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Michael Egon SchieleBy Michael Egon Schiele
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Michael Egon SchieleBy Michael Egon Schiele
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About

we are all tinder
kindling into something
greater than ourselves

Who We Are & What We're Doing

Polaroid # 1315 - On the Way to Rocky Mountain National Park
Polaroid # 1315 - On the Way to Rocky Mountain National Park

   For the past three years, myself Michael Egon Schiele and my partner Felissia Cappelletti have been pilgramiging to Black Rock City, NV for Burning Man. Along the way we've been taking photographs, documenting our experiences, and collecting the ephemera from our lives on the road - camping contracts, pinecones, rocks, and pressed leaves and flowers. This year - in the Burning Man idea of self-reliance - we are adventuring to the Black Rock Desert for Fourth of Juplaya, an unofficial Burning Man event, touring through the Northwest, the Pacific Coastline, and various natural parks along the way.

   In the spirit of community and discovery, we'd like to invite you along with our journeys. Through a series of initiatives we want to involve YOU in our experiences by sending Polaroids, handmade postcards and poems, pressed leaves and flowers home to YOU along the way. There's a variety of ways to be incorporated - both big and small - and we'd like to involve as many people as possible.

The Idea.

   Once we're finished, we'll compile it all into a book, a survey of our experiences. Because just as a single match does not produce a fire without ample tinder, art finds its value when it's in proximity to conversate. We are enriched not only by arts beauty, but by the context which creates it. By arraying these items of art together with the actual evidence of natural beauty which inspires it, there exists a dialogue that amplifies both.

   You can think of this expedition in the way that the American government once surveyed this country in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We take inspiration from Clarence King's Survey of the 40th parallel, the Hayden Survey of Yellowstone, and the Powell Surveys of the Colorado River. Seeing these lands as places undiscovered, these scientific studies made maps, took photographs, created drawings, and collected samples of the local geology and botany. Many of these discoveries would lead to founding our National Parks and aided the understanding of the Native American peoples living there at the time.

   Unlike the prevailing colonial attitudes of the time, Equally Empty Expeditions seeks to rediscover our native lands and cast a fresh eye on the peoples and places that make up this country. By identifying the enchantment in natural America, we believe awareness can be obtained of the inherent value of our land and its creatures. Much like Woody Guthrie's classic, "This Land Is Made For You And Me," we see this country to an area of boundless grandeur. 

   We seek to develop a long-term relationship between people and their lands by making a personal connection to our natural heritage. We incorporate the leaves from sidewalks, flowers in alleys, and butterflies from truck grills into our artwork and give them eternal life in your home, library, or office. We seek to add a connection back to nature into our lives.

   Let it be known that we follow closely the 10 Principles of Burning Man and The Boy Scout Law. We will not harm any living thing nor alter our environment to collect these specimens. We will only take what Mother Nature has given us. In that we are guided by chance, fate is as much of an author to these works as ourselves. Anything unobtainable in a proper fashion we will leave to document photographically.

The Engagement.

   The overall goal is to make a report of the expedition. Equally Empty Expeditions present: Kindling - A Survey of the American West will contain photographs, drawings, Polaroids, maps, and a collection of the specimens, letters, and experiences we encounter along the way. The book will focus primarily on our most recent journey, but may also include materials gathered from the previous 3 years expeditions. This book may not entirely be scientific, but will operate as such. There will be an opportunity to be included in the Cheers! section in an appendix at the back of the book or to be featured on the title page as producer. The first 100 books will be signed by myself and Felissia Cappelletti - the Equally Empty Expeditions Crew.

   In order to this, we need your help. For the benefactors of this expedition, we'll be sending back dispatches from our discoveries. Among the available items are polaroids, samples of soil or flowers, art made of maps and ephemera, poems, postcards, and letters detailing our progress. I'm also happy to say that there are 10 X 12" inkjet prints available. There are five to choose from, or have a print made from expedition photographs. Check out the photographs below to see what's available and for the itinerary to select where your photograph will be taken.

   Even if you can't donate, you can still participate! Follow along at our blog www.equallyempty.com, on twitter @equallyempty, and on Instagram as _mes_. 

