Defibrillator Gallery was formed in 2010 as a platform for performance art. Contextualizing performance within visual art, Defibrillator embraces those who look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, architecture, or society. Courageous programming aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding underrepresented voices and time-based forms of expression. Boldly confronting expectations about performance art, Defibrillator is dedicated to fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world. Actively contributing to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of expression, a rigorous exhibition schedule involves weekly live art eight months of the year and, in June, the international performance art festival, Rapid Pulse. Defibrillator Gallery (a.k.a. DFBRL8R or ‘dfb’) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501c3 arts organization based in Chicago, Illinois
CONTEXTUALIZE performance within the realm of visual art.
EXPAND public perception regarding what art is and can be.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES for emerging and established artists to conceive and present performance art.
INVIGORATE Chicago by bringing to the city artists of exceptional calibre from around the world.
BE A PLATFORM for underrepresented voices.
RAISE AWARENESS and appreciation for the medium of performance art.
BUILD DISCOURSE and criticism surrounding performance art.
FEARLESSLY represent a vast range of styles and forms of performance art.
director | JOSEPH RAVENS
technical director | LAL AVGEN
project coordinator | UCHENNA AGWUNCHA
publicity coordinator | MICHAEL LEE BRIDGES
marketing director | DANA DURFEE
DFBRL8R BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOSEPH RAVENS, President
Founder and Executive Director, Defibrillator Gallery
CHRIS KELLNER, Vice President
Founder and Director, Hook Torture Gallery
DAVID SUNDRY, Treasurer
President and CEO, Triple O Construction
TED SCHMIDT, Secretary
President and CEO, Teskore Real Estate Investments
DFBRL8R APPRENTICE ALUMNI
VIOLET ECKLES-JORDAN | ANDREI VENGHIAC | FRIDA TARIN | JAZMIN DUA | OLIVIA SYNDEI PAGE | JAKE EVEKER | UCHENNA AGWUNCHA | NICK MERYHEW | KEEGAN CONDON | STEPH MEZA | FALAK VASA | ERIKA VAN VEGGEL | ANGIE FERRERIS | MAEVE COUGHLIN | IZABELLA BENEDETTI | HOLLY ARSENAULT | GABRIELLE PETERSON | ANNA MURRAY | SELICIA APPLEGATE | CARMEN GARCIA | FABIËNNE ZUIJDWIJK | CHRISTINE OH | YING SUN | JY CHO | CV PETERSON | YING SUN | JOSE MANUEL ARIAS | JOHN BURKHOLDER | DAFNE KA DAI CHAN | ISABELLE MCGUIRE | CONOR MOYNIHAN | LAURA TREJO | ARJUNA CAPULONG | AHYUN KIM | NAYEON YANG | ANDREA DECKER | AUTUMN HAYS | CHRISTIAN CRUZ | PRESTON WOLLNER | RADEK SKALSKI |JAEUK SONG | ANGELA GUEST | LAL AVGEN | DANIELLE DOTSON | JACK KINSELLA | JEREMY SUBLEWSKI | CLEE MCCRACKEN | FERRELL LAMOTHE | MICHELLE PARK | CLAYTON SHUTTLEWORTH | MARIA LUISA CONLON | PUI PUI TRAN
MEGHAN MOE BEITIKS | JESSICA BORTMAN | BOW-TY | JEANELLE CHANG | DOMENICA DE LA TORRE | SHIR ENDE | (EMJEE) MARYANA GREEN | JUSTUS HARRIS | KAITLYN HELENE-SASS | JANE JERARDI | PAIGE LANDESBERG | JENNIFER MEFFORD | LEICESTER MITCHELL | BRAD LITWIN | LAURA MOORE | NATALIA NICOLE NICHOLSON | GABRIELA ORTIZ | WILLIAM PATRICK | SARAH PRINZ | CHARLES RICE | MARIANA ROCKWELL | MAYRA RODRIGUEZ | CARRIE RUCKEL | ELLIOTT SANG | ROSA GAIA | AUTUMN STARR | OLIVE STEFANSKI | KEIJUAN THOMAS | JORDAN WALTERS
Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Performance; and generous contributions from those who attend exhibitions.
Please note, we are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time.
- If you would like to rent Defibrillator, please contact Defibrillatorgallery@dfbrl8r.org for rates and availability, or for general inquiries.