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October 19, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - October 20, 2013 @ 3:00 am

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Announcing our theme: Terra Firma

Terra Firma – latin, solid ground. The name for the location from which alien abductees are taken and consistently returned.

“I was leaving behind forever all semblance of a normal life, running headlong toward an experience so overwhelmingly mind-rending in it’s effects …that my life would never-could never-be the same again.” – Travis Walton on his 1975 abduction by aliens
October 19th, 2013
Strange memories on this October night in Chicago. Seven weeks later? Eight? That week is lifted from my current state of understanding. Missing Time – lost in the dust.
 It seems like just yesterday we were wandering that otherworldly terrain; a survivalist trip on what was said to be a lifeless expanse. Instead, what we found appeared to be very much alive, and thriving. From miles away, it appeared. A tent city – riddled with small humanoid creatures darting about on fuzzy mechanicals: small fur-lined cycles and larger, neon rovers resembling every sort of beast and craft imaginable. Geodesic domes and other bizarrely shaped structures were delegated into a massive hoof print, and at its center, that iconic disc and above it, a man.
“I got the feeling they were a type of human and that I was strangely a part of their world. They wore the most unusual but beautiful garb and many had long hair. We are all in this huge dome and the atmosphere, and the music, in this place was absolutely beautiful. It was golden light and the background was white, like it was whitewashed and it was a place of meditating on peace and love.”

– Sasha Hirsh, describing his experience during his 1981 alien abduction

Yet, no mass of dazzling lights and glittering constructions could ever touch the divine power in each of these strangers. Their great spectrum of unbridled expression and this magic power they had to reach in and awaken every soul.  A connectedness that was more than genetic, but energetic – building, bursting towards the great ritual –  free-wheeling the edge of chaos until it erupts into flame.
And the power of these gathered souls … maybe that was supposed to be the message – this cosmic ritual had brought upon us a celestial one-ness that would bring to us peace and understanding. And John Frum. NO- With a resounding crack, the structure collapsed and with it, every evasive, romantic notion that THIS WAS IT screamed its last on the massive pyre. That night these creatures put to death the embodiment of the escapist delight to ascend this earthly home we have so brutally tarnished and to be cared for by some greater Other.  The truth IS out there, in inconceivable vastness as it is in each of our Pure Light Beings. We are already on ship. This is Home. And it IS burning…
Having passed through the smoke, we still yearn for renewal – to harness the entropic ecstasy of the event through its release. A clean burn leaves no trace, and certainly rolling in the muck is a shit way of getting clean.  Amongst these monoliths, so far from the clarity of that great energetic wave, we appear adrift – helplessly pouring vinegar into the laundry, babbling incomprehensible tales of robot hearts and disco ducks.

So back, on our Terra Firma, we gather in a loft on the South Side of Chicago to celebrate that glimpse we shared in the fire that night and to raise a glass for our own progress further into the uncharted abyss.  Just before dawn, take a glance to the West – with the right kind of eyes you can see beyond: that great expanse and the mysterious lights in the desert sky.

With a THEME, we need a LOGO!

Designers, we need your help! Please send any and all concepts for a 2013 Logo to downtowndave23@gmail.com.

Deadline for LOGO submissions is Monday, September 23rd.


Do you have an eye for aesthetics? Have you ever wanted to CURATE ART?

The Terra Firma Leads team is still looking for help! We’re looking for anyone with interest in cultivating, curating, and placing art for the event.

Please contact hotsauceangel AT gmail DOT com with any questions about volunteering!

We are still looking for volunteers in ALL departments!

Fill out this FORM to VOLUNTEER!: http://tinyurl.com/chidcomp13

Don’t forget that you can still apply for an art grant from the Bold
Urban Renaissance Network 501(c)3, to make your Decompression artwork
a reality!  http://boldurban.org/2010/06/grants/

We are also, of course, looking for artists and volunteers generally.
To volunteer, go here: http://tinyurl.com/chidcomp13  To get your art
placed, fill out this form! http://tinyurl.com/chidecomp13art

Your Team Leads are looking for a logo that will visually bring Terra
Firma to life. Email me off-list if you have a submission!

Ticket sales this year are on-line only, and we’ll be able to provide
you with a link some time in the next few days. We hope you’re gettin
all excitamatated! We sure are!


October 19, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
October 20, 2013 @ 3:00 am
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Lacuna Artists’ Loft
2150 S. Canalport Ave Chicago, IL United States + Google Map