The Enjoyment of Reading, 2001

Cinema, Nature, Ecology Film and Video Series: Nature Delineated: An Evening with David Gatten

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 7:00pm
Part algorithmic and part lyrical, David Gatten's film techniques run the gamut from rephotographing microscopic air bubbles in 16mm cement splices to harvesting film strips thrown into coastal waters and nibbled by spottail bass. His approach is subtle, and wholly independent, but his films are staggering in their consideration of the history of the American landscape, the history of media, and intellectual history as a whole. The Enjoyment of Reading (16mm, 2001, 18 minutes, silent) Secret History of the Dividing Line (16mm, 2002, 20 minutes, silent) Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 71: Base-Plus-Fog (16mm, 2006, 10 minutes, sound) What the Water Said, Nos. 4-6 (16mm, 2007, 17 minutes, sound) Shrimp Boat Log (16mm, 2006, 6 minutes, silent) Cinema, Nature, Ecology Film and Video Series: From massive multiplayer video games to the multiplex, cinema and media play a central role in shaping our awareness of “environments”. In the context of contemporary public discourse on globalization, ecology, and society, this role takes on new urgency. Cinema, Nature, Ecology presents a series of film and video programs on these themes, bringing artists to talk about how these issues have informed their film practice. Presented in conjunction with the Cinema and Media Studies graduate student conference, April 3-4.

Co-sponsored by Committee on Cinema & Media Studies, Mass Culture Workshop, University of Chicago Arts Council