Past Residents

CBOT-diagramsmall Our last InCUBATE resident at the Orientation Center in December 2009 was Sarah Kavage, a Seattle-based artist and urban planner.  During her time at InCUBATE, Sarah developed the project Industrial Harvest:  An Exploration of Growth, Exchange and Rebirth in 3 Acts.

Industrial Harvest will begin with the purchase of 1000 bushels of wheat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  The wheat will be distributed in the Chicago area in a series of intimate performance actions designed to personalize the massive system of industrial food production, exchange and distribution.  During her residency, Sarah will be conducting research and interviews, peering into the guts of the systems of production, exchange and distribution that shape our relationship to food.  She will also be doing hands-on, performative acts around the themes inherent in the final piece, namely baking, cooking, growing and gifting.  Participants and collaborators in these early actions are welcome!  For more, see:

The December residency is sponsored by the Stockyard Institute in the name of artist, educator and activist Michael Piazza (1955 – 2006).  The residency will continue InCUBATE’s tradition of eating together as artistic practice with a holiday dinner symposium dedicated to Piazza on Sunday, December 20.

More about Michael Piazza here.

Carnal Torpor


For September and October 2009, Carnal Torpor from Kansas City did a residency at InCUBATE as a companion to their installation at the Heartland Exhibition at the Smart Museum. They hosted a series of dualing workshops. Dualing is a form of transdiciplinary improvisation, in which 2 (or more) participants “dual” with each other, via any form of expression they can muster, gesture, melody, body language, rhyming, ect. Perspective Juggling could be considered a very strict form of dualing, with alot of rules governing which perspective are appropriate, but true Dualing usually changes perspective very very fast and follows only a very minimal set of rules (such as respect of personal space, 5 minutes long, no hate speak, ect.). The dualists on either predetermined a theme for the dual, or else they dual from “emptiness” and allow the form to emerge with preconception. Dualing can be competitive or co-operative, and traditionally a group of peers provides feedback of some sort. This can be as simple as a thumbs up or down declaration of victory, or as complex as full transcription and exegesis on the dual itself. Dualing is the jewel of the entire workshop, as it allows individuals to embrace their personal creative essence in a dynamic and interpersonal form.

About Carnal Torpor: Carnal Torpor works through an intensely collaborative, inward-focused creative process. Group members base their art in a shared ethics and a common interest in using sensory experience and ritual to make sense of an information saturated society. Their investigations include experiments with ascetic forms of self-development, alternative living strategies, and sensory aesthetics. This internal group work leads to public manifestations that combine drawings, electronics, fashion, sculpture, sound, and performance. These presentations occur in sites ranging from traditional galleries to death-metal concerts. -Smart Museum

More information on Carnal Torpor:

Christoper Kennedy

Christopher is a project-based artist exploring interfaces of situated learning, collaborative recipricocity and exchange through installation and research-based practices. He makes projects for the land and for situated communities.

The Artiscycle Project

Artiscycle (art•is•cycle, n.) shares and connects contemporary practices of situated, project based learning. We focus on structures of participation, art and collaboration in order to provide a larger discourse for community engagement today.

Michael Coolidge
April-May, 2009
Michael is a visual artist whose practice draws upon various conditions of space and perception. His work has been presented in both gallery exhibitions and public spaces, in the form of photography, installation, sculpture, and community-based activities.

michael coolidge

Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago
(Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation)

Small groups were loosely organized to approach the urban landscape with leisurely intent. Matches of Bowls were played in a variety of settings )leading to other tangential events such as promenades, gallery visits, lunch, etc). Accounts of these experiences were then collected. Land/Site data was studied. Some observations were made and fragments were re-presented. This lead to future excursions.


Anne Elizabeth Moore
[City Resident: January-February, 2009]



A project of Anne Elizabeth Moore and InCUBATE, the Unlympic Games consists of real sports, fake sports, and things that aren’t sports at all—plus serve as a meeting ground to discuss the implications of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

The bid is created by the Chicago 2016 committee and is due the International Olympic Committee February 12, 2009. The following day, February 13, the bid will be published. This will be the first chance Chicago has to view the Chicago 2016 committee’s plans for its city.

Between Saturday January 24 to February 14 2009, InCUBATE’s person-in-residence Anne Elizabeth Moore, on behalf of the Unlympics Organizing Committee, are presenting four consecutive Saturdays filled with games, silliness, and enjoyable activities in celebration of the idea that diverse notions can come together in the spirit of sharing. In addition to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Unlympic Games include eleven different events throughout the city and open to all Chicago residents. These games are sponsored by organizations whose constituencies will be directly impacted by the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid, and will be preceded by concrete information—and not marketing—about the impact the Olympics may have on Chicago.

