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From WCoR: Collaboration is what we do

Everything we do at Warm Cookies is collaborative. We collaborate with other artists and cultural groups and we collaborate with organizations and people working on civic issues. This is central to how we work. So, it only made sense that as we began to think about what to do for this residency, and were given the hub space to use, that we would reach out to other folks.

We’re really excited to be partnering up with some incredible folks on this installation!
Buntport is my family and it’s hard to do much of anything without consulting and/or partnering with them. It’s been almost 15 years that I’ve worked with them and so it was a no-brainer to get them involved straight away. The plans for the giant wall are really fun! It’ll be a kind of vote that is both insignificant, funny, boring, and hopefully educational---all while looking clean and tight.

Ravi Zupa is incredible. His work continuously inspires so many people and he has such a distinct point of view and style. I’m really glad that he’s helping out with the graphics for signage.

Mitch Dickman is on the board of Warm Cookies and has been such a great supporter from the start. He also happens to be a badass filmmaker (Hanna Ranch and Rolling Papers most recently). We’ve been talking about the twin obstacles for most people acting for change---amnesia and anesthesia---and he is going to try and create video to capture some of these challenges.

Scott Bennett’s initial reaction to this was basically, “what the hell are you talking about?” but very quickly we brainstormed some concepts and he knocked a great idea out of the park. His creative work as a furniture designer (Housefish) and all around smart guy brain made the idea for his booth smooth and easy. The trick is going to be if he can 3-D print what he imagines he can. If he does it, it might be pretty groundbreaking and unique process. We’ll see!

Abram Duggan is so good at whatever he does. I’m not sure if he calls himself an artist or not, but it doesn’t really matter--he is. I had this idea for a sculpture that I had been kicking around in my head for a while and finally realized that there was no way I was going to build it (or even could). So I asked Abram if he was interested....holy smokes was he interested! He took the idea and then made it actually look awesome! So pumped for people to see what he constructed. It’s weird and crazy and cool and so on point.

One of the coolest activities we’ll have will be a scale where people can actually try and balance the budget, using these bean bags of different weights that represent priorities we want funded (schools, police, hospitals, parks, etc...) and also bags of money representing different forms of revenue. Roxann Blue and Derrick Velasquez are on the job and I’m sure it’s going to really be fun.