Art History Fantastics is creating characters, projects and ideas about Fantasy & Science Fiction
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patrons

$49
per month
Welcome to my Patreon page!
AHF is an experimental attempt to bundle ideas, projects and my personal weirdness that are connected by one thing: the passion for Fantasy, Science Fiction and the other genres of the Fantastic (that is why I use 'the Fantastics' as plural). 
It is a homepage and blog where you can find articles, images, quotes and other finds.
All this divers contents come from my research as Art Historian for my PhD thesis.
And it is the short form for all communications I am doing or planning to show the profound questions the Fantastics give divers answers to - in all media.


By the way, my name is Dominic Riemenschneider and I am an Art Historian living in Berlin. I work as an Independent Scholar, I am a self-funded PhD candidate and, most important, I love Fantasy, Science Fiction and the other Fantastics. And I am passionate about art & architecture, which is why I thought "Hey, why not combining your passions?!".
This world is full of awesome art and inspiring magic and I want to discover, share and discuss them with you! 

Join the Quest to Re-Enchant the World!

Images & Characters | What am I creating?
The first step of AHF is writing articles about the visual Fantastics and their roots in art and architecture. How are certain monuments shown? What styles are used and why? What strategies are used to create castles, towers or palaces in Fantasy? How is the future shown architecturally in Science Fiction? And what images of past, present and future are transported?
Besides articles and blog posts, there are also presentations at conferences and workshop concepts prepared.

This is just the beginning!

Describing can be difficult, just check my homepage to see what I am doing!

Benefits, Thanks & Glory | What can you expect?
Besides my eternal gratitude, love and the glory as supporter, there are of course Patron-only benefits I want to share with you:

  • the Patreon Article of the Year about a topic you will vote on!
This article will not be on my homepage and is exclusively created for you. With the higher tiers you will get it also as pdf/e-book or even as a printed version.

  • the Art of the Week series
Every week a piece of art - an illustration or book cover, concept or digital art, fantasy art, a building or sculpture or an iconic monument from a movie or tv show - will be presented, analyzed and put in context of centuries of art & architecture. You will not believe the obvious and unapparent connections!

A brief version will be published on the homepage, Facebook and Instagram, but the Extended Version is Patron-only!

And I am planning to produce a catalogue with all the Art of a Year, also as pdf/e-book and printed!
This benefit will start when we hit the goal of $200 per month as I want to pay for the use of the images in this scholarly way, especially to the awesome fantasy artists on Instagram, ArtStation and DeviantArt.

  • Extra materials, Interviews, Behind the Scenes etc.
All these extras are planned, especially for the big project of 2019: Game of Thrones and the Seven Wonders of the World! As text, images and even videos they will be shared in their extended versions Patron-only. Some abstracts will be part of the publications on the homepage but you will get it all!

More benefits, projects and ideas are in preparation. Join the quest from the beginning and you can be part of the decision making, suggest art to discuss and topics to cover!

     

Step by Step | What can I expect in the future?
In the paragraph below I describe my current situation more in detail. Patreon is a perfect way to gain support and the resources to expand what I want to offer with AHF. There are a lot of ideas and projects that need two things: time, which is the biggest problem. And money, to have the time to create and to gain the materials needed.

The next offer will be a 'Art of the Week' series. Every week a artwork from Fantasy or Science Fiction will be analyzed and put in context with historical works that are related to it. Also, the artistic creation will be covered with interviews and technical aspects. 
Another project will be a concept for a YouTube podcast to show and discuss different examples and aspects of the visual Fantastics.

And I want to work on an educational concept with materials for workshops in schools and other organizations to show how questions of past and future are covered in the Fantastics. This contains historical, social and political aspects as well as the fortune of art and architecture heritages from all over the world. One intend is also to show the importance of the methodologies and questions rooted in the humanities that are in decline, both in society and education. 

So many ideas, so little centuries!
 

Resources | What does one need to create?
AHF is a bundle of ideas and roles. As self-funded PhD candidate I work on my dissertation about the tower motive in the visual Fantastics and its roots in art & architecture.
After some presentations and very inspiring conversations at Worldcon 76 and other events, I was thinking: Why not trying to turn what you are passionate about into a professional approach. So AHF is not only showing my PhD research but also ideas what an independent scholar in this field can offer.

Research should be accessible to as many people as possible. That is why I would like to publicize articles and ideas for free to everyone on my homepage and later on other platforms. 
Research also costs money. Sometimes to buy materials or to travel, but mostly to buy yourself time and freedom to elaborate an idea or approach. 

Currently I am financing myself completely with a part-time job in a communications agency as Office Manager. This pays the bills, the rent and food and also finances some materials needed. But it also takes away a lot of time and energy needed for the projects.
The big goal of my Patreon would be a total independence from this, so I can focus on all the cool ideas and projects and share them with my Patreons and the world.

But in the beginning it would be awesome to establish a community that is interested in all the different aspects of the (visual) Fantastics as mentioned above. I want to share the beautiful, interesting and sometimes mind-changing creations and discuss them with you! Patreon Step 1 is to start something like this and to raise money to expand the offers and to create more content (check the Goal Section for more details!).

Discover, Learn, Enchant - Together!
 

Driving Force | Why am I doing this?!
Since I was a child and got my first book with fairy tales, I was hooked on the fantastic and magical realms I could enter through books & movies. Later, art & architecture became another passion as they are also passages to whole worlds and experiences. So I became an Art Historian with a focus on the stories a painting can tell, the feelings a building can evoke or the magnificence a sculpture can transport.

In September of  2017 I started a PhD at Mainz University, Germany. It is a self-funded, independent way to follow my passion that is art, architecture and the Fantastics. I like doing it my own way, I love to follow my curiosity and I can loose myself in learning new things and connecting different aspects to a new point of view.

Do what you love they say - So here I am!


Tiers
Fantastic & Curious
$1 or more per month 1 patron

You want to express your general support

You want to see how AHF is developing?

Not sure how Patreon, tiers & benefits work?

Maybe a one-time donation is what you want to do?


Choose this tier to unlock all posts and get all updates. You can put in any amount you want or can afford during the next step.

 

Patreon is about community, support and communication. 

A regular income to fund the projects is great, but it is more important for me to get you involved and, hopefully, excited about it!


Benefit: Unlock all Patreon posts!


If you want to donate one-time, this tier is also perfect for you! After your donation is transferred, you can change the amount, switch to another tier or cancel in general. 

Whatever is comfortable for you!


Also, for one-time projects this is the perfect tier!


Any questions or concerns? 

Do not hesitate to contact me: [email protected]!

Fantastic Supporter
$3 or more per month 2 patrons

This tier is the ultimate starter option for people interested in support, recognition and especially participation.


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Unlock all Patreon posts


Your name on the Supporter Wall on the homepage


Voting rights, especially (but not only) on the topic of the Patreon-only 'Article of the Year'


NEW & LIMITED: Get a 25% discount for the #AHFShop with its nerdy merch! Only for the first 20 #patrons!

Fantastic Enthusiast
$8 or more per month 2 patrons

For all people who want support AHF and have early access. 

Get the ultimate recognition in a real PhD book (okay, three volumes planned so far). 


---


Early Exclusive Access to all articles before they are published online, including the Patreon-only 'Article of the Year'.


PLUS: Your name in the dissertation!


---


All of the above with Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall etc. of course.

Fantastic Fellow
$15 or more per month 2 patrons

Not a fan of blogs and posts and all that social media? With this tier you get all content without checking the homepage or other platforms all the time. And you can participate in votes for articles, topics and other plans!

Especially created for digital enthusiasts.


---


Get all articles & other formats (blog AND publicized) in a Patreon-only PDF/e-book version directly.


Your name in the footnotes of an external published article (one time, if possible).


---


And all of the above of course: Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall!

Fantastic Patron (literally)
$45 or more per month 0 patrons

Maybe you are a book lover like me and prefer to read on paper? Then this tier is for you! You get everything in a printed version without any action needed. 

And all costs (printing, postal charges) are included of course.


---


All articles of a year in a Patreon-only print version in a special box (past & future ones; at least 2 months as patron).


Big PLUS for Booklovers: Get a copy of every publicized book with a personal dedication (after 3 months as patron; currently one book in German is published, in Summer 2019 an English book will be published).


---


And all of the above of course: Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall!

Fantastic Organization
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

You are a company, institution or organization working in the fields of visual Fantastics (e.g. publishers, game studios, film studios) or you want a new educational approach for your audience? Maybe you are looking for an inspirational event or workshop?


Take this tier (and it is even tax relevant)!


- All of the above


AND


Get once a year an article/research on a topic of your choice for your blog, homepage, Social Media etc. 

(Has to be related to visual Fantastic research; up to 10 pages of text + footnotes & bibliography; after 12 months as patron on this tier) 


OR


Get a presentation of one hour on a topic of your choice from the visual Fantastic research 

(not including traveling & accommodations; after 12 months as patron on this tier)


OR


Whatever you have in mind and fits you! 


These are just suggestions and there are a lot of possible formats or long-time projects imaginable. 


Feel free to contact me: [email protected]!

Goals
$49 of $250 per month
When we reach the goal of $250 per month, I will start with a 'Art of the Week' series: every week an artwork from the Fantastics (illustration, painting, sculpture, movie or tv show scene) will be introduced, explained and put in context. The basic information will be public, the extended version will be for patrons only.
The artists should get at least a small reward if wanted as art has to be appreciated.

