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matireal is a geo-textile transforming an environmental nightmare into an ecological dream that inspired a new park called the artery.

matireal can ultimately fund itself, but to begin blazing our trail, we must purchase a shipping container...
 
beintween spends most of our time trying to think outside of the box; now we need your help get back inside one!
beintween spends most of our time trying to think outside of the box; now we need your help get back inside one!

matireal has been described as a win-win-win-win-win situation. Have you ever heard of more than three wins? Forget four. We've got five on it. 

- win #1: matireal removes hazardous waste from the environment, transforming this infinite resource into a geo-textile. 

- win #2: matireal is a low-tech solution that reduces tires locally, creating a measureable carbon offset from current recycling methods. 

- win #3: matireal can fund manufacturing jobs through revenue associated with municipal disposal costs (up to $2/tire). 

- win #4: matireal can be constructed by and for the communities it connects, helping to revitalize neighborhoods and integrate Milwaukee. 

- win #5: this catalytic product will matirealize the artery, and is an ecological best management practice, replicable on a global scale.

As an unfunded organization, beintween's mission is to make [art] do [work].    Often there is a tremendous amount of leverage when we combine our physical resources with our creative ones.  We've made some brilliant friends, particularly through our partnership with ART Milwaukee, while making a difference rather than a dollar.  But in this case, we need your support to get our hands on one of these:

 
Containers at the Port of Milwaukee
Containers at the Port of Milwaukee

Here's why: we're required to have a shipping container to store and reduce tires on site.  We also need to make a few modifications, purchase our own Milwaukee power tools, and several hundred blades to make the local reduction of tires more efficient.  If we generate additional funding, we will devote this to research, development, and replication of this flexible, modular, and extremely ecological model as an alternative to current permeable systems.

Agriglyph on site
Agriglyph on site

After collaborating with neighbors, the property owner, and the city, as well as tooling hundreds of tires, we came up with matireal as a catalytic path surface for the artery, a  linear park that will reclaim a 2.4 mile long rail corridor and connect communities. Now that we have a replicable prototype, we are ready to move up in scale and begin blazing our matireal trail in the spring of 2013.   

Our 'creational trail will make its debut at the artery by crossing the overpass to link the Harambee (literally translated all pull together) neighborhood to the Riverworks Center, still infrastructurally divided by the now privately owned rail corridor.  Here is a look at that specific area:

 
Overpass at Capitol Drive
Overpass at Capitol Drive

Residents of Harambee who live west of the pass are currently descending a steep, eroding foot path, then dashing across a six lanes without a traffic signal to meet their retail needs (dashed in orange). In addition to adopting matireal as a path to integrate this community at grade without ever negotiating traffic (dotted in white), the property owner has granted beintween permission to place this shipping container (shown in white) atop the former rail overpass at Capitol Drive. 

 
Elevated above a such a well traveled road, a shipping container has the capacity to become a functioning billboard as well, which we will refer to as a fillboard.  We will ask the community to assist us in collecting tires and filling full the inside, then outside, fulfilling an immediate goal of the artery, to create circumstances for improvisational engagement.  
 
Container = Canvas
Container = Canvas
 

Our fillboard will become the first of a series of temporaneous, interactive art pieces improv(is)ing this leftover corridor to build community.  As an traditional and ever-changing canvas for graffiti, it transcends culture and ethicity, class and creed.  This evolving installation does not impose restrictions on how the community can inter(e)act with one another and this right of way. 

 

Backing matireal is about more than helping us cut up tires or purchase a steel box though; its about getting behind a simple, low-tech revitalization concept that works within a neighborhood that is in many respects, without.  matireal is a simple, hands on solution; yet it is also a narrative of our relationship with this site, the community, and months of experimentation with the automobile tire.  Have a closer look:

 
  

Please keep our page bookmarked, check back on us often, and share this with friends.  We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves.  With a successful kickstarter campaign, beintween.org can purchase a shipping container to matirealize the artery, which will create ecological access to nearly 20 acres along our 'creational trail for edible landscapes and interactive art to engage all people.  We are confident that the creation of this linear park will break down major social, cultural, economic, and racial boundaries by stitching these along the artery.  Help us lower the contrast in the city + make [art] do [work]!    

