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Wavelength FoundationBy Wavelength Foundation
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Wavelength FoundationBy Wavelength Foundation
First created
€3,017
pledged of €40,000pledged of €40,000 goal
39
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 8 2018 12:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Wavelength Foundation builds a new platform to put environmentalism centre stage. The Change Maker Scheme will support, produce, research and fund environmental projects internationally in the arts, culture and journalism.

Our launch project, Black Light, is a large scale light installation in the arctic by legendary photographer Michel Comte.

Join us for this wake-up call to the global arts and culture communities to face up to the challenges from climate change.

We are 12 years from reaching a tipping point: the moment when the fall-out from global warming will become irreversible. In the face of crisis, culture and contemporary art can spread our most powerful messages. Wavelength Foundation is about building a platform and a movement for arts and culture to highlight the environment as our most urgent cause. As a culture catalyst the Wavelength Change Maker Scheme supports new initiatives in the arts, activism and investigation. 

Responding to our international call to the global arts and culture community, acclaimed artist and photographer Michel Comte will be the first high-profile artist to join this new environmentally focused initiative. His large-scale multimedia installation in the arctic 'Black Light' will be a response to the foundation’s call to artists to take a leading role in the fight against climate change. As part of the installation Comte will invite all local and international sailors to take part and witness the event. Join us to make it happen!

Black Light reaches out to the global arts communities to join all cultural forces and efforts around the central issue of our time: global warming. With your help, we can all  commission this piece together and build a new platform for environmentalism in the arts.  

Why is this important?

Time and apathy are the biggest challenges we are facing in the race against climate change. Arts and culture possess an unique power to inspire and to shake up, to share ideas and to unite in a common cause. Visual arts and culture are powerful tools to convey inconvenient truths: one of them is that we have not even begun to grasp the dimensions of the damage humans have made due to excess carbon output and greenhouse gases emission, and of the consequences that are to haunt generations to come. With your support and Black Light as a launch project, we are establishing the Change Maker Scheme to make an lasting impact and help the arts to become an important ambassador for the environment.

Michel Comte

Long a vocal advocate for the cause of critical environmental thinking, Michel Comte has dedicated large parts of his career to the examination of and engagement with endangered nature and humanitarian causes. As a war photographer, he worked with the International Red Cross as well as working in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan and Cambodia. A keen climber, Comte has been portraying glaciers around the world for the past 30 years. He recently presented three major multimedia exhibitions directly connected to climate change , Light at MAXXI museum in Rome (November 2017) and Black Light, White Light at the Triennale di Milano (November 2017) and Light III at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing (May 2018). 

Wavelength Foundation

Wavelength Foundation is a cultural catalyst, a platform and a movement to encourage the arts and culture communities to participate in a global campaign to raise awareness about one of today’s most urgent causes; the effects of climate change. The foundation calls upon artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, cultural, scientific and educational institutions to unite and form a new cross-disciplinary movement that can take on the enormous task of creating a culture of global awareness and change.

With your backing we are establishing the Wavelength Change Maker Scheme supporting forward thinking cultural-environmental initiatives that turn up the heat on politics, implement local and community activism, fund journalistic and academic investigation and encourage applications from artists and cultural practitioners under the age of 21. The scheme will award annual project grants to build and support the next generation of environmentally focused cultural leaders, with a strong focus on four groups of activity:

Cultural and artistic projects putting pressure on politics and politicians to improve decision making with regards to the environment and climate change.
Community and local activism projects implementing lasting initiatives and improve levels of awareness and engagement.Investigative projects, both journalistic and academic.Environmental projects by artists and cultural practitioners under the age of 21.

In regular summits the foundation brings together artists, journalists, scientists, academics and cultural institutions and leaders internationally to advance environmental thinking and climate change awareness in contemporary culture. We read 'culture' with a wide scope, catching the arts, music, literature, politics, education, sports, and science alike, and the areas that interconnect all of them.

As the IPCC report released this autumn revealed, the world is just 12 years from reaching its next tipping point: the moment when the fall-out from global warming becomes irreversible. In the face of such a global crisis, culture and contemporary art are needed more than ever to share a powerful message around the world. This most recent report must be read as a stern warning. 

