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AU$ 13,405
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110
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 20 2015 10:26 PM UTC +00:00

About

'Dr Sarah Jane Pell's mission epitomises the power, strength and tenacity required for humans to push through boundaries. No only does she plan to scale the world's highest peak, Mt Everest, but she plans to do it in a unique, artistic and inspiring way. I wish Sarah great success and I look forward to following her amazing journey.' Christine Jensen Burke - 10th Australian Woman to Summit Everest 

DOCUMENTARY OF AN ART EXPEDITION TO THE SUMMIT OF MT. EVEREST 

WHAT A documentary of interactive art and performance to capture the journey to the top of Mt. Everest from new and interesting angles. 
WHEN Expedition: 1 Apr - 3 Jun 2015. Post : 7 Jul - 11 Sep 2015. 
WHERE Kathmandu to the summit of Mt. Everest 8,848 m return. 
WHO Summit Team: Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Satyabrata Dam, and Sherpas Nim Dorjee and Migma Thendu. With the support of a fearless Board of Advisors and you dear Backers.

MISSION  Dr. Sarah Jane Pell (SJ) plans to make artwork at various altitudes on route to the summit of Mt. Everest in 2015. She will follow the South Col Route as taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, with the support of expert alpinists. It goes through the Khumbu Icefall and Western Cwm, up the Lhotse Face and past the South Col and Hillary Step to the summit of Mount Everest at 8848 m. SJ will create unique site-specific artworks on Everest at approx. 1000 metre intervals at various altitudes, during 5-8 min reflection stops. HD documentation of her creativity will be paired with GPS, altitude and body sensor data, along with insights of the experience, uploaded from Everest Base Camp. From the summit, the artist will make her final gesture while taking in the view across the Tibetan Plateau, towards the other Himalayan peaks. 

PASSION This project results in a unique expeditionary arts-research documentary designed to capture all of the grit, hard work and reward that comes with exploring the curiosities of humanity in dialogue with an ever-changing environment. Backers will be supporting the artist to both summit, and make of a downloadable documentary and stunning collection of images and interactive digital experiences. URL www.bendinghorizons.com

VISION  The gifts of expeditionary-artists and spirited adventurers benefit us all. ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli notes,“Art, research, exploration, innovation and discovery are at the core of our beingWithout them, humanity would not be where we are today” Bending Horizons 2014. The final documentary, lessons learned, artistic installations and poetic reflections will serve as a contribution to global culture and science. 

Backer Rewards

∆ All supporters receive RSS live art alerts, access to expedition online tracking, and previews of scenes from the documentary
∆ All supporters receive RSS live art alerts, access to expedition online tracking, and previews of scenes from the documentary
∆ Colour Supporter Sticker Set 3 x 60mm Waterproof ∆ Limited Edition Postcard from the artist sent from Kathmandu
∆ Colour Supporter Sticker Set 3 x 60mm Waterproof ∆ Limited Edition Postcard from the artist sent from Kathmandu
∆ Hand Printed Fair Trade Prayer Flags (with poetic reflections to the summit by Pell)
∆ Hand Printed Fair Trade Prayer Flags (with poetic reflections to the summit by Pell)
∆ eBook collection of unique digital prints and reflections by Pell.
∆ eBook collection of unique digital prints and reflections by Pell.
∆ Final HD Documentary and 360° Interactive Download ∆ 100% Cotton Tee (M/W) XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL
∆ Final HD Documentary and 360° Interactive Download ∆ 100% Cotton Tee (M/W) XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL
∆ Contribute your A4 laminate or ziplock bag items for artistic inspiration and contribution to the creative expedition documentary
∆ Contribute your A4 laminate or ziplock bag items for artistic inspiration and contribution to the creative expedition documentary
∆ Small rock shard hand-selected from the Summit, presented in a gift box with certificate of authenticity and photo. Please appreciate the risks associated with this reward. (Limited to 10).
∆ Small rock shard hand-selected from the Summit, presented in a gift box with certificate of authenticity and photo. Please appreciate the risks associated with this reward. (Limited to 10).
∆ An artwork made on Mt Everest dedicated to you ∆ Recorded in 3x Photograph signed by the artist C-type 40x60, 1m x 1.5m
∆ An artwork made on Mt Everest dedicated to you ∆ Recorded in 3x Photograph signed by the artist C-type 40x60, 1m x 1.5m
∆ Join crew to Base Camp! Be on set for the making of the documentary adventure. (Limit of 5 - See *Conditions)
∆ Join crew to Base Camp! Be on set for the making of the documentary adventure. (Limit of 5 - See *Conditions)
∆ Naming rights for artwork dedicated on-site  ∆ Professional speaker offer by the artist [Host to pay all travel and accommodation. Single non-profit event only]
∆ Naming rights for artwork dedicated on-site ∆ Professional speaker offer by the artist [Host to pay all travel and accommodation. Single non-profit event only]

