• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived film & video
Mar 12 Saturday, March 12
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Microlights Cinema serves as a venue for screening experimental, underground, avant-garde, aprés-garde, and otherwise strange, beautiful, and unusual film//video works. 

A ship that returns to its port of destination after decades after having all of its parts exchanged throughout continuous repairs. A gown in which there is no large piece of the same cloth, but an aggregate in various rags.*


The image, like the word, has ceased to be an index for any stable reality. Instead, the image functions as a skin between ourselves and the world. The image has become thin, accessible, pliable and ultimately open to many meanings. Our relationship to it flexes and retracts, destabilizing fixed meaning and separateness. We can't help but attach to both beautiful sunsets and bad renderings. Like any good graft, these images attach back. We live in an ecology of images and the images also live inside of us.


This program presents a selection of work by contemporary moving image artists that embrace the instability of the ecology of images and stretch the relationships between cinema and viewer. Their works offer us interrogations of the image, meaning, and subjectivity wrapped inside seductive pixel skins.


We know we are just pixels and so we recompose ourselves, bending (?) towards a new orientation that enables a view of everything. Each of these works in their own way point us towards a future orientation and demonstrate the futility of this endeavor. We have merged and now fuse new meanings onto the world. The space between the image and the world is the real thing. Each piece in its own way suggests a bold outlook; that we hybridize or disappear.*


*from Oliver Laric's VERSIONS 



Sara Magenheimer - Long Zoom, Slow Pause - 2015 
Laure Provoust - We Know We Are Just Pixels - 2015 
Blake Williams - Hotel Video - 2009 
Beatrice Gibson - The Tiger’s Mind - 2012
John-Paul Kelly - The Innocents - 2014
Andrew Norman Wilson - Sone - 2014
Oliver Laric - Versions - 2012
Thad Kellstadt - Act 2 - _______


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