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A month-long pop-up workshop & design studio intersecting 40 creatives from various disciplines in one space, documenting everything
A month-long pop-up workshop & design studio intersecting 40 creatives from various disciplines in one space, documenting everything
A month-long pop-up workshop & design studio intersecting 40 creatives from various disciplines in one space, documenting everything
190 backers pledged $11,486 to help bring this project to life.

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The Center for Lost Arts is a month-long pop-up workshop and design studio located in Chicago, IL housing 40 creatives from various disciplines in a single space. When all is said and done we will publish a zine documenting the trials and tribulations, successes and failures throughout the month.

Somewhere between artist residency, performance space, research project and public exhibit, the Center for Lost Arts will house 40 artists, architects, designers, printmakers, woodworkers, product designers, composers, hackers, and educators into a 15,000 square foot space. For 31 days, armed with a wide array of tools this community will make to their hearts content. Independently, collaboratively or collectively. The point? What happens at the intersection of creative disciplines in an open-studio environment? We're curious too.

People, Place, Tools

Andrew Huff, Annie Frei, Brainkiller, Chad Kouri, Chris Mantz, Craighton Berman, Douglas Pancoast, Dustin HostetlerEmmanuel Pratt, Floyd A. Davis IV, James T. Green, Jeff Solin, Jenna Blazevich, Jenny Kendler, Jessica Charlesworth, Joel Corelitz, Katherine Darnstadt, Lance Curran, Linsey Rosen, Margot Harrington, Martin Atkins, Mary Eleanor Wallace, Matthew Hoffman, Max Temkin, Meghan Lorenz, Michael Davis, Michael Koehler, Pablo Garcia, Renata Graw, Rod Hunting, Roman Titus, Sam Rosen, Sandor Weisz, Strand Design, Tanner Woodford, Tim Parsons, Tom Burtonwood, Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Victor Saad...

An incredible line-up of individuals have committed to utilizing the workshop. The rules for participation are simple – use the space and tools to your hearts content, contribute to others use of the space, and take this unique opportunity to make something new, different or personal. 

15,000 diverse square feet

Three spaces in one, our location for July is comprised of a 4,300 square foot building which will house our workshop, a 6,000 square foot empty lot for picnics, film screenings, and roasting marshmallows, and a 5,000 square foot design studio with cafe & kitchen.

This September, 2015 the bow trussed building, at the corner above, will be demolished. How might this fact inspire our group of 40 during the month of July?

Tools galore

The workshop will be outfitted with traditional and modern tools – from table saws and drill presses, to planers, CNC machines, and hand tools. It will be noisy and active!

The design studio will create a more reflective and collaborative environment while also providing space to sew, 3D print and screen print. This is where we'll design and plan ideas that become reality within the workshop.

Flanked by both buildings above, the empty lot will be our community space and public space. Think film screenings, sculpture garden and barbecues. 

What to expect

A month full of exploration and experimentation. And that's the point. This is a space for personal and collective exploration and discovery. The potential brilliance. The horror. The trials. The tribulations. The laughter! The only expectation is projects will transform from ideas into reality, some of which you benefit from as rewards! And we'll share it all through project updates, right here.

What you're funding

This project is to support the development of a Zine chronicling our month at the Center for Lost Arts, and all rewards listed within this project. The Zine will be produced by myself and Dustin Hostetler, curator and creator of Faesthetic. Funds will be used to print and deliver the zine and other rewards to your doorstep, safely and soundly.

Rewards

I'm really excited about the ideas we've fostered as a group to share with you. Here's a glimpse at what we'll send out for your pledge amount.

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Risks and challenges

This entire project is an experiment and so the outcomes are unknown. And this is the heart and soul of this project. The only definition provided is the location and the people. What happens no one knows. The only risk comes with too much support and we become a small but overloaded community making rewards. We are limited by our participants, and as such, too much success could lead to some delays in delivery.

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    Thanks to you, fearless backer! –
    We will send you our eternal thanks in the form of a post card, taken from a page in our Center for Lost Arts Zine. A little memento of a momentous month!

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    Center for Lost Arts Zine –
    You'll receive our zine, documenting the experiences and reflections of those inhabiting the space. A compilation of images, notes, sketches and more in partnership with Faesthetic.

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    The workers pack –
    The Center for Lost Arts Zine accompanied by a set of three Pitch Black Field Notes, a set of custom Lost Arts pencils, the same set each member of the Center for Lost Arts receives upon arrival.

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    Random receiver of kindness –
    You will receive a limited edition item, at random, designed and created by one of our 40 participants, along with a brief story of its making and who made it.

    You will also receive the Center for Lost Arts Zine, a set of three Pitch Black Field Notes, a set of customer Lost Arts pencils.

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    Indelible You –
    Your name, stenciled in large print, on a wall of the Center for Lost Arts! In addition we'll mail to you the Center for Lost Arts zine, a three pack of Pitch Black Field Notes and a set of custom Lost Arts pencils.

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    Cross the chasm –
    Join us for one full week of untethered access to the space and tools. Make art, explore your own creativity, and be part of this amazing community. You've crossed the chasm for one full week, and become a member of our little family.

    Of course, this reward does not include transportation to Chicago. That's on you buddy.

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    The Time Capsule –
    The most special gift of all. One year from now (June 2016) you'll receive in the mail a box of artifacts created during the month of July at the Center for Lost Arts. We don't know what goodies will come, but we guarantee they will be magical. This will certainly include the Center for Lost Arts Zine, three Pitch Black Field Notes and a set of custom Lost Arts pencils. But most magically you'll receive a collection of items created by our extraordinary participants.

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Funding period

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