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$5,125
pledged of $5,020pledged of $5,020 goal
46
backers
3days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 27 2019 12:13 PM UTC +00:00.

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Our fundraising campaign on another platform asks $55k for the total production, but that won't be reached without divine intervention. We've bought the most essential gear with those donations and maxed-out a few credit cards. But we still don't have the sound system.  And we are not mimes. Options:

A. This Kickstarter fails. Filastine & Nova go silent forever. End of story.  Find other artists to fight the climate crisis, ossifying borders, and Kardashian-culture.

B. We raise about $5k and get a decent sound system. You save the day.

C. We reach the stretch goal of $6k and get better speakers which get lower, louder, and cover a wider area. Total jubilation. 

Arka- (Latin) vessel, repository, from arcēre, meaning “to hold off or defend”

Kinari- (Sanskrit)  a half-human, half-bird musician, guardian of the tree of life

Arka Kinari is a multimedia performance staged from the deck of a traditional sailing ship, using live music and cinematic visuals to imagine life after the carbon economy, resilience to climate change, and re-engagement with the last great commons- the  sea.

Filastine & Nova’s mix of traditional Javanese melodies, hypnotic polyrhythms and contemporary electronic music propel a 75min performance. The two musicians and two assisting performers make use of the ship, elements of the waterfront and the water itself as stage and scenography.

The Indonesia Voyage
 Until seafaring was bypassed by shipping containerization and air travel, the maritime network was how culture and ideas were spread- the original internet. In Southeast Asia memes from across the oceans were transmitted through wayang kulit: live music & shadow-puppetry. Arka Kinari continues in this tradition, but with an updated toolkit.

From June 2020 Arka Kinari will begin “slow touring” across the Indonesian archipelago, moving by sail between port cities and villages, docking at public waterfronts to share with audiences observing from hard ground. Arka Kinari focuses on Indonesia because it is a frontline in the battle of ideas, ground zero for resource extraction, and currently one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution. It is a place where a difference can be made, and the artists are uniquely positioned to make that difference.  

 The Big Timeline
  2018: Research. Research. Research.

2019: Creation. Production. Trial.

2020: Indonesia

2021: Pacific Asia

2022: Indian Ocean & Southern Africa

2023: Mediterranean

2024: further..

£00T - Official Currency of Arka Kinari
£00T - Official Currency of Arka Kinari
we are a bargain because it would be impossible to do this for less
we are a bargain because it would be impossible to do this for less

...---... SOS ...---...
  The ship of Arka Kinari is already purchased and partially transformed into a stage. A crew is working round-the-clock. Much of the essential equipment is purchased. But we've run out of funds (and credit) before buying one essential package of the gear: The SOUND SYSTEM. Don't let us go quiet! The budget for producing the performance is $90k, we are asking for only a fraction of that here.

Portrait of the Artists Practicing Their Emergency Flare Chops
Portrait of the Artists Practicing Their Emergency Flare Chops

The Crew
Music & Concept: Filastine (Spain/USA) & Nova (Indonesia) work across music, video, design and geography to manifest an alternative vision of the possible. The duo have toured continuously for the last decade, sharing “powerfully political and distinctly global music” (-NPR) at international festivals like Sonar, Decibel, Les Vieilles Charrues, Mutek Japan, Transmediale Berlin and Sydney Festival. Filastine & Nova often work in public space, through architectural video mapping, swarm-sound direct actions, and free outdoor performances in unexpected places. In 2018 they collaborated on “Liminality” at the Sociéte des Arts Technologies in Montreal and “xhe” at Esplanade Theater in Singapore. Nova is a community organizer in the artivist networks of equatorial Asia, working with organizations like EngageMedia, 350, and Greenpeace. Her maternal family is Bugis, the seafaring tribe who inspired the term “boogie man” for piracy during the colonial era. Filastine’s long history of mixing environmental advocacy, art and activism includes water-borne projects like the Sea Shepherd and Swoon’s floating installations.

Director: Ricard Soler Mallol

Technical Production: Adria Pinar, Deden Bulqini

Wardrobe Design: Ican Harem, Manda Selena
Video Production: Pilou, Rahadyan Amandita, Nova Ruth Setyaningtyas, Miki Videocratz

Consulting Directors: Jeff Stark, John Jordan (Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination)
Consulting Installation Lighting: Eloi Maduell (Playmodes)

Sailors: Arjen Van Der Veen, Ben Blankenship

Join Us? A journey of a thousand nautical miles begins with a single spreadsheet:

Sailor recruitment (skippers, engineers) 

Skilled tradesfolk recruitment (welders, electricians, carpenters, sound system, stagehand) 

Wardrobe Designer Ican Harem
Wardrobe Designer Ican Harem

Risks and challenges

With your support this is definitely happening, and long past the point of no return. But this whole mission, and our lives, could be wiped out by a hurricane, a rogue wave, Abu Sayyaf pirates, or a broken bilge pump. Those are forces beyond our control.

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    Sneaky Pre-Release of the new Music

    You will be the first to hear & download the new music composed for Arka Kinari. Expect a download code in your email inbox before the public album release in late 2020.

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    A Visit & Meal Aboard the Ship

    Come onboard for a personal tour of the ship and share a meal with the crew, wherever you can rendezvous with Arka Kinari in port. See the historic pilot-house, explore above and below deck, visit the fascinating engine room, get stuffed with good food.
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    Inspired by dazzle camouflage and fish scales. Hide in plain sight- aquatically.

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    One Week Voyage Aboard the Ship

    Bed, all meals, and plenty of adventure provided for up to a week. Although equipped with snorkels, a kayak and other fun, Arka Kinari is a working boat, and visitors will be invited to participate in sailing, cooking, etc. Be part of an expedition not an instagram vacation.
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    Name the Dinghy

    The dinghy is the little boat that moves the crew to shore while under anchor, and does a thousand other tasks- this little boat gets a lot of use and visibility. The name you choose will be stenciled onto the dinghy, the name can be silly or serious, but please nothing corporate and nothing that brings heat from local authorities.

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