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Failbetter will be working with Anita Mann to establish 'The Mann Archive', preserving & presenting Anita's collected ephemera.
115 backers pledged £1,657 to help bring this project to life.

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If you've been to any arts events in Birmingham, you'll likely have met Anita Mann.

Anita Mann - Image by D O Y E N
Anita Mann - Image by D O Y E N

Anita is an artist and archivist, almost compulsively gathering images, sound recordings and objects as she encounters them in everyday life. This has led to her gathering an extraordinary archive covering everyday life across Birmingham and the Black Country since 2007, and unofficially documenting the arts across Birmingham, especially focussing on smaller organisations.

Image by Sarah Walden
Image by Sarah Walden

While much of the archive is Digital, Anita also collects a variety of physical ephemera from everywhere she visits which includes leaflets, handouts, posters and flyers. This campaign aims to do two things:

Firstly - support, maintain and fully establish the archive. This is a potentially important historical document not just in respect of the social record of over a decade of urban change, but is also how arts communities establish themselves and the work that has been done by diverse organisations over the past 10 years.

Secondly - find methods to present the archive as an artwork in its own right. 

Paradise - The Mann Archive
Paradise - The Mann Archive

Anita is currently amassing a Terabyte of data archive (in photographs, audio and moving image recordings) EVERY YEAR together with her ever expanding collection of physical objects. This campaign intends to provide sufficient equipment and resources to maintain this archive for at least 12 months. This includes:

  • Physical Storage space: £783 for 12 months
  • Digital Storage Space: £100 for 4Tb
  • Point & Shoot Digital Camera: £80
  • Memory Card: £14
  • Small Laptop for basic image processing: £200
BT Tower - The Mann Archive
BT Tower - The Mann Archive

This comes to a grand total of £1177 - so with the addition of Kickstarter's fees and the cost of the rewards £1500 will entirely cover us. Any surplus will be invested in better quality equipment.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    A Badge & A Thankyou

    A pin badge based on Anita's Archive
    A Thank You note

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    Limited Edition Tote Bag

    Limited Edition Tote Bag based on images from Anita's Archive
    Badge
    Thank You Note

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    A Day-In-The-Archive

    A-Day-In-The-Archive: A digital copy of the content of a single day of Anita's archive. The day is to be chosen by the backer.
    Please note, the amount of data collected day by day varies - some days will have more content than others.
    This will be sent via email to download links.

    A Badge

    A Thankyou note

    Please note: Anita reserves the right, at her discretion, to choose another day of content.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 127

    Guided Tour around Digbeth First Friday

    Join Anita Mann as she makes her way around Digbeth First Friday!
    A guided tour around the art spaces of Digbeth in the company of the artist & archivist as she continues gathering images and objects for her archive.
    Digbeth First Friday happens the first Friday of the month and the tours will be available on March, April and May DFF's.
    The Tour is expected to begin around 6PM and end around 9PM

    This reward also includes:
    Badge
    Thank You note

    Please note - if Anita is unable to deliver these tours they will be hosted by a member of the Failbetter team.

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Funding period

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