Thursday, June 29, 2006

El Muro @ Meztli

Galeria Meztli y Organizacion Cultural
Grupo de Teatro "El Tecolote"


De: Egon Wolff

Una historia de inmigrantes mas alla
de las fronteras humanas.

Alfonso Seiva
Olga Figueroa
Juan R. Cruz
Armando Solis
Janeth Velsquez
Jorge Ramirez
Estrella Gonzalez
Mario Torres
Gerardo Quintero Rivera
Felix Gordillo
Norma Brizuela
Eric Ortega
Javier Ramirez
Salvador Abarca
Jess Salinas
Jorge Abarca

16 DE JUNIO AL 15 DE JULIO, 2006



INFO: 312-738-0860
Alfonso Seiva 773-297-0063

and Cultural Organization
556 W. 18th st.
Chicago, IL. 60608

Friday, June 16, 2006

Polvo is going to San Antonio

Polvo is going to San Antonio to participate in their Contemporary Art Month festivities and art events. We will be in their motel art exhibit below:

CAM 2006 Official Kickoff @ Motel 3

* Artist(s): 500X Gallery (Dallas), Art Palace/Ali Fitzgerald (Austin), The Donkey Show/Heather Johnson (Austin), duchamp ta mere/Philippe Blanc, Katherine Bovee & Namita Gupta Wiggers (Portland), Jack the Pelican/Margaret Evangeline & Anne Eastman (Brooklyn), Okay Mountain/Jared Steffensen (Austin) & testsite, A Project of Fluent~Collaborative/Cauleen Smith (Austin), Polvo (Chicago)

* Organization: Contemporary Art Month
* Event Location: Johnson Courts/Motel 3 4302 South Presa
* Dates: Jun 30–Jul 31
* Times: Open during special events, Sat & Sun 12-6PM & by appt.
* Reception Date: Friday June 30, 6PM-12AM, Saturday July 1, 3PM-12AM
* Contact(s): Anjali Gupta

This year CAM made an extra special effort to draw choice national and international talent into our midst, especially other art collectives and artist-run galleries. In doing so, we want to encourage local talent to merge and mingle with these folks, show them your work, drag them around town and expose them to what San Antonio has to offer. Motel 3 will be open to the public by appointment all month long and will also be hosting an array of third party events showcasing local talent, so check for updates.

artists from polvo participating:
Adriana Baltazar
Allison Rentz (Atlanta, GA)
Amie Robinson (New York)
Deb Sokolow
Dolan Geiman
Edra Soto

Jesus Macarena-Avila
Jaime Mendoza
Maria Gaspar
Miguel Cortez
Scott Kildall

plus more...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Game of Chance Figurative Paintings by Jeff Abbey Maldonado

Opening Friday June 23, 2006 from 5pm-10pm

Prospectus Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 733-6132

Chicago, Illinois—Prospectus Art Gallery will showcase a retrospective exhibition of the Pilsen-based artist, Jeff Abbey Maldonado. The show will feature higlights of Maldonado’s work since 1999. Twenty paintings, all acrylic on canvas, make up the exhibit which will open with a reception at Prospectus Art Gallery on June 23. The exhibit will run through August 4, 2006.

The characters of Maldonado’s featured work are a reflection of contemporary man’s condition. Like the characters of French novelist Michel Hollenbecq, Maldonado’s protagonists reveal a mysterious aura always in conflict with beauty while they sink in solitude wherever they may be. For writer Jeff Huebner, is “a contemporary artist who is acutely preoccupied with the quest to realize, and define, one’s most authentic identity amid our shape-shifting palimpsest of places and histories and mythologies. Since the early 1990s, he has worked in a wide variety of media that, animated by figurative, abstract, and ancient imagery, has mined the overlapping layers of the so-called American character and experience. Yet he also strives to relate a transnational story, a story beyond borders”.

The exhibition will take place in the Pilsen neighborhood, the heart of today’s Mexican Renaissance. Prospectus Art Gallery is located at 1210 W. 18th Street, Chicago, Illinois.




6:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.


Meztli Gallery
556 W. 18th St.

INFO: 312-738-0860

Monday, June 05, 2006

Xabier Barandiaran @ polvo

Join the discussion!

"Hackmeeting and Hacklabs: technopolitics and reality hacking in
south-european autonomous networks"

Presenter: Xabier Barandiaran - Series Talk #2
Monday June 12, 7-9pm

Polvo - 1458 W. 18th St. 1R | Chicago IL |
Co-Sponsored by AREA Chicago Art/Education/Activism and CriticalArtWare |

Details Below:
Title and Abstract of the talk
Short Bio of Xabier Barandiaran
Title and Abstract of the talk:
"Hackmeeting and Hacklabs: technopolitics and reality hacking in
south-european autonomous networks"

For the last 6 years a number of autonomous collectives called HackLabs (hacker or hacktivist laboratories) have been created at different squat social centers and other self-managed spaces around europe. The network of hacklabs has now more than 40 nodes (most of them located in Spain and Italy) dedicated to build-up community based free-software and open access spaces for skill sharing and collective intelligence, technopolitic experimentation and direct action on several digital struggles (cybercontrol, digital rights, intelectual property, etc.). HackLabs were born as a result of Hackmeetings: underground self-organized hacktivist meetings where grassroot activist and geek culture meet to discuss, exchange and coordinate different knowledge, resources and initiatives around technologies and politics. The talk will focus on a set of trajectories within the hacklabs and hackmeeting networks: the experience of Metabolik (one of the first hacklabs in europe), the distributed and self-managed organization of spanish and european hackmeetings and the recent direct action campaing against intellectual property (CompartirEsBueno.Net). Emphasys will be made on philosophical background, discussion on technopolitical tactics and opportunities for coordination.

