2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces. Each February, 2nd Floor Rear connects artists with new audiences, helps underfunded and underappreciated alternative spaces get some exposure, and enlivens a dreary winter weekend at the peak of Chicago’s bleakest season.

The 2014 edition kicked off with a sidewalk parade led by Environmental Encroachment Marching Band, and continued through the night to the following day with exhibitions, GIFs, poetry, traveling theater, zines, a performance art slumber party. 2nd Floor Rear 2014 culminated on Sunday afternoon with a live cooking demonstration and performance by Chicago artist Kiam Marcelo Junio, and the launch of Napkin Poetry, an open mic poetry series at Uncharted Books.

Events appearing in this video include:
Perambulatory Parade with Environmental Encroachment and the Society of Smallness
P.OO.P art (G.I.G.O.) (2014), a multimedia installation and performance by Kai-Duc Luong
Same River Twice, a performance of Fluxus scores by Lindsey Barlag Thornton and Billy McGuiness
the flowers in the field are free, an installation by Joshua Kent
The Poetics of Transgression, a public performance by Keijaun Thomas
Watch This Clown, a mobile public performance by Chicago Traveling Theater Co.
One Night Stand, an exhibition at Above Market Gallery

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