We (Extreme Animals) are running this Kickstarter to fund our vision for a truly 21st century art/music/youth culture TOUR. Please help us realize our weird dream. The tour is about people who know of each other online connecting in physical space.
The tour is different from a normal tour because the people we have invited are not all professional musicians with booking agents–they are just people whose online “personalities/brands” we really like . . . The tour is also unique because the shows will be free to attendees and take place in non-conventional spaces.
The idea for this tour stems from a realization we had last year that we don’t watch TV for entertainment anymore, we instead watch people on Facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc. We all have these people in our various social media feeds: “super users”, “over posters”, the ones who are always sharing. We invited the 5 people who are always in our feeds, whose posts we also consistently “like.”
So we want the shows mostly just to be about these “super users” driving around in a car connecting with their various “like-ers” in non-conventional performance spaces like suburban houses or mall parking lots. As David says: “Breaking down the 5th wall: the laptop.” We are interested in trying to create a physical-world performance space that is closer to the experience of Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc. than to the experience of The Club. That embraces rather than erases all of the awkwardness, banality, and domesticity of the Tumblr or web 2.0 cam-performance. No stages, no hyper-loud sound systems, no fancy light rigs. Instead these shows will be intimate, quiet, and raw in the best way possible (like the best cam-vid updates).
This is why we need your support. We received a Rhizome/Tumblr grant for the idea, and basically just want to pay all 7 artists (5 people plus us) appropriately for 1 week’s worth of work (because the shows will be free).
The tour will take place in October 10-15 in the Northeast of the USA. The tour route will be dictated by the interest expressed by possible hosts.
We’ve estimated the budget to execute this tour as low as possible cutting out all unnecessary expenses. Each artist performing on the tour will receive $900 for the 6 shows (that’s a modest $150 per show). The rest of the money will go towards transportation and travel, production and shipping of the rewards, the amazon and kickstarter fees, and 8.75% NYS tax.
1. LIL INTERNET (@LILINTERNET) Boston-based DJ, producer, director, inventor of #SEAPUNK, and Creative Director of Karmaloop who has worked with everyone from Kayne West and Azealia Banks (#YUNGRAPUNXEL) to Fool's Gold and Mad Decent.
2/3. EXTREME ANIMALS (@EXTREMEANIMALZ)
Experimental live music and video project by Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman.
They've toured extensively in North America and Europe for the past 11 years, playing in museums like the MoMA and the Hirshhorn to legendary DIY spaces like Wham City and Tarantula Hill, Baltimore. Annnnd they're also the guys putting together this tour!
"On any given day, [Molly Soda's tumblr] has gyrating GIFs of naked alien women with massive breasts, gerbils riding foxes, daily smart-phone self-portraits taken in bathroom mirrors, while everything seems to be blinking and palpitating in the background." - Paper Mag
She also makes zines, which will be available on thetour:
4. BEN AQUA (@B3NAQUA)
Austin-based digital artist, DJ, designer, and photographer.
"Ben Aqua is naturally impossible to pin down. Wrapping your head around the twitchy onslaught of Ben’s discography is especially difficult if you haven’t also scrolled through his equally eccentric portfolio of photography and digital collage. The audio feed reflects and refracts the visual—album art, flyers, Facebook ephemera, fine art—and it all rolls up into a weird and sexy brand identity under the header #FEELINGS.
His mantra is “never log off,” and whatever it means to be “of the Internet,” we all know what it does to culture: history, geography, and, well, facts, collapse under the weight of constant exchange and experimentation." — Cluster Mag
5. AARON KOLFAGE OF #TOP8 FRIENDS (@TOP8FRIENDS)
Founding member of #TOP8, a transformative pop spectacular and lifestyle moodboard.zip for the post-Myspace generation. #Top8 decompresses virtual inspiration through music, lights, video, fog, costume, dance, and gaming. (亝ω亝｡)
Aaron is a graphic designer, digital artist, creative director! He designs all the graphics for TOP8 and AMMERMAN SCHLÖSBERG's fashion line, in addition to his personal art work stuff. He zigs and zags between the nightlife, queer, and otaku cultures.
In his own words: "I'm rly interested in all things anime, idols/aidoru, the culture of superfandom, cosplay, exploring identity issues relating to trans /otherkin /fictive persons, peter pan (or peewee herman) syndrome, internet subcultures, blah blah .. i do lotsa other things btwn cosplay & performances, graphics & photography, print media stuff, video tutorial n performance projects, writing a manga."
In Cluster Mag's words: "Aaron Kolfage... is a professional club rat who could be thirty or thirteen, a budding fashion icon whose Peter Panime looks might be more easily filed under "cosplay" than "couture." He is the creative force behind #TOP8, a hypersaturated, youth-culture obsessed Tumblr image archive and regular NYC club night that moves between venues like Williamburg's 285 Kent and the Meatpacking's Westway.
Fittingly, Kolfage describes his dance parties as 'a place for friends.'" — Cluster Mag
6. LABANNA BABALON (@LABABALON) Internet energy healer, video vixen, and digital artist based in New York.
"The kind of stuff made for little kids and deep weirdos on the internet. In the last year she's created a community around Youtube missives delivered by her personality avatars. These include but are not limited to trance Goddess, bathing goof-off booty popping ho (there is a large number of fans who love her solely for her ass— watch for her in an upcoming RiFF RAFF project), BFF to a seemingly limitless number of hot crazy girls who will eat your heart for dessert, and maker of sounds that accelerate feral part of all development." — VICE
If you like or are fascinated by internet culture, you should support this project. If you like or are fascinated by 21st century youth culture, you should support this project. There are lots of interesting/weird objects/downloads you can get as rewards if you support this–objects and downloads that are a reflection of the ideas and inspirations behind this tour.
Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman
Risks and challenges
REALM RECOGNIZE REALM is organized by New York Art Department.
We're working with a team to make sure you guys get your rewards on time, the artists get paid for their work, and the tour is awesome.
#FF shout out from someone within the tour, including @LILINTERNET, @Top8Friends, @LABABALON, @ExtremeAnimalz, @JacobCiocci, @George_Costanza, @B3nAqua, @MollySoda, or @NYArtDepartment (+ download of the official mix!)
Custom FACEBOOK cover photo or TWITTER avatar by @LILINTERNET, @Top8Friends, @LABABALON, @ExtremeAnimalz, @JacobCiocci, @George_Costanza, @B3nAqua, @MollySoda, or @NYArtDepartment (+ download of the official mix!)
Super limited edition #LOADED USB: featuring a folder filled with content by each of the 7 artists: exclusive images, videos, music, top-secret/sext files. Getting this in the mail will make you feel like you hacked the top-secret password for the entire universe. #secrets #revealed. AND get the tour poster + download of the official mix!