CFA Media Mixer brings together visual and sound artists in three new pieces | Chicago Reel

Chicago Film Archive (CFA) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Media Mixer event with the premiere of three new pieces.

The Media Mixer project began in 2012 as a way to open the CFA’s vault of archival footage to artists working in media and to support the creation of new video work by involving visual and sound artists .

The Media Mixer breathes new life into CFA’s archival collections through the creative interpretation of contemporary artists. As a result, three new collaborative videos will be made using footage from the Chicago Film Archives collection.

This year’s event will be moderated by Amy Beste, curator of Conversations at the Edge over at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and director of public programs and senior lecturer in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of Art. ‘Art Institute of Chicago.

The Media Mixer 2022 artists are (video and sound):

Sen Morimoto will perform live, and all artists except Daniel Knoxwill appear in person for a chat on stage!

Join us at Constellation on June 30 for the premiere! Tickets are available in advance here.

CFA 2022 Multimedia Mixer
3111 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
June 30, 2022
8:30 PM (DOORS AT 8 PM)

Admissions: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Learn more about this year’s artists:

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Daniel Knox is a singer-songwriter. His most recent release was Won’t You Take Me With You (January 2021). Knox’s work has inspired a diverse cast of admirers and collaborators who can be found inside and outside his American alternative realm, such as Jarvis Cocker, Thor Harris (Swans, Freakwater), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, The B-52′s), Nina Nastasia, David Lynch and The Handsome Family, with performances including Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird, Rasputina and Swans. Additionally, Knox provided songs and sheet music for Hubbard Street Dance Company, a Russian production of Annie Baker’s The Aliens, The Chicago Film Society, and Hans Fleischmann’s production of The Glass Menagerie. Until recently, he was a projectionist at the projectionist at the Music Box Theater in Chicago.

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Kishino Takagishi is a multimedia artist from Evanston, Illinois. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020. During her undergraduate studies, she specialized in the creation of documentary works and experimental installations; explore the concepts of memory, dreams and psychological stories. In Kishino’s work, she uses the ambiguous and spooky nature of video to better interpret time and understand truth. Since graduating, Kishino has continued her practice in Chicago while doing performance videography for local artists and organizations such as Asian Improv aRts Midwest. His work has been exhibited by SAIC’s annual Exfest, Zhou B Art Center and Experimental Sound Studio. She has also been a guest artist at universities such as Concordia University in Montreal and SAIC.


Hazelnut of the Storm is a curator, writer, and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archival initiative that has promoted and preserved the practices of Midwestern artists since 2010. She also smiles that she was the 2019 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award from the Society of American Archivists. You can read his writings, explore his curatorial projects, and discover his love of archives by visiting his website at


Azita Youssefi is a Chicago-based composer and performer whose disparate work over the past three decades has explored a shifting array of styles and approaches, but behind it all lies a sincere desire for expression. From her first work leading the screaming post-punk trio Scissor Girls to her latest solo effort, the critically acclaimed Glen Echo (2020), Azita has continuously pushed the boundaries of either form or tradition in her music, opting for expression – sometimes primal, sometimes eloquent – ​​over formal conventions.

Janelle Vaughn Dowell

Janelle Vaughn Dowell is a Chicago-based artist who uses multiple technologies and media platforms to tell inspiring stories. Each work contributes to a larger narrative – an experimental film, a poetic digital broadcast, a faith-centered publication design or a new media experience. Her work in expanded digital media is rooted in research on historically African-American resort communities of the 20th century. These epicenters followed a simple and effective formula; they provided transformative space for people to just rest.

Dowell served as a civilian director with the Chicago Police Department before channeling her advocacy into arts pursuits. His poetic film, 30 minutes before sunrise, was screened at the Moving Pictures Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, and at Cinefest in Los Angeles. She is an inaugural recipient of the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund and an MFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media. Dowell works for City Colleges of Chicago as an assistant professor of media and communications design and is the founder of REST Global Media, Inc.


Sen Morimoto is a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer, composer and songwriter born in Kyoto, Japan. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was a child, and Sen began a lifelong study of jazz saxophone. Picking up any instrument he could get his hands on, a teenaged Morimoto cut his teeth as a songwriter and performer in Western Massachusetts’ DIY hip-hop community. But it was a move to Chicago in 2014 that inspired Sen Morimoto to start his solo project, building on a lifetime of experience as a multi-genre collaborator. Playing on the multidisciplinary scene in his new city led him to produce and collaborate with artists like Joseph Chilliams (Pivot Gang), KAINA, Qari, Akenya, Resavoir, Lala Lala and many more. It also led to a friendship with like-minded polymath NNAMDÏ, who encouraged Morimoto to record an album for his label, Sooper. This outing, Cannonball! (2018), incorporated Morimoto’s many low-key interests, and his unique fusion has led to critical accolades and international festival acclaim. Morimoto soon became a co-owner of Sooper Records, and in addition to working as a solo artist and full-time producer, he now also works as a label head supporting and giving voice to other up-and-coming artists. He released his last full album Sen Morimoto in October 2020.

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