I'm Maria Scileppi. I make collaborative art. I love finding hidden patterns within humanity. Let's make something together!
The Journey Home is a multi-media art project that will visualize the emotional and physical journey to Burning Man in late August. It is a massive collaboration that will weave participant's stories, pictures, videos and GPS data into a collective story.
This is quite possibly the most futuristic group portrait ever created! Most people make art ON the playa. We're going to make art ON THE WAY to the playa with YOU and hundreds of other fellow burners from all over the world!
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This is a collaboration - Only share what YOU are comfortable with.
Turn your journey to the playa into a work of art! As a reward for donating you will be able to have your experience documented as a work of art in a number of different mediums. They will take the form of:
- digital and silk screened prints (visualizations of participants GPS data)
- a coffee table book filled with visualizations, stories and pictures that participant's have contributed
- a film capturing the spirit of hundreds of journeys
- a curated live blog during the journey
- wearable art (silk screened GPS data on T shirts)
How does it work?
Participants, YOU, will share their journey - literally by recording their GPS data as they fly, drive, walk, bike or parachute onto the playa. They'll also share their emotional journey as they contribute thoughts, stories and photographs they take along the way.
Each person will be assigned a unique color and symbol combination so they can identify themselves in the design.
What's required to participate?
You are going to Burning Man and you have an Android or iPhone. Before you leave your home for the playa you'll create a profile on our website (upload a picture and answer a couple questions which will inform the design), and download an app that will allow you to track your movement through GPS.
Once you leave your home for the playa you'll turn the app on which will record your GPS data as you make your way to BRC (It doesn't matter how you plan to travel). At any point in your journey you can share a picture, a story via text message or email, a voice memo or a video. You can share as often as you like. You decide how much you want to participate in the project.
When you get to the playa you're done with your part. Put down that technology and embrace the fleshy humanity that surrounds you. On the playa there will be a happening scheduled at some point during the week so that we can all meet each other.
After the burn the stories, pictures and GPS data will be woven into a book, prints, wearable art, and a film. The work will be shown at We Burn, (a show of Chicago Burning Man art) as well as at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.
The goal of Journey Home is not only to capture our individual and collective stories, but also to connect us with each other through art.
You do not have to sponsor the project in order to participate but if we do not meet the funding goal we won't be able to make this project happen.
Where does your donation go?
The technology needed to bring this concept to life doesn't exist. The custom software currently used cannot handle the scale that is needed. It is also a labor intensive process to create all the works of art. The funding will allow me to devote the time needed to make the book, prints and film. The money will also cover materials such as ink and shirts for the silk screening, printing of the books and posters, and production costs of the film.
This is a huge undertaking that I could never do alone. The Journey Home team: Maria Scileppi, Artist, Gordon Kummel, collaborator/technology lead, Philmonjaro producer/editor, Eric Gelherter, editor, Jennifer Martinez, designer, Suzan Anderson, project manager, j duran, software development, Dominic Johnson, music director, Ryan Searchl1te Keesling, music, Annie Nibs Passanisi, media lead, Adah Parris, documentarian, Ninjalina, promotions manager and James Francis Flynn, story consultant.
About the rewards (See side bar)
Digital prints - The prints will be visualizations of the GPS data using my custom software that assigns each person's data a color and symbol. It will be printed with pigment ink on archival paper. Matte or glossy option.
Hand silk screened prints - I will turn the group data into 4 color layers. I'll burn the screen, pick awesome colors and pull the squeegee myself. Yes, each one will be lovingly made by me.
Coffee table book - 75 pages full of data visualization art, stories submitted from the participants as well as pictures they've taken. Soft cover 8x10 4-color book printed on high quality lustre paper.
Curated web-based feed - During the data collection period (August 17th through August 28th) I will curate and post the media that is contributed in near real time to a website that will be publicly accessible.
Film - The film will pull from all the media we receive. Since this is a true collaboration between artist and participants, we won't know what the story is really about until we receive the participants contributions. We plan to create a short film (about 30 minutes) that could lead to a full feature story.
If you'd like to participate but can't afford to make a donation you can sign up here: www.Journeyhome2012.com
Why should I support you if I'm not going to Burning Man?
The art work created from this project will capture the magic that happens during a journey. It will be full of beautiful moments of humanity. And it will create unique one-of-a-kind artwork created by hundreds of people around the world.
Feel free to donate any amount. Every bit helps! By donating you are participating in this project even if you are not going to Burning Man.
***Theme camps can have their own visualization created based on their member's GPS data as they travel to the playa. Theme camp data can then be silk screened onto T shirts or prints and given to the camp as a memento for this year's burn.***
Who is Maria Scileppi and what's her story?
I truly believe life is art. I came to this realization when I decided to make a new friend every single day for a year and document the experience as an art project (MariaScileppi.com). This experience fundamentally changed me. I had created an accidental community that people identified being a part of. Some nights I'd run into four people from the project (and I live in Chicago not some small town!) Even now, years after the project ended it is still alive and continues to shape my life.
I had an exhibition and invited all 412 people to meet each other and see who else was a part of the "Peoplescape tribe." It was an amazing celebration of humanity. I created a poster for each day of the year that included the portrait of the person, a 200 word story of how we met and what we talked about and an update on the relationship.
I didn't realize it at the time, but what started out as a mission to make friends in a new city led me on a path of self discovery and ignited my passion for creating and visualizing communities. The exhibition was a great success but the final outcome was mostly text. Being a visual person, I wanted to SEE what this community looked like. Are there patterns?
I had a solution; use GPS data and custom software to visualize a group of people's movement. I debuted the software at Burning Man that year. I had 65 people carry around a tracking device each day. I projected the visualizations each night to reveal the hidden pattern of the day. It was exhilarating to see the group-made design, a byproduct of living.
Since debuting the technology I have visualized a half dozen events and rebuilt the technology three times. Every event, or moment in time has the potential to create a unique pattern. I started to question how I could infuse more story from each participant into the art. I wanted them to give more depth to the design and I wanted to play with the layering of the story. Instead of visualizing a pre existing event I decided to create my own framework for movement.
On November 25th, 2011 I had 35 Chicago residents go somewhere they'd never been before and write a story about it. They were each photographed. I combined all their metadata; GPS, portrait and narrative to create a collective story of November 25th, 2011. Having so much more data to work with I was able to make a 25 minute film, a book, prints, a poem (taking fragments of each of their narratives) and a happening at the exhibition.
Wow, you're still here. :) Thanks for checking out my project. I hope you'll join the cause. And by all means, if you feel moved to share it, please do!
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