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High-quality photo wall calendar featuring artistic toilet-sitting in classic MIT settings
High-quality photo wall calendar featuring artistic toilet-sitting in classic MIT settings
125 backers pledged $2,376 to help bring this project to life.

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What started as a friendly joke three years ago for a best friend's birthday has turned into something huge that has deeply affected the lives of people of all walks of life, all around the world.

Ben Schreck Shits is one man's attempt to reveal the inner contradictions we all hold between our notion of what is public and what is private. It explores the boundaries of art and mixes the mundane and purportedly unartistic nature of what's done everyday by everybody with majestic, iconic imagery never before associated with it.

Without further ado, enter the 2015 Ben Schreck Shits Photo Wall Calendar: MIT Edition.

Featuring 12 classic photos of MIT life, Ben Schreck Shits takes you on a journey through 4 seasons of public toilet-sitting. Below are some of the potential locations/scenes:

  • Infinite Corridor (The main, quarter-mile hallway through the center of campus)
  • Looking out into the Charles River and the Cambridge skyline from a dock on the Esplanade
  • Watching a football game (Go Tech!)
  • On a sail boat
  • As a coxswain on a crew boat
  • Killian Court (the famous dome)
  • At a fraternity party
  • Attending a cappella practice
  • Lecture Hall (like this one)
  • Stata Center (AKA The Who Made Dr. Seuss An Architect Building)
  • Student center 5th floor Reading Room (Where people go to study)
  • Barker Reading Room (Library inside the dome)
  • Lobby 7 (This imposing building)
  • Top of lobby 7 dome
  • Z center pool (the main athletics center on campus)
  • Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • Athletic Training Room (Where athletes go to heal: check out the twitter)
  • Bexley courtyard (an old deserted dorm. spooky!)
  • Professor's office
  • On Saferide (the shuttle that brings students to/from Boston)
  • Ordering from Clover Food truck
  • Inside the Media Lab
  • Inside the "World Music Room" with my music class
  • Inside the Alchemist

Current Status

We are currently taking photos, and expect to be done when the Kickstarter campaign finishes. If you see Chris Welch, the photographer, and me taking photos with a toilet around the MIT campus, feel free to take a photo of us and post it on your favorite social network with the hashtag #ToiletArt!

We have some really great people helping make this dream a reality, including the MITx videography team. Scroll down to see everyone involved in the project.

Doctors without Borders/MSF Charity

Let's help fight Ebola worldwide! 50% of the profits from calendar sales will go to this charity.

Cost Breakdown

We need money to cover manufacturing costs of the calendar and to pay my amazing photographer, Chris. If we raise enough then we'll also need to use some to pay people to help me ship calendars around the country.

We'll be selling calendars for $10 each (more for shipping).

The following breakdowns are flexible, and meant to demonstrate the cost of a calendar given how many we order. Assume the number of calendars ordered is proportional to how much money this Kickstarter campaign raises.

Here's the $2000 breakdown

200 calendars @ $8 a calendar. Max 20 can be shipped.

BUT calendars become much much cheaper the more you order.

Which brings us to the stretch goals.

$3000 - 450 calendars @ $5 a calendar, max 50 shipped

$5000 - 1000 calendars @ $4 a calendar, max 100 shipped

$10000 - 1000 calendars, extra money goes towards next years calendar. Next year's calendar will be GLOBAL.

Timing

We want to have these calendars made by a few days after Thanksgiving, so I have time to sell them before Christmas. We're extremely short on time here, but it only takes 6 days to make them, so the order will be placed right after the Kickstarter is funded.

Special Thanks and People Involved

Mack Bleach: Longtime friend whom the original calendar was dedicated to. He's been an influential part of the team from day one. Studying communications and film scoring at Syracuse University.

Chris Welch: Our amazing photographer who's going to make this a success. Currently in the MIT Ocean Engineering Ph.D. program.

Amos Stillwell: Our super awesome videographer. He wrote the script, directed, and edited the Kickstarter video. He's currently working for MITx and attending Emerson College.

Joe Clover, Becky Ellis, Justin Brown and Erdin Beshimov from MITx: They've all been a huge help in making the video.

Ari Roane: The incredible original photographer for Ben Schreck Shits 2014.

Tina Koopersmith: My mom. She was a major help producing last year's calendar.

Check out the following pictures from last year's calendar:

August: Venice Beach
August: Venice Beach
January - Hollywood Sign
January - Hollywood Sign
November: 10 Freeway
November: 10 Freeway

 Here are some pictures from the Kickstarter video shoot:

I'm just enjoying my tea!
I'm just enjoying my tea!
Setting up the camera
Setting up the camera
Contemplation
Contemplation
Amos smiling
Amos smiling

Risks and challenges

Risks:

If we make it to the goal, then we will surely be able to at least provide calendars for those who backed the project.

If it's not very successful, then we won't be able to donate that much money to MSF.

Many of the shots Chris and I want to get are hard to get approved. If anyone would like to help in this regard- please please please shoot me an email at bschreck@mit.edu. We have enough shots that we should be fine, but the ones that would be really great are tough, like the Saferide and on a crew boat.

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    Be the permanent calendar art producer for future calendars, and my lifelong friend. No longer Ben Schreck Shits, it's Ben Schreck and Your Name Shit Together In Harmony.

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