Lorna Mills: Ways of Something


Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Ways of Something is Lorna Mills's astonishing update of John Berger's seminal BBC program Ways of Seeing (1972). Featuring the work of 114 digital and web artists from around the world, the project consists of a series of one-minute videos produced in response to Berger's original insights on art and society. The result, a delirious and revelatory collection of 3D renderings, GIFs, webcam performances, appropriated media, desktop preparations, and websites, describes the cacophonous conditions of art making after the Internet. Episodes 1 and 2 screen at 6:00 p.m; episodes 3 and 4 screen at 7:45 p.m. Each screening is introduced by Mills and followed by a roundtable with artists featured in the project.

6:00 p.m.
Ways of Something, Episodes 1 and 2

2014, multiple directors, multiple countries, HD video, ca 60 min + discussion

These episodes contemplate the role of art in the age of infinite reproducibility and the "male gaze" in the age of avatars, social media, and digital manipulation. Featuring the work of Daniel Temkin, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Rhett Jones, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Dafna GananiJennifer Chan, Rea McNamara, Theodore Darst, Matthew Williamson, Hector Llanquin, Christina Entcheva, V5MT, Marisa Olson, Joe McKay, Carla Gannis, Nicholas O'Brien, Eva Papamargariti, Rosa Menkman, Kristin Lucas, Jeremy Bailey & Kristen D. Schaffer, Giselle Zatonyl, Paul Wong, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Sally McKay, RM Vaughan & Keith Cole & Jared Mitchell, Andrew Benson, Christian Petersen, Faith Holland, Jennifer McMackon.  Kevin Heckart, Geraldine Juárez, Gaby Cepeda, Angela Washko, Emilie Gervais, LaTurbo Avedon, Lyla Rye, Mattie Hillock, Antonio Roberts, Georges Jacotey, Daniel Rourke, Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung, Yoshi Sodeoka, Alma Alloro Germany, LoVid, Andrea Crespo, Ad Minoliti, Arjun Ram Srivatsa, Carrie Gates, Isabella Streffen, Esteban Ottaso, Silke Zil Kuhar ZIL & ZOY, Hyo Myoung Kim, Jesse Darling, Tristan Stevens, Erica Lapadat-Janzen, Claudia Hart, and Anthony Antonellis.

7:45 p.m.
Ways of Something, Episodes 3 and 4

2014–15, multiple directors, multiple countries, HD video, ca 60 min + discussion

These episodes consider the ways art is used to express status and its role in the aspirational world-making of advertising. Featuring the works of Carine Santi-Weil, Nicolas Sassoon, Tom Sherman, Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach, Rafaela Kino, Alex McLeod, Kate Wilson & Lynne Slater, Aleksandra Domanovic, Systaime, Erik Zepka, Adam Ferriss, Rodell Warner & Arnaldo James, Debora Delmar Corp., Brenna Murphy, Nick Briz, Carlos Sáez, Jenn E Norton, Juliette Bonneviot, Luis Nava, Vince McKelvie, Claudia Maté, Evan Roth, Shana Moulton, Sabrina Ratté, Jordan Tannahill, Vasily Zaitsev feat. MON3Y.us, Ann Hirsch. Mert Keskin a.k.a Haydiroket, A. Bill Miller, Alix Desaubiaux, Krystal South, Rachael Archibald, Will Pappenheimer, Dave Greber, Chiara Passa, John Boyle-Singfield, Gunilla Josephson, Melanie Clemmons, Curt Cloninger, Terrell Davis, Morehshin Allahyari, Amy Lockhart, John Marriott, Lilly Handley, Emily Vey Duke, Kate Armstrong, Myfanwy Ashmore, Luke Painter, Aram Bartholl, Elena Garnelo, Lorna Mills, Ellectra Radikal, Nicole Killian, Jacob Chiocci, and Rick Silva.

Lorna Mills is a new media artist who is known for her digital animations, videos, and GIFs. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film and video, and obsessive online animated GIFs incorporated into restrained offline installation work. She is a founding member of the Red Head Gallery and Persona Volare, and has curated numerous GIF-based exhibitions in Europe, Canada, and the United States. She is represented by TRANSFER Gallery.


Dave Greber, still from Ways of Something, Episode 4, 2015. Courtesy of the artist