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Hipkiss and Graney are building a large, permanent camera obscura sculpture in Stirchley Park, South Birmingham.
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Artist's impression of the Stirchley Dead Shrine
Artist's impression of the Stirchley Dead Shrine

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.

Dead Shrine at the Coventry Biennial
Dead Shrine at the Coventry Biennial

Once built, the sculpture will host the following:

Camera Obscura

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. 

Moonlight Symposiums

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.

Artist Workshops

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!

Filming

The duration of the project will be filmed by Filmmaker Michael Lightborne, including Moonlight Symposiums and performances!

Dead Shrine in Cannon Hill Park
Dead Shrine in Cannon Hill Park

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.

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    Help us and get a badge!

    Donate whatever you want to give for the sheer pleasure of supporting artists, community art and public sculpture in Birmingham, and when the sculpture is finished you can say "I made that happen."

    PLUS receive a lovely Hipkiss & Graney badge (collected from Artefact).

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    Stirchley Park Dead Shrine Postcard.

    Stirchley's very own Camera Obscura Dead Shrine will feature on a lovely Stirchley postcard.

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    Hipkiss & Graney will bless your abode.

    Hipkiss & Graney will visit your abode and perform a ritual on your garden or home to help you. Are you finding your garden a difficult space to entertain in? Does a shadowy entity stand close behind you as your ascend your staircase? Get Hipkiss & Graney round to light some candles and burn some stage and wave a couple of branches round and you'll be laughing!

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    Workshop and symposium reserved space!

    Reserve a place at any and all of our workshops and symposiums! These include:

    Camera Obscura Making Workshop with Pete Ashton.

    Shrine-Building Workshop with Kate Spence.

    Instrument-making workshop with Swoomptheeng.

    Electromagnetic Fields Workshop with Michael Lightborne.

    Hand-dyeing Fabrics Workshop with Hipkiss & Graney.

    Plus a free badge as above.

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    Limited Edition Print.

    A limited edition print by Hipkiss and Graney made as part of this Dead Shrine project.

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    Special Dinner Evening + Film Premiere.

    An invitation to a special dinner evening hosted by Hipkiss & Graney. Featuring live music from the project and the first screening of the project, filmed by Michael Lightborne, the film charters the story of Stirchley's Dead Shrine and those trying to learn of its origins.

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    Minervala, 2016 Live score (only copy).

    The only recording of the score from Hipkiss & Graney's 2016 show, Minervala Market by composer Rowan Piancastelli. On two records, signed by Rowan Piancastelli and Hipkiss & Graney.

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