Limbo 150x150

Inspired by the actions and tropes of the HALFLIFERS’ extensive body of work on video,Loophole Limbo delves deep into the archives of the Video Data Bank collection in order to expose, interrogate, and investigate the performative in artists’ video. Featuring work produced across every decade of video’s relatively short history, the investigation reveals that artists’ video is obsessed, alienated, and downright strange . . .
Loophole Limbo - Total running time: 64:16 min.
  • Dara Birnbaum, Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978, video, 5:45 min.
  • Vito Acconci, Pryings, 1971, video, 16:16 min.
  • Anne McGuire, All Smiles and Sadness, video, 7:00 min.
  • Tom Rubnitz, Pickle Surprise, 1989, video, 2:00 min.
  • Tom Rubnitz, Strawberry Shortcut, 1984, video, 1:00 min.
  • Laurie Jo Reynolds, Space Ghost, 2007, video, 26:00 min.
  • Bjørn Melhus, No Sunshine, 1997, video, 6:15 min.