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RAPID PULSE 2012

CURATORS 2012

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 degree’s in Art History, Theory & Criticism and Arts Administration & Policy.

DIRECTORS 2012

Autumn Hays | Coordinating Director
Amber Lee | Artist Hospitality Co-Director
William Kendall | Artist Hospitality Co-Director
Jennifer Shanks | Archive Director
Rosa Gaia Saunders | Documentation Director

Alda Tchochiev | Director of Discourse
Ceyda Aykan | Director of Development
Jennifer Mefford | Gallery Director
Andrea Decker | Publicity Coordinator
Nayeon Yang | Video Series Director
Dana Durfee | Online Media Director

VOLUNTEERS

Brad Litwin, Vincent Tiley, John Burkholder, Juliette Dumas, Moe Beitiks, Caitlin Baucom, Daniele Wilmouth, Mateo Binder, Lauren Christine Rozewski, Diandra Marie Miller, Angelina Keating, Alyssa Chappe, Jose Luis Benavides, Natalie Nicholson, Sabri Reed, Erica Gressman, Sass Kaitlyn Helene, Katrina Petrauskas, John Ortega, Elena Tejada, Jane Jerardi, Yesenia Virto, Tatiana Savekina, Nicole Nowacki, Thomas Albrecht

SCHEDULE 2012

OUTLINE
DAY 1 - 6.1.12

2pm artist talk @ HUB: LISA VINEBAUM (US)
4pm electrodes: JEAN MARIE CASBARIAN with SAM ARI (US)
6pm TRIAGE @ HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS: at play
7pm performances



10pm reception: DJ SASHA HODGES

DAY 2 - 6.2.12

2pm roundtable: CURATING PERFORMANCE @ dfb
4pm electrodes: JEAN MARIE CASBARIAN with SAMI ARI (US)
4pm LUCKY PIERRE (US) dfb/intervention
6pm TRIAGE @ HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS: at rest
7pm performances

CIRCULATION to POLISH TRIANGLE, CHICAGO IL 60642

CIRCULATION return to dfb

10pm reception: DJ DANIEL SMITH (NEON MARSHMALLOW)

DAY 3 - 6.3.12

2pm panel: OPPRESSIVE REGIMES
4pm intervention: LISA VINEBAUM (US)
7pm performances

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEOS @ NIGHTINGALE

DAY 4 - 6.4.12

2pm artist talk: REGINA FRANK (GERMANY) @ HUB
7pm performances

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEO @ NIGHTINGALE

CIRCULATION return to dfb

CIRCULATION view electrodes before entering dfb

DAY 5 - 6.5.12

2pm artist talk: FF GRANADOS (CANADA/GUATEMALA) @ HUB
7pm VIDEO PERFORMANCES @ dfb

8:30pm reception: DJ KATE RUGGERI

DAY 6 - 6.6.12

2pm artist talk: CLOVER MORELL (US) @ HUB
4pm electrodes: SNEŽANA GOLUBOVIĆ (SERBIA/GERMANY)
7pm performances

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEOS @ NIGHTINGALE

CIRCULATION return to dfb

DAY 7 - 6.7.12

2pm artist talk: JILL MCDERMID-HOKANSON and ERIK HOKANSON (US) @ HUB
7pm performances

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEO @ NIGHTINGALE

CIRCULATION return to dfb

DAY 8 - 6.8.12

2pm artist talk: IGOR JOSIFOV (MACEDONIA) @ HUB
6pm TRIAGE @ HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS: at rest
7pm performances

10pm reception: DJ SQUARE SQUARE

DAY 9 - 6.9.12

2pm panel: BODY / ABSENCE / LIVENESS @ HUB
4pm CLOVER MORELL (US) @ dfb
7pm SHARP performances

CIRCULATION: meet @ dfb @ 6:45pm – 7pm, Flight is @ 7:15 SHARP

CIRCULATION return to dfb passing by TBA location

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEOS @ NIGHTINGALE

CIRCULATION return to dfb

10pm reception: DJ HARRISON ADAMS

DAY 10 - 6.10.12

10am GREAT LAKES ENSEMBLE (US) @ dfb
11am JENNIFER MILLS (US) holding 10-15 minute exchanges through out the day @ HUB
11am panel: CHICAGO AESTHETIC @ HUB
2pm panel: INTERSECTION OF MEDIUMS @ HUB
4pm CLOVER MORELL (US) @ dfb
7pm performances:

