About this project
The Illuminator, in case you haven't heard, is a tactical media machine (aka a van with a really powerful projector, sound system, and library) that has been roaming the streets of New York City and beyond, bringing the spirit and message of the movement of the 99% to street corners and public squares everywhere.
Unfortunately, our access to this van will end after September, so we need to purchase new equipment. We thought we'd try this Kickstarter thing, and we decided that while we were at it we should join forces with activists and artists in other cities doing similar work, to try and "raise a fleet." What you're backing here, when you give money to this campaign, is the collectives of artists, librarians, VJ's, and activists that have made these projects such a huge success. The Illuminator isn't a van, its us, its this amazing group of people, and our fellow luminous activists in Baltimore and San Francisco. Its all of us, using our smarts, gumption, creativity and DIY technical savvy to pull off inspiring and creative direct action for the 99%. We have the people, we need the gear.
We're setting a modest fundraising goal of $22,000, just to cover the basic gear needed for guerilla projection: Projectors ($5,000-$12,000 depending on how powerful they are), deep cell marine batteries ($600-$800), and electrical inverters ($200-$400). The ability to purchase more powerful projectors, and possibly retrofit vehicles exclusively for the use of guerilla projection will depend on how much additional money we can raise. In the meantime, we're dreaming up custom bike-powered projection units that will use HUMAN power instead of fossil fuel!
It will be your passion and your commitment that makes this thing go. Our dream is to help create a small fleet of Illuminators around the country, bringing joyful, creative, inspiring actions to support and further this global uprising for democracy, equality, and sustainability. We are engaged in an all-out battle for the future of humanity and the planet. The stakes are enormous. Mobile guerilla light projection is but one tactic amongst many, but we think its pretty effective, and beautiful. We'd like to see more of it, wouldn't you?
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So, the answer to that is a little complicated, but we tried to answer it briefly in the statement that's up on our webstire, http://theilluminator.org. A more complete version of the story can be read in this article on the Waging Nonviolence blog
Well, that'll be a bit different for each collective that's a part of this. In NYC, for starters we want to get a projector of our own, and the additional gear needed to use it for guerilla projection. All that could run anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000 depending on the strength of the projector. Stronger = better. Currently we're thinking about putting that gear on a bike cart and going mobile that way rather than getting another fossil-fuel burner. The San Francisco crew is thinking along the same lines. Baltimore already has a projector, so their needs are different. More on that soon.
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