Career Development Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,695
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Kathleen A. McTavish AKA Kathy McTavish
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2018
End Date
April 2019
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,695
Other Funds Leveraged
$10,305
Direct expenses
$12,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will research, develop, document, test and share a cross-sensory, web-based, generative work called "cloud factory ::: swarm." This will result in an online hypermedia web portal and an installation at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis during the Spring of 2019. This work will allow me to expand my algorithmic toolset, deepen my skills in mapping cross-sensory animations into physical spaces, further explore the porous, intimate boundaries between humans and machines, pursue the API as a useful metaphor / framework for building networked art and more fully leverage the expressive power of code as a means for scoring time-based work. I was awarded a 12-month mentorship opportunity through Art(ists) on the Verge run by Northern Lights.mn. I will be one of a cohort of 5 artists. As part of this program, my project will receive feedback, installation support, professional documentation and publicity. ARAC funding would enable me to fully leverage this opportunity. I will use the year-long AOV mentorship program to build relationships, gather feedback, develop skills and document my project. The AOV cohort meets regularly for sharing and critique sessions. We are provided additional individual meeting time with artist and writing mentors. I will actively participate in all meetings. Process notes will be kept throughout and feedback from the final exhibition will be gathered in a visitors' log. The companion website will exist well past the exhibition. I will use a process log to document research, development and implementation details. I will successfully expand my algorithmic toolset to include new patterns and structures and will harness these tools to create an expressive, cross-sensory physical installation and hypermedia web presence. This networked, cybernetic being will inhabit the unique architectural / acoustic industrial space of the Soap Factory in the Spring of 2019. Code and process notes will be released through Github, and a companion website and a series of machine-generated printed books will be available in the installation itself. The application will be accessible through a well-defined Application Programming Interface (API) by web browsers working across a variety of commonly used mobile and desktop computers.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Career Development Grant

Project Details

cloud factory ::: swarm.

Project Manager
First Name
Kathleen
Last Name
McTavish
Organization Name
Kathleen A. McTavish AKA Kathy McTavish
State
MN
Phone
(218) 343-7998
Email
kathy@mctavish.io
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor UMD Music, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Ariana Daniel: mixed media artist, arts instructor; Emily Fasbender: student liaison, visual artist

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Richard Colburn: photographer, retired professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa; Tim White: photographer, writer; Karen McManus: musician, administrator at Mesabi Symphony Orchestra: Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No