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Event Calendar
special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

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

June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived film & video
May 26 Friday, May 26
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general


Rosa Menkman The Maze (2015)

2 minutes 3 seconds, video

Out on the wastes of the Never Never Maze -
That's where the Lost Boys lie!
There where the waves dance forever -
That's where the Boys lie!


Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist curator and researcher "such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts" focusing on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media . She believes that these artifacts can facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions. This process of imposing efficiency order and functionality does not just involve the creation of protocols and solutions but also entails black-boxed obfuscated compromises and alternative possibilities that are in danger of staying forever unseen or even forgotten.



Blair Bogin Rock, Paper, Scissors (2013)

3 minutes 13 seconds, performance video

Rock, Paper, Scissors is live performance about the connection and disconnection of intimate relationships.


Blair Bogin is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago, IL. Her work is informed by the history & philosophy of esoteric psychology, where the facts about human experience is measured against its lesser quantifiable absurdities.



Ellie Kyungran Heo Did you eat rice? (2017)

51 minutes 25 seconds, HD video

In Asian food culture, “Did you eat rice?” means “Have you had food?” (usually referring to a specific meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner). Additionally, it could also be used when greeting others that one may be concerned about; a substitute for “How have you been?”, “Are you OK?”, or “Is everything all right?”.
The experimental documentary film 'Did you eat rice?' features the sensitive relationships between some local farmers and nature, which can be seen in their ordinary lives and especially during the rice harvest in Omachi, Japan.  This work asks the question “Did you eat rice?” to various subjects in the film, including the land, the farmers, primary school students who have experienced rice growing workshops, the insects who dwell within the rice paddy and even single grains of rice that are present in every meal.


Ellie Kyungran Heo makes experimental films by collaging performances with documentary footage of her subject, tracking how her relationship with the subject changes, with respect to conflict, intimacy and sensitivity. In doing so, she attempts to create a space in which questions relating to the ethical relationship between the subject, the audience and the artist herself, can be examined. Her recent works have been exhibited and screened at the Whitstable Biennale, Kent (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); South London Gallery, London (2015); Isshi Art Space, Omachi, Nagano (2016); Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2017) and numerous international art film festivals including Experiments in Cinema, New Mexico (2014, 2017).




Playable web-browser game

Life is meaningless! Maybe you need some kind of ism to attempt to ward off the inevitable and unavoidable despair! Here, have some isms made of snakes! Life is still meaningless but now you have a bunch of snakes as well! Thank me later!


Artist Bio:
I make Games. I started in 2011 and I like it.
I write Words, which is most usually my take on making games and playing games.
I make Images. You know, drawings, comics, some interactive things, etc.
I wrote a Book. Called How to Play a Video Game.