Untitled (Just Kidding) is a series of works playing and plays working in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, accents, loops, the cinemagic, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice. Conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing, this 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, Malmed revels in revealing their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, and shifting audiences’ concepts of the show, of the cinema. Unexpect the expected.

Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator, working in video, performance, text, occasional objects and their gaps and overlaps. He has performed, screened and exhibited at museums, microcinemas, film festivals, galleries, bars and barns, including recent solo presentations at Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, Cinema Contra (Denver), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Microlights (Milwaukee) and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. Present platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, the mobile exhibition space Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and the recently inaugurated Western Pole. A native of Santa Fe, Jesse earned his BA at Bard College and his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a “2014 Breakout Artist” by Newcity and was a DCASE In The Works resident this summer and a resident at Ox-Bow this fall.
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