Fenn Fair, December 2-4

Poster by the super-talented and unflappable Vicky Yen


{An exhibition and sale of multiples, prints, series, and groupings}

Fenn Fair is a weekend exhibition and art/craft sale of multiples and reproducible objects, that will kick off the one month exhibition, REPRODUCE+ABILITY. The exhibition will include printmakers, mixtape artists, self-publishers, photocopy artists, object and image-makers, and others. We dedicate this most commercial month of the year to small-scale arts production, workshops, roundtable discussions, films, and performance, emphasizing process and skill-sharing. If you make crafty art or artsy crafts and you want to sell your stuff, please contact us!

Friday = Fenn Fair Opening Preview
Buy interesting handmade gifts instead of spending your money on plastic junk at a big-box retailer.
DJ Curt Spins @ 6, Fire Escape Films @ 8, DJ Curt Spins @ 9

Saturday = Fenn Fair, Poetry, Film
Spend all day looking at interesting handmade gifts, then all evening celebrating reproducible art.
Fenn Fair 11-5, Doggerel & Poetry Show @ 6, “Typeface” screening @ 7, roundtable on letterpress @ 8, DJ Curt Spins @ 9

Sunday = Fenn Fair, Raffle & Auction, Potluck
Buy more art for relatives and friends, then have a chance to win some amazing stuff, then eat.
Fenn Fair 12-5, Art Raffle & Silent Auction @ 5, Potluck @ 6

It’s all part of


{An exhibition and workshop series emphasizing reproducible art
and the techniques used to make it.}

December will be packed with a series of artist run workshops:

  • make a short drawn animation film with animator Vicky Yen
  • bake the world’s best cookies with Lizzy Szwaya
  • make silkscreen prints with a Gocco with Clare Fentress
  • perfect the art of the mix-tape with Curtis Spins
  • make snow globes from old jars and found objects with Marvin Tate
  • “repair” a piece of old furniture with John Preus
  • felting with Suzanne Arata
  • knitting with Lindsay Obermeyer
  • more



“Typeface” Film Screening and Discussion

South Side Projections, Kartemquin Films, and Southside Hub of Production present
TYPEFACE: a Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7pm

As part of the continuing celebration of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, South Side Projections and the Southside Hub of Production are proud to present a screening of the documentary TYPEFACE (2009, Justine Nagan, DVD projection) at the Southside Hub of Production, a new arts and cultural center in the heart of Hyde Park.

In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, TYPEFACE dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum’s days may be numbered. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?

Following the film is a roundtable discussion of the history and future of letterpress. Respondents include director Justine Nagan, April Sheridan of Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, Martha Chiplis of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Celene Aubrey of the Lillstreet Art Center, radical printer and activist Dan S. Wang, and other artists.

The screening and roundtable kick off SHOP’s month-long “Reproduce+Ability” exhibition (more info soon), which emphasizes reproducible art and the techniques used to make it. In addition to the letterpress show curated by April Sheridan of Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, there will be a series of events featuring artists working in reproducible mediums. Animator Vicky Yen, silkscreen printer Clare Fentress, mixtape artist DJ Curt Spins, knitter Lindsay Obermeyer, and woodworker John Preus are just a few of the artists who will conduct workshops, do readings, and/or perform their work.

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Founded in 1966 to produce documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people, Kartemquin Films serves as a home for independent media makers who seek to create social change through film. This Chicago-based documentary powerhouse has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including an Emmy, a Peabody and an Oscar nomination. In 2011, Kartemquin celebrates their 45th anniversary with the release of two new documentaries: The Interrupters and A Good Man, a WTTW broadcast series of their films, and a number of local and national events and retrospectives. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story structure and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by effective audience engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Black Friday = Music at SHOP

Friday the 25th, after you wake up from your turkey coma, come out to SHOP to see Ge Ge Di Di, a guitar and drum duo composed of the insanely talented brothers Alex (guitar) and Eli (drums) Wing. Alex has been one of the best guitarists on the experimental jazz scene since he moved to Chicago a decade ago, and his brother Eli just moved to town. Won’t you help us welcome him? [Editor’s note: Alex informed us that Eli is only visiting. Even more reason to come out and see them!]

It’s well worth a $10 donation, and for your additional comfort and enjoyment, Red Flags Salon will be open for the show. It all starts at 7:00 pm.

