Artists' Television Access

Jesse Malmed — “Still, Moving” (2023 // 2005-2023)

Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 8:00 pm, classic-editor, $7-$10, classic-editor

film + performance + merch table

TRT: ~60 mins, video, sound, voice


“Still, Moving” is a live collaged videoJESSEMALMEDSTILLMOVING.png-performance work blending shards and selections, asides and besides, sketches and considerations from an archive of some eighteen years of practicing the imperfect. A kind of live re-re- megamix, a cover of itself, a glyphic glimpse and an experiment in liveness and notions of iterative television versionalities, “Still, Moving”, includes works that have screened and exhibited at festivals, galleries, museums, bars and barns in new and altered contexts. Exploring the tensions and possibilities along spectra such as improvisation/composition, comedy/poetry, clarity/opacity, stillness/movement, a sense of the recombinant and polyrhythmic capacity of restless mind syndrome emerges (like emergency, like urgency).

An hour of never not languaging work for the screen playing in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, karaoke, accents, loops, improvisation, the cinemagical, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice. Conceptually engaged, textually-intensive and visually mesmerizing, the suite scrambles somewhere in the intersects of conceptual comedy, dizzying illogics, the poetic plu-future and sustainable sourcing. Through deliberate mistranslation and strategic denaturing of languages and codes, we revel in the revelation of their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, shifting our expectations of the show, of the cinema, of the worlds those words screen.

In addition, Jesse brings his conceptual shoppe droppe of caps, stickers, doorhangers, temporary tattoos, magnets, buttons, postcards, etc. now numbering in the triple digits.



Jesse Malmed is an artist, curator and educator living and working in video, performance, text, installation, events, occasional objects, their gaps and overlaps and Chicago and Milwaukee. His works play in sub- and counter-cultural histories, like a joke that’s a poem that’s a song covering itself, a shadow puppet interfering in the broadcast beam, having déjà vu for the first time, or watching a time travel sequence in reverse. Engaging with a range of publics, his entanglements and propositions include instigating the poster platform Western Pole, co-driving artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show, directing the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming with ACRE TV and the Nightingale Cinema, hosting the Artists’ Karaoke Archive, permanent guest hosting contemporary art radio show Bad at Sports, slinging wares and wears via Jetsy Merchblatt, and recording and assisting the kindergarten a capella noise ensemble Huskies Floorchestra. He has performed, screened and exhibited at museums, microcinemas, film festivals, galleries, bars and barns, including solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, DePaul Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Artists’ Television Access, Microlights and the Back Room at Kim’s Corner. Raised in Santa Fe, he attended Bard College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches alongside Chicago Public Schools and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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