Workshops for artists, beginning in Chicago and Pittsburgh, on the art of comedy, self-presentation, and the ins n' outs of small talk. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on February 16, 2012.
About this project
Superhelpfulfragilistic Experientaldosage Workshops + Book
(just a spoonful of sugar will help those social skills go down)
Art schools and organizations often stress the importance of writing an artist statement, applying for shows and grants, articulating the ideas behind work, but rarely address the most important networking skill of all: small talk. As an artist, networking and self-promotion are required, while the ability to communicate clearly and articulate with a smart sense of humor and confidence is crucial. If you or a loved one has ever stuttered through an explanation of artistic practice to a total stranger, a large audience, and/or a best friend, this workshop and book is for you.
Workshop: This is the self-awareness class they never offered in art school. Think Joan Rivers, Steve Martin, and Dr. Phil …no, wait, Carl Jung, sitting at your kitchen table giving you advice. You know, how to articulate that idea, what not to wear, and how to be okay with who you are in the world. We don't actually have these celebrities. But we promise to bring a talented comedian together with group of artists, who will learn and practice new strategies for presenting themselves and their work.
We’re not pushing the same old artspeak you learned in undergrad. We use real strategies gleaned from artists, comedians, lawyers, etiquette coaches, therapists, and curators to address common social anxieties, build confidence, and teach artists how to deliver a punch line while introducing their work in an appealing way.
The Chicago workshop is May 12th, 2012 at Threewalls Gallery and features special guest Cameron Esposito (therealcameronesposito.com). Details for the Pittsburgh workshop will be finalized soon. If we succeed in this initial effort, we’ll be taking suggestions for other cities as well.
Publication: Participants in both workshops will be asked to contribute a written or visual response to the workshop. These will be compiled into a small publication. Each artist, presenter and venue will receive a copy of this publication free of charge. The publication will showcase the material covered in the workshop, document feedback from our accomplices, and entice Mr. Martin to come on board in the future. For those who are unable to attend the workshop, this book will allow folks to glean the wisdom and comedic stylings of our special guests, as well as the insights of all of the workshop participants. It will exist as social roadmap for future generations of artists.
Treaty of Iceberg and Sorcery is two artists, Casey and Rebecca. We have been on the giving and receiving end of many a painful rambling artist talk. We designed these workshops to share some of the things we've picked up in social purgatory and to hear from those who haven't drunk the art world koolaid.
Registration for both workshops will open up to the public on March 1st. Email us at icebergandsorcery at gmail dot com to be added to our mailing list and/or follow us at icebergandsorcery.tumblr.com to receive project updates. This is a FREE workshop, but it will be first come first serve, up to 25 participants per workshop. If you want to guarantee your spot early, there are a couple of rewards that will save you a seat.
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Treaty of Iceberg and Sorcery
It's true Robin, we're in need. The majority of our budget will go to printing costs for the publication. The rest of it is to pay our beloved comedians and experts, help us travel to the city, and provide the best darn workshop ever. If you've got questions on specifics, let us know... we'll tell ya.
Cameron is one of Chicago's funniest. Known for her “effervescent storytelling” (AV Club), Cameron acts as ringmaster for Chicago-based touring circus company http://www.elcircocheapo.com/, and created and teaches the world’s only all-female standup course, http://www.thelincolnlodge.com/feminine_comique.html.
Cameron will make a guest appearance at our Chicago workshop, to do some work with participants.
Well, we're working on it now. We'll put together some pointers from our workshop along with some killer drawings and then we'll screen-print a limited edition run which you can proudly hang on your wall.
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