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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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.


LiveBox welcomes new curator Matt Griffin

Mon Jan 03, 2011 00:00 - Mon Jan 03, 2011

Matt Griffin has joined the LiveBox team as curator for sound art and performance. Matt Griffin is a Canadian sound artist and composer living and working in Chicago. He holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and an MFA in Sound from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has curated programs for the Experimental Sound Studio, The West Coast Composers Symposium, the Two Can Play at That Game Festival (Chicago) and Around the Coyote. His work has been shown around the world, from Takaka Hill, New Zealand, to Regina, Saskatchewan. Matt also runs the experimental music record label Electricity is Magic.

In addition, LiveBox has an open call for “Subtitles” - a yearlong exploration of projects inspired by literature. Each 3rd Friday, hosted by ThreeWalls, will be unique combination of media, performance and readings. We are looking for video, new media, sonic and sound, performance, and literary work inspired by or evoking the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Doris Lessing and Roald Dahl.


Still Waters

Sat Jun 04, 2011 15:15 - Fri Jul 01, 2011

Still Waters, a multi-media exhibition by Catherine Forster,
explores the multifaceted components of water, a substance we are always in fear of having too much of or too little. Still Waters includes video, sound, paintings, and large-scale inkjet print collages, which encase the gallery’s 19th century steel columns.
Forster pushes and pulls the distinctions and contradictions we make between the natural and the mediated. The “H2O” painting series is physical and personal, the aluminum columns “Whispering Pause”, “Salty Wine” and “Curdled Tango”, are lush yet surface-less and unreachable. They reflect the plush mediated presentations we are used too, but actually possess little resemblance to the natural world. They represent both what we want and what we are missing. The videos H2O and Swallow are both opposites and compliments, H2Ocelebrates the union of water and light, while Swallow explores its physicality and sheer power.


Subtitles IV - LiveBox at ThreeWalls

Fri Apr 15, 2011 18:30 - Fri Apr 15, 2011

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Subtitles IV: Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment
April 15, 2011, The Pale King, the final, unfinished, posthumous novel
by David Foster Wallace is being released, and as such, the fourth installment
in the Subtitles series will bring together a series of performance artists to
pay tribute to Wallace’s legacy.
Wallace (1962 - 2008), with virtuosic skill, wove throughout his work obsessively
detailed themes of addiction, (militant) grammar, isolation, tennis,
incontinence, boredom, corporate subsidization, the Perfect Entertainment, and
the pursuit of happiness in America (or, alternatively, the Organization of
North American Nations).  We are happy to have Cassandra Troyan, Georgia
Wall, and Sebastian Alvarez
expound upon these themes.

Cassandra Troyan is an artist and writer whose practice is based in collaborative
experiments, poetry, video, and performance, as a means of initiating a
discourse that broadens and challenges the validity of lived experience. Cassandra
has a poetry chapbook written with her brother Cody Troyan, entitled, Big Bill and the Lonely Nation. She
curates the reading and performance series EAR EATER, with Sara Drake in their
Pilsen apartment dubbed, PARASITE LOST. She works with the collectives Red76,
Nicole Langille in VITALforms, and collaborates with Zefrey Throwell, Ola
Stahl, Genevieve White and is a Curatorial Assistant and correspondent with
Bureau for Open Culture. She has exhibited or screened her work nationally and
internationally, and will participate in Open Engagement 2011 in Portland,
Oregon and perform at MASS MoCA for Bureau for Open Culture this summer.
Georgia Wall’s performance and video work explores concepts
of perception, memory and visibility in relation to live work. She investigates
methods that allow her body, as the performer, to be unseen by creating
performative structures that rely on the interpretation of a select number of
viewers. Georgia is the recipient of The World Less Traveled Grant, Clash of
the Artists Award and AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. She has
performed and shown work in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago as well as
in Turkey and Canada.

Sebastian Alvarez, born in Lima, Peru, is
an interdisciplinary performance artist, who is interested in transforming his
personal vision into social responsibility with new cultural imperatives that
include a renewed sense of community, an ecological reintegration, and greater
access to the mythic and archetypal bases of bio-restoration.
In addition, there will be a reading from The Pale King by LiveBox’s Matt


Subtitles III - LiveBox at ThreeWalls

Fri Mar 18, 2011 18:30 - Fri Mar 18, 2011

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Subtitles III promises a wild ride.
The evening begins at 6:30 with a sound experience by Max Alexander. His work has been shown around the world form New Zealand to Saskatchewan. Alexander is a dominant player in the sound and new media community in Chicago.
We are very excited to announce the Literary participants for the night: Zach Dodson, Natalie Edwards and Justyn Harkin.
Zach Dodson’s hybrid typo/graphic novel, boring boring boring boring boring boring boring, came out last year under the nom de plume Zach Plague. He hosts The Show N’ Tell Show. His writing has appeared in The2ndHand, ACM, Take the Handle, and Proximity Magazine.
Natalie Edwards once worked at an Australian indoor theme park, but now writes about art. You can find her fiction in the Chicago Reader, theRumpus.net, Mcsweeney’s Internet Tendency, and on TripleQuick Fiction. Natalie will be reading “Animal Remix”.
Justyn Harkin lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in Word Riot, Thieves Jargon, and The Angler. He also has a cat, Frida, who knows you just might meet her on Friday.
Readings begin approximately 7:00 and are followed by a live improvisational performance by Max Alexander and Eric Powell.
Eric Powell is a multidisciplinary artist working with the interrelationship between space, place and sound. This work has found him integrating immersive soundscapes, live musical composition, theatre and dance.