Update – Fully Funded!
Thanks to our backers, we have reached our goal. Thank you for your support and thank you to everyone who tweeted/posted/emailed their friends about us. If you are in Detroit, come say "hi" at the opening on September 21st.
We still need your support.
Reaching the goal means that we can afford to bring the work to Detroit along with everyone from the studio who is available. We want to go further. Every artist has spent hundreds of dollars prototyping and producing their work. Every dollar that you give helps cover their costs.
Besides, we have lots of great rewards to give out.
About the Project
We’re the Border Town design studio, a group of artists, architects and designers.
We’ve had a half-dozen guest speakers and a team of foreign correspondents reporting from all over the world. We even took a field trip to Niagara Falls.
The projects that we’re making include:
- a soundscape about crossing the border
- a transforming garment
- a museum retrospective of a never-built border town
- a colouring book for border town residents
- short stories
- critical cartography
- a surveillance object
- a board game about smuggling
We’ve been invited to display our work at the Detroit Design Festival in September. It'll be an exhibition about border towns, held in a border town.
We’re so proud of the work that everyone’s done. Help us show it to the world.
Tim & Emily ~Border Town Leaders
The first and most important thing is transporting the projects to Detroit in time for the Festival. We will be renting a vehicle or two and driving it all down from Toronto to hang it at the gallery.
The second is to help defray the cost of the artists who want to come to Detroit. There are 13 people in the studio. Most of us are based in Toronto (Albert is in Buffalo and Lea is in Pittsburg), so we need to get there and back and we need places to stay and food to eat while we are there.
The third is to help defray the costs of materials for the projects. Everything that's being made has required prototyping processes, and the final projects are going to be as high quality as possible. That's meant 3d printing, regular printing, buying electronics, fabrics etc.
If we can, we'd like to also help defray the costs of running the studio. We rented (at a generous discount) space for the duration of the studio, we provided refreshments for our wonderful guest speakers, we paid for the field trip to Niagara Falls with several guided tours, and we bought research material and working materials to run the sessions.
Of course, there will also be the cost of the raw materials for making the rewards.
The final form of the project is a gallery show displaying a range of speculative work about border towns.
Of the 11 full time participants, we have one team of 3 and then 8 individual projects to display. Several of our foreign correspondents are also making work. We expect that the final show will have 12 pieces total. All of it is designed for display in the gallery space and the bulk of it involves work of speculative design.
We've listed a sampling of projects above to give you a sense of the scope and range of work. Keep an eye on our updates, as we'll be posting WIP images over the course of the next 2 weeks.
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