It is time for our quarterly update on the Progeny project.
If we are honest, this period has been a little slow and challenging. Unfortunately, we were not successful in our Grant Application for Creative Capital. One of the major factors that may have inhibited our success was the fact that it is increasingly difficult to find funding from Grant Givers for works that have already been produced; most funding we qualify for is set aside for new projects. We also face a geographical challenge in that there is limited funding for the arts in Florida verses other States such as New York. Finally, because our Fiscal Sponsor is based in New York and our permanent address is in Florida we are often automatically disqualified from securing funding from either State. On one hand, securing New York Foundation for the Arts as our fiscal sponsor has added a certain kudos to Progeny, whilst on the other it has hampered the project's chances of securing funding in Florida.
Despite these challenges we remain persistent and confident in our ability to secure funding and to extend the life of the project. We are also working hard to overcome some of these challenges. The project has so much to offer in educating both young and old and connecting them to important issues such as the community and our environment. The Progeny Sound Installation is unique in it's ability to make an audience question their own role in contributing towards these issues whilst concurrently learning about one of the kingpins of the environment - the honeybee. The Progeny program of events and education help to facilitate this process of learning within a fun and inspirational setting.
Our aim is to facilitate Progeny’s first journey from Florida to an exhibition Premiere in New York. The journey will be documented by film and online media and form part of the premiere exhibition in New York. Publicizing this journey, alongside the exhibition, will serve as a launching pad for future exhibitions, creating longevity for the project. We are currently seeking to secure $10,000 which will help pay towards all aspects of the project including transport, staffing and undertaking the education program.
Global Giving has been a great platform for us to connect with donors on an individual basis. Thank you again for your support. We truly appreciate it.
Luke and Bryce
Following the success of our first exhibition in November 2013 at Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida we are both eager to build on the momentum already created for Progeny. We believe our unique sound installation can increasingly become a place for public interaction and artistic collaboration. It is our aim to continue building established networks of interested parties and to spark dialogue around the themes of our project; community and the environment.
For this quarterly report, I decided to include some text (below) from a recent funding application we made to Creative Capital. If successful, Creative Capital would provide us with enough funds to implement our next exhibition. We are both grateful for the support you have given to our project which has enabled us to make the work and to undertake the first exhibition and program of education and events.
Progeny is still in storage awaiting it's next journey. With your help we are hopeful that our project can continue to develop and flourish. If you are able to contribute towards the project or to let others know about our work we would be very grateful. Thank you for your continued support.
Progeny is an indoor interactive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth beehive. The artists/curators have figuratively become beekeepers, transporting the structure measuring 24 x 24 x 9 ft on a flatbed truck. Through public engagement, performance and collaboration an opportunity is presented to evolve, learn, adapt and interact.
Our project is the result of three years of research and partnership, working in concert with the agricultural community, structural engineers and sound experts.
Progeny is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’ x 8’ frames, including walls and flooring. Ten independent walls create nine narrow corridors 24 ft in length. The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction. The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling. 32 contact microphones under the flooring of the structure pick up the vibrations of people’s footsteps. These, alongside 16 microphones within the walls, transmit sound to 36 speakers throughout the installation.
Emulating the systematic migratory procession beekeepers undertake carrying up to 400 hives on flatbed trucks to temporary locations, this travelling time-based work explores the point at which an artwork is ready for the viewer. Progeny’s journey from one location to another is as much part of the work as when it is assembled for public exhibition. It is neither stationary in it’s physical or intellectual state, constantly evolving through travel and through the communities it interacts with. This journey is documented by film and online media and forms part of future exhibitions.
In location, Progeny becomes an instrument or a platform for public interaction and artistic collaboration providing unique opportunities for the audience to experience and engage with the work.
The end of 2013 was a roller coaster for both Bryce and I. After quickly revisiting the last report we submitted via Global Giving, it was pleasing to see that we had fulfilled all we had set out to achieve.
The Progeny Premiere Opening on November 1st was very successful. We were so glad to unveil the work for the first time with donors, guests and friends.
On November 8th and 9th Progeny hosted evenings of improvisation and performance utilizing the installation as both a sound instrument and dance environment. Performers included musicians and dancers from Daytona State College and students from South Beach Dance Academy. Improvisations were courtesy of Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre. Rather than seated performances, the audience were invited to walk around and/or enter the Installation. This provided the audience with an opportunity for an intimate interaction with each performance.
The education program was also a real success. November 13-15 introduced the Progeny Education Program which consisted of a three-day Student Advisory Council workshop for students ages 14-19. The Advisory program encouraged student interactions with the installation, the community and the natural environment. A major outcome of the workshop was for the Student Advisory Council to create and develop an educational curriculum for middle school students ages 8-13. This program was implemented at Atlantic Center for the Arts, and will be used at future exhibition locations, including Atlanta and New York. On November 16, High School students led a two hour education program based on these Student Advisory Council workshops. The young people taking part in the sessions really did respond positvely, both to the Student Advisory Council members and to the Progeny Installation itself, which provided a unique venue for them to focus on the themes highlighted by the Progeny project. Our Adult education program on Wednesday, November 6, was hosted by Atlantic Center for the Arts and provided an informative discussion about the project's construction and artistic intention. The panel was led by Art Critic and Professor Mark Price of University of Central Florida and included Dr. Douglas Peterson of Daytona State College, Bee expert Doug McGinnis and both Bryce and I.
