Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival Curatorial Fellowship

Beginning with the 2015 edition of Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, a Curatorial Fellow will be selected each year through an open call. Selected Fellows will work closely with curators Joseph Ravens, Julie Laffin, Steven L. Bridges, and Giana Gambino. Selected Fellow will be fully integrated into the curatorial team with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to those of an assistant curator. The fellowship provides curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to a dynamic range of styles and forms of performance art. Time is divided between general curatorial work and specific projects including, but not limited to, reviewing applications and contributing to the selection process, organizing curatorial meetings, taking notes, managing data, researching and applying for funding. offsite project coordination, production assistance, catalogue development & production, and PR & social media.

Apply | Eligibility:

Consideration is given to candidates with a specialized interest and experience in performance art. Masters degree (or the equivalent) preferred. If still a Masters candidate, school credit could be awarded. Potential for small stipend based on contributions to development. Preference given to those living in Chicago, though others will be considered. To apply, please email Assistant Festival Director, Giana Gambino [gianagambino@rapidpulse.org] the following items: Letter of Interest, Resume, and (if possible) link/s to images of past or current curatorial work with descriptions. Fellowship time period is from October 2014 through July 2015. DEADLINE is midnight September 30th, 2014.

About the festival:

Rapid Pulse actively contributes to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of time-based expression. We boldly confront the boundaries and expectations regarding performance art and through positive experiences with this medium, cultivate a sustainable and supportive community.  To that end, Rapid Pulse presents a wide range of styles and forms of performance art. Dynamic programming, decidedly fearless and unique, aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding performance art. Embracing the local and global simultaneously, we aim to invigorate Chicago by bringing to the city artists of exceptional calibre from around the world to present their work alongside outstanding local artists. Spilling over to other venues in the neighborhood, Rapid Pulse includes artist talks, panels, a video series, and performances in the gallery, the windows, in public and at the hub. Rapid Pulse is a Defibrillator initiative.