The 2002 awards given by the Black Rock Arts Foundation were in support of some very exciting artists and projects. Our goals of furthering the installation of interactive and participatory artwork to new communities were fostered in several ways. These are the recipients, and a brief description of their projects:
- Jeremy Lutes, $1,000 grant, to facilitate the exhibition of his project The Lily Pond, a large installation of illuminated, metal lily flowers initially installed at Burning Man 2002. Our intention was to assist and challenge this very capable artist as he exhibited his work in new venues.
- Bruka Theatre, $5,000 grant, in support of their ongoing, non-profit collaborative and public theatre space. Bruka Theatre is a venue for many performances and installations, and serves as an organizing focus for the arts in the Reno, Nevada community. http://www.bruka.org/
- Jenne Giles, $1,000 grant, for her project White Noise Shower, an interactive sculpture dealing with media in our lives. The Black Rock Arts Foundation granted Jenne Giles more than her requested amount to show appreciation for her work, and to facilitate exhibition of the White Noise Shower in other San Francisco venues.
- Roger Carr, $4,000 grant, in support of the creation and exhibition of his project Dances with Lights, an interactive array of lights displayed first at Burning Man and then at other venues. Dancing with Lights was Roger’s first major art installation, making the piece especially exciting.
In addition, several grants went to fire performance groups/conclaves. One of our goals is to foster outreach to fire departments in the various conclave communities, as well as public safety education and the support of rehearsal and performance spaces in the home communities.
- Reno Fire Conclave – Controlled Burn – Dave King: teaching safe performance
- Los Angeles Fire Conclave – Ted LeCouteur: teaching fire tool making and safe use
- NW Fire Conclave – Maque da Vis (Cirque de Flambe) & Tabasco (Pyrosutra): Creation of a public fire performance working within their community
- 1st Spin Jam Seattle, this event allowed spectators to become participants.
- 2nd A NW Conclave performance, this performance orchestrated vignettes of groups and individuals that occurred around the audience
- New York Fire Conclave – Ben Bartelle (Flambe Volupte): to create equipment for open workshops and outreach
- “Transform Nation” Charlie Smith: funding of Fire Cauldron outreach proposal