For more information see:


Robert Snowden
[Resident: October - December, 2009]


Project: Spring Break Publishing

SPRING BREAK PUBLISHING Was founded in 2008 on the morning commutes of Snowden Snowden and Carson Salter, who, after experiences with The New Yorker and Creative Time, wanted to mind their own business.

Spring Break is not a website to buy party photos from your sunburned collegiate crusades.

Spring Break is a small outfit committed to retooling, mangling, and even severing the traditional relationships of art, artist, exhibition. Your efforts are their efforts.

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Brandon Alvendia
[City Resident: October, 2008]

Silver Galleon Press

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Silver Galleon Press

Silver Galleon Press is centered on characterizing books as tactile sculptural objects capable of disseminating large bodies of text and imagery. The content is culled primarily from the Internet in the form of public domain, open source and pirated texts. Most titles are printed very cheaply using a used but dependable consumer grade Epson printer with low cost generic ink and are bound by hand using a variety of traditional methods emphasizing a swift and economical handmade aesthetic.


Michael Mulvihill
[Resident: July-August, 2008]

Michael Mulvihill explores chicago

Statement of practice:

My work explores a sense of fear and menace through graphite drawings of
landscape. They often appear to dissolve into circular marks, or repeated written
phrases. A series of drawings entitled “Transparent Radiation,” the title of a song
by Spacemen 3 and the Red Crayola Band, I draw upon a childhood experience
of doom sensed in the later years of the Cold War.
Currently I am making a series of drawings that I started while on Residency in
North Adams, Massachusetts at the Contemporary Artists Centre. The series
called “Witch Vortex,” Which refers to individual reported to be a Shaman that
lived in the Mountains surrounding North Adams. Using a heaver mark these
drawing evoke a supernatural presence residing in the landscape.


Hideous Beast
[Resident: July 2008]

Hideous Beast is a collaborative effort between two artists, Josh Ippel and Charlie Roderick. Through organizing structured participatory events we attempt to encourage cultural activity outside the bounds of mainstream entertainment and fabricated desire. Critical of the audience as a passive participant, Hideous Beast seeks to coordinate events in which an acknowledged exchange between the event (as entertainment) and the spectator (as collaborator) can generate meanings beyond traditional formalized modes of entertainment. It is our intent as artists and beings in common to shift perceptions of authorship and participation within the realm of constructed entertainment and art generated activities. This might change though. We are always looking for others to collaborate with, both in carrying out our own projects and realizing others. Please contact us with any ideas for activities or events.

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Ian Burse and Laura Kavanaugh
[Residents:  May-June, 2008]

moviepalaceLaura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse have been collaborating since 1997 on projects involving improvised and composed audio/video environments. Their performance and installation work integrates the creation and automated processing of acoustic and electronic sounds with the generation of live video sequences. In 2003 Laura and Ian began Instant Places, a series of location-specific works in which materials and actions are transformed via systems they construct using the MAX/MSP programming environment.

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For their residency, Ian and Laura made a subjective map of spaces within the Congress Theatre building and walking routes in Chicago to and from the building. The public was able to listen to/look at versions of the map during performances we present through InCUBATE.


[Residents: April, 2008]

EMPATHY: Barak Obama Project

Based in the Netherlands, EMPATHY(TM) is an international art and research project that investigates “the market surrounding empathy.”

Katinka Simonse:
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei:
Jonas Staal:


For the month of April, the three members of EMPATHYTM – Katinka Simonse, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, and Jonas Staal – will continue their work developing transparent public analyses of how empathy works: both as a fundamental characteristic of human nature and a commodified product. Their investigation will concentrate on the category of empathy in the context of Chicago. EMPATHY(TM) will also participate in Version Festival’s NFO XPO.


Michael Bauer
[Resident: March, 2008]


Coming from Los Angeles, CA, Michael Bauer is the recipient of Josh Greene’s “Not So Hostile Takeover” Residency Award. Michael’s projects deal with idea of “the gift” and the possibilities of giving things for free. This appraoch is reflected in his recent projects such as New New School, a free, no-budget educational experiment in Los Angeles. New New School hosts two events a year that often take the form of lectures, teach-ins, group conversations and performance. The goal of the project is to, “provide an alternative to conventional art training and pedagogy and to promote a hands-on kinesthetic educational experience.”

