RP team

RAPID PULSE festival


Steven L. Bridges currently lives in Chicago, where he is Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to working at the museum, Bridges also joined the curatorial team for the exhibition Intrude: Art & Life 366, which presented a different artistic project each day in the public spaces of Shanghai for an entire year.

Julie Laffin is a performance artist and independent curator. In addition to working on curatorial committees and panels with a variety of arts organizations, Laffin was active in curating all six editions of Site Unseen, an exhibition of live and media art held annually at the Chicago Cultural Center from 2004-2009

Joseph Ravens (festival director and executive director, Defibrillator) is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Performance. In addition to several Illinois Art council fellowships, he has received numerous travel and exchange awards that have enabled him to build a global reputation.

Giana Gambino is an artist and administrator studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago working towards her Masters degreeā€™s in Art History, Theory & Criticism and Arts Administration & Policy.