About this project
Hello, we're The Lab!
Founded by art students in 1984, The Lab is one of the last remaining experimental art and music spaces in San Francisco. We've hosted jaw-dropping exhibitions and events with the likes of Jack Smith, Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz, Lydia Lunch, Mike Kelley, Bruce Conner, My Bloody Valentine, Barry McGee, Mark Flood with Culturecide, Carrie Mae Weems, Wolf Eyes, Orlan, Barbara Kruger, Caroliner, Kathleen Hanna, Jello Biafra, and countless others, but, like many other alternative art spaces hit hard by funding cuts, The Lab has fallen into disrepair. We need your support to rebuild and start a new chapter in Bay Area history, one that proves that art is crucial to the richness of city life.
November 15-16, noon-noon, we will present for YOU a variety show of EPIC PROPORTIONS!!! At The Lab, LIVE before a rotating studio audience and broadcast online at thelab.org.
ADMISSION TO THE LIVE BROADCAST IS INCLUDED WITH LAB MEMBERSHIP. PLEDGE NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY. TICKETS INCLUDE 2 FREE DRINKS AT OUR BON VIVANT DESIGNED PIANO BAR!
Full program lineup here: http://www.thelab.org/schedule/events/754-telethon.html
To wrap up our Kickstarter campaign in style, we are prepared to bring you something so over the top that it will stop you in your web-browsing tracks: The Lab's 24-Hour Telethon! A Jerry Lewis style variety show of all that is weird and wonderful about San Francisco, broadcast live and online from noon November 15 till noon November 16. This final push during the last 24 hours of our Kickstarter campaign includes a kickoff with Survival Research Labs, robot demonstrations by Kal Spelletich, a conversation with Chris Messina, inventor of the hashtag, a TURF dance battle, morning cartoons curated by Jacob Ciocci, appearances by Wavy Gravy, Peaches Christ, a performance by Tommy Guerrero, V. Vale, Frank Chu of 12 Galaxies fame, and much, much more.
Lonnie Holley sent us this gorgeous video:
Check out this little video that James Franco sent us:
The Lab is housed in the Redstone Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. Built in 1914 and originally named the Labor Temple, the Lab’s 3,000 square foot space was the former home of the union meeting hall that hosted the vote for the 1934 General Strike, which led to the forty-hour work week and standard minimum wage. Over the past two months, The Lab has undergone massive renovations to return the space to the look and feel of its original 1914 architecture, taking out the dilapidated linoleum flooring, drop ceilings, and temporary office walls put up by a federal unemployment office in the 1970's.
However, we need a minimum of 50K to complete the restorations and start new operations: refinishing the hardwood floors, rewiring the electrical system, buying tables and chairs, and developing a groundbreaking new website. If we get to 150K, we will launch a program of new commissions by local and international artists and musicians in early 2015.
Your donations are tax-deductible over the material value of the reward, and will give artists an exciting acoustic and aesthetic laboratory to produce new work. This also provides you with a truly unique place to congregate, play, share a drink, laugh, test out ideas, and meet new, interesting people. Your extra support will make us all the more fabulous and exciting!
So, help us build The Lab. Among other things, we need:
- Furniture: audience seating and work tables $5,000
- Equipment: computers, projectors, and speakers $10,000
- Acoustical treatment: keep the sound in and the cops out $10,000
- Electricity: general rewiring and installation of sustainable lighting $15,000
- Restoration: conservation of Margaret Kilgallen’s hand-painted Lab window, preservation of other historic building details $2,000
- A new website: it will be like no other $8,000
- Funding for art exhibitions, concerts, and events $100,000
We have some fantastic rewards for your donations!
Our mission: The Lab is a catalyst for artistic experimentation. Our projects ignite critical dialogue amongst individuals, organizations, and communities. We support diverse and underserved artists, providing them with essential resources, time, and space to develop work that takes risks and pushes the boundaries of the non-profit platform. As a site of constant innovation and iteration, our programming exposes the elements of art making and transforms the creative process here and abroad.
Thank you! The Lab runs on your donations.
We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers and devoted fans, especially Michael Goldwater, Bonnie Banks, Joshua Brooks, Daniel Healey, Emily Hunt, Oliva Mole, Jenny Sharaf, Bennett Schatz, and Kara Q. Smith.
Video credits: Many thanks to filmmaker Anthony A. Russell, who helped make our great Kickstarter video with footage from The Lab's archives. Those clips, in order of appearance: Amidst (2010): video and sound installation by Ursula Scherrer and Flo Kaufmann, with live performances with Shelley Hirsch and Fred Frith; Vibrators Love Sound (2013) by Betty Apple; Static Room (2002) installation by Scott Arford; Caroliner (2009); Wunderkabinet (2005) an experimental opera and installation by Pamela Z; Half of Half (2013); art.tech (2009); M V Carbon (2012); Dynasty Handbag (2009); Lucas Murgida (2010) for Pieces-of-you-topia exhibition; Samin Son (2013); Christina Stanley for Organ Spectacular (2009); Bonnie Banks exhibition with Scummerai (2010); Godwaffle Noise Pancakes with Styrofoam Sanchez (2012); The Adventures of Lucky M (2002) by Michelle Handelman. Music by Travis Corwin.
The Lab's Board of Directors – Dena Beard (Executive Director), Elisa Durrette, Al McElrath, Alan Millar (President), Julie Norris, Benjamin Petrosky, Jessica Shaefer, Vikki Tobak, and Shari Wilk.
Risks and challenges
If we meet our goal of $50,000 by noon November 16, 2014, you can expect a new Lab, with renovated space and website to launch by mid 2015. If we can make it to $150,000, discover the immediate satisfaction of knowing that local and international artists will have enough funding to begin working on new projects for exhibition in Fall 2015.
We're building everything from the ground up, so it's entirely possible that we'll meet delays. We want it to be great and won't stop until we get there.
On the reward side, the physical objects are designed and will be ready to order as soon as numbers and individual specifications are finalized. We will need some time to process and mail, but we will let you know of our progress. Conceptual objects will be negotiated individually starting 5 days after the Kickstarter’s completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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