Architecture is always dream and function, expression of utopia and instrument of convenience.”- Roland Barthes
At 3020 Laguna St. there stood a 150 year old house. Prior to its demolition in February 2012, it was transformed from a private residence into a public art installation. Highlight Gallery welcomed 9 artists into the house to build site specific installations within different spaces of the house. The exhibition was called 3020 Laguna Street In Exitum. Installations were created by, Jeremiah Barber, Randy Colosky, Chris Fraser, Christine M. Peterson, Yulia Pinkusevich, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Gareth Spor, and Andy Vogt.
We were fortunate to visit the show and were immediately inspired to make a short film about the project. The house was slated to be demolished shortly after the close of the exhibition so we hurried to assemble a crew to shoot this film.
Taking a cue from the Barthes quote and the inspiration for the exhibit, we shot for four days within the installation. Our film is both a dream and a document; a subjective artistic impression of the exhibit as well as a record of the art and the once home.
We invited some of the artists as well as actors to appear in the film to interact with the art and the space to draw out themes and create movement and action within the house.
3020 Laguna has since been demolished and a new modern building now stands in its place. The artist's photos and a book put together by Highlight Gallery stand as a record of the exhibit. The finished film will also represent a document of the space and installation, but more importantly, the film moves beyond document to encapsulate an experience of the house and the works.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
To date we have locked the the edit for the film and are moving into the final stages of post-production. Color-correction, sound design, and a custom musical score are key to fully bringing the film to life.
We are excited to have an oppertunity to work with a composer who will bring an emotional story to the film that the visuals can't tell alone.
Our goal is to finish the film in early 2013 and exhibit it in festivals and private screenings. In 2014 we will release it freely on the internet.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
3020 Laguna Street In Exitum was on view to the public for select dates in February 2012 and was quickly demolished the following month. To make the film we had to move quickly which left no time for fund raising. We pooled our resources and threw in our personal funds to enable the project to be filmed and edited. Now, with the edit complete we need help to recoup the expense of production as well as funding the music composition, color correction, sound design, audio mixing, as well as distribution to festivals and screenings.
Risks and challenges
At this point most of the creative decisions are set. The color correction, and sound mixing are a normal part of finishing any of our work and we have no doubt that will go smoothly.
The biggest thing for us to conquer at this time is to complete the score in a holistic manner. Through our network of professional artists we have been talking with a few composers that we work with who are interested in scoring the project. Were excited about this process and the breath of life that will adorn the film into completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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