‘Bad Romance’ Chicago 2017

“In the context of her NEOCraft performance work, Volkman embodies the most instructive facet of the American entertainment industry: self-help regimens. Her professional, enviable and persuasive personality encourages all of us to transform our expectations for how quickly and easily we can attain prosperity, happiness, and romantic love in our own lives.”  -Sara Holwerda

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Bad Romance features video works by performers and video artists that play with well-worn conventions of portraying seduction, romantic relationships, or intimate encounters in popular culture. The artists included in this screening expose the underlying mechanics of creating these seductive, and often instructive, images and scenes. They place themselves or their loved ones in front of the camera, employ illuminating voice-overs, construct awkward revelations and propose humorous antidotes to problematic romantic tropes.

Casey Smallwood (Chicago, IL) / Steven Summers (Chicago, IL) / Charmaine Ortiz (Carolina Beach, NC) / Marlo Koch – Chicago, IL) / Emerson Sigman (Chicago, IL) / Karin Stothart (Los Angeles, CA)

With Performance by Marilyn Volkman

NEO-Craft: The Easiest and Quickest Way to Gain Advantages for Prosperity, Happiness and Romantic Love

Programmed by Sara Holwerda

Bad Romance, The Nightingale Cinema, Chicago 2017

image credit: still from Four Scenes for Mother (Pretty Woman) by Casey Smallwood