This project’s story starts as most of our projects do: a conversation while sitting at the breakfast table.
Hurricane Harvey had just hit Houston and we looked through our hurricane preparedness box of stuff and discussing all the crazy things happening in the world... Then, a few months later it was the 2016 election... Our kids were practicing active shooting exercises in schools... Our parents were becoming ill...
It sure would be nice if life had an instruction manual or an app to help figure it out or at least some kind of 'device' to help. With hurricanes, school shootings, divisive politics, anger, illness, aging… how does anyone navigate, let alone survive in our world now? Isn't there something in that preparedness box that could fix these things? If we can freeze dry ice cream why is there not a device to heal a broken heart?
We decided to make our own devices to help fix our world. Nothing fancy, just things we could find in our own home. With a roll of tape, a dryer duct and a blender we began to create 147 Devices for Integrated Principles. Devices that would heal, communicate and maybe make it easier to go into work. We liked the historical concept of Homo Faber that human beings are able to control their fate and their environment through tools, we animated everyday objects as a way to connect to each other, our communities and the world.
Examples of devices: A Device To Ask For Help, A Device for Forgiveness, A Device For Laughter With Your Child, A Device To Redo Past Mistakes In Your Life, A Device For Sleeping Late, A Device For Opening Recovery, A Device To Enjoy A Quiet Moment, A Device To Forgive Yourself For All The People You Wronged, A Device To Accept Your Imperfections, A Device To Remove Pain, A Device To Let Go Of The Lump In Your Throat, A Device To Heal…
The project was first shown as a live interactive performance. To make this ambitious project, we enlisted some help from friends. We collaboratedwith playwright and author Kirk Lynn and composer Peter Stopschinski and we had a 2 night performance where we and our children, Maddie and Emmett presented 147 Devices for Integrated Principles and asked audience members to make their own devices with us at the MATCH in 2018 in Houston, TX. In 2019 we exhibited a selection of work at Heidi Vaughan Fine Art in Houston, TX and Art In Buildings commissioned two installations from the project for the 125 Maiden Lane space in New York, NY.
Friends and colleagues have encouraged us to make a book of the images and so here we are. We are asking for your support to help us realize the creation of a 150 page full color book.
The book will feature writing by the taleneted Kirk Lynn of Rude Mechs, who we collaborated with on the original performance, there will be a foreword by Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator Modern & Contemporary Art at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the book will be designed by Jenny Conte of Sharp Egg Design.
A special hard cover limited edition Collector’s Edition of the book will feature music in the form of a 10" vinyl record by the fabulous Peter Stopschinski who scored the original performance.
In the current photo-book economy, it is often the photographers who bear much of the burden for publication costs. Books are very expensive to produce and all of the money that we raise with this Kickstarter will go directly to the book expenses, which include fees for writing, design and printing. We ask for your help getting it to the final goal of printing and distribution.
Our goal is to have the book printed by January 2020 in time for our solo exhibition of the Devices work at Heidi Vaughn Fine Arts in Houston and the FotoFest Biennial. We need to raise a minimum of $12,000 in order to make the best book that we can! This limited edition book will be --one that is well written and edited, beautifully designed and printed. We can't do this without your support!
*Our goal for this Kickstarter campaign is $12,000. We wanted to set an accomplishable goal for a short run of the book. If we are able to raise funds above that, we would be able to have a larger run of the book and offer it to more people.*
About the Artists:
The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen and their children, Maddie and Emmett. Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including: Fusebox Festival, Currents New Media Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and MonkeyTown. They have had solo exhibitions with: Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), Art In Buildings (New York, NY), Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK) and Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI). Their project HIGHER GROUND was a commission from the Houston Airport System and the film received 1st prize in the CineSpace program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. They are recipients of grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance and Mid America Arts Alliance and have attended residencies with Santa Fe Art Institute, iPark, Elsewhere, Wassaic Projects and upcoming at the Rauschenberg Residency.
Kirk Lynn (www.kirkkirkkirk.com)
Kirk Lynn is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. As one of five Artistic Directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective, Lynn has written and adapted over twenty plays, including the critically acclaimed Lipstick Traces, The Method Gun and, most recently, Not Every Mountain, which will premiere in summer 2018 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Lynn’s current solo projects include The Lamp Is the Moon, a commission for the Seattle Children’s Theater to premiere in April 2018, and A Plan and not Quite Enough Time, commissioned by UT Theater and Dance and Texas Performing Arts to premiere in 2019 as part of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary celebration. His one-man-show The Cold Record will premiere at the Fusebox Festival in spring of 2018. Lynn’s debut novel, Rules for Werewolves, was published in 2015 by Melville House Books. He’s currently adapting the novel for the screen and is at work on a second novel, The Vow. Lynn earned his MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers and is Associate Professor of playwriting at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives with his wife, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain, and their two children.
Peter Stopschinski (www.peterstopschinski.com)
Peter Stopschinski (Composer) has composed music for Madeleine George's play: The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, composed music/lyrics for New York Musicals Festival's 2015 Winner Best in Show: The Calico Buffalo, string arrangements for Grupo Fantasma's Grammy Award winning album El Existential, and the film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert's film Rara Avis: The Life of John Audubon. His operas and musicals have been performed across the country from Arena Stage (DC) to Playwrights Horizons (NYC) to Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theater (LA).
About the Collaborators:
Heidi Vaughan (www.heidivaughanfineart.com)
Heidi Vaughan is the owner of Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, an art gallery in the Upper Kirby Galleries dedicated to supporting and promoting noteworthy Houston and Texas artists and their projects. An Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers, Heidi is also a secondary market fine art broker and curator, and is currently Chairman of the Houston Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and maintenance of dozens of Houston’s most iconic public sculptures.
Alison de Lima Greene (www.mfah.org)
Alison de Lima Greene is curator of Contemporary Art & Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Before coming to Texas, Ms. Greene worked in the department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lectured at The Cooper Union. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1974 and received her Master’s degree from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1981. Among her recent exhibitions are Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski and James Turrell: The Light Inside. A 2010 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Ms. Greene also serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the board of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Jenny Conte (www.sharpegg.com)
A highly conceptual artist and the owner of Sharp Egg, designer and programmer, Jenny Conte is driven by innate creativity to develop industry-specific communication solutions. Starting Sharp Egg more than ten years ago, her commitment to intuitive design and flawless functionality enables clients to make a real connection with consumers. An astonishing multitasker who is always on schedule, Jenny is well-respected by clients and fellow creatives for her design versatility, can-do spirit, and easygoing nature. Whether developing a concept or ensuring that new pieces match the look of an established brand, Jenny feels fortunate to love what she does and is known to pass on that zeal to all who partner with her on a project.
We love making stuff and giving it away! And what better place to do it then a Kickstarter campaign. During our performance for '147 Devices for Integrated Principles' we create a fun little Fluxus kit that audience members used to interact with us during the performance and also got to take home.
For this Kickstarter fundraising campaign, we are going to offer a couple of items as rewards. A Devices Postcard Set, Book (soft cover), and a Collector's Edition Hard Cover book with vinyl record, Photographs and Flux Kits.
Risks and challenges
Any printing project carries some level of risk; however, we have been working in the art world professionally for over 25 years and collaborating for over 17 years. We’re very confident that we’ll be able to overcome any potential problems, and deliver on books and rewards. Your support really is appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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