CIRCULATION to Nightingale

VIDEOS @ NIGHTINGALE

CIRCULATION return to dfb


CALENDAR



DISCOURSE 2012

6.1
2pm artist talk: LISA VINEBAUM (US) @ HUB

6.2
2pm roundtable: CURATING PERFORMANCE @ dfb

6.3
2pm panel: OPPRESSIVE REGIMES @ dfb

6.4
2pm artist talk: REGINA FRANK (GERMANY) @ HUB

6.5
2pm artist talk: FF GRANADOS (CANADA/GUATEMALA) @ HUB

6.6
2pm artist talk: CLOVER MORELL (US) @ HUB

6.7
2pm artist talk: JILL MCDERMID-HOKANSON and ERIK HOKANSON (US) @ HUB

6.8
2pm artist talk: IGOR JOSIFOV (MACEDONIA) @ HUB

6.9
2pm panel: BODY / ABSENCE / LIVENESS @ HUB

6.10
11am panel: CHICAGO AESTHETIC @ HUB

2pm panel: INTERSECTION OF MEDIUMS @ HUB

BIOS

Mark Jeffrey

Mark Jeffrey (B. 1973 Doveridge, UK) is a Chicago based Performance / Installation Artist, Curator and teacher. Mark received his BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in UK. He was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Live Art between the University of the West of England and Arnolfini Live.

He has been making collaborative and non-collaborative performance / installation / internet / screen works and participation based exhibits in numerous spaces and contexts since 1993 including Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ontological Theatre NYC, Performance Studies #15 Zagreb, Croatia, Interrupt Digital Arts Festival (Brown University), Kunsthalle Museum (Norway), Site Unseen (Chicago Cultural Centre), Nottdance (Nottingham), Taxi Gallery (Cambridge, UK), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), ICA (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Firstsite (Colchester), Green Room (Manchester), and Chapter (Cardiff).

He was a member of Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 – 2009. He collaborated and performed in 5 of Goat Island’s works, touring and teaching extensively across North America and Europe. Teaching included a 10 yearlong annual summer performance institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other educational cities including Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Zagreb, Prague and Berlin. Goat Island completed touring its last performance work, The Lastmaker, in February 2009. Performances included PS122 (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Eurokaz Festival (Zagreb), The House of World Cultures (Berlin), New Moves (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol). The company presented their penultimate work ‘When Will the September Roses Bloom Last Night Was Only a Comedy’ at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

In 2009, Mark began a new collaborative teaching summer Performance Institute with Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson titled Abandoned Practices – something out of the ordinary: www.abandonedpractices.org.

Tricia Van Eck

After 13 years of working at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she was Associate Curator, Tricia Van Eck recently left to focus on 6018 NORTH. Her last project at the MCA was the Chicago presentation of Mark Bradford’s Retrospective and his community residency exhibition. At the MCA she presented over 70 exhibitions much of which were audience engaged, interactive, or extended the MCA’s reach into the community such as the recent Interactions: A Four month series of artist and audience activations as a companion to Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience, Jan Tichy’s Project Cabrini Green, Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises, Tino Sehgal’s Kiss, Here/Not There, and Hide and Seek: An Out of Gallery Experience. She curated the MCA Chicago presentations of various traveling exhibitions such as Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe; Italics: Tradition and Revolution, Italian Art from 1968-2008; and Andy Warhol: Supernova. She coordinated numerous exhibitions including the Jeff Koons retrospective and curated numerous exhibitions of Chicago artists including Mapping the Self and Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing Meditations on Black Aesthetics as well as many artists’ book shows and UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions, which showcased the work of emerging Chicago artists. About her new direction Tricia Van Eck says, “I am indebted to the remarkable artists with whom I have collaborated at the Museum of Contemporary Art these past thirteen years and I am very excited to bring this experience to a new and experimental cultural space that aims to increase opportunities, visibility, and audiences for Chicago artists.”

Ania Greiner & Jessica Hannah

Ania Greiner s an interdisciplinary performance artist and arts administrator. She is part of the performance group 3 Card Molly, and is co-curator of Food & Performance, a performance series involving edibles.
Jessica Hannah is an interdisciplinary performance artist, natural perfumer and teacher. She is co-curator of Food & Performance, an on-going performance showcase involving edibles.

