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With 13 days left on its kickstarter and a goal of $3,200, Multiple Bodies and a Theme of Tomorrow, an inter-city, interdisciplinary collaboration of different works in various mediums, is by no means a small undertaking.
Multiple Bodies currently features eight collaborators and is taking form through performance, video, sound and animation. The project will be taking place throughout the fall and winter of 2015 across various cities throughout the United States all under the theme of Tomorrow.
“I wanted to pick a theme that felt important,” said Charli Brissey, the VCU graduate who is spearheading the project and kickstarter.
“I wanted something that would address important issues in the world, but was also vague enough so everyone could have their own interpretations of what that means for them.”
Brissey said some of these socially engaged topics include (but aren’t limited to) topics of gender, race, sexuality and privilege all while looking toward the future.
“This theme is a way to kind of tie us all together in this critically engaged way—but without telling the collaborators what they have to do because I want them to do whatever they want to do,” she said.
Brissey has previously worked or has wanted to work with each of the collaborators either through school or in companies. Some members of the team are just folks she was familiar with through their work or through mutual friends.
“While I’m kind of spearheading this project, I don’t necessarily want it to be my project. I want the collaborators to have their own voice through their work—whatever the theme means for them, they have permission to go in that direction,” she said.
Brissey added while most of the collaborators are working artists from Richmond, they have since moved elsewhere and the various cities in which they live play have a critical role in the expansive nature of the project.
This sprawled platform is also what calls for the necessity of the kickstarter.
“Because all of the collaborators live in different cities, that money will basically allow us to travel around and bring different people to Richmond if I need to,” ” Brissey said. ”The money will help us travel and also secure certain things and to start making things happen.”
She added that the project itself is massive and will cost much more than the kickstarter amount, but that the current goal is to get the ball rolling on the project.
“We’re going to have to get together a lot which will mean a lot of traveling and that can be really hard when everyone’s a working artist. We just need to keep the momentum going with so many different people in so many different places,” Brissey said.
The current collaborators are Brissey, NYC dance artists Christina Carlotti Kolb and Betty Skeen, Va. Beach dance artist Nikolai McKenzie, Pittsburg/DC dance artist Maree Remalia, Richmond sound artist Kimberly Barnes, Western sound artist John Dombroski and Richmond photo artist Cynthia Henebry.
“This is one of the first projects I’ve worked on where I have absolutely no idea what it’s going to become later,” Brissey said. But she isn’t worried about the end result – in her mind, the talent she’s amassed are sure to create something great.
“I have so much faith in them as artists and I’m so excited, we’ve left it really open – it could go in so many different directions. I don’t know what that’s going to look like, I just can’t wait to see how things evolve.”
“We’re really hoping it brings together a lot of different communities that may overlap a little bit.”May 22, 2015
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