Great news! Betsy Zacsek and Juneer Kibria’s 2FR 2015 project A*Haul: Part Duh has been nominated for a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation, and you can help them win! Just follow this link to the online poll by January 24, cast your vote for A*Haul: Part Duh, and tell your friends. It’s a super easy thing to do for a project that more than deserves it.
Our 2015 Indiegogo campaign ends this Saturday (January 24) at 11:59 PT, and we’re capping it off with a community meal to benefit the campaign.
So how does this work?
We’ll round up pots of soup and other goodies from friends, artists, and neighborhood partners, schlep it all to Crown Liquors, and set it up dive bar banquet-style. You’ll show up, contribute a pay-what-you-want donation, and enjoy a great meal with friends and friendly strangers. (We’ll take cash, check, or on-site contributions to our Indiegogo.) Wash it down with Crown Liquors’ super affordable drink specials. Stick around after the meal for drinks and dancing, tunes compliments of DJ Jay Parkin. To recap:
What: A fundraiser and community meal to benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015
When: Saturday, February 24 at 7pm
Where: Crown Liquors (2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Why: Because you ❤ us, and want to hang out
Can’t make it? You can still contribute! Follow this link to our Indiegogo campaign to pledge your support by January 24.
Want to donate a pot of soup, or other edible? Get in touch with us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR 2FR2015 SURVIVAL KIT
A donation of $30 or more to our 2015 Indiegogo Campaign gets you a canvas tote (item 1) emblazoned with our 2015 poster design, courtesy 2Fr designer-in-perpetual-residence, Silvia Vasilescu (item 2). The tote will be filled with stuff to make you warm and keep you going (items 3 and 4). Proceeds benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015. A donation of $30 gets you a better festival with more perks, and some sweet essentials that’ll make attending easier. It’s a reward that gives both ways.
^^^Please enjoy this teaser gif featuring snippets from proposals and proposer websites
The proposals are in. Meetings are being had. Schedule-curation is underway. We received many impressive proposals this year, and again, we’re blown away by the collective intelligence and creativity. We are very pleased to bring you this soft reveal:
Sometimes it takes a village to raise village-wide event. We 2nd-floorers need all the help we can get to get this year’s festival off the ground. During the last three weekends in January, we’ll be collaborating with partner spaces around the city to host volunteer-ins.
What’s a volunteer-in? Think of it as a drop-in jam session for people with time, administrative skills, enthusiasm, and/or arts-and-craftsiness to spare. During each session, we’ll have a list of short(ish) tasks, complete with pointers and instructions, that just about anyone can complete. Tasks will vary, from posting fliers to sewing, folding, research, computery things, and more.
Each volunteer-in features sneak peek programming relevant to 2nd Floor Rear 2015, as well as refreshments, conversation, camaraderie, a chance to meet people involved with the festival, and deep gratitude. As an added bonus, we’re awarding an arty (or festival-related) prize to the person who completes the most tasks over the course of all three weekends.
Even DIY art festivals have bills to pay. Since we don’t take in money from sales or advertising, and aren’t yet a 501c3, we have to get creative about where the money comes from. We did a little summer fundraiser with Threewalls and ten generous artists, and entry fees from accepted project proposals will cover printing, but we still have a long way to go. That’s why we’re calling on you, our crazy, wonderful collaborators, fans, and supporters to give a little to our 2015 Indiegogo campaign, and get a lot in return.
Due midnight, CST on Friday, December 19
2nd Floor Rear is pleased to announce two special project locations for the 2015 edition of the festival: Corner, a storefront project space located at 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave., and the Whistler Storefront Gallery, located at 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour festival of experimental spaces, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces. Each February, 2nd Floor Rear connects artists with new audiences, helps underfunded and under-appreciated alternative spaces get some exposure, and enlivens a dreary winter weekend at the peak of Chicago’s bleakest season. Past artworks, events, and happenings ranged from late-night studio square dancing to a guerrilla sculpture garden, a site-specific installation in an underpass, and a nomadic gallery in a handbag.
The curatorial premise for 2nd Floor Rear 2015 is more of a feeling than an idea; it comes from the nearly untranslatable Danish word hygge. Hygge is conceptually and culturally specific to Denmark’s subarctic lifestyle. It roughly describes the sense of contentment drawn from camaraderie during a long winter.
With another long winter upon us, we want to build a festival around this feeling. We want to adopt the hygge concept as our mantra and put it into practice. This year, we want art, performances, gatherings, happenings, installations, and events that warm us, that draw us in, that make us stay. We want prolonged engagement and mutual stewardship. We want to experience the intimate, the meditative. We want anti-spectacular wonder. We want practical, clear-eyed shamanism and radical tenderness. We want to feel present and connected even in our winter fugue states. We want a safe place to be vulnerable and wildish. We want things to resonate–to find us again days later while we’re waiting in line at the Walgreens checkout counter. The curatorial premise of 2nd Floor Rear 2015 is Chicagoans’ annual substitution of “stay warm” for “see you later”; it’s also the hypnotic quiet at winter’s core that makes the season’s deep melancholy savorable. Continue reading 2nd Floor Rear 2015 Call for Proposals
Call for 2015 submissions coming very soon! New development: there’s going to be a curatorial premise this year. We can’t say more about what it is at present, but in the meantime, start brainstorming.
Set the mood with these images:
2nd Floor Rear proudly presents Mundane Talismans, an exhibition and silent auction for STARWALKER, Threewalls’ 2014 benefit gala.
Works for auction by
Janna Van Hasselt
Additional work by
Aesthetic Divination Machine
a performance by the Society of Smallness
7pm-9pm VIP Dinner
9pm-1am General Admission
9-9:30pm performance by the Society of Smallness