Lumpen and Public Media Institute produce this annual festival, now in its fifth year, focusing on radical art, media, technology, and politics, with an emphasis on work generated by underground and activist communities. This year’s festival continues through Sunday, May 7, in Bridgeport and scattered other locations and includes neighborhood tours, workshops, numerous public art installations and interventions, barbecues, film/video screenings, music, and performances. All events are at the Version Kunsthalle–aka Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron, first and fourth floors–unless otherwise noted. Participating venues include South Union Arts (1352 S. Union), Skylark (2149 S. Halsted), and McCormick Tribune Student Center (33rd and State). Events are free, unless otherwise noted. An Event Pass allows admission to all screenings and events ($25); a Version Pass includes all that plus meals, the Select 10 DVD, Lumptronic 7 CD, Version posters, Select 9 Agit Prop Poster magazine, and assorted stickers and festival ephemera ($50). Below is a schedule of selected festival events. For updates and additional information, visit or call 773-837-0145.


V for Version

A performance and video marathon including two performance stages. Programming by Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, among others, featuring Maia Urstad’s concert with 15 radios. Additional performances by Winter Carousel, Terrior Bute, MegaZilla, Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas, 10 Monorhythms, Dolphin, Inshi, Lightbox Orchestra, TV Pow, Stelios & Insect Deli, Xianggang Delight, Fat Battery, GOAT, and Panda Express. McCormick Tribune Student Center. a 5 PM-1 AM. $10, $5 for students.

Underground Multiplex

Screening of The Net, The Road to Guantanamo, Get Rid of Yourself, and various shorts. a 6 PM.


Last Art Happening

Film screenings and Korean-Polish barbecue followed by performances by Killer Whales, Water Babies, Chandeliers, and Lazer Crystal and DJs Michael Unicorn, Hunter Husar, and Bitch Ass Darius a 1 PM-2 AM. $10, $5 for students.

Underground Multiplex

Psicklops “aural movie” (i.e., no visuals), followed by Michael Merck and Heather Marie Vernon’s 16-mm Ladders to Now Here, a performance by Vernon, and a screening of her video Realisez Moi. a 3 PM.


Version Kuntshalle Closing

Last chance to check out the exhibits. a noon-5 PM.

The Bubble Wrape Bride and Groom, McDonald’s, David Diarreah, Mucca Pazza. South Union Arts. a 6 PM. $7.

Closing Party at Skylark. a 10 PM. 21+.


Urban Gardening

Exhibition hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 PM. Also open during other Kuntshalle programs throughout the festival.

Group Group Show

Exhibition hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 PM. Also open during other Kuntshalle programs throughout the festival.