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20 Jan 2012

call for proposals: performance festival

Martine Viale at DEFIBRILLATOR

RAPID PULSE international performance festival
DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery


submission deadline:
february 15, 2012 performance festival:
june 1-10, 2012


1136 n milwaukee ave
chicago, il 60642

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DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery is now accepting proposals for the first annual RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL. Opening 01 JUNE and closing 10 JUNE 2012, the festival aims to represent a vast range of styles and forms in order to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding performance art.

RAPID PULSE embraces work that is profoundly influenced by time and is therefore transitory, fleeting, or temporary. We are seeking proposals for performance art, art actions, durational performance, public interventions, installations, site specific performance, social sculpture, or any other time-based form that does not sit comfortably within pre-established genres or disciplines. 

DEFIBRILLATOR provides a place to conceive, present, and promote performance art. Now in it's second year, DEFIBRILLATOR invigorates Chicago by bringing to the city artists from around the world. Dynamic programming, decidedly varied and unique, is a priority at DEFIBRILLATOR. In an effort to cultivate appreciation for performance among the general public, we encourage visiting artists to present workshops, artist talks, lectures, or other forms of discourse.  

The festival will contain six evenings of performance. Every event will feature three artists/groups. The first is invited from the US or abroad. The second is an artist from anywhere in the world who is selected through this CALL FOR PROPOSALS. The third is an artist from the American Midwest who is either invited or selected through this CALL FOR PROPOSALS.

RAPID PULSE will also include random public performances, screenings, workshops, lectures and conversations. Spilling over to other venues in the Wicker Park neighborhood, the festival will be fully publicized and, given it's novelty and the popularity of DEFIBRILLATOR, should garner a moderate amount of press coverage.
Though we are seeking additional funding, we regret that at this time we are not able to pay for travel. However, up to six days of accommodation and meals will be provided. There is also a small budget for props, materials, or shipping. It is possible that artists might receive a modest stipend based on attendance, donation, or additional funding. The artists will receive a printed catalog and access to their documentation. Formal letters of invitation will be given to the selected artists so they may find funding in their home countries. Notification will be given on March 1, 2012.
In order to apply for the RAPID PULSE FESTIVAL you must submit a link to online work samples. if you do not have a website, consider using a blog template like the ones on tumblr or a collection of videos on vimeo.

The APPLICATION FORM can be found on the website:
DEADLINE: midnight February 15, 2012 (CST – Central Standard Time/UTC - 6 hours).
If you have questions, please email Joseph Ravens, Director, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival; Executive Director, DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery.