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Lumpen and Public Media Institute produce this annual festival, now in its fifth year, focusing on radical art, media, technology, and politics, with an emphasis on work generated by underground and activist communities. This year's festival runs from Friday, April 21, through Sunday, May 7, in Bridgeport and scattered other locations and includes neighborhood tours, workshops, numerous public art installations and interventions, barbecues, film/video screenings, music, and performances. The Free University series includes workshops, presentations, demos, and lectures. All events are at the Version Kunsthalle--aka Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron, first and fourth floors--unless otherwise noted. Participating venues include the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), Holy Covenant Methodist Church (925 W. Diversey), Bernice and John's Place (3238 S. Halsted), Kaplan's Liquors (aka Maria's, 960 W. 31st), Red-I (2201 S. Wentworth), Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee), South Union Arts (1352 S. Union), Butler Field (in Grant Park at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe), Skylark (2149 S. Halsted), and McCormick Tribune Student Center (33rd and State). Events are free, unless otherwise noted. An Event Pass allows admission to all screenings and events ($25); a Version Pass includes all that plus meals, the Select 10 DVD, Lumptronic 7 CD, Version posters, Select 9 Agit Prop Poster magazine, and assorted stickers and festival ephemera ($50). The festival also includes the NFO Expo (April 29 and April 30), a series of talks, workshops, and exhibits presented science-fair-style and intended to "facilitate straightforward exchanges about what's going on locally in various communities, from disparate neighborhoods in Chicago to others from around the world." Below is a schedule of selected festival events. For updates and additional information, visit or call 773-837-0145.


Opening of the Group Group Show

More than two dozen artist teams form temporary collaborative initiatives, including a post office, mixed media, messages to the future, and imaginary tourist photo opportunities. a 7 PM to 2 AM. $10, $5 for students.

The Flocking Party

Chris Landau's interactive online narrative about unnaturally intelligent birds, presented as if the information's coming from a thousand years in the future. Projected on the side of the Iron Studios building; laser pointers are encouraged. a 8 PM.

Juiceboxxx, E-Rock, Benn Jordan (aka Flashbulb), It's a Trap, Mirajj, Far Rad, Eavil, and Cool Runnings DJ Collective

9 PM (included in admission to Group Group Show).


Urban Gardening and Exterior Decorating Opening

Examining the dynamics and aesthetics of street art and guerrilla communication, this show explores the possibilities of public space as a forum for change. Includes DIY publishing workshop, on-the-spot silk-screening, live drawing/illustrating duels, complimentary issues of the new Select 9 Agit Prop Poster magazine, and Urban Gardening kits containing cutouts, stickers, stencils, and other stuff created by this year's participants. a 7 PM-2 AM. $10, $5 for students.


Gutters, a free workshop for independent printed media, organizes participants to collaborate on a new zine. Later Gutters hosts a drawing battle among local artists. Part of the Free University. a 7 PM.

Artist vs. Artisan Re-Fashion Show

A fashion show and installation exhibiting DIY art-trash garments collected from Fair Trade workers in India and redesigned by local artists. a 8 PM.

K.K. Rampage, LXSS, Amerika'z Meth Problem II, Soft Serve, Lazer Mountain, Aspic Tines, Typewriter, I Am the Liquor, and DJ Hunter Husar

See the Treatment in Section 3 for more.a 9 PM (included in admission to Urban Gardening).

Underground Multiplex

Scott Beiben's "Lost Film Festival" program featuring progressive social commentary and documentary works. a Midnight.


Filesharing Swap Meet

Bring an extra hard drive and your favorite files to share with others. Part of the Free University. a 2 PM.

The Protest Songbook

Scotland native Dominic Hislop gives a presentation of international site-specific public interventions he's conducted alone and with the artists' group Big Hope. Part of the Free University. a 4 PM.

Clothing Change Exchange

A bartering bazaar and clothing exchange. Later, participants are invited to walk the runway in a fashion show displaying their new duds. Part of the Free University. a 5 PM.

Underground Multiplex Drive-In and Barbecue

Weather permitting, programs of short films, most by Dutch artists, will be screened in the parking lot of Iron Studios, north side entrance. a 7 to 11 PM.


Working Bikes Project benefit to distribute tools and increase self-sustainability for people in Nicaragua this summer. Plus competitive potluck--the best dish earns the cook a $50 gift certificate to Working Bikes. With Sprinkles, Jitney, Abraham Levitan, Avagami, and Bret Gand Is Dead. Hideout. a 6 PM. $10, $5 if you bring a dish.


Request-a-Hymn: Bell Towers as Participants of Place

Jennifer Roche discusses the ever evolving presence of any neighborhood's pealing bell tower. People off the street will be invited to request a hymn to be played from Holy Covenant Methodist Church's stereo-driven bell tower. Holy Covenant Methodist Church. a 5:30 PM.

Bridgeport Pub Crawl

Start at Bernice and John's Place for performances by EMRL and Passerines, then drag your ass over to Kaplan's Liquors for performances by Treesleeper, Brian Klein, Insect Deli, and DJ Rotten Milk. a 8 PM.


Professor Love's House of Wang

Dance party with DJs Logan Bay and Grady Gillian. Red-I. a 10 PM. 21+. $3.


Hopscotch in the Financial District

A team of "performers" in business attire draws a hopscotch game around an entire block, about 4,500 squares in all, during lunch break. Business dress required to participate. Meet at the south exit of the Jackson Blue line stop. a 10 AM.

Underground Multiplex

Rooftop screening of political and experimental shorts by Hong Kong Videotage Collective, Barnstormers, E* Rock, Paper Rad, and TV Sheriff, including Get Rid of Yourself (starring Chloe Sevigny). Heaven. a 7 PM. $8, $5 for students.

Brown Party, Buttfuck Pussy, Brenmar Someday, Ove, DJ Respect and DJ Jazzy Respect, and Poly Block Music and dance performance.

Heaven. a 10:30 PM (included in admission to Underground Multiplex).


International Noise Awards Part One: Sweet 16

Noise musicians battle tournament-style. Grand prize: a recording contract with Terry Plumming. South Union Arts. a 8 PM. $7.


Version>06 at Art Chicago in the Park

Booth presenting selected Version artists' work and information on the festival. Butler Field. a Thu 4/27-Sat 4/29, noon-8 PM; Sun 4/30-Mon 5/1, noon-6 PM.

Urban Gardening

Exhibition hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 PM. Also open during other Kuntshalle programs throughout the festival.

Group Group Show

Exhibition hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 PM. Also open during other Kuntshalle programs throughout the festival.

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