Koch’s, a restaurant between the Hudson River and the Catskill mountains, is in limbo right now, maintaining its standstill with built in dignity (original furniture and dishes from the 40’s on standby to immediately spring back into action) and daily duty (Irene, the seller looks after the place and continues to improve it.)
With your support we will buy Koch’s Restaurant and keep it Koch’s — a place where the uncertainty of awaiting something important can be experienced while eating a piece of pie and digesting your personal download.
Koch’s balances what you need: repeat, wait and speed. Koch’s always inhabited these properties, but now there is an urgency to protect these qualities through the purchase of Koch’s.
“The tables are in the dining room since the 40’s, these are the original time tables”, you will be told by waiters who will be waiting for you to watch as the progress bar is advancing, and you realize that what you came for has already happened. The shape of the building is round like an AJAX loader and you are sitting in the middle of it.
You order a piece of mud-slide pie on a round plate that tells the story of the Blue Willow and then you feel your phone vibrating. The future is downloading the outside while the past is uploading the inside. You stop the vibration, and put the device on the table. The top is protected by a thick, cold piece of glass with rounded corners and underneath, you suddenly realize, are boomerangs. Hundreds and hundreds of them trapped in time. Obviously that’s a sign, you think, while warming up the glass with your hands flat down, that it will happen again, that again you are producing sweat, that the point of interaction is always slippery, that the chemistry between your hands and the glass and the boomerangs is prompting a change, that you’ve already moved on, being already a different person now, having been touched by this encounter, before you even ate the piece of mud-slide pie. And when it arrives, the Blue Willow story reassuringly unfolds on the coffee cup and underneath the mudslide pie as it has been doing since 1946 when Koch’s stopped being a Garage and turned into a drive-in.
A Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands.
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song.
Nobody slips into these things randomly. Koch's is part of our ongoing practice of investigating the dimensions and consequences of speculating with real estate.How it all began, the back-story
On December 7th 2012, we placed a winning bid on 1 acre of land in Arizona. We did it through eBay as we always do when we need to restart. After winning the auction we received the seller’s invoice, paid it through PayPal, but never got the usual signed, letter sized black and white photocopy that is used to transfer the deed. Instead of submitting this paper to the county recorder of Navajo County which would have turned us into legal, state authorized owners of this particular piece of the earth, the seller sent us a number of emails making excuses why the deed hadn’t been sent, along with repeated promises that the deed would be sent out by the next day or the next weekend. After three month the sellers, Larry and Radonna, informed us that they had just “moved 2000 miles away”, which as we interpreted the email would delay the transfer of the deed further.
We switched from DSL to cable to follow Radonna and Larry to
Florida, where they shot videos on the beach and posted them on youtube. We
cataloged their rants about a used car dealership, reviews about restaurants
they liked or hated, concerns about allergies and chemicals in pillows, their
indiegogo campaign for buying a ship on which they would take troubled
teenagers on a cruise, and found out whom they sold the lot in Arizona to a
second time around, realizing slowly that they’ve become our “lead family”.
Two months ago Radonna and Larry started a fundraising campaign for a BBQ joint. It’s their second campaign for the same BBQ joint and it’s our chance to catch up. There is a slow down here, we don’t have to follow anymore, we can be simply on parallel tracks. We’ve lost a deal once, but we got the idea.
Koch’s is our deed.More Facts
If you would like to do a background check, please go to our website. We’ve been doing this kind of stuff professionally since more than 15 years. In 2009 we received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital grant to do a transatlantic cruise with a piece of land in Western Pomerania, Germany. Real Estate has always been our most reliable actor, and this time we would like to make Real Estate not just an actor, but a $500,000 star.Pledge
Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don’t get $500,000 we don’t get anything. And if you have pledged a $1,000 you won’t loose anything. That’s all very obvious, except of course that nothing is ever 100% obvious. There is always the “if”, there is always a “but”, there is always that thing that apparently contradicts itself, and yet might be true. We hope we can count on you!
A sampling of some of the awesome Rewards waiting for you:
For a pledge of $30 you will get 1lb of Juan at the airport's unique Colombian coffee. Shipped and delivered from Juan's location at the International Airport Montello.
A pledge of $65 will get you a piece of petrified wood: When we visited Arizona Rancheros, Unit 21, Lot 89, the lot we had won on eBay, we discovered that there was a washout that had brought pieces of petrified wood to the surface. As part of our survey of the property, we chose the best pieces as a record of the lots existence and potential. We will part with a selection of these hand picked original rocks. Each piece is different!
For a pledge of $220 you will receive one of Koch's magic throw video. See the path of the magic nut and follow its movements through Koch's environment.
A pledge of $350 will get you a night at the Koch's Inn: Spend one night in what was the former Motel of Koch's. The Motel can accommodate up to 4 people. There are two bedrooms.
A pledge of $5000 brings you reserved dedicated parking: Show up anytime in front of Koch's and you will see your parking spot with your name waiting just for you. It's not valet parking, but as close as it gets to the action.
Risks and challenges
If Koch’s is successfully funded, the first challenge is to complete all rewards. The second challenge is to become familiar with the organization and logistics of Koch's.
This will be a learning process and mistakes will happen. Similarly there might be delays in completing the rewards, but we will get to it. Koch’s website http://www.meineigenheim.org/delay/ will be the best place to keep track of the progress.
- (35 days)