Project Description

Ghosttown, a Glitch Art Western experimental feature film by jonCates

May 2

8pm at Disjecta

Ghosttown screening

$15 No one turned away for lack of funds

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Ghosttown, a Glitch Art Western experimental feature film, critiques the myths and ideologies of the American West. Part essay, part documentary, and part genre fantasy, Ghosttown traces the intersecting paths of Siera Begaye, Native American artist and organizer from the Diné (Navajo) Nation; the archetypal lone Cowgirl making her way out West across the American imagination, and the Girl from Gold Mountain, a deity dreamed into existence by Chinese immigrants building the transcontinental railroad. Glitching the Western film tradition, Ghosttown is jonCates’ first feature film, shot on location in Taiwan, Austria, and the American West.


jonCates is Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation (FVNMA) and the Art History, Theory and Criticism Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His work has been exhibited, screened, performed and presented internationally, including at the Hong-Gah Museum,Taipei, Taiwan; the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland; the Instituto Cultural de León, Spain; the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; the Wrong Digital Art Biennale, Babycastles Gallery, New York; SPEKTRUM, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Rhizome, online. In 2005 he created the concept of Dirty New Media and is widely recognized as developing concepts, communities, and discourses of the unstable arts now known as Glitch Art.