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Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

From June 21 to June 29, 2014 Public Media Institute presents: Version Festival 14: The Placemakers For the past dozen years Version Festival has introduced projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage the public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. This year Version [...]

Submissions are now OPEN for “ THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.”

Submissions are now OPEN for “ THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.” A Social Justice focused exhibition. 17 artists will be invited to take part and create expressions of social justice issues. And debut at our opening at Lacuna Gallery, Blank Canvas on May 10th. Each artist once confirmed will have the opportunity to choose from [...]

Hatch Projects Curatorial Residency Program Accepting Applications

HATCH Projects (2013-2014), a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. A pioneering initiative of CAC, HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. The Curatorial Residency is a new component of the program, designed by an Advisory [...]

Co-Prosperity School Summer Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School that has met regularly at the Co-Prosperity Sphere since 2010.  We run 8 week sessions. Participants find a place where intelligent dialogue on art takes place. Some find new tools to help their career.  Others form friendships. The class also offers people a space to discuss what is [...]

Call for Participation – Version Festival 13: An Urban Operating System

Version 13: An Urban Operating System June 14 through June 22, 2013 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: May 10, 2013. For the past twelve years, Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local, social, and urban issues. Every year, the festival highlights socially engaged projects and people, and promotes the cultural use of public space. This [...]

Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer

Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer Mash Tun Journal and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar are are teaming up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha to bring you another visual and brewery arts exhibition and happening. This edition, called Over The Influence: The Art of Beer, takes place May 18, 2013 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere ( 3219 S [...]

Co-Prosperity School Spring Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School for and about the advancement and understanding of contemporary Chicago Art. Through guest speakers and class member presentations we will shine a light on the contemporary art scene of Chicago. One of our goals is to break down the panel discussion dialogue of Chicago’s art and bring it to a [...]

Call for Works: Proximity Magazine Number 11

Join us for a potluck edition of Proximity Magazine Number 11, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and social practice. We are following our noses and inhaling the increasing preoccupation of food being used in contemporary art. Our engagement with projects that have inspired us in recent editions of Proximity, Version Festivals [...]

Matériel Magazine Call for Work

Friday Aug 17: FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas” @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas” August 17,  6pm – 11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere  (3219 S Morgan St) free Join us for an mixed media group exhibition curated by FMEL. Live performances and more. Artists: Arcángel Constantini, Amanda Gutiérrez, Juan Pablo Villegas, *Libertad Sonora, Pepe Mogt, Yurián Zerón, Iván Abreu, Eric García Visual Artist: Marcos [...]

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MDW Fair Call for Participation

The MDW Fair, October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts Friday October 26, Vernissage Open Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 12-6 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between [...]

Mash Tun Fest, Community Supported Supper Club, SMALL Showroom, Astro Space Party, Third Fridays, what else do you want? A week of Version 12

A complicated and epic week of activities is featured during this week’s Version Festival 12. A short-as-possible synopsis follows: On Wednesday, May 16, there is a prerelease reading of the Mash Tun Journal at Paratext Books. On Thursday, May 17, there is the Community Supported Super Club at Benton House, Astro Space Party at Co-Prosperity [...]

Help us Fund Version Festival

The creators of Proximity Magazine also produce the annual Version Festival. This year, for the entire month of May,  we are opening twelve pop up and remixed spaces in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. We need your support.  Please check out and support our fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. Thanks so much!

Call for Artists: Terraformer

Terraformer is a new outdoor arts space in Chicago’s southwest side. Terraformer is a vacant and neglected lot that is unsuitable for gardening or much else.  The programing at Terraformer will include land art, sport art, grill art, hippie drum circle art, survivalist art, etc. For the first show GRAVE YARD, Terraformer is looking for [...]

Cultivating Agri-CULTURE! – From the Country to the City to Around the World!

Family Farm Defenders 2012 Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL Fri. March 16th – Sun. March 18th Cenacle Retreat Center  (513 W. Fullerton Pkwy) Schedule of Activities Includes: Fri. afternoon (3/16)   12:00 Noon Meet-up at Cenacle Retreat Center (513 W. Fullerton Pkwy), followed by urban agriculture tour until 5:00 pm Fri. evening (3/16)  7:00 pm   The [...]

