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 Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez rewrite two narratives of citizen struggle in Chicago: student walkouts on the Lower West Side between 1968-1973, and resident-led protests at the Cabrini-Green housing development in spring 1981. The artists transform the galleries into a suite of active public archives and invite participants to interpret the recent past in order to re-imagine solutions to the crises of our historic present.

For his exhibit on the Cabrini-Green protests, Hernandez incorporated several videos from Media Burn, including footage of Jane Byrne’s Easter celebration during her 20-day residency there in spring 1981. This footage, shot by Tom Weinberg and Tom Finerty during the production of Lilly Ollinger’s Ambassadors of Cabrini, has received repeated attention since we made it available online about ten years ago. It was a historically significant moment not captured by other sources: Mayor Byrne, who had moved in to Cabrini with a security entourage, was met with protesters chanting “We need jobs, not eggs!” The protesters were promptly arrested.

Chicago Archives + Artists Festival

May 19, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm (Archive Lovers Cocktail Hour + Media Burn & On The Real Film Screening)
May 20 – 21, 2017
 | 11am – 3pm (All-Day Panels + Projects)
Chicago Cultural Center

As part of a residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Sixty Inches From Center presents a three-day festival around all things archiving as well as education and community autonomy in documentation.

The opening night’s Archive Lovers Cocktail Hour will be a gathering and celebration of local archive lovers and nurturers, a space welcoming Chicago’s artists, archivists, librarians, writers, researchers, curators and others who consider repositories as key to the work that they do or are interested in doing. Drinks and conversation will be followed by a curated screening between Media Burn and On The Real Film featuring new projects and archival materials.

The weekend will feature installations by local archives, DIY archiving stations for artist file building, tutorials on free open-source tools, a workshop on getting your artist affairs in order for emergency purposes, and a roll call that highlights archives, special collections, and libraries that have holdings specifically relevant to the communities often omitted from dominant cultural and historical narratives.

New decks, scopes, and racks!

We received a generous donation of a/v equipment from United Airlines, including five new racks, ten new decks (including our first ever HDCAM deck!), and a variety of scopes, monitors, and other useful things.

Our interns Madison and Candi, both University of Chicago students, are thrilled to show you some of the equipment in action.

Lastly, Media Burn at Bastard Film Encounter!

Sara and Dan are excited to be attending the Bastard Film Encounter in Raleigh, NC from April 27-29th.

BFE is a screening-intensive weekend of looking at films that are bastards—ill-conceived or received; embarrassing or beyond the bounds of acceptability; poor in conception or execution; undesirable to those who should be caring for them; proof of something that should have never happened. The aim of the Bastard Film Encounter is to bring these misbegotten moving images out of the closet and begin to address what these films are, how they are kept and ignored (and if they really should be), if and why they might matter, and what role they might play in archives and in studies of the moving image.



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