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My name is Robert Peterson and I have been selected to participate in the 1st Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in December 2009.

The Ghetto Biennale will be held in and around the Grand Rue in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti in December of 2009. The Grand Rue is home to a community of internationally renowned sculptors. Due to the political and cultural climate there they are being denied United States entry visas and government support to participate in major biennales elsewhere in the world. Because of this they have invited a select group of international artists, architects, designers and thinkers to Port-au-Prince to make work and discover what happens when radically different cultures come together. As the organizers and curators for the event have said, " What happens when first world art rubs up against third world art? Does it bleed?"
My proposal for participation in the event follows:
Firsthand accounts of the apprenticeship system and the Grand Rue artists’ relationship to materials are at the core of this project. Using sound recording technology and displaying the finished work as a four channel audio sculpture the goal is to engender a dialog from which both cultures can take away something meaningful. My approach will encompass documentary, deep listening, recording that focuses on the sounds that are often caught between the labels of ‘background’ and ‘foreground’ in our consciousness, and environmental sound recording.
I am hopeful that what I make there will be useful to both cultures. I hope it will be something that I can bring back here to the United States and share with my students and others in order to engender a dialog on the lessons we can learn from one another across seemingly incomprehensible cultural barriers.
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    You get a 5 minute personalized mp3 from the recordings done in the Grand Rue of Port-au-Prince. These will be one of a kind recordings for each pledge of $3.00.

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    You will get the $3 reward plus a hand screened, 4 color cassette tape print. The images are based on tapes that I often use in sound performances. They will be signed and include a personal thanks from me to you!

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    You will get a 5 minute personalized mp3 plus a CD-R print of 80 minutes of sound from the Grand Rue in a hand made sleeve with a one of a kind piece of art inside each one.

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    You will get all of the above, but instead of one CD-R you will get four so that you can recreate, in a loose way, the actual sound piece as it will be installed at the show at home on four CD players. Much like The Flaming Lips' "Zaireeka" but slightly less rockin'.

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    You will get a professionally pressed copy of the four CD set and a professionally pressed copy of the documentary of the piece being made over the course of 3 weeks in Haiti in hand screened sleeves.

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    You will get the $75.00 reward plus a limited edition recording of the sounds of the Grand Rue on 12" vinyl in a hand screened, editioned sleeve.

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