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Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm

Outdoor Film screenings are at dusk (sundown) out on the Comfort Station lawn.

Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm

Art openings happen the first Saturday of every month, and are displayed for the entirety of the month

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Chicago Architecture Biennial: You Will Not See Me

‘You Will Not See Me’ brings together artists, performers, and filmmakers to investigate the reception of video work in and through Chicago’s unchartered, unconventional art spaces. In order to investigate our relation to time, space and Chicago’s urban sprawl, we present a select showcase of video work embedded within locally specific histories, connecting works to the cultural context of each selected site, in an attempt to further an exchange of artistic dialogue between Chicago and artists from other parts of the world. Different sites will be temporarily activated through video work, creating an urban video laboratory that invites visitors to neighborhood cultural centers they may otherwise never visit, not understand, as sites for extending the conversation we often situate in the visual arts. These video interventions will serve the public as well as the cultural spaces they are exhibited in to place a spotlight on the agency of video as a medium of political resistance.

Video artists and film makers include: Ashish Avikunthak, Wim Delvoye, Ana Maria Millán, Mika Rottenberg, and Sterling Ruby

Videos will be on view at locations across Chicago:
Lawrence and Clark, 4751 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Kim's Corner Foods, 1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Showing at Comfort Station:
Wim Delvoye's Paper Aeroplanes, 1998, single channel video on monitor, 7:04 minutes (text below is from dbnl.org, a Dutch academic site) 

Paper Aeroplanes (1998) shows a fictional politician, barely visible over a mass of microphones. He is making a speech in a huge hall to an audience of confirmed supporters. The video emphasizes the form: the magnificent setting, the immense crowd of people, the unceasing applause, the speaker's rhetorical gestures and the intonation of his voice. This could not be in greater contrast to the content, which is a poetic plea for making paper aeroplanes, a practical explanation and a eulogy on the relaxing nature of this childlike occupation: ‘Paper aeroplanes are a source of immense pleasure’.

In terms of form, he pulls out all the propaganda and indoctrination stops. In a short period such topics as politics and the media, narcissism, and power, and art and propaganda are appositely touched upon. The caricatural cliché is easily recognizable and at times disquieting since form and content are subtly blended together. This work demonstrates that all aesthetic and social conventions are reversible and that the significance all too often derives from the decoration and not the essence. As always in Delvoye's work, Paper Aeroplanes can also be interpreted as a metaphor for art and the artist. The same media laws of seduction and the powers of persuasion apply here too.

Earlier Event: September 14
Comfort Music: Rootweb + Zach Good/Lia Kohl
Later Event: September 16
Gather: Sojourner Zenobia/Charmion