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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SUbtitles II - LiveBox at ThreeWalls

Fri Feb 18, 2011 06:00 - Fri Feb 18, 2011

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

LiveBox at ThreeWalls every 3rd Friday!
Subtitles is a year long curatorial project presented
by LiveBox and hosted at ThreeWalls. Each 3rd Friday is a unique
combination of video, noise art, audio performance and literary
readings inspired by one of three authors: Edgar Allen Poe, Raold
Dahl, and Doris Lessing.

Feb 18th, 6-8 PM     Subtitles II

Subtitles II is a night of Roald Dahl
inspired video, noise art, performance and readings. Roald Dahl
is most known for his unsentimental and often wickedly humorous
children’s books, but he also wrote 60 adult short stories most
noted for their dark sense of humor and surprising endings.
Dahl’s short stories have inspired tonight’s programming.
Participating artists include VIDEONERO (Paolo
), James Payne, and Mark Franz.
The evening will begin with a video screening
of “Mater” and “Mortale” by Italian artist VIDEONERO. Both
videos are animations developed in collaboration, using the
drawings of Paolo Bonfiglio and the music of Mick Harris.
“Mater” is a dark story of a woman in a tiny room giving birth,
from a most absurd conception. “Mortale” follows a man, a dog
and a crow lost in a snowscape.
7:00 PM Matt Griffin will read one of Dahl’s
short stories, followed by a James Payne reading. James Payne is
an artist, musician and writer from Columbus, Ohio, currently
living in Chicago.
Mark Franz, visiting from Florida, will
present "The Pig" an audio/visual performance based on text
written by Roald Dahl. Franz is intrigued by Dahl’s reputation,
known for imaginative children's stories while his adult texts
are mostly forgotten.  This work attempts to present both sides
simultaneously, with each informing the content of the other. 
Custom electronic instruments provide rhythmic pulses that
accompany the spoken word, visual, and textual elements.
Mark Franz’s video and sound work explores
contrasts between technology and nature.  His work has been
exhibited worldwide at venues including International 18!,
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts
Festival, and Pixelerations.


Doves and Crocodiles

Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:00

LiveBox - “Doves and Crocodiles”
Open Call - Single-channel video and video installation

LiveBox is developing a series of video screenings and video installations inspired by or in dialog with selective literary themes or authors. “Doves and Crocodiles” is the first in the series; we are looking for video projects influenced by Edgar Allen Poe’s body of work or ethos. If you’re a fan of the macabre and the mystery this could be an opportunity for you.

Poe is most known as the father of the detective story, the master of horror and the voice of “The Raven”, but he also wrote hoaxes as news, comedic works, satire, parodies, sketches and experimental stories. He developed a theory of composition, which he used on his works of poetry and fiction: create a single and total psychological/spiritual effect on the reader. Theme or plot was subordinate to the construction of a single intense mood. We are interested in all creative approaches; surprise us with innovative applications of the lens and sound.

Submissions must be received by Sept 1, 2010. To submit email a URL link of your piece on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/ no other links will be reviewed) and a link to your website, or mail a digital copy of a CV, bio, synopsis, jpeg images and a QT file or DVD to:
Catherine Forster
LiveBox submissions
1031 North Shore Dr
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Flow Interupted

Fri Sep 18, 2009 00:00

Flow Interrupted
LiveBox call for single channel video deploying minimalist expressions of organic or geometric based abstractions. Generative projects are of particular interest. Videos will be exhibited as a screening program looped for continuous viewing at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

Format: Please send a CD with resume, statement, short synopsis of the work, and jpg images. Video should be NTSC DVD, if your piece is in PAL, please send mini DV tape. Label DVD and case with title, running time and contact info. Note materials will not be returned. You may also submit a URL address where the video can be viewed online, to cf@liveboxgallery.com.

Send proposals to: Catherine Forster, LiveBox submissions, 1031 North Shore Dr, Crystal lake, IL 60014


Because the Night

Sat Aug 08, 2009 00:00

Requesting single channel video for screening program.

"Because the Night" references Patti Smith's seminal work; the exhibition will include work that reflects the multiple facets of human behavior in the night. Mayhem, sex, romance, battles and war activities, dreams, and abstract works that evoke the poetics of nighttime. The exhibition will open October 19, 2009 at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman College, in California.

"Becasue the Night" is curated by Sabina Ott, with a video screening program by LiveBox. Visual artists participating include: Stephanie Brooks, Pamela Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Kristin Calabrese, Terence Hannum, Goody B. Wiseman, Candice Lin, Dana Duff, Jordan Biren, Alison Ruttan, Scott Stack, Mathew Girson and more.

Please submit a DVD or QT mov file, plus digital copies of video synopsis, CV, and jpegs.
You can also send an email to cf@liveboxgallery.com with a link to the video or excerpt online. Do not attach images or documents.


Sugar - Video and New Media exhibition

Fri May 29, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 22, 2009

Sugar - Video and New Media Art curated by LiveBox
Around The Coyote Spring Festival

“Sugar” is a multidisciplinary exhibition of art practices devoted to the arenas of computer imaging, digital video, digital sound, interactive media, computer animation, three-dimensional modeling, computer-controlled kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, and computer-aided and algorithmic composition. Participating artists are current students or alumni of the Art and Technology Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.The exhibition was curated by Catherine Forster and Patrick Cunningham (MFA Art & Technology) and made possible by support from Claudia Hart (Art & Technology Faculty).

Participating artists: Ben Carney and Cassandra Jackson, Spencer Paul Hutchinson, Brookhart Jonquil, Mik Kastner, Alex M. Lee, Shane Mecklenburger, Surabhi Saraf, Micah Schippa, Sandra Rosas Ridolfi, Wonbin Yang

Friday night performance: Justin Block
Saturday night performance: Matt Griffin, Mark Franz, and Ryan Dunn collaboration

1234 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago - May 29-31

Friday, May 29: Opening Party
VIP preview, 6:30pm
General Public, 7:30pm- 11pm
Saturday, May 30: noon-10pm
Sunday, May 31: noon-6pm