*Conditions apply

Subject to approval, up to five Lucky Backers will have the chance to join the high altitude expedition and documentary crew from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp 1-17 April 2015. You will support the making of the Bending Horizons documentary by escorting the climbing party to Everest Base Camp and further communicating and sharing the experience. You will naturally be included in the film and officially credited as co-star. Note: this Reward is strictly subject to verification and approval from the Expedition Guide. Please email everest [at] sarahjanepell.com to discuss suitable physical, mental, and social fitness before selecting this reward. 

Includes: 
* T-Shirt & Official Crew Expedition Patch 
* Transfer from Airport/Hotel/Airport, 
* Hotel in Katmandu & Welcome Dinner 
* Expert Guide, Sherpa or Porters, cooks 
* Transportation Mules 30 Kg Per person 
* Everest National Park Permits & Fees 
* Official taxes and service charge 
* 3 Meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
* Lodge accommodation and camping during the trek

Excludes: 
* International flight Cost and Nepal Entry Visa 
* Personal transportation 
* Personal equipment and clothing 
* Emergency evacuation (If in case) service. 
* Personal travel and emergency insurance 
* Tips for sherpa

Your support will go towards costs of the extreme documentary "kit and caboodle" 

Campaign Goal: >AUD $75,000

Your support will help meet the minimum USD $85K expeditionary costs

  • $6,630 Personal Travel Excess Luggage, Arrival Hotel and Transits
  • $4,550 Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • $21,650 Mt. Everest Climbing Permit, and Support Fees (South Col)
  • $8,800 EBC & High Camps (Tents, Toilets, Cooks, Food, Fuel 6)
  • $12,430 Climbing (Oxygen, Sherpa Oxygen)
  • $6,400Misc. (Medical, Tips, Insurance, Rescue)
  • $7,000 Personal Gear (down suit, high altitude boots, sleeping bag)
  • $2,000 Satellite phone and WiFi uplink (depends on use)
  • $7,500 Kickstarter Fee & Bank Fees
  • $4,500 Delivering Backer Rewards

Already sourced and funds raised:

  • $500 Taxes, VISAs, Vaccinations
  • $2,000 Expedition Deposit
  • $3,500 Design, Web, Admin and Communications Services
  • $15,000 Biomedical Monitoring System
  • $10,000 Art, Media, Communication, Other Equipment

Stretch Goals: > AUD $75,000

Additional funds will enable the purchase of HD video and art equipment ensuring you receive higher quality outcomes. After out-of-pocket expenses, any additional funds > USD $100,000 support the long-view to contribute art, media and communications for the benefit of Nepalese people, and annual climbing pilgrims in collaboration with our teams.

Meet Dr. Sarah Jane Pell

www.sarahjanepell.com @sarahjanepell @aquabatics
www.sarahjanepell.com @sarahjanepell @aquabatics

Dr. Sarah Jane Pell is an artist and researcher; valued as an octagonal thinker and maker of things. Bending Horizons is Dr. Pell’s toughest 'art on location' assignment yet. She has been training to build strength, stamina, balance and flexibility and to precondition for high altitude. She is a former rock climber, Occupational Diver and highly experienced working with remote crews in hostile and often zero-visibility conditions.  Dr. Pell seeks to embody, and critique, the culture of exploration and redefine our visions of future worlds. She performs expressively and builds novel prototype apparatus to test and communicate from the field. Artefacts include sculptural, technical, poetic and media events. Her work promotes physical conditioning, creative visualisation and communication and it is widely exhibited, performed, published and recognised. Previous projects include: Artist-Astronaut 2014, Ocean Synapse 2013, Aquabatics as New Works of Live Art 2002-2005, Hydrophilia 2003-2006, and The Life-Boat Project 2003-5. Dr. Pell is the first Australian TED Fellow. 

See www.sarahjanepell.com and like www.facebook.com/sarahjanepell .