Typeforce 3 Call for Entries

TYPEFORCE 3 The Annual Showcase of Typographic Allstars Wants You! Submissions due February 27, 2012 Lineup announced March 6, 2012 Opening night March 30th through April 13, 2012 Include: description of work, approx size, images of work or previous work if not yet completed. Ideally we would like a series of pieces or enough work [...]

Warning: Mash Tun

The creators of Proximity and Lumpen are launching another publication this Spring. It’s called Mash Tun: A Journal about Craft Beer The Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun will feature interviews and [...]


Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL) SMALL is a new organization that promotes companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products. The goal of the organization is to amplify awareness of products made in the Chicago Metropolitan area through events, promotions, media and trade shows. SMALL will emphasize that sustainable businesses are the key to our economic [...]

Call For Participation: Version Festival 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future

What happens when you invite cultural workers,community developers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month? Version 12: Bridgeport The Community of the Future. This May 2012, we’re inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, and [...]

Mess Hall Series: Follow that Shit! Call for participation!

Mess Hall is currently organizing a series of events that trace the flows of capital, material resources, networks or relations of power, etc. Events are open to a variety of formats and timeframes:  lectures or mini-presentations, screenings or workshops, performances of all types. They can follow the flow of a resource from origin through consumption [...]

MDW Fair Call For Proposals

The MDW Fair, October 21-23rd, 2011 at the Geolofts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts (aka Iron Studios) in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase [...]

Pittsburgh! Temporary Art Review is looking for an Editor

Temporary Art Review is seeking qualified applicants for a part time PITTSBURGH REGIONAL EDITOR. We think it’s a paid gig.  “Temporary Art Review is a platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities. Temporary is a national network, highlighting both practical and theoretical discourse through exhibition [...]

Unlike Us – Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

Initiated by an old friend of ours, Geert Lovink, the  Unlike Us project looks like a great opportunity for you critical digiheads. Check it out.. The aim of this proposal is to establish a research network of artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers who work on ‘alternatives in social media’. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues [...]

Call for Proposals Version 11: The Community

Our annual festival is happening again from April 22 to May 1, 2011. We are accepting proposals including texts for Proximity 009 which will be released at the festival.

Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reenactment This Sunday

What: Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reeanactment When: March 6 : 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Free Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607 312-413-5353 ABOUT THE HUNGER MARCH In honor of the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams’ birth and Hull-House’s continued commitment to social and public policies, Pocket Guide to [...]

Artout Escort Service

We think they need some Chicago people. ” Welcome to ARTOUT – the first artist escort service in the history of art!  Our concept is unique and so are our services: we offer a selection of seasoned as well as young and up-coming artists to go out with. In our PFC* world it gets lonely [...]

Forget the Polls, Meet Del Valle Thursday, Feb 10 C-PS

Artists For Miguel del Valle February 10, 2011 7-9pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street …Chicago Il 60608 Join us Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 7 to 9pm for a chance to meet and ask Chicago Mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle some questions regarding the arts in Chicago. We have joined a group of concerned [...]

Typeforce II Call for Proposals

TYPEFORCE is the annual showcase of emerging typographic artists. Firebelly Design and Public Media Institute (Proximity magazine’s parent .org) put together this exhibition to show just how fantastic Type can be. You can send us a proposal to be in the next show which opens at Co-Prosperity Sphere on February 18, 2011.  Visit the TYPEFORCE [...]

Help Fund E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center

Local artist, Chef, Gallerist and Sweetheart of Art cholos, Eric May, is close to launching this project and he needs your financial support. Make it Happen!

Bridgeport Holiday

If you ever wondered what the hell this Bridgeport “art scene” is about, then this weekend is the time for you to figure it out. From Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2010 many spaces and artists in the neighborhood  will be opening their galleries and studios for you to check out. Download a [...]

