Citizens of the Planet - Live Experience
14 L.A. animators create 2 hours of mind-blowing 3D Mapping Visuals for Toni Childs' Citizens of the Planet Concert Tour
Welcome to my story, name is Toni Childs. For those who don't know I am an Emmy Winner and three-time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, and this is an opportunity to birth the Live Experience for my new album, Citizens of the Planet.
I want to talk to you from one citizen of the planet to another using the language of music, moving images, symbols and interactive technologies. I want to talk to my global family, I feel like I am being squeezed like a tube of toothpaste to evolve, to express my Earth explorations and realizations, and ideas. And to see if anyone else can relate to what I'm feeling and perceiving.
Our beautiful planet is getting smaller with communication and social media technology dissolving borders, and I believe we have the intelligence and strength to move forward in an elegant way to meet the challenges of an evolving planet while honoring the diversity of its many peoples! I want to shapeshift into a new possibility, and celebrate this extraordinary moment in time with you!
My long held dream has been to create an immersive music driven experience that uses images and motion in order to speak to the spark & intelligence of who we are - TED TALKS meets MUSIC! After a lot of development time and extensive research, we have now assembled a team that will bring my dream into reality... beyond what I have ever dreamed possible! YAHOOOOO!!
And so, this is why I created a Kickstarter campaign. I want to raise $100,000 and more to pay for the amazing opportunity that is V Square Labs and Vita Motus.
Villa Virkhaus's - V Squared Labs has committed to creating two hours of breathtaking visuals for Citizens of the Planet's Live Experience. Together we have enlisted 14 of the LA's best animators to create interactive visuals for our 16' by 30' interactive floor, and motion graphics and animations for a 3D Mapped set designed by Heather Shaw's - Vita Motus.
Vello Virkhaus's, V Squared Labs created 90 minutes of breathtaking visuals & co-created 3D mapping technologies for Amon Tobin's ISAM project. Check out their website to get the low down on what they are all about. http://www.vsquaredlabs.com/;
Heather Shaw's, Vita Motus designed Amon Tobin's ISAM set, as well as the Dance Temple at the Boom Festival in Portugal, and Do Lab's Misting Oasis at Coachella 2011/12. http://vitamotus.com/portfolio/
Creating animations & motion graphics for a purpose built set will take up to four months to complete, so it is necessary that we make our timeline goal! And this cannot be done without your help!
Time is now ticking and I have only a few days left to reach my goal! Pledge your support and receive... a song or CD, or you can send me a picture of yourself and I''ll paint your portrait. Or you can meet me at a Contemporary Art Gallery in Australia, Italy, France or somewhere else in the world, and I will interview you on camera so you can be a part of our Citizens of the Planet Interactive Exhibition.
Pledge and Be the Fuel!
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Citizens of the Planet is my sixth album, and it is slammin!!! Thanks to an abundance of generous people who subscribe to my Newsletter and Facebook I was able to record and mix with the very talented Producer, Joby Baker.
If you want to hear some of the new album... this link will take you to a six minute tasting https://vimeo.com/42202796
During the final days in the studio there were (((sweet))) tears of joy and celebration, and a soaking in of all that it took to make it happen!! We had such a great time making it; I met some incredible people on facebook, and the songs sound stunning and rockin!
As I said in my video, I am pregnant with possibility. Citizens of the Planet is more than a bunch of songs. It is an expression of possibility. It is Ted Talks meets music. In the deep recesses of my occipital cortex, dreams and images have been triggered by my spirit's longing to connect and make sense of the world. This has been inspired with the writing of my new album and the reflections of my music.
I want to talk to you from one citizen of the planet to another using this language of music, moving images, symbols and interactive technologies. I want to talk to my global family, I feel like I am being squeezed like a tube of toothpaste to evolve, to express my Earth explorations and realizations, and to see if anyone else can relate to what I'm feeling. And see & sense what I am sensing. I want to shapeshift into a new possibility and I want to know if you're feeling it, too!
A humble ((thank you)))) seems hardly enough for such an incredible journey. For me, this is my best body of work, and now to top it off I have the opportunity to work with two LA Crews that are off-the-rictor! I finally feel I can give birth to what has been brewing inside me these many years.
