Jun 30th 2018

Celebrate footwork, the quintessential Chicago art form that became a global phenomenon through online sharing platforms, with a late-night museum takeover party.

The evening features a special set by Chicago footwork legend RP Boo and the music of SUZI ANALOGUE. Appearances by DJ Spinn of Teklife, Jana Rush, The Era, and I Am the Queen punctuate the evening, creating an incredible outdoor dance party on the museum’s terrace. Dig into the digital world with a host of IRL/URL artist projects—a GIF party media lounge, AR/VR experiences hosted by the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA), and a special installation by Rebirth Garments. Throughout the evening, treat yourself to summer cocktails and savory bites, be among the first to visit the museum’s new internet-themed exhibition, and have a custom T-shirt screen printed while you wait by Spudnik Press. As always, GlitterGuts memorializes the occasion with a free photo booth.

Prime Time: F00TW3RK is organized in partnership with Wills Glasspiegel & The Era Footwork Crew.

About the Artists
As the preeminent virtual institution devoted to Digital/New Media Art, the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA) presents the full range of contemporary digital art, with a special focus on works by living new media artists. DiMoDA is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting digital art and its collection while expanding the conscious experience of viewing digital art in a virtual space. Conceived in 2013 by Alfredo Salazar-Caro and William Robertson, DiMoDA launched in November 2015 with its first exhibition as a pavilion in The Wrong Biennale and a IRL exhibition at Transfer Gallery in New York. Participating artists include: Morehshin Allahyari, Rindon Johnson, Paul Hertz, Shane Mecklenburger, Vicki Dang; architecture by Debbie Ding; and sound design by ARIADNE.

The Era is a Chicago-based footwork dance crew and creative collective. Dancers from the group have performed at London’s Barbican, Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, and South by Southwest. The Era was founded on the South Side of Chicago and the group was recognized as “cultural organizers of the year” by FADER Magazine in 2016. In addition to dancing, The Era releases and performs music in collaboration with leading Chicago DJs in the group known as Teklife. The Era curated the first gallery/museum show focused on Chicago footwork’s history at the Hokin Project and have been artists in residence at High Concept Labs.

Chicago-born and -raised Jana Rush started DJ-ing at the tender age of 10, and started producing just three years later. She released her debut album Pariah in 2017 and also releases music under the name Ja Ru. Rush has lived her life close to the heart of Chicago’s house music. One of her first jobs was working at legendary Chicago record label Dance Mania.

Sky Heyn Cubacub is a nonbinary filipinx queer disabled artist who is the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of clothing, lingerie, and swimwear for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. Cubacub is also the author of Radical Visibility: A QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto.

The Radical Visibility Collective, led by Sky Cubacub, Compton Q, and Jake Vogds, designs immersive and accessible performances. Their vision for queer crip futurism manifests in live performers wearing entirely new Lqqks, all moving to an original, multi-collaborative album that invites folx with visual impairments to the show with auditory and visual descriptions. They challenge mainstream beauty standards that are sizeist and ableist, and conform to the gender binary. Instead, they maintain the notion of radical visibility, which reclaims one’s body through bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs that highlight what society typically shuns. The lifestyle brand Rebirth Garments spearheads values that refuse to assimilate and instead creates a QueerCrip dress reform movement, reimagining the runway as a giant dance party with music that reflects their radical philosophy.

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