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Since 2009, Babycastles has pioneered the world's first dedicated video game exhibition space in Queens, established internationally celebrated video game exhibition spaces in Manhattan and in Brooklyn, and produced video game exhibitions in partnership with world-class art institutions including MoMA, Telfair Museums, the Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, SFMOMA, Science Gallery, & La Gaité Lyrique.
Babycastles is working to open their most ambitious project - Babycastles Gallery, a long-term, three to five year exhibition space for contemporary independent video games in New York City, beginning in 2014.
Babycastles Gallery will set the foundation for synergy between game developers, curators, visual artists, performers, installation artists, interactive technologists, and other creators that combine to create extraordinary exhibition environments for video games.
Babycastles Gallery aims to provide $2000 - $5000 of commission & material support to participating multi-disciplinary artists in order to produce four ground-breaking, immersive, physical exhibitions of independent video games every year. Each video game exhibition will be open for for three months, free to the public during gallery hours, and to event audiences in the evenings.
Alongside each exhibition at Babycastles Gallery, large celebrations of featured artists, including opening parties, closing festivities, and integrated talks & performances, will promote a direct engagement between the artists & a general public audience. In addition, smaller performances, workshops, lectures, and other events aimed at specific communities will strengthen local movements and conversations centered around video games, and build bridges to new audiences and participators.
In addition to on-site exhibitions, Babycastles Gallery will be headquarters to partnership programs including curations, workshops, off-site exhibitions, software tools, and literature that will assist other art, science, educational, and social institutions worldwide in establishing new exhibition spaces for video games.
Babycastles Gallery will be the first space dedicated exclusively to exhibitions of video games. It will present an unprecedented scale of production, duration, collaboration, and public access to video game exhibition programming that was not possible in previous short term residencies and partnerships. We hope this increase in our commitments will bring a wider public audience into engagement with video games as a vital and exciting new form of art.
If you are somebody that has benefited from Babycastles projects in New York City, and you know you will share the values of stable public venue in New York City in which to exhibit and celebrate independent and experimental video games, Babycastles needs your involvement at this time. This initial year is the most crucial of our fundraising programs, and we rely on the most enthusiastic supporters in this emerging form culture. In the years to come, you will always be recognized as a founder of Babycastles Gallery.
Membership Support (Tax-Deductible)
Please consider becoming one of the founding members of Babycastles Gallery, and make a tax-deductible donation to Babycastles today!
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Our most substantial expense is the cost of leasing a space in an area with a location with high & diverse pedestrian traffic. If you are knowledgable in Downtown Brooklyn real estate (and possibly Chinatown), and would like to help us navigate a great deal, please reach out!
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We are open and to any other form of support - Just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your time, and thank you so much for supporting Babycastles projects in the previous four years.
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Frequently asked questions about our Memberships based fundraising program.
We’ve spent a good part of this year forming a mission statement and deciding on where Babycastles will be in the next 5 years, which is to be an organization that not only celebrates games but actively sustains the community around it.
We believe that public exhibition spaces provide discovery, diversity, and community infrastructure that is critical to an emerging medium of art such as independent games.
Babycastles provided New York City with cultural infrastructure to support and sustain contemporary independent video games as art. We achieved this by creating installations for contemporary independent video games to serve as points of exchange between artists how made contemporary independent video game work and their peers, journalists, patrons, curators, fans, and audiences.
Logistically speaking we need space to build our installations. Our work has changed significantly since 2010 and has become increasingly more immersive that involve a lot of architectural and sculptural elements. Having our own space saves us from having to travel/transport large expensive artwork. It greatly simplifies our installation process and gives us the freedom to experiment.
We are looking to raise $160,000 in total.
We're pursuing all avenues for funding. We are seeking individual donations and Memberships right now.Check out our business plan!
When do you anticipate the new space will open? Do you have a location in mind already?
We initially considered Chinatown in Manhattan but have settled on Downtown Brooklyn because of art institutions that are currently moving there and because of it’s proximity to academic centers such as MAGNET.
We are in an era where art, academic, and government institutions around the world have increasingly recognized the significance of video games as art, Babycastles works alongside its local partners in developing a network of services that position New York City to be a model for the support, encouragement, access, and development of this emerging medium. After producing five years of game exhibitions worldwide, we’re currently working to open a long-term gallery for contemporary independent video games in New York City to help sustain and establish this community.
After establishing a video game exhibition space in Manhattan and in Brooklyn we produced video game exhibitions in partnership with art institutions such as MoMA, Telfair Museums, the Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, SFMOMA, Science Gallery, Clocktower Gallery & La Gaité Lyrique. As well as producing a summit of workshops, talks, game installations, and performances at the Museum of Art & Design.
Out of those these were some of our favorites:
Spacecruiser exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in 2012, in which Babycastles brought together game developer Ivan Safrin, musicians Greg Fox & Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), and filmmaker Mike Anderson to produce a 200-person co-operative space flight simulator, which was the first independent video game produced specifically for a planetarium. This exhibition reached a single-night, sold out audience of several hundred 21+ attendees.
Babycastles Summit at the Museum of Art & Design brought together world renowned game designer icon Keita Takahashi, immersive visual technologist Clement Shimizu, game developer Ivan Safrin, and sculptural artist Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, full of exclusive, original video game works, including a 20-screen side scroller and 3D-pac man that enjoyed international acclaim. This exhibition reached a single weekend, sold-out audience of 480 all-ages attendees.
Meowton: A Whole Town, an exhibition of independent video games embedded in the architectural structures of a cat-sized village, complete with a prison, drive-through, town hall, condominium development, and museum of modern art (MeowMA). This exhibition reached an audience of 18,690 attendees of all-ages at the La Gaité Lyrique in Paris, France.
abycastles Gallery will produce and present four large-scale video game exhibitions in each year, providing $2,000 - $5,000 of funding per exhibition for fees & material supporting to participating game developers, installation artists, curators, and other artists. These ground-breaking, immersive environments advance the exhibition format for video games, as well as continue to bring a wide public audience into engagement with video games as a vital and exciting new form of art.
Video game exhibitions will have the opportunity to run for three months at a time, free to a public audience at gallery hours, giving an inclusive level of access to Babycastles exhibitions that is not possible in previous shorter term residencies & partnerships.
Frequent event programming will additionally ensure that Babycastles Gallery builds engagement with general and specific audiences throughout the three-month duration of each exhibition. To a general audience, Babycastles will present celebrations of the artists featured in each exhibition, including opening parties, closing festivities, and integrated talks & performances that commiunicate artists featured in our gallery. Babycastles will also program performance, workshops, lectures, and other smaller events aimed at specific communities, strengthening existing communities and movements centered around video games, and building bridges to new audiences and new participators in this emerging medium of art.
Babycastles Gallery will also be headquarters to our partnership programs, including curations, workshops, and off-site exhibitions in partnership with art, science, educational, and social institutions worldwide who are interested in presenting independent video games culture.
Apart from me and Kunal Gupta there is and incredible staff of volunteers that handles a giant portion of all operations this includes: Hillary Livingston, Ben Johnson, Stephen Clark, EMi Spicer, Robin Enrico, Joe Salina, Aaron Isaksen, Arthur Ward, Rob Chabebe, Thomas Knowlton and many others that have helped us along the way.
Thank you for becoming a founding member of Babycastles Gallery.
-- Kunal Gupta, Syed Salahuddin, Hillary Livingston, Ben Johnson, Stephen Clark, EMi Spicer, Robin Enrico, Joe Salina, Aaron Isaksen, Arthur Ward, Rob Chabebe, Thomas Knowlton, and everyone at Babycastles!