Catherine Forster is an artist, filmmaker, and independent curator based in the Chicago area. She received an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been shown at the Notebaert Museum (Chicago), Flint Institute of Art, Carnegie Art Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, South Bend Regional Art Museum, The Rymer Gallery (Nashville), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania), Brick City Gallery, Missouri State University, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, Freewaves (Los Angeles), San Diego Art Institute, Llewellyn Gallery, Alfred State College NY, City of Louisville Colorado Sculpture Garden, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), and the Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, to name a few. Films have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, Krakow International Short Film Festival, Currents Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), East LA International Film Festival, the Great Lakes International Film Festival, Chicago REEL Short Film Festival, the Other Venice Film Festival (CA), Echotrope New Media Arts Festival (Omaha), Simultan Media Arts Festival (Romania), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women Film Festival. Forster is also the founder and director of LiveBox, a roving gallery focused on new-media art.
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"cactus, flower, f%$k off, love, roses"

Fri Oct 25, 2013 19:00 - Fri Oct 25, 2013

CHICAGO, Illinois
United States of America

Video and dance event by Catherine Forster, performed by MaZi Dance, and featured by Chicago Artists Month.

The work explores female identity under a tide of confusing norms and expectations. A key component of “cactus, flowers, fuck-off, love, roses” resides with the symbolic connection between flowers and women. The work is composed from multiple videos of women who respond to the symbolic meaning of a flower of their choosing. In the live performance the videos become backdrop and dance partner, as MaZi performers create improv movements, wrestling and communing with their flower-selves.

The project was activated by a convergence of multiple events: Forster's daughter turned 13th beginning her transition from childhood to womanhood, while a close relative came-out as transfemale beginning her own journey to womanhood; the participation of women in the Arab Spring, and their likely diminished role under rising conservative movements; the right wing “war on women” movement in the US; and the National Institute of Mental Health’s new findings on “Nature vs. Nurture”.



LiveBox Residency - “Cabin of the Sublime – Or Not”

Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:35

Crystal lake, Illinois
United States of America

A two-week residency focused on refection and critical thinking. A space has been created for artists to reflect, contemplate, muse; an intimate cabin that calls for your thoughts to fill it, not data from the web, nor impressions from critics, curators, or collectors – designed simply for your voice.

The residency welcomes composers, choreographers, performance artists, and visual artists.

The residency provides you with your very own private cabin, and abundant possibilities to connect with nature, plus just a train ride to Chicago and its dynamic art scene. The cabin sits on the bank of Crystal Lake, where you can reflect while kayak spring through fall and ice fish during the winter.

Submissions are open year round. For more information please check the website:


They Call Me Theirs

Fri Feb 24, 2012 15:50 - Sun May 13, 2012

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

They Call Me Theirs addresses man’s desire to mediate the natural environment through technology. Forster’s multi-media project includes sound, sculpture, video and inkjet prints mounted on aluminum panels. By creating an audiovisual experience of the four seasons and placing them inside a rustic cabin, Forster plays with the way we have come to understand and experience nature.

The title of the work is taken from a line in the poem “Hamatreya” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which questions man’s desire to claim ownership of the land that is inherently owned by nature. In the poem, the Earth responds, “How am I theirs, / If they cannot hold me, / But I hold them?”

Similarly, the exhibition holds a sound-insulated cabin or shrine for the viewer to enter. A handcrafted hardwood box containing a small personal monitor with images of the four seasons sits inside. Two different cacophonous soundtracks play from both the interior and exterior of the cabin, highlighting the tension between the realities of the two environments.

Exterior to the cabin is a hanging garden:
“Beckoning with its strong, curving branches, verdant foliage and draping vines of—paint? Forster extracted images of trees from her own digital film stills, then modified them manually with drips and squiggles of paint reminiscent of Jackson Pollock, before digitizing the final images and printing them on aluminum sign panels. Forster tidily encapsulates the human experience of nature in all its artificial glory. (Karen Huang, Newcity Chicago)


LiveBox presents "Question Mark - A Certainly Uncertain Journey"

Sat Oct 29, 2011 15:15 - Sat Oct 29, 2011

Chicago, , Illinois
United States of America

LiveBox returns for Hyde Park Art Centers Mischief Festival. In conjunction with the Chicago Opera Vangaurd, LiveBox presents 7 hours of performacne and video screening program.
3:00-10:00 Oct 29th, be prepared for MISCHIEF!
"Title Question Mark - A Certainly Uncertain Journey"
Be prepared for blazing brass, hot couple dance-fu, cataclysmic destruction, the highest of high drama and more. Performers will strike anywhere, at any time. Tread lightly, keep your eyes open, make no sudden movements and remain suspicious of everyone...everywhere...all the time.
"They want my bacon slice by slice"
Mischief Night will also include a LiveBox screening program touching the essence of Edgar Allen Poe, Doris Lessing and Roald Dahl.
"They want my bacon slice by slice" video artists: Celeste Fichter, Mark Franz, Tony Gammidge, Ellen Lake, Rebekkah Palov, Malcolm Sutherland


LiveBox at upART Toronto

Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:20 - Thu Oct 27, 2011

Toronto, Canada

LiveBox at upART presents "Sonic Tours" by Ryan T Dunn
co-created by Joseph Kramer, and curated by Matt Griffin  
Oct 27 7-10PM

 A live pseudo-informational performance engaging
with the relationship between objects and interpretation,
goods and sales, and sincerity and satire.  Live
intervention meets permanence, the generation of experience
is made forefront in the context of attempts to historicize
temporally enacted creations through the primacy of

"Sonic Tours" was originally developed by Dunn and Kramer for
performance at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL, 2010, in
a LiveBox curated program.  In this piece, a series of
performers – “tour guide” and “accompanists” – lead gallery
viewers through a “fake tour”, which is soundtracked,
punctuated, and interrupted by the “accompanists”, performing
improvised music/noise on instruments real and built. The piece
combines the formal rigor of art criticism with an absurdity
humor, and acts as a disruptive element to the traditional
discussions and interactions that would typically take place at
an art event.