CANCELED: Ellie Ga: Film screening and discussion
April 2, 2020
6 pm

Logan Center Screening Room 201
Free and open to the public, but space is limited

The Arts, Science, + Culture Initiative and the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts are pleased to welcome artist Ellie Ga, who will present a screening version of her video installation Gyres 1-3. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist about her artistic trajectory and working method.

In oceanography, gyres (gyros, Greek: a circle, a ring) are a combination of winds and currents that produce orbital patterns in the ocean. Debris is often caught in these gyres, and sometimes this debris is released by the gyre and washes up ashore. weaves interconnected narratives focusing on the diverse objects which wash ashore. Gyres 1-3 is made up of hundreds of transparent photographs filmed on two light tablets, and a voice-over narrative by the artist which moves through a range of experiences, conversations, and geographies. We hear stories about an oceanographer who uses debris from container spills to map the circulation of the Pacific Ocean’s gyre. Similarly, debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan is used to reconstruct how invasive species have made transoceanic crossings. In Gyres, the viewer encounters stories and objects from forced migrations across the Aegean Sea. We hear about rituals of launching messages in bottles and the offering of metal shoes to appease the Archangel Michael on these same Greek islands. People end up on far-away shores only to be told that they don’t belong. Through this new work, Ellie Ga explores how flotsam can speak of what is left behind and what resurfaces time and time again. Gyres 1-3 was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

ELLIE GA is a New York-born, Stockholm-based artist whose immersive, wide-ranging investigations include charting of the quotidian in the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean and exploring the submerged ruins of the ancient lighthouse of Alexandria. In performances and video installations, Ga’s braided narratives intertwine extensive research with first-hand experiences that often follow uncertain leads and take unexpected turns. Ga is the author of Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press, New York) and North Was Here (Ugly Duckling Presse). Ga was a recent recipient of a three-year Swedish Research Council artistic research grant. Her work is in the public collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Hannebauer Collection, Berlin; the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ga is a co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn.

May 4, 2020, 6pm
Oscar Tuazon and Dylan Miner
Water Project: Research and Cultural Production
Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Free and open to the public

We welcome artists Oscar Tuazon and Dylan Miner to the UChicago campus to discuss their shared interest in and collaboration on the issue of water. For EXPO Chicago 2018, the two artists collaborated on a printmaking project that wove together concerns with water, land, and indigenous rights.

Past Events 

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  • February 11, 6pmSlop Chest: Notes on Trade, a talk by Hannah Burnett (PhD Candidate, Anthropology) and Tucker Rae-Grant (Artist, MFA '14), with UChicago professors Shannon Lee Dawdy (Anthropology) and Matthew Jesse Jackson (Art History; Chair, Dept. of Visual Arts).
  • May 8, 5pm | Graduate Collaboration Final Presentations and Exhibition
    The Arts, Science + Culture initiative invites you to the final presentations and exhibitions of the 2018–19 Graduate Collaboration Grantees. This year’s grants were awarded to six collaborative teams of graduate students from UChicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
  • October 24, 2019, 7pm | Liam Young: Film Screening and Talk. A talk and film screening with speculative architect Liam Young, presenting works that move among the realms of architecture, film, and fiction.
  • October 24, 2019, 7:30pm | Hear in Now, a performance by the collaborative trio of original jazz-tinged avant-classical compositions. 




  • March 15, 3:30pm | Closed Loop: 3D Printing Workshop with Keeley Haftner and Will McFadden
  • April 15, 4:30pm | Lecture: Stefan Helmreich on The Water Next Time: Changing Wavescapes in the Anthropocene, South and North
  • April 27, 4:30pm | Expose Yourself! Molecular Movement, Magnifying Identity, Syntax & Songbirds
  • May 4, 5pm | Arts, Science + Culture 2015–16 Graduate Collaboration Grant final presentations. 
  • May 13, 7pm | ScreeningUn lac (A Lake), and Philippe Grandrieux in conversation with Raymond Bellour
  • May 14, 2pmScreeningWhite Epilepsy with Philippe Grandrieux
  • May 14, 7pmScreeningMalgré la nuit with Philippe Grandrieux
  • November 9 | Lecture: Johannes Goebel, founding director of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York


  • January 15, 5pm | Lecture: Carolyn L. Kane on Lillian Schwartz, Experimental Color, and Digital Art at Bell Laboratories, 1965–1984
  • April 19, 7pm | Lecture: Michael Light on Gardening the Human Park: Earth in the Anthropocene
  • May 5, 5pm | Arts, Science + Culture 2014–15 Graduate Collaboration Grant final presentations
  • May 21, 2–4pm | Arts, Science + Culture Compositions: Syntax & Songbirds, a composition for electronics and oboe; poetry reading by Hannah Brooks-Motl; presentation on the documentary film Fiction Addiction
  • June 4, 6pm | Lecture by Laura Kurgan: Seeing Through Data
  • October 27, 7pm | A Conversation with Thomas Hirschhorn and Yasmil Raymond on Gramsci Monument, A Living Sculpture
  • November 12, 5pm | Lecture: Giuliana Bruno – Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media