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After 3 years on the road working the art of presents, I still have to do this project in Central and Latin America before writing the book and completing the film and the catalog about the project. This Kickstarter project aims to get the funding for the tour through most of the countries south of Mexico while doing performances and having encounters with various people. During that, more material for the documentations will be collected and prepared for the final editions.

"A Piece for You" is an international Art Project by Thomas Lehmen. The basic idea of this traveling project is to give people presents in various forms. The project aims to bring creativity and art directly into social life, in the relations of people, as well it is using the representative theatre form to let many others participate from the outside. Presents are an important social link between people. Presents are not necessary based on economical circumstances and can therefore have a great effect on the inter-human relations and values. Strengthening these, the social challenges and even sometimes economical and political circumstances can be managed easier. In the basic theatrical form each performer creates a short, staged piece for another person. That presentee is always chosen by the performer. The piece contains a present, e.g. a special dance, song, scene, etc., and/or it is a present by itself. 

Often the other performers support each piece as a group. The pieces include the presentee and they are specially made for that certain person. Therefore it is necessary to communicate with each other. Each piece is unique, because the themes and the ideas come out of the dialogue between the presentee and the performer. The general aesthetics differ in each station of the project worldwide. The reasons for that are to be found of course in the superficial cultural differences of visual and language based phenomena. But moreover the source is to be found in the endless creativity between human beings. This creativity, which produces over and over emergent results, stays contrary towards worldwide-standardised aesthetics, products and thinking, which mark the preliminary end of culturally manifold values. Borders between artist, presentee and also the audience are vanishing through these reciprocal relations, since the audience identifies with people on stage easily, but more than that, everybody thinks during the presentation: For who would I make which present, and from who would I like to get which present? 

 The chosen and preferred form of traveling on a motorcycle has its reason in the experience, which can be made while crossing countries and continents. The artist and the practice of art are challenged with places and people who are not on the usual map of theatrical productions. Contrary to the ignoring intercontinental flights above the earth, the speed of motorcycling allows to realize the project in a few years, but allows also enough encounters and exchange with people and nature between the stations. Until September 2015 approximately 65.000 kilometers were ridden through three continents and 26 countries. 15 prepared stations with public projects and performances were done. Next to that, innumerous encounters took place with small and big presents in various forms, from the artist for people and even more presents from people for the artist. In September and October 2015 the tour continues through Mexico with stations in Tijuana, Mexico City, Queretaro, Chiapas plus places in between, before it travels south to Middle- and South America. 

See also: http://apieceforyou.com

Contact: thomaslehmen@thomaslehmen.de

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Accidents, but I had mine already in Canada and survived it... .

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