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Version #12

We created an entire Version festival around the infrastructure of opening twelve pop up storefront spaces. The project was funded by a Kickstarter project that helped us rent the spaces and produce the programming for the entire month. We printed the schedule and the related history of the neighborhood in an issue 118 of Lumpen magazine.

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What happens when you invite cultural workers, community developers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month? Version 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future.

This May 2012, we’re inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, and join in on our month-long urban experiment. During the Eleventh Annual Version Festival, we will be opening and remixing twelve temporary spaces, businesses, enterprises and projects, all to celebrate the neighborhood we love and call home. And then we’re going to use these places as home bases, networks, and maps, all to energize our local environs for long-term change.

Co-Organizers: Mairead Case, Jeremiah Ciu, Vicki Fowler, Marian Frost, Emily Grant, Lion Vs Gorilla, Ed Marszewski, Katy Olson, Mike Slattery, Kevin Stanton, Patrick Willie, Ken Zawacki

Version Design: Luke Williams

Partners: Benton House, Research House for Asian Art, Ray Emerick Studios, BridgePop, First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, Pocket Guide Books from Hell,  Zhou B Art Center, Bridgeport Art Center, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Enoch Simpson, Kevin Heisner, Dusty Groove, Quimby’s, The Salon Series, The Hardscrabble Window Gallery, and our neighbors in Bridgeport.

Sponsors: Lagunitas Brewery, Founder’s Brewery, Goose Island,  Half Acre Beer Co., Teetsy, Rebuilding Exchange