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ICUQTS: International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendance Symposium is an all ages interdisciplinary art and community festival celebrating creative cultural engagement with local and international queer (LGBTQIA+) communities through exhibition and curation of visual art, installations, performance art, music, speakers, workshops, community organizations, and vendors in Chicago on September 29 & 30, 2018. The symposium will center the art and culture of underground, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, people of color, femme, and non-binary artists. In addition to highlighting Chicago-based artists, the work of national and international artists will be featured in order to encourage discussion and engagement within the global queer movement. ICUQTS is created and presented by TRQPITECA: a Chicago-based artist duo and production company creating space for local and international artists working with queer and tropical aesthetics to experiment and thrive. Since 2015, co-founders Natalie Murillo (La Spacer) and Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (CQQCHIFRUIT) have curated this cultural platform as an intersection between art, queer culture, and dance music, with the intention of fostering creative engagement with the diverse communities of which we are a part. ICUQTS is a part of EXPO ART WEEK 2018. *BYOB from La Vinata, 3124 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, 21+ to drink!* WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: The building is accessed through a grassy parking lot. The first floor where the vendors, community organizations, film & video screenings, workshops, and guest speakers will be is wheelchair accessible, including the restrooms. The second floor where the performances and visual art will be is not wheelchair accessible. However, Performances will be viewable from the first floor screening room through a live/audio video feed. Additionally, visual art displayed on the second floor will be viewable digitally via monitor or projector. Wheelchairs users interested in attending please contact icuqts.info@gmail.com with any further questions!


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  • Zemmoa [B!TCH3Z Productionz]

    Sunday Performance, CDMX (Mexico City)

    TRQPITECA

    Sunday Performance, Chicago

    Keijaun Thomas

    Sunday Performance, NYC

  • M Lamar

    Saturday Performance, Brooklyn, NYC

    Ariel Zetina

    Sunday Performance, Chicago

    Po’Chop

    Sunday Performance, Chicago

  • OrB Box

    Perfomances, Chicago

    Jared Brown

    Saturday Performance, Chicago

    NAXÖ (Mirza N. Shams)

    Saturday Performance, Chicago

  • Feldspar Rhodochrosite

    Saturday Performance, Chicago

    Niña (Liz Ferrer and Bow Tie)

    Saturday Performance, Miami FL

    LadyDaddy

    Performance, Chicago

  • Sara Goodman & Sasha Tycko

    Saturday Performance, Chicago

    Ingrid LaFleur

    Saturday Keynote Speaker on 'Economic Transcendence', Detroit MI

    Ally Almore

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Amina Ross

    Video Art, Chicago

    Andy Bellomo

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Betsy Stout

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Carolina Poveda and Olive Stefanski

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Cheryl Acuña

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Chloe Patricia O’Neill

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Christopher Sonny Martinez

    Visual Art, NYC

    Colectivo Multipolar

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Eloise Sherrid

    Visual Art, NYC

  • Florix

    Poetry & Visual Art, Miami / Albuquerque

    Erin Bliss

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Janie Stamm

    Visual Artist, St. Louis/Florida

  • Jasmine Clark

    Joelle Mercedes

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Jonathan Korotko

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Ken Folk

    Visual Artist, Chicago

    Kyle Gammon

    Visual Art, Bloomingdale, GA

    Manal Kara

    Visual Art, Gary, IN

  • Nat LaChall

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Natalie Woodlock

    Visual Art, New Orleans

    Pete Brooks

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Sara Heymann

    Stage Design, Chicago

    Sofia Moreno

    Visual Art, CDMX/Chicago/Dallas/International

    Stormé Legacy

    Visual Art, Chicago

  • Teshika Silver

    Visual Artist, Chicago

    Violet Eckles-Jordan

    Visual Art, Chicago

    Ciriza

    Video & Film, Los Angeles

  • Fannie Sosa

    Video Art, Berlin

    Hereaclitus Here Vernon

    Video Art, Nomad

    Liz Mputu

    Video Art, Orlando FL

  • S. Nicole Lane

    Video Art

    Sky Cubacub (Rebirth Garments)

    Video Art, Chicago

    Petty Butter

    'Intentionality, Healing, and Manifestation Through The Ritual of Skincare' Workshop, Saturday

