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Media arts organization seeking startup funds to provide a residency, resources, and exhibition opportunities - a Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Campaign
Signal Culture
Central, New York
United States
4 Team Members

Who We Are

Signal Culture, Inc. is a brand new experimental media art organization founded in 2012 in upstate New York. Our mission is to encourage the creation of new work, building of community, and preservation of history in the field of experimental media art by providing artists, researchers, and innovators with residencies, resources, and exhibition opportunities.

Our Vision & What We've Done So Far

We plan to build an experimental media studio with real-time analog and digital image processing equipment, custom made hardware and software, a variety of interactive interfaces and alternative imaging devices that can be configured in a modular studio setup. We have already received some generous equipment donations. We’ve started helping provide tools for artists to make new media work by enlisting artists to make custom creative apps that are available to you through our fundraising campaign.

In addition to the residency program, Signal Culture is planning to organize public exhibitions and talks, curate traveling shows, produce publications, and create an on-site research center dedicated to documenting the history and material practices driving experimental media art. Our inaugural exhibition opens October 3, 2013 at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center with work by Kristin Lucas, Peer Bode, Phillip Stearns, and Joe McKay, who all will be among our first residents. We're getting started on providing resources to those researching the history of media art by doing a series of interviews that will become podcasts.

Our first publishing project will be the Signal Culture Cookbook, edited by Tammy McGovern. The e-book, available for pre-order through the fundraising campaign, showcases media production recipes and tips from artists who are doing experimental work in video, sound, digital and related media. This book takes a journey through some very interesting and unique projects, and aims to provide a maker level insight into these projects and how they were produced. It revolves around artists’ creative uses of old, new, hybrid and handmade technologies. From simple tips to help you get started with audio and video processing or the basics of working with contact mics, to full step-by-step how-to articles, with each article providing ideas and skills you can take away.

We are currently incorporated as a New York State non-profit and are working toward obtaining 501(c)3 status. Contributions to our campaign can be tax deductible, thanks to our relationship with our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. We are committed to building a financially sustainable organization and have already been awarded funding through mediaThe foundation and Organizational Development support from the Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund of NYSCA Electronic Media and Film, administered by free103point9.

Please check out our Updates or Gallery in tabs above, our website, or Facebook page for more information about our perks or about Signal Culture.

Thank You

Thanks so much to the people and organizations who have contributed money, perks, or equipment so far, and to all of you who have been calling, emailing, tweeting, messaging, and telling people about the campaign on our behalf. We are so touched by your generousity. Please, continue to help spread the word about us in these last hours of the campaign. We will receive all donations given by 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 7th. This is not an all or nothing campaign. We are going to be able to get things started and we are so grateful for that! The closer we get to reaching our goal, the more quickly we'll be able to achieve the experimental media studio and programming that we want to offer you.


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raised by 228 people in 1 month
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$30,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 7, 2013
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  • $15USD
    Sonic Art CD

    Choose between a collaboration between American sound artist Steven Vitiello and Grammy award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird (41 available) or a collaboration between Yuya Ota + Andrew Deutsch with Keith Rowe (11 available). Both discs donated by the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University. Add $5 to ship outside U.S. (fully tax-deductible)

    34 out of 52 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    Creative App

    Choose 1 from a selection of 7 creative apps developed especially for Signal Culture by artists Barbara Lattanzi, Eric Souther, Jason Bernagozzi, Jeremy Speed Schwartz, Nicholas Economos, and Tammy McGovern. (fully tax-deductible)

    23 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    Signal Culture Cookbook

    Pre-order of e-book. Showcases media production recipes and tips from artists doing experimental work in video, sound, digital and related media. Unique, often hand made, approaches to working with new media technology are presented by the artists who share a part of their own discoveries, experiments and practices that touch on things from working with software packages like Pure Data and Processing, to hacking hardware and experimenting with sensors. Edited by Tammy McGovern. (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

    32 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    Media Art Catalog

    Electronic Intersections/New Collaborations, is a catalog that features stills and writing by Darrin Martin, Bjørn Melhus, Steve Reinke, Sally Berger, Peggy Ahwesh, Woody Vasulka, Xiaowen Chen, Fei Dawei, Gao Minglu, Zhang Peili, Song Dong, Joseph Nechvatal, Christiane Paul, G.H. Hovagimyan, Michael Rees, Blackhawk and Natalie Jeremijenko. This catalog features bilingual English and Mandarin text side by side. Add $10 to ship outside U.S. (fully tax-deductible)

    19 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $60USD
    All 9 Interview Podcasts

    Get all 9 interview podcasts by artists John Knecht, Kristin Lucas, Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint (Ecoarttech), Peer Bode, Phillip Stearns, Tom Sherman, and Tony Conrad, toolmaker Dave Jones, and curator David Ross. (fully tax-deductible)

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $60USD
    2 Art DVDs

    Darrin Martin’s Monody in Harmony & with Torsten Zenas Burns, Recallathon - Monody in Harmony includes Martin’s trilogy of works reflecting his synesthetic response to profound hearing loss and acquired tinnitus. Recallathon includes diverse speculative fictions including re-imagined educational practices, cryptozoological musicals, appropriated horror genres, paranormal phenomenon, re-animation choreographies, cos-play, and trans-human love stories. (Add $10 shipping outside US) (amount over $45 is tax-deductible)

    2 out of 24 claimed
  • $75USD
    Benton-C Bainbridge Print

    Signed, limited edition, archival inkjet prints. Composite of one frame from each of the 5 dozen 'VHS Portraits' sessions at Eyebeam in late winter, 2013. Unframed, 13.8" x 13" (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

    4 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    Vintage Afterimage Issues

    Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, a publication of the Visual Studies Workshop. This is a package of 10 vintage issues spanning the year of December 1987 to November 1988. Like new condition! Donation by Visual Studies Workshop. Add $10 to ship outside U.S. (amount over $30 is tax-deductible)

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $125USD
    All 7 Creative Apps

    Get all 7 creative apps developed especially for Signal Culture by artists Barbara Lattanzi, Eric Souther, Jason Bernagozzi, Jeremy Speed Schwartz, Nicholas Economos, and Tammy McGovern. (fully tax-deductible)

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $150USD
    Squeaky Wheel Basket

    Squeaky Wheel Buffalo Media Resources has donated a Media Arts Basket consisting of the following items: - Limited Edition 2012 Regional Artist Access Residency DVD featuring work by Debora Bernagozzi, Pat Cain, Catherine Archias, Thomas Stoll. - Extra-Greasy Vintage DVD Compilation - The Squealer - XX 20th Anniversary Edition - Cinephile membership ($100 Value!) Add $5 to ship outside U.S. (amount over $115 is tax-deductible)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $300USD
    Night Flyers by Joseph Scheer

    Signed limited edition copies. This book illustrates over 100 species of moths selected from artist's collection. Digital scanning technology allows examination of moths at high resolution. Chinese stab binding with red string printed on double leave, oriental paper. Essay by Gerar Edizel. Published by Nexus Press/Institute for Electronic Art. This special edition has a blue Chinese style hard cover wrap. Printed and bound in China by master craftsman bookbinders. Add $10 shipping outside US. (amount over $30 is tax-deductible)

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $525USD
    Glitch Blankets

    These blankets are from a limited edition of 5 by artist Phillip Stearns. An excerpt of the iTunes for Mac OS X executable binary is rendered as a 24bit RGB image and expressed as a jacquard woven blanket. Each blanket is 53" x 71", 100% cotton, machine washable, and made in the USA. (amount over $500 is tax-deductible)

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