Furthermore, I will invest the money in expanding the benefits & infrastructure (part one):

Postcards for everyone!
There are some designs with movie quotes and other fun stuff on my mind.

Expand the homepage with more features, a better design and plugins and more storage for images and the planned videos. Some would be special patron-only benefits.
Currently, it is a Wordpress Personal account as I cannot afford more than 48€ per year.

Maybe a newsletter sort of personal notification?

-> It is all up to you! Become a Patron, get voting rights and we decide together!
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Welcome to my Patreon page!
AHF is an experimental attempt to bundle ideas, projects and my personal weirdness that are connected by one thing: the passion for Fantasy, Science Fiction and the other genres of the Fantastic (that is why I use 'the Fantastics' as plural). 
It is a homepage and blog where you can find articles, images, quotes and other finds.
All this divers contents come from my research as Art Historian for my PhD thesis.
And it is the short form for all communications I am doing or planning to show the profound questions the Fantastics give divers answers to - in all media.


By the way, my name is Dominic Riemenschneider and I am an Art Historian living in Berlin. I work as an Independent Scholar, I am a self-funded PhD candidate and, most important, I love Fantasy, Science Fiction and the other Fantastics. And I am passionate about art & architecture, which is why I thought "Hey, why not combining your passions?!".
This world is full of awesome art and inspiring magic and I want to discover, share and discuss them with you! 

Join the Quest to Re-Enchant the World!

Images & Characters | What am I creating?
The first step of AHF is writing articles about the visual Fantastics and their roots in art and architecture. How are certain monuments shown? What styles are used and why? What strategies are used to create castles, towers or palaces in Fantasy? How is the future shown architecturally in Science Fiction? And what images of past, present and future are transported?
Besides articles and blog posts, there are also presentations at conferences and workshop concepts prepared.

This is just the beginning!

Describing can be difficult, just check my homepage to see what I am doing!

Benefits, Thanks & Glory | What can you expect?
Besides my eternal gratitude, love and the glory as supporter, there are of course Patron-only benefits I want to share with you:

  • the Patreon Article of the Year about a topic you will vote on!
This article will not be on my homepage and is exclusively created for you. With the higher tiers you will get it also as pdf/e-book or even as a printed version.

  • the Art of the Week series
Every week a piece of art - an illustration or book cover, concept or digital art, fantasy art, a building or sculpture or an iconic monument from a movie or tv show - will be presented, analyzed and put in context of centuries of art & architecture. You will not believe the obvious and unapparent connections!

A brief version will be published on the homepage, Facebook and Instagram, but the Extended Version is Patron-only!

And I am planning to produce a catalogue with all the Art of a Year, also as pdf/e-book and printed!
This benefit will start when we hit the goal of $200 per month as I want to pay for the use of the images in this scholarly way, especially to the awesome fantasy artists on Instagram, ArtStation and DeviantArt.

  • Extra materials, Interviews, Behind the Scenes etc.
All these extras are planned, especially for the big project of 2019: Game of Thrones and the Seven Wonders of the World! As text, images and even videos they will be shared in their extended versions Patron-only. Some abstracts will be part of the publications on the homepage but you will get it all!

More benefits, projects and ideas are in preparation. Join the quest from the beginning and you can be part of the decision making, suggest art to discuss and topics to cover!

     

Step by Step | What can I expect in the future?
In the paragraph below I describe my current situation more in detail. Patreon is a perfect way to gain support and the resources to expand what I want to offer with AHF. There are a lot of ideas and projects that need two things: time, which is the biggest problem. And money, to have the time to create and to gain the materials needed.

The next offer will be a 'Art of the Week' series. Every week a artwork from Fantasy or Science Fiction will be analyzed and put in context with historical works that are related to it. Also, the artistic creation will be covered with interviews and technical aspects. 
Another project will be a concept for a YouTube podcast to show and discuss different examples and aspects of the visual Fantastics.

And I want to work on an educational concept with materials for workshops in schools and other organizations to show how questions of past and future are covered in the Fantastics. This contains historical, social and political aspects as well as the fortune of art and architecture heritages from all over the world. One intend is also to show the importance of the methodologies and questions rooted in the humanities that are in decline, both in society and education. 

So many ideas, so little centuries!
 

Resources | What does one need to create?
AHF is a bundle of ideas and roles. As self-funded PhD candidate I work on my dissertation about the tower motive in the visual Fantastics and its roots in art & architecture.
After some presentations and very inspiring conversations at Worldcon 76 and other events, I was thinking: Why not trying to turn what you are passionate about into a professional approach. So AHF is not only showing my PhD research but also ideas what an independent scholar in this field can offer.

Research should be accessible to as many people as possible. That is why I would like to publicize articles and ideas for free to everyone on my homepage and later on other platforms. 
Research also costs money. Sometimes to buy materials or to travel, but mostly to buy yourself time and freedom to elaborate an idea or approach. 