Zemmoa [B!TCH3Z Productionz]
Sunday Performance, CDMX (Mexico City)
Zemmoa, whose artistic name is derived from the French "C'est moi" which means "I am me", is a Mexico City based musician, performer and multi-media artist. Driven to tell her story as a queer and transgender artist, she created Zemmporio Records when a record company told her they were not ready for an artist who plays with gender identity. Since then, Zemmoa has performed in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Brussels, Vienna, NY, LA, Chicago, Bogota, Argentina, and many cities throughout Mexico and has sung for many personalities such as Mario Testino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Jeremy Scott. She has opened for Peaches, Technotronic, Hercules & Love Affair, and Erasure and just released her third full length album this Summer 2018 entitled “Covers”, which she will perform live at ICUQTS 2018. B!TCH3Z Productionz (Jonny Sommer, f. 2012) is a radical hospitality and nightlife arts platform offering freelance curatorial and bar services, as well as hospitality consultation and artist management. In efforts to celebrate underground party economies and artists alike as vehicles of vital queer cultural production and critical creative exchange, B!TCH3Z is excited to present Zemmoa in collaboration with TrQpiteca at I.C.U.Q.T.S 2018.
TRQPITECA
Sunday Performance, Chicago
TRQPITECA is a Chicago-based artist duo and production company creating space for local and international artists working with queer and tropical aesthetics to experiment and thrive. Since 2015, co-founders Natalie Murillo (La Spacer) and Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (CQQCHIFRUIT) have curated this cultural platform as an intersection between art, queer culture, and dance music, with the intention of fostering creative engagement with the diverse communities of which we are a part. As performers, we combine tropical rhythms with the sounds of house and techno to create music that is mind, body, and spirit altering.
Keijaun Thomas
Sunday Performance, NYC
Keijaun Thomas is a New York based artist and current Franklin Furnace Fun Recipient. Thomas creates live performances and multimedia installations— her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within Black personhood. Thomas earned their Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thomas has presented work nationally and internationally in Los Angeles and Palo, Alto, CA; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Chicago, IL; Saugatuck, MI; Boston and Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; and Taipei, Taiwan; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Istanbul, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Saskatchewan and Vancouver, Canada; and the United Kingdom.   In my project "My Last American Dollar" I am thinking about resistance. How do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive? I have been thinking about 5 spaces/ environments that frame my research: Locker Rooms, Strip Clubs, Waiting Rooms, Church pews and Field Days. In “ My last American Dollar” I build a “waiting room” inside of a room. Church pews and benches become spaces for audience members to watch me and themselves. Sometimes I am her, I am your dancer. My back sweat is your holy water in our locker room. My speech becomes locker room talk, the “boys” playing in the field. The project investigates forms in which black and brown people hold space for each other, how do you carry the multiplicities of being young, gifted and black.
M Lamar
Saturday Performance, Brooklyn, NYC
M. Lamar writes songs that are at once a product of his African American heritage drawing heavily from the negro spiritual. Combined with his operatic voice and piano playing that is at once interested in western classical music and dissonant black metal Lamar’s sound makes one think that things are so catastrophic that the world might end at the conclusion of one of his tracks. M. Lamar is a composer who works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. Lamar holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and attended the Yale School of Art, sculpture program, before dropping out to pursue music. Lamar’s work has been presented internationally, most recently at Kunstgebäude Stuttgart, Funkhaus Berlin, Old First Church San Francisco, TBA21 Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria, The Peabody Museum, Salem Massachusetts, CCA, Glasgow, The Meet Factory Prague, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust New York, The Kitchen New York, MoMa PS1’s Greater New York, Merkin Hall, New York, Issue Project Room New York, The Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco; Human resources, Los Angeles;Wesleyan University; Participant Inc., New York; New Museum, New York; Södra Teatern, Stockholm; Warehouse9, Copenhagen; WWDIS Fest, Gothenburg and Stockholm; The International Theater Festival, Donzdorf, Germany; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York; Performance Space 122, New York; and African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco; among others. Mr. Lamar continues to study classical and bel canto technique with Ira Siff, and is a recipient of a 2016 Jerome Fund Grant for New Music (JFund), a 2016 NYFA Fellowship in Music and Sound, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), Harpo Foundation (2014-2015), and Franklin Furnace Fund (2013–14).
Ariel Zetina
Sunday Performance, Chicago
Ariel Zetina is a Chicago based club music DJ/producer/writer. She is a 2018 resident at Smartbar, where she runs her Diamond Formation party; and also runs club nights Rosebud, Ariel’s Party, & Rumors at various clubs in Chicago.Her debut EP 'Cyst' was released on Boukan Records in September. Compilation releases on Club Chai, Trash Cvlt, Sweat Equity, Gays Hate Techno, SHXME, & Femme Culture. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, and California. Upcoming: releases on Majía, Head Charge, & Manifest. She is represented by the amazing agency Discwoman.
Po’Chop
Sunday Performance, Chicago
Hell bent on creating a repertoire that sparked conversations regarding notions of gender, sexual prowess, and race, Jenn Freeman made her debut as burlesque artist Po’Chop in 2010. With over a decade of dance training including studying at Columbia College Chicago, Po'Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as "...the most provocative symbol of might onstage...It was as if Po'Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself." Since Po's debut she has seared across many US stages.  From New Orleans, New York, where she performed at the Brooklyn Museum in Brown Girls Burlesque’s Bodyspeak, and St. Louis. Though any opportunity to perform is met with an indescribable ferocity, Po' relishes and considers being a Jeezy Juke Joint board member and creating and performing, Chicago Reader Recommended, Black As Eye Wanna Be career highlights.  Po’Chop has been a recipient of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, a participant in the 2016 RDDI Chicago Dance Lab, and a recent CO-Mission resident at Links Hall CO-Mission. Needless to say, Po’Chop is the meat so, sweet even vegetarians want to take a bite!
OrB Box
Perfomances, Chicago
Beauty passion Love and Hope manifests itself through his OrB. He danced gracefully and passionately filling the room with the love captivating the mind with generosity. He explores the mental capacity of the human mind, his soul is at ease. His body is warm his demeanor is shy. His OrB expands and touch everyone in the room. He jump he turn he kick he Groove to the beats. Ass shaking no time wasted. He fills the room with movement the people can't help but to move with him. Born in St Louis and based in Chicago, Orb (artistic name) studied dancing at Columbia College Chicago. An amazing dancer, actor, musician and singer, Orb uses dance and visuals to heal himself, and to express and explore the experience of being black and queer in the United States. Orb has performed at several venues in Chicago like Trqpiteca, the Dojo or Rutcorp. Orb also teaches dancing classes in Chicago. He organized the Afrofuturist March in St Louis and has recently released an album called "Golden Reality Human Complacency".
Jared Brown
Saturday Performance, Chicago
Jared Brown is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. In recent work, Jared has been broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio (CENTRAL AIR RADIO, 88.5 FM), in live DJ sets, and on social media. They consider themselves a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah's description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared Brown makes archeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. Jared repurposes these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. Jared Brown holds a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art and moved back to Chicago in 2016 in order to make and share work that directly relates to their personal history.
NAXÖ (Mirza N. Shams)
Saturday Performance, Chicago
Mirza N. Shams, under his/their stage name NAXÖ, is a queer/gender-fluid Egyptian music producer, composer, pianist, keyboardist, and singer. NAXÖ's work conjures a magical concoction that blends electronic/psychedelic waves and beats with the nostalgia of MENA/SWANA folklore and eastern classical music that captures the liminality through lyrics and their voices whispering to resist and re-imagine kinder worlds. Samples began creating their/his own hybrid into a club sound that fits as well in theaters and festivals as it does on dance floors. NAXÖ was born in early 2013, producing and performing fusions of dubstep, psytrance, folktronica, electronica, and psychedelic music. Compositions are consisted of Middle-eastern North-african folklore/classical music, particularly Egyptian using stringed instruments like Oud, Kanoon, Bouzouki, and Strings sections blended with groovy electronic rhythms and bass lines accompanied by eastern percussion like Tabla, and Duff and electronic dominant drumming styles influenced by rock, jazz, trap-hop and psychedelic music. Currently, NAXÖ is performing a music live set of waves about reclaiming Egyptian queer terminologies, gender fluidity and post-colonial social complications.
Feldspar Rhodochrosite
Saturday Performance, Chicago
Clothilde Cook creates characters and stories from colorful scraps in the landscape. One character is Cavenaw Cavenis, a shapeshifting persona who retells ancient fairy tales and modern myths. Another character is Feldspar Rhodochrosite. Feldspar is a male character who is part fool, part magician, a pisces, and a witch. Photo by Aay Preston-Myint
Niña (Liz Ferrer and Bow Tie)
Saturday Performance, Miami FL
Niña is a Miami based femme reggaeton duo featuring Arch BowT "Mariposa" and Liz Ferrari "Ouch". Our first album Quinceañerera will be released in the Fall of 2018.
LadyDaddy
Performance, Chicago
Ladydady is a bossy bitch, a single parent household, a femme who's raising a family, and above all a tom boy daddy. Lead by Johanna Brock, Ladydady's aim is to produce new music exploring femme queer identity and to help other queer performers produce new work. For ICU QTS, Johanna will perform solo with beat machines, looping pedals, and bass violin.
Sara Goodman & Sasha Tycko
Saturday Performance, Chicago
Sara Goodman is a new media artist, poet, curator, VJ, and teacher working with new and old tech, forming lifelong friendships and collaborations based off of art-as- way-of-life life practice. Her work draws inspiration from pastoral landscapes, abstraction, meaning through repetition, science fiction, obscure subcultures, and broken technologies. Sara received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago and teaches creative writing and new media classes in the Chicagoland area. http://saranaomigoodman.squarespace.com/ https://www.instagram.com/saranaomigoodman/ Starting from the proposition that art-making is world-making, Sasha Tycko a.k.a. Sasha No Disco combines community organizing and curatorial work with writing, DJing, and performance. They seek connections between interiority and context, trying to find home in their body as they interrogate the social/political/cultural world that gives it shape. Tycko hosts "Disco No Disco" on WHPK 88.5FM, is a founding editor of The Sick Muse zine, and works to make safer arts spaces with the F12 Network. www.sashatycko.net https://www.instagram.com/t_cko/
Ingrid LaFleur
Saturday Keynote Speaker on 'Economic Transcendence', Detroit MI
Ingrid LaFleur is an artist, activist, and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies and modes of government. As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and universal basic income. Ingrid LaFleur is currently the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of EOS Detroit. As a thought leader, social justice technologist, public speaker, teacher and cultural advisor she has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference, Harvard University and Oxford University, among others. LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.
Ally Almore
Visual Art, Chicago
