DISTRIKT 2017 | Where Art and Music Collide
The story behind a $150K art grant to Rob Bell of Zomadic. A chance for our community to contribute to bigger magic.
"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly." -Henri Bergson
As we evolved from our beloved successor camp, The Deep End, we revisited this quote again and again. In 2011, DISTRIKT became a 501c3 nonprofit, the first sound camp to achieve this status. Over the years, our goal has been to give back to our community who's given us so very much. Our chief goal was to back local artists who's art we've enjoyed immensely through the years.
This 2017, we take a huge step in evolving our stage and bar into a large art installation.
We launched a formal design proposal process in late February. After reviewing submissions, we landed on Rob Bell and his team at Zomadic as our partners in art meets music crime.
You've no doubt spent time in one of Rob's "Zomes" over the years. They are zonohedral architecture seen at many a festival and Burn. The best part? They build in a fraction of the time taken to build our prior stages and use little to no nails or screws, leaving us with a cure to our #1 MOOP problem: wood chips. Zero construction will be done on the playa. The pieces fit in jigsaw puzzle format.
The design, fully modular to continue to shape shift as the years pass, lasts well beyond our 3-year average of wooden stage structural integrity. Portions of the stage will travel across California and the U.S. as DISTRIKT's stage at many festivals and fundraisers and family gatherings. Our stages see one week of light before being stored in a trailer for a year before coming out once again. Not with our "D-Zomes".
This is the largest art grant we've funded. With your (hopeful) help, we bring into the fold, "big art" alongside each day's blended beatastic goodness. What better message can a sound camp give than one of art and music living together.
Did you know we're a 16-year-old playa family dating back to 2002? Three camps of friends made on the playa, came together to form "the best kept secret on the playa", The Deep End.
By 2007, maybe not the "best kept secret on the playa" but...double rainbow!! The Deep End retired in 2008 leaving shiny happy memories in the dust like no other day party.
After a year off in 2009, 11 of us with acute arrested development disorders went on to form DISTRIKT.
2010 launched with a bare bones set and surprise of returning smiles, art cars on the dance floor and waking up to murals being painted on the sides of those bare bones cubes.
Since 2010, we have designed and constructed 2 stages, each lasting 3 years, each lapping the last in scale, size, and effort. Our Co-Founder emeritus, Ronnie Altoonian, retired this past year. The moody, beautiful sets he designed and built, gifted grace and elegance to every sunset. With his retirement came the challenge of meeting the bar he held so high. What he designed was personal to him and to us. This year, we reached outside our fold with our art grant proposal. Art becomes the balcony we stand on as we honor the sun’s departure from the sky. Art is the bar over which a cool fruity slushy drink is served our way. Art is the stage on which our music makers spin their beat and blow that horn as we trip the dust fantastic.
Usually all we ask of you is your smiles and presence, but this year we're asking for a bit more. Why? Check it out:
The main stage "Zome" is well underway. The budget for this stage is $150K on TOP OF our regular operating budget of similar amount. We're fundraising across events as well but this Kickstarter $75K campaign must raise the most funds towards the $150K. This makes this honoraria similar in size to that of many large art installations seen on the main playa and plazas. We can do a lot on our own. But with your help, we can move a sound camp needle forward to be hosted within art. Please consider a gift of $25. If even one day's worth of attendees (est. 3000 people) give $25, we make our $75K goal. You are not just supporting DISTRIKT, you're supporting Rob Bell and his Zomadic team as they take their art up to it's most interactive level yet.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Much love. Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? We're listening!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - Love to all you crazies...Team D & Team Z
Videography thanks to Ina Maria Productions.
Musical track: Piece of Me by beloved family member, Simon Shackleton
Risks and challenges
With this leap of faith comes the risk we won't hit the financial budgetary goals at the timeframes when funding is absolutely essential between now and the Burn. Each structure has it's own material purchase deadline and build schedule. Much of our fundraising exists in events. We're taking a step back this year to fully focus on collaboratively learning this new construction and skill alongside Rob and his team. We're looking to online crowdfunding, to you, our community, to step up to move us forward. Bringing large art into a sound camp is not a usual marriage. With it comes a completely different timeline and budget approach. Alongside all of this is our normal operating budget need. Basically, we are doubling our operating budget and that is no small feat for people with day jobs who come home and work another 3-8 hours each night. We do this for the joy of doing it, for those smiles at sunset at a party like no other. We depend on our community to lift the evolution bar alongside us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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