Edited: We now have our piece for exhibit at EAGx Berlin 8-10 Sept. and here is a video of the geodisic dome; groups of six walk through and take an audio/visual journey toward the center where they have a meaningful communal ending:
Our working group is mounting an art exhibit at EAGx Berlin in September called "ea-X-hibitiion" approved by the organizers and led by Aron Mills in Berlin. It is visual and audio and experiential, built withing a special geodisic dome for an artistic experience and reflection of the expected 750 attendees.
Our group formed after the EAGx budget process completed, the organizers wish they could have included us in the budget but it was too late. We hope future EAG's can include a budget for arts, and believe after experiencing this piece at EAGx Berlin it will be requested for future EAG's and other conferences.
We hope to enrich the attendee experience at EAGx Berlin by surrounding them with a complete sense experience. The members of the working group in general hope to bring more art into EA because we believe it increases human flourishing, and if EA people flourish, their good works and good ideas are more able to flourish in the world. Art amplifies everything EA hopes to create in the world.
We put forth a submission process, but we started so late, with only two months to prepare, we weren't able to really get as many submissions as you would with a normal longer lead in...however, our working group has collaborated and submitted a piece, and as an experienced art curator I can say it's really significant. Created by Aron Mills along with local Berlin collaborators and those from our working group. Six people at a time enter a geodisic dome and go on an audio/visual journey into the heart of our human condition through dark places and eventually wind toward the center for a communal discovery of hope that we may create together...it's a truly visceral journey like a good movie or song and people have been deeply moved.
The piece debuted at KiezBurn last week, the burning man of Berlin. Already other conferences are asking for it.
Potential investors can comment here or talk to me me in the Manifund discord (I'm Vuuleo).
How will this funding be used?
Far more than our intended budget of $2000 has already been spent out of pocket by the collaborators. Given Aron the organizer's connections to the EAGx Berlin team, the money could be funneled through EAGx Berlin organizers or however Manifund would prefer.
You can see the geodisic dome in the video, it was handmade, even the audio with the big read buttons were handmade, the total was paid out of pocket by the collaborators as well as hundreds of hours of labor.
What is your (team's) track record on similar projects?
Our working group is the first arts exhibition/curation group that we know of in EA, but is made up of many creative and arts based EA people with decades of cumulative experience who met and organized through the EA Anywhere Slack channel in the sub group: #role-artists. This is our first event, but the piece itself debuted in Mid-August to great success at Berlin's version of burning man called KiezBurn and has already been requested by another conference, and we anticipate it will be by many more.
How could this project be actively harmful?
We can't think of any harm to society coming from art which is in every human culture in all of recorded history. Usually the harm connected to art came from powers that felt the art challenged them and they persecuted the artists.
What other funding is this person or project getting?
The members of the working group have already funded over $2000 in cash from their own pockets and hundreds of hours of labor.