My project is to connect artists based in Glasgow and Detroit in an international exchange by means of art projects, public group discussions and exhibitions. This project for artists by artists will engage in a rich dialogue that expands on what it means to be an artist creating and sustaining one's practice in these highly mythologized cities.I'm calling this project "Over Over Over" because it will enable artists to meet repeatedly in the two different cities as the projects are realized one after another. It also alludes to how often the cities are spoken about with a dismissive/apocalyptic tone. Underneath this cloak of negative mythologizing are many vibrant arts communities that have established themselves and have been expressing their unique identities for years. In the absence of a strong art market, artists worked collectively and within their own resources to define success on their own terms.
This project will give artists the opportunity to learn from, share and support one another in their respective artist-run communities.
The artists/writers/curators involved include:
- Corrie Baldauf
- Olayami Dabls
- Tessa Lynch
- Francis McKee
- Michaela Mosher
- John Nicol
- Rosie O'Grady
- Ross Sinclair
- Andrew Thompson
These artists have been working together already, but each may be working in more curatorial roles with upcoming projects, and with others yet to be listed. (More info)
Phase 1: July 11th - August 8th, 2015
The first leg was self funded by myself and some of the participating artists and we leaned on our personal and professional contacts to do an initial exhibition as proof of concept. You can view this ongoing project at OverOverOver.com
Phase 2: Dates for exhibition in Glasgow, TBD 2018
Phase 3: Dates for exhibition in Detroit, TBD 2019
For Phases 2 and 3 of this project, I have received a $25,000 challenge grant from The Knight Foundation. These potential funds have to be matched in order to be received, and Kickstarter is only one part of the picture. Pending substantial funding from another organization in Scotland of $20,000, this campaign is needed to get over this one last hump to make it go.
With your support of Over Over Over we could be making a viable grassroots model to enable bold new projects to be completed within artist-run spaces, while making the endeavor less precarious overall for all participants.
Many of my projects come from a place of gratitude to those who have generously supported not just my own art practice but countless others as educators or cultural workers. I hope that this project can continue a spirit of activism, curiosity and friendliness that are some of the best qualities shared between artists in Glasgow and Detroit. We hope that you think this is worth supporting too.
Here are some images of the incentives:
Risks and challenges
All international projects pose a risk because of their scale, thankfully I will not be embarking on this alone with many of the artists taking on various roles to help even the load.
Full disclosure, I have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute, I am working on this with a therapist.
This project is currently being reviewed for $20,000 from another source that is a re-submission after being given some feedback. Although that is very competitive it is our belief that the bulk of funding should not only come from the artist communities themselves, but from broader organizations that share the same mission as our project: to bolster our local creative communities through engagement both regionally and internationally.
This kind of qualitative research and groundwork would not be possible without the strong networks of the artists themselves. This will provide for not only supporting artists with their ambitious projects, but to give thanks to the hard working artists that give these places a proud sense of identity, making the world a more interesting place.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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