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a participatory installation of solar powered touchlights to be shown at FIGMENT NYC in June 2012
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Touch (Off the Grid) is part of an evolving series of participatory public street installations designed to engage the public in a contemporary, interactive art experience in the context of everyday life. Through the use of ordinary battery operated touchlights converted to run off solar power, PaperJAM aims to transform the everyday into something new, sustainable and creatively engaging. Formations of touchlights are adhered as temporary sites of interaction along public walkways, activating and illuminating paths otherwise obstructed, dormant, or poorly lit. Participants press the lights, turning them on and off to create patterns of illumination. Thus, the piece works by activating play and undergoes constant change at the hands of visitors. 

Previously, paperJAM has presented the touchlights in a series of guerilla-style street installations, using the touchlights in their original AA battery powered halogen form, adhering them to various sites using velcro. For Touch (Off the Grid) we are building a series of 10 plywood panels, each holding 20 touchlights [200 lights in total]. We are replacing the halogen bulbs with LED modules [these use way less power and are much longer lasting than halogen] and rewiring each light to run off a series of 12V batteries and solar panels.

Touch (Off the Grid) has been accepted into FIGMENT NYC, a participatory, non-commodity, community driven sustainable arts festival held on Governor's Island, June 9-10, 2012. paperJAM will be installing the touchlight panels inside a treehouse designed and built on the island for the festival by Benjamin Jones and Sean P Krause. We are very excited about this!

So far we have built and tested some prototypes of the solar powered light panels - using newly acquired skills in soldering and circuitry and all things electricity! We are asking for your support in this Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the cost of materials - these include the LED modules, wiring, connectors, tools, wood, glue, paint, and of course the touchlights themselves and the 12V batteries and solar panels required to power the installation. We will also use any extra funds raised to assist in transporting Rebecca back to NYC for the installation at FIGMENT in June. We thank you from the depths of our hearts in advance for your support!

Due to the sustainable nature of this project, we hope also to install Touch (Off the Grid)  - our solar powered version of the touchlights elsewhere in the future... stay tuned!

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    An emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    TOUCH PRINT:
    Limited edition "you touch me" screen-print; a thank-you shout out on our website and social media pages; and an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    TOUCH T-SHIRT:
    Hand screen-printed "you touch me" t-shirt, limited edition "you touch me" screen-print, a thank-you shout out on our website and social media pages; along with an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    TOUCH T-SHIRT AND TOTE:
    Special edition hand screen-printed "you touch me" t-shirt AND tote bag; limited edition "you touch me" screen-print; a thank-you shout out on our website and social media pages; along with an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    ORIGINAL TOUCH ARTWORK: A unique hand stitched postcard with thank you note hand written on the back; hand screen-printed "you touch me" t-shirt and tote bag; limited edition "you touch me" screen-print; a thank-you shout out on our website and social media pages; along with an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    TOUCH LIGHT:
    Your very own touchlight, with the word "touch" hand-stitched into it, mounted on board with your choice of rechargeable AA batteries or AC wall adapter for power; a unique hand stitched postcard with thank you note hand written on the back, hand screen-printed "you touch me" t-shirt and tote, limited edition "you touch me" screen-print, a thank-you shout out and personal credit on our website and social media pages; along with an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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    YOU TOUCH ME:
    Your very own set of 3 touchlights, with the single words "you", "touch", and "me" hand stitched into them, and mounted on board with your choice of rechargeable AA batteries or AC wall adapter for power; a unique hand stitched postcard with thank you note on the back, special edition hand screen-printed "you touch me" t-shirt and tote bag, limited edition "you touch me" screen-print, a thank-you shout out and personal and personal credit on our website and social media pages; along with an emailed hearty thank-you and invitation to see our piece at FIGMENT NYC 2012.

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