East of Borneo is a collaborative online magazine of contemporary art and its history as considered from Los Angeles. We launched in 2010 with initial support from the Getty Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that allowed us to build a new type of publication—one that nurtures a collective reexamination of West Coast art and its history, highlighting unexpected connections and encouraging new lines of thought.
Over the last four years, you've made East of Borneo great. As we begin our 5th year online, we need your help to make it even better.
Your donation is a meaningful show of support that will help us achieve the following:
1. Launching East of Borneo 2.0
Since 2010, the internet has changed—a lot—and so have we! With your help, we've built an incredible archive of essays, interviews, images, videos and more. We've been working with Other Means to envision the next phase of East of Borneo and are planning a comprehensive relaunch that will:
- Use design and information architecture to enhance user experience, encouraging exploration and discovery.
- Add new features that will support user uploads and allow us to build a richer network of related concepts, articles, media and perspectives.
- Bring us up to speed technologically and introduce a responsive interface for desktop, tablet, and mobile platforms.
2. Doing it Right: Yes, we pay writers.
We appreciate the value of good design but know a magazine is more than that. We're asking you to support an equal investment in the editorial work, so that we can continue publishing East of Borneo the way it should be done. We'll keep all of our online content free to access, without paywalls or pop-up ads. We'll continue to pay our writers, editors and interns, and we won't sacrifice editorial rigor, fact checking, image research, copy editing or proofing. If that sounds like something you can support, you know what to do!
3. Doing it Better
Any donations that exceed our $25,000 goal will directly support our Writing Fund and improved writing fees beginning in 2015.
We'll send you our East of Borneo button set and a 7-inch "What Would Sun Ra Do?" sticker featuring artwork by Dave Muller. It's a mini-version of the limited edition artwork we're offering at the $1,000 level below.
Show your support with a one-of-a-kind Dot Logo Tote, screenprinted by hand at Pop-Hop Books & Print in Los Angeles. Each bag is unique in color and design. 100% cotton, 14-3/8 x 14 in.
Become a subscriber! We’ll send you a copy of our first book, Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader, and our new 12 oz. ceramic Dot Logo Mug by Bauer Pottery. You’ll also receive year-round benefits that include giveaways, subscriber-only event invitations and more.
Become a subscriber! We'll send you our limited edition Eden Ahbez t-shirt (American Apparel S, M, L, or XL) and our new 12 oz. ceramic Dot Logo Mug by Bauer Pottery. You’ll also receive year-round benefits that include giveaways, subscriber-only event invitations and more. (If you don't already know about Ahbez, read about him in our 2013 essay New Music for a New Age: Return to Nature!)
Become a subscriber! We'll send you a copy of Second Life: Light Bulb (1977-81), our special reissue of the experimental magazine of the Los Angeles Free Music Society. You'll also receive our "Put Yourself in Los Angeles" poster designed by Mark Owens, produced in a limited edition of 200 and measuring 18 x 24 inches; plus the WWSRD? sticker and button set. Your name will also appear on our list of supporters and you'll have early, invitation-only access to the new website when we begin testing it in 2015.
You'll receive a limited edition artwork by Liz Glynn for East of Borneo Editions: Anonymous Need (BlackBerry), 2013. This is a cast lead sculpture modeled from the artist's BlackBerry phone and derived from her Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza/Giza) series. It is made in an edition of 50, hand numbered and inscribed by the artist, and weighs approximately two pounds. Your name will also appear on our list of supporters and you'll have early, invitation-only access to the new website when we begin testing it in 2015.
You'll receive a limited edition artwork by Dave Muller for East of Borneo Editions: WWSRD? (Large & Sticky w/Stars), 2013. Produced as an oversized bumper sticker, this 6-foot digital print on adhesive gloss vinyl depicts Sun Ra, the prolific jazz composer and father of Afrofuturism. Each numbered print includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. This is an edition of 50 and prints are made to order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and shipping. Your name will also appear on our list of supporters and you'll have early, invitation-only access to the new website when we begin testing it in 2015.
