8 People Are Invited to Give Talks about Geography
March 24, 2009, 4:59 PM
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The first round of talks kicks off tonight!

8 People Are Invited To Give Talks About Geography
Organized by Sarah Elliot and Zayne Armstrong
Hosted by InCUBATE
24 and 31 March 2009
7:00 PM

at the Orientation Center
2129 N. Rockwell
Chicago, IL 60647

24 March 7pm
with talks by:
Lin Hixson & Matthew Goulish, Laurie Palmer, Samuel A. Love

Abandoned Cartographies
Lin Hixson & Matthew Goulish
Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish teach at the School of the Art Institute and have a new company called Every house has a door. Matthew is the author of 39 Microlectures in proximity of performance and co-editor of Small of Acts of Repair – performance, ecology, and Goat Island. Lin’s writing on directing and performance has been published widely in journals and anthologies.

Mounds and Holes
Laurie Palmer
Laurie Palmer is an artist and writer whose current book project titled “Raw Materials” includes 18 chapters named after chemical elements: helium, carbon, sodium, aluminum, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, silver, iodine, gold, mercury, lead and uranium.

Chicago April 1968: A West-Side centric series of panels about the April 1968 Riot
Samuel A. Love
Samuel A Love is from the Calumet Region and currently resides in Rogers Park, having never lived more than 5 miles from Lake Michigan. He teaches courses on Research Methods at Westwood College, in the Loop, and also works as a photographer, writer, and interviewer. He is good-bad but definitely not evil, and is a rocker until the day he dies.

Stay tuned for PART II:
31st March 7pm
with talks by:
Devin King, Nance Klehm, Megan Ransmeier and Andy Yang

But Only Soap, and Tobacco, but chiefly Soap
Devin King
Ambling in the style of Leopold Bloom, Guy Debord, and W.G. Sebald, Devin King passively investigates the geographic ghost notes bred between soap, movie theatres, musicals, professional wrestling, the poet Louis Zukofsky, that sound on that one Pink Floyd record, and maybe, just maybe, dungeons and dragons.

Devin King was recently awarded an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A philologist with a heart of gold, he writes about pop music for The Boston Phoenix, teaches poetry to young adults, and probably listens to too many showtunes and too much bubblegum pop. His serial-opera Dancing Young Men From High Windows can be seen bouncing monthly from gallery to gallery in Chicago and his long poem, CLOPS, will be out from the Green Lantern Press in fall 2009.

Geoherbology of the Congress Theatre Footprint
Nance Klehm
Peripatetic naturalist whose karmic debt as an urban dweller is nearly complete, Nance connects to the nearly invisible realm of wild plants and animals to remind herself and others of other ways of moving, being and living in cities.

At the Scale of the Sun: a Spoon
Megan Ransmeier
Megan Ransmeier, among other activities, sings, dances, teaches, and converses in Chicago IL. She lives in a building which, among other things, once served as sink factory and as a storage place for used bank safes, with – among others – two black cats and eleven chickens.

Geography, Genealogy, Making Places (Venus, Slovakia, Brazil, Chicago)
Andy Yang
“I study biology and the visual culture of science and teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having moved to the Midwest just over 3 years ago I have been thinking a lot about geography, but this is the first time I get to talk about it.”


FEAST in Brooklyn
March 17, 2009, 5:11 PM
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Check out FEAST, a community meal that happens in Brooklyn

FEAST stands for Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics

“FEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers.

At each FEAST, participants will pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they will receive supper and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded funds collected through the entrance fee to produce the project. The work will then be presented during the next FEAST.”

Two With Water wins March’s Sunday Soup Grant
March 9, 2009, 5:15 PM
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Two With Water won InCUBATE’s March soup grant of $250 which was both raised and voted on at yesterday’s Sunday Soup Brunch.  Their grant proposal is posted below.

Soup was prepared by Daniel Kerr of Snow City Arts and Caitlin Stainken of the Neo-Futurists.  After we ate, they led us in discussion about how theater funding works in Chicago and how it relates to bigger questions about funding common to the visual art communities in the city.


Two With Water (Amy Ganser and Rebecca Roberts)

Favorite Soup:  Alphabet Soup (Butternut Squash as a close second)

Two With Water is a new, Chicago-based magazine that publishes emerging authors, poets, and visual artists.  We are currently online and raising funds to put our first issue into print.

While we fully appreciate how Al Gore invented the internets and always wish to maintain a web presence, Two With Water wants to offer a simpler, more authentic experience for its readers through the personal interaction and downright quaintness (these days) of seeing, touching, and owning a physical literary gem.  In print, Two With Water will not only showcase the work of up and coming authors, but exists as a work of art itself.