While the Paris Agreement from 2015 is under threat politically, the world is already experiencing extreme weather, sea level rise, ocean acidification, heat, drought, floods and the resulting poverty. Every step in the wrong direction comes with further worrying effects on wildlife, crops, water availability and human health, as well as migration, displacement and war.  

Michel Comte's 'Black Light' is our first project on this scale, and we hope you take part in its realisation and join us in the creation of this new platform. 

What will your contribution support?

Black Light is a hugely ambitious project that unites an international team behind one urgent cause. Your support is crucial to help us in the commissioning of a major contemporary art installation, as well a film and book resulting from this journey. You are making the the set up of the Wavelength Change Maker Scheme happen.   

Why Kickstarter?

Global warming is of global relevance and – more than anything else – we want to encourage interest, support and synergies from all cultural sectors. Black Light is an unique opportunity for us to highlight the importance of this one urgent cause and to bring it to the widest possible audience.  

Rewards

Reward #3: Black Light Photo Print Medium Format
Reward #3: Black Light Photo Print Medium Format
Reward #4 Black Light Photo Print Large Format
Reward #4 Black Light Photo Print Large Format
Reward #5 Black Light Photo Print XXL Format
Reward #5 Black Light Photo Print XXL Format
Reward #6 Michel Comte Photo Print
Reward #6 Michel Comte Photo Print
Reward #7 Michel Comte Photo Print
Reward #7 Michel Comte Photo Print
Reward #8 SIGNED Michel Comte Photo Print
Reward #8 SIGNED Michel Comte Photo Print

Risks and challenges

Black Light relies on an international team of skilled experts. We are working hard to anticipate and avoid risks and challenges to the arctic expedition and will make sure all backers receive their rewards.

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    Support us in making Black Light happen

    Contribution in solidarity with our project. You will receive regular updates and images from the journeys.

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    Black Light Postcard

    You will receive a postcard from Wavelength's edition of photo documentations taken at sea.

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    Wavelength Friends Programme

    Become a Wavelength Friend and get exclusive invitations to our summits, regular updates on our campaign and projects and always be the first to get your hands on special editions coming from our artists, musicians and writers.

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    Black Light Photo Print Medium Format

    Support the Black Light project and help making a new platform for young artists working with the environment happen. You receive this exclusive high quality photo print from a Wavelength expedition to the north. Dimensions: 40x28cm approx.

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    Black Light Photo Print Large Format

    Support the Black Light project and help making a new platform for young artists working with the environment happen. You receive this exclusive high quality photo print from a Wavelength expedition to the north. Dimensions: 55x40cm approx.

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    Black Light Photo Print XXL Format

    Support the Black Light project and help making a new platform for young artists working with the environment happen. You receive this exclusive XXL high quality photo print from a Wavelength expedition to the north. Dimensions: 80x60cm approx.

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    Michel Comte Photo Print

    You help Wavelength Foundation to secure its artist commissions and receive this high quality photo print by Michel Comte. Dimensions: 40x30cm approx.

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    Michel Comte Photo Print

    Your support helps Wavelength Foundation to secure its artist commissions. You receive this high quality photo print by Michel Comte. Dimensions: 50x40cm approx.

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    Michel Comte Photo Print Signed

    Support Wavelength Foundation and help shaping a new platform for environmentalism in the arts. Your contribution will support young artists and initiatives to launch their projects. You will receive one of these 10 SIGNED high quality photo prints by Michel Comte. Dimensions: 60x30cm approx.

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    Become a Patron, Become a Change Maker

    Patrons receive an exclusive edition of any artwork produced as well as a publication documenting the process, alongside exclusive invitations to studio visits and events.

    Wavelength's Change Maker Scheme is a catalyst initiative in support of forward thinking cultural-environmental initiatives that apply pressure on politics, implement local and community activism, fund journalistic and academic investigation and encourage applications from artists and cultural practitioners under the age of 21.

    With your support you take on one of the four segments in the Change Maker Scheme for one year. Wavelength Foundation works in close collaborations with artists and patrons to make the experience an intellectually stimulating and rewarding encounter.

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Funding period

- (30 days)