Catherine Forster presents her artwork and Live Box Gallery @ Upgrade! Chicago Tuesday June 8, 7 PM FREE!
Catherine Forster is a Chicago-based filmmaker, artist, curator of Live Box Gallery in Chicago. Her trajectory as an artist began with careers in microbiology and business. As a result, observation and authenticity are the bedrock of her work. As a microbiologist her preferred medium was a microscope; today it is a camera. Forster’s fascination with the world beneath the microscope transformed to the extraordinary arena played out beyond the lens. This sensibility also extends to her vision for her curatorial project Live Box, a non-profit nomadic new media art space, which features (often abstract and pattern-based) local and international video art in venues throughout Chicago.
Recent exhibitions of Forster’s own work include the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago, Carnegie Art Museum, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. Films by Forster have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, Echotrope New Media Arts Festival (Omaha) , Simultan Media Arts Festival (Romania), Echo Park Film Center (LA), Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women’s Film Festival.
Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following
Upgrade! Chicago meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwuakee, Chicago, IL 60642
The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago vibrant cinema community.