Aug. 22-25, at the IPRC (and other venues), Portland, OR
THE PROJECTS brings together experimental artists from comics, performance, music, animation, and other narrative arts for a free three-day festival of workshops, exhibitions, performances, collaborative projects, and intensive creative mayhem. Guest artists are given a short residency to make a site-specific piece or curate a collaborative workshop, and visitors are invited to join in the fray! The festival is oriented toward creative process and idiosyncratic expression, leaving behind the festival model of comics as commerce.
A beneficial side effect of the way this festival is organized is that the line between the guest artists and the public is totally blurred. We are all there making art together. It is perhaps only at some of the evening performances or the book fair where you fully realize who you've been hanging out with.
This is The Projects’ second year, and we can’t wait because last year’s festival was incredible! We were overwhelmed by the awesome work that was produced, the playful and incredibly talented people who participated, and, perhaps above all, the lasting connections made between people who worked and partied side-by-side for a long amazing weekend. This year promises to be just as marvelous with an already packed program, a remodeled IPRC, and an earlier date so that we can bask in the summer sun! Plus, we have added a one-day bookfair at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, a dedicated night of Gridlords at the Hollywood Theater, a Free Spirit News playroom, and we have joined forces with Experimental Half Hour for two nights of trippy and spectacular performances!
The Projects is partnered with a new breed of European comics festivals that put creativity and connection at the forefront: Škver in Mali Lošinj, Croatia; Novo Doba in Belgrade, Serbia; Crack! in Rome. These festivals create an intimate and non-commercial environment for artists from different cities, countries, and generations to work together and share ideas. The emphasis is to make art, experiment, and play, and to go a little wild together. Since we first experienced these sister festivals in the Balkans a few years ago, we knew we needed to start something like this in Portland.
/// WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE? ///
DAYS AT THE IPRC: Free and open to all! On Friday and Saturday, there will be various free workshops on screenprinting, mask making, collage, book-making, stop motion mural painting, as well as collaborative comics, photo booths and drawing sessions that anyone can jump in on. Free Spirit News will host a playroom and will be creating a special edition newspaper over the course of the festival. There will also be exhibitions, panels, and interviews with guest artists.
GUEST ARTISTS: Festival guests are invited to create a collaborative project during the festival, such as a zine, a mural, an interactive performance or installation, a drawing or video project, etc! The Projects is a unique opportunity for visitors to work side by side with incredible, experimental artists from all over the world.
EXHIBITIONS: Shows at multiple galleries and shops across the city, including a large show of work by Ilan Manouach at Gallery Homeland with an opening on Thursday night.
NIGHTS: There are events Thursday through Sunday evenings. Thursday = opening of Ilan Manouach’s show at Gallery Homeland. Friday = Experimental Half Hour night at Gallery Homeland, interactive installations, music/noise, and green screen antics till the wee hours! Saturday = mega rad night of Gridlords at The Hollywood Theater. Sunday = five amazing bands at Mississippi Studios, including Cloaks, Lighthouse, and one-night only collaborations with CF (Brown Recluse Alpha), Matt Carlson (Golden Retriever), Ilan Manouach (Balinese Beast), and Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race).
BOOK FAIR: On Sunday join the artists and Portland's most innovative publishers and independent retailers at The Cleaners for a free book fair presented by Floating World Comics and the Ace Hotel. This will also be an opportunity for people to debut creations they made at the festival on Friday and Saturday.
/// CONFIRMED GUESTS ///
Edie Fake (Chicago), Ilan Manouach (Greece/Belgium), Robert Beatty (LA), C.F. (Providence), Julia Gfrörer (PDX), Chris Cilla (PDX), Free Spirit News (PDX), Ashby Collinson (PDX), Jason Traeger (PDX), Alex Chiu, Souther Salazar, Monica Choy, Cody Brant, Gridlords, Profanity Hill (SEA), Short Run (SEA), Sparkplug Comic Books, MSHR (PDX), Experimental Half Hour (Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler, LA/PDX), Dunja Jankovic/Skver (Croatia), Fantagraphics Books (SEA), Most Ancient (Oakland), Time Arts Club (PDX), Manny Reyes, and more!
/// a little bit about the place where it all happens: PORTLAND ///
Portland is a small big city, nestled among the forests below Mt. Hood, our sleeping volcano. Known for its high concentration of cafes, breweries, bikes, food trucks, house shows, forest defenders, basement print shops, and back yard gardens -- it is also home to an unusually large comics and experimental arts community. Portland is also home to Floating World Comics, a staple in the independent comics world.
The festival is hosted by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (iprc.org), a DIY self-publishing center since 1998 and a cornerstone of Portland comics. The IPRC has the largest zine library in the country and provides access to letterpress, screen printing, and book-making equipment. They also run a year-long “comics college” dedicated to the study and creation of independent and self-published comics. The IPRC is located in inner SE Portland near a complex of art galleries and artists’ studios, several outstanding restaurants, cafes and beer gardens, and within walking distance of downtown.
/// YOUR HELP ///
Since we are committed to making The Projects free, we are depending on donations to cover the cash-dependent costs. We are a scrappy bunch and much of the festival will depend on the free and priceless ingenuity of volunteers, organizers, guests, and participants in order to make this thing come alive. However, we are also dreaming of a festival that will reach beyond our immediate and local community and bring together amazing people from across the country and world. And for this, we are relying on your contributions.
