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A total work of art, made in collaboration with the Kickstarter Community, about crowdfunding and internships.
A total work of art, made in collaboration with the Kickstarter Community, about crowdfunding and internships.
21 backers pledged CA$ 629 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

That TGM Intern "Look"
That TGM Intern "Look"

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!

InternFest VIP 2014
InternFest VIP 2014

"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:
TGM Athletic Wear
TGM Athletic Wear
TGM Schematic Prints
TGM Schematic Prints
Support-on-your-Sleeve Buttons
Support-on-your-Sleeve Buttons
A Virtual Intern
A Virtual Intern
A Virtual Intern
A Virtual Intern
A Virtual Intern
A Virtual Intern

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.

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    Pledge CA$ 2 or more About $1.84

    Buy an intern a cup of coffee and watch them drink it from the safety of your webcam.

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    "I Love My Intern" Button! Wear your support for Interns on your sleeve.

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    Adopt an Intern! Receive a special digital adoption pamphlet detailing the lives of an intern that you adopt + an "I Love My Intern" Button delivered to your door!

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    Intern Fest 2014 VIP Passes! Plus a chance, if desired, to give a keynote performance/presentation/talk.

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    Name an Intern! Choose your own name for one of our many, unnamed Interns. + "I Love My Intern" button!

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $18

    Intern Day Planner! After receiving a description of your agenda for the day, an intern will send you a video document detailing your schedule. The intern will also format your day into a high-gloss digital PDF document for your convenience. + Receive "I Love My Intern" button yes.

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    Pledge CA$ 22 or more About $20

    "The Way of Things By Intern Stan!" Read it from the intern-horse's mouth! Find out first hand what it's like to be a lifelong intern at an exciting New Media Firm. PLUS receive a special text message thank you from Intern Stan, the author! PLUS receive an "I Love My Intern" button!

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $23

    Virtual Intern Program Package! Need an intern, but hesitant about real interns b/c of germs, feeding, etc? TGM Virtual Intern is software that gives you all the convenience of an intern without the messy humanity. AND get "I Love My Intern" button.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $28

    Tough Guy Mountain Schematic Prints! Own the products of our interns' diligent labor.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $32

    Write an Intern's Contract! think you got what it takes to write the next, great TGM Contract? We'll send you a read/write PDF where you can detail pay, hours, and treatment! Your contract will be delivered to the Executives live, over webcam, for review. + "I Love My Intern" Button, + "The Way Of Things" by Intern Stan!

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $37

    Become An Intern! Intrigued by the Glorious life of a TGM Intern? We'll send you the application forms right away! After a 10 business day processing period, you will receive your papers, uniform, and work order, and you too can join the exciting world of on-the-job training. + Receive "The Way of Things," to learn your chops from the mouth of master intern, Stan Ribbets!

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $46

    Give a Jersey Get a Jersey! It pays to be generous, and it gets awfully hot in balmy Panama (the location of TGM HQ). $50 will buy special TGM Athletic Wear for yourself and the intern of your choice!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $92

    Rent an Intern! Have a four hour telepresence work session with a diligent intern. Possible tasks include, but not limited to: word processing, encouraging words, laughing at your jokes, being subservient.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $184

    "TGM Executive Collaborator Appreciation Presentation!" The TGM Executives will deliver a precise, performative presentation at your lunchroom/boardroom (whichever you want), delivering appreciation, motivation, and business aesthetic direct to your door! Also: "I Love My Interns" buttons, a set of 2 "TGM Prints" (great for office walls), a copy of our motivational powerpoint, and a TGM Athletic Jersey. (Airfare for TGM Executives is x-tra)

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