Chicago's Own: New Experimental Works | Chicago Reader

Chicago's Own: New Experimental Works

This program pairs recent Chicago videos with Charlie Chaplin's made-in-Chicago His New Job (1915). The longest new piece, Sabine Gruffat's And So Sings Our Mechanical Bride (2004), is a mournful meditation on the steel industry. Successful more in its parts than as a whole, it includes vintage footage and stills of workers in groups or behind masks to suggest a loss of autonomy. Jessie Stead's nicely absurd short pieces include Color Photographs of the Moon (2004), in which photos of the moon and earth are obscured by abstract patterns as if to show that all images are inadequate. Bruce Wood's New Kisses (2004) is a pleasing abstract piece in which flickering shapes in contrasting colors are combined with sounds that suggest nature. Some of the filmmakers will attend. 90 min.

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