A Day for Cake and Accidents

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A Day for Cake and Accidents

119 N. Peoria #2C
Chicago, IL 60607
November 2nd, 2012 - December 15th, 2012
Opening: November 2nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tue-Sat 11-5
collage, writings, sculpture


Jessie Mott will debut A Day for Cake and Accidents, which completes the trilogy of short collaborative animations with Steve Reinke. Mott creates the drawings, writes the script, and records the voices; Reinke constructs the soundtrack and animates her drawings. A Day for Cake and Accidents features a cast of animal characters - each of a different, though often indeterminate, species - who struggle with impending astrological despair and engage in absurdist dialogs, confessing various melancholic desires and transgressive secrets in poetic cartoon abjection. As in the previous Mott/Reinke collaborations, non-actors from the local art community will voice the characters and the incidental music will be constructed from Madonna and Karlheinz Stockhausen samples. Mott will also include drawings and assorted sculptural objects that are informed by the video.

Jessie Mott is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL, using a variety of media that includes drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and writing about a menagerie of human, animal and celestial bodies. Her work has recently been included in group shows at devening projects + editions, The Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, and Swimming Pool Project Space. Her writing has been featured in Blast Counterblast, edited by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms and published by Mercer Union/WhiteWalls. Mott received an MFA from Northwestern University and a BFA from New York University. She lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his work in video. His work is in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Gallery (Ottawa), and has screened at many festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Oberhausen and the New York Video Festival. In 2006 he received the Bell Canada Video Award. His research interests include digital video production, motion graphics/animation, rhetorical and narrative strategies for visual art, the voice and psychoanalysis. 

Mott and Reinke have collaborated on two other video projects: Everybody (2009) and Blood and Cinnamon (2010). Both have screened widely in the US and international venues such as: International Film Festival Rotterdam; Kino Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin, Germany; Impakt, Utrecht, Netherlands; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; VIDEOEX International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zürich, Switzerland; Sydney Underground Festival; Power Plant/Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON, Canada; The Calgary International Film Festival; the Chicago Underground Film Festivals - Best Animation Award (2010, Everybody); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art; video_dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.