Get Involved

Donate – Become an Art Star! Donations of $100 and more will be listed on this website as Art Stars.

Volunteer – Every year a team of people come together to help make Rapid Pulse happen. The artists and volunteers become friends for life and the feeling of community and accomplishment are unrivaled. No matter your skills, we can find a place for you. Bonus if you take photos or video or are good with sound or projection.

Host an Artist – Our largest expense is housing for out-of-town artists. If you would like to host a visiting artist, please complete this form. Forward to anyone you know who has a room to spare. Bonus if it is on or near the Blue Line, or the Ashland or Chicago bus!


Video Performance Series

Curated by Julie Laffin and Giana Gambino, this series consists of performance works for the camera in which the lens is an integrated element or the action is impossible to present live due to site specificity, extended duration, scale, or other unique situations. Screened in our pop-up Garage Cinema, the video series is contained within the evening program between the live performances.



DEFIBRILLATOR GALLERY [DFBRL8R] | 1463 West Chicago Avenue. Bus #66 right to the door or 10 minute walk west from the Chicago Blue Line El Stop. Donation requested for 7PM performances – at the door or in advance at

ELECTRODE GALLERY | The storefront WINDOW at DFBRL8R houses durational performances viewed from the street – each day from 4-7PM. Free

IN SITU | performances occur outside the gallery context. Roaming works are unpredictable, meet at DFBRL8R if a time is indicated and we collectively migrate to the site. Dress for weather, some works are outdoors. Follow @RapidPulseFest for up-to-the-minute locations. Free


Gastronomy Series

STǓ | A late night supper with one enormous pot and a thousand small discussions. Setting aside traditional forms of discourse, Rapid Pulse 2016 has instead decided to provide an atmosphere where exchange of ideas happens naturally and conversations flow freely – as they tend to do over food and drink, at table. Gastronomy Artists will create a soup or stew in response to an artist or work that took place that day. Space extremely limited and available only with Gold Member ticketed donation:


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.

Rapid Pulse requests a donation at the door beginning at 7PM each day of the festival: $15 general public | $10 students. The Gastro Pop Up Supper and the Workshop have additional donation requests. ELECTRODE and IN SITU performances are always free. RAPID PULSE is produced by DEFIBRILLATOR GALLERY, a 501c3 organization dedicated to performance art programming and discourse, your contributions may be tax deductible.



Rapid Pulse, Defibrillator, or individual artists are partially supported by: The Netherland-America Foundation, National Arts Council of South Africa, National Arts Festival – South Africa, Arts Council England, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Kone Foundation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Tramway Arts Centre, Holiday Jones, Lagunitas, Five Star Bar, Hook Torture Gallery, Triple O Construction, Kokorokoko Vintage, Seek Vintage, Revolution Brewing, Awake Cafe, Lovely Cafe, Opart Thai, Starship Salon, Mr. Vibe, and many contributions by generous individuals.