About this project
Calculated Carelessness is an installation art piece conceived by Austin multi-instrumentalist Lauren Gurgiolo (Okkervil River, Dialtones). The piece, Gurgiolo's first foray into the world of inter-media installation, incorporates music, interactive sculpture and projection to transform one's perception of space within a dynamically immersive environment. The Installation will run from April 11th – 14th, 2013 at the Museum of Human Achievement, located in East Austin.
The project is inspired by Soren Kierkegaard’s work, The Seducer's Diary and began as a collection of songs written by Gurgiolo for her group the Dialtones with deconstructed lyrics from the book. The music has since grown into a full blown inter-media project bringing together creative minds from architecture, design, music, sculpture, and animation.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
With the help of Chris Cogburn (No Idea Festival), we were awarded a grant through the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. Now, with 75% of our funds accounted for, we are appealing to you, our friends, colleagues and general public, to help us come up with the remaining 25% of funds to see this project through to its exciting realization.
Your support will go towards building materials, equipment rental, venue rental, and music production. Although everyone involved will be donating most of their time, each artist involved will get a small gesture of thanks for their hard work and the long hours they will put into this project for it to be a success.
WHAT YOU GET:
And we have rewards for your kindness: Free admission to the installation and a digital copy of the music, a night of solo jazz guitar for your private party, a piece of the sculpture from the installation and more.
The Dialtones, a collaboration of talented and experienced musicians, includes:
-- Lauren Gurgiolo: composer and guitar
-- Karla Manzur: vocals and keyboards (Alejandro Escovedo and Dana Falconberry)
-- Lindsay Greene: vocals, Moog bass, and the Double Deuce, a device of his own making (Paula Nelson and Elizabeth McQueen)
-- Michael St Clair: Micro Korg, trumpet and vocals (Polyphonic Spree and Okkervil River)
-- Andrew Gerfers: drums (Friends of Dean Martinez and The Conrads)
Music for Calculated Carelessness was recorded in Jonas Wilson’s studio, Blue Train, in November and we are currently in the process of creating the final mix.
Once the music was coupled with Gurgiolo's installation concept, an incredible group of people organically came together to design and construct Calculated Carelessness:
-- David Conley is a Production, Industrial, and Residential Designer and a graduate of the UT School of Architecture, anidealist.com.
-- Scott Saunders makes sculpture about the way we create models of the world in our mind. www.scottsaundersfineart.com.
-- Wendy Mitchell is a freelance web and production designer, myownroommedia.com, who also writes stories and provides foster care for abandoned stuffed animals, thesarf.org.
-- Laura Smith works for Adobe designing computer systems.
-- Hannah Baker, graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art is an installation artist recently working with collage.
-- Ryan Gallet is a Motion Graphic Artist / Animator, www.ryangallet.com.
-- Christopher Cox is a composer and musician (Dana Falconberry) helping design the music component of the project, fatfusemusic.com.
This group of talented people is very reflective of the creative community in Austin, where people have moved from all parts of the country to pursue their art. What we bring to the community is an integration of different art mediums, which are often experienced separately, bonded into one cohesive project. This is something that we plan to continue and build on in the future.
We have the music recorded, support from the City of Austin, an incredible team who has been working throughout the summer and fall to design the installation, a wonderful venue and a date set.
With your help we can fulfill what is already in motion to create a unique experience for the community in Austin. Our goal is set at the minimum we need. Any additional support with go towards having a physical copy of the music (CD), expanding promotion (which is on a shoe string budget right now), and giving the artists a little more compensation for the hours upon hours that is put in and needed.
Thank you so much for your support!!
- Lauren Gurgiolo
The Seducer's Diary is a tale of the complexities of seduction, desire and manipulation. The story is reflective of how we experience life, how we find meaning in life and put structure to our perspective. These things are not given to us when we’re born, it’s something that develops and changes with our experiences, even if we’re not conscious of the formations.
By looking at the absurd and exaggerated world of the book's main character, Johannes Climacus, we see this process and the effects of basing a world on aesthetic pleasure. Calculated Carelessness is a study in the world of desire and is designed to immerse participants in this perspective.
Risks and challenges
In this endeavor we are pushing our artistic boundaries and setting a high goal for our selves. Problems may arise from:
Will the different art forms be integrated in an organic way for a seamless experience for participants?
Will the design plans be realistic in the space provided (The Museum of Human Achievement)?
With the work and creative intelligence of the people involved, we expect to be able to problem solve and test out our designs to make sure they come across. The Calculated Carelessness group is made up of very experienced artisans; we all know things never go exactly how they are planned, and you have to adapt. This process is one of the exciting things about taking on a project of this magnitude and everyone is up for the challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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