DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery, a 501c3 nonprofit organization
DONATE MONEY, online or other method to DFBRL8R, ltd
DONATE TIME, volunteer at the gallery
be an ADVOCATE, write reviews (guidestar, google) and link to the website

in 2015

monthly traffic – 3,550 visits
most visited day Sept 6th – 338 visits
87% New Visitor  | 13% returning

in 2015

monthly traffic – 11,000 visits
most visited day June 1st – 757 visits

Traffic Type:

  • 40% Organic (search engines, non-paid)
  • 30% Referral
  • 20% Direct (Favorites)
  • 10% Email

Top 10 Referral Sources:

  • Google | Search engines
  • Facebook
  • Reddit

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.

dfbrl8r is registered with:

dfb history

DEFIBRILLATOR was formed in 2010 to support artists working in performance art and enlighten the general public regarding this enigmatic form of expression. founder, JOSEPH RAVENS, shaped a unique environment tailored to the creation and presentation of time-based art. he rented a storefront to house the organization and began programming exhibitions and discourse designed to foster a community that is knowledgeable and appreciative of performance art. DEFIBRILLATOR actively contributes to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of expression. we boldly confront the boundaries and expectations regarding performance and through positive experiences with this medium, cultivate a sustainable and supportive performance community.

  • programming: professional/touring artists, student exhibitions, installations, trade show/touring, and fundraising events
  • discourse: workshops, discussions, blogs, and other forms of outreach
  • artist-in-residence
  • subsidized rental space for artists
  • student internships with partnering institutions of higher education