Ally Almore  is a queer photographer based on the southside of Chicago. She has over 6 years of experience in photography. Photophilic from an early age, she fell in love with street photography first -chasing the sun across Pilsen, and later across Chicago. This passion fueled a love for the camera and creating visual narratives while capturing her various communities. her internships with the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2011 and 2012 respectively.  After briefly attending Savannah College of Art and Design, she returned home and dove deep into portraiture. These days, she focuses primarily on portrait, fashion, lifestyle, photojournalism, nightlife and event photography. In 2016, she joined F4F, a black and femme focused DIY alternative space in the Little Village neighborhood and became their resident photographer. She currently has a residency with Sixty Inches in partnership with Illinois Humanities Envisioning Justice program. When she’s not busy capturing, she’s probably talking to one of her cats over a cup of tea.
Amina Ross
Video Art, Chicago
Amina Ross is an undisciplined creator and educator. They work across mediums, shaping spaces that celebrate darkness, physicality and love through language, video installations, sculpture, and curatorial engagements. Amina studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited work at venues throughout the United States. Amina has spoken on panels and taught workshops at a wide range of events and venues including Wayne State University, the College Arts Association Conference, the Alphawood Foundation, and Women’s Center for Creative Work among others. Amina was a part of Chicago Artist Coalition’s BOLT Residency in 2015-2016. They co-run a black and femme centering space in the Little Village, Chicago, called F4F. Additionally, Amina runs the ongoing workshop and participatory performance series “Beauty Breaks”. Amina is a co-founder of 3rd Language (2011-2015), queer arts collective. In their work as an educator within institutional settings, Amina is co-lead artist of Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and a part-time lecturer at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, Amina is exhibiting new work in their solo exhibition "Daisy Chain" at Prairie (Chicago, IL), alongside a new participatory webcam performance project entitled 2:22 on Acretv.org.
Andy Bellomo
Visual Art, Chicago
Andy Bellomo aka “Andy B” is a queer female visual artist, public mural artist, teacher and performer. She is owner of Street Glass Productions, a company that focuses on creating large- scale public murals within Chicago and across the country. She is a visual artist who specializes in hand-cut glasswork, with movement and energy at its core. She creates large-scale glass artworks that achieve depth by combining many visual and physical layers at a time. Each cut of glass is like a stroke of paint, revealing the exact movement of her hands, with intricate line movement and multiple colors of glass and grout combined. As a full time artist, she divides her time between creating large-scale murals, educating youth, doing commissioned work and performing as a drag king. Andy has a strong belief in collaboration and cross promoting fellow queer community members. She is a dynamic member of the arts and LGBTQ community and a strong activist and advocate for social change and human rights. Andy is also the co-producer of Queer Lines, a yearly three part drag king, visual arts and poetry show. Andy’s most recent work is a project called, “I Don’t Go To Church Anymore,” a multidisciplinary project that shines a light on the need for mental health support through the help of community, art, and spiritual guidance. The entire project is based on building a “stained glass church” through a large-scale installation. This project aims to create a felt experience for the Chicago LGBTQ community where the sense of belonging itself is the spiritual practice.
Betsy Stout
Visual Art, Chicago
my current work incorporates sculpture, fashion and photography to generate otherworldly visions that investigate relationships between beauty and power. these images are tools for recreating myself, my queer family, and surrounding reality in a way that lets us transcend the world in which we currently live. this work is a manner of coping, creating momentary realities in which we are beautiful, ok, even powerful, acting as more than ourselves. through sculpture, drag, and the associated picture making i’m looking to construct future selves that we can inhabit right now, fantasy selves that we can grow into. the work smashes together aesthetic cues from my early adulthood in rural Indiana. here, in a tight-knit miniature gay community, geographic and financial entrapment created a bubble of political isolation, mutual support, and vibrant but secret self-expression. I found a tiny cadre of queer individuals with whom i created a family. we made a domestic sub-reality, joining nearby apartments into a physical microcosm and generating a social environment in which we could be safe and creative. this experience is the root of my art practice. when a group of us relocated to Chicago in 2015, I brought leftover feelings of loving tenacity, an unflattering us vs them brand of apocalyptic paranoia and a sticky awareness that all reality is contextual. My artwork has absorbed this and struggles with connections between queerness and toughness, particularly in fashion and self-expression.
Carolina Poveda and Olive Stefanski
Visual Art, Chicago
Carolina Poveda @disrespectable Carolina Poveda was born in Miami Florida to immigrant parents from Venezuela and Cuba.  They attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for their undergraduate studies. Poveda is a polymathic artist and community organizer with the Chicago Skillshare Network.  Their interests currently lie with photography, fiber art, and sculpture tied to ideas of de/colonization, ancestral communion and the spirit of the divine. Olive Stefanski @floatyplace Olive Stefanski is a multidisciplinary artist who creates performance art, fiber art, and sound. Both solo and collaboratively, Stefanski has shown their work at the Fundación del Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo (CDMX), Defibrillator performance art gallery (CHI), Mana Contemporary (CHI), Links Hall (CHI), the Roman Susan Gallery (CHI), Threewalls Gallery (CHI), the International Museum of Surgical Science (CHI), and Roots and Culture (CHI).   They received their BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University and their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They continue their education as an apprentice at the Chicago Weaving School and as a certified Reiki Master, taught in the Usui Reiki Ryôhô tradition by Yvonne E Nieves, Reiki Master Teacher. Stefanski is also a founding member and co-organizer of the Chicago Skillshare Network, a grassroots education collective dedicated to organizing economically accessible, peer to peer workshops that teach creative skills.
Cheryl Acuña
Visual Art, Chicago
Cheryl Acuña is a small cybernetic being posing as an artist in Chicago, IL. They are concerned with intimate online spaces ++ cultures ++ communities, subversive queerness and Filipinx cultural diaspora. Their work consists of hand crafted fantasy weaponry as well as videography, print design and computer programming. With the use of delicate and youthful imagery like crystals, charms, video games and pastel pallets in union with the dark, jarring reality of war, death and witchcraft as well as inspiration from post-colonial Philippine culture, in both digital and physical mediums, Acuña recognizes the importance of self-awareness, cultural awareness and fantastic reality.
Chloe Patricia O’Neill
Visual Art, Chicago
Chloe Patricia O'Neill (b. 1996, New York) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Chloe’s practice spans sculpture, text, and performance, and explores themes of technology, body politics, and cultural identity. Her work draws from postcolonial and feminist theory, as well as Latinidad and Catholic symbolism, to build new mythologies around the transformation, materiality, and labor of the human body. Chloe has attended School of the Art Institute Chicago and The New School. Her work been exhibited and spoken at Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, The Knockdown Center, and POWERPLNT, Brooklyn, among others.
Christopher Sonny Martinez
Visual Art, NYC
Sonny Martinez is a filmmaker and photographer living and working in New York City. Texas bred, he traveled to Chicago, IL to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From Chicago, he moved to NYC and has exhibited nationally, internationally, and on a digital platform. Sonny’s work breeds intimate moments from a Queer Chicano lens.
Colectivo Multipolar
Visual Art, Chicago
Sandra Oviedo (a.k.a.) Colectivo Multipolar, is a Chicago based photographer who loves the dance floor, artists, and their creative spaces. Inspired by a diverse collective of artists she is often surrounded by, she began to use Colectivo Multipolar in honor of that diversity. "Documenting our Story" is how she defines her work, "and iconic eye in the queer art + nightlife scene in Chicago" is how the publication The Sick Muse has described her photography. Having studied Communications, she discovered photography was the ideal language to express what it means to be alive.
Eloise Sherrid
Visual Art, NYC
Eloise Sherrid is a New York based filmmaker and multi-media artist, and a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. What is “normal,” and why is difference threatening? I’m interested in the mechanics of social narrative.  How does media-making shape the way society imagines itself, from notions of race and ability, to social class and capitalism? Where are the intersections between that perception and reality, and where are the blind spots? And how can those mechanics be leveraged to expose erased narratives? I collaborated with designer Sky Cubacub and painter Lauryn Welch to create a series of surreal cinemagraphs celebrating queercrip bodies through the clothing line, Rebirth Garments. A cinemagraph is a still photograph that contains small looping sections of video: like gifs, but with intention. We created this series to explore the concept of "radical visibility," using the uncanny looping of the medium to have the models move in unnerving ways to accentuate and celebrate their otherness. In this vein, we also designed Lauryn's colorful backdrops with Sky's designs in mind, creating a kind of reverse camouflage effect.
Florix
Poetry & Visual Art, Miami / Albuquerque
Florix is a Yucatec alchemist who uses both music and visual art to create worlds of sonic and visual dimensions that reflect the complexity of her mind and heart. She draws on the mythology of her own personal history and her fierce individualism to create her own landscape, one she inhabits in every form of herself.
Erin Bliss
Visual Art, Chicago
Erin Bliss is a Chicago-based artist and wood worker focused on making beautiful and practical art objects from reclaimed and found materials. She reorganizes and reveals the inherent beauty of an old material in a new form that induces a sense of wonder separate from its past life. She uses her intuition to guide what she makes. She has control over the process but it is the materials themselves that dictate the end result. She has worked making furniture, art and functional objects for the last five years. Currently she works at The Oriental Institute Museum as a preparator, making all of the things that the museum needs. She builds walls, pedestals and metal mounts to hold ancient objects in their cases. She also teaches woodworking classes at The Rebuilding Exchange using the material that you see around you. Over time she has developed a deep affection for forgotten and salvaged materials and objects that has always been a fascination for her.
Janie Stamm
Visual Artist, St. Louis/Florida
Janie Stamm is a tiny, queer, visual artist from the python infested swamps of South Florida. She is currently working towards her MFA in studio art at Washington University in St. Louis. Janie has shown all over the northern hemisphere in places like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and the UK. If you are looking for her, Janie can often be found sewing and beading in her studio or watching X-Files reruns with her cat, Poppy.
Jasmine Clark
Jasmine Rayna Clark is the daughter of two United States Marines and grew up in a military community in Twentynine Palms, California. She received her MFA in Photography in 2016. In 2017, Clark was awarded Duke University’s 2017 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award in the Award for Emerging Documentarian for her project, After Eisenhower. Clark identifies as African American and queer, and is currently a teaching artist and an adjunct photography professor based in Chicago, IL.
Joelle Mercedes
Visual Art, Chicago
Joelle Mercedes is multimedia artist, producing works that reframe origin while creating new metaphors that encourage yet complicate the notion of self-determination, self-authorship, and personal mythologies. The work is concerned with and inquires about origins of complicated cultural narratives that often get oversimplified. Joelle Mercedes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. Mercedes’ work has been shown at Threewalls, Roman Susan, Arts Incubator and Lynden Sculpture Garden, among others. Recently, Mercedes has been published in Strange Attractors a book project of the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don't Need Another Hero. Mercedes was an artist and facilitator in the Eclipsing Festival: The Politics of Night, The Politics of Light at Links Hall. Moreover, a visiting artist at the California Institute of The Arts, as part of The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series in 2017.
 
