Joey Sellers is creating a mess
11

patrons

$55
per month

  THE SHORT OF IT  

Hi there. My name is Joey Sellers, and I'm creating a mess. It wasn't my original intent, but 24 years into my creative practice, I'm finally embracing my inability to package my efforts into a sensible and easily explained offering.

In the broadest possible sense, my aim is simple: I want to use my creative powers to be a wildcard player in the universal fight for good.

I'm asking for your support so that I can utilize my skills as a writer, conceptual artist, data scientist, and independent researcher to develop, communicate and activate ideas for making the world a more thoughtful and enlightened place.


  REGARDING THE MESS  

The mess is an ever-shifting mass of projects, prototypes and proposals. Priorities shift with the times, and projects run in parallel to maximize connections and perspectives. Here's what is currently on tap...

The Party: With the midterm elections right around the corner on November 6th, I'm going to spend the two months leading up to it running experiments using TheParty.us as a means of helping to get out the vote.

I bought the domain a few days after the 2004 election, initially thinking the idea could help create perspectives outside of the thinking of the two-party system, with the intent of reminding everyone that we are all on the same team. Over time however, the concept has shifted to the metaphor of democracy as a party, with the goal being to promote positive participation.



50 States of Mind is a data project exploring, visualizing and analyzing government data on the 50 states. You can check out pre-launch action on Big As Data. Starting with the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the plan is to curate a dataset stat by stat, analyze and shape the research into a mix of rankings and analysis highlights to create concise profiles on each state. This cast of larger-than-life characters only think about themselves while nonetheless having a national impact. The goal here is to move us beyond a blur of city names, attractions and stereotypes to a better understanding of our neighbors, from sea to shining sea.

2020: The Year We See Clearly is an idea whose time is quickly approaching. Here we start with the notion of 20/20 eyesight and are looking for opportunities to use the year 2020 as a vehicle for exploring what it means to see clearly and workshopping how we could go about doing so. At a time when truth and reality have suddenly come up for debate, and with technology poised to make telling the difference between fact and fiction all the more difficult, our ability to see clearly has never been so challenged. How would this concept play out? I want to explore the idea of putting together an event, if not a whole conference, on this subject for sometime in 2020. With your support, I think we could do something both cool and needful.

I Ching Study: Also known as The Book of Changes, I think of the I Ching as a database of change, and seek to explore the relationships and flow of events connecting the 64 hexagrams you see below.



I've been laying the groundwork for the start of this project over the last six months and in 2019 would like to create a variety of visualizations I have sketched out for mapping the possibilities and pathways laid out in this ancient Chinese oracle.

But wait, there's more!: These are just the major projects currently floating around. The mess comes in all shapes, sizes and manifestations, so prepare for ideas to always be flying around in every direction. Who knows where they will lead or what we'll be working on next?!

  PATRON REWARDS  

Here's how this works: You provide me with indispensable support so that I can do my work, and in return, I make it worth your while with rewards that let you be part of the fun!

  FRONT ROW SEATS - $1/month  

For $1/month, you get the best seats in the house.



You're not just going to see the work, you are going to experience its creation, along with all the varied inputs going into the process. And what we might find out is that the process is as important as the output, if not more so. Communications will come in many forms, but will include regular video updates where I will discuss projects, ideas and whatever else is going on at the time.


  PI DAY GREETING - $3.14/month 

I love pi so much I got married on March 14th, so you will understand that it is no small thing for me to send out a greeting on this most happy and irrational of days. It will have to be special. A small thank you for your extra support, starting at the $3.14 tier.


  SKEE BALL TICKET PRIZES - $10+/month 

Inspired by the old-school arcade skee ball tradition, all patrons pledging $10 or more a month will receive tickets redeemable for a variety of prizes, including artwork and mementos from the archive, along with new work, samples and prototypes.

Every $2 of your patronage will earn you 1 ticket, so at the $10/month tier, you would receive 5 tickets a month.

[Please Note: The first batch of tickets will not go out until October 2018. All tickets accumulated will be sent out once they arrive, then additional tickets will be mailed to you every four months. Redemption for prizes can happen at any time.]



On Saying Less - 5 TICKETS

Get a copy of The Shut Up Society's stark brochure, On Saying Less (2009), and meditate on all the things that need not be said.





Signed Periodic Calendar - 45 TICKETS

16" x 38" poster print

Meet the last calendar you're ever going to need, signed by its creator!

Yes, in 2012 I invented a new perpetual calendar system inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. By flipping our perspective around from a focus on the day of the month to the day of the week, the Periodic Calendar breaks out seven types of years to create a calendar system capable of exploring past, present and future dates as never before.







Deployment Prints - 100 / 150 TICKETS

11" x 14" / 18" x 24" premium luster prints

For Deployment (2009), I tagged New York City with the initials of Ape Con Myth by placing 38 installations of plastic army men across 3 boroughs. Pick your favorite and get a print from the series to liven up your walls.





