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PHONEBOOK is a GUIDEBOOK and dynamic MOBILE APP to artist-run and underground culture, including over 800 projects from across the US!
PHONEBOOK is a GUIDEBOOK and dynamic MOBILE APP to artist-run and underground culture, including over 800 projects from across the US!
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Join us in amplifying the work of artists and DIY organizers across the USA by supporting the PHONEBOOK Directory and the FIRST smart phone app of its kind. 

The PHONEBOOK directory is the only publication of its kind that catalogs grassroots and artist-run spaces and projects across the nation with over 800+ listings. Oftentimes these initiatives are under-resourced and only known to their immediate communities - Help us build a critical new resource by artists and for artists and art lovers that lets you know about under-the-radar culture as its happening! 

The PHONEBOOK app builds on the publication to be a dynamic platform of listings, profiles and geo-located events all on your smartphone. Instead of polling your friends for what to see and do when you travel to new places or what’s going on that weekend in your home area, the PHONEBOOK app will be your guide. Users can find information on underground and under-the-radar artist-run events & exhibitions in their immediate locations, including open hours, ticket information, and profiles on local scenes and organizers, all in one easy-to-use central platform.

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Print Edition: 15k to produce the PHONEBOOK directory, now in its fourth edition. All costs goes towards design, fair author fees for fifteen contributors, and printing. 

Smart Phone App: 60k to expand the PHONEBOOK directory into a mobile app! App development costs include a custom application and map styles, template development, art direction, server set-up, user and space management interface, geolocation, directory listings and search capabilities and design costs. All of the PHONEBOOK 4 directory entries will be accessible on the mobile app. 


Since 2006, Threewalls has published PHONEBOOK, a directory of independent and noncommercial art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States. The PHONEBOOK print edition includes over 800 artist-run spaces and artist-centric organizations, underground festivals, publications, roving event series, dance parties, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, micro-grants, and community resources. The book acts as an archive and a guidebook to communities around the nation, and is an essential resource for artists, organizers, art historians, and art audiences today. PHONEBOOK 4 - our newest edition - includes new sections and expanded listings on artist publications, public art and site-specific projects, and distribution opportunities.

In 2015 Threewalls is raising money to use PHONEBOOK 4 as a springboard to develop a SMART PHONE APP to bring the activities of grass-roots, independent and small scale arts programs and temporary projects to your phone so that you locate dynamic and local art activity easily from home and when you travel. The PHONEBOOK APP acts like word-of-mouth at your finger tips, connecting you to the work of artists and independent organizers wherever you go. Anything raised above our PHONEBOOK print costs goes directly to APP development.

The PHONEBOOK printed book edition also includes listings accompanied by a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. PHONEBOOK features essays by arts leaders in the field, including Martha Wilson, pioneering feminist artist and founder and director of Franklin Furnace, New York, James McAnally, founder and Director of Temporary Art Review and The Luminary, St. Louis, Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director for Project Row Houses, Houston, artist Brandon Alvendia, The Present Group from San Francisco, Sam Gould of artist group Red76, Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), Outpost Journal, artist Helena Keeffe from San Francisco, amongst many others, in a beautiful print edition by Chad Kouri.

Think Whole Earth Catalog meets Lonely Planet meets DIY version of Artforum.  

Give & Take, a public art project created by Works Progress,a collaborative public art & design studio, Minneapolis, MN
Give & Take, a public art project created by Works Progress,a collaborative public art & design studio, Minneapolis, MN

ABOUT OUR TEAM: 

Threewalls is a twelve year old visual arts organization based in Chicago, serving the arts community through exhibitions, public programs, residencies, symposia and grants. Over the last few years, we have grown our emphasis on support and advocacy for our peers in the field, founding projects such as PHONEBOOK; the Hand In Glove Conference for grassroots artist organizations, which has drawn together hundreds of arts leaders over the last five years in Chicago, New Orleans and upcoming in Minneapolis in September 17-20 2015; and Common Field, an emerging national organization aimed at building resources and advocacy for small-scale arts organizing.

Our work is to support the non-commercial visual arts world in light of an expanding art market that often eclipses independent and DIY production.

Threewalls has three staff members, with only one dedicated to editing this edition, and a volunteer managing editor and research team of seven people. We spend our days researching little-known spaces and projects and emailing our colleagues and friends around the country to ask what they're excited about and following in their region. We do this research from the ground-up, getting feedback and tips from artists, curators, students, teachers, art administrators, and art lovers across the United States and spreading the word as fast and as best we can. 

