Artist Residency in Joshua Tree NP Jul-Aug 2012. Works at the intersection of Photography, Video, Performance, Sound and Installation.
I was awarded an Artist in Residence at Joshua Tree National Park in California for July- August 2012. This represents an exceptional opportunity to work in this high desert environment which is for me incomparable to anything else and a truly unique source of inspiration.
PLEASE help me to fund the cost for materials to realize this residency and develop my projects there. Furthermore you will be contributing to a lasting visual record of this unique place, as The National Parks are an important national achievement that allow people from all backgrounds and social classes to interact with the greatest collection of natural places in the county.
The goal of $2,500 is the minimum that would let me do this, anything on top would let me make it better. 10% goes to Kickstarter and Amazon for administration fees, 5% each.
During the residency I would like to create a series of site-specific works based on the SOUND NOMADS project. As a media artist and photographer I deliberately work in a wide range of media and techniques. SOUND NOMADS became such an emotional language for me over time - a very specific form of expression always connected to particular places. It’s like being part of the environment for a point in time, creating ephemeral sensor based playgrounds which let me act and respond as part of the surroundings. Field recordings are set in contrast to the sites and the surroundings are getting part of playable instruments – acoustically and visually. Although I just relocated from Berlin to Los Angeles last year, the first SOUND NOMADS performances took place in the U.S. back in 2006 and one of the works was already setup in the Joshua Tree NP. But I’ve always felt I would need to have so much more time here one day to express myself in an appropriate way and become even more inspired by this breathtaking place. The desert on the whole is currently one of my biggest inspirations and I’m in love with palms, all forms of cacti and the dry summer heat.
I would like to work on an ambitious follow-up of the original project and therefore establish a completely new way of expression to include photography and light. This new work series should combine the creation of still and moving images with interactive sensor based environments. Camera, strobes, and sounds will be triggered and altered by body movements and/or motion of the surroundings in real-time [involving sensors, laptop, interfaces, self-developed processing software]. Thus, the quality of the original SOUND NOMADS work should be surpassed in every aspect. It's about myself, the place, nature, contexts, aesthetics, and a very specific method of expression. Restful and poetic works should arise. All setups are done in the biggest respect for the environment and all animals. The original SOUND NOMADS project has been presented in over 50 major exhibitions worldwide so far.
Please take a look at my website: http://gerger.com to see some of my past works. To learn more about me, my emotions, my works, and my intentions please read through the self-interviews section: http://gerger.com/personal/interviews
This is so much me. I give anything in the world to be able to do my works, to express myself and sometimes this turns out to be really, really hard. I'm so grateful for any help you can give me for this residency.
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Receive a handwritten thank-you note on a postcard mailed from Joshua Tree.Estimated delivery:
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Receive an original sound that I've recorded at Joshua Tree and a letter about my experiences as well as about the body of work the time at the residency allowed me to produce. Each backer will receive his own and absolutely unique sound.Estimated delivery:
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Receive a signed photograph, an original sound that I've recorded at Joshua Tree, and a letter about my experiences as well as about the body of work the the residency allowed me to produce. Each backer will receive his own and absolutely unique sound.Estimated delivery:
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Receive a DVD with the video work produced during the residency, a signed photograph, an original sound that I've recorded at Joshua Tree and a letter about my experiences and about the body of work the time there allowed me to produce. Each backer will receive his own and absolutely unique sound. Your name will appear on the thank you page on my website.Estimated delivery:
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Receive all the above plus exclusively one of my diary notes of a day during the residency. Each backer in this case will receive a unique one day's entry of my thoughts at Joshua Tree AND ONE OF THE SENSORS USED FOR THE INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION WORKS at Joshua Tree. It's a real, working sensor!! Therefore this reward is limited.Estimated delivery:
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