Reality is a Puzzle Print - 125 TICKETS

18" x 28" matte archival print - Quantity: 3

From Reality is a Puzzle (2008), this was the last of 11 chalkboards I produced as part of a comprehensive breakdown of reality executed while reassembling 11 jigsaw puzzles whose pieces I had mixed together a decade before. This visualization sums up Ape Con Myth's conceptual playing field, which involves all the human concepts and institutions governing our individual struggle for survival on Earth.






West of the Mississippi - 250 TICKETS

53" x 69" map collage

Part of a new series, Misrepresentations of the United States (2018), West of the Mississippi is a collage of vintage National Geographic maps that do not quite add up. The prototype pictured is currently up in my office and you can get one of your own while supplies last!






800-1000 - 400 TICKETS

24" x 74" matte archival print - Quantity: 1

In the The Tao Jones (2008), I paired passages from the Tao Te Ching with relevant periods from the full history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 800-1000, you are seeing the 18 year period during which the Dow bounced between those numbers. Only one print from the series has been made to date, and it is this over-sized beauty.





  FINAL PITCH  

The question it comes down to is this: Do you want to live in a world where stuff like this happens or not?

Why should you?

Because it is a really cool world where YOU are making things happen!

Become a patron today and join a special group of people who are actively making the world a more interesting place. I promise it is going to be a fun ride!

All the best,
Joey Sellers
Tiers
Front Row Seats
$1 or more per month 1 patron
My bottom line is that I'd rather you be here than not here, so that's why $1/month gets you Front Row Seats, in the form of access to exclusive patron-only content documenting my process and sharing the latest behind-the-scenes business of an epic mess maker. Please join me for an adventure of absurd proportions.
Irrational Exuberance
$3.14 or more per month 6 patrons
Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day = You value quality entertainment and are willing to pay a premium for it, which won't get you special treatment most days, but will once a year earn you a special greeting on the most irrational of days.
Skee Ball Heaven
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day + Skee Ball Tickets = You in the catbird seat. For patrons pledging $10 or more, you'll not only enjoy front row seats and Pi Day tidings, but also earn tickets redeemable for an ever-changing lineup of prizes, including project output and special edition prints. Please see main page for more details and the current list of prizes!
Fool on the Hill
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You'd have to be crazy to sign up for this tier, and that's why we need to talk, regularly. At this level, you get Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day + Skee Ball Tickets + a Quarterly Meeting on the Hill. That's right, each quarter we Fools will meet up for a live video chat discussion where you can weigh in on quarterly results and forecasts for the messiest research project of the 21st century. 
Goals
$55 of $314 per month
Proof of Concept Goal ($314): This irrational milestone will signal the dawning of a new age. Evil will feel a far off pang and momentary nausea as the universe shifts its support our way in the fight for what is true and free.


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  THE SHORT OF IT  

Hi there. My name is Joey Sellers, and I'm creating a mess. It wasn't my original intent, but 24 years into my creative practice, I'm finally embracing my inability to package my efforts into a sensible and easily explained offering.

In the broadest possible sense, my aim is simple: I want to use my creative powers to be a wildcard player in the universal fight for good.

I'm asking for your support so that I can utilize my skills as a writer, conceptual artist, data scientist, and independent researcher to develop, communicate and activate ideas for making the world a more thoughtful and enlightened place.


  REGARDING THE MESS  

The mess is an ever-shifting mass of projects, prototypes and proposals. Priorities shift with the times, and projects run in parallel to maximize connections and perspectives. Here's what is currently on tap...

The Party: With the midterm elections right around the corner on November 6th, I'm going to spend the two months leading up to it running experiments using TheParty.us as a means of helping to get out the vote.

I bought the domain a few days after the 2004 election, initially thinking the idea could help create perspectives outside of the thinking of the two-party system, with the intent of reminding everyone that we are all on the same team. Over time however, the concept has shifted to the metaphor of democracy as a party, with the goal being to promote positive participation.



50 States of Mind is a data project exploring, visualizing and analyzing government data on the 50 states. You can check out pre-launch action on Big As Data. Starting with the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the plan is to curate a dataset stat by stat, analyze and shape the research into a mix of rankings and analysis highlights to create concise profiles on each state. This cast of larger-than-life characters only think about themselves while nonetheless having a national impact. The goal here is to move us beyond a blur of city names, attractions and stereotypes to a better understanding of our neighbors, from sea to shining sea.

2020: The Year We See Clearly is an idea whose time is quickly approaching. Here we start with the notion of 20/20 eyesight and are looking for opportunities to use the year 2020 as a vehicle for exploring what it means to see clearly and workshopping how we could go about doing so. At a time when truth and reality have suddenly come up for debate, and with technology poised to make telling the difference between fact and fiction all the more difficult, our ability to see clearly has never been so challenged. How would this concept play out? I want to explore the idea of putting together an event, if not a whole conference, on this subject for sometime in 2020. With your support, I think we could do something both cool and needful.

I Ching Study: Also known as The Book of Changes, I think of the I Ching as a database of change, and seek to explore the relationships and flow of events connecting the 64 hexagrams you see below.



