Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A performance sourced from the herbology of Latvia. This ritual and its movements will be impulsed by the scents of native plants
31 backers pledged $875 to help bring this project to life.

About

Poetics of herbology project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$875

31

Hello World!

I've just received an invitation for a one month residency at the interdisciplinary art center: SERDE, in Latvia. This place specializes in “Transdisciplinary Arts, Ethnography & Cultural Heritage”.

While in residence at SERDE, I will be developing a performance rooted in local herbology, where movements will be derived from the scents of native plants. Since 2009 I have been developing a methodology where movements and sounds are generated by scents. I will research local plants that can be brewed into herbal teas, and create a ritual to serve these plants to my audience. Using the facilities offered by SERDE, I will also make some ceramics cups and utensils to serve these plants. Once this performance will have been created there will be further opportunities to perform it, and in particular in Hungary.

This piece fosters an emerging culture of Art-ivists who want to provide an alternative to the monopoly of the Agri-business complex. SERDE is the only art center in the world where herbology can be turned into art. In my practice, tea becomes a vehicle for aesthetics, ritual, and foray into local cultures.

As you may be aware, the funding situation for the arts has become dire in the United States and particularly in Illinois. There used to be a “Governor's Grant” to ensure that artists would have international opportunities, but this grant, among many others, was suspended after the Great Recession of 2008. Therefore I am turning to YOU to ensure that artists based in the United States can still show abroad. And in my particular case that I can go to SERDE where I can develop my "Poetics of Herbology."

If you pledge to contribute to this performance, I pledge to perform with you on my mind, and to bring you back something from this unique residency. Choose from the many rewards that are available, and remember: even $ 1 helps!

THANK YOU

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    your name listed as a donor to the project!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    signed 8 X 10 photo of the performance

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    1 ounce of locally collected herbal tea wrapped with a detailed story of its harvest

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    signed DVD of the performance

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    ceramic cup thrown by the artist and signed and numbered

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    ceramic cup thrown by the artist, signed and numbered + 1 ounce of locally sourced tea + signed DVD of the performance

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)