Coming Suddenly, Passing Strangely   Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter, Anticipatory|Después: Vigil (2019), video still


People’s Choice Award

Columbia College Chicago Alumni Award

SPACES Director’s Award

The following exhibition contains mature content and is intended for adult viewers.

There is a moment on every journey when it becomes impossible to quantify how much farther we have to go. The challenge comes in recognizing the amorphousness of expectations and the malleability of experience. What was before simply is no longer. Time moves ahead, often without explanation.

In this collaboration with Columbia College Chicago (CCC), we recognize the entangled concepts of journey and destination. The collection of time-based works by CCC alumni showcase different paths and organizing principles. Each has its own methods and strikes a unique chord. Together they form constellations, but also growth charts. Sundé’s melodic gift, 06’ 07’ 05’ (2021), calls us close in lilting strides while a shadow plant rustles in view. Those warm trails press against more insistent works like KevinRoyK’s Return of the Rapture (2021) asking, “Whatcha gonna do ‘bout it?” Brandon Studer‘s Ennui Agg (2018) animation drips with potentially disastrous outcomes, while Carlos Nahuel Cerutti’s video short, Vivant (2020), sidesteps any definitive answers in favor of curious ambiguity.

There are missives, too. Taking form as love letters, summons, and broadcasts, these pieces offer experience as a guide. Atefeh Farajolahzadeh confronts the limitations of multilocational presence in No Answer (2017). Somber assertions color Valentina Vella’s Netherworld (2021), a sound poem asserting that we will muddle through somehow. Cameron Lee’s sonic collage, Cloud Burrow (2021), is a diary of uncertainty and Sim Sadler catalogues undirected attentions in Waveform #1 (2021). Releasing expectation seems both possible and necessary in Sid Branca’s My Father’s Name (2018) which explains, “No one has to be their father. That includes our fathers.”

Reaching out as transmissions from the not-too-distant past, or future, artists wrap their subjects in at least the momentary sheen of being known. We see figures considered, acknowledged, and heard. Usama Alshaibi and Talia Watrous’ standout film, The Desire (2020), captures the pandemic’s aching isolation while acknowledging the devastating and ongoing impacts of separation and displacement. Carlos Javier Ortiz’s experimental documentary, Shikaakwa (2021), shares a complex view of life in Chicago. “The film is a meditation on the physical spaces that hold us up and hold us back,” explains Javier Ortiz. Kierah King shares another form of elegy through dance and spoken word in Black Woman, Why? (2021). Two works from Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter’s Anticipatory|Después Series (2018, 2019) draw deep traces through our individual and communal reckoning with trauma, loss, and grief. Their layering of visual, kinesthetic, and auditory experiences linger long after the body has passed from view.

This compelling collection of original texts, images, sounds, dances, stories, and journeys provides an opportunity to get lost in and beyond the now. They affirm the need to be as we are, and to exist as we must.


’06 ’07 ’05
Original Sound Composition (2021)
By Sundé

Ennui Agg
Animation (2018)
By Brandon Studer

Timesliced Magnolia
Experimental Video from Custom Software (2014)
By Simon Cygielski

Zits and Wrinkles
Animation (2021)
By Maria VanDyken Li

Experimental Film (2020)
By Carlos Nahuel Cerutti


Experimental Film (2021)
By Carlos Javier Ortiz

Whatever Niggah
Experimental Film (2018)

Black Woman, Why?
Spoken Word, Dance Film (2021)
By Kierah King

Sound Poem (2021)
By Valentina Vella

No Answer
Experimental Film (2017)
By Atefeh Farajolahzadeh

Waveform #1
Experimental Film (2021)
By Sim Sadler

Cloud Burrow
Original Audio Composition (2021)
By Cameron Lee

Music Video (2020)
Directed by Jon-Carlos Evans, Visual Effects by David Hawkins

Dance Film (2021)
Co-directed by Rachel Damon & Aaron Greer

Tres Historias Breves
Original Sound Composition (2020)
By Gonzalo Varela

My Father's Name
Video Poem (2018)
By Sid Branca


The Desire
Experimental Film (2020)
By Usama Alshaibi & Talia Watrous

Anticipatory|Después: Consequence
Experimental Video (2018)
By Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter

Anticipatory|Después: Vigil
Experimental Video (2019)
By Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter

Experimental Film (2020)
By Camilx Rivero Pooley

Scantily Clad
Narrative Film (2019)
By cody coco wallace

About the Artists

Martines E-B

MARTINEZ E-B is a native of inner-city Cleveland, OH and now living and working out of the Chicago, IL area. He is a multidisciplinary artist, who creates works that simulate the cultural/social/political fog of his upbringing. E-B has illustrated and authored books, has had his works adapted for theater, and... go to artist page


KevinRoyK is a music composer, performer, and educator currently based in central Illinois, and is soon to be releasing more original music, for the feasting purposes of ears, hearts, minds, and dancing shoes. go to artist page


