Depressed when the temperature drops?

Commiserate with art in the dead of winter.

29th February - 1st March 2020

MADD Center at the University of Chicago

What's Commiserate?

Commiserate Chicago is an inaugural new media arts festival seeking to reflect on the state of media art, particularly in the context of Chicago, a city with a legacy of new media art and an emerging generation of artists. Local and international artists are invited to exhibit work and share their process through talks and workshops.

Starting on the day that does not exist 75% of the time, a day renowned for the most depressing Chicago weather, we summon new media artists to exhibit their works, join our discussion, and demonstrate their artistic process in live workshops at the University of Chicago’s MADD Center.

This event especially, but not exclusively, reaches out to artists from under-represented communities (women, LGBTQ+, POC).

Open Calls for Entries

Submissions have closed for Commiserate Chicago 2020.
The Committee will be sending decisions shortly.

Exhibit your artwork

Run a workshop

Propose a talk or panel

Apply to the Object-Oriented Orgasm Hackathon

Our Sponsors

Our Partners

This year, Commiserate Chicago is excited to present several exhibition pieces with CHIMEfest 2020: Circulations!