May 20th 2017

Body + Camera Festival

@ Mana Contemporary Chicago

2233 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Saturday, May 20th, at 1:30PM

On view through Sunday, May 21st

Mana Contemporary Chicago, in Partnership with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Montom Arts announces programming for the first annual Body + Camera Festival. The festival will feature over 40+ short films by emerging and established artists from around the world, that explore the intersection between the body and the moving image. The works will be presented over two days as short programs, installations and special live presentations. Programs will be free and open to the public but require a ticket available by advance reservations via Eventbrite. Space is limited. For each program, we will be collecting donations to support Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s artist grants.

The festival is designed to provide audiences with a broad spectrum of perspectives from artists making contemporary works in the fields of experimental, dance and performance film. With the addition of special screenings and artist talks surrounding the main program, Body + Camera hopes to engage filmmakers and audiences alike in discussion around the festival’s themes.

This year, the 40+ films were carefully selected with guidance from a jury of valued members of the performance and film community and curated into 5 unique programs and installations drawn from over 250 submissions from across the globe. Complete festival schedule and links to press screeners are available here. “We have assembled a slew of incredibly engaging, diverse films that we can’t wait to share,” says Director, Programming & Partnerships Molly Feingold, “Our goal is to present works that push traditional mediums to their edge and expand the ongoing conversation about the nature of the body in contemporary society”.

Body + Camera Festival Program

May 20, 2017— August 31, 2017
5th Floor Cafe, 4th Floor, & Lobby Exhibition Space

Hilla Ben Ari, “Rethinking Broken Lines- A Tribute to Heda Oren” (Israel)
Jocelyn Cottencin, “Monumental” (France)
Sofia Pancucci-McQueen & Anouska Samms, “The Baths” (United Kingdom)

May 20, 2017
High Concept Labs, 4th Floor

Simon Fildes, “Six Solos” (United Kingdom)
Sefer Memişoğlu, “Breeze” (Netherlands)
Daphna Mero, “Migration” (New York, USA)
Alex Myung, “Ode to Footwork” (Illinois, USA)
Siegmund Skalar, “Flicker” (Netherlands)
Hannah Welever & Suzannah Linnekin, “Once a Week // All the Time”, (Illinois, USA)
Gary Zhexi Zhang, “The Kernel Process” (United Kingdom)

“Reality Is Not Good Enough”
May 20, 2017
5th Floor Classroom

Screening and Artist Talk with High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist, Rashayla Marie Brown, with her Mother and Sister

May 20, 2017
High Concept Labs, 4th Floor

Gili Avissar, “PINK” (Israel)
Wills Glasspiegel, “Inevitable Shift Fear” (Illinois, USA)
Claudia Hart, “The Dolls” (Illinois, USA)
Elisabeth Hogeman, “And You the Bell: Two Channel Motion Study” (Illinois, USA)
Nishat Hossain, “45 minutes” (Pennsylvania, USA)
J. Makary, “This Is Where Wool Comes From” (California, USA)
Mauricio Saenz, “Casa Iceberg” (Texas, USA)
César Vayssié & Boris Charmatz, “LEVÉE” (France)

“Chocolate Beard / Rupa / Lesser Than Three”

May 20, 2017
5th Floor Classroom

Screening and Artist Talk with Mana Artist in Residence, Leonard Surjaya, in conversation with Frédéric Moffet.

Hosted by Glamhag
May 20, 2017
High Concept Labs, 4th Floor
*Must be 21 to attend

Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, “Borderhole” (Texas, USA)
Jan Brugger, “By the Seaside” (Illinois, USA)
The Era, “In the Wurkz” (Illinois, USA)
Young Joon Kwak & Kim Ye, “Where I Am My Own Other, Where My Mother Is Me”, 2017 (California, USA)
Liz McCarthy, “Mature Female Making Handles” (Illinois, USA)
Liz McCarthy, “Wet and Dirty MF w/ Clay Materials” (Illinois, USA)
Madsen Minax, “(No) Show Girls” (Vermont, USA)
mothertongues, “Untitled (Owl Experiment #101)” (Los Angeles, USA)
Loong Wah, “keajaiban/miracle” (Malaysia)

Body + Camera for Families and Indoor Picnic
May 21, 2017
High Concept Labs, 4th Floor

Genadzi Buto, “283 Frogs” (Russia)
Simon Fildes, “Coire Ruadh” (United Kingdom)
Nicola Hepp, “Echo” (Netherlands)
Antonne Santiago, “Juana and the Sacred Shores” (Philippines)
Kristen Lauth Shaeffer, “349” (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 21, 2017
High Concept Labs, 4th Floor

Henry Gwiazda, “a mark” (California, USA)
Dan Robert Lahiani, “The Orphan’s Gifts” (Israel)
Cecil McDonald, Jr., “Black Bottom Boulevard” (Illinois, USA)
Antonella Mignone & Cristiano Panepuccia, “Single # Double # Triple” (Italy)
Mauricio Saenz, “Ruins” (Texas, USA)
Karly Stark, “I Am Delighted by Your Alchemy” (California, USA)

Image: Claudia Hart, The Dolls, 2015. Photo: Kurt Hentschlager

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