Our budget includes workshop materials, art supplies, travel and lodging expenses, printing costs, venue rental, food and drink, documentation and recording fees, 2 international plane tickets (for Ilan Manouach and Dunja Jankovic), and 3 domestic plane tickets (Edie Fake, CF, and Robert Beatty). We are grateful for any support you can offer and we hope to see you in August!
DIGITAL LOVE ($10): As a thank you for your kind donation we will send you a PDF of the FREE SPIRIT news special Projects edition and a digital selection of EXPERIMENTAL HALF HOUR videos.
BOTH SIDES OF A WALL ($12): Receive this brilliant newspaper comic by Ilan Manouach and a bonus copy of Diamond comics by FWC!
PROJECTS II POSTER ($20): Receive a limited edition 11" x 17" poster designed and signed by Dunja Jankovic. Plus digital EHH videos.
ÉCOLOGIE FORCÉE BY ILAN MANOUACH ($23): This book "focuses on my need to create with comics an absolutely artificial narrative space, where believing equals deciphering equals reading." Stunning, still, and strange -- a singular work. 24x34cm (9.5'x13.5'), 24 pages, B&W
FREE SPIRIT PROJECTS ISSUE ($25): A physical copy of the FREE SPIRIT magazine produced and printed during the Projects festival. Plus digital EHH videos.
MSHR DVD ($30): A disc of brand new exclusive MSHR recordings and videos made especially for the Projects. Plus digital EHH videos and FREE SPIRIT pdf.
THE OPTIMIST ($35): Receive a set of all 6 broadsheet newspapers that Floating World Comics published in the past year. The pack includes: American Psycho by Benjamin Marra, Q by Aidan Koch, In The Up Part of the Wave by Lala Albert, Skyface Sensrmap by Brenna Murphy, St. Owl's Bay by Simon Hanselmann, and Adapt by Jonny Negron.
EXCLUSIVE PROJECTS T-SHIRT DESIGNED AND SILKSCREENED AT THE FESTIVAL ($40): Chris Cilla will personally oversee the production of these shirts at The Projects. He will choose from the artwork produced at his silkscreen workshop to create these one of a kind works of art. We will ask for your shirt size ahead of time.
SET OF 4 ARCHIVAL PRINTS (5.5" x 8.5") BY EDIE FAKE ($50): Each set will be signed and numbered by Edie.
LIMITED EDITION SILKSCREEN PRINT BY JULIA GFRORER ($60): Each print will be signed and numbered by Julia.
PROJECTS SILKSCREEN ART BOOK ($75): One of the highlights of the festival is a silkscreen workshop led by Chris Cilla. Guest artists and Projects participants will have an opportunity to produce a fully silkscreened book during the 3 day workshop. Only 50 books will be produced. Your generous contribution will get you a copy of this exclusive art book!
AWESOME BUT TRUE ($77): For a pledge of just $77 dollars you will receive one of these three original paintings which Sean has awesomely donated to our cause. First come first choose, we'll email you. Sean also jokingly offered his very being as an Inspirational Guidance Counselor which we chose to take seriously and include as part of the deal! Your $77 pledge will include a fifteen minute Inspirational Skype Session with Sean Christensen A.B.T. to be fulfilled at your convenience. We challenge you to look at life the same way after this reward has been delivered.
ORIGINAL SIGNED ARTWORK BY FAREL DALRYMPLE ($80): Receive an original full colored page from Farel's new comic, It Will All Hurt. Pages are subject to availability, but you will have quite a few to choose from. Read the comic here: http://studygroupcomics.com/main/category/title/it-will-all-hurt/
BALKAN COMICS BOX SET!! ($99): Receive four big, gorgeous books from our friends in Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia that are not available in the US, including Novo Doba and Komikaze anthologies!
PROJECTS BREAKFAST ($150): Communal breakfast with The Projects artists. Join us Friday and Saturday morning at the IPRC for one of the most unique and bonding aspects of the festival.
TATTOO DESIGN BY EDIE FAKE! ($175): For $175 Edie will design a 4"x4" tattoo for you. If you'd like an 8"x8" design please contribute $300. Important - this does not include the tattoo, just the original art for the design. http://www.ediefake.com/tattoo.html
HIGH QUALITY PHOTO PRINT BY ILAN MANOUACH ($250): Measuring 4 feet by 6 feet these gorgeous prints are part of the main art exhibition at The Projects festival. http://www.ilanmanouach.com/
ARTIST PATRONAGE ($1000): Your contribution will cover the travel costs for a guest artist's residency at The Projects. Receive an original commissioned work of art by Ilan Manouach, a 4'x6' high quality photo print, a copy of the silkscreened book from Chris Cilla's workshop, the FREE SPIRIT zine, digital files from EHH and MSHR, and attend a free dinner with the artists and Projects organizers. (if you're lucky maybe breakfast too!)
Risks and challenges
Last year's festival and fundraiser was a huge success. We have learned from that festival, what worked and what people were attracted to. Participatory workshops will be clearly laid out and the schedule will be full of activities for people to join in. We have a better idea of what incentives were popular and we also modified the incentives to simplify shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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