presents a dynamic range of styles and forms of performance art. The festival embraces the local and the global simultaneously. 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.
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.>
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’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.
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 www.RP16.eventbrite.com
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
Rapid Pulse 2016 Live Performances curated by Joseph Ravens and Giana Gambino.
Rapid Pulse 2016 Video Series curated by Giana Gambino and Julie Laffin.
JOSEPH RAVENS | director
GIANA GAMBINO | assistant director
JULIE LAFFIN | video series co-curator
CHELSIE NIEMI | archive
DANIELLE DOTSON | development
JOEY ASAL | installation
ANDREA DECKER | operations
ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEAD | production
MICHAEL LEE BRIDGES | publicity
ANGELA GUEST, MICHELLE PARK | technology
SAMANTHA YIYAO CHAO | video series
DANA DURFEE | website