The Rapture - Z series, create the carnal - experience the ethereal
by SpiriCorp - Transcending Technology
Who am I?
My name is Rosa Barbara Nussbaum.
I am an artist and student at Wimbledon College of Art in London. I work in a range of different media including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, print and time based media such as video and performance.
What am I proposing?
This campaign will hopefully fund my newest project The Rapture - Z series.
I want to investigate the the relationship we have with aesthetics and the way it can impacts how we feel about ideas we are being sold. I am interested to see what happens when we divorce aesthetics for genuine content. To do this I intend to splice religious aesthetic with that generally associated with high end technology products such as laptops.I will create a fake company, SpiriCorp, and an entire ad campaign and website as well as the product.
The result will hopefully be beautifully crafted, fun and slightly disconcerting.
To find out more about my previous work, what I make and what I think visit my website and my blog.
How does your contribution help?
So if you like the project and you want to help out here are a few reasons to contribute.
As you can imagine this is quite a time and resource intensive project. Your contribution will make all the difference and really allow me to commit to doing this full time and use really high quality materials and techniques. It will also allow you to really make your mark on the art scene by actively promoting a project you like.
What do I need?
About $2000 are going straight into material costs. So there is $300 worth of laser cutting $200 worth of pigment, $60 for model makeup, $100 for costume fabrics, $50 for gesso, $30 for domain name and hosting, $60 model money $60 for the makeup artists, $70 for timber, $100 mdf for plinths, $50 for packaging foam, $300 for printing, $100 other model making material and about $500 breathing space for unanticipated costs.
Which leaves me around $1600 or £1000 a month for rent bills and food over a four month period which is about how long it will take me.
If I don’t reach the goal I am going to have to cut back on production value, but I’ll still do my best to make the project happen.
What do you get?
Everyone gets full access to all the digital work i.e. films, pictures and website that this project will generate.
Everyone will be invited to the exhibition of the work and some of you will also be invited to a private view. And if you donate enough I will send you some beautiful original artwork from the project!
What impact does this project have?
Crowdfunding art projects has a very real impact on the entire cultural scene. Here is why:
Normally a professional artist goes one of two ways to fund his or her career.
One is government funding. The other is representation through commercial galleries. There are other paths but these are the main ways of making a living of art.
1st: government funding.
Essentially the taxpayer pays the government money. The government takes a small amount of this tax money and assigns it to be used for art. In the United Kingdom this amount has slowly diminished over the last decade.
The artists then goes through a lengthy and very competitive application process to get some funding for a project. The artist applies with a fully worked out project (which is more effort than it might appear). If a government body handing out the funding such as the arts council agrees to fund a given project the artist must comply with public facing spirit of the body's policy.
This can lead to the artists not being able to realise their idea as they like. As the final product can be quite diluted in terms of artistic vision it might just not be very good art. And as no one has really bothered to ask the general public what they would like they may well end up seeing the piece as a waste of taxpayers money.
So no one is really happy.
2nd option: commercial galleries
An artist must first produce work on their own time and money and hope that a gallery eventually decides to represent them. If a gallerist then decides to show their work he will display it in his gallery. Then hopefully a rich patron will buy it. A percentage of this money will go back to the artist. The rest is kept by the gallery, often up to 60%.
So we have two systems in which the majority of art lovers have no say over what art gets funding.
Luckily we now have the internet and cloud funding. This means we can now have democracy in art and all of you have the power to decide which art gets made.
How do you know I am going to deliver?
I have previously worked on a variety of projects. Here is an example of a community oriented project that I worked on along with two other artists. Find more info about it on the project blog.
If you look at the work on my website and my blog you can see that I work hard and am very committed to what I do.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ways you can help?
If you like this campaign but can’t contribute financially share it! Share it on twitter, on facebook, on google plus, tell your friends about it and mention it to anyone who likes art!