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Question about work spaces/art residencies for a foreigner.

Post by dadara » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:59 am

I am working on a new big interactive project and want to take it to the Playa next year.

As a foreigner it's always a huge undertaking without the infrastructure of home and having to take care of everything which in your own country can be taken for granted. I have been there before ( I think I am probably the only artist from overseas who came with three art projects )

Anyway, after being an artist in residence in Texas helped me greatly with Dreamyourtopia in 2008 , I am now thinking I should find a kind of residency in California/LA/SF so I could relocate for a few months before burning man and have an infrastructure/resources/studio and living at low costs near the Playa. Maybe someone on this forum would have any ideas/leads/thoughts?

Or maybe basically any of you would have any other ideas how I could make this new dream reality and find a community that I could collaborate with on this.

previous Playa projects:
http://www.dadara.nl/sculptures-and-ins ... myourtopia
http://www.dadara.nl/sculptures-and-ins ... /Fools-Ark
http://www.dadara.nl/sculptures-and-ins ... ng-greymen

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Post by AntiM » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:53 pm

California is expensive, other alternatives may be Reno, or Boise, ID, or Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake has a surprisingly large and active burner community.

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Post by dadara » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:00 pm

California is expensive, other alternatives may be Reno, or Boise, ID, or Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake has a surprisingly large and active burner community.
I am very flexible. I love California, know some people already and feel it's nearby the Playa but I would welcome any community, which would be willing and has the infrastructure to help and could make this possible.

In 2008 I built everything in Texas, but trucking the whole project out to Gerlach and back (almost 4000 miles) with a gallon of gasoline costing more than 4 dollars nearly made me bankrupt.

The Texas community by the way was great!

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Post by AntiM » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:01 pm

Utah is a lot closer! Many people have room for projects, and the cost of living is lower.

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Post by dadara » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:04 pm

AntiM wrote:Utah is a lot closer! Many people have room for projects, and the cost of living is lower.
If a burner community from Utah will contact me, I will definitely consider the possibility.

Then again if I can find an artist residency, that often might mean room to live and work for free ( I had that in Texas at http://www.centraltrak.org )

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Post by dadara » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:09 pm

AntiM wrote:Utah is a lot closer! Many people have room for projects, and the cost of living is lower.
I just checked 561 miles to gerlach, 240 more than san francisco but 1200 less than Dallas, Texas.........

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Post by cutmeoffandcallmeshorty » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:26 am

http://blog.burningman.com/culture-art- ... f-big-art/

Check out the above link, This is located at "Big Art" American Steel in Oakland California, Artist space, Volunteer oppertunities and Were all Family !
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Post by dadara » Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:49 am

http://blog.burningman.com/culture-art- ... finitarium -timelapse-of-big-art/

Check out the above link, This is located at "Big Art" American Steel in Oakland California, Artist space, Volunteer oppertunities and Were all Family !
The Burning Man organization put me in contact with the American Steel building, which indeed sounds like a good possibility.

So if anyone else also has suggestions, they are always appreciated.

But a community which has a space, but no project and would like to help an international project become reality is welcome as well :-)

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Post by professorzed » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:01 am

I'm just brainstorming here....

Have you heard of Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories?

http://www.srl.org/

Mark Pauline was formerly based out of San Francisco, but has moved to a cheaper location with more space. They do large scale art, pretty dangerous art as well. I know they have had a few shows in Holland. Someone on his team might be able to give you some advice.

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Also, what is your project about? This might be a long shot, but worth mentioning.

Does your project have [i]anything at all[/i] do do with outer space, or extra-terrestrial colonies? Technology? The future? Genetic engineering, nanotechnology, or robotics/AI?

The Lifeboat foundation is an organization devoted to creating an extra terrestrial colony in space, among other things. They believe that this is a safeguard against the extinction of humanity, should something catastrophic happen on the planet Earth.

Mission statement:
https://lifeboat.com/ex/about

They have grants for up to [b]$25,000[/b] available, if they feel your project reflects their mission statement. You do not have to be an American citizen to qualify.

Note that they do not include 'incidentals' as part of the grant (i.e. plane tickets, room and board, transportation fees.)

Grants:
https://lifeboat.com/ex/grants

You might notice that they have an advisory board consisting of a wide array of experts, including an art and media board.

The Lifeboat foundation has it's headquarters located in Minden, Nevada. That's a three hour drive from Burning Man. Assuming there is space for rent in Minden or the surrounding area, this might be an excellent opportunity to set up a work shop and get a crew involved. You would also help to raise the profile of the Lifeboat foundation.

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Post by dadara » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:54 am

I kept working on my project in my studio. Researching from behind my computer, visiting printing companies in my underwear, looking at underground vaults and lots of other stuff.

I wish everybody on this forum a great time on the Playa and will watch it all from the dust-free environment of my studio behind the computer screen and hope to be back if I can make this dream a reality ( with a little help of my (Burner and future) friends ).

Once the dust settles down I'll post more concrete stuff about the new project.

So stay tuned on the eplaya or become a member of the Dadara facebook if you're interested, because I'll use that to communicate as well.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/DADARA/60701188430

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