Cardboard Show July 10 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Mike Pocius, aka the Art Fag, has put together the best Cardboard Show yet! We took a few shots of the work that have been hung up in the space to entice you to come down this Saturday, July 10 between 6pm and midnight.  Works are super affordable and will be shown for ONE NIGHT [...]

Superflex Declares “Today We Don’t Use the Word ‘Recession’ Day

From the press release: TODAY WE DON’T USE THE WORD ‘RECESSION’ For the Midsummer Festival in Cork, Ireland, Superflex has made a new artwork “Today we do not use the word ‘Recession’” that invites all the citizens of the city involved. Superflex encouraged The Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy to bring a proposal to the [...]

Announcing the Co-Prosperity School

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School for and about the advancement and understanding of contemporary Chicago Art. Through guest speakers and class member presentations we will shine a light on the contemporary art scene of Chicago. One of our goals is to break down the panel discussion dialogue of Chicago’s art and bring it [...]

Call for Texts Proximity 008: Education as Art

Call for Texts Proximity Magazine  008 Education as Art issue Call for proposals due: June 15, 2010 For our next issue we have asked Albert Stabler, Jim Duignan and Keith Brown to guest edit our alt.pedagogy issue. The issue will be released in the Fall of 2010. The discourses around fine art and education are [...]

Make Believe in Wicker Park

Our friends at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce are awarding $5,500.00 prize for best art installation in their new storefront program called Make Believe. If you have any competence filling out forms and  have any talent get off yer complaining butt and make a submission! “WPB is looking for talented artists with the [...]

Help Build the School of the Future

Proximity contributor (and How We Work columnist) Chris Kennendy (of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics), is ramping up his School of the Future Project. Inspired by anarchist self-education projects like Chicago’s own A-zone, the Public School initiative and other free school projects, the School of the Future combines education with art to reimagine what a [...]

May Day at Version

The Printervention party, (C)TAS, Unearthed Americana show, NEXT booth, PMIRL, Proximity magazine release, Berlin afterparty, and the Lumpy Trouser Demons exhibition are under our belt. Join us today for the Art parade and our closing party.

Call For Proposals: PLAND

PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa. PLAND finds its inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaim and reframe [...]

Call for Participation: Chicago Art Parade

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 [...]

Version Festival Fundaiser

Please join us Saturday April 3 for our only fundraiser of the year which helps fund the projects, publications and exhibitions that are part of our annual arts convergence, Version Festival. There will be extraordinary work on display generously donated by friends of the festival. See some images of the work  here. Art works and [...]

Amy Franceschini on BAS

Bad At Sports, the midwest’s most important art podcast did an interview with one of our favorite artists, Amy Franceschini. Listen here. And keep it up guys!

Art Bin

Nick Costas, Proximity correspondent, sends us this news: “Acclaimed British artist Michael Landy has transformed the South London Gallery into a 600m³ container for the disposal of works of art. Artists and collectors are invited to bring works to the SLG to create ’a monument to creative failure’. Works can be brought to the SLG [...]

Proximity goes to The Netherlands

We are on a field trip to The Netherlands to present Proximity magazine and art works featured in its pages! Our friends at Trendbeheer are hosting our  exhibition at the Rotterdam art space Singer Sweat Shop and it will take place Friday, March 12. Our agenda is pretty full. We are meeting up with old [...]

Dance Card Full

This February has been really busy for us here at Public Media Institute and Proximity magazineland. This weekend marks an end to our recent programming madness . We hope the following events will provide motivation for you to battle this Chicago winter and give you a chance to check out some exciting new shit. On [...]

The (Con)Temporary Art Space

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to work with the Chicago Loop Alliance, a chamber of commerce-like organization that serves the downtown loop area merchants. They started their Pop-Up Art Loop gallery project and gave us the old Ritz Camera store to engage with a project. We are opening a new joint [...]

VERSION FESTIVAL 10 Call For Participation

VERSION FESTIVAL 10: Infrastructures and Territories April 22, May 2, 2010 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: March 1, 2010. Version is an annual springtime convergence that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art initiatives of our day. This is the Ninth [...]

