Sunday, 21 September 2014

London Calling | Art Basel's crowdfunding epiphany wants you!

Sunday, 21st of September 2014 - At an obscure, yet not so distant past, artists were "protected" by Kings and semi-lived their lives in Royal Courts, serving thew crown. In the digital age though art projects look into crowds, not crowns for support. Catching the spirit of times, ArtBasel announced a couple of weeks ago their new partnership with Kickstarter, the culture crowdfunding site and the cration of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative. The Initiative's aim is to catalyze international support for non-profit visual arts organizations worldwide by promoting outstanding projects to Art Basel’s extensive global audience. As the wire sent by the Art  colossus mentioned, "With this new initiative, Art Basel will support the non-profit sector of the artworld, at a time when public funding for the arts has been dwindling. Designed specifically for non-profit arts organizations, the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative will offer visibility and support for a wide variety of artistic projects, including non-profit exhibitions, public installations, films, artist books, education programs, artist residencies, talks, conservation and archiving, and other innovative art projects".

Organizations applying to Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative on Kickstarter will be reviewed and selected by an independent jury comprised of: Hammad Nasar, curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong,  Glenn Phillips, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; and Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul and New York.

The initial selection of projects includes:

  • East of Borneo is an online magazine of contemporary art and its history, as considered from Los Angeles. After five years of operation, they seek your support for their highly anticipated relaunch that will enhance user experience, add features, and increase access.
  • Delfina Foundation is an independent organization that facilitates artistic exchange and develops creative practice through residencies, partnerships, and public programming. They have been working with the Arab region through their renowned residency program for the last 7 years
  • Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art proposes staging “Actions for Tomorrow” by Chinese art collective Yangjiang Group in Sydney’s Chinatown neighborhood. The project pushes the boundaries of traditional Chinese calligraphy by exploring ideas of collective action through large-scale architectural constructions, video projections and public performances.
  • Gasworks, a London-based organization that promotes the exchange of ideas between international and local artists through exhibitions and residencies in London and at partner organizations in Cuba, China, South Africa, Kenya and India, asks for support to construct additional studios for emerging artists in South London.
  • SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound), an organization that produces concerts in the greater Los Angeles area that re-contextualize sound and place, plans to host a free public concert of contemporary sound works in the hills outside of Los Angeles.
  • SculptureCenter in New York City looks to raise funds to present a major retrospective for leading Thai artist, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook.
Quality, innovative approach, creativity, diversity and potential vitality are the main criteria the jury has to decide upon for the support of non-profit visual arts organizations to submit their project on Kickstarter and to apply to be part of the Art Basel Crowdfunding. Discover more on the projects to be crowd-funded HERE. If you would like to sublimt your project to Art Basel's Committee for consideration you should visit:

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