choke end & kick crowd starter

Crowd funding sites seem to pop up like skin flakes following a nuclear bombing. Kickstarter is perhaps a well known & major contributor to that particular of current vogues, and perhaps that is why it is in the subject, but serves as a useful kicking example.

Many years ago, in the heady days of 2003 to perhaps 2006, I was very much For crowd funding initiatives. Indeed, I thought crowd funding could provide a sort of evolving democratic mass for art developments. So artists could fund from crowds & in turn the crowds/mass could get Free art experiences + a democratic input.
What I failed to notice at the time was how wedded the whole notion and approach was/is with capitalism and power and its structures and, and many other elements which I will and perhaps later..

So now when people ask me about crowdfunding, or it comes out in a chat, and my face goes a bit wince, there is an inevitable question of why am I against kickstarter and such projects.. Therefore, I’ll begin making a list. However, before that, I’d like to underline that for my mind – perhaps wrongly – the stance am supporting is para-ideological because in some instances I Do suggest for people to use crowd funding, where the When, How & Why seem to justify the activity.


* Numerical exchange is being emphasised over all others.
* Projects/initiatives that might be interesting but their pushers are not well connected, or not that persuasive/communicative, or need to try before something more mature may – or may not – come up, are being sidelined or simply left for dead.
* Quality is squandered to quantity – both of people and of numerical exchange units.
* Ideas are being presented as solutions rather than questions.
* People attempt to convince others of solving rather than questioning – both themselves and project ideas. ( there is a sort of solution culture developing..)
* Critique of projects is short on supply and perhaps even demand..
* Crowdfunding follows capitalistic logic of money, power and numbers.
* In Crowdfunding, once large crowds are involved, renders the individual to nearly in significant and, like in other more traditional systems, help make the “deviant” culturally hard to flourish and invisible. (hence the democratic “nature” is questionable.
* The crowdfunding platforms are in a sense sort of advertising boards in themselves. eg, sending an email to all your “friends” calling to come & support a world changing project, is at the same time an advert for the idea and project.

++perhaps more to follow..

Brighton Rome Roma Brighthelm (BRRB)

general idea
To bring geographically mapped sounds from Rome into Brighton and vice versa.
We will take the exact measurements of Rome, be it within the 7 hills, and superimpose the resulting coordinates onto Brighton. These coordinates will serve to map the locations of sounds in Rome, and play them in the corresponding geo locals in Brighton.
The same process will be done in Rome, where the Brightonian measurments will be superimposed onto Rome and the coordinates will be used to serve sounds from Brighton in their corresponding locations in Rome.

how people experience BRRB
Sounds will, initially, be produced by individuals, groups and communities who volunteer to contribute sounds relevant to them.*
To access these sounds, we will develop sound based Augmented Reality app for mobile devices such as smart phones & pads. This app will show people where sounds are in their environment, the super-imposed maps, and when a person is in a sound inhabited location – they’ll be able to listen.
For example, we might get sounds from market traders in Brighton’s open-market played in its corresponding location in Rome. Or, a person could visit the Colosseum mapped in Brighton, by going to the corresponding location and listen to sounds made by people in the Rome based Colosseum.

how sounds will be produced & introduced to BRRB
We will use a variety of means to get people to place sounds:
<> Radio stations with links to communities. We will produce radio content about the people & or groups, and or communities that will introduce sounds. These might, for example, be:
– Local musician who could get their music played in corresponding locations to where they might be recording, or have played a gig, etc.
– Local story tellers who might have a story about a certain location.
– Stand up comics who want to tell their failed joke from, for example, corresponding locations to where they live.
– Communities who might record meetings, stories, discussions, songs, etc.
– Individuals who simply want to have a sound based memory of them in a related local but else-where.
– Market traders.
– Sound archives of relevant locations.
All these are just initial possible radio and/or webtv shows ideas..

* The idea with BRRB, and perhaps the pitfall in its name(?), is that it can be a sort of platform in two ways:
1. We can begin it as a radio disseminated project, and then move on to open it up for people to add sounds..?
2. This can serve as a model that could be implemented with other cities