The Consensual Stalker goes live on Valentine's Day, culminating on February 21st.
Back the project so you can follow the Consensual Stalker journey between stalkee (Lisa B.) and stalker (the fictional Erik Senton).
Help us reach our funding goal so we can create and distribute the Consensual Stalker DVD (June 2013).
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One half social experiment and one half participatory performance art, The Consensual Stalker takes obsession to another dimension. In layperson terms: this project is a meta exploration that will examine the intertextuality between art, artist, audience, monetary madness, and internet culture, all the while simultaneously unraveling various stigmas and approvals we place on personal connection, online voyeurism, romantic consumption, empathy/compassion, and potentially pathological expressions of desire.
How Does The Consensual Stalker Work?
I took applications until February 13th via Craigslist for potential stalkees.
Now, for all of Valentine's Day, I've developed a fictional persona (Erik Senton) who will be stalking Lisa B. I will stalk the stalkee using a variety of timeless techniques. I will watch, learn, obsess, ruminate, and project my ideals onto a complete stranger.
Erik Senton will enter the Obsessive Phase from February 15th until February 21st. This means that I will allow the stalker's obsession to build into an earthshattering crescendo. I will send gifts, proclamations of adoration, and more. I will present morbid visions of eternal passion in various creative forms. I will share these ideas, feelings, and creations online for your viewing pleasure.
After the Obsessive Phase, the Consensual Stalker project will degrade gracefully. For the next few months, I will start working on the DVD. I will gather all the footage of my exploits and begin to edit it. Footage includes the 24 hour stalk-a-thon, the withdrawal week, as well as behind the scenes pre-stalk footage.
The stalkee and the audience can follow me live online during Valentine's Day (dubbed "The Stalk-A-Thon"), as well as from February 15th to February 21st ("The Obsessive Phase"). In the aftermath of the 24 hour stalk-a-thon, I will chronicle online all of my experiences, feelings, thoughts, and perceptions online. I will attempt to win her love by sending her things.
The Consensual Stalker is an artistic descent into madness. Thankfully, you can consume it all during the 24 hour Stalk-A-Thon as well as during the Obsessive Phase. There will be short video segments, blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets, and bad tumblr poetry updated daily during the Obsessive Phase. The bulk of the project will be in the online presence of the stalker, available as a Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, YouTube, and blog.
How will The Consensual Stalker utilize these funds?
All donations will be utilized within the context of this stalker/stalkee adventure.
$150 is enough to create, edit, and distribute the final Consensual Stalker DVD by the beginning of summer.
Additional funds will be used to purchase materials needed for the Consensual Stalker's expressions of love. This includes: poems, letters, photographs, paintings, videos, notes, baked goods, essays, cards, paper, paints, print-outs, etc. These gifts will be given to the stalkee; some will be reused as Kickstarter Rewards.
The funds will also be used for mailing Kickstarter Rewards.
A side note: all Consensual Stalker gifts will be handmade by yours truly.
Why did you create The Consensual Stalker?
There are too many reasons to list here, so I will start with three major ones--
I was on Facebook skimming through my newsfeed when a variety of Valentine's Day humblebrag posts flooded my view. I am fascinated by the subtle matrices surrounding social interaction and human connection...I thought it would be an interesting idea to take our notion of this "Hallmark Holiday" and test how we react to certain stimuli: warranted vs unwarranted affection, following strangers online vs IRL, limits of harassment, blurring fiction and reality, popularity, consuming personal information, monetary values, ethics of love, the culture surrounding a spectacle, and many other elements which haven't quiet come into view, yet.
Creating characters and giving life to said characters is a love of mine. I am usually utilizing this as a writer, but I figured it'd be nice to expand into an area I am not all-together confident in (acting, performing, etc.)
I am also a fan of consensual anything. I enjoy turning the tables on over-glorified forms of violent love as my own quiet means of self-empowerment.
Erik Senton the Consensual Stalker <3
Risks and challenges
Ultimately there will be a two-hour DVD of the entire adventure. The only challenge would be finishing the DVD, as the editing process is entirely dependent on my frame of mind (especially after this strange and taxing ordeal as a stalker).
If mental and emotional unbalance does occur, I plan to alleviate the setback by spending a week by myself somewhere no one can find me. Maybe think about my life choices a bit. Touch base with the universe.
Upon my return, I can tackle The Consensual Stalker DVD with a fresh and rejuvenated mind/heart/spirit/body.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)