Jill McDermid-Hokanson

Jill McDermid-Hokanson is a performing artist and curator. She has curated performance events Fountain Art Fair, LUMEN Video & Performance Festival, 10th Anniversary Open International Performance Art Festival, Beijing, China, and many others. She is also the Founder-Director of The Alice Chilton Gallery for the Preservation of Performance Art and Founder-Co-director of the Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art, in Brooklyn, NYC.

Grace Exhibition Space seeks to present the best in today’s Performance Art. We invite artists who are established in the Performance Art field, while encouraging artists who are new to Performance Art. Jill McDermid began organizing Performance Art Events in New York City in 2001, after attending the first meeting of IAPAO with Performance Art luminaries Boris Nieslony, Roi Vaara, Adina Bar-On and Sylvie Ferre. Ms. McDermid struggled to find the right place for Performance Art in NYC, until she opened the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, a home for the best and the newest in Performance Art today, specifically for a New York City audience. Since then, she has attempted to create a bridge between cities, to bring the artists to Chicago, Boston, Albany and Detroit. She hopes to continue to bring great programming of international and local Performance Artists, to other cities, while expanding the curatorial visions of Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art this autumn with new curators such as Hector Canonge of the Iternerant Festival in NYC, the curators of ]Performance Space[ in London in September, and the unique vision of Non Grata Group from Estonia in October and November.

Claire Geall Sutton

Claire Geall Sutton is Executive Director of MuddyFeet Productions. Her work in performance art began 21 years ago in Charleston, SC when, as part of the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival, she helped present “Places with a Past: New site-specific Art in Charleston.” During here 18 year career as Director of Theater for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Sutton produced over 100 performance art pieces presented annually during SITE UNSEEN and the IN>TIME Series. Artist highlights include Fred Wilson, Ernasto Pujol, Lorna Simpson and Julie Laffin.

Nora Taylor

Nora Taylor is a Chicago-based art historian of modern and contemporary Vietnamese art and professor of Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is author of Painters in Hanoi (Hawaii 2004 and NUS 2009) as well as numerous articles on Vietnamese art.

Chaw Ei Thein

Erica Mott is a performer, director, and deviser whose work is particularly inspired by observation of her immediate environment. Through mask, clown, butoh-inspired movement and site-specific performance, she attempts to capture and heighten the magic, mystery and tragedy in everyday activities and interactions. She endeavors to find universality in these actions and her performance that may be communicated across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

Erica’s most recent site-specific performances were featured at North Carolina’s Penland School of Craft, Chicago’s PopUp Art Loop, SPOKE Chicago, Toronto’s Beaver Hall, Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Random House Classics, the City of Chicago’s Lurie Gardens Celebration in Millennium Park, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Erica has performed locally with Synapse Arts Collective, Blair Thomas and Company, Redmoon Theater, Storybox, and Local Infinities Visual Theater, as well as Washington Improv Theater in Washington DC. She received a Patrick Stewart Human Rights Fellowship and a English Speaking Union Scholar Award to serve as the artistic director of the MUKA Project Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Erica has taught workshops for Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher’s Center, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and The Second City Training Center. Additionally, she has designed and facilitated lectures and residencies for a variety of academic institutions, corporations and community organizations including but not limited to, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amnesty International, The Memphis Theological Seminary, The College of Wooster, Chicagoland Librarians Association, University of Witwatersrand (RSA) and University of Kwazulu-Natal (RSA). She has a Masters in Psychophysical Theatre Practice with an emphasis on intercultural performance from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Erica is a recipient of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) and the Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP). She was recently awarded a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Fellowship.


VENUES 2012

DEFIBRILLATOR GALLERY (a.k.a dfbrL8r or dfb) is a non-profit arts organization that provides a gathering place to conceive, present and promote performance art and other ephemeral forms of expression. Dynamic programming, decidedly varied and unique, is a priority at DEFIBRILLATOR. The ELECTRODES are the front windows at dfb. 1136 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60642

NIGHTINGALE is run by visionary Christy LeMaster who is a galvanizing force behind Chicago’s film and video community.
1084 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60642

HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS is the curatorial collective of Anna Trier, Hadley Vogel, and Meredith Weber. “Happy C” provides exhibition opportunities for performance, installation and media works. 1254 N Noble Street, Chicago IL 60642

HUB is a temporary space secured for RAPID PULSE to provide a gathering place for the artists and a platform for exchange and discourse. 1184 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60642

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