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LET’S DRINK, LET’S EAT, LET’S PLAY: Proximity Release Parties

  LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY October 18-20, 2013 We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.  Issue 011 features contributions from: Matt Kirouac, Chris Jacobson,Robert O'Connor, Liena Vayzman, Graham Hogan, Amber Renaye, Cameron Ingram, Nyki Salinas-Duda, Happy Collaborationists, Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, Bert Stabler, Ed MArszewski, Tricia Van Eck, John Preus,  Kevin Kaempf, Gregory Jacobson and others. LETS' DRINK Friday, October 18, 2013, 8-11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Come to our magazine release party and get a hot-off-the-press copy of Proximity, meet some of the featured artists in the magazine and enjoy some bread, and alchemical craft beer creations of your own choosing. Features installations by PREP, Hardcore Craft Beer presents Alechemy, Edra Soto, Bread & Beer and the return of the Hornswagglers! Complementary beverages by Stone Brewing Company. Other beverages provided by Founder's Brewing Company & special guest brewers. The Hornswagglers bar will be coming out of retirement for the evening serving their signature cocktails. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/398949160233357/ About the artists: Hardcore Craft Beer presents Alechemy: The Alechemists instructs guests to experiment with beer by emphasizing or complementing their existing flavors with a wide array of ingredients, spices, and flavors.  It's craft beer infusion using adjuncts and additives. Bread & Beer: Tony Bezsylko is a baker and the organizer behind Bread and Beer, a weekly social gathering around his naturally leavened bread. He will bringing some bread to the table. Edra Soto is a Chicago based artist featured in the new issue of Proximity Magazine. Hornswaggler Arts: Hornswaggler Arts is an experimental foray into community supported art commerce run by Joseph Rynkiewicz and Graham Hogan. Since 2009, Hornswaggler Arts been serving the Chicago art community a variety of delightful hand-crafted cocktails at art events while collecting donations from the imbibing public. Donations are in turn used to purchase, frame, display and share the ever-growing Hornswaggler Collection, a free standing exhibition of over 50 collected works. These works are available to borrow through a short term loan program, AKA the Hornswaggler Lending Library. Lion vs Gorilla: Chicago-based curatorial collaboration, created by Jimmy Bulosan and Heather Phillips, with a mission of encouraging collaboration, fostering community, and challenging barriers between artists and viewers. we believe that art should be rowdy, that people should fight for it, and that viewing should never be passive. we see artists and viewers as collaborators in an aesthetic experience, and our goal is to promote integration between artists and the larger community. JiMaoC4: A project-oriented art and design collective and is based in Chicago and Michigan. Our project development team and partner members are from around the world. JiMaoC4’s projects investigate the dialectics of individual initiative and community and adhere to the concept > content > context > collective continuum as a developmental ideal. Prep JiMaoC4's Prep is a project which explores the parallels between the aestheticized yet everyday process of food preparation and the idea of artistic work.  Food is prepared on a custom-built, specialized light tool designed to illuminate the edges of a glass work surface. Cameras and microphones are mounted underneath the surface which can create a visual/auditory record, real-time projections, and recorded material ripe for artistic investigation. These investigations include still images, videos, collaborative public performance and installation events. The Prep project aspires to bridge the world of fine art and entrepreneurial initiative. Prep Team, Creative Partners, Collaborators Kimo Knowles Laura Newlon Selden Paterson Greg Mowery Lion Vs. Gorilla Kendall College Aaron Jarvis    

