Founded by Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen in 2009, Kickstarter is “a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.” Essentially, the start-up company provides an online fundraising platform for artists, musicians, filmmakers, curators, etc., to source money and momentum by mobilizing contributions around big, new ideas. It relies on the viral and collective possibilities of the web; one of its main beliefs is that “a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.” What underlies Kickstarter’s straightforward premise is a powerful alternate model of funding for the arts: one that enables creators, of all stripes, to realize their projects without the support of the grants, galleries, or the larger art world apparatus. It also raises certain fundamental questions: such as, does art lose its mystique if it is financing is laid bare? How do artworks exist outside the parameters of the art world? Is art, in 2010, at home in mass culture? For this panel, artists, curators. and critics will assemble to discuss the merits and challenges of this new model for art creation.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM