About this project
Texas-based artists and musicians Julia Barbosa Landois and Erik Sanden are venturing into exciting new territory in their collaborative work. On April 3, 2014 they will debut a new original performance art piece, Live Ballast, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.
The duo has previously performed original pieces "Culo de Oro", an emotional exploration of the sex trade on the Texas/Mexico border and "Buried, Not Dead", a study of one person's relationship with a tiny ant. These performances were close to home, within Texas. Now they will venture further: to Santa Barbara, California in April and to Montreal, Canada in June.
Landois and Sanden have received high praise for their past musical collaborations. This time they are working on original songs to set the score for a performance exploring the disorientation that comes with emigration. They began the project using dream journals and family narratives of travel from Mexico and Finland. Weaving music, narrative storytelling, surreal imagery and video projections, they aim to capture the sense of utter displacement that comes with a long journey into new and dangerous environs. The piece is tentatively titled "Live Ballast," -- a nod to how sailors' own bodies may be used as ballast to keep a ship upright in challenging seas.
Most of the budget will be used to record and release a CD, and to travel to Montreal to workshop the performance at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics 2014 Encuentro. Performance art disappears when the night is over, but a recording will serve as a document to fix the music permanently.
To make all of this possible, Landois and Sanden need your financial assistance. If you back this project. you can cash in on some exciting incentives. Most importantly, though, you will serve as an executive producer for a collaboration that promises to bring another heartfelt performance to life - and to create a document of the performance that will last beyond the curtain's close.
Risks and challenges
Big projects like this always face obstacles, and certainly something will go haywire this time. But you as a backer should know that both artists are professional and most importantly, dogged. Julia balances teaching, freelancing, and mothering with art exhibitions in alternative spaces, galleries, and museums both nationally and internationally. Erik has worked tirelessly to release 18 albums and tour throughout the USA with various bands including Buttercup and Demitasse. Barring catastrophic illness or death, Landois and Sanden will craft a solid piece and will leave some hearts moved in the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You know the answer here. We don’t get anything. Zero. Zip. This means we can’t go to Montreal to workshop the performance with our esteemed international peers and the album may take years to complete.
Where to begin… Extra money means extra childcare for Julia’s toddler, which means extra precious project work time. Additional funds would also allow the artists to ramp up production quality on the album and hire an assistant to help with the painstaking labor of frame-by-frame animation for the video projections. All funds will be funneled directly back into making Live Ballast the best it can be.
April 2014- performance at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA
June 2014 – workshop performance at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro, Montreal, Canada
Fall 2014 – album recording, Texas performances
February 2015 – album release
The video was shot by Stella Haus Productions. Still images of Buried, Not Dead were originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio, with photos by Francisco Cortes and Artpace staff. Images of Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass are courtesy Walley films, Stella Haus Productions, and Shea Little.
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