Jonathan Korotko
Visual Art, Chicago
Jonathan Korotko was born on September 30th in the year 1992. He grew up in small towns of rural Wisconsin, resulting in his infinity for pick-up trucks, and the smell of diary farms. He loved to explore at an early age and had a curiosity his mother would call “ruthless”. Always wanting to know, learn, and simply understand, question asking was his favorite sport. His imagination acted as the vehicle on the pursuit of obtaining and realizing knowledge. He entered an undergraduate degree at Carroll University in 2012 majoring in Fine Arts where creatively he could continue questioning concepts, theories, and histories relevant to his own identity. Within his undergraduate degree, print and bookmaking quickly became the articulation of his art practice. For him, the dissemination of knowledge via a book or within print conceptualized the thematics he was trying to grasp. Graduating in 2016, he knew there were many questions he still sought answers to. In the fall of 2017 he entered a MFA program at TheSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) within the Printmedia division.
Ken Folk
Visual Artist, Chicago
Ken Folk is a nonbinary trans, queer, Haitian artist from Texas who creates works about their existence as a Black, queer, nonbinary trans person navigating chronic illness, gender, institutionalized racism, and what it means to make art as survival- also romance. The self-proclaimed "Love Witch" explores ways in which heartbreak is intersectional.
Kyle Gammon
Visual Art, Bloomingdale, GA
Kyle Gammon is a fashion designer currently residing near Savannah, GA. Being queer, plus-size, and mixed (indigenous Latino and white) has greatly influenced their aesthetic, giving them the drive to create vivid, colorful clothing for the underrepresented. Kyle has a penchant for pattern mixing and saturated color, which they often achieve through custom print-making, fabric dyeing, fabric painting, and so on. Their ultimate goal is to create accessible plus-size clothing for body-positive, bold clientele.
Manal Kara
Visual Art, Gary, IN
Manal Kara is a Moroccan-American self-taught artist living and working in Gary, IN and Chicago, IL. They have exhibited work extensively in Chicago and New York as well as internationally in Istanbul, Vienna, and Berlin.
Nat LaChall
Visual Art, Chicago
Nat LaChall is an activist artist and teacher utilizing photography, performance, costume, sound and video. Her work speaks to struggle, resistance, identity, politics and death. Mass participation through survey, performance and portraiture, give voice to communities while activating her work. Recent work includes an auditory and photographic exploration of her family’s immigration to the United States. As well as a video performance criticizing Mayor Marty Walsh for Boston’s reckless gentrification and displacement of residents.
Natalie Woodlock
Visual Art, New Orleans
Natalie Woodlock is an Australian artist currently based in New Orleans. Her work explores  queer subjectivity and subculture. She creates naked figurative portraits of queer subjects drawn from a community that has its' roots in punk subculture, radical social movements, acts of sexual deviancy and the performance of gender. In 2018 she completed her M.F.A. in Printmaking at The University of New Orleans. www.etsy.com/shop/soda4pony
Pete Brooks
Visual Art, Chicago
Pete's work in video and computer-generated imagery flirts with many styles, moods, and self-imaginings. Their current project, a 13-part animated movie, simulates a whimsically plausible social/sexual world. It is an examination of queer belonging via computer-generated spaces to fantasize with.
Sara Heymann
Stage Design, Chicago
Sara Heymann is an artist, curator, set designer, and organizer in Chicago, IL. Her work ranges from large scale installations of re-made and imagined movie sets, and shacks, to paintings, and comics.   She makes work based around the history of a theme or a place, and commonly performs or takes an active role within her installations. She is co-founder of the DIY art and music venue MORTVILLE, runs the Egg Press, and is a member of La Villita Se Defiende.

