Ocotillo Research Project
letter to the faculty for support
Louis, Susan, Phel, and Adriene,
We, the Ocotillo Research Group of UCSD Visual Arts, are requesting funds for the rental of one 15 passenger UCSD vans and one UCSD truck to transport students and equipment to project Ocotillo JT-2. As an extension of the first Ocotillo project, we have decided to pursue a muliti-media performance involving some 20 students from Visual Arts, Music Department and Theatre Department. The entire event is hosted by Adrienne Jenik at her home in 29 Palms this weekend, November 2nd and 3rd, 2002. This project is in conjunction with the Twenty-Nine Palms Open Studios consisting of many artists-in-residence at Joshua Tree artist studios.
The weekend plan is to drive to LA Freewaves on Friday, November 1st to attend screenings and digital performances as well as pass out fliers for our Saturday Joshua Tree peformance. As a group, many of the current active graduate students do not have personal transportation to the event, and thus we figured it would be great to hit two birds with one stone. Through the use of a van, we will pool the resources of many students on a busy Friday drive up to LA and continue to process and practice our ideas for our Saturday performance/installation.
On Saturday we will set up several portable screening domes, a performance stage, and technical equipment for streaming the event live as a webcast. The event will last all day Saturday and will culminate at night from 9-10 PM with a large group performance. Both vehicles will then return on Sunday the 3rd.
Overall, our progression as a collaboration is amazing. Last weekend the core Ocotillo members went on a retreat to discuss the logistics of organizing this event and are pysched about the integration, or rather re-integration of the other "arts" departments into this collaboration.
With the department's support, significant works are being established and the group inspiration is driving each person's individual artwork. After this trip we would like to sit down and discuss our project(s) more in depth with you all and review what has and is being created.
Thank you for your continued support,
Neil Stuber - firstname.lastname@example.org