We are Invisible Wind Factory, a creative productions company based in Liverpool, England - we are a small team formed by directors of The Kazimier.
We are producing a show where music, dance, performance, and elevating structures portray an abstract tale - a powerful immersive spectacle, designed to envelop large audiences.
The seed of this show was sewn in December 2014 when we performed an experiential show portraying a vision of an alternative reality, powered by the unseen energy of 'Invisible Wind' to a sold-out audience. Watch the highlights here
This is what the press had to say:
' Futuristic and viscerally exhilarating, like nothing else Liverpool has seen before' - GetIntoThis.co.uk (Liverpool Echo)
'Astonishing, wild, epic and bonkers in equal measure' - CreativeTourist.com
We now want take the original show and it's story, improve upon it massively, re-make it, and increase its size and scope.
We will showcase this performance over two dates on the 6th and 7th November 2015 at our Invisible Wind Factory venue/ project space tucked away in Liverpool's north docks. These will act as showcases, a grand unveiling of our work to our home audience and an opportunity to market the show for its future.
We will then take it on tour in 2016, presenting it at UK and European music and performance art festivals, and other venues around the country and beyond - a live touring spectacle.
Why we need your money
To achieve our goals we need to develop the existing show further - both its artistic content and its construction, adapting it physically so it can be taken on the road and performed in different environments. It requires us to research and experiment with cutting edge technology for the moving parts and lighting.
This Kickstarter campaign is part of a wider funding plan for financing the show that includes an arts grant (Arts Council England), our own investment, and revenue we anticipate from performing the show.
The original show in December 2014 involved a community of artists, programmers, highly skilled technicians and staff, operating with really tight budgets, limited resources, and not nearly enough time.
To achieve what we have set out for this new show we have to take a very different approach, this is why we are asking the crowd to support us on this project - we can only go so far with our own very limited resources.
Much of the show now requires re-building to a new and higher specification, made in a modular format so that it can cope with the logistics of transportation and to the rigours of touring. We also have big plans for the artistic content - we want this to be a beautifully choreographed combination of ground breaking technology and human performance - but all that requires your help to make it a reality.
What your money will go towards
This Kickstarter campaign target will make £8000 of our project budget (fingers crossed). The minimum we need to make this project happen is £27000, and we have already raised £19000 from other funding streams (inc. Arts Council England).
We are building from scratch a new production consisting of three 16ft tall giant Sound and Light 'Fan' Towers, a central performance 'pod' stage with rotating platforms, and all fitted with custom-built light and sound technology. The stage and apparatus is as much a part of the show as the human performance - At Invisible Wind Factory we are both artists and makers, as adept in welding and metal work as we are in musical composition or 3D design - this is how we've always worked.
We are also starting from the drawing board with the creative content ie. music composition, dance choreography, costume design - we need to pay our artists.
To break down our budget, here's a bit more detail:
- Design & Construction: design fees, structural engineers, technicians, build materials, and component parts.
- Purchasing Materials: rebuilding much of the structures to a higher standard requires metal, mirrored acrylic sheeting, wood and a host of electronic components.
- Research and Development: we need to creatively experiment with electronic technology for integration with the performative elements of the show.
- Hardware and Equipment Purchases: purchase items such as high-grade smoke machines, motors, lights, and sound production gear.
- Artist Fees and Rehearsals: pay the fees of the brilliant team we work with: artists, performers, choreographers and creative technicians
- Finish the Technology: we have spent the last 6 months working on our own mobile sound-reactive lighting technology, allowing wifi control of wearable light-costumes triggered by musical cues. Further investment is required to roll this technology out from the existing prototypes into the finished product.
- General Production Costs: this includes management of the project, hire fees, travel, and maintenance costs.
- Marketing Costs: Once we have made the production we need to market the show. We'll need to present it with a website, marketing pack, and showcase promotion material. This department will cover graphic design, web design, printing costs, and all marketing related costs.
- Administrative Fees: this is a boring but vital part of the budget, which includes things like insurances, and H&S due diligence.
We believe this project is at the cutting edge of a rapidly emerging market for hybrid performative public art works - a large-scale exploration of art and technology. A visual spectacle with talented human performers at its core. Its a show that will have the potential to captivate a wide audience and we believe Its future could be huge - we are expecting several UK festivals to confirm for 2016.
Your support will be imperative in making the next stage of the project happen - getting the show on the road across the UK and eventually into Europe, winning over new audiences, and leading to the project's long-term sustainability.
We have future dreams of up-scaling even further: cranes flying the rotating stage across audiences heads, massive Co2 cannons, and robotically controlled multiple mirrored panels..... but we'll leave those for another day - we've got plenty to be getting on with already.
Stretched target 1 - £9,500
Purchase of a specialist test apparatus - 'The Dragon' - the world's only continuous output smoke machine. Made in England by specialist company 'Pea Soup', this device will finally allow us to engulf entire areas in dense fog, creating the optimum test conditions for some of our more dramatic research.
Stretched target 2 - £11,000
A possibility has come about to expand the breadth and scale of the project. With further support, IWF could take the performance into new realms: Construction of an accelerated wind portal allowing our experimenters and YOU - the public - to participate in a daring experiment treading the outer reaches of our scientific horizon.
The original Kickstarter target will allow us to realise this project at its very base level. However, if we can exceed our target then we can increase the scale of the production - more production equipment, more rehearsals, increase the crew, higher quality components, and much welcome additional funds for marketing. As individuals and as an organisation we have grown through re-investment of every spare bit of cash, anything extra for this project will be greatly appreciated and pumped directly into the project itself. As budget increases, so does the scale and quality! We really hope to exceed our target.
Risks and challenges
We are a solid and experienced team with a long successful history of achieving what we set out to do and specifically in producing shows and events.
We are an arts led organisation with a team of experienced designers, fabricators, technicians, coders, and managers.
This project will be overseen by Liam Naughton (Director at The Kazimier and Invisible Wind Factory) who will produce and project manage every step. The budget will be diligently managed, as will schedules, process, and the team.
The design and construction of this project is a huge challenge but we have shown from our catalogue of previous shows and projects that we always deliver! We are, therefore, confident in our abilities to succeed with this project.
We will keep Kickstarter and our backers fully up to date as the build and rehearsals progress, right up until the show is performedLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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