Joseph Ravens
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  • Chicago, IL
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Performance Artist, Curator, Executive Director: DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery
Joseph Ravens is the founder and executive director of DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery in Chicago. He also creates time-based art works that begin with the body as a place of research and evolve to encompass behavior, in situ contexts, sculptural objects, installation and action. He completed his undergraduate degree in theater, studied audio/visuals at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Performance Art. Ravens is a recipient of numerous awards from the Illinois Arts Council and has shown at international festivals in China, Myanmar, Serbia, Estonia, Romania, Turkey, Holland, and Brazil.

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 8:23am 0 Comments

DEFIBRILLATOR PERFORMANCE ART GALLERY is now accepting proposals for our third annual RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL (RP14) to be held JUNE 5-15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. RAPID PULSE aims to represent a wide range of styles and forms of performance art. Contextualizing performance within visual art, RAPID PULSE embraces artists who look to the body, objects, space, and time for inspiration, research, and practice. We are committed to…


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At 8:33pm on September 25, 2011, Will Bond said…
Hi Joseph!  I voted for you. It looks like you are killin' it
At 10:04am on September 21, 2011, Vela Phelan said…
Hey Joseph, hope all is well.
At 4:17pm on August 22, 2011, Fernando Ribeiro said…

Hi Joseph... very good see you here!




hugs from Brazil,


fernando ribeiro

At 5:27pm on March 30, 2011, Martine Viale said…
Good to see you here dear Joseph ;-) xxxooo
At 5:15am on March 29, 2011, Grace Exhibition Space said…
Hi hi!
Dialogue is beginning!
Frank Homeyer is here from Germany and will go to Boston after. Maybe Chicago?
Yes, very! short notice!!
We don't have as many international artists this spring (I think I was burnt-out after last year) but it starts up again in the fall.
If those artsist (there are many) can go to your space - will be great.
Questions: where will/can they perform
Where can they stay?
You can also call me anytime 646.578.3402
What is your space in Chicago like?
Btw, our email address is: gracexhibitionspace[at] I check it all the time (or at least I try)
Hoke's new email address is:
At 6:03pm on March 26, 2011, Grace Exhibition Space said…

Hi Joseph!

Let's start collaborating right away - in April!

Jill & Hoke


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