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Defibrillator Gallery needs your help in order to realize our upcoming project: What Remains: On the Sacred, the Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art. This international performance art series and visual art exhibition will take place throughout the month of February at Defibrillator’s former home on Chicago Avenue.

What Remains marks the beginning of Defibrillator’s 10th Anniversary year. Retrospective by nature, this project features artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate a collection of objects from performances that took place over the past nine years. This massive endeavor was initiated and is curated by Netherlands-based instigator and artist, ieke Trinks.

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What Remains will take place February 7th to the 28th, 2020, at ARC Gallery [] located at 1463 W Chicago Avenue in the Noble Square neighborhood of West Town. Regular Gallery hours for the visual art exhibition are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Performances, discussions, and satellite events are all part of the program. For a detailed schedule and up-to-date information, Please visit All events at ARC Gallery are free and open to the public. Satellite events at nearby art spaces may request a small donation at the door.

We need your support to make this project possible. Your donation will go directly toward supporting the artists participating in What Remains with meals, lodging, and production needs.

Defibrillator Gallery
Zhou B Art Center, Box 101
1029 W 35th Street, Chicago IL 60609

Cash is always handy, but there are OTHER ways you can support What Remains:

  • HOST AN ARTIST | We’re searching for places for visiting artists to stay throughout the month of February. If you have extra room and would be willing to host a visiting artist, please FILL OUT this simple HOST FORM.
  • VOLUNTEER | A project this big requires manpower! If you would like to volunteer for What Remains, we could sure use your help! SIGHT UP HERE to VOLUNTEER.
  • FEED THE ARTISTS | STǓ is a “pop up” soup kitchen to cheaply and easily feed the artists and crew participating in What Remains. If you would like to make a giant pot of goodness, please SIGN UP HERE!
  • AIRLINE MILES | Do you or your friends have extra airline miles? Donating them is easy! We’re struggling for funds to purchase flights for visiting artists – your donation could make a MASSIVE IMPACT! Contact Holly [] to figure out how to donate miles.

What Remains explores the connection between performance and relic. Over the last 9 years, Defibrillator director Joseph Ravens has amassed a unique relic archive of objects from past performances. Early in 2018, ieke Trinks conceived of a curatorial project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. The project is structured around an invitation to artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through proposals for new works. 

What Remains features FORTY participating artists: 

Madison Juliana Alexander [Chicago] | Peter Baren [Netherlands] | Nina Boas [France/Netherlands] | Christian Bujold [Canada] | Renan Marcondes [Brazil] | Eunjin Choi [South Korea/Los Angeles] | Erin Evans Delaney/Maria Luisa [Chicago] | Jessica van Deursen [Netherlands] | Christine Ferrera + Dan Hanrahan [Chicago] | Jacqueline van de Geer [Canada] | Nicole Goodwin [New York] | Lola Blake + Ezra Hawkins [Chicago] | Kirsten Heshusius [Netherlands] | Ashley Hollingshead [Minneapolis] | Patrícia Janeiro [Netherlands] | Jolanda Jansen [Netherlands] | SUNGJAE LEE [Chicago] | Frans van Lent [Netherlands] | A_Marcel [Boston] | Kristin N McWharter [Chicago] | Owen Moran [Wisconsin] | Esther Neff + Kaia Gilje [St. Louis] | Maya Nguen + Noah Fields [Chicago] | Heinrich Obst [Belgium] | Katya Oicherman [Minneapolis] | Erin Peisert + Amy Whitaker [Minneapolis] | Zander Porter [Germany] | Marval A Rex [Los Angeles] | Bernard Roddy [Chicago] | Marina Resende Santos [Chicago] | Jeremy Saya [Canada] | Janneke Schoene [Sweden] | Doro Seror [Germany] | will sōderberg… [Chicago] | Nora + Mána [Chicago] | John Thomure [Chicago] | Nick Tobier [Detroit] | Angeliki Chaido Tsoli [Greece] | Alice Vogler [Atlanta] | Emilia White [Ann Arbor] 

For detailed program information please visit

Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery []  is a 501c3 organization and international platform for Performance Art known for unique, bold, and courageous programming. Actively contributing to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression, DFBRL8R aims to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art.

Defibrillator is made possible with support from The Tanne Foundation Award; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

We need your support to make this project possible.