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A book of photos and DVD of videos created in restaurants as we dine, using only the junk on our table such as napkins, placemats, etc

Hello All!  We are The Klines, a husband and wife collaborative team, and are seeking funding to produce a limited edition publication, My Dinner with The Klines. This project began while we were in art school, using eating utensils, napkins, wrappers and other disposables to create sculptures while dining at restaurants. Made spontaneously, they were initially left on the table to be scrapped by the wait staff. We recently began documenting these personal and private collaborations, which have become increasingly complex. The photographic documentation has grown to include videos accompanied by our very own musical creations. We create these videos using stop motion animation, puppetry, wind power, and any other cinematic trickery that enters our crazy little minds. Our book will include photos, descriptions of the meals and a DVD of the dinner videos. The project debuted at the California Center for the Arts Museum and will be featured in a solo exhibition at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California in September of 2012. 

These impromptu sculptures are both playful and complex, made using only materials at hand by altering, repurposing and recontextualizing the items on the table. We work without preconception and bring no tools or adhesives to the process. After more than a decade of collaboration, we bounce ideas back and forth so freely that the sculptures sometimes emerge without discussion. One of us will create something of visual interest and the other will add to or alter it, starting a cascade of cooperative responses as the sculptures emerge and transform over the course of the meal. These works become public art at the moment of creation, drawing in other diners and wait staff who sneak furtive glances at our odd behavior as the sculptures take shape. By the end of the meal these observers sometimes become participants, offering materials to assist and enrich the emerging work. The walls of a museum or gallery disappear, allowing people not only to see art but to witness the creative and collaborative process firsthand. We have a history of creating work that focuses on issues of social justice, so it is no surprise that many of the sculptures take on specific meanings aside from being reflections on a disposable society.  

How can you help? Your generous assistance will help us to fabricate the book and video, and keep this project moving and on schedule. We have purposely placed a low financial goal for this project, but realistically we will need about $5000 to cover the full cost of fabrication, so we sincerely hope that our project will be overfunded. If you enjoy our work, please give generously and note that we have some very cool premiums for those who do, including original artwork, discounted early pressings of the artist signed limited edition book, and an opportunity to join us for dinner. We are very excited about My Dinner with The Klines and we thank you all in advance for your generosity and love….

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    THANK YOU for propelling us toward our goal to make My Dinner with The Klines a reality. If you love this project then be our ambassador and help spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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    Download ring tones that we created from our dinner sculpture videos. We had tremendous fun making the music and we think you’ll enjoy it too.

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    Receive an artist-signed one dollar bill origamically (yeah, we made it a word) folded into a bowtie as seen in the Lincoln Memorial photo from our series. These will bring you good luck!

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    Receive a DVD featuring two of the dinner videos selected at random from the mystery grab bag. All pledges of $25 or more will also be credited as supporters of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our recently redesigned web site at www.jugglingklines.com.

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    Slice of toast w/ Jesus or Moses on it. Call him what you want, they’ll both look the same. You will also be credited as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site.

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    Receive an artists’ signed DVD featuring 4 dinner sculpture videos from MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES. These short videos were filmed in restaurants as we dined and created art. With this amount, you too, will be credited as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site.

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    You can own an original drawing by the artists on a paper napkin ring and suitable for framing, if you can find a tiny, tiny frame. No two are identical and each is a whoppingly small 1 ½” x 4 ¼”. Choose from Elvis as Big Boy, Chicken a la King or The Virgin of Guadalupe Chipotle miracle (see video for examples). You will also be credited as a supporter of this project on our web site.

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    Receive an artists’ signed DVD of the complete set of dinner sculpture videos to date from MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES. These short videos were filmed in restaurants as we dined and created art. We are still in the editing process but expect this to contain a minimum of twelve video shorts. Don't forget that you will also be credited as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site.

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    You can own 2 original drawings by the artists on paper napkin rings. Choose from Elvis as Big Boy, Chicken a la King or The Virgin of Guadalupe Chipotle miracle (see video for examples). They are tiny but powerful. You will also be credited as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site.

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    THIS IS THE BOOK! Normally $125, you can receive a discounted, early pressing of the artist signed limited edition copy of the book MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES. Each book also includes a DVD of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES dinner sculpture videos featuring stop motion animation, puppetry, and other moving silliness. The videos also feature our original musical scores. These short videos were filmed at the restaurants (with people watching) as we dined and created art. This is the true realization of this innovative project and what this Kickstarter campaign is all about! Most certainly, this donation will add your name as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site!

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    Congratulations! Congratulations! You will own a complete set of 3 original drawings (Elvis as Big Boy, Chicken a la King and The Virgin of Guadalupe Chipotle Miracle) by the artists on paper napkin rings. Big savings on little drawings! You will also be credited as a supporter of MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES on our web site.

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    Adopt a Dinner Video! Your name or business name will appear in the video credits as a sponsor of a specific video, or you can choose to honor someone as a memorial, etc. We can’t show you the movies before the opening, but we are more than willing to have an online conversation with you to determine the best fit for your sponsorship. Your name will be onscreen at gallery shows, film festivals or other venues. Only one sponsor per movie for all eternity…. And you’ll also get a copy of the book and video too. Choose from one of these themes and we'll pair you up with a video: Love, Old West, Space, Technology, Nature, Death, Biblical, Sexy, and Oddities. You will also be credited on our website for supporting MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES at the Producer level.

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    While we’d certainly give you a "happy dance" via Skype, our guess is that you’ll opt for a lovely photographic print (unframed) from MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES. We selected four (4) artists’ signed, high quality, 16” x 20” images from the series to choose from. These prints (a $150 savings!) are only offered at this promotional price through Kickstarter as a means to fund the book project and are limited to an edition of 25. See updates for available images. You will also be credited on our website for supporting MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES at the Producer level.

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    Choose from one of four (4) artists’ signed, high quality, 16” x 20” photographic prints selected from the series MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES AND receive an early pressing of the artist signed limited edition copy of the book MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES with accompanying DVD of the dinner sculpture videos. (a $175 saving overall!) See updates for available images. Your print is limited to an edition of 25 and will be featured in the book. How cool is that? Very cool too, that you will be credited on our website for supporting MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES at the Producer level.

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    IT’S THE GRAND SLAM! Choose from one of four (4) artists’ signed high quality 16” x 20” photographic prints selected from the series (edition of 25) AND receive a $25 savings on an early pressing of the artist signed book and DVD AND we will treat you and a guest to dinner. Be prepared to make some art with us and we’ll see what happens! This is of course only available to local folks (southern California), unless you wish to fly yourselves in for dinner or fly us out. You will also be credited on our website for supporting MY DINNER WITH THE KLINES at the Producer level.

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