Upcoming Projects

Exhibitions 2015:

Level Eater 5.0 –  January 31, 2015
Our fifth annual  group exhibition of work influenced by science fiction and fantasy.

Typeforce 6 – February 13, 2015
Our sixth  annual showcase of emerging typographic artists.

Version Festival 15: 100 Watts
April 23-May 3, 2015

For the past 14 years Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space.

Attention radio producers, audio alchemists, activists, DJs, podcasters, record labels, ham operators, bands, storytellers, spoken word artists, time travelers, poets, librarians, art critics, educators, performance artists, and sound editors! Imagine you have a radio station. What will you do with it?

Think about it! Because just recently the FCC granted the Public Media Institute, our nonprofit corporation, a license to build a low-power FM station to serve our community and up to 2.3 million Chicago listeners. We are in the process of raising funds to build the station–it’s our most ambitious media project to date.

So, this year VERSION is an on-air laboratory and campaign to create the kind of radio station we believe our city needs. Our station will be a conduit for musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists, and instigators from Chicago and around the world, and so our festival will serve as a beta test for producing and experiencing these essential sounds, ideas, and programs. We need your help to decide what these are. This CALL FOR SOUNDS!!! is an invitation for YOU to create a show, a sound, or an experience, for live broadcast on the airwaves and the internet.

In addition we will transform our gallery, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, into a studio for recording and broadcasting live events and programming. We will also record and broadcast live music, performance, and weird shows from clubs and spaces throughout the city. Everything presented at VERSION will be aired online, and then rebroadcast when our station is built and the transmitter and tower are installed.

Marz Community Brewing Company Collaboration ( Ongoing )
PMI partners with the Marz Community Brewing Co to create their “Community Brew” series, and donate the proceeds  from these specialty beers to neighborhood-specific causes in our neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Multiple Publications ( Ongoing )
PMI will publish several issues of the following publications:
Slow Ride, a novel by Brian Mier
The Guide to Chicago Jagoffs
Lumpen Magazine
Mash Tun Journal
Proximity Magazine
Matériel Magazine

Co-Prosperity Sphere ( Ongoing )
Our experimental cultural center, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, will host, curate, program and produce dozens of exhibitions, shows, events and other programs throughout the year. Visit coprosperity.org for schedule.

 

 

Public Media Institute