Version Programming Platforms
The following are some basic platforms areas for Version Festival. Most
works and projects typically will be programmed under these platforms.
Each year we accept around 300-400 initiatives, works and projects
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:
The NFO EXPO (pronounced "info expo") brings art groups and
community orgs together to exchange information and ideas as well as
provide a public platform for each group to present themselves. WE see
it as a trade show for experimental art, emerging spaces, and radical
exchange. It's our version of what an art fair could be.
Through the simple presentation format of a booth or table, based on
a science fair model, we will facilitate straight-forward exchanges about
what is going on locally in various communities, from disparate neighborhoods
in Chicago, to cities all over the world. Media and art collectives,
anti-globalization initiatives, community projects, alt spaces, and other
art/activist initiatives are represented this year. The NFO XPO takes
Place April 28 and 29, 2007 during Chicago's city wide annual art fair
weekend. See the calendar entry on April 28 for more info.
Urban Gardening and Exterior Decorating: Hostile Takeover
How can urban environments become areas for personal and ideological
transformations? How can artists create charged public space? In this
show we expose the dynamics and aesthetics of street art and recent guerrilla
communication. We consider public space in urban environments as a forum
for change, and explore, visually, ways of altering and reclaiming our
surroundings. Looking for: street art (stickers, cut-outs, Xerox-able
pages, stencils), anti corporate actions, tactical media projects, culture
jamming activities, public art interventions, micro actions, billboard
modifications, DIY urbanism, office pranks, social hacking and technology
hacking ideas, agit prop posters, how-to guides, etc. This year the UGED
show will be a mobile operation and exhibition system that will have
temporary "shows" throughout the city
In order to facilitate wider participation by visiting groups/guests
from around the country and abroad we are providing project/exhibition
spaces to curators, groups and collectives to share projects, initiatives,
exhibitions. This year the 43rd Annual Versionfest
Photographic Invitational and the UNKRAUT photos shows will exhibit exceptional photography from
Free University (FREE U)
We are placing workshops, presentations, demonstrations, talks, lectures
and classes within the framework of the Free University platform. Free
University Programs will be presented during April 28, 29 and May 5 and
Live Musical Performances
Live performance is a strong component of the festival. Performances
will take place throughout the city in clubs, Version spaces
and other facilities. Musical Performances
take place throughout the festival.
Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects
Picnics, tours, public interventions, anarchist marching bands, creative
disturbances in public space, initiatives by space invaders and hijackers
and performance artists of all stripes welcome. This Year Version will
wage an Art War on the existing Art Fair structure of Chicago.
We will engage
the enemy by land, water and air. Dozens of organisations and groups
have organised the alternative art festival : Carnival of Art on the
River on April 27, 2007. Version is a sponsor and is leading its Art
War Campaign on it's inauguration.
Radical Magical History Mystery Tours
Version likes to present guerrilla guides and unprofessional historians
to give us tours relating to Chicago's radical pasts. This year we are
proud to suppor the Haymarket Ride on April 29.
Version and its sister festival Select Media Festival are always
seeking fresh video work: We show experimental, documentary, animation,
and shorts of
all types welcome. This year the program is spread throughout festival
Version Group Show: We're Rollin', They're Hatin'
This show features work based on escapism, fantasy and imaginary
worlds. Please visit rollinhatin.com for updates. Or visitthe April
20 opening entry in our calendar.