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An evolving experimental, interactive, multi-sensory art installation. The Psychotropic House responds to your presence - come on in!

The Project

XAP (Cross Arts Projects) are thrilled to have been awarded a residency at artist Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects in Hackney, London. We'll be taking over the studio for the month of January 2014 and are excited to have this opportunity to work together on our ideas, and to explore what art can be and what it can do. 

We're creating an exhibition/installation/evolving art project - and we want people to come in, explore it with us and help it take shape! We'd like your support in enabling us to achieve our goals as we tackle our biggest, most ambitious project to date. As rewards for your support, we have lots of brilliant, original and limited-edition art works, created by XAP artists.

The People

XAP are recent graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. We've been curating and exhibiting together for over 5 years in galleries and spaces in and around London.  We have been inspired by JG Ballard's short story, 'The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista', a dystopian, futuristic tale of a house that comes to life, by feeding on the memories of its past inhabitants, and manipulating the behaviour of its new occupants. It's quite bizarre and a little bit weird.... this is the effect we want to create with our work.

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh


Art and Technology

We are creating the interior of our own 'Psychotropic House' - and each of us is producing a different room or feature of the House within Yinka's studio. We are using an innovative fusion of art and interactive technologies to make our Psychotropic House come alive. XAP have already created several interactive installations using this technology, and our audiences have responded enthusiastically. But this is bolder and bigger than before.

The Psychotropic House will be programmed to react to your presence. Your moods and actions will influence the House...the responsive Lounge will react to your touch;  your Twitter feeds will influence the House's ambience; a projected stairwell will burrow into the floor; walls will drift; wallpaper lives; non-humans inhabit the attic; images will whisper in the gallery; and paintings will come to life in the live painting performances. The House invites everyone to come and take part....

Laura Dekker
Laura Dekker

Engaging our audiences

XAP create a lot of art in public places - schools, parks, woods, shops - so we are experienced in working with people who wouldn't normally come across art. We love this! We want to open the world of art to as many people as possible, and in doing so, further explore and develop our own ideas of what art can be. So as well as the House being open to the public, we have developed a programme of events for local community organisations, to encourage a wide range of visitors to the House. We will have a Big Draw event for families and school visits. We will also host a Symposium in the House, to contribute to the contemporary art debate.

Your Support

We want to make sure that visitors living with visual impairment also have a spine-tingling experience in the Psychotropic House. So we are working with a specialist advisor to make sure the House is accessible and engaging to all the senses, including touch and sound.  The money we raise through Kickstarter will be specifically used to train us in delivering audio description, as well as enhancing the multi-sensory parts of the Psychotropic House installation.

Jody Gilby
Jody Gilby

Thank you!

 ...for reading and for your support! We are very excited about our Residency, and the opportunities it offers us to work collaboratively in creating the Psychotropic House. With your support we can make it a more accessible, richer, multi-sensory experience for all audiences. Thank you!

We would also like to acknowledge the help and support of Yinka Shonibare's  Guest Projects for hosting the Residency; John Thomas for advising on visual impairment; Jeremy Millar, Dean Kenning, Sheep Dalton and Meriel Jeater for agreeing to speak at our Symposium; the Department of Computer Science at UCL and the Lawes Agricultural Trust for donating and loaning equipment respectively.

REWARDS

For all the relevant details, see the panel on the right!  These are just some of the images of the work on offer.

An A6 signed postcard - choose from one of three designs by Angela Mellen, Ute Kirkwood and Alison Griffin/Dina Varpahovsky
An A6 signed postcard - choose from one of three designs by Angela Mellen, Ute Kirkwood and Alison Griffin/Dina Varpahovsky
An A6 signed postcard - choose from one of three designs by Angela Mellen, Ute Kirkwood and Alison Griffin/Dina Varpahovsky
An A6 signed postcard - choose from one of three designs by Angela Mellen, Ute Kirkwood and Alison Griffin/Dina Varpahovsky
'The Psychotropic Stairwell'  signed Digital Print ( 7" x 5", mounted) by Liz Sergeant
'The Psychotropic Stairwell' signed Digital Print ( 7" x 5", mounted) by Liz Sergeant
1 & 2 - Choose one of these signed, five original gouache paintings on magazine paper (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
1 & 2 - Choose one of these signed, five original gouache paintings on magazine paper (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
3 & 4 Choose one of these five signed original gouache paintings on magazine paper (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
3 & 4 Choose one of these five signed original gouache paintings on magazine paper (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
5. Choose one of these five, signed original gouache paintings on magazine paper  (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
5. Choose one of these five, signed original gouache paintings on magazine paper (9" x 7", mounted) by Dina Varpahovsky
'Dancing Shoes 1 & 2' Choose one of these five signed, Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'Dancing Shoes 1 & 2' Choose one of these five signed, Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'Dancing Shoes 3 & 4' Choose one of these five, signed Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'Dancing Shoes 3 & 4' Choose one of these five, signed Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'Dancing Shoes 5' Choose one of these five, signed Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'Dancing Shoes 5' Choose one of these five, signed Silkscreen prints on paper (41cm x 59cm) by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
NEW! Choose one of these two signed, mounted collages by Dina Varpahovsky (untitled 1 to fit frame 6" x 4", untitled 2 to fit frame 7" x  5")
NEW! Choose one of these two signed, mounted collages by Dina Varpahovsky (untitled 1 to fit frame 6" x 4", untitled 2 to fit frame 7" x 5")
NEW! Signed, gouache on Giclee Print by Dina Varpahovsky (image 10 x 15 cm, mounted to fit frame 15 x 21)
NEW! Signed, gouache on Giclee Print by Dina Varpahovsky (image 10 x 15 cm, mounted to fit frame 15 x 21)
Choose one of these two signed, digital prints by Ute Kirkwood (8" x8")
Choose one of these two signed, digital prints by Ute Kirkwood (8" x8")
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of five signed Giclee prints by Jody Gilby (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of five signed Giclee prints by Jody Gilby (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of five signed Giclee prints by Jody Gilby (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of five signed Giclee prints by Jody Gilby (A4 size)
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
Hand-made, unique fabric brooch by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh
'The House 1' & 'The House 2'  Choose one of two signed, Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle photorag paper by Jody Gilby (41cm x 41cm)
'The House 1' & 'The House 2' Choose one of two signed, Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle photorag paper by Jody Gilby (41cm x 41cm)
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of these three signed Photopolymer prints by Angela Mellen (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION Choose one of these three signed Photopolymer prints by Angela Mellen (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION  - DIY Philosopher's Kit - Signed - Build your own House in the Woods by Laura Dekker
LIMITED EDITION - DIY Philosopher's Kit - Signed - Build your own House in the Woods by Laura Dekker
LIMITED EDITION - Signed Digital print (video still) by Ute Kirkwood (A4 size)
LIMITED EDITION - Signed Digital print (video still) by Ute Kirkwood (A4 size)
'Psychotropic Forest' - ORIGINAL Signed Painting  - Acrylic on Paper by Liz Sergeant (36cm x 46cm, mounted)
'Psychotropic Forest' - ORIGINAL Signed Painting - Acrylic on Paper by Liz Sergeant (36cm x 46cm, mounted)
ORIGINAL Signed Drawing - Untitled 2 by Alison Griffin (13.5cm x 13.5cm)
ORIGINAL Signed Drawing - Untitled 2 by Alison Griffin (13.5cm x 13.5cm)
LIMITED EDITION Silkscreen print (A4, signed) by Alison Griffin & Dina Varpahovsky
LIMITED EDITION Silkscreen print (A4, signed) by Alison Griffin & Dina Varpahovsky
ORIGINAL Signed Drawing - 'Untitled 1' by Alison Griffin (32cm x 30cm)
ORIGINAL Signed Drawing - 'Untitled 1' by Alison Griffin (32cm x 30cm)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

You'll be happy to hear that the risks are minimal with this project. We have already been given the use of the Yinka Shonibare's studio at no cost for one month through winning the competitive bid. Plans for our work are well under way and we will create the Psychotropic House using our own funds.

As all of the pledges are our own artwork, they are ready and waiting to be sent out to you.

Your pledges are enabling us to enhance the project significantly. If we don't get full funding, the Psychotropic House will go ahead, but in a less exciting, more limited way.

There are artistic risks associated with such an experimental project, mixing traditional art techniques and technologies. But this experimental aspect can have its upsides: often mistakes or problems result in something surprising and lovely.

As the project takes place in January, another risk is a sudden snowfall. The workshops and events may have fewer people than expected or, in extreme cases, may be cancelled. However, there are 11 participating artists in XAP, most of whom live in London so it is our intention to be open as promised.

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    NEW! HANDMADE, UNIQUE - Choose one of three 'Jolly Pompom' fabric brooches by XAP artist Anya. These little objects of desire can make your life a little brighter! Hand-made from fabrics (silk, cotton, viscose) and threads. Dimensions vary, depending on the nature of the fabrics, approx 10 x 13 cm

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    A huge Thank you! and a choice of a Limited Edition, signed Photopolymer print by XAP artist Angela ( A4 - 30cm x 21 cm) Two prints available from each of three designs 'Conversation', 'Vaderfairy' and 'Contrite'. PLUS - Shout Outs as above and inclusion on the Psychotropic House website. When there's gone, they're gone...!

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    DIY Philosopher's Kit - Artist's Limited Edition of 4. The ultimate antidote to the Psychotropic House! Get away from it all - contemplate nature, simplicity and solitude! Build your own replica of Henry Thoreau's hut in the woods. Tend your own miniature bean field! Use your miniature axe to chop logs! Made by XAP's artist Laura. PLUS Shout Outs as above and inclusion on the Psychotropic House website. Ideal present!

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    Our adoration and appreciation, together with a VIP GUIDED TOUR of the Psychotropic House in the company of the XAP artists (fizz included!) TIme to be arranged. PLUS - Shout Outs as above and adoration on the Psychotropic House website. Experience the personal touch!

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    Our undying love and huge appreciation for your generosity, together with a home/office 'art lift'! Choose five Limited Edition signed prints by XAP artists for your home or office and we will come and hang them on your walls. (choose from a selection of 6; visit to a location outside of M25 subject to travel costs) PLUS - Shout Outs as above, a confession of our undying love on the Psychotropic House website and an invite to our Private View (and all our subsequent Private Views!)

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