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About

Abstract

This project explores the themes of memento, memory and travel, as embodied by the roadtrip souvenir. Our piece will take place in the vehicles of participants of HDTS 2013 as they traverse the desert landscape between Joshua Tree, CA and Albuquerque, NM. Viewers will collect a fragrant object from each of our sites along the route and hang them from their rear view mirror, ultimately creating a composite souvenir of the experience.

early testing and prototypes
early testing and prototypes

Details

Since the HDTS 2013 program is a series of art events and installations that viewers will travel between, we want to involve the viewer in our piece during the time between other artists’ works. We will do that by creating small parallel HDTS sites where travelers can pick up a hanging, souvenir object. These objects will be unique to each site and carry a distinct fragrant note - a sensory reminder of that place and the overall experience.

9 SOUVENIR SITES:

Gold Dinosaurs, Joshua Tree, CA 

Wonder Valley Weigh Station, Wonder Valley, CA 

The Palms Restaurant, Wonder Valley, CA 

Hilltop Motel lobby, Kingman, AZ 

Don's Yard Sale, Cleator, AZ 

Arcosanti, airport model alcove, Arcosanti, AZ 

El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, NM 

Mana Mart / Burial Grounds, Las Lunas, NM 

Octopus Car Wash / Tradewinds Sign Rally, Albuquerque, NM

During HDTS 2013 you can collect souvenirs from our sites - such as the Gold Dinosaur in Joshua Tree and the Hilltop Motel Lobby in Kingman, AZ
During HDTS 2013 you can collect souvenirs from our sites - such as the Gold Dinosaur in Joshua Tree and the Hilltop Motel Lobby in Kingman, AZ
One of our souvenir collection sites, in a Ghost Town on the way up to Crown King, AZ, at the best and longest running yard sale in Cleator!
One of our souvenir collection sites, in a Ghost Town on the way up to Crown King, AZ, at the best and longest running yard sale in Cleator!
Our souvenir collection site at Arcosanti
Our souvenir collection site at Arcosanti

As the event progresses and participants visit a selection of our sites, the souvenirs will amass and form a kind of sculpture in the traveler's vehicle, with both the scents and objects blending into a layered, composite piece. Additionally, Julia is creating a fragrance that extends the Souvenir experience. It will reference and build upon the scent notes of our collective souvenirs and will remind the recipient of their journey through the desert.

fragrance testing
fragrance testing

Resources

Matt and I are working out of Portland, Oregon. Some of the money from this Kickstarter campaign will fund our travel and materials costs. This includes airfare, lodging, transportation and the production of souvenir sculptures.

Our project blog has been a useful source for sharing ideas. In addition, we are creating a site-specific Google map with hyperlinks to lead viewers on their drive. Stay tuned.

Risks and challenges

Our current challenges are creating hundreds of souvenir packets and coordinating the logistics of delivery to each site.

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    One souvenir packet chosen at random by the artists. Exactly what you would find if you visited one of our HDTS "Souvenir" sites this October.

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    Three souvenir packets chosen at random by the artists - to create a replica of what you might have hanging from your rear view mirror if you visited three of our HDTS "Souvenir" sites this October.

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    Three souvenir packets and an invitation for you and a guest to the HDTS_Souvenir afterparty in Portland, Oregon. Come share food and drink, and celebrate with us the success of this project. This event will take place on or around the evening of December 7th.

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    All 9 souvenir packets - exactly what you would find if you visited each of our HDTS "Souvenir" sites this October.

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    A meal with the artists during HDTS 2013. All of the souvenir packets - exactly what you would find if you visited each of our HDTS "Souvenir" sites this October. Plus, a 1 oz. bottle of HDTS Souvenir fragrance.

    [The meal is artists choice, and should occur during HDTS 2013, along the HDTS route. However, a reasonable alternative will be offered if location and schedule of the backer precludes this.
    We are estimating between 6-12 sites total.]

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Funding period

- (30 days)