Movement Studies for Berger Park Cultural Center presents screenings, performance, research, and workshops created by artists investigating social and environmental transitions. 



Past events: Reading the Landscape 9.28-11.02-12.07.22-1.11.23 Ende, Taul, Yu 10.18.22 Screen Test 9.21.22 BOUNDARYMIND 5.28.22 Drift 9.25-10.16.21 In-betweening 7.23.21 Twin Cities 3.29-5.9.21



Reading the Landscape
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Next Gathering Spring 2023 TBA
Reading: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
and/or Chapter 9 Coming Ashore, or As Lake Changes to Land
 
Join us for an evolving reading group, named after our seed text Reading the Landscape by May Theilgaard Watts. The 1957 edition of this work carried the subtitle: ‘An Adventure in Ecology’ and this is what we wish our group reading and discussion to be – purposefully following where the text/landscape takes us.

You do not have to read a particular book to join or participate in this group. With Reading the Landscape as a starting prompt, we will chart and document the unpredictable path of ourselves reading, as the group spreads out to follow individual curiosities, and gathers together to share field reports on what we have learned. Broad themes under discussion are related to Chicagoland, Ecology, and Art. We have started a small give-a-book, take-a-book shelf in the library of Berger Park Culture Center to reflect and share related texts.



May Theilgaard Watts was a naturalist at The Morton Arboretum, and many of the ecologies examined in ‘Reading the Landscape’ are in close proximity to the City, including the Indiana Dunes, Rock River, Wisconsin lakes and forests, Wheatland prairie, Chicagoland highways, and elsewhere. For additional biographical information about May Theilgaard Watts, and to view samples of the diagrammatic and botanical drawing style which are found throughout her published texts, please visit The Morton Arboretum online archive.

Roman Susan will aim to have a handful of copies of Reading the Landscape we can loan to anyone who would like to participate. Right now we are reading the second edition of this work, Reading the Landscape of America, which was published 18 years after the first publication. This edition includes postscripts to chapters that revisit landscapes described decades earlier. You can start wherever you want – first version, revised, or something else entirely, in the spirit of ‘An Adventure in Ecology’ – let us know what you find!

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.



Movement Studies: Ende, Taul, Yu
Berger Park Cultural Center (Coach House)
6215 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
October 18, 2022 at 7 PM

Join us for a screening of films by Shir Ende, Paige Taul, and Cherrie Yu at Berger Park. The program features short works that reference and reframe canonical moving image by Bruce Nauman and Yvonne Rainer, alongside new narratives, choreography, and personal storytelling.



Shir Ende is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Ende received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has shown at University of Illinois Springfield, Riverside Art Center, Comfort Station, Chicago Artist Coalition, Hyde Park Art Center, Heaven Gallery, Gallery 400, Terrain Biennial, Mana Contemporary, Woman Made Gallery, and was a sponsored artist at High Concept Labs. She has participated in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and was a 2018 - 2019 Hatch Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition. For more information, please visit shirende.com.



Paige Taul is an Oakland, CA native who received her B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in cinematography from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Moving Image. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging. Her interests lie in observing environmental and familial connections to concepts tied to racebased expectations and expose those boundaries of identity in veins such as religion, language, and other black community based experiences. To view more work by the artist, please visit paigetaul.com.



Cherrie Yu is an artist born in Xi'an, China and lives in the US. They work in choreography, moving image, writing, and installation. They have been an artist in residence at ACRE, McColl Center, Yaddo, Monson Art, and Kala Art Institute. Their works have been exhibited at Contemporary Calgary Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Mint Museum, Links Hall, Wassaic Project, and Roman Susan. For more information, please visit cherrieyu.cargo.site.

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions. The first image above is a still from How to Make a Structure with the Horizon/How to Make Windows for the Horizon by Shir Ende, 2019; second image: still from What’s good bruce? by Paige Taul, 2018; third image: still from Trio A Translation Project by Cherrie Yu, 2022.



Screen Test
Berger Park Cultural Center (Coach House)
6215 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
September 21, 2022 at 7 PM

A screening event featuring new work and work-in-progress by Crystal Beiersdorfer, Salome Chasnoff, Ben Creech, Laleh Motlagh, Klaus Pinter, and Elspread (Jane Tao X Hyeji Kang).




New screen, new projector, new series! The first event we’re hosting in the Berger Park Coach House is an open call for artists – share a video you have never screened before, and we will debut the work together.

This test event will be first-come-first-served, an open mic for moving image. Partial edits and work-in-progress welcome! Artists must be in attendance at the screening. We’ll share one question each artist has for the audience, and a discussion of the works will follow. Total runtime will be approximately 60 minutes.

Update: We are at full capacity for our first event. You are still welcome to sign up and share work with us for a future Screen Test – date TBD!

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.



BOUNDARYMIND
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
May 28, 2022

Hi! We are Katie Young and Linda Jankowska, musical long-distance collaborators and creators of the multimedia project boundarymind. Much of the music comes from recordings of personally significant objects. You are invited to explore the sounds of your own object with personal significance. All you need to bring is the object! Any object! Childhood toys, tattered T-shirts or sentimental souvenirs. Anything! Without damaging the object, you can scrape, tap, bow, boing, ping, and otherwise resonate it. Play around. Explore the quiet details it offers. We will provide microphones and other tools so you can listen in to your object and the memories it holds. You will get a copy of the recording, and, with your permission and if you’d like to participate, your recording could be added to a database of sounds for participants and future iterations of boundarymind.



BOUNDARYMIND is a collaborative work which will culminate in an evening-length electroacoustic sound piece and aggregating installation that explores and transgresses the geographical, cultural, psychological, and musical boundaries that impact how we share our past, present, and future selves with others. Related events this season include community recording at PO Box Collective and a premiere performance at 6018North. For full project information, please visit boundarymind.com.

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.