Version Festival 10: Infrastructures and Territories begins this Thursday, April 22 and hosts a slew of art/music/cultural happenings through May 2. My good friends over at Plural created a great guide for the festival, so be sure to pick it up at your local art spot. You can also download it here.


Claire Pentecost


Claire Pentecost: VictoryLand…you, I shall answer your letter
April 23rd – May 22nd
Opening Reception: Friday April 23, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday May 6th at 6pm

CHICAGO: What is the best way to remain human? For that matter, is there any virtue or advantage in clinging to an idea of humanity that has not been automated or enhanced by the awesome mechanics of prosperity and progress? In VictoryLand…you, I shall answer your letter it gets harder and harder to tell the difference between the good life and the killing machine.

Zombies, drones and robots just keep coming while obdurate animals stake out the ruins. Ridiculed by academic critics and ignored by markets, straggling bands perpetuate the handmade, the recycled, the sabotage, the hack, the do-it-yourself, the do-it-together, the face-to-face, the low-fi, the no-fi, and the welter of archaic practices in the realms of feeling. Asymmetrical warfare and asymmetrical peacemaking are always the cutting edge of struggle. Juxtaposing drawings of high tech drones against images from advertising and recordings of people talking about compassion and awe, Victoryland examines the disembodied nature of protection and how and what values are defended.

Claire Pentecost’s work engages a variety of strategies: collaboration, research, teaching, field work, writing, lecturing, drawing, installation and photography in an ongoing investigation and interrogation of the institutional structures that organize and order knowledge. Her work positions artistic practice as a research practice, advocating for the role of the amateur in the collection, interpretation and mobilizing of information. Her website The Public Amateur, promotes those whose work crosses and disturbs the disciplinary boundaries that traditionally cleave to the authorized specialist.

Pentecost’s work has long addressed the boundary between the natural and the artificial, leading her to a number of explorations into industrial agriculture and bio-engineering, including her long-term collaborations with Critical Art Ensemble and Beatriz daCosta and more recently, Compass. Originally trained as a photographer, her installation work has included the continual creation and documentation of a drawing and collage practice. The evolving drawings, re-presented as photographs, describe an ‘interior’ space: the physical and mental process of collection, consideration and organization of information, or simply, a representation of contemplation.

Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer based in Chicago. Individually and collaboratively, she has exhibited and lectured in London, Copenhagen, Caracas, Paris, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Istanbul, New York and many parts of the U.S. Since 2006 she has worked with Brian Holmes and SixteenBeaver organizing a series of seminars in New York and Zagreb to articulate the interlocking scales of our existence in the logic of globalization. In the Chicago area, she collaborates with Compass exploring the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor, and is a keyholder for the experimental cultural space, Mess Hall. Pentecost is Associate Professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Printervention: Printing for the Public
Opening Reception Friday, April 16, 2010 5pm – 7pm
@ Chicago Tourism Center Gallery
72 E Randolph, Chicago

Following the success of last years’ Version Festival program: the Bridgeport WPA pilot project, we have asked artists from around the country to create works that raise awareness of social and political issues of our day.

Printervention debuts April 16, 2010 at the The Chicago Tourism Center Gallery and continues through Version Festival to include workshops, a mobile silkscreen cart, a window display at The Whistler and more. For more information and a complete schedule of events and participants please visit

Printervention, organized by Emily Clayton, Chris Roberson and Ed Marszewski, is part of Version Festival 2010, an annual arts festival in Chicago produced by the Public Media Institute that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians and educators from around the world.

Photographic Style Book Making Workshop at the Center for Book and Paper Arts
Saturday, April 24, 10am-5pm
Now Open to All Friends of the MoCP!

A specialist at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College will lead this daylong book-making workshop, with a special focus on book structures that lend themselves to photography display. Both accordion and screw-post structures will be taught. Materials and lunch provided. Space is limited and cost is $50 per person. This workshop is open to the public but preference will be given to MoCP members. Please call or email Sarah Miller to reserve your spot by Monday April 19 at 312-369-7794 or

threewallsSALON: Art in Age of Infinite Reproducibility
Tuesday April 20th, 7:00 pm
119 N Peoria in unit 2C

It is obvious that the internet, the database and other such technologies have profoundly altered the ways we conceive of, locate, and access knowledge in time and space. The ramifications for artistic practice are, of course, enormous. Artists and theoreticians engaging with this new media have been invited to this discussion to tackle this limitless line of inquiry, of which just a few strands will be delved into here:

Thanks to the internet, Photoshop, and new software and codes, source material is virtually infinite, infinitely reproducible, infinitely transformable, and remembered forever, with the potential to be archived and documented in the virtual realm for eternity. What are the implications of this newly expanded sense of temporality and lack of materiality (in many cases) for art makers who experiment with these mediums, and for their viewers and critics?

How do artists work through, or with, notions of labor and laziness that are part and parcel of the phenomenon of the internet?

How has the internet has affected curatorial practice, as evidenced by instances like the Miranda July project or Pedro Velez’s international curatorial projects?

Guest Respondents: Jon Cates, Eric Fleischauer, Mark Hereld, Friedhard Kiekeben, Dan Quiles and Daniel Sauter.

The Chicago Art Parade: Call for Participants

The second annual Chicago Art Parade will be taking over Chicago’s West Loop on Saturday May 1st at 2pm.  An amazing line-up has been formed that includes marching bands, fashionistas, dancers, fluxus folks, a bar on wheels, and artists.  We still want to include your most creative ideas in this year’s parade.  Show your most radical freaked out idea- a float, a group of costumed friends, create a performance, amaze Chicago with your take on a parade.

Send your idea to and check out for more info and pics from last year.

Sol Lewitt


Sol Lewitt
4/9/2010 – 5/15/2010
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
118 N. Peoria St.