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DJ Kid Koala will be at MASS MoCA this December to develop a new live show, Space Cadet, based on his comic book/soundtrack about a girl astronaut.

In December 2010, the Montreal-based DJ and turntablist Kid Koala will come to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA),, for a week-long creative residency to develop a family-oriented live show based on his graphic novel/soundtrack project Space Cadet. During the residency, Kid Koala and his five-member creative team will live in the museum’s artist housing, build a set with the production staff, and perform the show (along with a Q&A session) on Saturday, December 11.

Space Cadet tells the story of a young girl who becomes an astronaut after having been nurtured since birth by a robot guardian. Leaving the robot behind, the girl travels the galaxy on her first solo flight to study extraterrestrial geology and plant life. The story reveals the bond between the characters and the oddly parallel lives they lead while being light years apart. (CHECK OUT Update #4 for some amazing images from Space Cadet!)

For his show at MASS MoCA, Kid Koala will perform Space Cadet’s soundtrack on six turntables and a piano. At the same time, images from the book will be recreated live on custom-made screens to create an all-encompassing experience.

MASS MoCA’s black box theater will be transformed into an intimate, living-room-like environment, allowing the audience to have a personal experience of the work while sharing the space with others. The audience will watch the projections on stage while listening to Kid Koala’s performance of the soundtrack using headphones.

All donations will help fund residency and production costs, including artist housing and accommodations, equipment, and technical services.

The MASS MoCA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and all gifts we receive are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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    Thank you for your support! At this level you will receive a personal thank you message, exclusive project updates, and our immense gratitude for your generosity.

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    You get a package of free downloads from Kid Koala’s website, a special space adventure mix by an alternative hip hop artist praised by NME for his "slapdash wit" and "goofball party attitude".

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    You get the downloads from Kid Koala’s website, as well as a free MASS MoCA patch in red, yellow or blue. Just apply a patch to that old jean jacket or backpack in your closet and you'll be ready for the runway!

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    You get one free gallery admission to MASS MoCA ($15 value, redeemable at any time), and, with your visit, a free MASS MoCA magnet. So come check out our “art-making factory” (formerly a textile mill and electronics plant) nestled in the rollicking, misty hills of the Berkshires. Wonder at the upside down trees and weather-sensing clock tower. Take a free guided tour through Sol LeWitt’s three-floor labyrinth of endlessly alluring wall drawings. After a long day, grab a bite to eat at the Lickety Split café and ice cream parlor, with many delicious menu items for under ten dollars (try the Spicy Thai Burrito).

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    In addition to your free admission to MASS MoCA, you get a limited-edition print of an illustration from Kid Koala's Space Cadet book.

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    You get the limited edition print and two free gallery admissions to MASS MoCA! You’ll need at least two pairs of eyes to take in Orly Genger’s 100 miles of hand-painted rope bursting through our second-floor galleries. And ask your guest to take your picture in front of a LeWitt wall drawing, like thousands of other visitors (just check Flickr!)

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    For pledging at this level you’ll get two free admissions to MASS MoCA, plus you get the spectacular limited edition Space Cadet print, but this one will be signed by his Koala-ness, the Kid himself (and maybe he’ll throw in a few doodles)!

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    You get two free admissions to MASS MoCA, a signed limited edition print, and two tickets to the Kid Koala performance on December 11. And you’ll be given special access to witness Kid Koala’s live rehearsal in the Hunter Center. We look forward to seeing you at MASS MoCA!

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    You will also receive two free admissions to the museum, a signed limited edition print, four free tickets to the Kid Koala performance, special access to Kid Koala’s live rehearsal, AND you’ll be listed as a sponsor of the Space Cadet project on the poster and all program materials. Thank you for your pledge--we can’t wait to see you!

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    In addition to the signed limited edition print, rehearsal access, and sponsor recognition described above, you get four free admissions to MASS MoCA and six free tickets to the Kid Koala performance! It’s like you’ll have your own travel posse! To top it all off, you and your guests will be given a free private backstage tour of our performance areas with the managing director. Thank you for your significant contribution to this project!

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