We say thanks by sending you rewards for your generosity.  Before I go any further, let me the introduce exactly what our backers will receive (ehmm, to give is also to receive). 

  
bookmark
bookmark
 
magnet
magnet
 
 
 
banner
banner
 
poster
poster
 
 
bow tie or headband
bow tie or headband
kickstand
kickstand
cotton tee
cotton tee
 
8 x 10 print
8 x 10 print
 
cap
cap
swing
swing
 
 
shoulder bag
shoulder bag
 
door mat
door mat
 
 
steel road bike frame (fork not pictured)
steel road bike frame (fork not pictured)
 
 
matireal no. 1
matireal no. 1
 
If you are new to this funding platform, just note that kickstarter projects are all-or-nothing.  If we reach our goal, everyone gets their reward.  If we don't, we will not receive any funding, and no transactions will occur.  If we reach our goal by November 27th, everybody wins (we'll add this to the list) and will do our best to get all of your rewards out in time for the holidays!
 

FAQ's (frequently asked questions):

 
 
What is the artery?
 

The artery is a linear park discovered by beintween that seeks to reclaim the former Wisconsin Southern rail corridor, addressing food desert issues and underprivileged communities of Milwaukee. The 2.4 mile stretch of privately-owned property offers 20 acres of land to integrate communities along a 'creational trail, connecting the Beerline Trail at Keefe & Richards to an extension of the Oak Leaf Trail beyond Hampton Avenue.

 
 
 
Phase one programming for the ARTery
Phase one programming for the ARTery
Sisters Danielle + Martina on site
Sisters Danielle + Martina on site

How did matireal evolve?

This replicable solution was founded from an analysis of perimeter census tracts in Milwaukee.  This revealed the reality and repercussions of segregation in our city, which are most drastic along this former railroad.

 
Segregation in Milwaukee
Segregation in Milwaukee
 

Upon this discovery, beintween visited the site and identified two circumstances that inspired and informed its proposal of the artery. Foremost is the shape of this elongated parcel: it has incredible potential to stitch together extremely segregated tracts within the city. The artery is engaging locally-based organizations and artisans to adopt existing models that cultivate edible landscapes and improv(is)ational forms of art, nourishing and enhancing the neighborhoods it currently divides. Second is the overwhelming occurrence of illegal dumping within this corridor, largely comprised of discarded automobile tires: beintween removed these from the corridor and adjacent alleys as a catalyst of conversation with neighbors; this positive engagement lead to the investigation of the material's inherent properties, transforming this environmental nightmare into a new standard for ecological trails, called matireal.

 
Why do we need a 'creational trail for the artery?
 
 
This permeable, replicable, trail blazing system not only creates local jobs and access to healthy food and interactive installations here in Milwaukee, but can become a national benchmark.  It initiates a univeral dialogue for car-centric cities to contibute to developing countries worldwide. Through the matirealization of the artery, beintween aspires to construct a social, economic, and cultural engine, working with our hands to embrace difference, establish connectivity, and in doing so, address the reality and repercussions of segregation, ultimately lowering the contrast and diversifying the place we all call home.
 
 

How can I get involved?

Log onto beintween.org and check out the artery or event tabs.  You can send me an email to keith@beintween.org

What is beintween?

beintween is a social + spatial network improv(is)ing spaces to build community. We are now 150 members and are just two years old. Our agenda is to make the most of leftover time and space. Our interest is local and our actions are integral.  