Bending Horizons builds on Dr. Pell’s experience with extreme environment exhibition and performance design, space-analogue training, and interdisciplinary art and science research. As Mt. Everest is an effective spacewalk training environment much like the underwater environment, lessons learned will translate as the second in a three-part artwork (triptych) presenting insights and recommendations for human expression from sea, to summit, to space. In Oct 2015, Dr. Pell will test her capabilities in art-on-extreme-location as a NASA VIP guest on the S3 Microgravity flight test campaign and during Mission Specialist Training for the Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment as future Suborbital flight crew.

Meet Satyabrata Dam

Following his passion, Satyabrata Dam became the only person in the world to have successfully led expeditions to the three poles (Mt Everest, North and South Poles) and the first submariner in the world to do so as well. He has also climbed the highest peaks of all the 7 continents, including Mt Everest (seven summits); skied to the North and South Poles; climbed the second highest peaks of 5 continents (one of the three people in the world to have done this); climbed more than 350 peaks worldwide; walked the length of Africa from Tunisia to South Africa; traversed the ancient Silk Route from Mongolia to Istanbul; skied across the Greenland ice cap; visited 146 countries and climbed to the highest spot of nearly all. He is a National Geographic Explorer and TED Fellow.

The climbing team also includes two brother Sherpas: Nim Dorjee and Mingma Thendu who have each successfully summited Mt. Everest.

Risks and challenges

Careful planning and vigilant care are taken as we venture into high altitudes. Our climber-to-guide ratio is 1:1, and our Sherpa-to-climber ratio is 1:1. This unusual degree of personal staff increases our margin of safety on the mountain and improves our chances of success.

Our team camps are stocked with comprehensive medical kits and our guides and staff are highly trained in emergency mountain medicine and work to maintain our strict standards of safety. Pell is also a qualified Occupational First Aider, with years of remote first aid and high-risk and extreme environment work. As an Occupational Diver and an experienced high-risk crewmember, she has the parallel level of training and experience to provide reciprocal first-responder support to her guides. As a team, we also have unlimited access to their doctors and clinic at Base Camp.

Our well-planned use of climbing oxygen dramatically improves our climber's chance of success on Mt. Everest. Our supply of oxygen is well stocked and designed to meet any climber's anticipated, and unanticipated, needs. Robust and proven weather warning systems, direct and contingency communications systems and plans are also part of standard operational procedure. Provisions for ensuring battery-life, water-proofing, data storage, lens fitness and other equipment and technical considerations are being made to ensure the maximum chance of project completion and delivery.

All care will be taken to ensure backers are rewarded and engaged in the Bending Horizon's experience of climbing Mt. Everest. In the event of an environmental disaster, casualty or accident, the artist will create a documentary-art event responding to the experience; or should the artist be incapacitated, the Bending Horizons Board of Advisors will have the rights to proceed with post-production on behalf of the artist and the project. Either way, the story of this journey will reach you.

Thank you for your support and helping me achieve this dream.
I cannot wait to share this journey with you! xx Sarah

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    Congratulations! All supporters receive RSS live art alerts, access to expedition online tracking, and previews of scenes from the documentary. Please share with 5 of your friends!

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    Backer crew status! Start branding your own crew gear with a set of 3 water-proof 60mmD Bending Horizons Stickers.

    Your name listed on the website as a backer so you too will feel cool and fuzzy.

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    POSTCARD ART FROM NEPAL

    A limited edition Postcard hand-designed by the artist, personally signed and postmarked from Kathmandu Post Office.

    Your name will be listed on the site, and you will also receive a post a tweet of thanks for your support xx @bendinghorizons

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    EXCLUSIVE TO FIRST 25 BACKERS!

    Postcard sent from Everest Base Camp Post Office. Limited edition collectable personally signed and stamped from the highest post office in the world.

    [Please allow up to 3 months delivery. Mail is collected at the end of the season and subject to weather delays.]

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    BENDING HORIZONS ARTWORK eBOOK

    Full digital download eBook of Artworks created on the 2015 Mt. Everest Bending Horizons expedition with your name in the credits as a supporter!

    PLUS a tweet of thanks from Nepal. xx @bendinghorizons

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    CUSTOM EXPEDITIONARY ART PRAYER FLAGS

    This unique set of flags has 10 wind horse flags* in the traditional colors with a variety of prayers plus one unique flag featuring poetic writing and contemplation by Pell as she prepares for each point of the expedition where she will stop to make art on route to the Summit. Follow the journey and keep Sarah and her team in your prayers.

    Cotton. Set of 11, 8 x 8 inch. 8 feet long.

    *Supporting Tibetan and Nepalese artistians. Printed prayers include hopes for luck, protection, and prosperity.

