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Would you like to see me build a city?  Demopolis is an immersive art installation on UC Santa Barbara's campus.
Would you like to see me build a city? Demopolis is an immersive art installation on UC Santa Barbara's campus.
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Demopolis, my senior art exhibition for the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, is a culmination of every project I've imagined but had never had the means to create.

Demopolis is an intersection of my brain.  It’s glam rock, gypsy, circus and Dothraki. It’s found poetry in internet message boards.  It’s cake.  It’s cats.  It’s a VW Beetle from 1968.  A German forest.  An Austrian Mother.  It’s a quest for a borrowed book.  A collection of tiny photographs.  It’s Cher.  It’s Stardust.  It’s me.

I’ve spent a lot of my time as an art student – and in life – making cool, weird things for other people.  Whether planning a spoken word show, Photoshopping a strange facecake or hiding a tiny, blue envelope on campus, using my creative energy to bring moments of laughter, sweetness and comfort to others is why I love being an artist.


A major aspect of my vision for Demopolis is creating a space for other people.  A large-scale installation with many components, this show is experiential.  More than paintings on a wall, it’s an environment that viewers will walk into and become a part of.

I remember walking around Richard Serra’s huge sheet metal sculpture at the bottom of LACMA when I was 15, and feeling like I had entered a new world.  I was suddenly alone in a room full of people.It was like I had escaped – transcended out of the rush and stress of normal life – into a private space.

Demopolis is, in essence, a gallery transformed into a series of private spaces.  It’s my perfect city: a tent for every district, a narrative lived between tents for commerce, tens for games, for fantasy, for humor and for introspection.  

In the midst of a fast-paced world, I want to make art that gives people a chance to slow down, to take a deep breath, to close their eyes. To feel close to one another and to themselves.  To dream.

Unfortunately, as a performer and primarily 3D installation artist, I’ve rarely had the pleasure of making work that was easy to hang on a wall, place on a shelf or ship away in a cardboard box.  Working in these mediums is inherently difficult to sustain for this reason, especially when you’re at the beginning of your career.

I’ve been very fortunate: I’ve received financial aid and some fantastic scholarships which have helped me make all kinds of extremely involved projects.  Consisting of about a dozen individually extensive projects, this show is a far bigger undertaking than anything I have done in the past, and therefore much more costly.

I need your help. 

Over several months of brainstorming with friends, family, teachers and classmates, I’ve come up with a bunch of fun, useful and highly unique rewards for backers of my project.  Though making these rewards is not the express purpose of the project, they have threads that tie them to Demopolis.  The main thread is that I thought these things would be cool to see realized.  I think you’ll like them, too.

I've also chosen to pursue this, my first Kickstarter, because I thought it would be a rewarding challenge to have to create and market products to people.  I am excited to bring these ideas to you and to send a small piece of myself to each of my supporters, even if that piece is as silly as a Kanye West mug.

And more . . . !

Bonus pledge levels and stretch goal rewards will be added throughout the month.

Don't see what you're looking for?  If there's a combination of items you'd like but don't see in their own tier, send me a message.  If enough people show an interest, I can create a tier just for those items.

Thank You From Rosi:  All backers pledging $50 or more will receive an individual thank you video from Rosi and Demi (who will probably be dressed up as Rosi).

  • Overall tent structure Six 24’ diameter tents will be constructed in the main room of the gallery.  The tents will house most of the other artworks.
  • 1968 VW Beetle: Old Beetle shell with everything torn out; Converted into a small lounging space.
  • Chairs: Two chairs upholstered in a fabric printed with images of skin.
  • Onesies: Thematic custom onesies on display.  Photographic/interactive element/game.
  • Tree prints: Fabric prints of trees from forest at Königssee, Germany, hung staggered in the glass box gallery.
  • UCSB Text Alerts: A more serious piece about the trauma that happens on and around UC Santa Barbara’s campus.
  • Miniatures: Tiny prints of past photographic work.  On display in dollhouse.
  • Finger puppets: A family of felt.
  • Found Poetry: Framed, strange and funny moments from the Internet.
  • Mission Get Book Back From ___ ____: I can’t spoil the surprise.
  • Currency: My show is like a small city of my brain and the city has its own currency: the Onesie.  Originally imagined as a die-cut cartoon image on cardstock that serves as a flier for the show. Final form will depend on funding.
  • Cakes: Face cakes.  Will go on miniature pins and on life-size faux-cakes, hung on wall.  Also will have real cakes at the reception.
  • Other? Cher wig paintings and booklet, birthday guide book, German Shepherd pillows, butt pillows, map/booklet of show, My Tears For The World jar, Mom videos, heart boxes/dollhouses, masks, Cowgirl outfits and display…

The projects continue to morph and multiply, as I am sure they will up until the opening day.  I'll add updates here if there are any major changes to the project list.

Since the show is only a little over a month away, all of these projects are in various states of completion already.  No matter what happens here on Kickstarter, some version of the show will be up from May 27 to May 31, 2014.  I’ve created this campaign for the extra push to take Demopolis from a sketch of an idea to a fully populated world.

In the next weeks leading up to the show, I will continue to work on the various projects and add items, materials and variations on those projects as the campaign reaches its goal.