We are all in between something - careers, homes, relationships - but in fact this is when and where we are most potent, and tend to surprise ourselves. Though this doesn't always coincide with our mood, the temperature, or our bank accounts, we are learning about ourselves, but more importantly, sharing our ideas with others. 

beintween has found that creativity breeds creativity, especially when we work in a collaborative hands-on environment. We attempt to marry social + spatial needs, and use our own latent potential to better integrate communities.

 
Check out what beintween has done with recycled tires so far:
 
 
 
 

We believe in matireal and its broader applications + aspirations. We hope you will find this a contagious idea. Thank you so much to those of you (know who you are) who have enabled the idea to evolve as quick as it has. To those social media gurus - thanks in advance.

We appreciate kickstarters for supporting creative endeavors and especially you for taking a few moments to discover matireal....for the record, its pronounced the same way as material, but spelled to genuflect to our catalyst. My apologies for any confusion you may have had in finding our project; we are glad you made it!

November will be an exciting month, and with your support, we'll be calling it Yesvember.  If we are fortunate, we'll be can giving extra special thanks on the 22nd!

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks and challenges involve the unprecedented nature of matireal; that said, beintween is at least ridding the area of this hazardous material. In the meantime, we are discovering many additional uses for tires, and love to experiment.

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    A bookmark featuring the original matireal prototype that will transform Milwaukee. We couldn't do this without you. Expect a sincerely written Thank You from our beintween.org founders. Your generosity, like all contributions, will secure your name on our list of funders. (images of this and and all our rewards are included in our project description)

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    A 2 1/2" x 5" magnet of original image from our iconic "ti[r]e that binds" photo shoot. A diverse set of male and female models barely leave anything to the imagination but show how easy it is when we work hand in hand (not necessarily naked) towards a common goal. Show your support by placing this on your fridge at home or on your filing cabinet at work; all your friends and family will ask about it and you can claim to be one of the people that enabled us to make this difference.

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    A 7" x 42" banner of the iconic "ti[r]e that binds" featuring beintween + the artery's branding. This image (just like the magnet) is worth a thousand words and has been an incredible catalyst to the artery. Get your own banner on bond to show your support for our entirely 'creational idea.

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    A 11" x 15" screen printed poster on slate colored french printmaking paper. This poster features a graphic of our ti[e]red model for an amphitheatre planned for the artery, of course also made out of tires. Pick up our hand screened supergraphic for a dozen dollars to support our exploration of all the other potential applications of matireal.

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    Formal, unisex[y] attire. These crafty, hand-made bowties from bikeith.com are long enough to wear as a head band too. These are made from 100% bicycle intertubes; no two are the same. The first 50 come in their own travel case and make a perfect stocking stuffer for your cycling enthusiast friends. You may specify your head or neck circumference and we will cut it to your exact specifications; otherwise you can custom fit it this very simply with a pair of scissors. These can also be a clever addition to your new year's eve[ning] attire!

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    A custom branded kickstand for your bicycle that we call the kickstandard. You choose whether your want the 'matireal 'or the 'kickstandard.' Bring it back either as a functional element to keep your bike upright or screw it into the walls and make an operable towel rack. Just make it visible so everyone knows what a stand up guy or gal you are for endorsing matireal and improv(is)ing spaces!

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    Your own soft heather gray tee with our matireal text logo on the front, and an old school diagram showing the simple, low tech method we use to reduce a tire on the back. These also feature a small logo at the base of the neck that reads ] [ beintween.org, improv(is)ing spaces. These are hand screened by one of our founders so please show your support!

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    An original 8x10 print from the "ti[r]e that binds" shoot. This was captured with a 1950's Crown Graphic 4x5" press camera. This limited edition print will be signed by the photographer, who is also the founder and editor of COG magazine. This iconic image shows how beintween.org combines social + spatial opportunities to make [art] do [work]. What a great opportunity to purchase fine art and get your hands on an original print from a legendary + local lens.

