960 w 31st
chicago il 60608
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I present a general tracking of my professional work since
1990. For brevity's sake I have focused this document on only the most pertinent information.
Here are some highlights of my work:
over a thousand events and dozens of festivals
• Curator for over 200 exhibitions
• Produced over 160 publications
a dozen music titles
over fifty experimental tv shows
• Created hundreds of
radio programs, dvds webcasts, podcasts etc.
• Own a bottle shop/ awesome bar
I am the the editor, publisher and (most times) creative director of a quarterly culture
magazine, Lumpen, and a triannual arts journal, Proximity as well as several other titles.
Since 2002 I have curated, organized and produced the annual Version festival, an interntional arts convergence. I currently am the Co-Director and Founder of the MDW Fair, Chicago's alternative art fair.
In addition, I promote hybrid arts
and performance events, as well as other programs in Chicago at The Co-Prosperity Sphere and other venues.
Recently my focus has been on being the Co-Director of Public Media Insitute, a non profit arts organization that facilitates and produces most of the current projects.
I also co-own Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, and U am working on opening a brewery called Marsz Community Brewing.
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1991
Publish, edit and design various publications.
2010 to present
Matériel is an art perodical that features the work of artists, designers, and writers.
Proximity 2008 to present
Founder, Publisher, Editor
Proximity is an award wining periodical dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Its mission is to amplify discourse on local and global art ecologies. It serves as a map of artists, collectives and alternative spaces to commercial galleries, museums and universitiesas means of connecting and cultivating sustainable creative communities. Proximity also publishs the triannual PR newsletter, Matériel and the (Con)Temporary Art Guide.
1990 - present
Founder, Publisher, Editor, and Creative Director
Independent news and culture magazine featuring the work of emerging artists
and internationally reknown writers. Includes articles, editorials, interviews,
and reviews focused on current events and underground culture. Published
monthly until 1998, it is now quarterly
Select 2001 to 2009
Founder, Publisher, Editor, and Creative Director
Select magazine is a biannual experimental arts publication highlighting
contemporary art from around the world. Each issue is launched at a festival
Founder, Publisher, Editor, and Designer
Music and fashion magazine featuring experimental and pop culture from
the 60s and 70s.
These Times 1992
Assistant to Associate Publisher
NON-PROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATION
Public Media Institute
Director, 2001 to present
I have been the Director of the volunteer-run Non-profit 501 3 (c) tax exmpt arts organization. Many of the festivals and projects listed below were in part produced under the Public Media Institute.
Public Media Institute is a non-profit community-based grass roots arts and culture organization based in Chicago established in 2001. Our mission is to promote art, technology and social activism in order to transform people - socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and through the use of new technology and media.
Programming includes two international annual arts festivals, Version and Select Media Festival, the art fair MDW Fair, and Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal that debuted in April, 2008
Public Media Institute also produces artifacts and showcases emerging and established artists and cultural workers in the communities that they live in. Public Media Institute is committed to engaging the questions of residents of our communities through education, social activism, events and media. Our projects address the conditions in the participants’ lives and the networks that connect them locally and globally.
SPACES AND GALLERIES
Direct, manage and curate at various cultural spaces.
Co-Prosperity Sphere 2007 - present
The Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS) is an experimental cultural center located in Bridgeport, The Community of the Future. The space is used to showcase work by artists, performers and cultural workers of all stripes. The C-PS hosts exhibitions, screenings, presentations, installations, festivals, meetings, and performance programs in its 5,000+ square foot gallery.
Buddy 2002 - 2005
Opened visual and digital arts gallery and performance space in Chicago
to showcase emerging and leading edge work from around the world. Located
at 1542 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.
Producer, Director, Curator, Organizer and/or performer in over 1,000 events and
festivals in Chicago and around the world. A few highlights below:
MDW Fair 2011 to present
Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area.
and various events 1993-present
Produced and curated dozens of events each year that include
video projections, film and video screenings, live performances, public
interventions, fashion shows, installations, radio broadcasts and/or
webcasting. Highlights include: Kriterion Film Festival (Amsterdam), Euro
Underground, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Get Easy, Lumptronic,
Mk-Ultra-Lounge, Lumpenwave, Hallowave, and Secret Octopus.
2002 to present
Conceived, directed, curated, and organized Chicago's first digital arts
convergence/festival/conference. Program includes panels, workshops, technology demonstrations, installations,
performances, film and video, presentations, and offsite events. Participants
included noted artists and speakers from around the United States as well
as Canada, Germany, Japan, and The Netherlands. The festival is now an annual proect faciitating projects and programs of over 350 participants working within the fields of art, music, performance and activism.
Media Festival December 2002 to 2011
Director and curator
Annual festival that features new media, film and video, experimental electronic music,
and visual art projects.
Impakt festival 2004-2009
Guest curator, lecturer
Occasional contributer and curator of video programs for this Dutch based media arts festival.
5 Minutes4 2002-2004
Next 5 Minutes 4 is an international tactical media festival that brings
together social and political activism, the visual arts, electronic media,
and critical theory.
Rico '02 En Ruta October 2002
Guest curator and speaker
PR '02 [En Ruta] was a Puerto Rican biennial that featured the work of
48 artists and 17 curators in several locations throughout the island.
Curated the En Ruta film festival and performances, particpated as guest
Solstice 2000, 2001, 2002
Curated and produced multimedia arts performance program at Museum of
Contemporary Art Summer Solstice festival. Program highlights included
DJ sets, short film and video programs, and multimedia performances.
One Sessions Nov 2001- July 2002
Program experimental and documentary video series and performance program
for weekly new media night.
Cinema Summer 2002 - present
Programed weekly outdoor cinema program at Heaven and Buddy Galleries.
A Laptop "Cage Match " where artists compete against each other,
performing experimental music with flair.
Online video festival.
INTERNET AND WEB
Designed, architected, created content for, and produced several web sites
including iterations of Lumpen.com
and several sites of organisations in Chicago. Also produced and directed
the following large scale web sites:
Partner, Founder, Director
Multimedia web site that contained over 2,000 hour-long streaming media
files, 40 magazine partners, 6 radio stations, message boards, and guides
to alternative lifestyle media products. The site featured live concerts
as well as streaming audio and video. It received over 1 milion visitors
per month during its hey day. Now defunct; however, survives somehere online as
Dozens of other blogs and websites. 2002 to present
I edit, design and update various project websites.
Too many to remember.
Select enhanced CDs and DVDs
Each Select magazine includes a multimedia component featuring video,
audio and/or software by new media artists. Titles include:
#1 enhanced CD
#2 enhanced CD
Select #3 DVD
Select #5 DVD
Select #6 DVD
Audio CD compilations 1995 - 2006
Curated and produced several experimental music compilations featuring
works by internationally reknowned artists. I stopped publishing music due to the ease o access to it online.
Big Songs for Small Apartments
PUBLISHED WORK AND LECTURES