This Set of Actions is a Mirror

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL
United States
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Carolyn Lazard, still from A Recipe for Disaster, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and ESSEX STREET, New York.

This Set of Actions Is A Mirror has been postponed for a later date.

Referencing a phrase from Carolyn Lazard’s A Recipe for Disaster (2018), This Set of Actions Is a Mirror gathers together works by Christine Sun Kim, Thomas Mader, Alison O’Daniel, Liza Sylvestre, and Carolyn Lazard that challenge the sensory hierarchies implicit in media and by extension, society at large. In A Recipe for Disaster (2018), Julia Child’s The French Chef – the first captioned television show in the United States – serves as the starting point for a rich study of the conditions of access. Liza Sylvestre's Captioned: Channel Surfing (2017) presents poetic guesswork as translation based on studying on-screen lips. In O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves: The Sea, The Stars, A Landscape (2017–19), a quest for lost instruments and discovery of new sounds reflects the artist’s own navigations with being hard of hearing. In Classified Digits (2016), Kim and Mader playfully use sign language to express awkward scenarios. Together, these works expand and complicate systems of communication while examining the practices (and systemic failings) of accessibility. Organized by Minh Nguyen.

2016–19, multiple directors, United States, multiple formats, ca 75 minutes followed by discussion.

Films in this event are captioned. CART services will be provided for the post-screening discussion.

Minh Nguyen and Liza Sylvestre in person

Minh Nguyen is a writer and organizer of exhibitions and programs based in Chicago by way of Saigon, Vietnam. She is the curatorial assistant for Conversations at the Edge and a Master of Arts candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at SAIC. She has organized exhibitions at Wing Luke Museum, SOIL Gallery, and King Street Station, and her writing has appeared in Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, AQNB, and Art Practical, among others.

Liza Sylvestre

Carolyn Lazard

Alison O'Daniel

Christine Sun Kim

Thomas Mader

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