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  • Friday: screening of new work by Media Burn + On the Real Film

    Friday: screening of new work by Media Burn + On the Real Film

    From Celluloid to the Pixel: Exploring Documentation, Technology, and Time Screening and discussion of a new collaborative piece created by Media Burn Archive and On The Real Film The opening night of the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival, coordinated by Sixty Inches From Center, is a celebration of archive lovers, a film screening, and an accompanying discussion around the changing technologies of preservation. The evening will feature From Celluloid to the Pixel: Exploring Relationships between Documentation, Technology and Time, a new … Continue reading

  • Special episode of PANORAMA celebrating Studs Terkel, May 16 at Hideout

    Special episode of PANORAMA celebrating Studs Terkel, May 16 at Hideout

    In honor of what would have been Studs Terkel’s 105th birthday, the monthly variety show Panorama has put together a special evening of music, stories, video, and performance. In addition to hosts Rick Kogan and Michael Miles, the program will feature Lily Emerson as Lily Lowell, Glenda Zahra Baker as Lucy Jefferson, Tony Fitzpatrick as Kid Pharoah and Dennis Hart in Division Street, and Lloyd King as himself in Race. It will also feature video and audio clips of Studs … Continue reading

  • Remembering Wendy Apple

    Remembering Wendy Apple

    Today, we honor the memory of Wendy Apple who died in Los Angeles this week. She was a warm, talented, feisty, strong and intelligent woman. She was a pioneer artist as talented as anybody at shooting and editing video. Wendy was originally from New York, but moved to L.A. in the 1970s to work with TVTV on a full time basis. She was never afraid to try new things or to mix with all kinds of people. She was a … Continue reading

  • Spring events and some exciting new equipment!

    Spring events and some exciting new equipment!

    Media Burn has been busy this spring! Here is info on some free public programming using our collections and pictures of our new (old) video playback equipment donated by United Airlines. Media Burn at the Chicago Cultural Center We’re pleased to be part of two free exhibitions/events at the Chicago Cultural Center: Nicole Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez: Historical F(r)ictions February 18–May 7, 2017 Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries By critically engaging with archival materials and living testimonies, Nicole … Continue reading

  • New videos by Kartemquin documenting visual artists

    New videos by Kartemquin documenting visual artists

    Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries (Kartemquin Films, 1994) We’re pleased to unveil a newly digitized collection of 100 camera original tapes by Kartemquin Films. The tapes were shot for an uncompleted project documenting visual artists called Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries. The entire collection is now available for free online as the result of an 18-month project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to digitizing all 100 tapes shot for the program, we also created a … Continue reading

  • Wild Chicago Visits Checkerboard Lounge (1990)

    Wild Chicago Visits Checkerboard Lounge (1990)

    Wild Chicago was a local favorite on WTTW – Chicago produced by Harvey Moshman that led viewers to unusual places, people, and events all over Chicagoland. Hosts Ben Hollis and Will Clinger have recently donated many episodes of Wild Chicago to Media Burn, which are being digitized and cataloged. Today, we are happy to present a short clip from one of the Ben Hollis episodes as a sneak peak of everything that will soon be available for viewing. In this clip, … Continue reading

  • Blame it on the Media

    Blame it on the Media

    Conflict with mass media outlets has been a running theme in politics, ever since “The Media,” particularly the electronic media, became a major factor in elections and government.  Conflict with mass media outlets took on yuuuge proportions in the  2016 presidential election and has intensified during the first few months of President Donald Trump’s presidency.  One of Trump’s major ongoing themes in Twitter and in speeches is about “fake news,” inaccurate reporting, and media bias. The White House and the … Continue reading

  • Southside Projections Presents: Rats, Roaches, and Resistance: Housing Activism Films with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Apr. 1

    Southside Projections Presents: Rats, Roaches, and Resistance: Housing Activism Films with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Apr. 1

    Many human rights organizations contend that housing is a fundamental human right, but a safe and affordable place to live is not a given in our society. Where Can I Live? A Story of Gentrification (Erik Lewis, 1984, 32 min.) documents tactics used by tenants fighting gentrification in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s, while also putting on view the abusive practices of investor landlords. Social and Political Housing Scrapbook (10 min., courtesy of Media Burn Independent Video Archive), made in the early … Continue reading