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Connected artist-led projects bringing artists from Detroit to Glasgow & Glasgow to Detroit
Connected artist-led projects bringing artists from Detroit to Glasgow & Glasgow to Detroit
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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: 

at the $140 level and above, a publication + a page-a-day calendar of your choice!
at the $140 level and above, a publication + a page-a-day calendar of your choice!

 

at $500 and above you may request one of the painted watches by John Nicol
at $500 and above you may request one of the painted watches by John Nicol

 

at $1,000 and above you may request one of Tessa Lynch's works from the exhibition
at $1,000 and above you may request one of Tessa Lynch's works from the exhibition

 

also at $1,000 and above you may request one of Ross Sinclair's works from the exhibition
also at $1,000 and above you may request one of Ross Sinclair's works from the exhibition

 

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.

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    "Sounds Good"

    I'm glad you think my project sounds good! Somewhere in the world, wherever I am, I will thank you and say your name out loud. If that doesn't reach you, I'll thank you publicly on social media because every bit adds up to a lot. Good energy.

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    "I want to support all of ya'll!"

    There is definitely more than me in this project and we will record ourselves singing your name. It could be me and one other artist, it could be a bunch of artists, it could be in public, but thanks for having our back.

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    You'll get not just your name sung out loud by artists, but if we see you around we'll give you a high-five or at least wave from afar. But I know what you really want, we'll throw in a dance move while we sing your name, and we'll send you a digital file of it. You make me want to be spontaneous!

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    "I really want to help. You need help."

    This is true, often we have no idea what we got ourselves into, but something keeps us going, and that something is people like you. You're getting a handwritten thank you card with a cool stamp on it. Also we may sing your praises and dance a little, publicly. You're not afraid, we're not afraid.

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    "No seriously, I got this."

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    "I agree! This is important!"

    Are you sure you're not already part of this campaign? Ok, so here's what we're going to do. When we're doing a panel discussion you can submit something us to mention: a shout out, a comment, a question for all of us artists on the panel to address, we'll attribute the question to you and address it. Then we'll send you a digital file of the recorded conversation in case you aren't able to join us in person.

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    "I am a Patron of the Arts"

    This is serious stuff, you will not just get a card and my DittoDitto book, but also your choice of 1 of 2 page-a-day calendars (works of art) that are ready to go for 2018. ANNND we'll make a special access preview and put your name in any of the produced publications and then a bunch of us will sign some part of what we're sending to you, probably write a message about how much your support means, what it helps us do.

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    "You will succeed."

    This is some heavy stuff. Can I make you dinner? (If you're in the LA area, we can do this) If not, you still deserve some face time, I'll set some time aside to Skype at least, and I do believe that this calls for a special access preview. You're also getting some cool stuff produced in the making of this project (ranging from drink coasters, silkscreened t-shirts, other publications that we have produced). So I hope you have an eco friendly bag handy.

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    "Have Fun."

    Uh... ok. I'm not sure what to do at this point, but I guess you just got yourself a medium sized artwork, like 16" x 16". Are you an angel? I will introduce you personally to the artists too. Thank you, I hope we won't let you down. I promise we'll have fun.

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    "Can I come?"

    Yes, yes you can. I can't promise flights or anything (i mean i already feel guilty about that carbon footprint), but yeah, we'll put together a private get-to-gether, we'll try not to embarrass you, but just so you know, we may be singing a lot of people's names and making art and stuff. In this case, if you see some artwork produced that you like, just let us know and we'll work something out because you will have first access to check stuff out before anyone else.

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