The Future of Art Micro-Grant Nominees: Cast Your Vote!

Jason Gleeson
Video Essayist, Writer & Journalist (Knowmad)

Video Still, Celeocanth

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education – having had the opportunity to spend a large part of my life, living and working all over the world – experiencing firsthand how fast everything is changing.

It truly is the most exciting time to be alive, and I am fascinated by this acceleration and consilience of all the sciences, arts and humanities, and the role of the internet and technology.

I live somewhere between now and the future, constantly seeking better ways of doing things – in my work and my approach to how I live my life.

I grew-up in Africa – I am based in London (mostly).

My future video projects would be set in the near future – based on the current science understanding and told with some imagination.
I would like to give the audience an idea of what it could be like living in a future that is worth working towards.

I believe – these narratives of what is possible – give shape and direction to our directionless and rudderless culture.

My work to date has been very much about this – and you can see examples on my website: i.e.
1) CELEOCANTH – & other ancient memories from the future
2) VANILLA – & my search for green gold
3) TVPD – Inside the New City

Kind regards,
Thanks for watching,

Thomas Mader
Based in Berlin – Schmiede Exhibition

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

Schmiede is a 10-day festival for producers of all kinds of media that takes place every year in Hallein/Austria. It enables artists and creative people from all kinds of backgrounds to work together, to exchange ideas and to network. There is no pressure to actually finish projects in progress within the 10 days of Schmiede and the main focus is more on getting in touch with people that could help pushings one’s project forward. Since we noticed at this year’s Schmiede that a large number of the participating artists is based in Berlin, Ellinor Ljungqvist, Marco Wedel, Torsten Fischer and me decided to create a new platform in order to give Berlin based Smiths the chance to show finished projects that are no longer in progress.

In early March 2011 the first Schmiede Berlin exhibition will take place at MultiLayerLaden in Berlin/Kreuzberg and we hope for a large number of visitors and many interesting exhibits. Even though we fortunately don’t have to pay for the exhibtion space, we still think that we might need some financial support in order to be able to organize a rental car for larger exhibits or for renting technical equipment.

In order to be able to cover these expenses the Future of Art Grant would be a welcome support and it would also come in handy should the Schmiede Berlin Exhibition grow into a yearly event to have to grant on our “CV” because that would make applying for other grants such as the Berliner Kultur Etat much easier.

The curational team of the Schmiede Berlin Exhibition would be very grateful and happy to receive your support.

Travis Meinolf
Action Weaver

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

I have been building simple weaving equipment and engaging people in the process of making communal cloth for the past five years. We then have tangible, ‘material’ expression of the productivity of our political action; the cloth acts as a concrete record of our intent. And as the product of a new, playful, fun labor process it can be distributed in interesting ways that express possibilities of revolutionary political economy. For now we can also call it art. More group-made blankets on the way to cold Berliners if I get the grant.

Our Process

Since the very beginning of the Future of Art project, applications have been coming in for the Micro-Grant. Altogether we received 19 applications. Today we’re delighted to announce the 3 nominees. We’ve chosen three artists who exemplify some of the sentiments that were voiced by the artists, filmmakers, digital mediators and bloggers who we interviewed for The Future of Art. The video essays of Jason Gleeson are meditative narratives which explore the future of humanity’s relationship with technology. The peer-curated Schmiede exhibition “Based in Berlin” is a practical implementation of artist-to-artist curatorial activity. The weaving practice of Travis Meinolf is an example of a public and interactive exploration of process-as-performance.

Full Disclosure

We’ve listed the applications above in alphabetical order by the last name of the applicant. In the spirit of transparency we’ve included the full texts of the applications so that you have the same information on which to judge the applications as we did.

For the sake of full disclosure, we feel it’s important to acknowledge that both Travis and the curators of the Schmiede exhibition are friends of ours. Unlike most curatorial work in which friendly ties between curators and artists are deliberately hidden, we feel it’s important that you know about our relationship to these two candidates.

Regardless of these connections, we have selected these three candidates as nominees because of the quality of their work and the ways in which their creative endeavors are in synergy with the intentions of the Future of Art project.

Cast Your Vote!

Voting will run until midnight 28 February at which point we will count the votes for each participant and announce the winner. Voting is now closed; we’ll be announcing the winner soon! The winner will receive 10% of our crowdfunding.

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