ALEJANDRO T ACIERTO (CHICAGO) | KELVIN ATMADIBRATA (INDONESIA) | PETER BAREN (NETHERLANDS) | HEIDI WIREN BARTLETT & KŪLDEEP SIÑGH (US/INDIA) | SARAH & JOSEPH BELKNAP (CHICAGO) | STEPHANIE ELAINE BLACK (UAE/UK) | ERIKA BÜLLE (MÉXICO) | DAVID FRANKOVICH (CANADA/FINLAND) | ELI K GOLD (US) | GILLIAN JANE LEES & ADAM YORK GREGORY (UK) | REGIN IGLORIA + AMY SINCLAIR (PHILIPPINES/CHICAGO) | BEATA KOLBASOVSKA & JAKUB PISEK (SLOVAKIA) | GAVIN KRASTIN (SOUTH AFRICA) | HEERAN LEE (KOREA/US) | RIVER LIN (TAIWAN/FRANCE) | MANUEL LÓPEZ A.K.A: LOLO HJTYU TUYUYU (SPAIN) | LINDA MONTANO (US) | ESTHER NEFF (US) | VELA OMA (MEXICO/US) | EDRA SOTO (CHICAGO) | KEIJAUN THOMAS (CHICAGO/US) | SARAH TROUCHE (FRANCE) | NABEELA VEGA (BANGLADESH/US)
RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
2016 is a five day marathon of performance art at Defibrillator Gallery in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. June 1-5, twenty-five international, national, and local performance artists will present their work in the streets, in the windows, and in the gallery. In addition to live work, each day also features a screening of performances for the camera. Each day will end with a group meal created by a Gastronomy Artist in response to the four other works that took place that day. In addition to producing remarkable events, Rapid Pulse aims to provide opportunities for performance artists from around the world to build community and share their work with other artists, international curators, and respected academics.
2016 marks the fifth anniversary for Rapid Pulse and in that time we have become known around the world as a small festival with a big heart. We embrace the local and global simultaneously. Over fifty artists, administrators, and volunteers from around the world will come together for five days to contribute to an international conversation about performance art. While enriching Chicago, we are also providing a unique opportunity for performance artists to build community with other live artists, curators, academics, and performance enthusiasts. We foster and contribute to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of expression.
Rapid Pulse is a platform for underrepresented voices and time-based work that does not sit comfortably within pre-established genres or disciplines. Dynamic programming, decidedly fearless and unique, aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse. Live performances were curated by Giana Gambino and Joseph Ravens with input from Julie Laffin who, in turn, curated the video series with Giana Gambino.