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CALL to ARTISTS: Rally for your cause!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alumni Relations
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USSSA revolution: an artist organized rally

When: Sunday, October 21st (2:30-4:30pm)
Where: Daley Plaza (Washington St. between Clark Dearborn Streets)

Deadline: Tuesday, October 16th. 2012

Who: Any performance or visual artist who is committed to a political cause and is compelled to voice its relevance in a public forum.  Suzanne Lacy, Sharon Hayes and William Pope.L are notable precedents for artists in the public forum and the richness and complexity of public discourse conitnues to proliferate among contemporary artists.  Street art and protest art are especially potent forces within the Chicago arts community and with profound historical relevance--we have specifically selected the Daley Plaza as a platform across the street from the City Hall/County Building.  All forms of speech (slient and visual, vocal and pedantic) are welcome.

Why:  Artists represent a variety of causes that are often neglected by mainstream media. Documentation of this event will be included with rallies previously held in New York City and Los Angeles.  Video footage wil also be made available on YouTube and eventually be included in USSSA exhibitions (with name credits to all the artists.)

What:  In response to authoritarian models of speech (one speaker, one platform, a large homogeneous audience, corporate/militant organization) this rally is set-up to be more accessible and to widely represent people and important causes that are often pushed to the margins.

Artists stand on level-ground in an oval-formation.
Each artists speaks/performs for one minute (cued by a bell.)
Each artists will be credited by name in the documentation of the rally, in exhibition and online video formats.

To register for one of our available slots, please email the following information to usssartists[at]gmail[dot]com:

A URL link to your work and/or at least three images at no less than 72dpi.
Your political cause in 1-20 words.  Remember, everyone has one minute so it's best to be clear and concise.
Any additional considerations for your proposed action (props, assistance, documentation, etc.)
Further discussion of identified risk/legality/ethics may be requested.
A bullhorn will be furnished for amplification.  Please inform us if you require additional props or if your presentation poses and evident risk.
Please write "Daley Plaza artist rally" in the subject header.

For more information about this series of rallies taking place across the US (and other art-based initiatives of the USSSA campaign) please visit our blog.

To learn more about out exhibition and current artists, including Wafaa Bilal, Roxy Farhat, and Dread Scott, visit:


For more information see the official website.

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