Two With Water hopes to reach outside of the close-knit Chicago literary “scene” by connecting with the intellectually curious through local organizations and businesses that nourish, like soup, a wide spectrum of creativity.

The pieces featured in Two With Water center on personal metamorphoses and the evolution of how we interpret life.  Currently we’ve got work on our website detailing the experience of peeing in a cup so you can work at Target, pondering whether we like babies or just want to put things in our mouths, life seen through various verb tenses, and embracing your inner stalker.

Issue #1 will include the content on our website, sardonic letters to the editors we’ve received, as well as drawings, collages, and an interview with infamous local rock poet Thax Douglas.

We plan to print 500 7” X 12” copies of Two With Water, which will be distributed at our release party (and other events) and sold (very cheaply; only about $2/copy) at locally owned Chicago businesses.

Printing costs are expensive, which is why we we’re applying for this grant.  We plan to go with a professional printer, as (respectfully) opposed to DIY-zine style, because we want to offer our artists an opportunity to have their work published in a professional setting.

So far we’ve raised over 50% of the money needed through two fundraisers.  Our most recent event featured readings by our authors and Thax Douglas, as well as performances by local musicians and installations by visual artists.  We’re also looking for sponsorship by promoting local businesses in the print edition.

Sunday Soup goes to Houston
March 9, 2009, 4:52 PM
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Sunday Soup Houston
April 5
12 PM
3400 Montrose, Suite 907, Houston, TX 77006

Sunday Soup is a community meal that functions as a grant funding process.  Proceeds from meal tickets are given as a grant to support an artist initiative or community project.  Houstonian artists and other community members are invited to submit proposals to until April 2. Soup is the center of the meal because it is nourishing, economical, and easy to prepare in large batches. The soup is served family-style and sold for a modest profit at $5 per person.

Sunday Soup: Houston will be hosted at SKYDIVE by InCUBATE, a Chicago-based research institute and residency program. Guest chefs Randall Szott and Nancy Zastudil, in collaboration with InCUBATE, will prepare soup, organize presentations, and engage visitors in conversation at SKYDIVE.

All submitted proposals will be displayed at SKYDIVE during the meal. Anyone who purchases a meal ticket can vote on the proposals. The grant recipient, determined by popular vote, will be announced at the end of the meal and receive proceeds from the meal, whether $5 or $5,000.

Community participation in the grant funding and selection process is key. The application process is intentionally simple and un-bureaucratic in order to encourage broad participation. This enables InCUBATE to stimulate and promote experimental, critical, and imaginative practices that may not be eligible for conventional funding.

Sunday Soup, while raising money, also serves as a way to build a network of support that reaches beyond purely monetary assistance. It is an open platform to discuss ongoing projects with new audiences, meet new collaborators, and share ways of working.

Randall Szott alternates between life in Oak Park, Illinois and various locations along the coastline of the southeastern United States on the largest US owned hopper dredge. His life is a series of three week cycles on land and three at sea. He believes himself to be the only cook in the merchant marine with an MA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MFA in Art Critical Practices.

Nancy Zastudl moonlights as a curator based in Houston, TX, and currently works as Program Manager at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. She is cofounder of Slab, an exhibition method that collaboratively facilitates art projects and events.

InCUBATE won the February Chicago Sunday Soup Grant of $250 to help bring all of its members to Houston for this event.

De Certeau Dinner
March 7, 2009, 6:27 PM
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De Geuzen is a collaborative effort from Amsterdam who built and maintained the Geuzenstraat – artist studios and multi use space – from the late 90’s to 2001.

“As a part of a lecture series entitled, The Mediated Image*, De Geuzen hosted a three course dinner devoted to the work of Michel de Certeau. During the meal, there were related presentations and visual interventions by De Certeau admirers Rob van Kranenburg and Mike Tyler.”

The above picture shows an apron with the definition of “la perruque” which literally means “wig,” but refers to the practice of workers who on company time and with company materials devote labor to their own creative work.

AREA wins January Sunday Soup grant
March 2, 2009, 6:49 PM
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AREA Chicago won January’s $150 Sunday Soup Grant to fund postcards for their “Everybody’s Got Money Issues” issue, to be released on May 1st.

From their proposal: “With postcards we can reach beyond our already established networks and circulate the announcement to people within organized labor, fair-trade economics, and foundation philanthropy circles.”

January’s Sunday Soup Brunch was prepared by Philip Von Zweck on New Year’s Day.  He made the traditional Southern New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas, rice and cabbage.  While we ate, we watched Down By Law.