Version>05 NFO EXPO
Zhou B. Center
1029 W. 35th St.
noon - 8pm
admission $10 ($5 for students)

The last weekend of Version>05 features a series of programs that includes the Version>05 Kunsthalle exhibition, the NFO EXPO trade show for experimental art and radical communication and a conference program. During the weekend, video works will be screened and broadcast in the media lounge, installation by Steven Eichhorn. Presentations and talks will take place during the conference and workshop programs. Artists will present work, conduct demonstrations and workshops and give tours. A summit for creating an alternative art space and artist collective network for North America will be held as well as the third and final program of the Terry Plumming summit.

Version>05 has invited spaces and projects that straddle definitions and are pushing experimental formats seeing culture as art + social + political practice. The NFO EXPO is a trade show for experimental artists, info agitators and organizers of cultural interference and part of the final program thread for Version>05. Members of artist-run spaces, alternative institutions, galleries, cultural and social spaces, co-ops, and individual artists and activists will present their work and mission within a booth, installation or on a table at this two day event. Over 50 organizations and individual projects will be participating. The NFO EXPO is open from noon to 8pm Saturday April 30 and noon to 8pm May 1, 2005.

LIST OF EXHBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS

16 Beaver Group
AlterSpace
Anti Gravity Surprise
Art Prostitute
Artists and Children Create Together
Avangard
Basekamp
The Birdhouse Museum
Booster and Seven
Caballito Colectivo
Chicago Culture Jammers
Chicago Art Department
Conglomeratemap.org by Adrienne Eaton
Co-Op Image
CCRED
DEPART-ment
Die Käse Hause
Foundation Gallery
Gallery Chicago Artist Collective
Heaven Gallery
Hideous Beast

The House of Payne
Junk Shop
The Lobby Gallery
Lunar Rover Anniversary Manual Carriage (LRAMC)
Lumpen Mobile Library System
MN Gallery
The Ministry of Truth
Neighborhood Public Radio (NPR)
open-end
Opensource

Polvo
Pilot TV: Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass
Pink Nun
Post-Mobile

Potential Energy
red76
The Soap Factory
The Stockyard Institute
Terry Plumming Magazine
The Taskforce Against Animal Insurrection Movements (TAAIM)
Topless Humans Organized for Natural Genetics (T.H.O.N.G.)
ThreeWalls
Urban Permacultures
The United States Sadomasochistic Ethical Advisory Commission (USSMEAC)

Volatile Works
Volatile Vox Pop / video documentation booth
Walking Tour of Bridgeport
West Town Food Co-Op
Young Archer




___illustration by Emily Foreman


EXHIBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS


16 Beaver Group
16Beaver is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. It is the point of many departures/arrivals.

AlterSpace
An alternative gallery/workshop/critique space hosted in a Logan Square (Chicago) apartment. AlterSpace aims to provide a venue for emerging artists to share their work and ideas in a supportive environment that exists outside of the commercial sphere. At Version>05 AlterSpace will launch a video project on the alt.spaces of this city to be distributed as a DVD zine at the end of summer.

Anti Gravity Surprise
Anti Gravity Surprise (AGS) is a public art collaborative that performs cultural research. Each year the Chicago group collaborates around one social issue, creating and exhibiting multimedia artowork. By using art a a vehicle to promote critical thinking, the general public become co-creators of AGS projects.

Art Prostitute
Art Prostitute debuted in April of 2003 and was created by Brian Gibb and Mark Searcy. The Texas based publication's sole purpose is to seek out and feature artists who depend on their creativity to survive. The inclusion of prints from each of the artists featured in an issue is an attempt to further proliferate their imagery in the best way possible, to have it exist outside of the publication. Collaborative projects open to our readers give those who support the project a chance to shape the face of it. At Art Prostitute you decide your own level of involvement. The purpose of our gallery is the same as our publication, to proliferate artists and their work by bringing it to the people. Within the first year of operation Art Prostitute has had exhibitions with Richard Colman, Rich Jacobs, Kozyndan, Dalek, Mike Giant, Evan Hecox, Bask, Tom Thewes, Tes One, Cody Hudson, Jay Ryan and Pars only to name
a few. In addition to art on the walls our space is home to a boutique that offers books, magazines, prints, apparel and other matters of an artistic nature.