Please submit to issue 007

There are only a few weeks left before our deadline. Please contribute to the next issue. Read about the theme here.

Farewell Tupajumi!

We are going to miss all of our new friends from the Tupajumi Foundation. Their exhibition at the Co-Prosperity Sphere was a great example of how  awesome a group show can be. You can check out documentation of the C-PS show here and here. We look forward to working with them in the future. And [...]

Call for Texts Proximity Issue 007

Please help us create our next and most ambitious installment of the magazine. Proximity isue 007 is themed “A Catalog of Strategies.” The issue will feature a lengthy directory of participatory, collectivist and interventionist projects and initiatives. We are seeking short entries, essays, and texts about alternative, counter, or oppositional practices and projects, created by [...]

CALL FOR STUFF: Club Nutz @ Frieze Art Fair

Forwarded from Facebook: Club Nutz is a website/tv show and a comedy/music label that’s an actual club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. We will be recreating the Club Nutz experience for four days this fall in the main tent at Frieze Art Fair in London. Club Nutz : a 4 x 4 meter miniature night club [...]


From March 5 – April 9, 2009, the Chicago Public Library challenges you to showcase your creativity by designing a poster that’s inspired by the library and uses the URL The Chicago Public Library will then select 30 Finalists to move on to a Judging Night Event on April 23, 2009, held at the [...]

Call for Submissions King Ludd’s Midway Arcade

We think they will still accept submissions! Call for Submissions For King Ludd’s Midway Arcade Version Fest 09′ Curated by Material Exchange Calling all gamers, artists, engineers, tinkerers, hackers, manipulators… The Midway Plaissance in Hyde Park was the home of the World’s Fair of 1893, an international celebration of the landing of Columbus in North [...]


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONU – magazine on urbanism #11 – CLEAN URBANISM Download the new Call for Submission – Poster for Clean Urbanism and post it in your faculty! When it comes to Clean Urbanism – i.e. an urbanism that is dedicated to minimizing both the required inputs for a city of energy, water, [...]

Gallery Crawl Girl

Stephanie Burke, a gallery crawl guide for Chicago, has explained all of tonights openings very nicely for you on her blog. The Co-Prosperity Sphere is not going to be crazy tonight. However it will be showing some of Dave the Lightbulb Man’s colllection of recent works.  Dave may conduct some interview sessions for his tv [...]

Version festival needs you

An art parade, temporary housing structures, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair and expo, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, an open source design agency for social movements, and korean [...]

(Con)Temporary Art Guide – Chicago

[caption id="attachment_888" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Art Shanty at Iron Studios (2006)"][/caption] Proximity Magazine invites you to participate in (Con)Temporary Art Chicago. This 80-96 page book, to be released along with the next issue of Proximity Magazine, will showcase the best cultural offerings in Chicago during the art fair season – late April to early May 2009. [...]

Version Festival Meeting January 25 @ C-PS

An art parade, temporary housing structures, independent contemporary art space networking, one day only exhibition formats, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, impressive performances, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, [...]

Zooart 2009 : Call for Proposals

Proposals for selection for ZOOart 2009 are now welcome. ZOOart is a public art event, open to young artists. Now in it’s eighth year it is organised by the Art.ur association with the support of the Cuneo City Council. For details please visit Miss Michela Giuggia tel./fax 0171 689960 cell. +39 339 690899 Email


Notice: Attention Chicago: A highly organized, internationally recognized, massively marketed, thoroughly branded, and extremely expensive series of sporting events is coming to your town. This is not it. From Saturday January 24 to February 14 2009, InCUBATE and person-in-residence Anne Elizabeth Moore will host a series of games called the Unlympics. They will consist of [...]

Call for Interns and Assistance

Public Media Institute, the non-profit that puts out Proximity and co-produces Version festival and a bunch of other artist-run culture projects. We are looking for interns and collaborators to do various things. It could be anything from organizing an Art Parade and coordinating events, to doing research or stuffing envelopes. We are looking for 8-10 [...]

Young Polish Artists

More information TBA. Contact the Co-Prosperity Sphere if you are young, Polish and an artist.