Inkjet Prints:

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
In the Crow's Nest
In the Crow's Nest
Moonrise Over Yellowstone
Moonrise Over Yellowstone
Dandelions
Dandelions
DOTA
DOTA

Black-and-white Prints:

Beware of Dog
Beware of Dog
Home
Home
Black Rock City, NV
Black Rock City, NV

 Our planned itinerary is as follows:

The itinerary for the expedition.
The itinerary for the expedition.
  • Black River State Forest, WI / Minneapolis, MN
  • Sheyenne National Grassland / Theodore Roosevelt National Park ND
  • Bozeman, MT? / Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Seattle, WA / Hoh Rain Forest, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • Black Rock Desert, NV
  • Santa Rosa / San Francisco / Santa Cruz, CA
  • Cambria, CA
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Mesa Verde National Park, CO
  • Comanche National Grassland, CO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • and back again to Chicago, IL

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    Give us your name and we'll include you in Jack Kerouac's equally empty prayer. "Japhy Ryder, equally empty, equally to be loved, equally a coming Buddha." We will e-mail you confirmation of your prayer and the details - when and where it was performed.

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    Three colored karma bracelet. Please let us know what kinds of colors or color schemes you enjoy. Each karma bracelet is imbued with good karma by the maker. Produced by braiding 3 colored threads together.

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    Two colored Equally Empty Expeditions patch. Emblazoned with the creed: pictures. poetry. pathos. and the three p's logo.

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    Cheers! We'll cheers your name over a drink and include the experience on the equallyempty.com website. We'll also e-mail you the circumstances surrounding your cheers with a digital picture of the moment.

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    Leave No Trace Boy Scout patch. Brown with green twill border. Embroidered with a pair of boots. Wear proudly the ideal that we should leave a place nicer than we found it. We're offering one for approximately each camp site we'll use, so that you can share in the ethos and commitment to Leave No Trace.

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    Botany Sample. There are fallen leaves everywhere. Sometimes beautiful flowers are nearly crushed underfoot. In our expeditions, we like to collect this discarded botanic material for further study and enjoyment. Your botany sample will come mounted on a sturdy paper or contained in a similarly presentable manner with a scientific or poetic description attached. You may request the state your material comes from. See list at the bottom of the Project Story.

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    Soil Sample. We will collect a sample of soil indigenous to an area and deliver it to you in a glass vial, complete with a scientific or poetic description of the sample and its collection. You may choose a state from the list in the Project Story.

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    5 X 7" Archival inkjet print. Choose from the new material when we return in July and we'll send you a print of your favorite image.

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    Map with Polaroid and ephemera. Assembled entirely from one area, place and travel are interpreted artistically. Signed and dated. Each piece is one of a kind. Please indicate from the listed states on the Project Story your preferred location.

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    Equally Empty Expeditions presents: Kindling - A Survey of the American West. This book is the ultimate manifestation of our project. Like making a fire, it is not one match that burns, but many sticks, twigs, and logs. The culmination of a month of exploring our Western frontiers our experiences will be distilled herein. Books will be approximately 100 pages of photographs, poetry, maps, collage, and conversation. Art pieces from this Kickstarter project will be incorporated whenever possible. First 100 copies will be signed by the artists.

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    10 X 12" Archival Inkjet print. Choose from one of five choices now or choose from a collection of five images from the expedition in August. Signed and numbered. Each print will be limited to an edition of 10.

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    Producer Credits. You'll receive a copy of Equally Empty Expeditions presents: Kindling - A Survey of the American West and also receive producer credits on the title page. Your contribution will be responsible for making the book to the standards and quality it deserves.

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    10 X 12" Archival Inkjet print and signed copy of Equally Empty Expeditions presents: Kindling - A Survey of the American West. The photograph will be picked from the photographs taken on this journey for its exceptionalness and limited to an edition of 10.

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    10 X 12" Archival Silver-gelatin black-and-white print. Choose from one of three images now or wait until August to choose from one of three images upon our return from the expedition. Each print will be limited to an edition of 10.

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    30 X 40" Archival Inkjet print. Mounted and framed, signed and dated. Choose from our new material upon our return in July and you'll receive a museum quality print, presented in a beautiful wooden frame. (Add $50 for International donors)

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