Lecture by David Schalliol
December 2, 2014


A demolition in The Area, 2012, Chicago, IL. © David Schalliol


Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.


The fourth and last talk of our fall series is by David Schalliol. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 2 at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

David Schalliol is a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology who explores the transformation of urban centers through hybrid ethnographic, filmic, and photographic projects. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as the American Sociologist, Design Observer, Revue Gest, and MAS Context (here and here), as well as in numerous exhibitions, including the inaugural Belfast, Northern Ireland Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project. The Japanese publisher Utakatado released his first book Isolated Building Studies, in February 2014. Schalliol contributed to Highrise: Out My Window, an interactive documentary that won the 2011 International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction. His current film project is supported by the Graham Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It was additionally included in the Kartemquin Films/Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca Hacks Program.

In his talk, titled “The Area,” David will discuss the documentary film he is currently developing that focuses on a portion of Englewood where 400 families are being displaced by the expansion of the Norfolk Southern South Side 47th Street Terminal. The documentary investigates the tangible tensions between residents and the pressures of contemporary transportation policy by following neighbors living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community.


The event will take place at the International Museum of Surgical Science, located in a historic lakeside mansion constructed in 1917 under the careful direction of Eleanor Robinson Countiss to house her family. Her father, an executive of the Diamond Match Company, generously provided the home building fund. One of the few remaining lakefront mansions, and the only one open to the public, the building received historic status in 1988, and is listed in the National Register and the Illinois Register of Historic Places and is a City of Chicago Landmark.

This talk is done in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.sah.org.


What: Lecture by David Schalliol
When: Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
Where: International Museum of Surgical Science – 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610 (Clark/Division Stop Red Line)(151 Bus)
Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
Registration: Yes as space is limited.

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