Miko Kuro's Midnight Tea is collaborative art happening. This December, 12 Artists will travel to Mumbai for a unique 12-hr ritual.
Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea is an experimental art project designed to create moments of genuine encounter between strangers using time, tea, and technology.
This year, 12 very different artists will travel to Mumbai for a 12-hour-long Midnight Tea art ritual.
The first Midnight Tea was held in Vancouver, Canada in 2008. Since then, these unique “art rituals” have been held in Greece, France, China, and the USA.
In India, the Mumbai Twelve will be working with Visual Disobedience, a group artists, photographers, filmmakers, and animators who believe in helping daring, inspired ideas find a home in Mumbai. We will begin our 12-hour-long art ritual at the Tao Art Gallery in Worli, Mumbai at midnight on Saturday, December 22, 2012 and end at the Lakeeren Gallery in Colaba, Mumbai at noon on Sunday, December 23, 2012.
Please help us to bring these amazing artists (and their equally fabulous work) to Mumbai.
Rachael Ferguson is a playwright and performer from Seattle, Washington. In Mumbai she will continue her work exploring voice, race, and performance through a Post-Colonial lens.
Chris Shaw is a Seattle-based ceramic artist, designer, and engineer. In Mumbai he will create and present structures for the brewing, drinking, storage and presentation of the tea to be served.
In Mumbai, we will divide the 12-hour-long ritual into four elementally-themed 3-hr cycles beginning with Fire at the Tao Art Gallery on the West coast of Mumbai and continuing through Water, Earth, and ending with Air at the Lakeeren Gallery on the East coast of Mumbai.
Fire cycle: Midnight to 3 am (Saturday), Tao Gallery
Water cycle: 3 am to 6 am (Sunday), Tao Gallery
Earth cycle: 6 am to 9 am (Sunday), Tao Gallery --> Lakeeren Gallery
Air cycle: 9 am - noon (Sunday), Lakeeren Gallery
We need your help to make this happen!
Besides that awesome squishy feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping, we have some pretty nifty goodies to offer:
For $12, your name will be listed on our website as an event sponsor with a link to your website.
For $24, we will email you instructions describing how to observe the Midnight Tea in Mumbai and your “Red Lineage” will be included as part of the 12-hour-long art ritual. To see the "Red Lineages" of previous Midnight Tea Guests, click here.
For $48, you will receive a custom-made Blue Gourami Ritual Kit and we will send you a Midnight in Mumbai poster signed by all 12 Featured Artists.
Click here to see how former Midnight Tea Guest, Mikol created his own ritual using a Blue Gourami Ritual Kit for the PUSH New Media Midnight Tea in Seattle!
For $96, you will receive a copy of the Midnight Tea exhibition book from the first year of teas and a “Wish you were here!” postcard from India.
Want more? Google "Miko Kuro's Midnight Tea" for additional videos, photos, articles, and interviews about the project.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Although our Kickstarter campaign goal seems modest at $1000, it's a small fraction of what we REALLY need to pull this thing off. We are uber new at fundraising, so we want to build up some confidence before we can ask for a trillion bazillion gold coins raining from the sky, ya know?
Typically, the Midnight Tea is an act of generosity, we never charge guests to attend, because the entire project is about what we can offer each other and ourselves regardless of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or socio-economic status. But let's be honest, going to India is not cheap.
$1500 - Venue Fees (damage deposit, cleaning fees)
$4,400* – Roundtrip Airfare for 2 Featured Artists
$2,200* - Roundtrip Airfare for 1 Childcare Assistant
$1000 - Production Design (Set elements, Lighting, and Sound)
$500 - Marketing and Public Relations
$400 Translation and Transportation Assistance in Mumbai
*Average RT flight to Mumbai from Seattle (December): $2200 per person
Yeah so travelling halfway around the world is kinda pricey, enit? Some of us have it, some of us have part of it, and some of us don’t quite have it at all, but we aren’t going to let that stop us from trying, dammit. With your help, we can make sure that those who need extra help can cover their immediate expenses: plane ticket, visa application, and extra baggage fee in order to bring the equipment they need to make this happen.
Of the 12 Featured Artists travelling to Mumbai for this project, 4 of us will have children under 10 years old in tow, so we really need to bring along a babysitter or two. People don’t realize what a huge role reliable childcare plays in making awesome things happen, but it does! Ask your mum! Many of our friends and colleagues have volunteered to take on this role if we can just cover the cost of their roundtrip ticket and accommodations in Mumbai.
The motto of this project has been “Use what you have to do what you can,” since it’s extremely humble beginnings in 2008, but for 2012 we’d like to do a little bit more. If our funding goal is surpassed, we can get better equipment to document and archive the project to share it with you and each of the 12 Featured Artists can receive a small stipend to offset the significant personal costs associated with hosting the Midnight Tea in Mumbai. Without your support, we may not be able to pull this off the way we want to... so if you can help, pretty please do! Your contribution will make it possible for a really nice community of thinkers and dreamers, artists, academics, doers, workers, nerds, and free spirits to do their work. What is that worth to you? For us, it's the opportunity to bring a dream to reality.
If we can raise $1000 a day for 12 days, we can exceed our goal and make some once-in-a-lifetime art happen. Everyone can do something special and important, regardless of how much money they have or don't have. This project started as an idea ... who knows what could happen! Please help us to spread the word by telling your friends and *sharing* the project within your social networks. If you have ideas and/or suggestions about what we can do better, let us know. Yes, we want to meet your friends, work with you, and connect through art, creativity and TEA! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.mikokuro.com for more more more.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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For $48, you will receive a custom-made Blue Gourami Ritual Kit and we will send you a Midnight in Mumbai poster signed by all 12 Featured Artists plus (of course) website & Facebook shout-outs.You can upload your own Midnight Tea Ritual to YouTube and it could be shown during the Tea in Mumbai. Why not show off your own creativity?Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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For $96, you will receive a signed copy of the Midnight Tea exhibition book and a personalized “Wish you were here!” video-postcard from India, plus (of course) website & Facebook shout-outs galore. I'll bet your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, doesn't it? It does.Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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For $144, you get everything: a signed copy of the Midnight Tea exhibition book,a “Wish you were here!” video-postcard from India, plus (of course) website & Facebook shout-outs, signed poster, and a custom-made Blue Gourami Ritual Kit. As a special bonus, your "Red Lineage" will be transformed into sound art to be included in the Mumbai ritual.Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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If you happen to be be blessed, or generous, or both, we have a reward for you! Featured Artist, Christopher Shaw, will create a set of custom-made teaware just for you. If you live in or around Seattle, he will deliver it to you personally and serve you tea with your new stuff. Who knows? Maybe Miko Kuro will come too? Your own private tea-party ... now that's some serious swag. Also, treat yourself to all the other goodies too!Estimated delivery:Add $24 USD to ship outside the US
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