our visiting artist roster is shaping up!
hello and how do!
hope you're all well and we REALLY REALLY appreciate your support! we couldn't
- or maybe shouldn't - do this without you! we're now at 56% towards our goal
and fingers crossed! and if you have some friends with too much tax return for
their own good - QUICK, GO DO AN INTERVENTION ON THEM! - we still have 44% to
go towards our visiting artist fund! any and all help is greatly appreciated.
anyway everything seems to be ramping up for the summer and our visiting artist
roster is shaping up very nicely. here are just a few of the names of some of
our distinguished visiting artists coming to work with us this summer. more
names and info as they materialize!
public practitioners, new media collective
ok so maybe they are from LA, and maybe they do wear matching tracksuits, and
maybe they are smart, prone to activism and use computers from time to time
- but give them a fighting chance already! FS is just plain fun and they're
smart folks, thoughtful, armed with computers, elastic social strategies and
a good heaping helping of well-socialized man-vibe! their projects are really
too far-reaching for me to try to write a witty synopsis, but let's just say
that we're thrilled they're coming to join us and expect great things to emerge
from their collective head, however confounded it may feel during their stay
with us. we'll just have to make sure to introduce them to the other solid dudes!
WAYNE GRIM, musician, composer, sound artist
we just can't say enough about the sonic magic of Wayne J Grim Jr - pure goodness,
true grit, and creative umph, his diverse works include both very short and very long term projects alike, including scoring silent films for ensembles, creating RUST, a generative new media composition piece (imagine non-looping sonic wallpaper for your desktop) designed as a freestanding player, playing guitar, a shoebox, or a variety of other instruments in a wide array of ensembles and one-night improvisations and spontaneous compositional throw-downs, as well as an ongoing collaborative and permanently unfinished album of duos called BUDDY WEED JR. i do believe he's hoping to find some abandoned buildings while with us to use as temporary collaborators in creating a new composition equating epicity with utopic yearnings, as dystopic as that may sound. we'll just have to wait and listen!
writer, critic, co-founder, director of threewalls chicago
we're getting visited by a walking warehouse of brainpower! we're talking conceptually
large here, gargantuan scholarship and enough umph to collaborate, publish,
curate a show or two, lecture on craft theory and then go have breakfast. she's
super busy with threewalls, teaching at SAIC and making her own work in her
'down time' (?) among other things, so we're stoked to have her join us and
try to wrap her head around the city of the future!
and so we're still waiting to hear back from quite a few folks, a political
science / policy buff from baltimore, an aerospace engineer, a couple of solid
nerds, a photographer, and some other fun people ... but more will be revealed
in time ... and we promise to share ...
thanks again and thanks for all your help in getting us this far!
jon & sarah
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BETTER THAN FOUND PHOTOS!! oh yeaah!! we send you a random postcard that you'll think you got by mistake, like maybe a photo of the campfire circle in our back alley, or of something inspiring found at the dump, or some other local treasure ... FUN!!
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DFLUX STICKERS -or- NEIGHBORHOOD SPOKE CARDS! your choice: carry around a little residency in your pocket (or on your lunchbox) -OR- spruce up your ride with a hand made laminated spoke card made with found (flat-ish) objects from the neighborhood - rad! (and a thanks! in the dflux 2010 journal)
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DFLUX DIRTY DOZENS!!! no kidding: we send you an mp3 (maybe more than one) of one of our foulest-mouthed neighbors as she regularly drops in - completely uninvited - and starts telling us how our house is (actual quote) ".. no good house, this is sh!+ house, no basement, sh!+ house, no basement .. " despite our walking her to the stairs down to the basement on each occurrence. we can't imagine a cooler reward for a $13 pledge - do it!!!
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$100 HOUSE COASTER SETS! it was just plain weird to buy such a photogenic house for so cheap, so we decided to celebrate the snow drift in the attic and the abundant scorch marks into a lovely coaster set for you! so we'll send you a set of 4 beautiful cork coasters made with photos of the $100 house at the time of purchase! (and a thanks! in the dflux 2010 journal)
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RENOVATION ARTIFACTS -or- BONUS AUDIO CD! we'll send you an exotic and rare artifact (some dating back to 1923) unearthed during renovations to the $100 house / DFLUX studios -OR- the bonus audio CD featuring stories, interviews and field recordings (all from walks and bike rides around the neighborhood and city). and if we have enough found CDs from vacants we'll send one along just for kicks. (and a thanks! in the dflux 2010 journal)
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DFLUX 2010 JOURNAL & AUDIO CD ... yes! confound your house mates and dinner guests with a signed and numbered copy of the 2010 DFLUX journal, from a limited ALTERNATE edition (including audio CD), signed by sarah, jon, resident artists and everyone they (we) can wrangle within 100 feet at the time of signing. probably for this amount we will even call you up sometime and talk about what's going on with the residents, the house and neighborhood stuff too, maybe try to hug you over the phone. sounds uncomfortable but it will probably be fun. (and a thanks! in the dflux 2010 journal)
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NATURALLY DYED TEE SHIRT & DFLUX 2010 JOURNAL & AUDIO CD ... truly the mother lode of stuff. the journal & cd are signed and numbered like before but now includes a hand-dyed tee shirt too, dyed with locally-harvested indigenous flora cooked up on a donated stove in our kitchen!! seriously - get your look good on! and there is no doubt that this level of support will include at least a couple of phone calls thanking you a lot and probably trying to introduce you to some of our residents or neighbors while they're around. the phone calls will probably be weird and kind of uncomfortable but you will definitely like it ... afterward!
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BIKE TOUR & DINNER!! join us for a biking tour of the neighborhood and city (or as far as your legs will go!) and then retire to the $100 house / dflux studio with us for a vegetarian meal made from local Detroit-grown produce. you'll also get the bonus audio cd and as it stops playing as dessert arrives, conversation will likely pause as we all marvel at how surreal and normal it all seems, then probably slowly and uncomfortably turn to prostitution and drug activity in the neighborhood just to keep us all in check, at which point we probably show you our scrap of plywood with license plate numbers on it and try to explain it's the newest thing, better than photographic surveillance, then we will likely try to lift our own spirits by talking about how many different kinds of birds we saw and bugs we heard on the bike ride through the greenest city you may have yet encountered, and then if all else fails we can always just talk about our kid and how awesome he is, losing track of time and space. we will probably even have photos of you in the book too by this point and make use of your phone number randomly afterwards. (and a thanks! in the dflux 2010 journal)
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TOTAL REWARD MELTDOWN!! you get pretty much any of the above as a box set of Detroit love including: stickers, found object spoke card, journal & audio cd, naturally-dyed tee, and whatever else we can cram in the box for you. at this level you should probably expect phone calls, digital hugs and your logo on our website and in the book .. whoa!! told you it was too much but worth considering right?
- (43 days)