What is Salt City Atlas?
Since we (artist Pete Hickok and writer Lizzy Acker) first heard that Sausalito, California has a neighborhood of underwater streets which were registered with the city in 1868 and given names in anticipation of a development that never happened, we have been intrigued by the idea of getting on a boat and exploring them, physically and in our imaginations. We were just awarded a residency for the month of September with post-studio and Studio 110 in Sausalito, with the plan to realize this dream and make Salt City Atlas, a short film about the communities that exists above these streets. During our residency we'll explore Sausalito from the water, using a boat as our floating studio, platform for filming, and interaction with the local community. We will embed ourselves in Sausalito's waterways, invite the people we meet on to our boat, accept invitations into homes, business and onto beaches and allow Sausalito to lead the experiment of creation. In essence, the city, its people, community, history, land and water will be the third member of our collaborative team, informing every decision we make.
Why are we going to do it?
We are old friends who have collaborated before and love the water and anything having to do with it: swimming, surfing, fishing, boating. We are both from the Pacific Northwest, though we have lived in the Bay Area for a combined 12 years, and feel a strong connection to the area and its watery history. Also, we believe in the power of words and video as means to unearth stories not yet heard and create new connections between people. Because of this, we applied for and received the residency at post-studio with the plan to spend the whole month filming, creating animations and writing about the underwater streets of Sausalito. All via boat.
Why do we need you?
As artists we've both worked extremely hard to fund our projects through day jobs and credit cards. We've been stubborn about not asking other people to help us with money to realize our own visions. But this project is a little bit bigger. We think Salt City Atlas has the potential to be our best collaboration yet.
SO WE’RE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. PLEASE DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP US MAKE THIS DREAM OF A FLOATING STUDIO BECOME A REALITY.
What will the money go towards?
It takes a ton of resources to create even the smallest art project. Your donation will help with these things:
- Safety Equipment
- Boat parking
- Time off work
We also will gladly accept any material donations. Especially if you have an old seaworthy boat you’re trying to get rid of!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CONSIDER OUR PROJECT!! IT MEANS THE WORLD TO US.
Be sure to join us for the premiere of the film at the end of September at Studio 110 in Sausalito, California.
And thank you to Steve Aman for music and Daniel Yovino for filming our video.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, this whole project is a challenge, and the possibility of failure is the reason we take risks to make the art we do. Having our project based around a boat and the ocean leaves us at the mercy of factors that are out of our control. Finding a boat that is seaworthy and reliable is a challenge in of itself. Once we have the boat, finding a place to store it can be both costly and difficult with unsafe moorage and long waiting lists for marinas. Also, our equipment could fail at any minute and put us in a potentially unsafe situation.
But the reason we continue making art and putting ourselves in these situations is that the art that is generated is something we could never plan out or imagine beforehand. Our style of art-making is rooted in experience so we consider challenges to be part of our work.
In a more concrete way, we are both at home in the water (ex-lifeguards) and have a lot of experience dealing with tense situations. We take physical safety very seriously and it will be our number one priority to be safe at all times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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