D E F I B R I L L A T O R
performance art gallery

DEFIBRILLATOR (a.k.a dfbrL8r or dfb) is a 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 aims to:

  • provide opportunities for emerging and established CHICAGO artists to conceive and present performance art
  • present international/out-of-town artists to represent a vast range of styles and forms
  • build discourse and criticism surrounding performance art
  • raise appreciation for performance art among the general public
  • cultivate a resourceful and supportive transdisciplinary artistic community

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location update:

we lost our lease at 1136 N MILWAUKEE and OCTOBER is our last month at this location. NEW CITY wrote about it here. don’t worry, we’re just taking a break while we search for a new location.

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dfb board of directors:
JOSEPH RAVENS

JOSEPH RAVENS ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JOSEPH RAVENS
ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

dfb president & executive director RAVENS is a graduate of THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO with an MFA in performance. he completed his undergraduate degree in theater at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN at WHITEWATER. He is a recipient of several grants from the ILLINOIS ART COUNCIL including a FELLOWSHIP FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE ART for NEW PERFORMANCE FORMS. he has received numerous travel and exchange awards that have enabled him to build a global reputation and present his work abroad. RAVENS frequently presents workshops around the world that demonstrate his unique approach to creating time based art.

TED SCHMIDT

dfb vice president SCHMIDT is a graduate of UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN at MADISON and specializes in real estate. he is currently president and CEO, of TESKORE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS and DEVELOPMENTS. previously he worked as NETWORK SYSTEMS ENGINEER and INSTRUCTOR at NEW HOIRIZONS COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER from 1997 to 2002.

DAVID SUNDRY

dfb treasurer/secretary SUNDRY is a design/build architect who has been constructing single family homes, small offices and mixed use spaces in CHICAGO since 1989. he is the founder and president of TRIPLE O CONSTRUCTION, a small design/build construction company, and O GROUP, INC., its partnering architecture studio in association with LYLE HAAG ENGINEERING. DAVID’S buildings have been featured in CHICAGO MAGAZINE, CHICAGO SOCIAL and BETTER HOMES and GARDENS. he received a BFA in fine arts from the UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME and an MFA in painting from PRATT INSTITUTE in NEW YORK. he has created architectural set designs for ZEPHYR DANCE, and currently collaborates with ZEPHYR serving as dramaturg, and advising the company’s director on the architectural and painterly aspects of movement since 2000.

dfb founding board:
CHARLENE GERVAIS , CARRON LITTLE

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dfb mission

committed to presenting a vast range of styles and forms of time-based art, DEFIBRILLATOR is dedicated to fostering local talent while invigorating CHICAGO by bringing to the city artists of exceptional calibre from around the world. contextualizing performance within visual art, we embrace those who look to the body, objects, space, and time for inspiration, research, and practice. providing opportunities for established and emerging artists alike, DEFIBRILLATOR provides 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 surrounding performance art. our goal is to foster and contribute to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of expression.

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dfb STAFF
DIRECTOR | JOSEPH RAVENS
OPERATIONS MANAGER | ANDREA DECKER

dfb INTERNS FALL 2014
CV PETERSON | GABRIELLE PETERSON

dfb VOLUNTEERS:
MEGHAN MOE BEITIKS, JESSICA BORTMAN, BOW-TY, ARJUNA CAPULONG, JEANELLE CHANG, DOMENICA DE LA TORRE, SHIR ENDE, (EMJEE) MARYANA GREEN, JUSTUS HARRIS, AUTUMN HAYS, KAITLYN HELENE-SASS, JANE JERARDI, AHYUN KIM, PAIGE LANDESBERG, BRAD LITWIN, JENNIFER MEFFORD, LEICESTER MITCHELL, LAURA MOORE, NATALIA NICOLE NICHOLSON, GABRIELA ORTIZ, WILLIAM PATRICK, SARAH PRINZ, CHARLES RICE, MARIANA ROCKWELL, MAYRA RODRIGUEZ, CARRIE RUCKEL, ELLIOTT SANG, ROSA GAIA SAUNDERS, AUTUMN STARR, AMANDA STEFANSKI, KEIJUAN THOMAS, LAURA TREJO, JORDAN WALTERS

PAST dfb INTERNS
TECH INSTALL  JY CHO
VIDEOGRAPHY JOSE MANUEL ARIAS
TECH INSTALL JOHN BURKHOLDER
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DAFNE KA DAI CHAN
PHOTOGRAPHY ISABELLE MCGUIRE
RAPID PULSE CURATORIAL ASSISTANT CONOR MOYNIHAN
ARTS ADMINISTRATION LAURA TREJO
DOCUMENTATION ARJUNA CAPULONG
DOCUMENTATION NAYEON YANG
ARTS ADMINISTRATION ANDREA DECKER
ARTS ADMINISTRATION CHRISTIAN CRUZ
TECH INSTALL PRESTON WOLLNER
DOCUMENTATION RADEK SKALSKI
TECH INSTALL JAEUK SONG

CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER or APPLY for an INTERNSHIP

CLICK HERE to submit an ARTISTIC, RENTAL or REHEARSAL PROPOSAL

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