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No Entry Unless You Can Spell The Festival Name Right On The First Try

Abort, Retry, Fail?

So, here's a thing: for the next few days (Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2), Chicago welcomes the underground art/electronics/music festival GLI.TC/H to the table. Billing itself as "a noise and new-media event/conference/symposium/festival/gathering in CHICAGO," GLI.TC/H derives its power not just from music/visual technology, but the strange allure of technology in the almost orgiastic death-spasm of error. This ain't your pappy's blue screen of death. Don't believe me? Check out their site. Wear protective eyewear.

Events happen throughout the city each day, but I would like to direct you specifically to some Transmission-worthy events on Friday night at Transistor (5045 N. Clark St.) starting at 8pm.

From 8 to 9pm, Transistor will run a program of short pieces by visual and video artists Theo Darst, Ben Baker Smith, Cole Pierce, Omar Mashal, Phillip Sterns, Clint Enns, Morgan Higby Flowers, Antonio Roberts, Evan Meaney, Richard O'Sullivan, and the intriguingly-named BotBorg.

After that, from 9 to 11:30pm, a raunchy pack of righteous weirdos will take the stage, including Aaron Zarzutzki (his hyper-minimal filter sweeps, evoking Nerve Net Noise and the like, were a high point of the Neon Marshmallow Festival), Morgan Higby Flowers, noteNdo: Jeff Donaldson, Vadim Sprikut (aka the project Shattered Hymen), and XTAL FSCK, a duo of Jon Satrom and Jason Soliday that I'm told will extend the legacy of long-running 8-bit chip techno pioneers I <3 Presets.

Also, if you're not at work during the day, check out the 4-6:30pm event at the SAIC Flaxman Theater (112 S. Michigan Ave., #1307) for a streamed performance by the U.K.'s sonic chameleon Cheapmachines, and a "micro-screening" (?) by several video/installation-art greats, including Jon Cates, Rosa Menkman, Jon Satrom, and the positively awe-inspiring Takeshi Murata.

Also also, check the rest of the schedule, as the festival promises (and I quote their press kit): "...workshops and skill-share-sessions highlighting the wrong way to use and build tools; a gallery show examining glitches as processes, systems, and objects; all in the context of ongoing dialogues that have been fostered by experimentation, research, and play. GLI.TC/H is a physical and virtual assembly which stands testament to the energy surrounding these conversations [...] Projects take the form of: artware, videos, games, films, tapes, code, interventions, prints, plugins, screen-captures, systems, websites, installations, texts, tools, lectures, essays, code, articles, & hypermedia."

SURELY there's something in that mess of activities that piques your tingly brain?

Events take place from September 29 through October 3. If there is any kind of admission fee, it's not stated anywhere in the literature.

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