LET’S EAT / Pop Up Eatery

    LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY A Proximity Art, Food and Radical Hospitality Mini Fest October 18-20, 2013 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.   LETS EAT Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7-10pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Admission: $45 by RSVP Only ( Limited Seating)Join us at our pop up eatery in the Co-Prosperity Sphere for a special Prix fixe dinner with Chef Chris Reed from The Rice Table. When the Dutch expanded their empire to Indonesia, they were enchanted by the native cuisine it discovered. Excited by this new world of creative cooking, their appetites increased, and so to the number of dishes at the elaborate table. Thus began the birth of the Rijsttafel, which highlights the various delicacies. The Rijsttafel was brought to The Netherlands, and now this fascinating  culinary event in all it's glory, can be enjoyed by you -- right here in Chicago. The Rijsttafel consists of a treasure trove of Old World delicacies, brought to life and executed to perfection. For this special occasion we have compiled a 12 dish dinner comprised of classical offerings from the West Java province of Indonesia. This evening is a ticketed event at $45.00 a seat and includes 2 complimentary drinks provided by Maria's Community Bar, additional drinks RSVP and purchase tickets here:  http://proximity-ricetable.eventbrite.com/ Photography  by Ben Syverson Beverages curated by Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar Audio selections from: Dj Joe Bryl Presented by The Rice Table & Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar About The Rice Table: The Rice Table was established in the spring of 2008, however it’s recipes and true beginnings traverse both time and distance. Originating in the western region of Java many centuries ago these family recipes were cultivated and passed down generation to generation. Then, in the early 1950’s with the relocation of many Dutch-Indonesians to the Netherlands these culinary gems found a new home. Although thousands of miles away, these recipes received the same love and attention accustomed in its’ home of Indonesia. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s that the family traditions made their way across the Atlantic with (Founder/Owner/Mother) Priscilla-Jane Reed. Fresh to American soil, Jane was always eager to introduce friends to the foreign food and culture she grew up loving. From dinner parties to church functions, her Indonesian style cooking always impressed guests. And yes, she too passed along those cherished recipes to her children. After spending years enduring the absence of a true Indonesian food establishment, Jane and (Chef/Owner/Son) Chris Reed felt it time to take the family recipes to the public. So in spring of 2008 The Rice Table catering company was formed. Chicago’s only outlet for authentic Indonesian fare, The Rice Table strives to showcase the cuisines distinctive flavors and cooking styles. Through its’ use of fresh, local ingredients and exotic spices we aim to place Indonesian cuisine among its’ rightful spot as one of the finest in the world. About Joe Bryl: Joe Bryl, previous co-owner and musical director of the famed Chicago nightclub Sonotheque, has focused on on a wide-range of eclectic, underground sounds. He has been working in the club and entertainment industry for the last twenty years and was an original partner in the creation of the renowned music venue HotHouse, exposing Chicagoans to a wide range of left-field dance music, ranging from Rare Groove, Latin, Funk, Brazilian, Steppers, African, Acid Jazz & Neo-Soul. Mr. Bryl was also involved in early days of The Funky Buddha Lounge, setting new standards for nightclubs in Chicago. He is also an accomplished DJ and record collector, once named by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago's "Most Interesting DJ", with an extraordinary knowledge of music genres and history from around the world. He has deejayed with Os Mutantes, Gilles Peterson, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation and many other cutting-edge artists.

LET’S PLAY

    LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY A Proximity Art, Food and Radical Hospitality Mini Fest October 18-20, 2013 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.   LET'S PLAY Sunday October 20, 10:30am - 2pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Admission: (Suggested admission $10 per family) Our LET'S PLAY program is for kids and adults. At this family-savvy happening, you will find the Kite Collective's Shadow Forest installation, make visual poetry windchimes with the Kite Collective to take home, boogie to the beats of a Future Hits electric set, cross paths with SHoP's portatable Froebelian learning center, learn more about Be the Change Charter School and play with Cultural ReProducers. Eric May, a featured artist from Proximity's new issue, will be serving his signature E-Dogz to attendees. This event is part of Co-Prosperity Sphere's "Urban Operating System."

Bridgepork and Pit Tournament

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
BRIDGEPORK
Saturday, September 14 - 2-8 PM
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 - 773.890.0588 - www.community-bar.com
Join us at Maria's Packaged Good & Community Bar (960 W. 31st) for our annual BRIDGEPORK event in conjunction of our 3rd anniversary on Saturday, September 14 from 2-8 PM. This end of the summer freak-out festivity will be held both in the bar and the adjacent parking lot. There will be live music (TBA) and a BBQ cookout featuring noted chefs Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery, Beverly Kim and John Clark, Won Kim and Drew from Flesh For Food and John Schultz of Mr Spanky's.
Of course, you'll be able to enjoy our wide selection of craft and draft beers, specialty community and seasonal cocktails and whiskeys and spirits.  
Performing:
3:30 - 4:00 Mike Bingaman 4:15 - 4:45 Songs For Gods
5:00 - 5:30 Axis: Sova
5:45 - 6:15 Deep Sleep
6:30 - end Hunter Husar
Join us after the mayhem at Maria's for a Fundraiser for Pocket Guide To Hell in the Co-Prosperity Spher Info TBA  

Story Club

Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. We are a live forum where writers & performers can display their first-person storytelling prowess, fiction or nonfiction, memorized or read from the page. We give you a mic and 8 minutes.  You tell us a story. Visit Story Club for more info

#404 Not Found

#404 Not Found Curated by Miguel Cortez from Antena Opening Friday August 30, 2013 from 6pm-10pm Show runs until September 8th "Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body's new membrane of existence." - Nam June Paik The 404 Not Found is an HTTP web error message indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested. Humans created this entity called the Internet which has no physicality but it is a collective forum for our ideas, comments and cat videos. This show is about artists using technology as an art form, from video, web, animated GIFS, social networks, virtual reality, etc. Artists: Channel TWo (CH2) Jeff Kolar Jon Satrom Rob Ray Patrick Lichty Sarah Weis Christopher Smith Jake Myers Amelia Winger-Bearskin Emilie Gervais Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608 http://coprosperity.org

