RAPID PULSE is an intense whirlwind of live performance art, videos, artist talks, workshops, and panel discussions that takes place in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago June 4-14, 2015. This fourth annual international festival, produced by Defibrillator Gallery a 501c3 arts organization newly relocated to 1463 W Chicago Avenue, presents over 30 notable international, national, and local artists with dynamic range of styles and forms of performance art. 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. The festival embraces the local and the global simultaneously, spilling over to other venues in the neighborhood for two weeks THURSDAY – SUNDAY JUNE 04-14, with different programming each day and featuring:
MARILYN ARSEM (US). JELILI ATIKU (NIGERIA). ATOM-r (CHICAGO). YOLANDA BENALBA (SPAIN). SARAH BERKELEY (US). JOHN BOEHME (US|CANADA). MARY COBLE (US|DENMARK). JOHN COURT (FINLAND). CHUN HUE CATHERINE DONG (CANADA). AYANA EVANS (US). VIVIAN CHINASA EZUGHA (NIGERIA|WALES). ADAM GRUBA (POLAND). KIRSTEN HESHUSIUS (NETHERLANDS). MIAO JIAXIN (CHINA|US). NATASHA JOZI (PAKISTAN). LARISSA KOPP (GERMANY|AUSTRIA). PARIS LEGAKIS (GREECE|US). SARA MORAWETZ (AUSTRALIA|US). AMITIS MOTEVALLI (IRAN|US). FILIPE OSORNIO (MEXICO). JULIE POTRATZ (CHICAGO). VICTOR de la ROCQUE (BRAZIL). BERNARDO RODRIQUEZ (BRAZIL). MITSU SALMON (CHICAGO). MARCEL SPARMANN (GERMANY). MARYAM TAGHAVI (CHICAGO). MARTINE VIALE (CANADA). WEEKS & WHITFORD (UK). FRANCIS WILSON (US). TORI WRåNES (NORWAY).
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RP CURATORIAL TEAM
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 was on the curatorial team for Intrude: Art & Life 366 – a Zendai Museum of Modern Art initiative to present 366 daily projects in public spaces throughout 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.
(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.
Committed to presenting a vast range of styles and forms of performance art. We seek out those artists whose research and practice look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, and society. Poetic and conceptual actions generated by artists who are not concerned with narrative or lesson or technique but, rather, take a painterly or sculptural image-based approach to performance.