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Sofia Moreno
Visual Art, CDMX/Chicago/Dallas/International
Sofia Moreno ( Coahuila, Mexico.) In 1994 , She immigrated to the United States. She was educated at El Centro College in Dallas Texas  and is an art drop out at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lived and produced most of her work in Chicago from 2006 -2017. She is currently an artist in residence at the s+s project art residency in CDMX. Sofia Moreno is currently finishing her ongoing interdisciplinary project P o r n A g a i n. Her work has been shown at s+s project in San Francisco, LaGrotta Art Gallery in Queens,at Defibrillator in Chicago and ArtSpace Mexico City. She has performed and participated in multiple group exhibitions across the world, including in Berlin,London,Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Mexico  and across the US.
Stormé Legacy
Visual Art, Chicago
We are a community of QTPOC martial artists who foster an intersectional, trauma-informed, and anti-fascist culture of training. Our goal is to support, elevate, and empower fellow QTPOC and marginalized peoples physically, emotionally, and spiritually. "The Body" is a collection of work about how we move trauma through our bodies. Included is a trauma-informed guide to teaching self-defense that you can apply to your own practice and community. Our name "Stormé Legacy" comes from Stormé DeLarverie, a POC drag king and butch lesbian who fought off police aggression during the Stonewall Riots.
Teshika Silver
Visual Artist, Chicago
Teshika is a creative with over ten years of wide-range professional art experience. Illustration is her passion, using both traditional media as well as digital programs to create pieces that are both captivating and magical. She is also an intuitive graphic designer, working with local organizations and small business owners alike: be it by designing logos, promotional pieces or other promotional pieces.
She is currently a teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center and strives to create work that uplifts, heals and promotes the resilience of marginalized people. Find her work on Instagram: @astratesh.
Violet Eckles-Jordan
Visual Art, Chicago
Violet Eckles-Jordan is a mixed-disciplinary artist in search of methods of self-healing. Her work spans from writing in forms of poetry and personal essays to sculpture and performance. She is working from a place of displacement and is using making as a method of recentering herself and rethinking her existence in the world. She works with common objects like fruits, concrete, ropes, and the things she lives with. This connects her and her work to the world and locates the places and she is and has been. Making space for healing through the acts of self discovery, and the projection of those discoveries. She studied Writing and Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continues to make work of all forms in Chicago, Il.  
Ciriza
Video & Film, Los Angeles
Ciriza is, both, a multidisciplinary artist and birth doula.  Her work is focused in the realms of dreams, surreal symbolism, deconstructing mythology and ancestry, animism, elemental forces, and alchemical practices of nature reverence.  Her works are explorations of various states of fluidity, transmutation, and the slippery, elusive, anomalistic spaces materializing in tactile, visceral form. Ultimately, the result is otherworldliness, and a connection to the infinite, existing outside of time… though very rooted in earth.  It is a space where phantasmagoria becomes tangible, familiar, and feral. Her performances are a distillation of raw energy in ritualistic catharsis: A theater of the primordial. The body as exploration of the fragile threshold between “being” and “not being”. Her hope is to offer a kind of abstract medicine through sensual form.  Her instruments are performance, film/ video, sculpture/ installation, sound, and drawing.
Fannie Sosa
Video Art, Berlin
Fannie Sosa is an afro-sudaka activist, artist, and curandera, currently doing a France-Brasil co-directed PhD called Twerk/Torque: Anti Colonial Strategies for Thriving and Surviving in Web 2.0 Times. She creates mixed media knowledge packages that span performance / video installations / circular talks / extended workshops, using pleasure and its transmission as a radical act of resistance for an embodied afro-diasporic evolutionary praxis.
Hereaclitus Here Vernon
Video Art, Nomad
Hereaclitus Here Vernon, is interested in what Shannon Bell refers to as fast feminism, and their trans-disciplinary gustemverks over the last 33 years, attempt and often fail, but still protean like, they move through it shapeshifting in serpentine motion. By mashing up sexual politics, identity politics and violent philosophy. They once asked how can we become feminist, queer, post pornographers, hyper-masculinized, as in the hypermasculinist work of Paul Virilio. Who theorizes that power, is about being first and fastest? This postulates that power is exercised through speed and acceleration which was gendered, polemic, exhausting and maxed out the adrenals, So after working against gender and power, those masks came down. Here, now asks, what if we want to take it slow, though.... real slow? What happens when we slow down, and "be", rather then "do". So to counter that fierce force, and ideologies. Here uses a shamanic path and energy work to follow flow, calm down, meditate daily, and cultivate intimacy. Here, has developed a praxis, film, and is curating their lexicon of over 500 videos and performances. They are also assembling a book of paintings, entitled, "Birdbrains", using their poetry, that intersect neuroscience, birds, and trauma. In tandem over 4 years, Here, has been filming, "Heroclitus the film", a trans mythic tale of redemption using nature and the dark powerful feminine archetype, Lilith. Living out in the woods for a year to transition to a, Trans GNC individual, has proven to be the spiritual elixir, and the ultimate boon for the melancholia of the dark soul. If you see Hereaclitus Here, be sure to use the they/them pronouns. They gave themselves the name after the pre-socratic philosopher, Heraclitus, that said, "The only thing constant is change." You may see them wearing yellow everyday in homage to the sun. Here, has multiple degrees in their roster including:;KCAI, Yale School Of Art, Northwestern and recently they received a second Masters in Art Therapy from SAIC. Before transitioning Here, exhibited and performed, as Heather Marie Vernon, for years in Chicago, NYC and Kansas City, MO. Their videos have screened in Munich and Koln. Here, has received D-case grants for their multimedia installations, and in 2012, “New City”, named them as one of the top 5 artists “whose life is probably an artwork”. Here, has been an active collaborative force, starring and acting in many films with Chicago based filmmakers, Peter Lambert, Derek Bagely and Julia Zinn. Here, can also be seen in films by artists: Wendy Geller, Cecilia Doughtery and recently, Emily Esperanza. Here, has also danced and collaborated with local movement based artists: Darling Shear, Sara Zalek, and many others. Here, is pioneering, a self designed artist residency program allowing them to travel as they apply for a Guggenheim fellowship and fiscal sponsorship. Inviting you to co-create in partnership there is a link for your patronage to galvanize their Trans-mythic,multi-disciplinary art and inspired praxis. Here, is an engaging, dazzling, emerging artist, practicing avant-garde mysticism and inventive pedagogy. Here has also recently joined the TRANS ART IS, platform as an art curator, writer and outreach educator, helping trans/GNC artists have a platform and a voice through exhibition opportunities, screenings and exhibitions.  
Liz Mputu
Video Art, Orlando FL
Mputu is neither here nor there. Mirage. A moment's gaze held too long and the system reboots itself for new meaning. Back up data. Histories repeated made flesh and articulate. Imprinted on bodies meant for eternal burial, spring forth as new landscapes of seeded intent to rebel. Spreadsheets. Excel. User Input documented and files revealed upon each log-in. Connection. Mputu is neither here nor there. Summoned from ports and portals, regurgitating information processed with a lens slightly used but in good condition. With the intent to code out possibilities unforseen to freedoms forgotten Mputu shapeshifts and shimmys physically and digitally to serve as guide, comrade and mirror into what has been, is and is to come.
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Photo credit: Adam White
S. Nicole Lane
Video Art
S. Nicole Lane resides in the Southside of Chicago where she works as a freelance journalist covering topics on sex, kinks, art, the LGBTQ voice, and women's health. Her writing has been published in Playboy, Rewire News, Broadly, Metro UK, Narratively, and other corners of the internet. Her visual work has been exhibited at Sustain Gallery, Rubberneck Gallery, Prairie Lights, Roman Susan, Woman Made Gallery, Heaven Gallery, as well as various online publications and alternative spaces. In 2014, she participated in the Starry Night Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nicole received a BA in 2013 in Photography and English Literature with two minors in Dance and Art History from Guilford College. Her themes of sexual health tie into her professional career as a journalist where she visually imagines a queer future and anatomy. Nicole worked part time as an online humiliatrix where she created visuals and audio that focused on hypnosis and mind control.
Sky Cubacub (Rebirth Garments)
Video Art, Chicago
Sky Cubacub is a non-binary Filipinx human from Chicago, IL. Rebirth Garments is their line of wearables for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. They maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, they refuse to assimilate and are spearheading a QueerCrip dress reform movement. They are the editor of the Radical Visibility Zine, a magazine for QueerCrip teens based off of their manifesto.
Petty Butter
'Intentionality, Healing, and Manifestation Through The Ritual of Skincare' Workshop, Saturday
Itunuoluwa Ebijimi (aka Petty Crocker aka The Wife of Wrath) is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and shea butter entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. She is the current sole owner and operator of “Petty Butter,” an all natural skincare line featuring shea butter mixes, blacksoaps, and more. Ebijimi’s art and business integrate mediums such as photography, fashion, and music/performance with cultural histories of west-Africa/ the Afro-diaspora, holistic beauty practices, and decolonial theories. Ebijimi explores themes of Blackness, femininity, queerness, and post-colonial community-building. She has performed and exhibited work throughout the city of Chicago, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 400, Berlin Nightclub, Smartbar, and various apartment galleries. You can find Itunuoluwa Ebijimi and Petty Butter at www.pettybutter.com

