Mikey McParlane is a countertenor vocalist and new media performance artist exploring states of ecstasy and sublime transformation within digitally constructed pleasure domes for eroticized body display. They have performed and screened at EXPO Chicago, Rapid Pulse Festival at Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL), Red Bull Studios (NYC), VIA Music New Media Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), MIX: New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, Flesh Crises Festival (Kansas City, MO), and Monster Love (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign). Mikey received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and previously attended Carnegie Mellon University.

Erica Gressman is a Miami born performance artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She received her MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously she attended New College of Florida. Her work stems from the underground noise music scene in Florida and her studies in experimental music. Gressman creates live biofeedback performances that present the body as cyborg with costumes and interactive audible sets.

She has performed at group shows such as Summoning a New Queer Reality at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), VIA Music New Media Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), Rapid Pulse Festival at Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL), Flesh Crises Festival (Kansas City, MO), Monster Love (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), International Noise Conference (Miami, FL) and Territorial Testimonial show at Grace Space (Brooklyn, NY).


Set within an oozing laboratory of the grotesque, a mysterious surgeon builds a monstrous and beautiful creature merging complex sonic biotechnologies with gooey protean substances cultivated from the surrounding tropical overgrowth. The creature rises from the operating table, quivering insect-like between life and death, crying out in operatic bursts of pain and despair that prophesy the oncoming ecological apocalypse and unveil an emotional jungle of queer experience. As it grasps for the sublime, the creature finds itself unable to escape the technologies and manipulations of the surgeon who gave it life, bound by humanities dark limitations. Nature’s final resistance crumples into silence, its warning fading off into the landscape.

2014.rapidpulse.org performance photos by Arjuna_Capulong | Giana Gambino

RAPID PULSE 2017|sponsors

Rapid Pulse is made possible by the generous support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries and SAIC Departments of Performance, Visual and Critical Studies, and Arts Administration and Policy; Lagunitas Brewing Co; Awake Cafe; Lovely Kitchen and Cafe; Five Star Bar; Opart Thai; Andrés Lemus-Spont/Building Brown Workshop; Kokorokoko; Standing Passengers; The Dill Pickle Food Co-op; Vincent Restaurant; Rosekill/Grace Exhibition Space; Spread Art; David Getsy, Jane Wenger; Daniéle Wilmouth; Cream; Jumptwist; Mr. Vibe; Ohio Art and Design; Felis Major Letterpress & Bindery. Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.