My name is Jessica Mubirigi my artist name is Sundé I am Dem Rep of Congo born and currently based in Chicago. I am a multifaceted artist but most people know me for my hands in the music world. go to artist page

cody coco wallace

cody coco wallace is a chicago native that graduated film school in 2013 and has been freelancing ever since. They are picky with the projects they work on; preferably proactive, righteous and for folks/stories that are often overlooked. In their spare time they are keen on driving motorcycles and recreationally... go to artist page

Usama Alshaibi

Usama Alshaibi was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1969 and spent his formative years living between the United States and the Middle East. He’s an active filmmaker and artist with many short films, documentaries and feature films to his credit. His films have screened at underground and international film festivals... go to artist page

Sid Branca

Sid Branca is a multimedia artist, writer, and educator working at the intersection of moving image media, performance, and creative writing. They work in a variety of forms, including video, performance, text and book projects, and music/sound art. They are also a projection designer and the Director of New Media... go to artist page

Carlos Nahuel Cerutti

Carlos Nahuel Cerutti is a writer, director and producer that is constantly fixing typographical errors, frequently pointing at things from behind a camera and occasionally improvising on the stage. After graduating in 2016 from the Universidad de Palermo (Argentina) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication, Carlos moved to Chicago... go to artist page

Simon Cygielski

Simon Cygielski designs buildings, makes photographs and dabbles in other types of art. Graduated with BA from Columbia College in 1995, and a MArch from UIC in 2011. go to artist page

Rachel Damon

Rachel Damon is a choreographer, designer, technician, and performer whose career bridges onstage and backstage. As the Director of Synapse Arts she has been honored to receive various residencies, grants, and awards from The Chicago Dancemakers Forum, MetLife, The Saints, the Illinois Arts Council, and more, as well as opportunities... go to artist page

Jon-Carlos Evans

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Aaron Greer

Aaron Greer is an award-winning filmmaker and independent media artist who focuses on telling stories about identity formation. In addition to his feature film work, Greer has produced a number of short films and documentaries with performing artists. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. go to artist page

David Hawkins

As a Writer, Director, Special Effects Artist, and Musician... David Hawkins has spent his post-Columbia years traveling the world while pushing the boundaries of art and dissolving the border between Art and Technology. His first book, Halos, was published in Paris in 2003 and his first film America Two-Dollars and... go to artist page

Carlos Javier Ortiz

Carlos Javier Ortiz is a Chicago-based director, cinematographer, and documentary photographer who focuses on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty, and marginalized communities. In 2016, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the... go to artist page

Kierah King

“As a May 2020 Graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Kierah King received her BFA in Dance with a Minor in black World Studies. A native of Hartford, Connecticut Kierah was homeschooled in her family’s café where she learned the power of service, education and creativity as central to life.Following her... go to artist page

Cameron Lee

Cameron Lee is a composer, sound designer, and motion graphic artist in Chicago, Illinois. Working between analog and digital processes, he focuses on revealing organic processes by synthetic means. go to artist page

Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter

Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter is a Chicana artist, curator, and educator guided by socially-engaged practices. Her background includes experience working in community organizations, gallery, museum, and higher education settings, and as a consultant with public health researchers. In developing as an artist and creative professional Brianna credits her late mother,... go to artist page

Camilx Rivero Pooley

Camilx Rivero Pooley is a Peruvian born & Venezuelan raised dance artist that has worked as a performer for Chicago-based artists such as Erin Kilmurray (#SEARCHPARTYdances & Fly Honey Show X, Ensemble), LOUD BODIES (Excerpts on Sexuality), Synapse Arts (soften every edge) & within her own multidisciplinary team ZINFORMA. She... go to artist page

Sim Sadler

Sim Sadler is an experimental filmmaker and video artist whose practice includes time-based collage, re-contextualized found footage, accidentally acquired sound, and remixed improvised scenarios.His work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cannes Film Festival, and numerous other venues around the world.A 1978 graduate of... go to artist page

Brandon Studer

Brandon Studer graduated from Columbia College in 2014. He works as an artist and designer and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and baby boy. go to artist page

Maria VanDyken Li

Maria VanDyken Li is a Midwestern artist working in illustration, digital media, and critical making. Influenced by playful cinematic storytelling, Maria observes and reflects on the complexities of her life’s smallest moments, and how she finds beauty and meaning in the day-to-day. go to artist page

Gonzalo Varela

I am a composer, sound designer and audio programmer born in 1990 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Characterized by a strong interest in learning very different kinds of music, which allows me more resources to experiment with according to my sensibility and the expressive needs of each moment, my passion for artistic... go to artist page

Valentina Vella

Valentina Vella is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and poet born in Rome, Italy. She holds an MA in English literature from Roma Tre University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. She was the recipient of a CAA Fellowship in 2014. She has performed at... go to artist page

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