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September 29, 2018
2:00pm - 2:30pm
'Intentionality, Healing, and Manifestation Through The Ritual of Skincare' Workshop
Itunuoluwa Ebijimi - Founder, Petty Butter Brand
Venue: Screening Room, 1st Floor

Shea nuts have been cultivated across regions of West, Central, and East Africa for over one -thousand years.For generations, Africans have used shea butter as a source of food, skincare, and income, supporting themselves, families, and communities with the nourishing product. In this workshop, participants will be educated on the nutrients within shea butter and its many restorative uses. Participants will sample Petty Butter, a shea butter skincare line made by Chicago’s Itunuoluwa Ebijimi aka Petty Crocker. Participants will learn how a 5-minute-a-day focused routine of lotioning with an intentionally crafted product can have exponentially transformative effects on one’s external skin and internal esteem. After reading an excerpt from an Afro-futurism article, participants will learn to use shea butter as a vehicle for self-care, manifestation, telling of cultural histories, and healing of body trauma.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Keynote on Economic Liberation
Ingrid LaFleur - Afrotopia, EOS Detroit
Venue: Screening Room, 1st Floor

Emerging technology offers new tools to create alternative economic systems, however, how do we ensure that the harm and violence generated by the current fiat-based capitalist economy do not infect and replicate in these new economies? As a curator of Afrofuturism, Ingrid LaFleur has been investigating how the cultural movement can provide a framework from which to properly architect fair and just economic systems. LaFleur will be sharing this investigation and invites us co-create a path towards economic transcendence that can be employed and implemented at every level of our lives. For this keynote, LaFleur asks the audience to share methods and strategies for manifesting their future visions for collective economic liberation.

3:30pm - 3:50pm
Feldspar Rhodochrosite, Performance
Clothilde Cook - Performer, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Feldspar Rhodochrosite is the name of my character who is the masculine witch, the fool/magician. The setting, through colors and lights and clothing will indicate a sense of being in a place between dreams and reality, between masks and self expression, between audience and show. I will sing and lipsynch several well known songs around the topic of intuition. In the video, I perform as a sun goddess singing to Feldspar. I find examples of pagan stories and deities that are pre Christian and pre patriarchal in my ancestral lineage. It is important that we look to our ancestors, for purpose, for information, to defy erasure, and to avoid further colonizing through appropriating a culture that has already been subjugated.

4:00pm - 4:20pm
Views From the 12th House, Performance
Jared Brown - Performer, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Views From the 12th House was originally performed during the Eclipsing Festival, curated by Amina Ross. Views From the 12th house is about my complicated relationship to the night, darkness and it's metaphorical relationship to blackness. Through audio, text, video, performance and aroma, I use to the stage to maneuver through different spheres of the night.