Artists and Children Create Together
A+CCT’s mission is to enrich the lives of children in the Humboldt Park community by fostering self-expression and creative exploration. A+CCT creates an approachable environment for artists and youth to develop a unique relationship based on mutual respect as artistic partners.

Avangard
Pro glam group Avangard is the duo of Sandra Jgeva and Margus Tamm, who are both members of the larger collective PinkPunk.
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Basekamp
Established 1998 in Philadelphia basekamp is a non-commercial studio and exhibition space whose primary focus is to participate in the creation, facilitation and promotion of large scale collaborative projects by contemporary artists.

The Birdhouse Museum
An artists’ workspace in Bridgeport for collaborations in the realm of cardboard. Inspired by mail art, during Version>05 the Birdhouse will exhibit 288 pieces by 22 artists from around Chicago and the world, each working with 6"x8" pieces of salvaged cardboard.
Randall Kober will be installing a large carboard house to display the Birdhouse museum work.

Booster and Seven
An alternative space run out of a storefront loft, Booster and Seven aims to foster a sense of community by providing an open venue for creativity. Writers, musicians, and artists of all mediums are invited to propose ideas for short and long-term projects grounded by this semi-public space on the border between Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village in Chicago.

Caballito Colectivo
Caballito Colectivo is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collective concerned with cultural activism (production, representation and contraband). The collective will share information about thier programming and work, featuring a laptop & jukebox.

Chicago Culture Jammers
Chicago Culture Jammers is a group of misfit culture jammers looking to re-contextualize the media and public ad space.

Chicago Art Department
The Chicago Art Department (CAD) exists to address the question of how digital practices fit into the larger context of art making. At the core of CAD lies the idea of intermedia art. For CAD this term refers to the ongoing discussions around digital and analog art, and the ability to move freely between the two. While traditional art learning separates areas of concentration, CAD aims to bring them together by actively investigating an intermedia practice.

Conglomeratemap.org by Adrienne Eaton
An online index of the holdings, brands, imprints and tv and radio stations of the world's major media conglomerates, including Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, News Corporation and NBC Universal (GE), compiled in an attempt to bring some transparency to the murky structures of
these entertainment behemoths.

Co-Op Image
In Co-op Urban Gardens, apprentices learn sustainable agriculture, culinary arts, and media production while providing a valuable resource to Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. Within the basic guidelines of an independent farming business and of producing a cooking show, apprentices gain valuable insight into processes and concepts ranging from commercial artisan agriculture to media production to community building.

CCRED
C.CRED is a collective structure in a continuous process of becoming. Although maintained by a small group of people, it operates only through participation and through its relations to a wider, continuously changing collective structure. In fact, it takes as its object, as the material of its practice, the relations that constitute collectivity, community, networks, etc.; the diagnosis of existing relations and the constitution of new relations of artistic and aesthetic production. It is intended as a mobile platform for the discussion of various existing forms of practice, action and intervention, for dialogue and for experimentation, and for the development of new modes of collaborative practice.

DEPART-ment
DEPART-ment is a concept; a temporary autonomous zone for the shopper and the seller alike, a place for people to meet and exchange anything and everything. No limitation is placed on the goods and services offered through this organization; the only requirement is that items are handmade and unique.

Die Käse Hause
Founded in 1994, this 7-member Chicago/NYC/California/Ohio collective pursues a better art community. For Version>05 they will create a 7’x15’ collage/mural, display their Secret Handshake t-shirts, and possibly enlist the project support of a paranoid conspiracy trailer dweller from Ohio.

