RAPID PULSE presents a dynamic range of styles and forms of performance art. The festival embraces the local and the global simultaneously. We aim to invigorate Chicago by bringing to the city artists of exceptional calibre from around the world with dynamic programming, decidedly fearless and unique.
PERFORMANCE ART can happen anywhere and for any length of time. RAPID PULSE approaches performance from a visual art perspective. As a potter uses clay, a performance artist uses the body, object, and space to sculpt time-based works of art. At once beautiful or grotesque, meditative or thrilling, solemn or funny, performance art ranges from explorations of the mundane to embodiments of edginess, risk, or pain.
Spilling over to other venues in the neighborhood for two weeks THURSDAY through SUNDAY JUNE 04-07 and THURSDAY through SUNDAY 11-14, with different programming each day:
- Discourse with Artist Talks and Panels
- Video Series, as part of the evening program
- Performances in Defibrillator Gallery, Electrode Window Gallery and Off Site locations
The curatorial committee for Rapid Pulse 2015 consists of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curatorial Assistant, Steven L. Bridges; Curator and Performance Artist, Julie Laffin; MA graduate in Art History and Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Giana Gambino; Defibrillator Founder and Director, Joseph Ravens; and RP15 Curatorial Fellows: Jennifer Mefford, an independent producer and curator based in Chicago; and Teresa Silva, writer, curator, and Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition.
director: JOSEPH RAVENS
assistant director: GIANA GAMBINO
archive: CHELSIE NIEMI
blog: JENNIE KLEIN
development: JESSICA BORTMAN | CHRISTINE OH
discourse: SARA LEGG
hair|make-up: MARK BAZANT
installation: JOEY ASAL | JOHN K BURKHOLDER
operations: ANDREA DECKER
production: ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEAD | ANGELA GUEST
social media: MICHAEL LEE BRIDGES
technology: FABIëNNE ZUIJDWIJK | LAL AVGEN
video series: SAMANTHA YIYAO CHAO
volunteers: CHRISTINE OH
web: DANA DURFEE
Marion Najac, Nabeela Vega, Cassandra Kendall, Ji Yang, Tongyu Zhao, Mallory Hanora, Justyna Gorowska, Elaine Thap, Euree Kim, Cameron Clayborn, Yessenia Luevano, Kiara Lanier, Margaret Welsh, Eames Armstrong, Sana Fatema, Udita Upadhyaya, Holly Arsenault, Maire Witt O’Neill, Shir Ende, Grace Roh, Luis Mejico, Karsh Sahay, Antonio M Davila Jr, George William Price, Izze Copeland, Chris Kellner, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Mikey McParlane, Marina Miliou-Theocharaki, Oliver Levy, Kim Chayeb, Arjuna Capulong, Steven Bridges, Ashley Hollingshead, Angela Guest, Lal Avgen, Jess Bortman, CV Peterson, Michael Lee Bridges, Gabrielle Peterson
RAPID PULSE HOST
Defibrillator performance art gallery (a.k.a dfbrL8r or dfb) is a non-profit 501c3 arts organization that contextualizes performance within the visual art realm. dfb provides a gathering place to conceive, present and promote performance art and other ephemeral forms of expression.