4:30pm - 5:00pm
OrB Box, Performance
Orb Box - Performer, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

This project is to make black and brown bodies feel amazing and great about themselves. This project is very conscious and beautiful within its existence.

5:15pm - 5:45pm
NAXÖ, Performance
Mirza N. Shams - Performer, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

NAXÖ was born in early 2013, producing and performing fusions of dubstep, psytrance, folktronica, electronica, and psychedelic music. Compositions are consisted of Middle-eastern North-african folklore/classical music, particularly Egyptian using stringed instruments like Oud, Kanoon, Bouzouki, and Strings sections blended with groovy electronic rhythms and bass lines accompanied by eastern percussion like Tabla, and Duff and electronic dominant drumming styles influenced by rock, jazz, trap-hop and psychedelic music. Currently, NAXÖ is performing a music live set of waves about reclaiming Egyptian queer terminologies, gender fluidity and post-colonial social complications

6:00pm - 6:30pm
"Quinceañerera" Performance
Niña - Performers, Miami FL
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Niña is a queer reggaeton band based in Miami, FL. Our first album will be called "Quinceranerera" and for our debut performance in Chicago we wanted to throw an alternative Quinces party as part of our show. We want to go all out with cake, balloons, pastelitos, have big dresses for people to put on or bring. We envision this performance to be a full out spectacle and incorporate Liz's Cuban ass Miami roots to influence this moment. Liz never had a quinces, so this might just be it. Bow is a trans femme person and a quinces also makes sense as a represents a breakthrough or a coming out. I can also see this party would be relatable for all queer folks attending, celebrating personal growth.

6:45pm - 7:35pm
"American Cuck" Performance
M Lamar - Performer, Brooklyn NY
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

American Cuck is a multimedia video and environmental installation and musical performance exploring the maintenance of white supremacy in the pornographic imagination and psyche of the U.S. nation-state, and its effects on every aspect of American Life. I am specifically wanting to explore the construction of the white male cuckold, the black male object of his obsession, and the relation of both to a plantation culture of race, desire, and violence. Indeed, it is my argument that the construction of the hyper-sexual black person in the white imagination continues to lead to our death in a white supremacist society. The hyper-sexual, hyper-physical black person in the white supremacist mind offers virtuosic pleasure and threat. On the other side of the fantasy of the “Big Black Cock” is a police officer shooting an unarmed black man or woman. In recent years, the “Cuck"has become a prevalent pejorative among white nationalist and “alt- right” circles. The obsessive “Cuck” has become their obsession, and with it the phantasm of black male sexual terror follows. Lexically and ideologically smuggled into supposedly novel racial discourse, the old plantation fantasy persists. American Cuck seeks to place this alt-right obsession with cuckolding into historical context and to explore the ways in which this newest version of an antique narrative serves as a variation on a formative theme necessary for the country’s self-identity. Any rupture in the dominant masques of the plantation fantasy sends the entire republic into crisis. Such ruptures and crises are the focus — and the goal — of American Cuck. From the plantation, to pornhub, to breitbart.com; American Cuck is a portrait of the psyche of U.S.

8:00pm - 9:00pm
"Crusing Utopia" Performance
Sasha Tycko and Sara Goodman - Performers, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

An audio/visual experience that both questions and models a safe and liberatory club environment. Over the course of a few weeks, we will interview people about what a safe space looks like to them. Weaving samples of these conversations into avant turntabalism, Sasha and Sara will take the listener on a sample-based journey and eventually lead into a cathartic dance party. We will bring out the often conflicting themes of catharsis, desire, pleasure, danger and aggression embedded in dance music and provoke the viewers to imagine their ideal environments.

1:00pm - 9:00pm
Video & Film Screenings
Ciriza, Fannie Sosa, Hereaclitus Here Vernon, Liz Mputu, S. Nicole Lane, Sky Heyn Cubacub (Rebirth Garments) - Video Artists & Film-Makers
Venue: Screening Room, 1st Floor

Film/video titles listed respectively by Artist: Erotic Slumbers of Pluto, 2015, 8mm film and digital video by Ciriza First completed chapter of a film series engaging themes of surreal, unconscious dream landscapes, as well as ancestral reversals, the feminine, death, birth, transmutation, and Santeria mythology. It was shot while performing rituals in the Mojave desert where I resided 5 years. "I Need This In My Life" by Fannie Sosa is a video and sound installation. 7m32s This video is a cristalisation of several threads that have been going around in my life for a while. The threads are: -the healing and evolutionary power of orgasmic experiences, -the blatant disregard of Black dance and song and their technologies as healing devices ie scientific and epistemological racism, -the amount of research and resources that go into weaponising these same technologies against the very people that first conceive them, -this experience that I had a couple of years ago when I literally felt bass fill my womb and make it vibrate into orgasmic release… A lot. The video is both a research video and a tutorial. "The Passion Cuts: 25 facets of Performance" by Hereaclitus Here Vernon 11 min 07 seconds The passion cuts; 25 years of performance video uses old video excerpts to create a cross section of an overwhelming amount of videos at 450 currently. I am interested in showing this work because some of it has never been screened and I feel its an interesting lens to look at my current work, by digging through the trash of the past work it sheds light on my current praxis. "Network Congestion Awareness Exercise by @100PERCENTLIZ 4 CyberSerenity" by Liz Mputu+DIAGNOSIS+ Cyber Exposure therapy: "MUCOUS IS THE ONLY DISEASE"- DR.SEBI + visuals of the data overload/excess virtual media intake we experience and the metaphysical impacts it has on our beings + SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATION OF Upper respiratory infections [TW: suicide, illness]- "Desperate need for attention. Living in an emotionally charged environment where no one ever speaks of the "elephant" in the living room. Can manifest as pharyngitis (sore throat), bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat ortonsillitis. A chronically unmet need for simple kindness can lead to addictions and even thoughts of suicide" [source]: "http://www.ourspiritualnutrition.com/is05.htm#Upper_respiratory_infections" +TREATMENT+ the E-Remedy: "ENTER THE VOID" +guided audio-visualization of symbols, objects, and scenarios with healing properties (nutritive herbs, the elements, scenes of relaxation) + soft background binaural beats to increase focus, clarity, and patience (qualities to help one overcome everyday stressors) + guided audio/visual breathing exercise + Sirian Sacred Circuitry Thot Pattern Remapping w/ Sigils "Tribute, First" by S. Nicole Lane is a video piece that explores my experiences working as a humiliatrix, where I would humiliate men for money and demand that they perform certain tasks for me at a timely manner. Paying for dinner, singing "I'm a Little Tea Pot," or practicing oral sex on a cucumber are a few examples of tasks. My piece includes the concept of hypnosis and online videos that dom's create to hypnotize their sub to further control their mind and body. My piece includes a sound component of all of the tasks that I demanded my sub to do, as well as a hypnotic video of myself, and hand commands that are used for the compliant male. The video is lo-fi and works with footage from when I also performed as a cam girl. "Documentation of Rebirth Garments Performance" Rebirth Garments is a line of clothing wearables and accessories for the full spectrum of Gender, Size and Ability made by Sky Cubacub in Chicago.

