What is Tiny Out Loud?
Tiny Out Loud is a small but special piece of a bigger art project, where size matters but not in the way you think. Tiny Out Loud will be a short art film inspired by (and shown alongside) street artist Stephanie Rond’s traveling exhibition called “Dangerous Impermanence,” a collection of the artist’s gender-gouging paintings and dollhouse galleries.
To know what doors Tiny Out Loud could open for viewers, one must first get acquainted with Rond’s work and her dollhouse galleries in particular. In the past two years, more than 67 artists have shown in miniature at S.Dot Gallery, Rigsby Contemporary Museum and the Painted Lady Feminist Museum. (Hear some of them talk about their experience in the trailer above).
At S.Dot, the dollhouses are the galleries. The artists have a unique total freedom when making their works for S.Dot; the only gallery rules are that 1) the art must fit inside the multi-level mini-mansion and 2) you must say hello to Rond’s cats on the day of installation. (Yup! The dollhouses reside in her home.)
Where does the money go?
To pay those talented people we just mentioned for their time, creativity and skill. The money will also be spent on equipment rentals, incentive purchases, film and exhibition promotion, film festival submission fees, set design and other general production costs. In a day a life-size miniature dollhouse does not build.
Tiny Out Loud’s fun but evocative exploration of making gender roles smaller and art’s accessibility larger is one we want to take to small museums and galleries around the country. The film will accompany in its travels other multi-media art and installations that traverse similar gaps in viewers’ identity. Additional funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go to promoting the film to other art venues and, once accepted, transferring the exhibit of which Tiny Out Loud is a part to those venues. We want to keep our doors open; the more people who can come inside to see what Tiny Out Loud is about, the better. We won’t even make you take off your shoes!
The small artworks--which have run the gamut of mediums--defy preconceived notions of scale and environment. They quite openly challenge the viewer’s idea of what art is. Why can’t small, semi-impermanent art be valuable? Why, exactly, is impermanence dangerous? The viewing experience also allows and encourages viewers to consider their own environments and how and why they relate to the spaces, big or small, around them.
These ideas are, of course, extenuations of Rond’s painting and street art, which will also be on view with Tiny Out Loud. Her work blurs the line between outdoor and indoor space and, by association, whether those spaces have male or female identities. She challenges traditional gender roles associated with female-dominated dollhouse miniatures and male-dominated street art and offers up a new, fun but substantial way to look at these spaces and stereotypes.
The Tiny Out Loud film will use all of this as the foundation for its script and aesthetic. It will be about 10 minutes long and be shown in the “Dangerous Impermanence” exhibition in a black box-style theater. And while we deeply believe in the importance of the themes of this work, you can count on a humorous art-film-meets-art-doc commentary on the art world, bringing artists, appreciators, collectors, dealers, curators, and your garden variety art fan in on the joke.
Logistically, we can not film Tiny Out Loud unless we have the funds to pay our participating artists and create the spaces in which we want to film, and Kickstarter is the best way to gauge whether we can raise the money needed to film it.
Spiritually, Tiny Out Loud is all about opening and peering inside doors and windows that we and others have shut; the film is about art--big or small--being available for the community’s environment in which it evolves and breathes. A sturdy thread of democratic populism keeps Kickstarter together and it is something we want supporting the structure of our project as well.
Risks and challenges
Tiny Out Loud faces the challenges that any art project has to overcome; time, energy and organization. Since Rond is a professional cat herder, we believe we will be able to overcome and follow through on our word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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