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Artist Mary Ellen Carroll invites you to be a part of her performance at Irwindale Speedway's "Night of Destruction" on July 1.
Artist Mary Ellen Carroll invites you to be a part of her performance at Irwindale Speedway's "Night of Destruction" on July 1.
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What is No. 9 ? 

Mary Ellen Carroll's No. 9 is the final performance in the conceptual artist's series My Death is Pending… Because., which was started in 1986. No. 9 is a performance being played as a game, and it has its own set of rules that are embedded in the popular motor sport of the demolition derby. 

Night of Destruction with Fireworks, Demolition Derby
Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 5 to 10 pm
Irwindale Speedway 500 Speedway Drive Irwindale, CA 91706

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We welcome your support and invite you to join the 15,000 people who will attend Irwindale Speedway's "Night of Destruction" demolition derby on Saturday, July 1, 2017—either in person in LA or virtually. For the No. 9 performance, Carroll will be driving the 1985 Buick Riviera ("The Riv") that she previously crashed into the Museum für Völkerkunde in Munich for another work in the series,  LATE 2004/2005. 

The rest is history. 
Or, it will be history with your support.

No. 9 will involve Carroll driving The Riv, retrofitted by Ball/Nogues in L.A., in a specific pattern—an infinite loop—during the demolition derby. It will be as if another game is being played within a game. Only you, and a self-selecting group of individuals such as yourself, will know the rules of this other game—that is, until Carroll wins the derby or until The Riv is stopped by being demolished. You can be a part of this demolition derby and the actual drive as it will be streamed on Facebook Live. 

When was the last time you were able to be a part of something that is so virtual, yet so analog, like a demolition derby? 

Who is Mary Ellen Carroll/MEC, studios?

Mary Ellen Carroll (MEC, studios) is a conceptual artist who is based in New York City and Houston, Texas. Her work spans the disciplines of performance, architecture/design, public policy, writing, photography, and film. Carroll frequently works with unlikely materials such as law and land-use regulations (prototype 180 in Houston) or the non-visible real estate of radio frequency (Public Utility 2.0 ) to create 21st-century works of land art. Teaching, lecturing and public presentations are an important part of Carroll’s practice and she has developed and/or participated in art, architecture and public policy programs at Rice University, Yale University, Columbia University, University of California at Irvine, Busan National University, Busan, South Korea, Robert Wilson's Watermill Foundation, and the DIA Art Foundation, among many others. Carroll has received many awards and honors including Guggenheim and Rauschenberg Fellowships, and her work is in numerous national and international public and private collections.

indestructible language, 2006 — the installation at the American Can Company Buildings for the commission for the Precipice Alliance on global warming. The neon sign reads: IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK
indestructible language, 2006 — the installation at the American Can Company Buildings for the commission for the Precipice Alliance on global warming. The neon sign reads: IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK

Carroll’s work starts with the question: What do we consider a work of art? Her process begins in language, and the materiality can take many forms, including the process to observe the Federal government in FEDERAL, the 24-hour, two-theater movie and photographic work to "Watch the Watchers"; or the raising of awareness about global warming in the commissioned work indestructible language, a giant neon sign installed in Jersey City, NJ, that was viewed by millions of passing motorists.

 

LATE (2004/2005) The 1985 Buick Riviera crashed into the Museum für Völkerkunde, Munich, Germany
LATE (2004/2005) The 1985 Buick Riviera crashed into the Museum für Völkerkunde, Munich, Germany

Why support No. 9 through Kickstarter?

We think that Kickstarter is a remarkable space that brings together a diverse group of people who understand and support the potential of art. It makes the production of the work of art a collaborative act. It also makes it possible to look far away, and opens up the entire world to be a part of the production process. Kickstarter expands the reach of an audience — be that a local audience in New York City and Los Angelesor the largest audience in the smallest city in the world located in Hum, Croatia. What we also love about Kickstarter is that we are able to share the process leading up to the performance with updates that are visible within a global context. We like to imagine how a demolition derby translates to a viewer in Yinchuan, China. Kickstarter and your support makes it possible for the imagined to become real.

What will your support provide?

The realization of the performance No. 9 is the last work in the series that the conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll started 30 years ago, My Death is Pending... Because.

Your contribution provides the answer to the Because.:  

  • The 1985 Buick Riviera needs to be transported from Houston to
    Los Angeles.
  • Ball/Nogues Studio needs to retrofit "The Riv" to make it safe and possible for it to participate in the demolition derby for the "Night of Destruction" at Irwindale Speedway.
  • The performer/driver/artist Mary Ellen Carroll needs a fire suit and helmut to be able to participate in the demolition derby.
  • The identity created by With Projects, Inc. (and all of the schwag for the Kickstarter rewards) needs to be imagined and created.
  • The documentation and support by the amazing filmmakers and photographers Jessica Sanders, Michele Asselin, and Michael Isabell/Eyespy Films needs to happen for the performance to become additional works of art that can be seen by those who are not at the actual event on July 1. 
  • There are numerous other items that we can list that your contributions will support, but these are the big-ticket items. If you would like a more detailed list of the production we would be happy to send this to you. Just let us know.

Rewards

 

Contribute $9 or more to be a part of No. 9's Virtual Crew and be thanked on the project webpage
Contribute $9 or more to be a part of No. 9's Virtual Crew and be thanked on the project webpage

 

Contribute $15 or more and receive a No. 9 postcard with a personal note as a thank you
Contribute $15 or more and receive a No. 9 postcard with a personal note as a thank you

 

Contribute $25 or more for the Bumper Sticker with the series title,  My Death is Pending... Because.
Contribute $25 or more for the Bumper Sticker with the series title, My Death is Pending... Because.

 

 

Contribute $50 or more for the No. 9 SCHWAG BAG that also contains the Bumper Sticker and the Postcard
Contribute $50 or more for the No. 9 SCHWAG BAG that also contains the Bumper Sticker and the Postcard

 

Contribute $150 or more for the out of print, MEC, Steidl/Mack monograph, 100 German Men, and the No. 9 SCHWAG BAG
Contribute $150 or more for the out of print, MEC, Steidl/Mack monograph, 100 German Men, and the No. 9 SCHWAG BAG

 

 

Contribute $180 or more for 36" x 24", Signed, No. 9 Poster
Contribute $180 or more for 36" x 24", Signed, No. 9 Poster

 

 

Contribute $300 or more for a unique 11" x 14"  drawing of the potential path for the game in No. 9 on a schematic rendering of the track at Irwindale Speedway
Contribute $300 or more for a unique 11" x 14" drawing of the potential path for the game in No. 9 on a schematic rendering of the track at Irwindale Speedway

 

Contribute $500 or more for an 8" x 10" C-print of the last portrait of the Riviera to be taken at Irwindale Speedway and photographed on film with a medium format camera
Contribute $500 or more for an 8" x 10" C-print of the last portrait of the Riviera to be taken at Irwindale Speedway and photographed on film with a medium format camera

 

 

Contribute $900 or more the No. 9 — Silkscreen Print with Brand X Editions
Contribute $900 or more the No. 9 — Silkscreen Print with Brand X Editions

 

 

Contribute $1,500 or more for the 50" x 60" Painting on Arches Paper for the Path of the Game — the choreographed painting made during the projection of previous Nights of Destruction at Irwindale Speedway
Contribute $1,500 or more for the 50" x 60" Painting on Arches Paper for the Path of the Game — the choreographed painting made during the projection of previous Nights of Destruction at Irwindale Speedway

 

Contribute $2,500 or more for two VIP guest passes at the Night of Destruction
Contribute $2,500 or more for two VIP guest passes at the Night of Destruction

 

Risks and challenges

Mary Ellen Carroll (MEC, studios) has been making large-scale works that incorporate public participation for many years, but we have never done a performance involving a live audience of 15,000 people at a demolition derby. This will be a novel and exciting—and frankly, a tad frightening—experience, and we want to make sure that everyone in the audience, either in person or virtually, will appreciate it as a work of art. We are taking the advice of the experts at Irwindale Speedway, as well as that of others who produce large live events; if you have suggestions, please let us know.

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    Be a part of No. 9's Virtual Crew

    Be a part of the Virtual Crew for No. 9, the final performance when Mary Ellen Carroll
    participates in the Demolition Derby with the support to retrofit the 1985 Buick Riviera with Ball-Nogues Studio, With Projects, Inc. for the design of the No. 9 logo and many individuals just like you. We appreciate your participation.

    Your name will be listed in the thank you section of the webpage. THANK YOU!

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    No. 9 postcard ❤️ from Irwindale

    A postcard with the No. 9 logo, designed by With Projects, Inc. will be written to you with a personal note at Irwindale Speedway and mailed to you from Los Angeles.

    You will also be listed in the thank you section of the webpage for the series.

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    Bumper Sticker — My Death is Pending...

    A bumper sticker that will make people pause and pay attention while driving with the title of the 30 year series, that the performance No. 9 is the final work to be realized:
    My Death is Pending... Because.

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    The No. 9 SCHWAG BAG

    A tote bag printed with the No. 9 logo designed by With Projects, Inc. (because you can never have enough tote bags) that will include the bumper sticker MY DEATH IS PENDING... BECAUSE. and a personalized postcard enclosed.

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    MEC, Steidl monograph

    This is a unique opportunity to acquire a limited copy of the OUT OF PRINT, award winning, Steidl/Mack monograph — MEC, designed by Mevis/Van Deursen with Danielle Aubert and essays by the LAXART Executive Director, Hamza Walker and the noted Comp Lit Professor, Jonathan Flatley. You will receive a bonus of Carroll's photographic book, 100 GERMAN MEN. Both books come in the tote bag with the No. 9 logo designed by With Projects, Inc.

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    The No. 9 Poster — Signed

    A poster designed by With Projects, Inc. for Mary Ellen Carroll's work, No. 9 for the Night of Destruction and the Demolition Derby at Irwindale Speedway. This offset printed poster is 24" x 36" and is available in a limited signed edition. ( It is worth noting that the graphics are also being utilized on the side of the Buick Riviera for the identification of the car, No. 9.)

    You will also be listed in the thank you section of the webpage for the series.

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    Drawings of Irwindale Speedway

    On the Night of Destruction, Carroll's performance will take place within the demolition derby. A schematic drawing of Irwindale Speedway track will be printed on vellum with a hand painted image depicting the course that Carroll plans to drive during the derby. Each piece is unique and the size is 11" x 14" unframed. Only 20 of these original drawings are available.

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    The Riv — the final portrait of a car

    A final portrait will be taken of the 1985 Buick Riviera ("the Riv") that will be photographed on film in Los Angeles. This will be an 8" x 10" C print in a signed, limited edition.

    You will also be listed in the thank you section of the webpage for the series.

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    No. 9 — Silkscreen Print with Brand X

    For No. 9, Carroll with Brand X Editions will produce a very limited edition of the No. 9 identity that was designed by With Projects, Inc. The silkscreen will be printed on Arches paper and the size is 22" x 30" unframed. Brand X has worked with a number of artists from Rauschenberg to Vija Celmins and

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    Original Drawings— the Game

    Carroll realized a series of drawings that were choreographed during a demolition derby that Carroll projected and responded to. There are four drawings and each is a unique work on Arches paper. The dimensions are 50" x 60" and the work is unframed.

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    VIP guests at the Night of Destruction

    You and a person of your choice will be our guests to be a part of No. 9 on July 1 on the Night of Destruction at Irwindale Speedway. You will also receive the SCHWAG BAG and a copy of the out of print monograph — MEC, that Steidl published.

    (We would love to bring you out to LA, but then that would contradict the whole point of doing this Kickstarter, so you have to be in Los Angeles, and more specifically, Irwindale Speedway and leave you will leave the rest to us. You can also gift this unique experience to someone in LA that you know.)

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