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

Feb29

Thursday, February 29 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST at Gene Siskel Film Center Theatre 1
Apr10

Wednesday, April 10 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT at Gene Siskel Film Center Theatre 1

Recent Events

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.

Želimir Žilnik: LOGBOOK SERBISTAN 
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.

Su Friedrich: SINK OR SWIM and RULES OF THE ROAD 
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

Location

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

Tickets

$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.

Accessibility

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 saic.edu/access or email cate@saic.edu.

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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

Chair

Bruce Jenkins

Director of Public Programs

Amy Beste