About this project
"The Holoscenes project is a bold and outrageous response to an anxiety that most thinking persons around the planet have in the face of impending disaster. It is so outlandish and unlikely in its conception that, should it succeed, it will truly define this moment we are living through and promises to be a thoughtful and provocative take on the artist's ability to "be out in front" shaping a discourse as well as touching our hearts.” — Bill T. Jones
HOLOSCENES is an epic public art and performance installation that is a visual, visceral response to climate change. Help us raise funds to complete the centerpiece of HOLOSCENES: a massive, hydraulically-animated aquarium that creates floods around performers.
WHY WE'RE MAKING HOLOSCENES
My name is Lars and I direct a collaborative performance + art lab called Early Morning Opera. We're making HOLOSCENES because we're concerned that our relationship to water will become the central issue of the 21st century, and we believe that art can be a powerful vehicle for communicating the complex phenomenon of climate change to a broad audience.
Presented in public space, the centerpiece of HOLOSCENES is a large aquarium that floods, drains, and floods again by way of a hydraulic system that moves 12 tons of water in a minute. The aquarium is inhabited by a performer conducting one of many everyday behaviors sourced from collaborators across the planet.
YES, AS BILL T. JONES SAYS, IT'S AN "OUTRAGEOUS" PROJECT... BUT SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS ARE ALREADY CONFIRMED
We will premier HOLOSCENES at the Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival (October 4, 2014)— an all-night festival that is one of the largest art events in North America. And then we are going to present at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (March 2015) in Sarasota, FL — positioned right on the Gulf of Mexico, on a spot that is predicted to be underwater in 20 years. And then, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (October 2015) in downtown San Francisco. And we're in advanced conversations with institutions in several other cities.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
But, the most important part of the project — the first aquarium — hasn't been built yet. We've raised enough money to get to this point, and we have half the money we need to build the aquarium. Now we need to raise another $41,000 to complete the fabrication... or we don't premier this fall.
If you can help us by donating, thank you thank you thank you. Whether you can give or not, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and share the project with anyone you think might be interested. SPREADING THE WORD IS HUGELY HELPFUL.
HOW WE GOT HERE
An incredibly diverse team of art, engineering, and science collaborators has spent three years developing HOLOSCENES, including Pablo N. Molina, Geoff Sobelle, Annie Saunders, Irina Kruzhilina, Nathan Ruyle, Chris Kuhl, Eric Lin, Peter Zuspan, and Blaine O'Neill, with major contributions from many others, including several science advisors and the arts/science consortium PositiveFeedback USA, based at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Working alongside us all along have been the incredible non-profit producers, MAPP International Productions. During that time, we've:
- CONDUCTED EARLY DESIGN WORKSHOPS:
- REHEARSED IN COMMUNITY POOLS BETWEEN SWIM LESSONS:
- TESTED OUR IDEAS ON DRY LAND:
- AND PROTOTYPED OUR HYDRAULIC SYSTEM, WHILE DEVELOPING CHOREOGRAPHY, SAFETY, SOUND, COSTUME, VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHIC ELEMENTS:
Video captured during Prototype workshop @ EMPAC / featuring choreographer & performer Geoff Sobelle
These initial phases of the project have been supported by two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts; awards from the Rockefeller MAP Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, Awesome Without Borders, and many individual donors; commissions from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; as well as critical residencies from CAP UCLA and long-time Early Morning Opera supporter EMPAC.
Also, we've received submissions from people around the world, whose videos of their own lives we use to create the everyday behaviors choreographed within the aquarium.
THE PROJECT CAN BE EXPERIENCED IN MANY WAYS
In addition to the flagship performance installation in public space, HOLOSCENES includes videos and photographs — which will be shown in my first solo show, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) from January to May 2015. The five photographs below, captured during our prototype workshop, will be included in the show at PMCA, and can be received by our Kickstarter backers — maybe you?
AND HOLOSCENES IS AN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
During the performances, freely distributed printed materials created with our team of science advisors and writers add context to the project and access to our various streams of research. These materials will help supplement related events, conversations, and study-groups organized by our host institutions, and will eventually find its way online to serve as both a free educational resource and window into the making of HOLOSCENES.
These materials, as well as some of our rewards (such as the poster below), are created in collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt award-winner Rick Valicenti and Bud Rodecker at Thirst.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
FOR READING THIS FAR
FOR GIVING IF YOU CAN
FOR SPREADING THE WORD
AND FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR VISION.
LARS & the HOLOSCENES team
MORE REWARD INFO
+ Here's an example of our previous originally composed Chant for Gratitude — a backer favorite — from when our show ABACUS raised funds to go to the Sundance Film Festival. We'll make a brand new one...maybe underwater...for you :)
+ Women's & Men's high-quality cotton T-shirts (any size), designed by Thirst.
+ Hand screen-printed Golden Ticket, good for admittance to any Early Morning Opera event beginning October 2014. Designed by Wilson Kello.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge with HOLOSCENES has always been its scale, both in terms of the resources required to complete it and the complexity of the various systems involved. We have overcome many major design, logistic and financial hurdles over the past three years and have built a huge network of support along the way. The project deals with huge quantities of water and power, and so we won't be able to fully test the aquarium, and know the full breadth of requirements to operate it efficiently and safely, until it is built.
Because the design for aquarium is a new one, we are taking the implementation of redundant safety systems and protocol very seriously, but I'm sure we'll need to develop our safety procedures even further once we can use the real, functional aquarium.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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