Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This week at the Nightingale: Avant-garde video, ethnology, and pasta

Posted By on 03.25.14 at 12:33 PM

Deborah Stratmans Village Silenced screens as part of tonights shorts program at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Deborah Stratman's Village Silenced screens as part of tonight's shorts program at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Nightingale, the Noble Square microcinema and multimedia arts venue, seems to be enjoying a busy month. Ten days ago the venue's programmers embarked on a four-week collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, curating four sets of experimental shorts for display in one of the museum's exhibition rooms. The program changes each week—the second set premieres tonight at 6 PM, with one of the Nightingale programmers introducing the selections.

Before the end of the week, the Noble Square venue will host two more events. Tomorrow at 8 PM brings "Transcend a Lil' Bit: An Evening of Video, Performance, and Pasta." Pennsylvania-based artists A.E. Paterra and Tony Balko will perform live music over short video works and make pasta sauce for the audience (I don't want to accuse Paterra and Balko of false advertising, but their sauce better be damn good if it's going to induce a transcendental state). On Saturday at 7 PM two doctoral candidates from the University of California at Irvine, Robert Kett and Anna Kryczka, will introduce a program of short films about an experimental program launched at UC Irvine in the mid-60s. The experiment, per the Nightingale program notes, "brought indigenous craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to live, teach, and be studied on the undeveloped edges of the newly-built California Brutalist campus." Kett and Kryczka recently edited a book about the program, Learning by Doing at the Farm—this event also marks the release of that collection.

Lastly local video artist Nelson Carvajal recently profiled the Nightingale for the movie-news website Indiewire. His swell video report—which features interviews with most of the venue's programmers as well as a staggering range of experimental film clips for a six-minute piece—went up last week. You can watch it here.

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