I've been laying the groundwork for the start of this project over the last six months and in 2019 would like to create a variety of visualizations I have sketched out for mapping the possibilities and pathways laid out in this ancient Chinese oracle.

But wait, there's more!: These are just the major projects currently floating around. The mess comes in all shapes, sizes and manifestations, so prepare for ideas to always be flying around in every direction. Who knows where they will lead or what we'll be working on next?!

  PATRON REWARDS  

Here's how this works: You provide me with indispensable support so that I can do my work, and in return, I make it worth your while with rewards that let you be part of the fun!

  FRONT ROW SEATS - $1/month  

For $1/month, you get the best seats in the house.



You're not just going to see the work, you are going to experience its creation, along with all the varied inputs going into the process. And what we might find out is that the process is as important as the output, if not more so. Communications will come in many forms, but will include regular video updates where I will discuss projects, ideas and whatever else is going on at the time.


  PI DAY GREETING - $3.14/month 

I love pi so much I got married on March 14th, so you will understand that it is no small thing for me to send out a greeting on this most happy and irrational of days. It will have to be special. A small thank you for your extra support, starting at the $3.14 tier.


  SKEE BALL TICKET PRIZES - $10+/month 

Inspired by the old-school arcade skee ball tradition, all patrons pledging $10 or more a month will receive tickets redeemable for a variety of prizes, including artwork and mementos from the archive, along with new work, samples and prototypes.

Every $2 of your patronage will earn you 1 ticket, so at the $10/month tier, you would receive 5 tickets a month.

[Please Note: The first batch of tickets will not go out until October 2018. All tickets accumulated will be sent out once they arrive, then additional tickets will be mailed to you every four months. Redemption for prizes can happen at any time.]



On Saying Less - 5 TICKETS

Get a copy of The Shut Up Society's stark brochure, On Saying Less (2009), and meditate on all the things that need not be said.





Signed Periodic Calendar - 45 TICKETS

16" x 38" poster print

Meet the last calendar you're ever going to need, signed by its creator!

Yes, in 2012 I invented a new perpetual calendar system inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. By flipping our perspective around from a focus on the day of the month to the day of the week, the Periodic Calendar breaks out seven types of years to create a calendar system capable of exploring past, present and future dates as never before.







Deployment Prints - 100 / 150 TICKETS

11" x 14" / 18" x 24" premium luster prints

For Deployment (2009), I tagged New York City with the initials of Ape Con Myth by placing 38 installations of plastic army men across 3 boroughs. Pick your favorite and get a print from the series to liven up your walls.





Reality is a Puzzle Print - 125 TICKETS

18" x 28" matte archival print - Quantity: 3

From Reality is a Puzzle (2008), this was the last of 11 chalkboards I produced as part of a comprehensive breakdown of reality executed while reassembling 11 jigsaw puzzles whose pieces I had mixed together a decade before. This visualization sums up Ape Con Myth's conceptual playing field, which involves all the human concepts and institutions governing our individual struggle for survival on Earth.






West of the Mississippi - 250 TICKETS

53" x 69" map collage

Part of a new series, Misrepresentations of the United States (2018), West of the Mississippi is a collage of vintage National Geographic maps that do not quite add up. The prototype pictured is currently up in my office and you can get one of your own while supplies last!






800-1000 - 400 TICKETS

24" x 74" matte archival print - Quantity: 1

In the The Tao Jones (2008), I paired passages from the Tao Te Ching with relevant periods from the full history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 800-1000, you are seeing the 18 year period during which the Dow bounced between those numbers. Only one print from the series has been made to date, and it is this over-sized beauty.





  FINAL PITCH  

The question it comes down to is this: Do you want to live in a world where stuff like this happens or not?

Why should you?

Because it is a really cool world where YOU are making things happen!

Become a patron today and join a special group of people who are actively making the world a more interesting place. I promise it is going to be a fun ride!

All the best,
Joey Sellers

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Tiers
Front Row Seats
$1 or more per month 1 patron
My bottom line is that I'd rather you be here than not here, so that's why $1/month gets you Front Row Seats, in the form of access to exclusive patron-only content documenting my process and sharing the latest behind-the-scenes business of an epic mess maker. Please join me for an adventure of absurd proportions.
Irrational Exuberance
$3.14 or more per month 6 patrons
Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day = You value quality entertainment and are willing to pay a premium for it, which won't get you special treatment most days, but will once a year earn you a special greeting on the most irrational of days.
Skee Ball Heaven
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day + Skee Ball Tickets = You in the catbird seat. For patrons pledging $10 or more, you'll not only enjoy front row seats and Pi Day tidings, but also earn tickets redeemable for an ever-changing lineup of prizes, including project output and special edition prints. Please see main page for more details and the current list of prizes!
Fool on the Hill
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You'd have to be crazy to sign up for this tier, and that's why we need to talk, regularly. At this level, you get Front Row Seats + A Yearly Special Message on Pi Day + Skee Ball Tickets + a Quarterly Meeting on the Hill. That's right, each quarter we Fools will meet up for a live video chat discussion where you can weigh in on quarterly results and forecasts for the messiest research project of the 21st century.