Sixth annual DIY festival of art in alternative spaces
Friday-Saturday, February 3-4
Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park, various times and locations
Sunday, February 5
2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL is moveable feast of artist-run events, projects, exhibitions, and performances that shine a light on the occult, hidden nature of alternative arts practices and the communities of care that spring up around them.
Rituals have real power. They are settings for setting intentions. For relating. For establishing Will and carrying it forth. Rituals are experience as medium, meaning as medium, even the experience of making meaning as medium. Rituals are a space set apart. A moment-out-of-time. Rituals can create cohesion and structure, or hold space for ambiguity and transformation. 2nd Floor Rear 2017 programming asks of its makers and participating audiences: Can the act of simply being together make us stronger together? Can a self-care ritual truly be an act of political warfare? In this dystopian climate, can radical imagination and defiant joy help us conceive and perform the future? Are there any healers in the house tonight?
The 2017 season kicks off with a fluxus-style potluck at Pond Hole Gallery on the evening of Friday, February 3. Events continue throughout Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Wicker Park on Saturday, February 4, and wrap up on Sunday February, 5 with various events spanning Pilsen.