Shannon Stratton
, Threewalls Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, who writes, curates exhibitions and other experimental projects, including Gestures of Resistance: Craft, Performance, and the Politics of Slowness (with Judith Leemann) at The Portland Museum of Craft, Portland, Oregon and Resonating Bodies, at The Soap Factory, Minneapolis. 

Abigail Satinsky,
 Interim Executive Director and Phonebook Editor, is founder of artist research group InCUBATE, which initiated the international micro-granting network Sunday Soup, and she recently edited Support Networksa volume on artist-run and social practice projects in Chicago over the last 100 years for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago Press. 

Rachel Fick residency at Threewalls
Rachel Fick residency at Threewalls

Phonebook's book will be released September 17-20, 2015 at the Hand in Glove conference in Minneapolis, MN. Please join us for presentations by leading voices in the visual arts from across the country, as well as opportunities to engage with the creative community in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The app will be developed over Fall 2015.

Hand in Glove conference, Keynote with curator Nato Thompson, Chicago 2011
Hand in Glove conference, Keynote with curator Nato Thompson, Chicago 2011

Phonebook is published by Threewalls and designed by Chad Kouri

Our thanks to Hel Audio for providing the music for our campaign video. Video by James Kozar.

WANT TO NOMINATE A SPACE OR PROJECT? EMAIL phonebook@three-walls.org

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Faith Wilding Retrospective Package

Includes our exhibition brochure for our 2014 exhibition Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, A Retrospective and two limited-edition risograph reproductions of seminal Feminist art and organizing publications (EVERYWOMAN Newspaper and Womanspace Journal).

Faith Wilding is Professor Emerita of performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a graduate faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center, Brown University. Born in Paraguay, Wilding received her BA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Wilding was a co-initiator of the Feminist Art Programs in Fresno and at Cal Arts, and she contributed “Crocheted Environment” and her “Waiting” performance piece to the historic Womanhouse exhibition. Her artwork have been featured in major feminist exhibitions including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution; Sexual Politics; Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary Art; and re.act Feminism. Her writing has been featured in such books as “The Power of Feminist Art”, “By Our Own Hands”, “The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader” (Edited by Amelia Jones), “MEANING”, and many more.

Wilding has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow; MoMA PS1 and the Bronx Museum of Art in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art and Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; UC Riverside Museum of Art; the Singapore Art Museum; and many others. Wilding cofounded and collaborates with subRosa, a cyberfeminist cell of cultural producers using BioArt and tactical performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives, and work, and she is the co-editor of “Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices!” She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital grant, and NEA artist grants.

JOHN PREUS CSA PACKAGE

Includes a set of 2 limited-edition ceramic bowls found and altered by artist John Preus, produced as part of our Community Supported Art, Chicago, edition program. 

John Preus The son of Norwegian Lutheran pastors going back 6 generations, John Preus (b. 1971) spent his early years running barefoot in Makumira, Tanzania, then grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin. Preus, in spite of his squandered pastoral pedigree, currently works as an artist, builder, fabricator, amateur writer, collaborator, and occasional curator. He founded Dilettante Studios in 2010 which designs and builds cabinets, furniture, and residential and commercial spaces, relying almost exclusively on 2nd-hand materials. He co-founded the art group Material Exchange in 2005, and until 2010 collaborated with co-founder Sara Black. Preus is currently co-curator with Laura Shaeffer at SHOP, Creative Director for the Rebuild Foundation shop, and until 2012, was lead fabricator for Theaster Gates Studios.

EDRA SOTO CSA PACKAGE

Includes a limited-edition clay shell sculpture by artist Edra Soto, produced as part of our Community Supported Art, Chicago, edition program.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. In 1995, Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2000. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and her show at Ebersmoore was selected one of the Best Solo Exhibitions of 2010 in Newcity Art of Chicago. Soto has lectured at El Museo de Puerto Rico, Harold Washington College and The Art Institute of Chicago among others. Soto has exhibited at Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, Ebersmoore, New Capital and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago among others. Recent artists residencies include Ragdale’s newly renovated Meadow, with a grant from the 3Arts Foundation and Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Recent presentations include: Archival Impulse at UIC Gallery 400 and Afterimage satellite exhibitions at the Roger Brown Study Collection and at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.

