Version Festival 2009



VERSION>09 IMMODEST PROPOSALS :: April 23 to May 2, 2009

An art parade, temporary housing structures, independent contemporary art space networking, one day only exhibition formats, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, impressive musical performances, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, a design agency for social movements, and korean polish bar-b-qing are just a few of the projects and phenomena we will present during Version>09 : Immodest Proposals.

From April 23-May2 (for 10 days), we are gathering to celebrate, identify, and discuss our Immodest Proposals to change and improve our social, political and cultural ecologies. Version>09 will showcase emerging, progressive trends in art, politics, technology and music. We’ll gather and see how our peers live and work in a rebooted 21st century.

Join us for the opening of Version>09 this Thursday night!

DisORIENTATION Day / Bridgeport WPA / Backstory Supper Club
Zhou B. Center 1029 W. 35th Street
Hours: 5 pm – 10pm • Free!

While you are there be sure to pick up a copy of the (Con)Temporary Art Guide / Chicago before they are all gone! I worked with Plural, documenting the different galleries around town for the visual aspects of the guide and I cannot wait to see it in print.

“The (Con)Temporary Art Guide is a map of the city showcasing some of Chicago’s best cultural offerings during the spring art season. The floorplans are made up by prominent art institutes and initiatives, several annual art festivals and fairs, independent art spaces and other culturally significant projects.

We created the Guide to help us experience the city as a space for contemporary art, to reflect on the need and vulnerability of these cultural presentations and to celebrate art: day and night, inside and outside, high and low.

The Guide is dived into texts, maps, directories, event calendars, The Artropolis program, and the Version 09 Festival program. We believe by merely documenting the breadth and scale of Chicago’s cultural offerings once a year that will confirm how incredibly diverse our art world is and reinforces how lucky we are to be based in it.

But the Guide is not just about tooting our collective horn. We have asked a few prominent cultural figures to give us a brief analysis of the health of our contemporary art scenes. Paul Klein, Shannon Stratton, Daniel Gunn, Duncan MacKenzie, Albert Stabler and Paul Morris reflect on different aspects of our cultural ecology to give you an insiders perspective.

We also created a few routes we hope you will use to experience the regional and conceptual diversity of the spaces and places that showcase and facilitate contemporary art practice in Chicago.

The Guide is a project of Proximity Magazine and is published by the Public Media Institute, a non-profit community-based grass roots arts and culture organization.

We hope you find a good use for it.”

Ed and Rachael Marszewski

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