You'll receive a limited edition artwork by Barbara Kruger for East of Borneo Editions: Untitled (Stamps), 1990/2013. A variation on an earlier work from 1990, this set of 81 postage stamp-sized images repeats the words: Happy, Sad, Awake, Asleep, Hopeful, Doubtful, Relaxed, Tense, Alive. This is an offset lithograph on kisscut adhesive paper, 11.5 x 11.5 inches unframed, produced in an edition of 35. Each print is hand stamped and numbered by the artist on verso. Your name will also appear on our list of supporters and you'll have early, invitation-only access to the new website when we begin testing it in early 2015.
How we're funded:
We're a nonprofit publication launched with initial funding from the Getty Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts that helped us grow the site over the first two years. We are fortunate to have annual support from California Institute of the Arts, where we have a dedicated office space and funding for one full-time editorial position. All of the additional funding that we need to make East of Borneo work—to pay for writing and editing, design, programming, web hosting, events and more—comes from subscriptions, sales and donations. On average, these make up about 40% of our annual budget. Simply put, we're reader supported. What we're able to do each year is largely determined by you.
- On the web: We publish essays, interviews and features that explore West Coast contemporary art and its history. We also reproduce material that is out-of-print or hard to find through our Second Life series, and invite our readers to respond by adding their own relevant images, videos, links and more.
- In print: East of Borneo Books sees the extension of our mission into print, calling attention to the best writing on the visual culture of Los Angeles. Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader is the first collection of writings by McCoy (1904-89)—as Reyner Banham once said, "No one can write about architecture in California without acknowledging her as the mother of us all." Our second title, Second Life: Light Bulb (1977-81), is a special reissue of Light Bulb magazine produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles Free Music Society.
- In real life: We produce exhibitions, talks, and other events, like our ongoing Wikipedia edit-a-thon series Unforgetting L.A.; last year's Summer Issues Cooperative, a free, pop-up newsstand in Culver City; EATS of Borneo with food critic Jonathan Gold; and exhibitions at ICA Philadelphia, REDCAT, and more.
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—from your friends at East of Borneo—
Contributing Writers: Gwen L. Allen, Claire Barliant, Audrey Chan, Carol Cheh, Catherine Corman, Leslie Dick, Travis Diehl, Joanna Fiduccia, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Jonathan Griffin, Robby Herbst, Michael Ned Holte, Alexander Keefe, Norman M. Klein, Jennifer Krasinski, Quinn Latimer, Annette Leddy, Derek McCormack, Susan Morgan, Aram Moshayedi, Saul Ostrow, Adam Overton, Lane Relyea, Janet Sarbanes, Cameron Shaw, Jenni Sorkin, Nick Stillman, Darcy Tell, Margaret Wappler, Damon Willick, Kate Wolf
Board of Advisors: Julie Ault, Charles Gaines, Lia Gangitano, Clara Kim, Robert Sain, Howard Singerman
Founding Editors: Thomas Lawson, Stacey Allan
Project image: John Baldessari, "Cutting Ribbon, Man in Wheelchair, Paintings (Version #2)," detail, 1988.
Risks and challenges
If we meet our goal of $25,000 by October 10, you can expect East of Borneo 2.0 to launch in early 2015 with new features, better design, and more to discover.
We're building a new website and it's entirely possible that we'll meet delays. We want it to be great and won't stop until we get there. But the design process is already underway and it's taking shape, so we feel confident about our anticipated launch date of February 2015.
On the reward side, all of our items are ready to ship so we're all set there. Some of our rewards are handmade—the Second Life book is assembled, stickered and stamped by hand, and the tote bags are all individually printed—so if there's greater demand than anticipated, we may need a little time to crank out a new batch. In that case, we would let you know asap.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter