WE DID IT!! WE DID IT!! WE DID IT!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS AND HUMBLING SUPPORT!!!
Thanks to you, we met our goal in 2 weeks!
NOW we are aiming for our S-T-R-E-T-C-H goal (that number we were too afraid to ask...as this is my first campaign): $10,000
It means that our project has been fully funded by Kickstarter guidelines and we will get ALL the pledges we’ve already received PLUS any pledges beyond our goal. My team and I are totally stoked!!
This additional $2,000 would be the gift that allows us to fully cover the costs of technical consultants for video, sound and equipment! I have been calling in favors but I truly want to pay this lovely folk what they are worth. This is just a few steps up from $8,000 and praying we can make this leap by the end of the year. Please share this project and spread the word!
Now back to why we're here...
Can a black body be neutral in a post-modern aesthetic in America?
This is where it all started, with this question, and I created Venus, named after the Hottentot Venus, aka Sarah Baartman, an enslaved black woman who was exhibited as an exotic in the early 19th Century London and Paris. Venus is a character that flirts with black face, gender ambiguity and sexuality, coupled with the incongruities of dominance, vulnerability, erasure and visibility. I sought to understand how something exotic could be normalized or neutralized within a performance setting.
This question led to the development of a series of investigations and performance installations related to the complexities of identity and perception: The Sessions (Gibney, 2013), Venus Redux (The Invisible Dog, 2014), The Venus Knot (The Invisible Dog, 2015) Chimaera (BRIC & The Bronx Museum, 2016), and The Voyeurs (Brooklyn Bridge Park & Madison Square Park, 2016). Each iteration was a different exploration of form and content.
I’m now in the final iteration that encompasses the other works: he his own mythical beast. I see this production existing in its own space of entangled narratives. This project has been a means of generating questions regarding the mythologies and contradictions of identity, race, gender, aesthetic neutrality and humanity in American culture. It also represents my first evening length work!
This new work brings together materials and research from prior installations into a new narrative, along with the return of the infamous Venus. Influences along the way have included Hitchcock’s Rear Window, James Baldwin, the confession booth, Claudia Rankine, high school fights, Judith Butler, baptism, Roland Barthes, Trisha Brown and dreams of transformation.
We are planning to premiere of the work on January 31, 2018, as part of PS122’s inaugural COIL Festival in their newly renovated space! I am in the process of finishing the script & work and we are developing the set and video installation design.
Why We Need Your Help
It's a moment of firsts: My first evening length work AND my first Kickstarter!
I am working with a talented team of collaborating artists to create this work. The other performers include Paul Hamilton, Jodi Bender and Katrina Reid; the visual | sound designer and co-director, Peter Born, and Clarinda Mac Low as dramaturg. With additional technical help to develop the installation.
I need your help to finish this dream! It’s been a long road and I am very excited to show this work. Sadly, some expected funds have been reduced and I have to cover the cost of building the set, equipment rental, rehearsal space, collaborator fees, and yes, insurance and liability so that everyone is protected.
All pledges will be tax deductible!
Risks and challenges
I have secured 80% of our budget and we’re asking for your help in raising $8,000 of our remaining budget. I’m an artist who has a long history of working with others on their visions, a unique lineage of artmaking. It’s been crazy and catalyzing in digging into this project and the myriad of issues that it has touched upon. The ability to develop my own work and my voice has been a learning process inside and outside of the studio. Raising this money is one of the final challenges.
Without these funds the project will go on, but as a shadow of itself. We all know how to make do but I want to do better. And I can with your help. Any support is deeply appreciated and valued and all pledges will be tax deductible.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some of you may not be able to contribute, but that doesn't mean you can't help. The more people that know about this campaign, the greater opportunities I have to reach my goal! Please share and spread the word about this project.
Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you at PS122 in January.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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