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    DIRECTOR'S CHOICE: T-SHIRT + HD VIDEO

    Choose from a Custom Cotton T-shirt (Women/Mens Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL).

    A digital download of the HD documentary. AND your name will be listed in the credits.

    LIMITED BONUS: Post a picture of you wearing your Bending Horizons T-Shirt to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BendingHorizonsBacker by 1 April 2015 to receive a stunning 360 degree digital print from the film emailed directly to your inbox with a hidden "thank you" in the file to discover.

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    BENDING HORIZONS DOCUMENTARY

    Full digital download of the HD documentary.
    You'll be giving me extra oxygen when I need it most. You'll be the first to experience the documentary that YOU helped produce. This will include a behind the scenes on Everest featurette including Sarah Jane thanking you personally for your support.

    You will also receive a set of stickers and an Official Expedition Cotton T-shirt (Women/Mens Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL).

    PLUS a 360degree twit pic of thanks from Nepal. xx @sarahjanepell

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    MAKE IT PERSONAL - SEND A PAYLOAD
    I’ll take or make a message to a loved one or a copy of an artwork, an ultrasound, photograph, your DNA, performance instructions or a song with me. It must be laminated or able to fit in a USB that can be carried in a waterproof Ziplock bag. Be creative but not inappropriate or illegal.

    I'll find the most incredible view or place to share your special moment before the camera, and send you a video or photo of the event. I'll do my best to take it to the top, or your chosen location. This will be fun.

    Your item may feature in the documentary or become part of an artwork so work to inspire me! Your name and item will be featured on the Expedition Website and Website Video Credit Roll as COLLABORATOR.

    You will also receive a set of stickers and an Official Expedition Cotton T-shirt (Women/Mens Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL).

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    PRICELESS COLLECTABLE: Rock from the Top!

    Imagine owning a unique fragment from the highest point on Earth. Beautifully presented in a gift-box with an authenticity certificate and photograph signed by the artist.

    You will also receive a set of stickers and an Official Expedition Cotton T-shirt (Women/Mens Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL).

    Your name will be featured on the Expedition Website and Website Video Credit Roll.

    [Please note the extreme risks associated with the retrieval of this reward level.]

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    A COLLECTOR OF PRICELESS ARTEFACTS?
    Original Artwork dedicated to you by the artist.

    You will receive a set of 3 original prints documenting a specific art work and site, (and perhaps a small artefact) with a personal call of thanks from Base Camp.

    3x Archival C-type prints 40x60, 1m x 1.5m and DVD Download.

    Your name will be featured on the Expedition Website and named as a Platinum Patron in the documentary, eBook and any future exhibition catalogues.

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    JOIN THE OFFICIAL BASE CAMP CREW!

    Join the high altitude expedition and documentary crew from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp 2-17 April 2015. Support the Bending Horizons documentary making and to escort the climbing party to Everest Base Camp. You will be included in the film and officially credited as co-star.

    This Reward is strictly subject to verification and approval from the Expedition Guide. Please email discuss suitable physical, mental, and social fitness before selecting this reward.

    Includes:
    * T-Shirt & Official Crew Expedition Patch
    * Transfer from Airport/Hotel/Airport,
    * Hotel in Katmandu & Welcome Dinner
    * Expert Guide, Sherpa or Porters, cooks
    * Transportation Mules 30 Kg Per person
    * Everest National Park Permits & Fees
    * Official taxes and service charge
    * 3 Meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    * Lodge accommodation and camping during the trek

    Excludes:
    * International flight Cost and Nepal Entry Visa
    * Personal transportation
    * Personal equipment and clothing
    * Emergency evacuation (If in case) service.
    * Personal travel and emergency insurance
    * Tips for sherpa

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    COMMIT TO SUMMIT WITH ME
    Taking a moment to reflect on the 8848m to the Summit, I will choose a site at a higher camp altitude, to create a work in your honour.

    During the climbing and acclimatisation phase, I will pass by this site several times, and therefore adding to it as I go. Your artwork and in-depth discussion of the intention of the piece and the creative process will be featured in the documentary. You will also be given NAMING RIGHTS for the piece to be used in all future exhibition, publications, media and public speaking events.

    Subject to mutual agreement upon my return, I will also deliver a VIP ARTIST TALK at your dinner party (up to 12 people) or not-for-profit event (up to 100 people) to share the first-hand story, and say thank you in person.

    [Note: while my Professional Speaker Fee will be wavered, all travel and accommodation costs are to be provided by host].

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