About this project
WELCOME TO THE CLIPPERTON PROJECT
The Clipperton Project is a unique, multi-disciplinary, international arts and science project which aims to take outstanding practitioners from around the world on expeditions to little-studied, inaccessible and complex territories which have been isolated by history.
The Clipperton Project takes the journey to these fascinating locations as its starting point, encouraging open collaboration between artists and scientists. It is hoped that the studies conducted in these locations expand and enhance both practitioners, fields of social investigation and ignite the interest of new and varied audiences. The Clipperton Project is a field laboratory, which aims to understand our social, political, historical, geographical and environmental position through international exchange and dialogue. By challenging the perceived boundaries of creative and academic spaces, The Clipperton Project aims to encourage a global community to confront subjects that affect us all.
For too long contemporary arts and sciences have resided in spaces that are only designed for their own consumers. For The Clipperton Project, it is imperative to move these practices into a new area of social usage in which people are urged to reflect and act on urgent social issues.
The Clipperton Project brings together San Francisco-based artist Martin Machado with 2 local artists/artisans in Mexico, to explore the themes of The Clipperton Project, in order to begin pushing the boundaries of artistic practice and to provide arts workshops to local communities.
Over the course of 5 months the artists from Queretaro state, Mexico will benefit from the artistic guidance of Machado, culminating in his curating of a final exhibition of their work in February 2012. The local artists will be provided with studio space and materials to develop their artwork and explore how we can use international collaboration to address local, social and environmental issues, via a united global community. It is not only the artists’ work that will be locally and internationally promoted, their voice will join others and shape The Clipperton Project’s international program, which will see presentations in over 12 different countries around the world by 2013.
Why local artists?
Local artists are part of their community; they are able to engage people in ways that outsiders cannot. Local artists offer a voice from within a community, as well as responding to it.
The Clipperton Project wishes to energise local communities to affect change by allowing practitioners to move across the perceived boundaries of their discipline and their location. We are trying to make the age old phrase ‘together we can do more’, actually mean more.
Mexico is the first destination where The Clipperton Project will hold a local residency program, but we do not intend for this to be the only location. These residency programs will continue in other parts of the world, allowing individuals to enter into dialogue with others in different countries. This is the beginning.
Local Mexican artists have told us that they believe they can make a change in their community. We want to help them make this a reality, but we want to make this program about a community contributing to a community, for the benefit of another community, which is our global community.
WHY WE NEED YOU
The Clipperton Project’s focus on communities led us to Kickstarter because this is a new community.
It is also one of the best examples of community out there; people supporting others to create.
We need your support to make this program a reality. The Clipperton Project is not about supporting established artists continue to travel in narrow circles, it is about enabling artists to access new audiences, and to allow new audiences to access art and science. You might be thinking ‘but this project is enormous?!’… and you would be right. But this project uses small means to achieve big things. We work hard to make the local count. We think it counts for everything. We also think that the global is the local.
If you want to help us achieve our goal, join our community and be involved from the beginning. No one is excluded from joining us on this journey.Our journey is your journey.
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