Kickstarter says they will fund conceptual art. But what is that? This? Who decides? I aim to find out in this conceptual art project.
We've all heard of it. But do we know what it is? Who decides? Is it like pornography, where we know it when we see it? Or is it not like pornography, because we're supposed to have our clothes on when we look at it? And who is this we?
The point is, art might mean something different to everyone, but according to its guidelines, it seems that Kickstarter will only fund art that Kickstarter agrees is art. But what makes them an expert on what art is? Is it just because they have "art" in letters of their name? If so, then so does "my heart," so why can't my heart decide what art is instead of Kickstarter?
I say it can, with your help! My conceptual art project involves the raising of at least one dollar, which should be enough to buy one envelope and one stamp, which I will use to mail to Kickstarter's physical address, in order to inquire about the nature of art, or at least their definition, as to what qualifies as it, and whether this conceptual art project is indeed conceptual art.
I hope you (and they) help us reveal the answer! Thanks!
So far, all FAQs are equally common.
It ends with a question mark, so it is at least a FUNCTIONALLY good question.
At least once. If it isn't asked ever, it has a frequency of zero. Good frequent question.
What makes a question real? Intonation? Punctuation? Something else?
If you can answer that question, then I believe you may have answered your own real question. Really.
PS Also, all the questions below this one have come from humans who are not me. Or robots who I thought were human and probably aren't me.
Great question, and one that might not have an answer until September 7.
Kickstarter has some prohibited uses that you can read about in their guidelines section.
Some of the things that are not allowed: alcohol, drugs, and energy drinks; hate speech, weapons, and pet supplies; promoting acts of violence or political candidates; self-help books, CDs, DVDs, etc.; and raising money for charity.
So, it's a good question. A real question. Which raises other questions. Feel free to respond to any of those questions, or raise your own, in the comments section of this page.
Art is a question.
Or, is art a question?
Is this question art?
Or is this art a question.
First, that's two questions. Second, here's two answers:
One, yes. Two, then you will get what you want.
That sounds like a great question and "yes" sounds like a great answer. Everything isn't set in stone yet (and hasn't been since prehistoric or biblical times), but stay tuned and all will be revealed. Or at least some. Including the answer to this.
This is a question that is asked frequently, I grant you. However, it is not one that falls under the scope of this project. But also I'm nice, so I googled it. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_bottle#Ship_in_a_bottle, "There are several ways to put a ship inside a bottle. The simplest way is to rig the masts of the ship and raise it up when the ship is inside the bottle. Masts, spars, and sails are built separately and then attached to the hull of the ship with strings and hinges so the masts can lie flat against the deck. The ship is then placed inside the bottle and the masts are pulled up using the strings attached to the masts. The hull of the ship must still be able to fit through the opening. Bottles with minor distortions and soft tints are often chosen to hide the small details of the ship such as hinges on the masts... Alternatively, with specialized long-handled tools, it is possible to build the ship inside the bottle."
Well, it seems that you have just, with one question, put all the questions into question. So I would say about 11. Unless I counted wrong.
Is that a duck.
PS This question was asked just as frequently as all the others. We here at the FAQs don't back away from controversy or whatever this is.
That's not a question! But the answer is maybe.
I will take as many art classes as there are $10,000 donations.
What will you do if two or more people pledge over $1000 and want you to fly to wherever they live and mail the letter from their home?
That is a great question. One answer could to be to limit that reward to only one person, but that doesn't sound like the fun answer. The more fun (and actual) answer is that I will fly to as many places as there are significant enough donations, and I will mail a copy of the letter from each place (which I think is fair, because I likely will not be writing the letter out by hand, so each copy will be just as original as the other). And as far as what order I deliver the letters from, let's say I will probably go in the order the requests are received. Now, start donating thousands of dollars! (I'm pretty sure this lack of information is what was holding those back, so thank you for leading to this necessary clarification!)
That is a great question. Maybe I will include it in the letter to Kickstarter. Or in the meantime, what do you think?
According to someone on the internet, Jesus is the answer to all philosophical questions; therefore art is Jesus. Also he said Jesus can never be questioned or explained, so you can't ask what art is.
And yet I did. So perhaps not everyone on the internet is right about everything. Self included. Maybe.
Should you receive a response from Kickstarter, will you make sure backers also see a copy? I must know the answer!
Yes. I will absolutely make the answer I receive known.
Do you have any examples of attempted Kickstarter projects that were rejected on artistic merits or lack thereof?
I do not have any specific examples, but I am told they exist. Do YOU know any? Feel free to share, and then I will share!
If Kickstarter decides not to fund your project (if they deem it is not art), will that be a sufficient enough of an answer?
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: I believe that Kickstarter already had the opportunity to reject the project before it even launched, and the fact that they did not leads me to believe that they will not decide not to fund it. If after they've already accepted it, they decide not to fund it, that would be a sufficiently dirty trick, to which I would say "bravo, good art-move, Kickstarter."
Longest answer: just kidding.
Truly, you are tackling the issues of our time. What else am I going to donate money to, a cure for AIDS?
I recommend donating the most money to fight malaria, which is one of the most effective fights you can be a part of: www.againstmalaria.com
Or any other charities recommended by www.givewell.orgBut AIDS is good too! (I mean, AIDS is bad, and donating to fight it is good.)
Can you find out why they prohibit "heating and cooling projects"? Is there a lot of air conditioner fraud?
I don't know. But I can ask!
(This might be the toughest question yet!)
What made you pick Sept 7th? That's obviously outside the Kickstarter suggestion of 30 days for a project. Also - why as I wrote the above question did the word "Kickstarter" get underlined in red as if I spelled it wrong while typing it on the Kickstart
I picked September 7 because that was the maximum length Kickstarter would allow. They suggested doing 30 days or less to create a sense of urgency, but why would I want to make people anxious like that? Take your time, people! Relax! The art will be here. Or the non-art. Whatever is happening, you've got as long as it takes. As long as it doesn't take past September 7.
As for why Kickstarter doesn't think its own name is grammatical or spelled properly (which I see as I type it in this very answer), I can't rightly say. Perhaps some insecurity? An inferiority complex? The fact that "kick" is a word and "starter" is a word but put together they haven't made it official yet? Your guess is as good as mine. Or worse. Or better. I don't know what your guess is. Go for it! (You've got until September 7.)
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If you donate a dollar, I will include your name on the letter I write to Kickstarter asking them what qualifies as art, and I will get you their answer.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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If you donate ten dollars, you can have your own page in the letter that I send, with your name as big as you like (provided it fits on a page). The page can also include a bio, a photo, or anything else about you that you want me to include, as a concerned party wondering about Kickstarter's art policy.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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If you donate one thousand dollars, I will fly to wherever you live (within the continental United States) and mail the letter to Kickstarter from your home. Let's do this together!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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If you donate ten thousand dollars but don't want me to fly anywhere, I will take an art class to provide me with the know-how to answer this question myself, and I will provide you with both Kickstarter's AND my answers.Estimated delivery: Sep 2014