I want to create an immersive audio-visual art installation at the Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia: A grid of fluorescent lightbulbs will fill the entire 100' x 50' x 20' interior of the gallery. Live audio from a drum set will be mapped in the grid, translating the volume of the drums to the volume of the exhibition space. Drummers will be invited to create live improvised performances, responding to the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they play. With this project, I hope to create a unique musical experience for performers and audience members alike.
With your help, I will build the installation and produce a series of performances featuring amazing drummers from the Philadelphia area. Performances at the Icebox will be free and open to the public!
Featured drummers include Greg McDonald, Christopher Sean Powell, and others. Performance dates: Dec. 19th and 20th. A special preview performance will be held on Dec. 18th.
I'm creating an assortment of items to thank you for your generous support:
For $5, I'll send you a custom postcard with personal thanks. Each postcard will feature a beautiful photograph of the installation at the Icebox.
For $20, you'll receive an exclusive link to download video documentation of the entire performance series. I'm going to use part of my budget to hire a team of professional videographers. With footage from the installation, interviews, and performance events, this video will be a great way to enjoy the project, even if you can't make it to Philadelphia to see it in person. It's my goal to use funds from Kickstarter to create quality video documentation of the project that will be a strong work of art in its own right. Even if you do make it to one of the live performances at the Icebox, this video should add depth to the experience.
For $25, you get a ticket to the private after-party at Fjord Gallery on Dec. 20th! Meet the drummers and party with me & the install crew! Space is limited.
For $30, receive a limited edition print based on the floor plan for my installation at the Icebox.
For $75, attend a special Preview Performance, including a personal walk-through and artist talk. This special event will feature a live demonstration and performances by drummers Greg McDonald and Christopher Sean Powell.
For $250, meet me at the Icebox and play the drums yourself (limited dates)
For $700, light fixtures from the installation installed in your home
For $1500, an original sculpture by me
About the artist:
Ezra Masch is an inter-disciplinary artist from Philadelphia who creates sculpture, installation, sound and performance works. Masch received a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in 2012. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the Summer of 2011. After returning to Philadelphia in 2013, Masch joined Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist-run gallery space at 319 N. 11th St. He currently teaches Foundation and Fine Arts courses at the Moore College of Art and Design.
Dan Green is an electrical engineer and experimental musician based in Portland. He is the owner and founder of 4MS Company, which has been designing and building innovative audio electronics for musicians since 1996. From polyrhythmic clock modules that count evolving complex beats, to chaotic noise generators that confound attempts to make the same sound twice, 4MS Company offers alternatives to the traditional musician-instrument relationship.
Risks and challenges
This project is ambitious in scope. I have been preparing for the challenge by designing a new, improved, and more efficient system for installation. After creating two similar projects on a somewhat smaller scale, I have learned much that can be applied to the new design. I am finally ready to expand the scale, and enhance the sensitivity of the system as well.
I'm working with a group of highly professional and talented artists and technicians. A team of volunteers will help to keep the production on schedule. And I am hiring a professional crew of videographers to shoot and edit footage of both the installation and performance series. This exhibition at the Icebox Project Space is truly an exciting opportunity. I hope you'll be a part of it by supporting this Kickstarter.
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