• Dark Fiber at Chicago Artists Coalition (March 6- March 26)

    Dark Fiber, video still (2015), Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter

    Dark Fiber

    A collaboration between Chicago Artists Coalition BOLT Resident & Mentor Marissa Lee Benedict and David Rueter

    Opening Reception: March 6, 2015, 6-9pm

    Exhibition Dates: March 6 – March 26, 2015

    Screening of Line of SightMarch 19, 2015

    Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is pleased to present Dark Fiber, an inaugural collaboration between Chicago-based artists Marissa Lee Benedict (BOLT Resident & Mentor) and David Rueter.

    Streamed into the gallery over a fiber optic cable that snakes up from CAC’s lower-level studios, Dark Fiber is a single-channel video projection that makes an oblique cut through the darkened exhibition space. In their video, Benedict & Rueter labor to fabricate – through acts both practical and imagined, factual and fictionalized – the infrastructure of a new unauthorized high-speed global telecommunications network. The new network operates alongside, but in the shadows of, the public Internet.

    Dark Fiber traces a different approach to network representation, drawing lines that hop between systems and scales, through vast landscapes, industrial infrastructure, media apparatuses, walls and conduits, lived space and imagined worlds. The result is not an understanding delivered whole, but an experience afforded by walking a path.

    Dark Fiber, video still (2015), Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter


    Line of Sight

    Video series screening 

    Chicago Artists Coalition | BOLT exhibition space | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 7:00-8:30 PM

    Free and open to the public.

    The Specter, video still (2015), Alyssa Moxley 

    On March 19th, Dark Fiber – a video installation by Marissa Lee Benedict and David Rueter on view at CAC – will go dark. A series of video projections solicited via an open call to artists and filmmakers in the Chicago region and beyond will take over the screen. 

    Although open in its curatorial premise, the videos selected for the Line of Sight festival critically address (1) the method of the video or film’s transmission from author to gallery and (2) the media format and/or playback device by which the video is projected in the gallery.
    Evening Program
    Phil Peters,Island (2015)
    Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Endeavor II  (2014)
    Stephanie Graham, Konnor (2015)
    Lindsey French, Packet Switchgrass (Panicum verbatem) (2015)
    Cristen Leifheit, Wire & Roots (2013)
    Jeremiah Jones, The Information (2014)
    Kayla Anderson, Beaming Baudrillard: What the Lamp Saw (2015)
    Alyssa Moxley, The Specter (2015)
    Donny Gettinger, Wake Up (2015)
    Andrew Rosinski, Pathways (2014)
    Island, video still (2015), Phil Peters