Foundation Gallery
Foundation Gallery was established to give exposure to art marking within social environments that are often overlooked by the mainstream art community. Foundation appreciates and is inspired by artists emerging from street culture: skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock, hip-hop and other DIY cultures. Together, Elizabeth Cline and Michael Coleman decided to create Foundation as a venue in Chicago to support local, national and international artists from underground and independent subcultures.

Fraction Workspace

Gallery Chicago Artist Collective
Working artists from Gallery Chicago will show and discuss their work. Includes work from Ken Hirte, Allan Pocius, Mike Pocius, Steve Levitt, gary Stockl and Jeff Foley.

Heaven Gallery
A not-for-profit Wicker Park art gallery, Heaven is devoted to exhibiting the work of new and emerging artists in all media via monthly openings and a video/film program. For Version>05, heaven will be showcasing large-scale and hi-res photographs by Scott Nedrelow. created in a unique process involving the combination of hundreds of digital images into one with great detail and low depth-of-field.

Hideous Beast
This is a manual for hosting a fest of mini-movies, short, unedited, low quality videos made with a digital still camera or video phone. Hideous Beast will include an introduction to the form, how to organize a screening, find a space, use presentation equipment, solicit participants, and promote the event. Accompanying the instructions will be an essay situating the mini movie within the history of visual culture.

The House of Payne
House of Payne is a multi-faceted arts group working within Chicago, organizing events at their southside location in Pilsen. Bringing grass roots art activism and formal origination together with hard work and long hours, nothing is impossible. All shows are treated with the greatest respect down to the finest details: video, lights, décor, etc. are all taken into account with every new concept. No talent goes unused and no resource goes untapped.

Junk Shop
The Junkshop is a living-space/venue at 37th and Hoyne, across from Chicago’s beautiful McKinley Park. This former storefront was modified to facilitate the inhabitants' artistic endeavors, which include music performance and recording, comics, videos, and darkroom work. Due to financial and automotive limitations, all of the loft's lumber and wall surfaces were salvaged from nearby alleys, resulting in a giant visual anachronism: indoor and outdoor, 1930s/70s/90s/2000s, "First world" and "Third." Though unintentional, the presence of these contradicting aesthetics wields an influence on all events therein.

The Lobby Gallery

Committed to the exposure of emerging artists to new audiences, including new and established collectors as well as the general public. Presenting eight exhibitions annually and specializing in one and two person shows, the River North gallery allows artists to engage viewers with the breadth of an entire body of work.

Lunar Rover Anniversary Manual Carriage (LRAMC)
In commemoration of the recent 35th anniversary of The Great Apollo Mission, this project celebrates invention and the integration of body and machine. This is a functional, human powered vehicle based on a later addition to the Apollo missions, the Lunar Rover Vehicle (LRV).

Lumpen Mobile Library System
An archive of Lumpen and Select Media projects will be encased in a portable cabinet system created by Tim Wood. The back catalog of Lumpen magazines and cds, select dvds, and sister projects and publications will be contained within the cabinet. Visitors will be able to view videos, listen to music and read back issues in the library’s transformed display.

MN Gallery
MN Gallery presents an installation by Judy Natal. American Alphabet is a work in progress, the result of six months of continuous travel around the United States, between February and August 2004, ending at the geographic heart of the United States. Relishing photography's ability to create all things equal, Natal explores ideas of democracy and equality pre Kerry/Bush Presidential elections of 2004.

The Ministry of Truth
A weekly news and public affairs program on WHPK 88.5 FM, Chicago. In a radio environment of increasing consolidation and reduction in the number of original content providers, The Ministry of Truth is one example of what one person, with the right connections and modest resources, can do in creating a healthy example of independent media.