The exhibition received a high volume of visitors and ran until November 24th. Positive press was received both locally and further afield. One International Art magazine did a full feature on our Installation which can be found at http://installationmag.com/progeny-an-international-collaborative-project/. As promised, we also developed a new website www.theprogenyproject.com for the general public.
One of our kind Donors, Roy Hester, has provided us with a Storage facility for the Progeny Exhibition. We are now in the process of writing funding applications to Grant Givers in the US and UK for the Progeny project. Our aim is for the project to tour to Atlanta next. Future exhibitions and education programs are wholly dependent on the funding we can secure. Neither Bryce nor I have made any money from the Progeny exhibition/project. It is our hope that we will be able to secure enough funding in the future to sustain the level of work it requires from us both. We remain hopeful, given how successful we have been so far in securing funds to build the project and to deliver the first education program.
We are already so grateful for all you have done to support our project. A special thank you goes to those who are already donating on a regular basis. Continued donations are certainly not expected yet will absoloutely be put to great use. Anyone who would like to donate and support our project at this time, will be helping us to take the installation and education program to the next venue, reaching new audiences with our unique installation and important educational message. If you are unable to donate to our cause currently, we would greatly appreciate any suggestions or help you may be able to provide, in identifying possible grant givers or securing private donors sympathetic to Progeny's focus on the Arts, Community and Environment.
Thank you for your continued support.
Happy New Year
Luke Clark & Bryce Hammond
I flew back to New Smyrna Beach on September 2nd. Since then Bryce Hammond and I have been working flat out to get our installation built. After our original space in an Airport Hanger fell through, due to their facility being foreclosed, we had to find a new venue at speed in which to build our structure. Despite it not have air conditioning it makes for a great space to build our project in. Thankfully, we have had a team of people helping us to build Progeny. Not least, Sam Stewart, a supporter of our project and the man who kindly volunteered to cut 390 pieces of wood to custom size. We now have our floor frames built and all of the frames for the walls - 78 Frames all together. Next steps, will be to attach the walls to the flooring and insert the metal rods which are responsible for holding our structure in place. After which, we have to take it all down again before installing the sound equipment. Our aim is to have this done by the end of next week.
Our Education Program is in the final stages of planning. We are working with the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment & Art to participate in evening performances in both music and dance. We hope that the opportunity we are providing to perform inside our sound installation, at Atlantic Center for the Arts, will provide an aspirational setting for the students to collaborate, create and perform.
Our new website is due to be released shortly. Until then you can follow the project on facebook where we are uploading pictures as the project develops: https://www.facebook.com/progenyproject
Thank you everyone for supporting our project. It would not be possible without you. And thank you to those who are continuing to donate. Your input is immensely important to us. If you can think of others who may be interested in our project, and you are willing to pass along our details, we would greatly appreciate it. Please reach out at any time.
Our very best,
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I am sitting in Orlando airport about to head back to the UK following spending time with Bryce Hammond in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We've had a very productive week planning the next steps of our project, visiting Atlantic Centre for the Arts (ACA) where the first exhibition is taking place, researching materials to build the architectural structure and finalizing the 3 week event and education schedule. It was an essential time for us to both work on the Progeny exhibition which opens on November 1st, 2013.
If you have received this email it is because you have donated to our project. Now Progeny is an official member on the Global Giving website (thanks to you!) we are required to submit 3 monthly reports to those who have donated. I believe Global Giving give everyone a chance to unsubscribe so please do so if you wish not to receive these updates.
In 2010 Bryce and I both started Progeny on a residency at ACA in New Smyrna Beach - an inter-disciplinary residency program where artists, musicians and writers were able to exchange ideas and collaborate. This opportunity led to Bryce and I working with ACA and a local honey company, Tropical Blossom Honey, where we decided to research bee colonies. We were kindly invited to the North American Beekeeping conference in Las Vegas followed by a road trip where we visited the almond pollination fields in Visalia, California. We somehow ended up in Mexico before returning back to the States to visit a beekeeper who looks after thousands of hives near Calexico.
Our Journey had some surprises along the way...not least, the hotel booking agent hotwire sending us to some "secret special deal hotels" where we ended up in Hooters in Las Vegas. It also sent us to another hotel in Mexico rather than us staying on the border of California as we had intended. Suffice it to say, we now expect the unexpected with this project.
We never thought that the project would lead to us building a large interactive sound installation. In the process of trying to secure the money to fulfil this ambition we realised we needed to give something back to the community. That was mostly the focus for this recent trip. We now have a calendar of events and rather than tell you about I will just list it below. It is a work in progress but nonetheless gives you a feel for what we are hoping to achieve:
Curatorial Panel | Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30–9pm
Dance Performance | Friday, November 8 from 6-9pm
Music Performance | Saturday, November 9 form 6-9pm
High School Education | November 11th-14th
Middle School Education | Saturday, November 16
Outreach Program | November 18th-21st
We are excited about this program. Our aim is to finalize the events and education by the end of August so that we can concentrate solely on building the structure and undertaking rehearsals from September until the Opening on November 1st.
Ok, I think that's all for now. Thank you everyone for supporting our project. And thank you to those who are continuing to donate. Your input is immensely important to us. If you can think of others who may be interested in our project and you are willing to pass along our details we would greatly appreciate it. Please reach out at any time.
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