DJ, a Violence Interrupter with CeaseFire, chose a mural in the Wicker Park neighborhood for the backdrop of his portrait, which depicts a gang peace treaty he helped to broker. As an Interrupter, he uses his past experiences “in the life” as a…
Derek is a Violence Interrupter with CeaseFire Illinois. His interview took place at a church BBQ in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago where he leverages his credibility in the vicinity as a means to convince others to stop engaging in violent ac…
Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic (2009-2011)
Conceived by video artist Lincoln Schatz, Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic is a composite video portrait of more than fifty Chicagoans committed to ending gun violence.
Schatz created the wor…
Portrait of Selden Paterson is a generative portrait of an art student living in Chicago. By breaking away from the traditional, static modes of portraiture, Lincoln Schatz produces a video composite of the individual immersed in the day-to-day. Schatz’s methodology provides the viewer with a richer, fuller understanding of the sitter, as the video allows [...]
“I look at a wave and see reflection, pattern, shape, size, speed, color and transparency. Each wave is unique and part of a massive generative system. I think about tide charts and cycles of movement over time. While I cognitively understand them, I am simultaneously humbled by their immensity and power. It is important to [...]
Joe Shanahan (Chicago. Music Promoter, Owner of Metro and Smart Bar) brought in a selection from his collection of 50,000 records and spun music on turntables installed in the Cube.
“A Giant Impact”: Chicago Teens Use Digital Media to Respond to Neighborhood Violence on MacArthur StudentSpeak Blog
From MacArthur Foundation Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning: “Previously on StudentSpeak, we met Chicago teenagers who use social media to promote their weekly open-mic night at the YOUmedia digital space at Harold Washington Library. In these webisodes from Spotlight on Vimeo (episodes 10, 11 and 12), we check out how they’re using their digital [...]
My City captures Chicago’s changing lakefront as it cycles through days, seasons, and ultimately, years. Commissioned for the historic Blackstone Hotel, Lincoln Schatz’s generative portrait displays a panoramic landscape on two plasma screens situated behind the front desk. Schatz mounted a pan/tilt/zoom robotic camera on the northeast corner of the hotel’s roof, 24 floors up, [...]
After touring the permanent art collection at McCormick Place West, I decided it was time to rethink the use of the word massive. The latest expansion of the city’s famed convention center, which houses a 470,000-square-foot exhibition hall, includes work by 50 Chicago-area artists. In any other context, Nick Cave’s eight-foot-diameter Universe would be described [...]
The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has commissioned a site-specific generative artwork Across Time to document the move from its present building into one currently under construction next door. The piece will be begin running on October 9th in the lobby of the museum before moving with Spertus into its new home when construction has [...]