Sixth Annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival 2017  |  RETROSPECT
JUNE 01-04 | 2017

Embracing the theme: Retrospect, this edition of Rapid Pulse looks back at our first five years by inviting alumni artists to present new works:

2012 | Industry of the Ordinary | Michael Thomas/Lucky Pierre
2013 | Fereshteh Toosi | Carlos Salazar Lermont
2014 | Alison Crocetta + Peter Reese | Diaz Lewis | Mikey McParlane + Erica Gressman
2015 | Ayana Evans
2016 | Eli K Gold

Rapid Pulse 2017 launches with a Vernissage on Thursday, June 1 at 7pm. In addition to live performances, each day  of Rapid Pulse includes a Video Program and STǓ, a curated late-night post-performance soup kitchen. Co-curators Giana Gambino and Joseph Ravens have kept the festival intimate in order to focus on the digital and physical archives from the first five editions of the festival. Rapid Pulse 2017 will debut prototypes for five catalogs, one for each edition, 2012-16. This retrospective concludes a series and marks the end of the festival in its current format. Following a hiatus, Rapid Pulse will return in new form to champion performance art.

Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival is curated by festival director, Joseph Ravens, and assistant director, Giana Gambino, along with support from Julie Laffin and Steven Bridges (Co-curators 2012-15). Rapid Pulse is produced by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery a.k.a. DFBRL8R Ltd., a 501c3 organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of performance art. Fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world, Defibrillator champions work that looks to the body in concert and conversation with time, object, space, architecture, and society.


Guest of honor: JEFFERSON PINDER [RP13]

Celebrate the opening of Rapid Pulse 2017 at our Vernissage on Thursday, June 1, with guest of honor, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Jefferson Pinder.

6PM | Reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres | $20 [get tickets]

8PM | Talk by Jefferson Pinder | $5 donation request at the door


7PM | Ayana Evans [RP15] | Diaz Lewis [RP14] | Industry of the Ordinary [RP12]

video program | Metaphor: With or Without Recourse : Jeffery Byrd [RP13] Francisco-fernando Granados [RP12] | Jon John [RP12] | Lechdevirgen Trimegisto [RP15]

stǓ | John Burkholder + Jessica Bortman [RP16]


5PM | Michael Thomas/Lucky Pierre [RP12] | OFFSITE*: 2001 W. Fulton | FREE

7PM | Alison Crocetta + Peter Reese [RP14] | Eli K Gold [RP16]

video program | Re-Imagining/Re-Imaging : Atom-r [RP15] | Jess Dobkin [RP13] | Shana Moulton [RP12] | Endam Nihan [RP14] | Sandrine Schaefer [RP14] | Andrei Venghiac [RP16]

9PM | Michael Thomas/Lucky Pierre[RP12] | OFFSITE* 2001 W. Fulton | FREE

stǓ | JGV / WAR = J Gibran Villalobos + Wil A Ruggiero [RP16]


3PM | Panel Discussion | subject: Performing Leadership: Links in Creativity

moderator: Carlos Salazar Lermont
panelists: Jackie Taylor, Joseph Ravens, Mark Jeffery, Angeliki Tsoli

5PM | Fereshteh Toosi [RP13] | OFFSITE** Start at DFBRL8R + walk to Eckhart Park | FREE

7PM | Mikey McParlane + Erica Gressman [RP14] | Carlos Salazar Lermont [RP13]

video program | Embodied Politics : Manuel López [RP16] | Raquel Punto [RP13] | Willem Wilhelmus [RP12] + Arianne Foks [RP12] | Victor de la Rocque[RP15] | Francesca Fini [RP13] | Arianna Ferrari [RP13] | Tales Frey [RP12] | Jai Du [RP16]

stǓ | Miller & Shellabarger [RP13]

RAPID PULSE 2017 |offsite

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*American Slut” takes place at 2001 W Fulton | SW Corner of Fulton and Damen | FREE | Michael Thomas is the director of Lucky Pierre, a collaborative group working in performance, activism, and visual art to create structures for open forms of engagement with various publics. “American Slut,” a solo performance, is perhaps a re-telling of Clint Eastwood’s film based on the Chris Kyle memoir “American Sniper.” It’s also about the early AIDS crisis, queer identity, crumbling political and economic systems, the tenure review process, rage, getting shot and getting laid. Drinks may be served, and dancing may follow.

**Fereshteh Toosi begins at Defibrillator at 5PM and the group will migrate collectively two blocks east to Eckhart Park for a participatory performance. FREE. Fereshteh Toosi designs experiences and objects using hybrid approaches that combine images, sounds, movement, and found materials. Fereshteh’s participatory art work takes many forms, ranging from oyster mushroom sculptures, films processed in mint tea and yeasts, and guided walks about the lithium mining industry.


2012 Rapid Pulse INDUSTRY of the ORDINARY photo by Zach Michael and Melody Snyder
2012 Rapid Pulse MICHAEL THOMAS/LUCKY PIERRE photo by Rossi Dimitrova
2013 Rapid Pulse CARLOS SALAZAR LERMONT photo by Keijaun Thomas
2013 Rapid Pulse FERESHTEH TOOSI photo by Giana Gambino
2014 Rapid Pulse DIAZ LEWIS photo by Kevin Sparrow
2014 Rapid Pulse MIKEY MCPARLANE photo by Arjuna Capulong
2014 Rapid Pulse ALISON CROCETTA+PETER REESE photo by Emerson Sigman
2015 Rapid Pulse AYANA EVANS photo by Sam Chao
2016 Rapid Pulse ELI K GOLD photo by Holly Arsenault


Rapid Pulse is made possible by the generous support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries and SAIC Departments of Performance, Visual and Critical Studies, and Arts Administration and Policy; Lagunitas Brewing Co; Awake Cafe; Lovely Kitchen and Cafe; Five Star Bar; Opart Thai; Andrés Lemus-Spont/Building Brown Workshop; Kokorokoko; Standing Passengers; The Dill Pickle Food Co-op; Vincent Restaurant; Rosekill/Grace Exhibition Space; Spread Art; David Getsy, Jane Wenger; Daniéle Wilmouth; Cream; Jumptwist; Mr. Vibe; Ohio Art and Design; Felis Major Letterpress & Bindery. Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.