September 30, 2018
1:30pm
Manifesto
Hereaclitus Here Vernon - Performer and Video Artist
Venue:

Hereaclitus will also be presenting a Manifesto conceptualizing the history of the work around Icuqts with the Armory Show of 1913.

4:00pm - 4:15pm
LadyDaddy Performance
Johanna Brock - Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Ladydady is a music production project with the aim of helping queer performers produce new music. Ladydady is a bossy bitch, a single parent household, a femme who's raising a family, and above all a tom boy daddy.

4:30pm - 5:00pm
"Dynamite" Performance
Po'Chop - Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Inspired by my grandfather and my childhood in the church, Dynamite is a 30 minute performance piece that utlizes drag, burlesque, modern dance and beyond.

5:30pm - 6:00pm
"My Last American Dollar" Performance
Keijaun Thomas - NYC
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

In my project "My Last American Dollar" I am thinking about resistance. How do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive? I have been thinking about 5 spaces/ environments that frame my research: Locker Rooms, Strip Clubs, Waiting Rooms, Church pews and Field Days. In “ My last American Dollar” I build a “waiting room” inside of a room. Church pews and benches become spaces for audience members to watch me and themselves. Sometimes I am her, I am your dancer. My back sweat is your holy water in our locker room. My speech becomes locker room talk, the “boys” playing in the field. The project investigates forms in which black and brown people hold space for each other, how do you carry the multiplicities of being young, gifted and black.

6:30pm - 7:15pm
"UNTITLED" Performance
Ariel Zetina - Performer, Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

I am creating a mixtape for Reptilian Trax in fall and winter; my project, currently UNTITLED, will be a premiere of this work and also a separate entity that lives on in its own right. I will primarily be working with artists to create a live performance/mixtape that sheds light on trans lives, brown lives, musician lives in the city...this work will encompass primarily live and recorded sound (monologues and poetry I will write or co-write with other trans women) as well as collaborations on dance music that will weave these together. The performance aspect comes from a group of artists (mostly djs and live vocalists making it happen), but most of the focus will be on sonic time based performance.

7:30pm - 8:00pm
"ICUQTS" Performance
TRQPITECA - Chicago
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

ICUQTS and TRQPITECA Co-founder La Spacer (Natalie Murillo) and CQQCHIFRUIT (Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero) will present worK-in-progress showing of music developed over 4 years of collaboration in Chicago and Miami, using rhythms and melodies produced on hardware machines by La Spacer in conjunction with vocals performerd by CQQCHIFRUIT.

8:15pm - 8:45pm
"Covers" Performance
Zemmoa [B!TCH3Z Productionz] - CDMX (Mexico City)
Venue: Main Stage, 2nd Floor

Live performance of Zemmoa’s recently released album “Covers”. Zemmoa, whose artistic name is derived from the French "C'est moi" which means "I am me", is a Mexico City based musician, performer and multi-media artist. Driven to tell her story as a queer and transgender artist, she created Zemmporio Records when a record company told her they were not ready for an artist who plays with gender identity. B!TCH3Z is excited to present Zemmoa in collaboration with TrQpiteca at I.C.U.Q.T.S 2018.

1:00pm - 9:00pm
Video & Film Screenings
Ciriza, Fannie Sosa, Hereaclitus Here Vernon, Liz Mputu, S. Nicole Lane, Sky Heyn Cubacub (Rebirth Garments) - Video Artists and Film-Makers
Venue: Screening Room, 1st Floor

Film/video titles listed respectively by Artist: Erotic Slumbers of Pluto, 2015, 8mm film and digital video by Ciriza First completed chapter of a film series engaging themes of surreal, unconscious dream landscapes, as well as ancestral reversals, the feminine, death, birth, transmutation, and Santeria mythology. It was shot while performing rituals in the Mojave desert where I resided 5 years. "I Need This In My Life" by Fannie Sosa is a video and sound installation. 7m32s This video is a cristalisation of several threads that have been going around in my life for a while. The threads are: -the healing and evolutionary power of orgasmic experiences, -the blatant disregard of Black dance and song and their technologies as healing devices ie scientific and epistemological racism, -the amount of research and resources that go into weaponising these same technologies against the very people that first conceive them, -this experience that I had a couple of years ago when I literally felt bass fill my womb and make it vibrate into orgasmic release… A lot. The video is both a research video and a tutorial. "The Passion Cuts: 25 facets of Performance" by Hereaclitus Here Vernon 11 min 07 seconds The passion cuts; 25 years of performance video uses old video excerpts to create a cross section of an overwhelming amount of videos at 450 currently. I am interested in showing this work because some of it has never been screened and I feel its an interesting lens to look at my current work, by digging through the trash of the past work it sheds light on my current praxis. "Network Congestion Awareness Exercise by @100PERCENTLIZ 4 CyberSerenity" by Liz Mputu+DIAGNOSIS+ Cyber Exposure therapy: "MUCOUS IS THE ONLY DISEASE"- DR.SEBI + visuals of the data overload/excess virtual media intake we experience and the metaphysical impacts it has on our beings + SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATION OF Upper respiratory infections [TW: suicide, illness]- "Desperate need for attention. Living in an emotionally charged environment where no one ever speaks of the "elephant" in the living room. Can manifest as pharyngitis (sore throat), bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat ortonsillitis. A chronically unmet need for simple kindness can lead to addictions and even thoughts of suicide" [source]: "http://www.ourspiritualnutrition.com/is05.htm#Upper_respiratory_infections" +TREATMENT+ the E-Remedy: "ENTER THE VOID" +guided audio-visualization of symbols, objects, and scenarios with healing properties (nutritive herbs, the elements, scenes of relaxation) + soft background binaural beats to increase focus, clarity, and patience (qualities to help one overcome everyday stressors) + guided audio/visual breathing exercise + Sirian Sacred Circuitry Thot Pattern Remapping w/ Sigils "Tribute, First" by S. Nicole Lane is a video piece that explores my experiences working as a humiliatrix, where I would humiliate men for money and demand that they perform certain tasks for me at a timely manner. Paying for dinner, singing "I'm a Little Tea Pot," or practicing oral sex on a cucumber are a few examples of tasks. My piece includes the concept of hypnosis and online videos that dom's create to hypnotize their sub to further control their mind and body. My piece includes a sound component of all of the tasks that I demanded my sub to do, as well as a hypnotic video of myself, and hand commands that are used for the compliant male. The video is lo-fi and works with footage from when I also performed as a cam girl. "Documentation of Rebirth Garments Performance" Rebirth Garments is a line of clothing wearables and accessories for the full spectrum of Gender, Size and Ability made by Sky Cubacub in Chicago.

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