If you've been to any arts events in Birmingham, you'll likely have met Anita Mann.
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.
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 This is a potentially important historical document not just in respect of the social record of over a decade of urban change, but is also how arts communities establish themselves and the work that has been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.
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
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.
Risks and challenges
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