Apprentice 2018

Apprentice program


WINTER INTERSESSION > 02-30 JAN 2018 | deadline to apply: DEC 23 | Defibrillator is moving to the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. During the month of January we will be carving out space at the Zhou B Art Center then transporting our Object Archive, Materials, and equipment to our new home. Experience the formation of the foundation for the next incarnation of Defibrillator. Yes, we will be moving stuff, but we will be doing so slowly and orderly throughout the month. Photographing and cataloging our Object Archive will be a priority. During this WINTER INTERSESSION we will also be laying the groundwork for the next phase of our organization while working toward our first exhibition as resident curators at Zhou B Art Center with Myanmar artist, Moe Satt, in collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center and the Asian Cultural Council.

We are also taking applications for the SPRING SESSION > JAN 26-JUNE 30 | deadline JAN 13




Commitment: A minimum average of 8 hours a week is requested in order to be considered an official Apprentice. DFBRL8R Apprentices are needed mostly on weekends, our exhibitions are usually on Saturday evenings at 7PM (though this varies widely). We often install all day Saturday, Friday evenings, or earlier in the week. Administration and maintenance happen throughout the week. Workload and hours vary widely based on the scale or nature of the work being presented. Apprentices are encouraged to attend discussion groups once or twice a month on Sunday mornings from 11-2PM (Mop Talks).

Advantages to becoming a DFBRL8R APPRENTICE

  • FEEDBACK SESSIONS. Joseph Ravens responds to your current work or portfolio, one-on-one.
  • STUDIO TIME. Access to unused time at the gallery for artistic development.
  • MOP TALKS. These sessions take place once or twice a month on Sunday mornings from 11-2PM, following most performances (occasionally the artist is present). Inverting hierarchy, Joseph Ravens cleans the gallery while apprentices sit and watch and discussions unfold. The group will engage in conversations ranging from the prior evening’s work to analysis of a particular genre or idea. These visits may include virtual interviews/conversations with guests, along with other advice and information about arts administration and professional development.
  • PRACTICAL SKILLS. Apprentices learn a lot of applicable knowledge about Performance Art and running a non profit 501c3 organization, publicity, documentation, archive, installation and many other areas.
  • PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES. Accomplished apprentices are offered opportunities that arise.
  • MEETING ARTISTS. Gain valuable insight into how artists from around the world work and live. Make meaningful and valuable connections with artists, organizations, and communities.
  • MEALS. Work sessions lasting six hours or longer include a simple meal. Snacks, coffee, tea, etc. are always available during work sessions.
  • DISCOUNTS. Workshop rates for apprentices are often discounted or waived.
  • ALUMNUS. Student rates, discounts, and access to VIP events for life, upon request. Website listing on the DFBRL8R Apprenticeship Alumnus roster.