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Call to share a story with me about facing a limitation, and watch LIVE as your stories collectively create a singular piece of art.

Watch my TED Talk: http://on.ted.com/PhilHansen

In this art project and short documentary, I’m looking to create a public dialog about the stories of our limitations. 

SHARE A STORY 

So what's your story about facing a limitation, whether it's a difficulty you are currently struggling with, or an obstacle that you found a way to break through? It could be mental, physical or situational. 

WHY 

We all face limitations. They can often hold us back from our goals, our potential, but at other times, force/inspire us to get creative. When we hear other peoples’ stories, we often see reflections of our own struggles, triumphs, our fears and hopes, which can give us new perspectives to inspire the outlook of our own limitations. SO, I’m giving out my phone number, and asking you to share a story about a limitation you've faced in your life. THEN, you can watch and read as each story is written onto the canvas via the LIVE FEED. In the end, there’s a greater story to be told as we reflect on the stories of our lives. 

THE BACKGROUND 

My name is Phil Hansen, and I’m a multimedia artist who’s interested in understanding people and ideas through the defining moments of our lives, how they affect us, and making art using mediums that are representative of these moments. My work is very process driven. I’m always pushing myself to experiment with different materials and processes, and figuring out new ways to make art.

I came to do the art I do today, not by a well defined path, but by a defining moment in my life. I recently had the most amazing opportunity to share my story at the TED conference this year(Watch talk here.)

FUNDING GOAL: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY 

The other part of this project is to bring out the essence of this shared art experience by filming it, and putting together a short documentary. This is why I’ve turned to Kickstarter. Your financial backing makes it possible for me to hire people to help me with filming, editing, and keeping track of all the moving parts of this project. This allows me to spend more time with each story, and the opportunity to discover the greater story behind all of our stories. And in the end, I want to share this short documentary with all of you online. 

I’ve done a lot of filming of the creation process of my art. Below is an example. This campaign will allow me to do a longer, much more in depth short documentary.

THE ART 

This art piece is based on a photograph I took years ago in Seattle during a time when a limitation held me back from doing art. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of being rudderless and a sense that life is always shifting in turbulent beauty. 

The entire piece will be made with only text from your stories, which you'll be able to read in the posters and fine prints offered in the rewards. This is my largest text piece to date, and will measure approximately 9 x 13 feet. 

To give you an better idea of what it’s going to look like, Here are a couple photos of previous text pieces I've done.

IN SUMMARY, CONTRIBUTE IN 2 WAYS 

I’m LIVE on webcam. You can call to share a story about facing a limitation. OR go to philinthecircle.com, and submit your story using the form. 

I hope you can join me in this experience. You can help fund it, and you can share a story with me, because without stories, there is no art.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always risks and challenges in bringing an idea to life, doing something different. But this is what I also embrace in my work, to always push for the unknown in hope of discovering something new. To create collaboratively with the public on a large scale in real time comes with its own challenges. This is my biggest text piece yet, so there’s a chance I might not get enough stories to fill the canvas as planned. But rest assured, that I will work day and night to get it done. However, if this happens, it could affect the delivery date of the rewards.

When creating a video, I always question if there are enough shots, content, and story to work with. Even though I've never done a documentary per se, I've navigated through many video projects, and always put as much creative effort into my videos as I do my art.

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    FINE PRINT ***LIMITED (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) - This is a Limited Edition of 38 giclee Fine Prints for the collectors and only 3 are available at the early bird price. This Giclee print will be stunning on supple Photo Rag paper and will measure 24 x 36 inches. YOU WILL ALSO receive a special Limited Edition DVD of the short documentary, an early access digital download, and be credited as an Executive Producer in the short documentary. YOU WILL ALSO receive a signed Polaroid, and a signed sharpie used in the creation of the work. *My DEEPEST Appreciation for your support of my art."

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    - FINE PRINT ***LIMITED - This is a Limited Edition of 38 giclee Fine Prints for the collectors. This Giclee print will be stunning on supple Photo Rag paper and will measure 24 x 36 inches. YOU WILL ALSO receive a special Limited Edition DVD of the short documentary, an early access digital download, and be credited as an Executive Producer in the short documentary. YOU WILL ALSO receive a signed Polaroid, and a signed sharpie used in the creation of the work. *My DEEPEST Appreciation for your support of my art."

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