CFA Media Mixer

CFA Media Mixer

Come see the premiere of three new works created by Chicago-based artists using footage from the Chicago Film Archives collection!

In case you haven’t attended in years past, you can see some of the previous projects at the links below. The Media Mixer project started in 2012 as a way to open up CFA’s vault of archival footage to artists working in media, and to support the creation of a new video work by pairing these visual artists with artists working with sound. At the heart of the project is a desire to give CFA’s archival collections new life through the creative interpretation of contemporary artists. As a result, three new collaborative videos will be made using footage from the Chicago Film Archives collection.

This year’s artists are (videomakers listed first):

Eric Fleischauer + Matchess
Samantha Hill + Haptic
Marianna Milhorat + Brian Kirkbride

The evening will be hosted by Alison Cuddy, and former media mixer artist Latham Zearfoss will be our guest DJ!

Bobby Conn & Monica Boubou

Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn

Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them.

Bobby Conn's lyrics document the continuing absurdities of contemporary Western culture, illustrating and celebrating the convenient hypocrisies that allow us to sleep soundly every night. He developed "The Continuous Ca$h Flow System" in 1995 as a critic of the magical thinking that Americans employ concerning their debt fuelled lifestyles. 15 years later, Bobby's "Continuous Ca$h Flow" is revealed as the operating principle of the entire financial system. He has accurately described the Armageddon based world view of America's Christian right since 1996, and tracked its evolution from fringe fanaticism to its current place in the heart of America's political mainstream. But despite the relevance and prescience of his songwriting, his devotion to total entertainment in glitter and heels has confused as many as he has enlightened.

He continues to collaborate with his wife and musical partner, Monica BouBou. Fully his equal as an entertainer herself (and more than his equal in stature), her electrified violin defines the epic melodic reach of their music. The members of his new band, The Burglars, were stolen from the best groups in the Chicago underground today. His recent album "Macaroni" (Fire Records) as a whole capitalizes on Conn’s strengths, both as a political satirist and as a Frankenstein-esque mad scientist specializing in defunct musical genres.

$15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

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