Join us for screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. 

"Conversations at the Edge is a cultural arts gem."    
—Chicago Tribune

Organized by the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is SAIC’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed series exploring contemporary media art from around the world.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Shu Lea Cheang: Fresh Kill
April 11, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Shu Lea Cheang: UKI
April 10, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Lizzie Borden: Working Girls
March 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Lizzie Borden: Born in Flames
March 28, 2024, 8:30 p.m.

Lizzie Borden: Regrouping
March 28, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Elisabeth Subrin: Maria Schneider, 1983 and Shulie
March 21, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

An Evening with Baloji
February 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

The Blue Description Project
February 15, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation With Jada-Amina
November 14, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: ORIANA and GOSILA
October 26, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence Andrews: mythicPotentialities 
Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m

Želimir Žilnik: MARBLE ASS 
Friday, October 6, 6:00 p.m.

Želimir Žilnik: Short Films 
Thursday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.

Interior Lives:  Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 
Thursday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.

Su Friedrich: TODAY 
Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.

Resource Guides     
View resource guides for upcoming and past programs featuring articles, interviews, and videos hosted by SAIC’s John M. Flaxman Library.

Claudia Hart at CATE
Sondra Perry at CATE
Camilo Restrepo at CATE
Selina Trepp at CATE

Visitor Information


Gene Siskel Film Center   
164 N. State St.   
Chicago, IL 60603 


$13 General public   
$8 Students with a valid ID   
$6.50 Film Center members   
$5 SAIC faculty & staff & AIC staff   
Free for SAIC students   

Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.


The Gene Siskel Film Center is fully ADA accessible. Theaters are hearing-loop equipped. Conversations at the Edge events are presented with real-time captions (CART). For other accessibility requests, visit or email

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Contact Us

Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation

112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 512
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312.345.3827


Bruce Jenkins

Director of Public Programs

Amy Beste