Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TEMPORAL CITIES: Art Fort Festival (Benton Park)

SPORE PROJECTS Presents: Temporal Cities Art Fort Festival (Benton Park Lake)

  *Part of the Benton Park Free Summer Concert Series*
Rain or Shine

                                                                             photo by Virgina Harold                                   

WELCOME: Costumed Brigaders, Buskers, Picnickers, Blanket Fort Builders & Body Shakers

FEATURING: Blaque Berry Puppet Theater, Meta Mela's Mystical Tea Shack, Radical River Raft, Fort Make Believe, Co-Lab Chalk Mural, Paint by Number Palace & Art Raffle, Migratory Hive Project, SPORE's Participatory Field Museum, and The infamous BPNA Beer Garden

2pm: Jack Grelle
3pm: Adria Nichole
4pm: Prospect
4:45pm: Syna So Pro
5:30pm: Pacia
6pm: Jamily Fam

3-3:30pm: Lakefront Yoga with Sergio
5-5:30pm: Lakefront Yoga with Sergio

Monday, May 4, 2015

Temporal Cities Art Fort Festival (Benton Park) Requirements

SPORE PROJECT'S: Temporal Cities Art Fort Festival (Benton Park) Requirements

Artists should take the following requirements in to consideration when developing an idea for their Art Fort proposal   

  1. Environment. Project should leave no trace in the park or its trees. Extra care should be taken to ensure no permanent damage takes place such as drilling or nailing into trees. Rope, duct tape, and alternative structures used as support are an excellent way to construct a temporary fort that is not damaging to the trees. Tent stakes are acceptable to use in the ground. Nothing larger is permitted. All holes must be filled before leaving the premises. No trace of the fort can be left after the conclusion of the event. This is a rain or shine event. Have a plan in place for rain and wind. Include this in your proposal. Traps and plastic sheeting work well.
  2. Design. Although the type of material you choose to use is wide open, your structure should have fabric as a primary material in order to expand upon the concept of a “blanket” fort. Other materials such as cardboard, foam sheeting, plastics, wood, etc are acceptable.Though we are using 10x10 standard tent size as our model, for innovation purposes sole use of a tent will not be permitted for this festival. Make it creative. If using wood or metal as a base, your fort must be structurally sound- as in, it will not collapse. We are looking for proposals that show creativity while taking the park and safety into consideration.
  3. Engagement. All Blanket Fort should have a “theme” centered around public engagement. Think of your fort as an environment to entertain, educate, and include strangers. This is a family event. All concepts must be appropriate for young people. The purpose of this event is community building not advertising. Soliciting and sales of any kind will be grounds for dismissal from the project.
  4. Promotion. Links to artists, musicians, and performers websites (if applicable) will be promoted online.
  5. Fundraiser. Help us make this a sustainable event and raise more money for artists. Make a donation of art, handmade goods, or services to our auction tent. Tax deductions are possible or take 20% of final sale to help cover your materials cost.

Several small stipends will be awarded to performing artists. Stipends will be awarded after the event’s conclusion. Include in your proposal the type of performance, time, and location preference. Performances should be planned to occur within the Art Fort portion of the park. The stage will not be available. It is for prescheduled music acts happening during the festival. Performance proposals not selected to receive a stipend may be able to present their work without funding. Scheduling priority will be given to stipend recipients.

  1. Environment. Successful proposals should take into account the unique environment of Temporal Cities. They will engage audiences and be technically feasible.
  2. Engagement. Include details about production and how your project or performance will engage participants at the event.
  3. Logistics.Will your performance or project happen in conjunction with a particular Art Fort? Or will it be in the area at large? Is it a timed performance or ongoing? How long is it? Do you have a time preference, if so, when? What is needed to make your performance happen? Be aware we have limited electricity available. Any need for this must be included in your proposal.

Please include details speaking to the following requirements (No more than one page)
  1. Written Description of idea. What is the “theme” of your Art Fort? What kind of activity or interaction will take place within it?
  2. Construction. How will you build your Art Fort? What type of materials will you use?
  3. How does your proposal fit the goals of the event?
  4. Include brief biographies, no more than four sentences each, including web links, if applicable, for yourself or those in your group.
  5. Briefly explain why you’re interested in being a part of Temporal Cities (Benton Park). Are you connected to the neighborhood, area, or St Louis? How? If not, include why you’re interested and how you heard about the event.  
  6. Stipends, up to $100, will awarded to a number of applicants. Notification will come in early June. Stipends will be allocated after event’s conclusion. Participation and following through is mandatory to receive your award. Do note, we have a limited number of spots available. It's possible not all Art Forts will be accepted nor will all receive a stipend.

Please include any relevant support materials such as drawings of the proposed Art Fort, links to video clips of performances, past projects or any other support material that will help the jury understand your proposal (up to 5 images).

All Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of professional artists, curators, and representatives from the Benton Park Neighborhood Association and SPORE Projects. Selections will be based on the follow criteria

  1. Incorporation of Temporal Cities Mission and Values
  2. Quality of plan for audience interaction
  3. Understanding of design requirements
  4. Feasibility of proposed project. Evidence of successful ability to execute project.  
  5. Connection to Benton Park neighborhood and/or interest in area


Early Bird Proposals- first consideration: May 22nd, Midnight, 2015
Final Deadline: May 29th, Midnight, 2015

Please use PDF Formatted Attachments
_ Email Heading/Subject Line: Your Last name or Project Title, Temporal Cities BP
_ Detailed Project Proposal or Performance Description. Include materials budget (one page)
_ Support Images and/or website link (up to 5)
_ Brief Biography (one page)
_What/If you’ll be donating to the fundraiser auction and value of that item. Note: participation does not affect your application or ability to receive a stipend.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seven Lost Buildings in Old North

For the True/False Film Festival installation of the Migratory Hive Project in Columbia this past March, long-time collaborator and friend, Michael Allen, of the Preservation Research Office wrote this essay "Seven Lost Buildings in Old North" connecting to his photographs which were included in the sculpture. Read it here.. .

Saturday, March 16, 2013

SPORE's collaborative sculpture for True/False Film Festival

A new incarnation of the Migratory Hives Project was created for True/False. The support sculpture was developed through a collaboration between Emily Hemeyer, Chloe Bethany, Lohr Barkley, Leland Drexler, Carrie Goodson, Zack Zimmerman, and Eric Schwartz. SPORE artists from across the country created micro-environments contained in 13 Hives which were explorable throughout the sculpture. Media ranged from sound compositions, to a peep show painted on rocks, to an ant circus animation. Pieces were based on the festival's theme "The Collective Architecture of The Impossible." Artists included Rebecca Estee, Juliet Hinely, Emily Peters, Dr Bill Russell, Kristen Bartel, Kristen Althoff, Sarah Paulsen, Cameron Fuller, Tristen and Stella, Cindy Tower, Carlie Trosclair and Michael Allen. Through a workshop students from the C.A.R.E program in Columbia constructed a collaborative box. Special thanks to Drew, Tess, Dave, Jack Klatt, Tom Carr, Well Boy, Fran Lakatos, Tom and Susan for their support.


Emily leads a workshop with the C.A.R.E. Gallery in Columbia

Production mode for True/False Film Festival Collaboration