About this project
Tough Guy Mountain presents a performance art narrative about interns, crowdfunding, and work; made in collaboration with the Kickstarter Community.
Help TGM raise money for INTERN FEST 2014!
Everyday, Art Businesses like Tough Guy Mountain create internships for Gifted, Unique, Individuals. In a competitive labor environment, those internships can be the only chance for those individuals to gain valuable hands-on experience from inside the industry.
Internships supplement, and even replace, the career preparation traditionally provided by school. However, our society lacks a precedent of how to facilitate these programs, which occupy the space between education and work. Recently, Internship programs at major Canadian magazines have been shut down by the government, after regulators deemed them in violation of employment standards.
The Intern Relief Initiative is both a parody of the internship dilemma, as well as a proposal or example for how programs like this could work for companies like Tough Guy Mountain. The Intern Relief Initiative combines the internship work model with another emergent labor trend, crowdsourced funding on platforms like Kickstarter. Tough Guy Mountain's proposal is that "we give [the interns] jobs, you give [the interns] money." In other words, a new system of public subsidy for creative work. The funds gained through kickstarter will be used on a new event called: 'INTERN FEST'. A conference room intern symposium in the summer of 2014.
The new meritocracy of crowdfunded labour mimics the same logic of corporate hierarchy as Tough Guy Mountain's Business Aesthetic. The taxpayer of government subsidies is replaced by the crowdfunder, a collaborator who has a stake, a stock, a share in the project.
STAKE: Tough Guy Mountain is providing, through the Intern Relief Initiative, collaborative performance that the collaborators in the Kickstarter Community can plant their stake in.
STOCK: The incentives will allow our collaborative audience to take stock of who, what, and where Tough Guy Mountain is.
SHARE: Our special TGM incentive programs, and Intern Fest 2014, will let the audience and the company create a dynamic performance, giving the audience, for the first time, a real say in the ins and outs of Tough Guy Mountain.
With your contributions, we will expand our internship program to incorporate more gifted, unique, individuals, to work on increasingly exciting New Media Projects.
Please Join Us at Intern Fest 2014 ! Get a VIP Pass!
"Touch" Guy Mountain
Tough Guy Mountain is interested in the world around us. What futures are we headed towards? Who's in the driver's seat? What twists and turns lie in the road ahead?
Our Interns are a valuable part of our conceptual art brand, and this Kickstarter lets you reach out and touch them.
Through our Rewards, you can:
- Become an Intern
- Name an Intern
- Have an Intern work for you
- Attend INTERN FEST 2014
- Obtain these Rare, TGM Items:
INTERN FEST 2014
INTERN FEST 2014 will be held in a to-be-determined hotel conference room, near to a major urban airport. INTERN FEST 2014 will feature major Interns from diverse industries, musical guests, keynote speakers and more. Look for INTERN FEST 2014 in August!
Thank you, Kickstarter.
Together, through our collaboration, we can talk about the issues that matter most to the people in the world around us.
Risks and challenges
INTERNSHIPS ARE VOLATILE. With the help of your collaboration, we can open up the conversation about contemporary labor, and maybe even make the lives of a couple interns less uncertain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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