Neighborhood Public Radio (NPR)
NPR has been operating nomadically throughout the San Francisco Bay Area broadcasting reflections of the region’s diverse and distinct neighborhoods. The process has taught a great deal about transmission methods, community organizing, the myth of PUBLIC radio, and attempts of corporate media to exclude localized voices. "DIY: The History and Future of Neighborhood Public Radio" is a presentation drawing upon this experience, relayed via conversation between a low power radio proponent and a low-level corporate radio hack. Followed by a hands-on workshop describing how the NPR "studio" has evolved and how others might duplicate their methods.

open-end
open-end is a four and a half year old free gallery. founded with the idea of showing non-saleable artwork, it's evolved over the years into a community based multi-use space organizing art shows with a focus on installation, a home for DEPART-ment (a project to help unify and make
accessible a full spectrum of independant producers of hand made goods), music and film presentations, prose readings, listening rooms, indoor badminton tournaments, dance theater shows, ho-downs and a variety of art projects whose ultimate intent is to present something uniquely local with a heavy leaning towards crowd participation.

Opensource
An alternative art space accommodating a variety of non-traditional community-oriented projects, workshops, exhibitions, and outreach events within Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. At Version>05 OpenSource will present Jeremy Beaudry’s short film "Wish You Were Here."

Polvo
Polvo is both an alt.space and a collective which organizes exhibits showcasing emerging and established artists working in installation, new media, painting and video. For the NFO XPO Polvo will promote the work of Harold Mendez, Anna Mayer, and Jaime Mendoza – each creating experimental installations with either a political or conceptual edge.

Pilot TV: Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass
A collective takeover/makeover of (capitalist) TV through skill-sharing and community action, with a focus on (trans)feminism and queer politics. At the Pilot Conference in October 2004 over 100 artists, performers and activists from around the country convened at the Young Archer compound in Bridgeport, Chicago. The various lectures, workshops and screenings included wrestling techno-witches, musical performances, sexual health tips, screenprinting, an exotic dancer documentary, double-dutch interventionists, tranny sailor porn, a cooking show, revolutionary workout videos, and a giant interactive inflatable TV - just to name a few. Currently in post-production, the Pilot NFO XPO booth will feature videos from the conference as well as zines, CDs and other work.

Pink Nun


Post-Mobile
A 6-ft. high walk-in mailbox on wheels. Visitors on the street or in a gallery walk up a small ramp into a semi-private space where Marianna La Rosa sits behind a desk with a typewriter, ready to take dictation. The postage and envelope necessary to complete the process of correspondence accompany each finished letter.

Potential Energy
An archive of unrealized projects from collaborative artist groups. We have all seen numerous ideas never realized for one reason or another – time constraints, the laws of physics, lack of resources, or utter infeasibility. Design an image for us of the project(s) you have been unable to complete – these will be collected, reproduced, and packaged into a unit containing all the designs and sent to each participant.

red76
Red76 was formed in February of 2000 in Portland, Oregon by Sam Gould and Jef Drawbaugh. Red76 serves as the name for collaboratively based projects initiated and designed by Sam Gould.Since it's inception Red76 has curated, presented, and enacted more than 30 exhibitions, events, and actions, as well as 8cd's and an arts/culture journal entitled Dis-connect. Red76's goal is to provide new and challenging ideas and frameworks in which to display contemporary art and thought, as well as trying to devise means to incorporate these works and ideas into the daily lives of the general public.

The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory is located in the former National Purity Soap Company building, donated to the organization by Pillsbury in 1995. This historic 48,000 sq. ft. wood and brick warehouse—located along the riverfront near the birthplace of Minneapolis—makes The Soap Factory the third largest contemporary art gallery in the Twin Cities, and one of the largest devoted to emergent practice in the USA. We are the only true ‘raw’ space in the Twin Cities, a unique showcase for sculpture, installation, painting, performance, photography, film, and video. No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting and exhibiting the work of emerging visual artists; enhancing the public’s understanding of and appreciation for artistic expression; and fostering strength and vitality in the arts, cultural, and educational communities of the Twin Cities.

