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We're back August 24th with
Network: Pulsing with Power

Network: Pulsing with Power explores the Couch Place alley (170 N State St, enter between Lake and Randolph) as the pathway for electrical and communication lines – the place where the abstract grid becomes visible and personal, connecting individual buildings with vast global networks.

Curator Ursula Andreeff has created an array of installations and activities that features artists, musicians, and educators who utilize light as an integral part of their work. Network: Pulsing with Power activities include:

  • Take a virtual reality bike tour through an electrical flower garden, FlowerSpace, where the flowers pulsate in time to your pedaling, created by Eric Wolinsky.
  • Explore the hidden world of cells by going on a Microsafari, an interactive microscopy demo by citizen-science lab Analytics Lounge.
  • Tent (Electri)City transports you to Lino Fernandez’s universe of kinetic paintings, whose surfaces change before your eyes with each flickering of a colored bulb.
  • Unveiling of the mural Bringing the Power to the People by artist Sam Kirk, whose work celebrates people and inspires pride and recognition for underrepresented communities.
  • Disassociation Summers by Ursula Andreeff invites you to try on clothing designs and paint your body in a live fashion photoshoot.
  • Design and 3D print glow-in-the-dark creatures with classes from the Harold Washington Library Maker Lab.
  • A short film directed by D'Tura Hale entitled My Sanctuary, which was produced as a collaboration between ACTIVATE and the Black Harvest Film Festival.
  • Experience musical performances from electronic-pop performance artist Dorian Electra, Latin folk fusion ensemble Son Monarcas, and DJ Cid Ikarus.



ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings.

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