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 Blanket Fort proposal   

  1. Environment. Proposal 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 using a tent as a base will not be permitted for this festival.  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. We will accept a limited number of items for sale in our Pop-up Shop Tent. Not including tax, 30% of sales will go towards future events. Additional info will be released upon acceptance.

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 Blanket 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 recipient.
  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 Blanket 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 peformance 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 Blanket Fort? What kind of activity or interaction will take place within it?
  2. Construction. How will you build your Blanket 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. A stipend, up to $100, will awarded to a number of applicants. They will be given after the event. Do note, we have a limited number of spots available. Its possible not all Blanket Forts will be accepted nor will receive a stipend.

Please include any relevant support materials such as drawings of the proposed Blanket 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

Heading Should Read: (Your Last Name), Temporal Cities Benton Park
Proposals are due by Midnight: May 18th, 2015

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