Artist Bios:

Channel TWo (CH2) Adam Trowbridge (b 1972) and Jessica Westbrook (b 1974) collaborate as Channel TWo (CH2), a studio/research construct focused on mixed reality, media, design, development, and distribution, authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. Channel TWo is loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek’s description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies -- not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them. CH2 projects intersect joyful/play-oriented aesthetic experiences and user interfaces with challenging critical undercurrents. CH2's most recent projects involve interactive landscapes/game environments, and computer viruses. In 2012 CH2 was awarded a Rhizome Commission, a Turbulence Commission in 2011, and a Terminal Commission in 2009 for projects involving education, systems design, and net art. In addition to exhibitions and commissions, CH2 contributes to panels, platforms, publications, and collaborative programs involving new media, and social practices. Both Trowbridge and Westbrook are Assistant Professors at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they teach courses in the Department of Contemporary Practices and the Department of Art and Technology Studies. Trowbridge received an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008). Westbrook received an MFA in Photography from Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1998). http://www.onchanneltwo.com/

Jeff Kolar is an audio artist working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as "speaker-shredding" (Half Letter Press) and "wonderfully strange" (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and also the director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform.

His work has been released on Panospria (Canada), HAK Lo-Fi Record (France), free103point9 (USA), and has appeared in compilations by Furthernoise.org (Australia) and Sonic Circuits (USA). His video work was published in the DVD journal ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art. He presents at festivals, radio programs, exhibitions, and performance venues which recently include GLI.TC/H, KUNSTRADIO, and The Kitchen; and in Argentina, Mexico, and the Netherlands, among others internationally. http://www.jeffkolar.us/

Emilie Gervais Girl living the life, living the internet and all. If i lose this current skin, it's scary like #404voidBB. http://emiliegervais.com/

Jon Satrom is a constructive deconstructivist, a creative problematizer, a collaborative agitator and a systems spelunker. His realtime A/V performances, experimental video-works, net.art and artware have been consumed within various space-times across multiple planes. Satrom co-founded the r4wb1t5! microFestival framework and the GLI.TC/H conference/festival/gathering. He has taught and developed courses in the new-media path of the Department of Film Video New Media Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and directs the Chicago-based boutique digital studio studiothread. Sharing, bringing folks together, creative problem creating and investigating structures though failure, kludges, and glitches fuel his endeavors. http://jonsatrom.com

Rob Ray examines technology in public/outdoor spaces and creates interactive public artworks, experimental videos and sound compositions. His interactive work, GET LOST! was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Manchester, UK and has exhibited at Conflux 2012 in New York and the Tracing Mobility festival in Berlin, Germany. His video game disguised as ATM, Bucky's Animal Spirit, was selected for the art.tech exhibition at The Lab (San Francisco), and the (re)load exhibition at Antena (Chicago).

Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets. I Love Presets has performed at the GLI.TC/H 2011 and 2012 festivals, The SAIC's Conversations at the Edge series and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. From 1999 to 2008, Rob was founding curator of the DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL, USA. DEADTECH's unique curatorial vision, residency facilities, workshop facilities and exhibition space were custom created to cater to the specific needs of the electronic artist and performer. DEADTECH exhibited artists from across the globe including the Beige Programming Ensemble, Institute for Applied Autonomy, Trevor Paglen, Norman White, Kevin Drumm, T.V. Pow and Kazuyuki K. Null. In 2010, Rob received his MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. http://robray.net/

Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based media artist, writer, independent curator, co-founder of the performance art group Second Front, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). He is also an Assistant Professor of Interactive Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago. http://patricklichty.com/

Jake Myers is a Chicago-based artist, athlete and educator. "His work gratuitously merges art and sports, homoeroticism and hypermasculinity, and heroism and existential suffering." (M. Devlin) http://jakemyers.us

Amelia Winger-Bearskin works with modeling (as defined by agent based computer programming) as a conceptual prompt in her performance work, she has developed a concept of Open Source Performance Art (OSPA), she has spoken about OSPA at various academic conferences and performance festivals since 2010. She has been a solo performer at numerous international performance festivals since 2008 in cities not limited to: Beijing, China, Manila, Philippines, Seoul, South Korea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, New York NY and Washington, DC. She participated in the 2012 Gwangju Biennial as a performance artist and recently returned from an artist residency at the University of Tasmania in Australia. http://www.studioamelia.com/

Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently runs Antena, an alternative art space located in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. His artwork has been shown at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Other shows included exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery and at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. http://www.mcortez.com/

Story Club Southside

Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. We are a live forum where writers & performers can display their first-person storytelling prowess, fiction or nonfiction, memorized or read from the page. We give you a mic and 8 minutes.  You tell us a story. Open Mic Sign Up 7:30-pm.

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