Hipkiss and Graney are building a large-scale, permanent camera obscura in Stirchley Park!
This sculpture will be the fourth instalment in Hipkiss & Grany's Dead Shrine Project. It will be 2 metres sq. and, like previous sculptures from the series, look as though it has fallen from the sky, crashing into a public space.
The Dead Shrines Project is a series of sculptures by Birmingham-based visual arts duo, Hipkiss & Graney, informed by shifts in our political landscape, with an emphasis on immigration policy and border laws.
Once built, the Dead Shrine will host a series of performances and workshops in Stirchley Park open to the whole community.
WE NEED YOU!
We're applying for Arts Council funding to cover the salaries of everyone involved and have partnered with the University of Birmingham to give the project some intellectual heft. This Kickstarter is for the materials needed to make the sculpture itself.
The more we raise, the better it will be!
£2000 will cover the minimum needed for materials. We'll be buying brand new railway sleepers which will weather well and keep the structural integrity for a good few years. The camera obscura mechanism will consist of a lens and large perspex screen within the sculpture. The sculpture will be preserved with Danish wood oil.
If we surpass this goal and raise more money we can put on more events and workshops during the year, buying better quality materials and paying more artists for their time.
Once built, the sculpture will host the following:
The front of the sculpture will house a lens and viewing holes in the rear will reveal an analogue projection of the view across the park, upside down and eerilly uncanny. This will be engineered by the Birmingam Camera Obscura project.
Partnered with the University of Birmingham's Cultural Engagement team , Hipkiss and Graney will hold a series of nighttime lectures next to the Shrine. The lectures will be given by experts in subjects such as Immigration (historical and modern), Climate Change and it's current social impacts, Archaeology + more. These symposiums are free and open to everyone, hoping to bring experts to the discussion on migration in a community context.
Hipkiss and Graney have teamed up with artists Pete Ashton, Kate Spence, Marcus Keating, Michael Lightborne and Swoomptheeng. to deliver a raft of exciting workshops including building mini camera obscuras, mask making, meditation, fabric-dying and electromagnetic field recording!
The duration of the project will be filmed by Filmmaker Michael Lightborne, including Moonlight Symposiums and performances!
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter is to raise the funds for the materials to build Stirchley's Dead Shrine sculpture and for the public, artist-run workshops.
Other costs will be covered with funding from Arts Council England which is currently being assessed. This project going ahead at the dates we have stated is dependant on our funding bid being successful. If it is unsuccessful then we shall re-apply but the dates of the project will be pushed back by at least a further 8 weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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