San Francisco Cinematheque/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Somewhere only we know will be screening as part of Running up that Hill, a selection of works curated by Michael Robinson for the San Francisco Cinematheque. The screening is Nov. 6 at 7:30 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

About the screening:

Exploring states of psychological purgatory, journeys of spiritual flux and the possibilities of transcendence found in the act of getting lost, these episodes in the struggles and joys of the transient being are in turns haunting, hilarious, damning and hopeful. Running Up That Hill features Shana Moulton’s desert vision quest, Sand Saga; Ben Rivers’ foggy portrait of pilgrimage, The Coming Race; Jesse McLean’s reality television meltdown Somewhere Only We Know; Tsuji Naoyuki’s entrancing charcoal nightmare, Children of Shadows; Phil Solomon’s intervention into the Grand Theft Auto netherworld, Rehearsals for Retirement; an excerpt of Ryan Trecartin’s miasma of cloning, adoption and online identity, I-Be Area; and curator Michael Robinson’s most recent work, If There Be Thorns. (Michael Robinson)

Karaoke Masquerade Ball at Monkeytown on Halloween

Creep (Karaoke video) from Jesse McLean on Vimeo.

I made a Karaoke video of Radiohead’s “Creep” for this event which sounds really fun. Here’s more info on the event:

Get your costume ready for our Interactive Karaoke Masquerade Ball Experience! We’ve been busy conjuring a video-filled Halloween Scream-a-long bash to celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of The New Sound Karaoke with wall-to-wall projections @ MONKEYTOWN in Brooklyn.
Guests are invited to sing and instantly find themselves starring in their own horrifying karaoke video – in blood curdling REAL TIME!!! So coax your She-Wolf out of the closet AND ESCAPE TO BITCH MOUNTAIN – because this is lycanthropy!

..And to top it off, it’s a night of KARAOKE VIDEO PREMIERES from renowned artists & filmmakers.

Featuring Original Music Videos By:
Thorana Bjornsdottir, Joshua Thorson, Ben Coonley, Christy Gast, Hedia Maron & Katy Pyle, Tara Mateik, Jesse McLean, Jeanine Oleson, Other Peeps, Stephen Remington, Lauryn Siegel & Jillian Pena, Nina Schwanse,Cat Tyc …And More!!

MonkeyTown. 58 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Wythe & Kent) (L train to Bedford)
Saturday, October 31
Admission: $10 ($5 w/ Costume)
$10 food/drink minimum
Showtime: 10:30pm

Eye and Ear Clinic present A Bruce Conner Prospective

A Bruce Conner Prospective (as opposed to retrospective) posits Conner’s work alongside agitprop underground cinema that took Conner’s approach to collage filmmaking to political ends. For the last year, the Conner Family Trust has been showcasing Conner’s films in dozens of cities. This program boasts the highest quality prints, in particular, a new version of Conner’s 1961 film Cosmic Ray (which was not advertised due to fear of copyright infringement). Alongside this official retrospective, several tribute retrospectives have surfaced that celebrate the implications of Conner’s use of found footage as commentary on popular cultural and corporate media. Considering the popularity of citzen-made remixes, peer to peer file-sharing, and the evolution of fair-use it seems only logical to look back at the manner in which Conner’s work looked forward.

This program will highlight works from Conner that transcend formal artistic practices and individualistic agendas that came to define high modernism as well as influence generations of film and video makers of all kinds – artists as citizens or citizens as artists. Works include:

A MOVIE (1958) Bruce Conner 12min 16mm
TRIBULATION 99 (1992) Craig Baldwin 48min 16mm
REPORT (1967) Bruce Conner 13min 16mm
SPECIAL REPORT (1999) Brian Boyce 3min video
SEPTEMBER SICK SEMPER TYRANNIS (2008) Kent Lambert 4min video
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (2009) Jesse McLean 5min video

After Effects/Side Effects 10.24.09

I will be showing a new piece, Side Effects, at medicine cabinet alongside Thad Kellstadt who will be exhibiting, After Effects, a collection of new work at secondBEDROOM Project Space.

Opening reception:
Saturday, October 24th, 7-11pm
3216 S. Morgan Street Apt. 4R
Chicago, IL

To make an appointment
call 6308497750

About Side Effects:
Pharmaceutical marketing strategies and scenic nature photography combine to serve up a warning: Don’t get too comfortable on that plateau. While the view is spectacular there are other forces at work, just out of earshot and bubbling their way toward the placid peaks.

Review of the show here

Screen.Grab2 10.23.09 8pm at Nightingale

I’ll be showing Clone as part of a screening this Friday happening at Nightingale. The screening is part of a weekend-long series of events called Expressive Media Express, organized by jonCates, Nicholas O’Brien and Christy LeMaster. More information can be found here.

Screen.Grab2 | CHIcast ::

The Nightingale
1084 N Milwaukee
October 23, 2009 8PM
$5 suggested donation

Organized by Nicholas O’Brien (PART I) and jonCates (PART II)

Screen.Grab2 presents a sampling of Video and New Media work using the visual vocabulary of network and digital culture. From glitch to screen savers to realtime audio-video noise to experimental dance pop movies, CHIcast converses with the multi-vocal presence of screen based art located within Chicago. Screen.Grab2 is part of a weekend long slate of programs (including two free New Media art making workshops) called Expressive Media Express as part of Chicago Artists Month.

1.5 Million in Philadelphia

I, alongside many awesome artists, am participating in a show called 1.5 Million, curated by Corey Antis, and exhibiting at the Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries, at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Will post more info when available. As far as I know, the show opened Oct. 7, 2009.

About the show and it’s premise:

In 1969 and 1970, the writer and curator Lucy Lippard organized two groundbreaking shows that highlighted the roles of raw ideas in the artistic process. Using works from 71 emerging artists of the period, she curated exhibitions that focused on art that could be made, but might only exist as proposals.

“1.5 Million” would recreate the structure of Lippard’s exhibitions for contemporary Philadelphia. As in the original shows, entitled “955,000” and “557,087,” respectively, invited artists will be asked to submit 4”x6” index cards with their name and a proposal for a piece of work. These proposals will feature works that the participants would like to make, rather than ones they fully intend to show or produce, and may range from instructions, drawings, paintings photographs, sculptural interventions, text or merely notes for present or future ideas. These proposals, as in the original exhibitions, can either extend from an existing project or be a separate investigation entirely.

This is a project that will explore the limits of what art can be and how it can be made, our uses of remaking in the art-viewing experience, and how accessible ideas can be in an economic period where the means to share or realize them might be unavailable. The index cards themselves will be used as the exhibition material.

The title is the rough estimate of the population of contemporary Philadelphia. As Lippard envisioned for the original sites in Seattle and Vancouver, it is hoped that all of Philadelphia will be engaged by the exhibition.