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In 1997, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. I would find out I needed to stop my life as I knew it, and ended up on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii for almost a decade.
I believe having a decade off on a tiny speck in the middle of the ocean gave me some distance from the world. I would experience 911 from that vantage point. And the war that followed including the financial global meltdown. It caused me to ask myself many questions, but the same questions repeated over and over... when do we get it? when do we evolve? How many centuries will it take before we can come together as a world as a people?
Without giving too much away, Citizens of the Planet is a celebration of life, a celebration of spirit! An acknowledgement of where we've come from, who we are, and where we can go together as a world....
Our vision is to present the Citizens of the Planet – Live Experience at the top prestigious performing arts festivals in the world, as well as 25 art market showcases including the United States Performing Arts Center network this year. We feel this is a fantastic way to introduce Citizens of the Planet to the global community, and create a buzz within the international arts community, as well as the music industry. Note: These festival showcases will not preclude our normal international touring schedule.
We are wanting to showcase in May, and at the end of a month-long production rehearsal. We will invite curators, theatre networks, festival coordinators, and promoters from around the world to attend our showcase in Byron Bay, Australia. Below is a list of the twelve number one rated festivals in the world we will be sending invitations to:
1) Edinburgh Festival in Scotland,
2) Israel Festival in Jerusalem,
3) Hong Kong Festival,
4) Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá in Colombia,
5) New Zealand International Festival,
6) Infr’Action International Performance Festival in France,
7) Festival dei Due Mondi,
8) Grec Festival Barcelona,
9) 4+4 Days in Motion Festival in Prague,
10) Sydney Festival in Australia,
11) Recklinghausen Festival in Germany,
12) The Bergen Festival in Norway
To be clear the art festivals are a way to promote Citizens Live Experience around the world.
I have to say this is almost too much to keep within the confines of my skin... I wake up pinching myself everyday because I made the best album of my life, (no joke) and I did it outside the music industry machine. ((((YES))))) And to top it all off, I have the opportunity to co-create two hours of incredible visuals with two stellar crews, and bring my planetary offering to you!
And if that is not enough, it will all be... because (((you)) made it happen. Now that is (((buddha)))
Now remember, the more you buy the more you ensure that Citizens of the Planet - Live Experience remains a sustainable independent production!!
Ok... I'm sending ((kisses)) and ((kisses))) and ((((kisses)))) to each and everyone of you!! So, if you feel an invisible peck on the cheek or forehead it's me!! ♥ hAHA!
Risks and challenges
I believe the biggest challenges we face in being able to complete this project once funded, is to ensure the visuals for each song is clearly understood from the outset. And being able to finish them according to our tight time-line. This means staying out in front enough in terms of timing with other parts of the production process.
V Squared Labs understands the parameters of what it is we are creating. They met with Citizens of the Planet, Line-Producer Jamie Nicolia, to work out the financial details and synchronize schedules to meet our time-line. They have an incredible team of in-house producers to keep everything on track, and have worked with tight time-lines before. So, I am confident that both V Squared Labs and Vita Motus will bring our project home - on-time and on budget. And we will have co-created an incredible Live Experience for people to remember for years to come.
Having this project funded means Citizens of the Planet's Booking Agent will be able to start booking our project into venues and inviting curators, promoters, and international media outlets to our showcase.
There is so much more to Citizens of the Planet than just an album and live experience. Creating the animations and designing and building the set for Citizens of the Planet's live production is a small part of all that will go into bringing our production to cities all over the world.
There is just no way we could do this without a step by step plan, and comprehensive strategy that includes, time-lines and cash flow charts, distribution deals, international legal contracts, PR, Advertising and Marketing strategies.
And so, I am honored to say, I have an incredible team that includes accountants, producers, attorneys, animators, musicians, fabricators, a lighting designer, programers, and a special effects team. All of which are committed to making an incredible live experience, and defining the beginning of a new sustainable business model for artist's like myself!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at what it is I'm creating! And giving Citizens of the Planet wings to sing!!
peace, love and gratitude,
- (30 days)