Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer
Describe your project.
The Present Tense is a live art initiative that acts as an evolving historical document for performance art. Since 2004, the Present Tense has been active in organizing live events and exchanges, documenting live work and hosting an online archive of videos, photos and writing.
Celebrating our 10-year birthday in 2014, we will be overhauling our web-based archive to become a leading portal into discourse around contemporary experimental art practices. In addition to making the web archive easier to navigate, we will feature guest writers, offer a new Online Residency Program, bring the anticipated Dream Festival to life, and introduce a new Workshop and Discourse series. Members of Boston’s vibrant art community and international artists traveling through Boston will teach workshops. The Workshop and Discourse Series will tackle complex issues presented when working in this medium and will be made accessible to artists at various stages in their careers.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
The Present Tense has been primarily funded out of pocket. Our plans for the next year, however, are impossible without funding. Funds would be used for the following:
- Web design
- Artist/curatorial fees
- Stipends for contributing writers
- Stipends for panelists
- Space rental
- Promotion materials
Why and to whom is your project important?
As Performance Art gains support and popularity throughout The United States, it is crucial for Boston-based initiatives like The Present Tense to be part of national and international discourse. It is crucial for us to continue to support the legacy of experiential art that exists in Boston. This project is important to all who are impacted by the creative climate of Boston and its international networks.