It is no secret that it is very hard to get the economical means for Galschiot’s wild projects. A lot of the people we have talked to about these projects agree that the projects are both important and exciting. They praise Galschiot for his ability to rethink art’s ability to create debate and dialogue. But when it comes to financial support they hesitate.
Galschiot sought funding for the “Children of Abraham”,
the project on religious Fundamentalism, from the Danish Art Fund, and even though the project was launched within the art institution at Silkeborg Bad
(museum), the project was rejected.
Then we became very tired of heavy, reactionary and not that risk taking funds, as well as the state’s equally hopeless and nepotistic art support. Our reaction was to give the Art Fund the finger and start our own fundraising by selling Galschiot sculptures to fund the project.
This fundraising resulted in 550.000 (Dkkr) in a month and financed the exhibit. We learned that it is a lot more fun to work our way through the funding, than sitting, being angry and depressed, and losing the energy we needed to make our art project.
This success has given us the drive to use this new global funding platform for our activities, and we have chosen to use Crowdfunding to build this platform on. As any artist knows it is not a problem for an artist to make art. The problem is to sell this art at a fairly reasonable price. This is where this new platform enters.
Meeting with Danish Crowdfunding Association
When we chose to move into unknown territory, we needed advice from more experienced crowdfunders. Galschiot and I therefore went to a meeting in Copenhagen, where we got positive respond on our vision and good advice for implementation. Even though there is a long way to the launch of the project, it gave us a confirmation on our vision.
Danish crowdfunding association is a professional network, which offers sparring in regards to possible crowdfunding.
“Unbearable” will be the first!
Galschiot has chosen to use the sculpture “Unbearable” as the first project for crowdfunding.
Its significance and sex appeal is some of the reasons, why we have chosen this project. Most likely it will not be the last, because Galschiot is counting on, that crowdfunding has the potential to be a possible financing strategy for more of his artistic projects.
As formerly mentioned “Unbearable” will be exhibited in Paris at COP21 at the end of November.
“Unbearable” images a huge polar bear, which is impaled by a CO2 graph. This will remind the world leaders of their responsibility towards the climate, and we are expecting it to get a central place in Paris and at COP21
. The donations from the crowdfunding will go to transport, exhibition and the casting of the sculpture.
Cooperation with WWF - World Wildlife Fund
We are cooperating with WWF (World Wildlife Fund),
which is one of the biggest environment organizations in the world. WWF has given a good contribution to the production of the sculpture, and we have therefore already started on building the sculpture. The cooperation with WWF will give the “Unbearable”
project a larger opportunity for global exposure in connection with COP21 in Paris. We are looking forward to this cooperation.
Announcement of crowdfunding with “Unbearable” on a large cultural meeting in Denmark
Galschiot and the workers at the workshop have this summer been to a large cultural meeting in Denmark,
which is called “The Peoples Meeting”.
At this meeting they had the giant “Unbearable” sculpture in wax with them to show the participants at the meeting. They presented Galschiot’s crowdfunding vision of the “Unbearable” project, which was received with great support. It is going to be exciting to see, if this support persists. But it usually does.
It is possible to see pictures from the meeting here