A special song written and performed by musician Tim Kinsella for your answering machine

Tim Kinsella is the author of two novels, Let Go and Go On and On (Curbside Splendor, 2014) and The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (Featherproof Books, 2011). He has been a member of many bands, including Cap'n Jazz, the Sky Corvair, Joan of Arc, Owls, Friend/Enemy, Everyoned, and Make Believe, and worked with a variety of musicians, from Marvin Tate and Leroy Bach to Angel Olsen and many more. Since 1996 his band Joan of Arc and its related projects have released dozens of albums and they continue to tour internationally on a regular basis. This year he is Joyful Noise Records' Artist in Residence. He teaches at the MFA program at Roosevelt University. Recent projects include collaborations with Every House Has a Door and commissions for the MCA Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Watch Tim Kinsella dance naked to his new song Issues:

Turn your home computer into an art installation: Eric Fleischauer, Custom Screensaver, THE PHONEBOOK (Mac + PC compatible) and Jillian Mayer, Limited edition mousepad
Eric Fleischauer is a Chicago–based artist, curator, and educator. Working across various mediums Fleischauer utilizes conceptually–driven production strategies in order to examine the ramifications of technology’s expansive influence on both the individual and cultural sphere. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Interstate Projects, Rooftop Films, Microscope Gallery, Hallwalls, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Kunstmuseum Bonn – with solo exhibitions at Document, threewalls, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and Harper College Art Gallery. Fleischauer's projects have appeared in artforum.com, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice.com, The Chicago Reader, Rhizome.org, Art21.org, Art F City, and ArtSlant. Currently he teaches in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in Florida. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences. In 2010, her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s Youtube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. Mayer is a recent recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Fellowship for 2015, the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual/Media Artists Fellowship 2011 and 2014, Cintas Foundation Fellowship 2012, and was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.


Custom designed phone case for your iPhone or Android by Phonebook designer Chad Kouri


About Chad: 
As a semi-nomadic, mostly Chicago-based artist working between disciplines, I've become extremely interested in various cities and their respective creative communities and art ecologies. With equal interests in conceptual and minimalist art, ethnography, typography, design, jazz and the gray areas between these fields, my body of work is more a collection of various ongoing projects, thoughts and experiments tied together by a strong sense of composition, concise documentation and an overall vibe of optimism than a seamless display of a "style" or "genre". I believe that inspiration can be found anywhere and that relentless optimism is the only true rule. I'm best known as a co-founder of the Chicago-based art and design incubator,The Post Family, my past role as Art Director of Proximity Magazine and recognition as one of Chicago's up-and-coming image makers in NewCity's 2010 Breakout Artists of the year issue.



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Note: This work is part of a larger text-based series, this language is pulled from NE Thing Co, a seminal Canadian art collective working from 1967-78
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Personalized answering machine message by Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist performance artist and the founding director of Franklin Furnace art organization. Over the past four decades she has developed and created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformation, and 'invasions' of other peoples personas. She is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and an Obie Award and a Bessie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression. Wilson first gained notoriety thanks to the attention of curator Lucy R. Lippard and was described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 2011, ICI published the Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces and she is represented by PPOW Gallery.

 Personalized answering machine message by Theaster Gates

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Gates has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others. Gates has received awards and grants from Creative Time, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Artadia. 

Personalized psychic portrait drawing by Mark Allen, artist and founder of Machine Project, Los Angeles

Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He received his MFA in Visual Art from the California Institute of the Arts in 1999 after a Core Residency in Houston from 1993-1995. In addition to his individual artwork, he is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a non-profit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, and literature in an informal storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He has produced over 1000 events in Los Angeles at the Machine Project storefront space, and recently concluded a year-long artist residency addressing topics of public engagement at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

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The expected start of development for the mobile app is Fall 2015. We are currently in conversations with multiple development partners and our expected delivery date for the App is end of the year 2015, but that is open to changes based on further conversations with development partners, feedback from beta testers, and various fundraising and grant proposals.

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    Receive 3 publications produced on the occasion of Faith Wilding's 2014 retrospective exhibition at Threewalls, including the exhibition brochure and 2 risograph reproductions of seminal feminist art organizing and education publications (including Womanspace Journal and EVERYWOMAN Newspaper).
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    Mousepad + screensaver: Turn your home computer into an art installation, includes new media artist Eric Fleischauer's custom screensaver, The Phonebook, which uses the screensaver function to make any computer into an impromptu micro-cinema and limited edition mousepad designed by visual performance artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer.
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    Want to experience an art space in your community, behind the scenes? We'll work with you to create a customized VIP artist space tour in your region for you and five guests -can include previewing exhibitions, early event access or invites to private receptions.
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