APRIL 22 to MAY 2, 2010
Chicago, USA
Call for Participation
Deadline for submissions: MARCH 1, 2010







Program Platforms for Version 10.

The following are basic submission areas for Version Festival. Most works proposals and projects are typically  programmed under these platforms. Each year we accept hundreds of initiatives, works and projects suggested by participants. Our goal is to help facilitate and realize ones that best fit our festival goals, budget and capabilities.

This year's exhibitions and programs include:

* Free University
* Live Musical Performances
* The Chicago Art Parade
* Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects
* A Catalog of Strategies
* the NFO XPO
* Version Group Exhibition
* Curatorial Projects
* Underground Multiplex (Film/Video)
* Printervention
* Web Selections
* The Other

Please examine our platform descriptions to decide what part of Version you wish to help create.

Free University (FREE U)
Each year Version features workshops, presentations, demonstrations, talks, lectures and classes within the framework of the Free University platform. Ideas for provocations and projects as well as instructional guides, lecture and class ideas are welcome.

Live Musical Performance

Live performance is another component of the festival. Performances will take place throughout the city in clubs, artist run spaces and other facilities. We are interested in hearing your music. Please provide online documentation when possible. Musical Performances will take place throughout the festival .

The Chicago Art Parade

Version is excited to announce the second annual Chicago Art Parade.  The Parade will take place on May 1, 2009 in a to be announced location.  The Chicago Art Parade is a point of combustion.  A flash moment of synergy, prosperity, and participation amongst Chicago's multi-faceted art communities.  Doers, thinkers, subculture advocates and the mainstream masses alike will converge in an act of solidified networks.  Abominations, creations, and collaborations will traverse Chicago's disclosed and eclipsed spaces. The parade will take place May 1, 2010.
For last years documentation visit: http://chicagoartparade.comThe parade will take place May 1, 2010.

Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects

Performance art in site specific locations, picnics, tours, public interventions, asphalt canoeing, anarchist marching bands, creative disturbances in public space are important components of the festival. Initiatvies by space hijackers and performance artists of all stripes welcome.

You might want to join the Chicago Art Parade (see above)

 A Catalog of Strategies
This year Proximity magazine will be releasing its Catalog Strategies issue. The issue will feature a lengthy directory of participatory, collectivist and interventionist projects and initiatives. Visit this link to see the call for texts.


The NFO XPO ("info expo"), a trade show bringing together artists, groups, and organizations to exchange information, art, and  ideas. The NFO XPO exhibits international emerging commercial and non-commercial arts organizations, including galleries, project spaces, artist collectives, curatorial groups and publications. Exhibitors are selected by an independent panel of respected arts professionals. It' is a model for the future of art fairs melding community projects, activism and art.

Version Group Exhibition
This year's group exhibition features work based on the theme: Territories. Projects and works are selected by the festival staff and guest curators and is open to submissions.

Curatorial Projects
In order to facilitate wider participation by visiting groups/guests from around the world Version provides project/exhibition spaces to curators, groups and collectives to share projects, initiatives, exhibitions and ideas to the general public. Please send your proposal with samples of work that will be exhibited/shared including participant bios. We can provide larger spaces but very no remuneration for travel or expenses. If the project can be contained in a 10X10 sq foot space then you should consider presenting your project during the NFO XPO.

Underground Multiplex (Film/Video)
Underground Multiplex is our video screening program. Version and its sister festival Select Media Festival are always seeking fresh video projects: experimental, documentary, animation, and shorts of all types welcome. Send works on DVD or mini dv (NTSC). Send description/synopsis (under 500 words). Do not send masters. DVDs and tapes will not be returned. Curators are urged to send programs.


Following on the success of last years' Bridgeport WPA pilot project presented at Version Festival in 2009, we have asked artists from around the country to create works that raise awareness of social and political issues of our day via the format of a poster.

Printervention underscores the necessity for the support of artists and the idea of civic responsibility to the greater society. Inspired by the Depression era's Works Progress Administration (WPA) that hired artists to make murals, posters and other art for the everyday, Printerventionists are asked to recreate that era's style of communication.
The project unfolds on the streets of Chicago, in storefront galleries and includes talks, workshops, public printing more. A mobile silk screen printing cart will be used to print and distribute works on the streets and in the parks of the City of Chicago.

Printervention will debut on April 16, 2010 at the City of Chicago's Tourism gallery. In addition, artists will be collaborating on works and conducting workshops on site during Version Festival 2010
visit the website for more info:

Web Selections
We prefer to select website and net art projects that highlight experimental technologies and media which directly enrich the public domain.

The Other

If you feel your project does not "fit" within one of the platforms we have offered, please explain what you have in mind.