Friday, October 16, 2009
  EXPRESSIVE MEDIA EXPRESS October 23 - 24, 2009


Expressive Media Express is a weekend long interactive slate of programs designed to encourage creative use of digital tools and simultaneously showcase Chicago’s energetic New Media community. It will include two workshops, a screening, live performances and an ongoing media installation online and at The Nightingale, organized by jonCates (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Christy LeMaster (The Nightingale), and Nicholas O’Brien (Interactive Art and Media, Columbia College).



Screen.Grab2 | CHIcast ::

The Nightingale
1084 N Milwaukee
October 23, 2009 8PM
$5 suggested donation

Organized by Nicholas O'Brien (PART I) and jonCates (PART II)

Nick Briz
Jake Elliott
Arend deGruyter-Helfer
Emily Kuehn
Jesse McLean
Michael Morris
Jon Satrom
Micah Schippa

ABOUT Screen.Grab2:

Screen.Grab2 presents a sampling of Video and New Media work using the visual vocabulary of network and digital culture. From glitch to screen savers to realtime audio-video noise to experimental dance pop movies, CHIcast converses with the multi-vocal presence of screen based art located within Chicago. Screen.Grab2 is part of a weekend long slate of programs (including two free New Media art making workshops) called Expressive Media Express as part of Chicago Artists Month.

In PART I of Screen.Grab2, Nicholas O'Brien has curated a screening program of digital works by artists based in Chicago.

During In PART II of Screen.Grab2, jonCates has organized a series of performances of digital and analog computers and electronics that will pop offscreen and into the physical space of the Nightingale.

"Although Screen.Grab is designed to enable a dialog between New Media and Experimental Cinema, this installment is also intended to bring together discourses from various mediums through creatively engaging in the familiar frameworks of online and digital tools. The ubiquity of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and digital iconography evident in CHIcast is approached with a playful inquisitiveness and criticality. The work examines our digital interactions through questioning the supposition of the reliable, accurate, personal, and informative qualities found in New Media environments. In repositioning these characteristics away from the initial excitement and subsequent skepticism of New Media, the material found in this screening steer the conversation into a more colloquial and casual shared exploration." - Nicholas O'Brien




Screen.Grab2 | CHIcast ::

Rainbo Video
Tyler St Clair (Stagediver/Dispyz)
Aaron Zarzutzki
Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy

Rainbo Video (dance pop audio video from Chicago)

Rainbo Video is a musician, filmmaker, and audiovisual artist based in Chicago. Forging everything from dance party pop to euphoric mash-ups and melodic ambient, he makes brightly colored candy for the ears. His films and art are just as kaleidoscopic, integrating optical illusions, cognitive puzzles, found footage, guessing games, cryptograms, and 3-D excursions into surrealism.

Tyler St Clair (breakcore on obsolete hardware from Milwaukee)

Tyler St Clair uses modified and circuit-bent gear including (but not limited to) a VIC-20 & MC-505. He also began work on several Atari 2600 sample playback utilities back in 2003 and has even been seen as a supporter of the UK hacking scene, evidenced by musical submissions to the Hackervoice UK podcast.

Aaron Zarzutzki (realtime noise and glitchery from Chicago)

Aaron Zarzutzki builds homebrew and hacked electronics, mixing together mechanics and codecs and causing analog and digital noise to feedback into each other. He also organizes The Myopic Music Series with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Brian Labycz.

Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy (minimal VGA and CRT hacks from Chicago)

Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy bend naive cathode rays using Arduino microcontrollers handbuilt into VHS video cassette cases, Python programming and old CRT monitors from the beige days of computing.


Free Computer Arts Workshops For Kids Ages 8-15!

Many media savvy parents want their children to safely participate with computer and internet technology. Expressive Media Express aims to assist parents and youth by moving the conversation away from technophobia into creative energy.

Alex Inglizian's BentBox workshop on Saturday October 24th at 10 am gives youth the opportunity to open up everyday toys and to sonically modify them for their own creative purposes.

Similarly, Jake Elliott's Step Mania School on Sunday October 25th at 2 pm relocates youth from passive game players to active game makers, as well as lays the foundation for using free alternative software. Participants will work with an open source dance dance revolution program.

Both sessions are free and provide access to an expandable set of skills, as well as teach the importance of community and collaboration. Both workshops are suggested for kids aged 8-15 and each workshop participant will work with their own adult preceptor for the duration of the lesson. All materials are provided. Workshops will be held at The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642)

The accompanying installation is also educational by showing the vibrant history of electronic arts in Chicago through an interactive time-line of tactile technology. Kids will be able to interact with modified computers from several different eras of computer history to see first hand the progression of this technology and the art affiliated with it.

Those interested in participating in these free workshops should contact Christy LeMaster at or by calling 573-289-4329. Early Reservations are encouraged, as space is limited.

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