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RAPID PULSE 2017 | retrospect
Curated by Joseph Ravens + Giana Gambino
THU 01 JUNE – SUN 04 JUNE

Vernissage THU 01 JUNE | Performances FRI-SUN 02-04 JUNE

  • LIVE PERFORMANCE ART by ALUMNI
  • Prototypes for FIVE FESTIVAL CATALOGS, Rapid Pulse 2012-16
  • RAPID PULSE | RELICS – exhibition of objects and documentation from prior editions.
  • STǓ  late night post performance soup kitchen each evening of Rapid Pulse.
  • VIDEO PROGRAM each evening of Rapid Pulse.

RAPID PULSE 2017|venue

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.

RAPID PULSE 2017|tour

JUNE 01-04  CHICAGO  Defibrillator Gallery  www.DFBRL8R.org
JUNE 08-11  DETROIT  Spread Art  www.spreadart.org
JUNE 15-18  HUDSON VALLEY  Rosekill  www.rosekill.com

Spread Art (Detroit, Michigan) is a creative incubator designed to foster new creative work through residencies and collaborations with artists, curators, and arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Rosekill (Hudson Valley, New York) is an extension of Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn. In this beautiful rural landscape people come from around the world to make, share, discuss and experience Performance Art in harmony with nature.

RAPID PULSE 2017|contribute

We are a small group of people making big things happen with very little.

  • Advance ticket orders help a lot and there is NO FEE! Consider contributing in advance by getting tickets through THIS LINK.
  • Support Rapid Pulse by purchasing RAFFLE TICKETS through June 4.
  • If you can, please support Rapid Pulse by making a tax deductible donation via DFBRL8R.

RAPID PULSE 2017|team

JOSEPH RAVENS | director
GIANA GAMBINO | assistant director + video program curator
JENNIE KLEIN | blog
UCHENNA AGWUNCHA | catalog coordinator
AMANDA STAPLES  | development
ANDREI VENGHIAC | digital archive coordinator
HOLLY ARSENAULT  + OLIVER BELTRAN + JAZMIN DUA + OLIVIA SYDNEI PAGE + FRIDA TARIN + ANGELIKI TSOLI | documenters
KEEGAN SMEZA | hospitality coordinators
AMANDA STAPLES | object archive coordinator
MICHAEL LEE BRIDGES | operations + publicity
ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEAD | production coordinator
NICHOLAS DAVIS +JAKE EVEKER + NICK MERYHEW | production team
MARIA LOUISA + VIOLET ECKLES-JORDAN | technical directors
OLIVIA SYDNEI PAGE | video program coordinator
NICK MERYHEW | volunteer coordinator
DANA DURFEE | website

DFBRL8R|apprentices

Maria Luisa, Uchenna Agwuncha, Nick Meryhew, Keegan Condon, Steph Meza, Andrei Venghiac, Frida Tarin, Jazmin Dua, Olivia Sydnei Page, Holly Arsenault, Violet Eckles-Jordan, Jake Eveker

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.

RAPID PULSE|dfbrl8r

RAPID PULSE’S HOST Defibrillator performance art gallery (a.k.a dfbrL8r or dfb) is a volunteer run, 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. contact: defibrillatorgalleryatdfbrl8r.org

RAPID PULSE2017|curators

Rapid Pulse 2017 Live Performances curated by Joseph Ravens + Giana Gambino.
Rapid Pulse 2017 Video Series curated by Giana Gambino

RAPID PULSE 2017 | retrospect

Rapid Pulse 2017 launches with a Vernissage on Thursday, June 1 at 7pm. In addition to live performances, each day of Rapid Pulse includes a Video Program and STǓ, a curated late-night post-performance soup kitchen. Co-curators Giana Gambino and Joseph Ravens have kept the festival intimate in order to focus on the digital and physical archives from the first five editions of the festival. Rapid Pulse 2017 will debut prototypes for five catalogs, one for each edition, 2012-16. This retrospective concludes a series and marks the end of the festival in its current format. Following a hiatus, Rapid Pulse will return in new form to champion performance art.

Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival is curated by festival director, Joseph Ravens, and assistant director, Giana Gambino, along with support from Julie Laffin and Steven Bridges (Co-curators 2012-15). Rapid Pulse is produced by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery a.k.a. DFBRL8R Ltd., a 501c3 organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of performance art. Fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world, Defibrillator champions work that looks to the body in concert and conversation with time, object, space, architecture, and society.

RAPID PULSE 2017|sponsors

Rapid Pulse is made possible by the generous support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries and SAIC Departments of Performance, Visual and Critical Studies, and Arts Administration and Policy; Lagunitas Brewing Co; Awake Cafe; Lovely Kitchen and Cafe; Five Star Bar; Opart Thai; Andrés Lemus-Spont/Building Brown Workshop; Kokorokoko; Standing Passengers; The Dill Pickle Food Co-op; Vincent Restaurant; Rosekill/Grace Exhibition Space; Spread Art; David Getsy, Jane Wenger; Daniéle Wilmouth; Cream; Jumptwist; Mr. Vibe; Ohio Art and Design; Felis Major Letterpress & Bindery. Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.