Catherine Forster is an artist, 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 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, Freewaves, City of Louisville Colorado Sculpture Garden, Carnegie Art Museum, 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, to name a few. Films by Forster have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, East LA Intl 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 (LA), Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women Film Festival. Forster is also the founder and director of a non-profit nomadic new media art space, the LiveBox Gallery.
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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.


subitiles: Doves & Crocodiles

Fri Jan 21, 2011 00:00 - Mon Jan 10, 2011

Subtitles" - the first LiveBox 3rd Friday - "Doves & Crocodiles" arrives January 21st.
Participating artists: Robert Ladislas Derr, Jac Jemc, Ryan Dunn and Joseph Kramer.

Sound, video, performance and literary readings will comprise a happening every 3rd Friday beginning Jan 21st. ThreeWalls will be hosting the LiveBox series devoted to work inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, Doris Lessing and Roald Dahl.

In "The Dreaded Miscellany," Jac Jemc will try her hand at the Gothic - the genre for which Poe is perhaps most famous. A miscellany is gifted the narrator by an intellectually curious uncle who has met an untimely end. On a daily walk, the life of a stumbled-upon fruit bat slips away without explanation. The book calls to the narrator, drawing him away from his own livelihood, and asking him to believe the content of its pages despite his most common sense.

Robert Ladislas Derr"s “To Helen” a 4-chennel video piece, will be screened for Doves and Crocodiles. To Helen was a psycho geographical walk (wearing four video cameras) through Providence, RI at midnight. Based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem To Helen, for one hour beginning at the Athenaeum where Poe was known to write, I traced the footsteps that Poe might have taken while creating this poem written to his beloved Helen Whitman, resident of Providence. Dressed in white, reminiscent of Poe’s remembrance of Helen "clad in white upon a violet bank", I moved through the dark night on historic Benefit Street toward the First Baptist Meeting House, then down Meeting Street to Waterplace Park. Continuing on the Riverwalk, I headed back to Benefit Street. Upon the John Brown and Nightingale Brown houses, I looked for the roses that Poe says "grew in an enchanted garden". From there, I continued on Benefit Street until the Point Street Bridge, where I met in Poe’s words "the mossy banks and the meandering paths".

Sound artist Ryan Dunn and Joseph Kramer will create a live piece inspired by Poe's six hoaxes. Edgar Allen Poe liked to hide the truth from his readers and force them to play detective. He published six hoaxes, stories that were first presented to readers in the guise of nonfiction.