Your pledge will go toward:

The Materials

  • 3000 square feet of fabric
  • wire cables, metal rods and hardware
  • costly fabric printing
  • printing and cutting currency
  • wood and metal working supplies
  • speakers, projectors, headphones + other tech

The Advertising

  • posters, save the dates, ads

The Reception

  • food, drinks
  • music

The Documentation

  • videographer
  • photographer

The Labor

  • feeding helpers
  • paying gallery sitters

If you want to support this idea but can’t contribute financially, I could absolutely use your help on other aspects of the projects. 

If you’re in Santa Barbara and want to help install (May 23 – May 26), gallery sit (May 27 – May 31) or deinstall (June 1), let me know.

If you or your business are interested in donating in another way, let me know.  I would be happy to give you credit as a sponsor of the show.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at this project.  Even before launching my campaign, the feedback this pursuit has inspired from my teachers and peers has been overwhelmingly positive and so encouraging.  It’s not every day that you get a chance to really interact with people about your art.  It is a gift, and whether or not this project is successfully funded, and whether or not you choose to donate, I am thankful for this opportunity to share what I’m working on with the world.

I welcome your comments.  You can keep up with the project by *starring* it, pledging (which will subscribe you to updates) or by following me on Instagram – @anterdemi.  Also feel free to use the tags #demopolis or #cherthelove if you want to share my project with others or show off your awesome reward.

Every bit helps, including your feedback.

Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you.

Risks and challenges

Since the show is only a little over a month away, all of these projects are in various states of completion already. No matter what happens here on Kickstarter, some version of the show will be up from May 27 to May 31, 2014. I’ve created this campaign for the extra push to take Demopolis from a sketch of an idea to a fully populated world.

Since making these rewards is not dependent on the final state of the art show, there is little to no risk of you not receiving your reward.

I have factored in the time and budget that it will take to produce each item and to fulfill their deliveries.

If there is an unforeseen delay, you will be the first to know. No matter what the delay, you will receive your rewards in a timely fashion.

If you have any other specific questions about risks and challenges, please let me know by sending me a message or leaving a comment. Thank you!

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    An original, letterpress printed card, my eternal thanks and a fun photo.

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    Mystery craft grab bag. Each bag will include a random selection of materials from the studio for use in whatever way you can imagine. May include anything from fabric to paper to hardware to misprints to cutouts of Kanye West's head.

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    Pin pack. A random assortment of four handmade pins. Neighbor Cat, Fox Tail, the Onesie and Otto . . . All of these options and more will be on the table. Then onto your favorite pair of overalls.

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    BANDANA.

    You will receive one bandana featuring the image of Otto the Cat or Cher in Roses. Purrfect for windy desert nights.

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    The Mug

    A custom-printed, high-quality mug, perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Two styles to choose from: a) Otto the Cat, or b) the "I'ma Let You Finish Your Coffee, But..." (a.k.a. the Yeezus a.k.a. Kanye.) For multiple mugs, check the tiers below.

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    CHER THE LOVE.

    You will receive: - One large TEMPORARY TATTOO of the Cher in Roses image, perfect for a muscle-y bicep - Five Cher PINS - One 11"x14" PHOTO PRINT of the Cher in roses image, suitable for framing (or handitak-ing above where you sleep) - One hand-made Cher in roses BANDANA. #D2K and let the Earth Mother Goddess keep the dust out of your nose during Coachella.

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    The Onesie.

    One custom-sized adult onesie, hand-made with super soft, high-quality fleece. These pajamas are ridiculously comfortable but also completely unique, because these are the themes you may choose from: - Bowie - Cher - Kanye - Otto the Cat - Kittens - Dessert.

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    THE MUG x 4. You will receive a set of four mugs (or any combination of the two styles that you desire). Stock up on gifts for friends and family or keep them all for yourself (and don't feel ashamed).

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    CAT PACK.

    You will receive: - Three cute, temporary 'CAT-TOOS' - Four cat PINS - Two "Otto the Cat" MUGS - One specially selected, extremely adorable 8"x10" PHOTO PRINT, from my time volunteering with kittens in Santa Barbara, and . . . - One hand-sewn Otto face BANDANA, purrfect for windy Coachella nights.

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    ONESIE//MUG combo.

    What's better than greeting the day with a fresh cup of coffee from your Kanye (or Otto) mug than greeting the day in a Kanye (or Otto) onesie while drinking from your Kanye mug? Nothing. Nothing is better.

    The onesie is available in these themes: - Bowie - Cher - Kanye - Otto the cat - Kittens - Dessert.

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    YEEZY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING.

    You will receive: - Two "I'ma Let You Finish Your Coffee, But..." MUGS and . . . - One custom-made Kanye ONESIE. Yeezy taught you well.

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS TIER.

    At this level, you will receive a private walk-through of "Demopolis" during its opening week, two reserved seats for the May 30th performance, five prints from past projects as well as one 8" x 10" image from the show. Must be in Santa Barbara during the last week of May to participate in the walk through.

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    DEMI and MS. E will come to your party dressed as CHER and perform for your guests. Available only in Santa Barbara, the Coachella Valley, L.A., S.F. or Orange County.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Mug

    A custom-printed, high-quality mug, perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Two styles to choose from: a) Otto the Cat, or b)
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Onesie

    One custom-sized, hand-made onesie made with super soft, high-quality fleece. These pajamas are ridiculously comfortable but also completely unique, because these are the themes you may choose from: - Bowie - Cher - Kanye - Otto the cat - Kittens - Dessert.

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    PIECE OF CAKE.

    You will receive CAKE, an original artist book produced by Demi in 2012. One out of an edition of five. You will also receive two small letterpress posters and the famous Anter peach cobbler recipe.

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