Currently I am financing myself completely with a part-time job in a communications agency as Office Manager. This pays the bills, the rent and food and also finances some materials needed. But it also takes away a lot of time and energy needed for the projects.
The big goal of my Patreon would be a total independence from this, so I can focus on all the cool ideas and projects and share them with my Patreons and the world.

But in the beginning it would be awesome to establish a community that is interested in all the different aspects of the (visual) Fantastics as mentioned above. I want to share the beautiful, interesting and sometimes mind-changing creations and discuss them with you! Patreon Step 1 is to start something like this and to raise money to expand the offers and to create more content (check the Goal Section for more details!).

Discover, Learn, Enchant - Together!
 

Driving Force | Why am I doing this?!
Since I was a child and got my first book with fairy tales, I was hooked on the fantastic and magical realms I could enter through books & movies. Later, art & architecture became another passion as they are also passages to whole worlds and experiences. So I became an Art Historian with a focus on the stories a painting can tell, the feelings a building can evoke or the magnificence a sculpture can transport.

In September of  2017 I started a PhD at Mainz University, Germany. It is a self-funded, independent way to follow my passion that is art, architecture and the Fantastics. I like doing it my own way, I love to follow my curiosity and I can loose myself in learning new things and connecting different aspects to a new point of view.

Do what you love they say - So here I am!


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Tiers
Fantastic & Curious
$1 or more per month 1 patron

You want to express your general support

You want to see how AHF is developing?

Not sure how Patreon, tiers & benefits work?

Maybe a one-time donation is what you want to do?


Choose this tier to unlock all posts and get all updates. You can put in any amount you want or can afford during the next step.

 

Patreon is about community, support and communication. 

A regular income to fund the projects is great, but it is more important for me to get you involved and, hopefully, excited about it!


Benefit: Unlock all Patreon posts!


If you want to donate one-time, this tier is also perfect for you! After your donation is transferred, you can change the amount, switch to another tier or cancel in general. 

Whatever is comfortable for you!


Also, for one-time projects this is the perfect tier!


Any questions or concerns? 

Do not hesitate to contact me: [email protected]!

Fantastic Supporter
$3 or more per month 2 patrons

This tier is the ultimate starter option for people interested in support, recognition and especially participation.


---


Unlock all Patreon posts


Your name on the Supporter Wall on the homepage


Voting rights, especially (but not only) on the topic of the Patreon-only 'Article of the Year'


NEW & LIMITED: Get a 25% discount for the #AHFShop with its nerdy merch! Only for the first 20 #patrons!

Fantastic Enthusiast
$8 or more per month 2 patrons

For all people who want support AHF and have early access. 

Get the ultimate recognition in a real PhD book (okay, three volumes planned so far). 


---


Early Exclusive Access to all articles before they are published online, including the Patreon-only 'Article of the Year'.


PLUS: Your name in the dissertation!


---


All of the above with Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall etc. of course.

Fantastic Fellow
$15 or more per month 2 patrons

Not a fan of blogs and posts and all that social media? With this tier you get all content without checking the homepage or other platforms all the time. And you can participate in votes for articles, topics and other plans!

Especially created for digital enthusiasts.


---


Get all articles & other formats (blog AND publicized) in a Patreon-only PDF/e-book version directly.


Your name in the footnotes of an external published article (one time, if possible).


---


And all of the above of course: Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall!

Fantastic Patron (literally)
$45 or more per month 0 patrons

Maybe you are a book lover like me and prefer to read on paper? Then this tier is for you! You get everything in a printed version without any action needed. 

And all costs (printing, postal charges) are included of course.


---


All articles of a year in a Patreon-only print version in a special box (past & future ones; at least 2 months as patron).


Big PLUS for Booklovers: Get a copy of every publicized book with a personal dedication (after 3 months as patron; currently one book in German is published, in Summer 2019 an English book will be published).


---


And all of the above of course: Voting Rights, Merch Discount, your name on the Supporter Wall!

Fantastic Organization
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

You are a company, institution or organization working in the fields of visual Fantastics (e.g. publishers, game studios, film studios) or you want a new educational approach for your audience? Maybe you are looking for an inspirational event or workshop?


Take this tier (and it is even tax relevant)!


- All of the above


AND


Get once a year an article/research on a topic of your choice for your blog, homepage, Social Media etc. 

(Has to be related to visual Fantastic research; up to 10 pages of text + footnotes & bibliography; after 12 months as patron on this tier) 


OR


Get a presentation of one hour on a topic of your choice from the visual Fantastic research 

(not including traveling & accommodations; after 12 months as patron on this tier)


OR


Whatever you have in mind and fits you! 


These are just suggestions and there are a lot of possible formats or long-time projects imaginable. 


Feel free to contact me: [email protected]!