The Stockyard Institute
An artist project in Chicago that sets up the conditions for artists, writers, composers, cultural workers, filmmakers, poets, activists, and educators to design, produce and reflect upon work with youth and residents in neighborhood communities. The Institute is committed to engaging the primary conditions and questions of area youth and residents through education, activism, and media.

Terry Plumming Magazine

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The Taskforce Against Animal Insurrection Movements (TAAIM)
An all-volunteer action group assisting the US Department of Homeland Security against the imminent threat posed by angry animals the world over, particularly within the continental United States and at strategic American Military bases abroad. We realize that animals have a lot to be mad about – our mission is to educate the public by disseminating valuable information about this looming threat.

Topless Humans Organized for Natural Genetics (T.H.O.N.G.)
Putting their bodies between your mouths and biotech, THONG welcomes anyone who cares about where their food and drink come from and why. They are all about being the sexy, gorgeous, creative, brilliant, anti-oppressive, boundary-breaking, whirlwind kicking biotech’s oppressive big ugly corporate ASS.

ThreeWalls
Formed in 2003, ThreeWalls is a residency and exhibition space in the River North neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to providing workspace for emerging artists at pivotal points in their careers, resulting in unconventional exhibitions which offer the public new approaches to contemporary art. Applications, brochures, and other information about the organization will be available at their booth.

Urban Permacultures
Permaculture is an integrated design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Its principles and techniques are derived from observation of natural systems and produce human landscapes and cultural systems which help restore our ecosystem. The Chicagoland Urban Permaculture Group hosts discussions, field trips, workdays and other events; a major focus is on fossil fuel education and preparation for a low energy future.

USSMEAC
The United States Sadomasochistic Ethical Advisory Commission (USSMEAC) trains U.S. Military Personnel in safe, sane and consensual sadistic information gathering for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. In particular, their reports pertain to the training of future soldiers and intelligence gatherers in morally upstanding yet effective interrogation methods.

Volatile Works
A six-member autonomous media arts collective that has been active for the past two years in Montreal, Québec. Their work in both its politicized and poetic incarnations embraces a range of mediums, genres, and spaces of intervention (from protests to screenings), with a marked affinity for lo-fi/d.i.y./tactical forms of production and engagement.

Volatile Vox Pop / video documentation booth
The Volatile Vox Pop is conceived for radical and community events, fairs, art and political gatherings, conferences, and festivals, partly to document the event, the participants & their concerns, and partly to initiate a process of exchange and collaboration. The Volatile Vox Pop will consist of a video booth run by members of the volatile works collective. Participants will get an invitation to drop by the booth during the event for a short (5-15 minute) interview about their projects, issues, concerns, and anything they happen to want to rant about. Volatile members can also accompany participants back to their tables or events to document them if they are willing. Because participants drop by the Vox Pop booth of their own accord, the set-up avoids filming event participants who don't want to be filmed. Accommodations can also be made for folks who don't want their faces captured on tape but still want to participate (mask, shadows, feet interviews).

Walking Tour of Bridgeport
Renowned Bridgeport historian, Mike Pocius will give two walking tours of the community of the future starting at the Bridgeport Coffee House (Morgan and 31st St) and ending at the Zhou B Center. The tours are on Sunday May 1, 1pm and 3pm.


West Town Food Co-Op
In early January 2005, Kathleen Duffy sent out an email to 20 friends searching for interest in creating a food co-op in Logan Square, Chicago. Over 300 replies later, a movement is now underway to bring affordable, locally grown, healthy food to the West Town area through a cooperatively structured storefront community space. The food co-op group welcomes any area resident to join in as the process unfolds.

Young Archer
The Young Archer compound in Bridgeport, Chicago's "community of the future," houses three artist-run performance and exhibition spaces: The wide open Texas Ballroom, which has hosted everyone from Mirah to Lightning Bolt; Diamonds on Archer, an emerging exhibition space for local artists and performers; and First Base, renowned for its gritty noise shows.

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