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Anneli Goeller, Orchid @digitalqueer (2017 - Ongoing), installation view. Image courtesy of LITHIUM. 

Jillian Musielak, sickcakez (2012 - 13), installation view. Image courtesy of LITHIUM.

Theo Chin, Excerpts from 脱τέκ (2017 - Ongoing), installation view. Image courtesy of LITHIUM.


Amanda VanValkenburg, Unnatural Disasters (2017 - Ongoing), installation view. Image courtesy of LITHIUM.


Alternating/Currents






December 8 – 24, 2017 | March 9 – 25, 2018


Alternating/Currents will warp time and open on December 8, 2017 or and March 9, 2018. An Two exhibitions featuring artworks by Theo Chin, Anneli Goeller, Jillian Musielak, and Amanda VanValkenburg will re-imagine/re-investigate the dynamism that alternates between

3D scanning/3D printing

  animation/recording

     bedroom/clinic

        construction/destruction

             corporeal bodies/digital bodies

                 documentation/fiction

                      experience/experiment

                         Facebook/Instagram

                             grow/decay

                                hand-drawn/computer-generated

                                    interruption/intervention

                                        love/hate

                                            mundanity/desire

                                                natural/unnatural

                                                    new media/old media

                                                         other/self

                                                              physical/digital

                                                                  projector/monitor

                                                                    real/virtual

                                                                         social media/presence

                                                                             substance/nothingness

                                                                                  television/computer

                                                                                     utopia/dystopia

                                                                                        VHS/streaming

                                                                                            work/leisure, and

                                                                                              YouTube/Vimeo.


Alternating/Currents Is are an exhibition series that thinks one concept through two iterations and provides the artists an alternative opportunity to re-exhibit the works in a different format. Alternating/Currents pays homage to Frédéric Moffet’s brilliant class Shapeshifters at SAIC.


Opening receptions:

Alternating/Current on Friday, December 8, 6-9pm
Alternating/Current2 on Friday, March 9, 6-9pm


Theo Chin is a video artist living and working in Chicago. He received a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Art with 1st Class Honours, and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation.



Anneli Goeller lives and works in Chicago and New York. She is an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA with honors from Parsons The New School for Design. Using new media, Goeller probes the virtual and physical divide and seeks to expand the dichotomy between corporeal and digital bodies while highlighting the potential of digital space as a queer arena. Her work has been exhibited internationally at The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Greenpoint Open Studios, Gallery MC and A.I.R. Gallery, in New York, Peripheral Forms in Portland as well as the Palazzo dei Cartelloni in Florence, Italy.


Jillian Musielak will receive her MFA from the Film, Video, New Media and Animation department at SAIC in May, 2018. She also studies language, specifically, new ways to talk about art and emotions. Active on the DIY circuit, she has exhibited at Archer Beach Haus and House of Heavy Petting in Chicago as well as Roman Susan and ACRE TV. She has toured the US as one half of "Potions" providing visuals for his music at venues such as Cairo in Seattle; Xhurch in Portland, Oregon; the Basement in San Francisco, Life Changing Ministries in Oakland, California; and Glob in Denver, Colorado. Musielack is currently Graduate Collections & Media Assistant at The Video Data Bank at SAIC. She lives in Pilsen with her partner and their two cats. She says, "Hi!"


Amanda VanValkenburg is a visual artist using a combination of traditional and digital techniques. She received her BFA in Painting/Drawing /Sculpture at Brigham Young University, studied digital media at Hochschule für Künste Bremen, and received her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film/Video/New Media/Animation. Her work has been exhibited at the MCA, Elmhurst Museum, Mana Contemporary, Woman Made Gallery, 6018 North Gallery, LeRoy Neiman Center, and screened at the Gene Siskel Theater, Nightingale Cinema, Links Hall, Filmfront, and the Chicago Digital Media Festival. She was recently a High Concepts Labs sponsored artist and an artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of Art, and expected to complete a residency at Ragdale in 2018.


Download artists’ texts here.


December 2017






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