VERSION>08 :: April 17 to April 27, 2008

Produced by the Public Media Institute, a non profit 501 3c corporation, Version is an annual springtime convergence that brings together hundreds of activists, artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and socially progressive art projects of our day.

The festival showcases emerging trends in art, technology, activism and music and has earned critical accolades here in Chicago and abroad.

The hybrid art festival / art fair brings together individuals, groups and networks that utilize visual and conceptual art strategies, innovative social practices, public art projects, and new music to push the counter cultures forwards.

Version festival presents a diverse program of activities featuring an art exposition/art fair, multiple art exhibitions, urban events, film screenings, interactive technologies, performances, street art, presentations, talks, workshops, and art rendezvous and action.

Over 5,000 people were in attendance last year to experience the diverse programming encouraging crossover between art disciplines and practices.

Each year alternative spaces open for staging actions. Public spaces and corporate places become terrains of intervention. We hope to facilitate and share your ideas and projects with an international group of creators that are making a difference. Please sign up at our at our newletter link to get further information for next year's festival. If you are interested in joining us next spring and have a project that you would like to tell us about right NOW please feel free to contact edmar at edmarlumpen(at) or drop us a package in the mail. Version, 960 w 31st st Chicago Il 60608.


See you in the spring!



An unconventional network of creators, workers, musicians, organizations, artists, activists, producers and organizers are collectively waging asymmetrical warfare on the established systems of control in our cultural, political and art worlds.

The Insurrection Intenationale is a moment. It is a point of confluence between various networks and subcultures that believe in the solidarity of our multitudes. Together we are waging a revolt against established systems and authority to create new worlds to inhabit. We are creating alternate realities, independent economies, developing alliances and infrastructures to support our beliefs. We are engaging in a culture war against the establishments in all their guises.

This year Version will explore the various networks undermining the forces of stagnation, decay and business as usual. Individuals and groups involved in creating alternative modes of operations, communications and networks of cooperation are gathering at our annual convergence this spring to discover the plausible worlds we can create together.
We hope you can join us in enjoying the confluence of now and planning the community of future.

“ This is the final struggle/Let us join together and tomorrow/ The International/Will be the human race”






























Dec 2007

Version>08 will take place in Chicago late April 2008. The call for participation website will be up in January. Here are some relevant links...

Version You TUbe Channel
Version at Myspace

May 19: closing for we're rollin they're hat

MAY 3:: Photo documentations and stuff:

VIDEO of complicated horse emergency

VIDEO of Art War pt 1 and Art war part 2

Little Friends of Printmaking

Crowds Versionfest


Iconoduel / ART WAR

This IS Freak Time/Eavil


More Art War

ART WAR STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 5pm with our Urban Gardening and Exterior Decorating show>>

Don't forget!!

Kick ass Google map of most Version venues.

A24: A bit of Media Coverage::

Time Out does a little behind the scenes blggin:

Iconduel gives some props

Chicago Reader: Disciples of Gygax

and an overview

A21:: We're Rollin' They're Hatin' blows up. Some flckr pics here>

our awesome buddies at little friends of printmaking posted some here.

Issue 104 of Lumpen comes out at the preVersion>07 party at Sonotheque (1444 W Chicago Ave) this Wednesday April 18
. Get your copy contaning the version>07 program inside.

:: Bad at Sports Interview :: Word about the Art War and the upcoming We're Rollin' They're Hatin' Version exhibtion. Scroll down for episode 84>

:: The We're Rolin' They're Hatin' :: blog site is up! Don't miss our awesome group show opening April 20, 2007.

Are you fit for the Art War? Join us at the training camp>