Old image from a book published in the turn of the century, illustrating the movement of footsteps using arrows and graphics of footprints. The word "driftwood" is layered in brown over the image, which is a pastel yellow.

On Sunday June 4th from 5-7pm, I’ll be introducing a new project at the 6th Annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival.

Driftwood is a contemplative, guided walk informed by environmentally-focused healing practices such as shinrin yoku (forest bathing), horticultural therapy, and ecotherapy. Participants will explore the connections between wellness and outdoor access while learning about the immigrant history of Eckhart Park.

The walk begins promptly at 5pm at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. We will be outside for two hours, so please dress for the weather and bring anything you need to feel comfortable.

Admission to this event is FREE. Here is the Facebook link with instructions on how to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/190212254836317/

Please consider purchasing a one-day pass for the festival to attend the Sunday 7pm performances by Mikey McParlane, Erica Gressman, and Carlos Salazar Lermont. You can also get 2-day or 4-day festival passes at www.tiny.cc/RapidPulseTix.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page and information from the organizers follows below:

The 2017 Rapid Pulse Festival embraces the theme: Retrospect. This edition looks back at our first five years by inviting alumni artists to present new works. Rapid Pulse takes place June 1-4, 2017, at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W Chicago Avenue, in the Noble Square neighborhood, West Town, Chicago. The festival launches on Thursday, June 1 at 7pm with a Vernissage. Performances will take place from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 at various times.Visit rapidpulse.org or DFBRL8R.org for current information.

The Sixth Annual Rapid Pulse features live performances by the following alumni:

2012 | Industry of the Ordinary | Michael Thomas/Lucky Pierre
2013 | Fereshteh Toosi | Carlos Salazar Lermont
2014 | Alison Crocetta + Peter Reese | Diaz Lewis | Mikey McParlane + Erica Gressman
2015 | Ayana Evans
2016 | Eli K Gold

In addition to live performances, each day of Rapid Pulse includes a Video Program and STǓ, a curated late-night post-performance soup kitchen. Co-curators Giana Gambino and Joseph Ravens have kept the festival intimate in order to focus on the digital and physical archives from the first five editions of the festival. Rapid Pulse 2017 will debut prototypes for five catalogs, one for each edition, 2012-16. This retrospective concludes a series and marks the end of the festival in its current format. Following a hiatus, Rapid Pulse will return in new form to champion performance art.