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Did you miss us? We're relaunching Boston's favorite online art journal and need your help.
Did you miss us? We're relaunching Boston's favorite online art journal and need your help.
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Big Red & Shiny is back!

After a two-year hiatus, Big Red & Shiny is relaunching. With a new editorial team at the helm, we are creating a bigger and bolder Blog devoted to New England art & artists and a monthly web-based Journal with perceptive and incisive writing from around the globe.

Big Red & Shiny's mission has always been to support the arts community. We'd like to mark our return to the city with an afternoon of lively debate at MIT and an evening of shameless celebration at the Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery, gathering artists and art-lovers alike to relax and let loose. Best of all, these two events are FREE and open to the public!

On Saturday, September 29th, from 6-10pm The Mills Gallery has kindly donated their space to accommodate all that we've planned including live performances, dance, music, video projections, a pop-up art show and the heaving crowd we plan to draw. Special thanks to the Boston Center for the Arts.

And on Saturday, October 27th, at 4pm MIT will host Big Red and our guest speakers at their Bartos Theater. It'll be a lively event with two separate panel discussions—first, a moderated talk about art writing & criticism to be followed by an active exchange of thoughts on community. Mix and mingle with the brightest. Special thanks to the List Visual Arts Center.

Help us start off with a BANG! Help us throw Boston a whale of a PARTY

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What is this Kickstarter funding?

That's a great question! You are supporting our entire relaunch including:

1. the first SIX ISSUES of Big Red & Shiny's NEW MONTHLY JOURNAL live October 15, 2012, expanded to include all kinds of cool multimedia projects, commissioned artwork, slideshows, and social media widgets. Your donations will help pay all of our talented contributors: writers, artists, designers. 

2. the PANEL DISCUSSIONS. This, in addition to our free party at the BCA, is the cherry on the cake. There would be no need for a Big Red & Shiny relaunch if it weren't for the Community we are supporting. This is why we want to gather all of you for a bold and brainy love-in.

It sounds as though this is definitely going ahead - what happens if you don't raise the money?

How long do people like to work for free? We're pulling out all the stops on this one and asking some pretty impressive players to go out on a limb for us. We're counting on all of you to help us build long-lasting collaborations!

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A PREVIEW of our REWARDS

We've been gathering some top quality loot for you all as thanks for pitching in. From ampersand tote-bags to exclusive work by local artists, donated especially for our relaunch, it's all up for grabs.

  • For $5, we sing your praises on Twitter
  • For $10, two 6 x 4.25" postcards—one with a note of gratitude from us and another for you to use—that double as a cool sticker
  • For $25, a Big Red & Shiny tote bag, 2012 edition
  • For $35, a limited edition release of Marc McNulty's Powdered Iron Rods
  • For $50, your choice of a Big Red & Shiny poster.
  • For $75, your two reserved seats at our MIT panel discussions and a copy of  "Big Red & Shiny 2007 Annual," with essays by Jane Hudson, James Nadeau, Marrikka Trotter, Meg Rotzel, Heidi Aishman, Matthew Gamber, Steve Aishman and Matthew Nash
  • For $100, own a special BR&S edition of Ted Ollier's 'MBTA Icosacomposites'
Ted Ollier "Park Street Center Interval Icosacomposite", HD video
Ted Ollier "Park Street Center Interval Icosacomposite", HD video
  • For $125, an archival 12 x 9" print of 'Exit' by Scott Listfield
'Exit' by Scott Listfield
'Exit' by Scott Listfield
  • For $500, an 11 x 14" print by Bahar Yurukoglu from her 'Neoscapes' series
  • For $500, the complete Collector's edition of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art DVDs
ASPECT Magazine Complete Collection
ASPECT Magazine Complete Collection
  • For $1600, a gelatin silver print byMatthew Gamber, from the Any Color You Like series.
Matthew Gamber, 'NTSC Color Bars', 2010
Matthew Gamber, 'NTSC Color Bars', 2010
  • For $3500, a 36 x 48" oil on canvas by Scott Listfield entitled 'Bear Right for Hoth' 
Scott Listfield, 'Bear Right for Hoth', 2007
Scott Listfield, 'Bear Right for Hoth', 2007

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Please include your twitter handle in the notes of your chosen reward so we know how to thank you. If you prefer a Facebook shoutout, do let us know as well.

After you donate, don't forget to follow us on 

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/BigRedandShiny

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigRedandShiny

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    Two reserved seats in the first rows of the Bartos Theater for the panel discussion we are holding at MIT. A rare remaining copy of the "Big RED & Shiny 2007 Annual: A collection of writing by contributors" (limited edition publication). A Big Red tote bag and 5 postcards.

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    A special BR&S edition of artist Ted Ollier's 20-layer videos from his "MBTA Icosacomposites" series. Conveniently available to you either as a DVD or on a portable USB flash drive. Your name will be added to the "Big Thanks" Category.

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    A complete Collector's edition of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art DVDs including all issues of ASPECT published so far, plus ASPECT Presents and ASPECT-EZ DVDs, featuring many friends and BR&S alum. Approximately 25 DVDs in total!
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    A colorful creation by Boston-based photographer Bahar Yurukoglu printed especially for you! Own an 11 x 14 inch print from her Neoscapes series. You just made it into our "Red Thanks" Category!

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    Gorgeous 20 x 24" Gelatin Silver Print by photographer and former BR&S Editor-in-Chief Matthew Gamber! Your name emblazoned in the "Shiny Thanks" Category.

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    You'll be the proud owner of a painting by Boston artist Scott Listfield entitled 'Bear Right for Hoth'.
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