Chicago Motion Graphics Festival

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The Motion Graphics Festival, a five-day new media and multimedia art expo launched in 2006 by local designers Psymbolic and now running in five cities, comes home this week.

Billing itself as "the premier creative conference for motion design, visual effects, sound design and interface technology," MGFest opens Wednesday with a Meetup Massive Launch Party from 5-6:30 p.m. at Tantrum, 1023 S. State St.

That's followed by a Best of 2009 screening at 7 p.m. and "Motion Art & Design" program at 8:30, featuring video from Herzog & de Meuron, Lucas Arts, N.A.S.A. with Tom Waits & Kanye West, Basement Jaxx, Warp Records, Ninja Tune, Royskopp, Puma, and Max Hattler. The screenings are at Columbia College's Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave. "Motion Art & Design" plays again Friday at 3 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.

On Thursday from 7-10 p.m. "MATCH^" showcases seven musicians who were paired with seven video artists and given one week to collaborate on a 20-minute A/V show at the Cultural Center.

On Friday, sound designers Benn Jordan (The Flashbulb) and Richard Devine offer a workshop from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lumen Eclipse's "Somatic Death, Soma Life," screens at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Center. "Super String Social" networking event and gear showcase 6-10 p.m. at Leviathan motion graphics studio, 327 N. Aberdeen, Suite 201.

Saturday, sold out workshop "Cinema 4D Essentials" with Darrin Frankovitz, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Future Media Concepts, 200 S. Michigan Ave. #910. "Growing Up CAD" performances, food, drinks and art auction, 5-10 p.m. at Chicago Art Department, 2003 S. Halsted St.

Sunday, animation workshop with Ross Gerbasi and 15letters at Future Media Concepts. MGFest concludes with "The Third Sun: Landing Party & Installation Art Screening," 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Rodan, 1321 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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