Every year the folks behind the Version Festival present a capsule view of Chicago’s ever-evolving ecology through a series of events that emphasize the “Do-It-Together” spirit of the Chicago art scenes. Version Festival 10: Infrastructures and Territories begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 22 and runs through May 2nd (pick up a guide to the festival at various galleries and art spaces around town, or download one here). The festival kicks off with the group exhibition called Territories @ the Zhou B Center. At Saturday’s opening performance the Paper Rad band Extreme Animals, LA -based Telefantasy and local giants Mahjongg and much much more will perform at Co-Prosperity Sphere.
On Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25 the festival takes up diggs at a community center in Bridgeport in order to host its version of an “art fair cum experimental trade show”: the NFO XPO. According to the Festival’s website, this year’s events will include “historical re-enactments, antiwar organizing, Version tv shows, an art parade, an artist-run art expo, a catalog of interventionist strategies, networking between independent groups and spaces, inflatable art, one-night exhibition formats, Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together projects, the Tech Noir Bar, a mobile silkscreen printing cart, artist granting projects, a national WPA-inspired public poster project, a free school, impressive musical performances, boring theoretical nonsense, mapping projects, pop-up galleries, Korean/Polish BBQ and more.”
Visit the Version 10 festival website to find the full schedule of events. Check out their Facebook group to learn about upcoming activities and the over 30 events organized by the festival’s 300 participants from around the world. And if you want your Version in the form of 140 characters or less, comedian Nick Bahr will be hosting the Version Tweets. Be there people!
It is that time of year again. Version is now looking for submissions for their 10th festival entitled Infrastructures and Territories. It will be taking place from April 22nd to May 2nd. Deadline for all submissions is March 1st, 2010.
“Version 2010: now seeking proposals and presentations about tactics and strategies that help sustain our communities, find better uses of our resources, and maintain and expand our networks. For eleven days and nights, we will explore the best practices and boldest failures in interventionist, participatory, and collective social, political, and cultural practices. This year’s theme is presented in order to bring together groups and individuals seeking additional methods for connecting our networks and creating solid foundations for the practice of art, education and social activism well into the next decade. We want to use this opening during the current economic and political crisis to expand and amplify our shared ideals, values and strategies for survival and expansion.
Join us to amplify micro-movements and nowtopian ideas!
The festival will include: community gardens, historical re-enactments, antiwar organizing, an art parade, an artist-run art expo, a catalog of interventionist strategies, networking between independent groups and spaces, inflatable art, one-night exhibition formats, anti-oligarchy planning sessions, DIY and DIT media, the Terminator Bar, a mobile silkscreen printing cart, a national WPA-inspired public poster project, a free school, impressive musical performances, boring theoretical nonsense, mapping projects, pop-up galleries, Korean/Polish BBQ and your proposals.
If you would like to participate in this year’s festival please view our Program Platforms.
When you are ready you will be able to submit your proposal online via this website.
All submissions are public.”