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Elastic City commissions artists to lead conceptual and poetic walks throughout and outside of NYC. Please support our 2012 season.
Elastic City commissions artists to lead conceptual and poetic walks throughout and outside of NYC. Please support our 2012 season.
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With your support, Elastic City will produce its third season of conceptual and poetic walks in 2012. Started in May 2010, Elastic City commissions artists to give sensory, performative and ritualistic walks in New York City and beyond. Eventually, we'd like to expand to give walks in all parts of the world.

Some themes of past walks have included: making monuments with our bodies in response to existing public monuments; ridding space of bad luck and bringing forth good luck through the creation of new folk rituals; and sculpting visual and sound poems using found objects.

These are all experiential, participatory walks--as opposed to the 'moving lecture' model that defines fact-based walking tours. When you arrive at an Elastic City walk, you are welcomed as an active participant. The artist leading the walk offers you their lens, guidance and techniques to further the poetry in our relationships with each other and the surrounding environment.

We've received wonderful press thus far--a feature in the New York TimesThe Economist, and even a cartoon from Roz Chast in the New Yorker!

Look below to watch a 5 minute video of Niegel Smith's "Total Detroit", a 54 hour walk from August 2011.

Look below to watch a 3 minute video of a walk by Juan Betancurth & Todd Shalom: 4ever 21, a walk for eternal youth.

Funding would produce our 2012 season, which includes the following costs:

Artist fees: $10,000

Marketing & Publicity: $8,000

Legal & insurance: $4,000

Intern stipends: $2,000

Office expenses: $1,000

Total: $25,000

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Look to the right--we have some wonderful rewards to offer in exchange for your support. Many of them are intangible--we offer experiences. We hope you'll take us up on one.

For $25, you'll receive an 8x10 photo--your choice of one from an assortment of images from our walks, such as:

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    You will receive a special ‘thank you’ on the Elastic City website.

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    You will receive a custom-framed Elastic City found object mailed to you. See here for an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elasticcity/sets/72157627742609317/detail/
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    You will receive one 8x10 photo from our archives: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elasticcity/sets/72157627866202534/detail/
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    You will receive one photo any size up to 11x14 (4x6, 5x7, 8x10 or 11x14) from our entire archives: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elasticcity + a custom-framed Elastic City found object mailed to you.

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    You will receive one spot on any regularly priced walk of your choice + all of the above.

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    A collaboration: You provide us with the caption; we take the photo. You'll be sent an 8x10 photo and we'll also post a copy on our blog. (i.e. let's say the caption you give us says "My 2011"--we'll go out and take that photo, print it and send it to you).

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    You will receive 2 spots on any regularly priced walk of your choice + all of the above.

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    You will receive a personalized poem for you by Elastic City director Todd Shalom. Todd will speak with you on the phone and/or email with you to ask questions that will pertain to his writing of the poem. The poem will be typed up, framed and mailed to you along with a copy of Todd’s (likely) scratched out working draft.

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    You will receive one spot on a walk rehearsal with the artist of your choice + a post-rehearsal drink with the walk artist and Elastic City director + all of the above.

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    You will receive 2 spots on a private preview walk led by the director of Elastic City + 2 spots on both a walk rehearsal and post-rehearsal drink as mentioned above + all of the above.

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    You will receive 7 spots on the walk of your choice (you can split them up) + all of the above.

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    You will receive a season pass for one to attend all the walks in our season + 2 invitations to an intimate picnic with the Elastic City artistic community + all of the above.

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    You will receive a group walk for up to 12 guests of your choosing (subject to artist availability/walk capacity) + naming rights to 1 walk + 2 season passes + all of the above.

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    You will receive the opportunity to work with the Elastic City director to create one walk that you lead + naming rights for 2 walks + all of the above.

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    You will receive 2012 season naming rights + all of the above.

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Funding period

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