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    Limited edition beintween.org cycle caps in a super soft eco-friendly green cotton. We are keeping these simple with text on the under side of the brim, and our small ] [ logo beintween the seams. They also say "I biked" on the left rear panel; we are confident that this will one day will imply our 'creational trail at the artery that you helped kickstart! We only have twenty of these super soft thinking caps (and they are discontinued). To sweeten the deal, we'll throw in your choice of a banner (#3) or poster (#4).

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    A combination kit that combines three previous incentives: a magnet (#2), a bowtie (#5), and a t-shirt (#5). This kit will allow you to s[up]port matireal in the kitchen, the office, or the gym.

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    Your very own swing! Bring matireal to your own backyard with beintween.org's logo on it. Better yet, continue the creed of beintween and install a guerilla swing or several in your neighborhood. Just make sure you use 3/4" rope at minimum! With a $50 pledge, you can have a swing just like those at our pop up park where we launched our kickstarter.com campaign. And guess what it is made out of. You better believe it.. Since much of this reward will go towards shipping, we will also include your choice of a banner (#3) or poster (#4) to make this a worthy incentive.

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    Handstitched shoulder bags made out of intertubes! These are great for men and women. They are black with a hefty nylon, shoulder strap, are easy, simple, and well-made. They are certainly waterproof, and made by kids in Wisconsin with special needs! Share your support by repurposing rubber materials with us by picking one of these up. You are not only supporting our effort, but these children as well. (I got this as a birthday present and its been on a bike tour and back and is still perfect). Plus, they are all unique!

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    The same bag (#12) will come with a surprise in it. What's in there? Pledge $75 to find out!

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    Our bronze level reward will feature your name on site at the artery as a believer in beintween's unprecedented matireal. This will include a limited edition 8x10 original print of the "ti[r]e that binds" (#8). This will also include a hand-written document expressing our utmost gratitude, plus a bowtie (#5). As a bonus to those in Milwaukee, beintween's founder will take you out for happy hour beers!

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    Our silver level reward will include your name on the site where matireal was born, namely at the artery, as one of our founding funders. This will also include a personally scribed letter of appreciation, your choice of a swing (#11) or a bag (#12), plus your very own bowtie (#5), a limited edition original print of the "ti[r]e that binds" (#8). beintween + bikeith founder will offer those in Milwaukee their own tour (bicycle can be provided if needed) of the former RxR where the artery will soon be matirealized.

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    You're golden at this level. Your name will be listed as a matireal backer on site at the artery, and in the meantime, in our press releases, print media, and interviews. This includes a hand woven 30" x 48" door mat, made just like matireal without the gravel. This also includes a limited edition original print of the "ti[r]e that binds" (#8) and a bowtie (#5). As a bonus to local supporters (Milwaukee, Madison, or, Chicago) beintween's founder will take you out to dinner so we can exhange ideas on improv(is)ing spaces!

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    Our platinum reward gets your name on the top of our list of founding funders on site at the artery, and will also include your name in our press releases, print media, interviews, + online via our social networks. You will receive a bright blue lugged steel road bicycle frame + fork from bikeith's recyclery, a kickstandard (#6), your choice of the bag (#10) or swing (#9), plus the limited edition original print of the "ti[r]e that binds" (#8). For local folks, beintween's founder will provide a tour of the artery, happy hour drinks, as well as dinner, and of course, a bowtie (#5).

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    Would you like to be the premiere patron of matireal? This will offer up to 500 square feet of our corrugated weave (or up to 400 tires). Our geo-textile can become an alternative driveway for your home or permeable parking surface for your business. This reward covers the initial consulting, collection, reduction, delivery, and assembly of a woven 6" mat of matireal. Considering a permeable pavingment system? Instead of sinking money into the pavers themselves, consider these funds going to local youth to remove discarded tires from the waste stream, reducing them, and constructing this structural weave in modular segments, and delivering the ultimate ecological dream to your site. Note: This offer is only available in SE Wisconsin and will not include the clearing of the site, installation, aggregate, or backfill and compaction necessary for completion of this system.

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