Bob Jansen is creating a free access digital archive of interviews of eminent artists
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We want to take this opportunity to thank current supporters of this important oral history project. Without their foresight and support, our culture is in danger of losing the stories of our eminent creative individuals, individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of our cultures. Although academic treatises on these individuals already exist, they are not primary historical sources as they represent processed understandings of these individuals, their lives and works. Nothing compares to them telling their story in their own words: primary historical sources through oral history.

Oral history may not always be factually accurate, but it brings its own truth to our understanding of how a culture has been made. It brings the kind of texture that raw facts cannot supply. And it brings an emotional dimension only possible when someone speaks in their own voice of their own experience.

Cultural Conversations (http://cultconv.com) is an online oral history archive of the visual arts. It publishes professionally produced video interviews 45-60 minutes in duration accompanied by simultaneous transcriptions and still images of works referred to in the discussion. The interviews are conducted in the artist’s studio and begin with footage of the studio to show the context of the artist’s creative activity.

Although initially focussed on Australia, currently 18 interviews, over the past four years, the project has expanded into South Korea incorporating 7 interviews, available online with transcripts in English and Korean, providing international exposure to a rich visual arts tradition little known outside of South Korea. 

As a free website, the Cultural Conversations clearly has enormous international potential, both in taking visual art to the world, but also in generating cross-cultural exchange. 

Cultural Conversations is a unique cross-cultural exchange which overcomes the barrier of physical distance in order to celebrate the richness of cultural distance and difference.

Tiers
Basic
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
A basic level of support. This indicates your interest in supporting the project and your contribution provides minimal assistance in meeting the financial costs of any interview. Your name will be added to the list of patrons page on the web site.


It must be recognised, though, that at this level of support, we require many supporters to even get to an interview stage. However, with the support of 3-5,000 like-minded people per month, we can accommodate one interview per month, either Australian or South Korean.


Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement). 


Real interest in assisting the project
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
A  level of support that provides support in meeting the financial costs of any interview. 


Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement)


For this level of commitment, you will be able 

* to see our targetted artist list; 

* access video of the interviews being processed prior to their publication on the cultconv web site; and

* your name will be added to the list of important supporters on the web site.

A significant supporter who can suggest artists to be interviewed, subject to approval from the selection commmittee.
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
A  level of support that provides significant support in meeting the financial costs of any interview. Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement).


For this level of commitment, 

* you can suggest artists of your choice to be included on the list of targetted artists, depending on approval from our selection committee to ensure their eminence; 

* you will also be able to see our targetted artist list;

* access video of the interviews being processed prior to their publication on the cultconv web site; 

* you will have appropriate attribution on the interview page of any artist that you have recommended and who is recording and published; and 

* your name will be added to the significant supporters page on the web site.

We want to take this opportunity to thank current supporters of this important oral history project. Without their foresight and support, our culture is in danger of losing the stories of our eminent creative individuals, individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of our cultures. Although academic treatises on these individuals already exist, they are not primary historical sources as they represent processed understandings of these individuals, their lives and works. Nothing compares to them telling their story in their own words: primary historical sources through oral history.

Oral history may not always be factually accurate, but it brings its own truth to our understanding of how a culture has been made. It brings the kind of texture that raw facts cannot supply. And it brings an emotional dimension only possible when someone speaks in their own voice of their own experience.

Cultural Conversations (http://cultconv.com) is an online oral history archive of the visual arts. It publishes professionally produced video interviews 45-60 minutes in duration accompanied by simultaneous transcriptions and still images of works referred to in the discussion. The interviews are conducted in the artist’s studio and begin with footage of the studio to show the context of the artist’s creative activity.

Although initially focussed on Australia, currently 18 interviews, over the past four years, the project has expanded into South Korea incorporating 7 interviews, available online with transcripts in English and Korean, providing international exposure to a rich visual arts tradition little known outside of South Korea. 

As a free website, the Cultural Conversations clearly has enormous international potential, both in taking visual art to the world, but also in generating cross-cultural exchange. 

Cultural Conversations is a unique cross-cultural exchange which overcomes the barrier of physical distance in order to celebrate the richness of cultural distance and difference.

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Tiers
Basic
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
A basic level of support. This indicates your interest in supporting the project and your contribution provides minimal assistance in meeting the financial costs of any interview. Your name will be added to the list of patrons page on the web site.


It must be recognised, though, that at this level of support, we require many supporters to even get to an interview stage. However, with the support of 3-5,000 like-minded people per month, we can accommodate one interview per month, either Australian or South Korean.


Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement). 


Real interest in assisting the project
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
A  level of support that provides support in meeting the financial costs of any interview. 


Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement)


For this level of commitment, you will be able 

* to see our targetted artist list; 

* access video of the interviews being processed prior to their publication on the cultconv web site; and

* your name will be added to the list of important supporters on the web site.

A significant supporter who can suggest artists to be interviewed, subject to approval from the selection commmittee.
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
A  level of support that provides significant support in meeting the financial costs of any interview. Any interview has different costs depending on the language of the interview and the country of recording. As a guide, in South Korea, a 90 minute interview costs approximately KRW5,000,000 with most of the cost going towards transcription and translation of what is said. In Australia, because the language is English, the costs come down to AU$3,000. These costs allow everyone involved in the recording, processing and publishing to be paid a fair wage (we do not subscribe to the free model espoused by many organisations seeking artistic involvement).


For this level of commitment, 

* you can suggest artists of your choice to be included on the list of targetted artists, depending on approval from our selection committee to ensure their eminence; 

* you will also be able to see our targetted artist list;

* access video of the interviews being processed prior to their publication on the cultconv web site; 

* you will have appropriate attribution on the interview page of any artist that you have recommended and who is recording and published; and 

* your name will be added to the significant supporters page on the web site.