Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Events

Event Horizons: A Touring Program of New Work by Thomas Comerford, Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown
  • Event Horizons: A Touring Program of New Work by Thomas Comerford, Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown
  • Film
  • 6/17/2010
  • 18:00-20:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
Multimedia
Event Description
Over the last eight years, Chicago musician and filmmaker Thomas Comerford has been at work on a series of quietly-observed films that contemplate the entwined social, political, and environmental histories of Chicago. This evening, Comerford will present The Indian Boundary Line (2010). The film follows, as Comerford notes, “a road very close to my home in Chicago, Rogers Avenue,” that traces the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis boundary between the United States and “Indian Territory.” In doing so, it examines the collision between “the vernacular landscape, with its storefronts, short-cut footpaths and picnic tables, and the symbolic one, replete with historical markers, statues, and fences.” Through its observations and audio-visual juxtapositions, The Indian Boundary Line meditates on history and its relationship to the landscape, with its own shifting boundaries, designs, uses and inhabitants across two centuries.

The film is followed by "Time Machine" a multi-media experience with Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat. "Time Machine" is a live performance, incorporating reading, real-time rendered audiovisuals, vinyl records and game controllers.