Prehistoric Body Theater is now fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the financial growth of socially engaged artists and projects. This is an important step Prehistoric Body Theater’s growth as an organization dedicated to public outreach for science, and responsible cross-cultural artistic programming between Asia and the West. We look forward growing the community of supporters for this work!
The Oxford University Press Integrative and Comparative Biology (ICB) Journal, a leading publication for the biological sciences, released their first ever volume on art-science collaboration in fall 2018. This edition features an article by artistic director Ari Rudenko titled “PREHISTORIC BODY THEATER: bringing paleontology narratives to global contemporary performance audiences.” This piece introduces the concepts, mission, and history behind Prehistoric Body Theater. This article is oriented towards the science community, framing GHOSTS of HELL CREEK as an innovative form of global public outreach for paleontology.
Ari here, artistic director of Prehistoric Body Theater, and I’m excited to launch my Patreon! For those who aren’t familiar, Patreon.com is a crowdfunding platform that supports small (or large!) reoccuring monthly donations to support the daily challenges of living a creative life. To create Prehistoric Body Theater's art, I have a daily dance of administrative tasks, rehearsals, and fundraising to do, which is increasing in intensity I scale this work up. At this point, I am completely committed to this project full time. However, most of the funds I bring in from grants and fundraising campaigns go directly to project development, which leaves the little question of how I am to feed and house myself.
PBT artistic director Ari Rudenko won a 2018 Artist Grant, provided by Seattle arts funder 4Culture (4culture.org). These funds will support the editing of the GHOSTS of HELL CREEK experimental film footage shot last year in Indonesia, towards the generation of a museum video-art installation, to be mounted in Seattle in late 2019. Stay tuned for more details.