Past Events

Voices: Hương Ngô

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

In this artist talk, Hương Ngô presents recent work that reflects her research-based practice that connects personal and political histories using a conceptual, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach. Ngô interrogates the ways that power is bound up with language and creates work reframing the hybrid, the imperfect, and the non-fluent as sites of survival and knowledge.

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Forms and Features: Poetry and the Collective Experience

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Gallery 400

This poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney begins as a conversation with our current exhibition, All have the same breath. After engaging with the exhibition, participants read and discuss poems that explore the artworks’ prevalent themes.

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How are we looking today?, Bochay Drum

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Gallery 400

*The performer will individually greet each audience member upon arrival. Please plan to arrive within the 20-minute window from 3:30 – 3:50pm.

How are we looking today? Is an experimental performative workshop in conversation with All have the same breath and presented in conjunction with All have the same breath: Symposium for Political Ecology as Practice.

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All have the same breath: Political Ecology Symposium

This symposium presents the final results of the fieldwork carried out by the project participants of the project Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene, presented in conjunction with All have the same breath. This project investigated the reciprocal relationship between the emergent theories of the Anthropocene, climate change, and the global environmental crisis, and how local ecological problems are experienced in various regions of the world. Presented in conjunction with Bochay Drum’s performative workshop.

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This is Not a Drill, Jefferson Pinder

Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

As a participating venue in the 2019 IN>TIME Festival, Gallery 400 hosts an in-progress presentation by the artist Jefferson Pinder on his project This is Not a Drill. Pinder trains a team of performers to venture into the deep south during Summer of 2019. Taking inspiration from Goat Island’s How dear to me the hour when daylight dies, he aggressively prepares black bodies for stylized militancy in the face of history and white nationalism.

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Voices from the Farm: Digging Deep in the Vermilion Watershed

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

In an industrialized agricultural landscape dominated by big business, the ideals of organic, sustainable farming are harder to achieve than most urban environmentalists realize. Charlie Corwin humanizes this struggle with a reading of stories from the perspective of farmers in the Vermilion River watershed of Illinois. Artist Stella Brown leads a gallery discussion of her work Vermilion River Watershed Geologic Column followed by an all-ages workshop.

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COPIES AND TRANSFERS: Printmaking with Tamara Becerra Valdez

Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Gallery 400

In this workshop, Valdez discusses the tools, techniques, and translation of ideas in relief and found object printmaking. Each participant creates an edition of “like” prints that will be equally redistributed among each other to create a Trade Portfolio. Valdez is an artist participating in the exhibition All things share the same breath

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Fluid Entanglements
Curated by Robyn Mericle

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

In conjunction with the current Gallery 400 exhibition, All have the same breath, Fluid Entanglements is a film screening curated by Robyn Mericle. The films in this lineup explore water and the natural landscape as lived, material realities inextricably intertwined with—not separate from, or merely subject to—human history, politics, and culture.

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Opening Reception: All have the same breath

Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Gallery 400

Join us in celebrating the opening of All have the same breath at Gallery 400. This interdisciplinary exhibition will be on view at Gallery 400 from January 18-March 9, 2018.

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Interactive Story/Text-Based Game Making Workshop

Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Gallery 400

In this workshop led by VGA teaching artist Eden Ünlüata-Foley, participants will learn how to use Twine, a simple tool for making text-based games. No programming experience is required.

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Screening: Selections from Josh Tsui’s Insert Coin

Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Gallery 400

Get a sneak peek of the forthcoming feature Insert Coin: Inside Midway’s ‘90s Revolution, a documentary diving deep into the history of Midway Games. Josh Tsui will be in attendance to present and discuss the work.

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Chicago New Media Remix Night

Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 6pm
Location: Gallery 400

For one night only, Chicago-based game makers and new media artists Cat Bluemke, Ali Krouse, and Whitney Pow present video games that creatively rework, remix, and respond to specific pieces exhibited in Chicago New Media 1973-1992.

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Pixel Art Sprite Making Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Gallery 400

Led by VGA teaching artist Eden Ünlüata-Foley, this workshop gives participants the opportunity to create their own pixel art game sprites. No programming experience is required.

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CAVE2 Demonstration with Dan Sandin

Date: Wednesday, November 7
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago’s Engineering Research Facility (ERF), 842 W. Taylor Street, Room 2036

Join UIC’s Electronic Visualization Lab (UIC’s EVL) co-director Dan Sandin for a special demonstration of Particle Dreams in Spherical Harmonics in the CAVE2: the next-generation virtual reality and visualization hybrid environment for immersive simulation and information analysis.

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Chicago New Media Symposium

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

Join us for conversations on the history and influence of Chicago new media. Hosted by VGA Gallery and Gallery 400 to mark the opening of Chicago New Media 1973-1992, the symposium presents dialogues between participants in Chicago’s new media history and prominent media art history scholars.

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Opening Reception: Chicago New Media 1973-1992

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Gallery 400

Join us to celebrate the opening of Chicago New Media 1973-1992 at Gallery 400.  Chicago New Media 1973–1992 chronicles Chicago’s contributions to new media art by artists who worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (UIC’s EVL), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Midway Games and Bally.

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