For more information visit his website:


Los Cago Open House Bridge of Artistic Goodwill LCOHBAG will be a meeting of artistic minds with the intention of bridging the geographic gap between Los Angeles and Chicago. This project will consist of opening the doors to InCUBATE, in the form of an open house 7-10pm Wednesdays and Thursdays during the month of March 2008. This project will operate somewhere between a sales-pitch, motivational speaking engagement, performance, think tank, salon, and a series of discussions regarding dreaming, mind expansion, art production, the role of the artist and the prospects of forging unconventional alliances. Hopefully this gathering can help us challenge conventions of artistic time and space. The ultimate goal is to materialize one specific project which with take place in Los Angeles at the Confederacy of Creative Ephemera, featuring Chicago and Los Angeles based artists.


Adam Bobbette
[Resident: January, 2008]

Foray's Cocoon

Adam Bobbette is one half of the working group Forays, a low profile artist group strung somewhere between New York and Montreal whose work focuses on the research and creation of open-source minor architectures and low-tech modifications of everyday life. Forays is Adam Bobbette and Geraldine Juarez.

For the OTHER OPTIONS exhibition in Grand Rapids, MI – Bobbette created an oven powered by steam created by the city which escapes at certain points through manhole covers.

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While working in Chicago, Bobbette will continue to observe urban landscapes and its surpluses in order to continue to create forays into new infrastructures. Throughout his residency, collaborators and friends will be visiting InCUBATE for shorter periods of time.

Visitors included:
Francesca Manning: For more information

Geraldine Juarez: For more information and While in Chicago, Geraldine also began working on the Tanda Foundation and made an episode of InCUBATE TV


Beatriz Albuquerque
[Resident: November, 2007]

Work For Free

Beatriz Albuquerque was born in Portugal. She joined and is a member of the Independent Performance Group founded by Marina Abramovic in 2004 and in 2005 she won the Distinction Prize from the Ambient Series in the PAC/edge Performance Festival in Chicago.

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The performance will be presented on the following days: Nov. 1, 2,3,4,8,9,10,11,15,16,17,18,23,24,25,28, 30 between 11 am to 7 PM. Beatriz will be at InCUBATE from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30


The Work for Free Project by Beatriz Albuquerque in which she will develop works of art designed by any individual explores and researches the creation of a language that questions the concepts of working for free. Over a four-hour period the work is offered as a social gift in which a work of art is fashioned especially for the person that interacts with the performance. The active public can interact directly with the performer and accept the offer by the artist of working for four hours creating an artwork that they desire for free. After both parties sign a contract the participant may choose from a list of mediums in which the work can be done and a schedule will be set to determine when the work will be completed. This will lead to the discussion of the boundaries, differences and relations of the artwork versus the commercial value.


Maggie Haas
[Resident: September - October, 2007]

Maggie Hass InCUBATE Installation

Maggie Haas installs video, photographs, drawing and sculpture in domestic environments — spaces with their own smells, acoustics, uses and inhabitants. These spaces are richer and more specific than the pleasant, warm blankness of a white-box art space. Haas interest is in how these inherent textures can underscore, emphasize and even overpower an installation. “In particular I am interested in spaces that exist on a very personal scale, spaces that a person might experience alone, and come to know with an intimacy that we associate with knowing our own bodies: living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms.

Haas will be at InCUBATE from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1
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While in Chicago, Maggie had access to new spaces and the time to consider them; the opportunity to meet new people and get into their lives and living spaces; and the time to fabricate detailed installation components. At InCUBATE, she conceptualized and fabricated a multiple room installation in the live/work/exhibit space at InCUBATE.


Veronica Jay Clay
[Resident: June-August,2007]

Veronica Jay Clay in Chicago

Veronica is interested in contemplative spaces that exist in post-industrial urban environments. Past projects document how these spaces help to maintain physical and psychological health for the community and society in general. Her projects lend themselves to being worked out within all sorts of communities and communal situations.

To learn more about her project in Chicago:

To learn more about Veronica Jay Clay’s past work:


The Serenading Architecture project in Chicago focused on the serenade as tribute/ homage to public spaces such as parks, libraries, and temporary meeting structures . Contributors composed and/ or performed a “love song” for the space. With each serenade, there is a possibility to enhance the architecture – determining what the space needs to be maintained and improved for the public.

It is a combination of participatory performance, drawings, observations and discussions evaluating how we own architecture – gauging our dependence on social and physical spaces. It highlights how our daily interactions expand the physical structure of architecture and its intended social activities.