I'm sure you've all been inundated with NIMBY donation requests already, but I figured I'd make one last personal appeal. It's really, really important!
Interpretive Arson is moving to NIMBY 2! Hooray! We're moving this coming Monday, by way of a forklift picking up our four shipping containers, tossing them on a flatbed, and dragging them halfway across Oakland. We're moving up in the world, with a 75% larger shop, including 480 square feet of *permanent* floor space, which we've never been so privileged to have before. Hooray shop space! For those of you who don't know what IA is, we're the folks who brought you Dance Dance Immolation and 2PIR. (www.interpretivearson.com). This spring, the shop will be the building ground for the Timescale project, as well as the resurrection of DDI & 2PIR which are coming back to Burning Man in 2009. NIMBY is, then was, now is again, our shop.
I say "was" because as many of you know, back in September there was a fire at the West Oakland NIMBY space. That fire, though small and quickly brought under control, attracted the eagle eye of the Oakland Fire Department. Due to numerous fire code violations, the space was shut down. In the interim, Snook (the manager of NIMBY) has been working night and day with the City of Oakland, Fire Marshalls, and many other folks to find a new, permanent, safe, permitted location for NIMBY to literally rise from the ashes. He's found that space, and it's only a five minute walk from the Coliseum BART stop, woohoo! It has sprinklers, a 30,000 square foot outdoor yard, a floor so level it only changes about an inch over the entire block, and enough indoor space to house all of the prior tenants and then some.
Spaces like this cost money. A lot of money. First there's paying off the lease at the old NIMBY, then there's two months' rent and a security deposit at the new space, not to mention the costs associated with getting the new building ready to support industrial art. In the beginning, when NIMBY was asking for $50,000 in donations, I scoffed and didn't think it could happen. But it's happening.
By the latest blog posting on NIMBY's website, they've got $12,900 to go. That's probably down a bit now, as Burning Man and O'Reilly have committed to contributing towards the cause, but that's still a chunk of change. They have received a handful of large donations, but a good chunk of that money has been raised by small, personal donations.
I'm going to gather that most of the people on this list have been significantly affected by the existence of NIMBY in their lives. If you've played with DDI or 2pir, you bet it's cause of NIMBY. If you enjoyed the performer-mounted flame effects in the last fire ballet, well, those were made at NIMBY. Seen Rosanna's 50 foot chandelier? NIMBY. Steampunk Treehouse? NIMBY. Spike's Vampire Bar? Built and stored at NIMBY. Zach Coffin's Colossus in 2005? NIMBY. You Are That Pig's bacon-frying Pigmobile? NIMBY. Therm? NIMBY. Ever go to a Fight Night? Christmas Tree Burn? Thunderdome party? Where else but NIMBY? What about the fire jams IA used to run? I could go on. Watch me.
NIMBY's got this awesome thing going for it. It's cheap workshop space for artists. It's not 1500 dollar studios open till 10pm on weekdays, it's not dealing with four landlords and two insurance guys, it's not whiny neighbors, it's not 'no fire art' lease clauses, it's not 2am police visits from the noise you're making to finish the grinding on your sculpture two days before burning man. It's not beautiful, but we're all allowed in. You wouldn't believe what *not* being a manufacturing company does to your real estate options in this city.
NIMBY 2 is going to be a lot of space, for a lot of artists, for very little money per month. And a lot more. It's huge! The lot outside is three times the size of the old NIMBY building! Snook's going to be setting up a seriously impressive sculpture garden, filled with everything that doesn't fit anywhere else. The city of Oakland is behind it. You'll be able to see Colossus, Big Rig Jig, Flock, and perhaps if you go and make some enormous thing, you can put it there too.
There aren't a lot of art spaces like this in the bay area. There's certainly no others that we could fit into. If you have 30-40 bucks that you can put towards the cause, please do. THIS IS HOW YOU DONATE:
You go to http://www.nimbyspace.org/
and click the DONATE button in the upper right hand corner.
Then, you respond to this post, telling everyone how much NIMBY means to you, and how they should all donate as well. Then, you post this on every mailing list you're a part of, imploring them to do the same.
Seriously guys, this money is needed for December 15th. The day we move in. We're so close. Please help us make this happen. Think about how much your last trip to Burning Man or the Fourth of Juplaya cost. Really. You can't afford not to.