The Bureau of Self-Recognition is a conceptual art project that I've been engaged in since October of 2011. I've received a lot of support for the project: I've shown aspects of it at the Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival, Agape Enterprise, IV Soldiers, Queens Media Arts Development's ITINERANT performance festival, and EIDIA House/Plato's Cave, among other places. I've worked with more than 20 "clients" through the Free Consultations program, signed up more than 50 account holders for the Bank of Self-Recognition, and had photographs from various phases published online, alongside some process-based writing.
Now I'm gearing up for the biggest phase thus far: a solo exhibit of the entire project at Momenta Art, which is scheduled to open on May 31st. In conjunction with the exhibit, I'm working with Jessalyn Wakefield and am i human Press to create a limited edition artist's book for the project. It's an 8" x 8", full-color, hardcover, beautiful object that details the Bureau of Self-Recognition's journey through three main reflections: first the self, then the self and a single other, and finally the self and the community.
Both of these important works are definitely happening. The only question is how. I need help to pay for aspects of printing and shipping the book, as well as to finance transport of elements for the exhibition.
I've been incredibly successful in galvanizing an engaged audience for this project. Now I'm just asking you for a small amount of financial support. See below for the list of rewards I'm offering, which range from a Bureau of Self-Recognition postcard to a signed copy of the book and a piece of original artwork. Any contribution helps.
Want to know more? Check out the Bureau of Self-Recognition project blog, or visit my portfolio website, where you can see more about me and the other work that I make, and how the Bureau fits into my practice.
Who should support this project?
Anyone who likes conceptual art, performance, investigations of the everyday (or daily life and behavior), anyone who's interested in archival manifestations of experiential projects, anyone who takes photos, wonders what his or her life looks like over time, or anyone who's curious. It's my goal to give you rewards that don't just thank you for your contribution: each object or text will be your own "in" to the project itself. This is an invitation.
Where will the money go?
The first $1,100 (roughly) will go towards printing of 50 copies of the Bureau of Self-Recognition book. The rest will be used in support of elements for the exhibit, which I'm happy to detail more specifically for anyone who's curious. Just email me.
In truth, this project will cost much, much more than the $2,000 that I'm asking for here. All of my plans would not be possible without the amazingly dedicated free and low-cost labor that I've received from talented professionals in support of this work. The more I raise here, the more likely it is that I will be able to offer even token compensation for other people's efforts.
Who am I? Here's my bio.
Chloë Bass is an artist and public practitioner. Upcoming solo exhibit: The Bureau of Self-Recognition, Momenta Art, 2013. Chloë has received commissions from the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, the Bushwick Starr’s Bushwhack Festival, and 3rd Ward’s Moviehouse. Recent artistic work has been seen at Exit Art, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, ITINERANT Performance Festival, Glasshouse, Panoply Performance Laboratory, SCOPE Art Fair, Fountain Miami, Agape Enterprise, and the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City. She is a 2011 & 2012 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Individual Artist Grant Nominee. From 2007 – 2011, Chloë served as the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick, which produces Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and Armory Arts Week performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. She has guest lectured at Parsons School of Design, Sotheby’s Institute, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College CUNY. She holds a BA from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College. Chloë is currently a visiting artist at Akademie Schloss Solitude.