WoodSHOP Update

This lovely Duro Metal Products drill press, made right here in Chicago, Illinois, is the latest addition to our fledgling woodSHOP project. It was donated by Lizz Sisson of Studio Starling (who took these awesome engagement photos for one of our founding members, Erik Petersen, and his fiancee Quyen). And it works!

If you’re wondering when we’ll open for business, the answer is “soon”! We have an electrician coming over Monday to check out the wiring. Hopefully we’ll have the drill press, along with the table saw and bandsaw that the Kinsman family donated in October, up and running by the new year. Check back for updates!

Three Films about the Middle East

Saturday, November 26 at 6pm

The widely hailed “Arab Spring” of revolutions in Africa and the Middle East has forced Americans to pay closer attention to the rest of the world, but it has also revealed how little we know about this vital area, the birth of civilization. South Side Projections is pleased to present a trio of short films about Americans’ views of the Middle East and Middle Eastern views of Americans. All three films are directed by Dr. Pamela Nice, an award-winning theater and film director from St. Paul.

LETTER FROM CAIRO (2003, 35 min.) focuses on the perspectives of Egyptian artists and intellectuals in Cairo who have spent their lives reflecting on Egyptian culture and its place in the world. Filmed shortly after the September 11 attacks, the interviews emphasize the importance of understanding different cultures.

DREAMING OF MOROCCO (2007, 40 min.) is a portrait of young Moroccans aged 18-30. Set against a backdrop of everyday life in Morocco, the interviews emphasize these young people’s hopes for their own lives and their views of Americans, finding poignant themes that will resonate with viewers from any cultural background.

DESERT IN THE COFFEEHOUSE (2009, 25 min.) brings the Middle East to the Midwest, as Nice asks Minnesotans from a variety of backgrounds what they know and think about the Middle East and America’s role in it. Over steaming cups of coffee, the much discussed but often poorly defined “American public” reveals a surprising range of knowledge and ignorance when asked, “What do Americans think of the Middle East?”

In keeping with the theme of the last film, Cafe 53 will be providing free refreshments. This is a free screening, but donations to support the filmmaker and the Southside Hub of Production will be gratefully accepted.

Chicago Weekly on George Kagan’s Radios

Claire Withycombe of the Chicago Weekly spent some time with George Kagan and produced this wonderful article on the man behind those unique radios that are currently inhabiting the Hyde Park Kunstverein on our second floor.

A diminutive, neatly dressed man, Kagan parts his frosty hair to the side and studies his subjects from behind large, round eyeglasses. As he points out the salient features of a few particular radios, he takes periodic sips of coffee and glances at the floor to gather his thoughts. Every word and movement is deliberate. His quirky project and demeanor have piqued the curiosity of the audience at the South Side Hub of Production who have assembled to see the man behind the towers of radios.

Read the rest. Thanks, Claire and Chicago Weekly!

Grafika Soumraku: Animated Films of Central Europe

"The Last Trick" by Jan Svankmajer

Grafika Soumraku: Animated Films of Central Europe
Sunday, November 20, 6pm

Milan Kundera defined Central Europe as a "laboratory of twilight": a staging ground for most of European history, a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. Although Poland and Czechoslovakia–the two countries represented here–were part of the Eastern Bloc, they could see the darkness of Soviet politics from a standpoint different than those who were in the thick of it.

"Grafika Soumraku," or "graphic art of twilight," is guest programmer Anne Orchier's play on Kundera's phrase. The animated films in this program are "graphic" in two senses: they're animation, but they're also often dark and raw, even the ones that are more kid-friendly and kid-centric. In many ways, they're more explicit and frightening than many live-action films of the same era that tackle similar topics through a much less playful lens.

From before Prague Spring to just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, from traditional cel animation to puppets to stop-motion with meat, the four Czech films and three Polish films presented here are a cross-section of Central European animation. Celebrated masters like Jan Svankmajer share the screen with forgotten geniuses like Alina Maliszewska in this one-of-a-kind program.

Full program: 65 minutes
Meat Love (Jan Svankmajer, 1988)
Pocket Knife (Leszek Lorek, 1961)
The Design (Jiri Barta, 1981)
The Last Zero (Alina Maliszewska, 1965)
Black or White (Waclav Wajser, 1967)
The Hand (Jiri Trnka, 1965)
The Last Trick (Jan Svankmajer, 1964)

Anne Orchier studied Czech film at the University of Chicago and is a regular contributor to Cine-File Chicago. This is her first foray into programming, but it won’t be her last.