Conversation with Sonia Landy Sheridan & Aldo Tambellini
Ciné Salon: Legends
Ciné Salon Spring 2020 honors the bold ones.

In Dialogue: Picturephone Primitives
Conversation with Sonia Landy Sheridan & Aldo Tambellini
Moderated by Katherine Hart, Hood Museum of Art
Cosponsor Hood Museum of Art
Generative Systems innovators and esteemed elders – Sonia Landy Sheridan, a whopping 94, and Aldo Tambellini, nearly 90 – reignite a conversation begun with the original participants of the first live Picturephone call held June 7, 1977 in Chicago, where 18 individuals (Aldo, Sonia and graduate students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) came together for a 30-minute, state of the art corporate telecommunications experience. The ensuing chaos reflects a “primitive” attempt to communicate and connect across uncharted videographic space, now commonplace and known as video chat and instant messaging.

“Whether we are live or not. My modern input will be ‘Observing the Male Human and the Female Human interacting.’" —Sonia Landy Sheridan

FILM: Chicago Picturephone Event (1977 2-screen video). Production by John Mabey, Philip Malkin. Digital video, bw, sound, 35 mins, and selected clips on the artists. Courtesy Aldo Tambellini Art Foundation, la fondation Daniel Langlois and Hood Museum of Art. TRT 120 mins.

BIO: Sonia Landy Sheridan (b. 1925) is a visual artist and professor Emerita of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she founded the program Generative Systems in 1970. With the cooperation of scientists, industry, artists and a unique body of graduate students, Sheridan shaped her art and teaching on the premise that art, science and technology function as intertwining systems of thought. The Hood Museum of Art and la fondation Daniel Langlois (Montreal) have accessioned her art works and ephemera from the 1940s through 2000s. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and three times National Endowment for the Arts grantee. The artist lives and works at Kendal at Hanover.

BIO: Aldo Tambellini (b. 1930), the experimental artist and poet, resides in Cambridge, MA, but is more at home exploring his imaginations of deep space in creative film, video, painting, photography, sculpture, theater, poetry and the spoken word. Internationally recognized as one of the primary originators of expanded visual arts during the 1960s and 1970s, Tambellini pioneered immersive multimedia performances at his Black Gate Theater and on broadcast television. The Harvard Film Archive preserves his films, and the Tate Modern, London, displays at a permanent room of his art.


SPECIAL SERIAL ATTRACTIONS: Seances plays at end of each session, except 3/9.

“Hundreds of billions of unique permutations. “ —Guy Maddin  

FILM: Seances (2016) by Guy Maddin, the Brothers Johnson, National Film Board of Canada. Featuring Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Rampling and many others. Digital interactive computer video, bw & color, sound, each 10-20 mins.

View the Ciné Salon: Legends schedule.