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What happens when we give artists the funding, time, and space to realize their vision, free of any restraints or caveats?
What happens when we give artists the funding, time, and space to realize their vision, free of any restraints or caveats?
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    PERFORMANCE EVENT WITH KEMBRA PFAHLER

    Inspired by the artist Kembra Pfahler’s practice of availabism, “making the best use of what’s available,” if we reach our campaign goal we will turn The Lab over to all of our backers on May 28th. We’ve invited Pfahler herself to be in residence during the entire month of May, where she’ll be offering her legendary Performance 101 workshop, transforming The Lab into a surreal “Manual of Action” through her core tenets of Availabism, Beautalism, and Antinaturalism. The madness will culminate with a performance event on May 28th unlike any other, created especially for our backers at every level. Hosted by Kembra and her brother Adam (formerly of the band Jawbreaker), in the words of Nick Zedd/Orion Jeriko this event promises “blood, shame, pain and ecstasy, the likes of which no one has yet imagined. None shall emerge unscathed!”

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    INSTANT VALIDATION

    A shout-out on The Lab’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and a super-sweet tax-deduction. Thankfully, Uncle Sam cuts us a break in this area, so pledges at any level for this campaign are tax-deductible.

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    .GIFt!

    We will send you a piece of .GIF animated magic courtesy of an artist that was super happy to get a paycheck.

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    BODY MUSIC

    A downloadable video by Charlemagne Palestine, created especially for The Lab.

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    ACOUSTIC DECONSTRUCTION LP

    As the former home of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way is acoustically exceptional in ways that cannot be measured or reproduced. A Brutalist masterpiece, the building was shuttered on December 21, 2014 and its future is uncertain at this time. With established and brave new techniques, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon and Zackery Belanger collected a representation of its acoustic soul, interpreted here by artists Ingrid Lee, Matt Ingalls, and Maggie Payne. This is the first publication on The Lab's new label. Shipping is included and will follow the initial shipment of pre-orders of the record made in December 2014.

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    TOTES

    We know your locally-sourced veggies want to be as edgy as your imported vinyl, and The Lab’s got a great bag that can tote them all.

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    INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

    Join us. One complimentary ticket for any event priced $10 and below + other special members-only perks for a year!

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    LAS SUCIAS LP

    A vinyl record by the spectacular Oakland artist duo, recorded at The Lab (U.S. shipping included).

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    BRAIN PICKING

    You asked for it, she's listening: a 30-minute phone call with our Executive Director Dena Beard.

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    PARTNER MEMBERSHIP

    TWO complimentary tickets for any event priced $10 and below + other special members-only perks for a year + TWO tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP

    Get intimate with the Las Sucias LP + The Lab’s tote bag (U.S. shipping included) + Partner Membership + TWO tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    TAG THE CREEPY BATHROOM

    Join graffiti history–you (or we) can add your moniker to the walls of The Lab’s creepy secret bathroom. A living archive, the bathroom includes the tags of Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri, Alicia McCarthy, Krink, and many more + Partner Membership + TWO tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    SPONSOR MEMBERSHIP

    Complimentary admission for one to a full year of events at The Lab + a ticket to attend a VIP event before the May 28th performance with Kembra Pfahler.

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    COLLECTOR MEMBERSHIP

    Complimentary admission for TWO to a full year of events at The Lab + TWO tickets to attend a VIP event before the May 28th performance with Kembra Pfahler.

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    PERFORMANCE 101 WITH KEMBRA PFAHLER

    A four-unit course held at The Lab on Monday evenings in May, culminating in a live performance piece. Performance Art 101 introduces three basic techniques: “availabism” – making the best use of what’s available; “gothleticism” – an urban outdoor DIY workout routine; and “anti-naturalism” – which, similiarly to Wabi-Sabi, centers upon on acceptance of transience and imperfection. The ultimate goal of Performance Art 101 is to create beauty out of debris. Pfahler has taught this course at Columbia University, NYU, UC San Diego, and Cal Arts + TWO additional guest tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHS WITH JADER

    A unique portrait sitting for one with the extraordinary Jader. Specializing in “theatric portraiture that channels the romantic kitsch of Pierre et Gilles, the creepy character development of Cindy Sherman, and the pop sensibility of David LaChapelle” (East Bay Express), Jader will transform you into the stuff of anti-naturalist fantasies. www.jadervision.com

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    HOST YOUR OWN

    We will give you The Lab's space (and our premium Meyer Sound system) for four exclusive hours when we aren't previously booked + Partner Membership + TWO tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    PATRON MEMBERSHIP

    Complimentary admission for FOUR to a full year of events + FOUR tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    TOTAL TAKEOVER

    We will give you The Lab's space (and our premium Meyer Sound system) for eight glorious hours when we aren't previously booked + Partner Membership + FOUR tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    KEMBRA PFAHLER AND ANNIE SPRINKLE LIMITED EDITION LENTICULAR TRIPTYCH

    Kembra Pfahler and Annie Sprinkle: Kembra from the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, 1994 / 2016; three-dimensional lenticular triptych, includes three 12 x 8 in. prints, unmounted; edition of 6 signed by the artists. + Partner Membership + FOUR tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    SPONSOR A PROJECT

    Get exclusive access to our artists, two tickets to our twice-yearly salon dinners, and recognition on our website and publication materials + Patron Membership + FOUR tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    SCULPTURE BY JAMES STERLING PITT

    James Sterling Pitt: Sandias, May 1, 2013 – May 3, 2013; approximately 24 x 20 x 2.5 in. with a custom shelf; courtesy of the artist.+ Partner Membership + FOUR tickets to the May 28th performance.

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    TITLE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    For one year, the Executive Director of The Lab will be titled with the designation of your choosing. "Janitor of Capp Street" or "Curator of San Francisco's Wombat Army," for instance. With such power come great rewards: private visits with artists and collectors, a space rental, and plenty of special treatment presumably relating to public relations problems. We’re up for it, are you? Includes Patron Membership + two tickets to our twice-yearly salon dinners, and recognition on our website and publication materials.

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    MEGA MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE

    Annual memberships for TWO to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFJazz, Frameline, San Francisco Cinematheque, and The Lab + TWO tickets to the May 28th performance.

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