Some references:

Presenter Bio

Xabier Barandiaran is a PhD student and researcher on Cybernetics, Neurophilosophy and Artificial Life at the University of the Basque Country (Europe), member of the autonomous server SinDominio.Net, the hacktivist laboratory Metabolik BioHacklab (located at the social squat center Undondo Gaztetxea), the spanish and european HackLabs.Org network and the recent copyleft activist campaing "CompartirEsBueno.Net" (SharingIsGood: a spanish network of hacktivists and media-activists against intelectual property regimes and the media-culture industry). He has also been involved on other grassroots movement such as alternative education, social desobedience, anti-war movements and squatting. Xabier has also co- organized and activelly participated on a number of HackMeetings (self-managed technopolitical meetings that take place in squatted social centers in europe), Copyleft Conferences and other parallel events, workshops and seminars. His work has been devoted to
development and promotion of free-software tools for social movements, direct action and coordination of autonomous technopolitical networks as research on free technologies & culture, community based digital self-management and hacktivism.

AREA's ongoing and irregular "Infrastructure" series, which will continue with meetings, screenings, shows, dinners, writings, readings over the next few years. The framework of the series will focus on the questions of longevity, sustainability, institution building, and mutual aid relationships involved in the process of creating self-organized infrastructure. To imagine an existence beyond the rent gap speculation, beyond the non-profit (NGO) industrial-complex and beyond the academy - we must imagine another Infrastructure!

AREA Chicago is a biannual publication focusing on the intersections of Art/Education/Activism in the city of Chicago. The website is currently having technical difficulties but is generally available at

ABOUT criticalartware:

criticalartware is an [application/platform/concern] compiled at the turn of the twenty first century to address hyperthreaded hystories of new media, [software-as-art/art-as-software] and [connections/ ruptures/dislocations] between early moments of {conceptual|code}- based art forms such as artware and Video Art. By drawing [parallels/ paths] between the [concepts/discourses] of these early moments, criticalartware hopes to critically question and [re]connect the current context to its rightful unruley past: a multitude of [personal/subjective] hyperthreaded [her/hi/hy]stories.

Friday, June 02, 2006

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

The number of lives and childhood dreams lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict keep adding up. For nearly four decades, a people have lived under the world's longest military occupation, depriving them of basic human rights, security, livelihood and dignity. A screening of Sundance Awards winner James Longley's 2002 documentary Gaza Strip, followed by a discussion by award-winning Palestinian American journalist Ray Hanania and finishing off with Kevin Coval, author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica) will refresh our memories, expand our knowledge, and give us a new perspective on what a certain corner of the world continues to endure today.

Caise D. Hassan, contributor to publications such as Bitter Lemons, Lebanon's Daily Star, Khaleej Times, L.A. Times, and the Houston Chronicle will be the night's moderator.

THE DOCUMENTARY: 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"If you spend much time in the Gaza Strip you realize that most of the kids there are pretty much like that one — they're surrounded by an impossible situation — but they're still just kids and usually they act like it."

THE DISCUSSION: 7:45 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian American journalist, author and stand-up comedian. He writes for several newspapers in the United States including Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel, and in the Middle East for the Sharq al-Awsat in Palestine, Arab News in Jiddeh Saudi Arabia and Yeditoh Ahronoth in Israel. Hanania has worked in journalism for more than 30 years, mostly covering Chicago City Hall. But he has been a peace activist, serving as national president of the Palestinian American Congress in the 1990s. He is also a filmmaker and produces online documentaries on the Middle East and Arab American history at

Hanania will discuss the situation on the ground in Palestine in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip where he visits annually. His last visit was early last year. His presentation will address the deteriorating economic situation in Palestine, the deteriorating political situation and the rising trends of extremist voices that continue to exploit the failure to achieve peace there. A Christian, Hanania will also discuss the deterioration of the Christian presence in Palestine.

THE SPOKEN WORD: 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kevin Coval is the author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica). He will be reading select poems from this work. He has been hailed by WGN Radio as the "voice of the new Chicago, whose work should stand up there with Carl Sandburg." Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Founder of Louder than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival and Curator of Chicago's Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Kevin has been writing, performing, teaching and organizing in Chicago for 10 years.

Caise D. Hassan is a Chicago area writer for the Future Arabic Community Newspaper and online contributor to the Southwest News Herald. He has published on the Middle East in publications worldwide. Currently, he is researching a book on the 1987 Palestinian Intifada.

Saturday, June 24th, 6-9 pm

Sonotheque nightclub
map1444 W Chicago Ave
21 and over
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Full Spectrum is sponsoring this event.
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