Call for Participation for C A M P F I R E, Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Winkel & Balktick Present…
Saturday, June 19th, 2010


This should provide you more information than you need about hot to participate in Campfire. If you have questions, contact creative director Eva at Executive management can be reached at

The submission process is detailed below, after the answers to all of the questions you have. Please understand that we may not be able to accommodate all submissions.

Quick submission form:


Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, May 13, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Located in the far west 50s in Manhattan
RSVP to to attend!


Campfire is a one-night excursion to the frontiers of creative revelry.

As the name suggests, the theme will be a journey out of the city and into the natural world. Together, we willl create an immersive environment where guests can escape the mundane world and enjoy a camping trip… in a warehouse.

Campfire’s art will explore the theme of nature, and how urban society interacts with it.  Ideas to consider include the plant and animal kingdoms, the woods, the Girl and Boy Scouts, ghost stories, pollution, skinny dipping, smores, foraging and of course, campfires. Political, personal, historical and emotional statements are encouraged.

Installation, performance and activities are all welcome. Actual fire is not welcome. Sorry.


If you’re interesting in participating, please let us know right away. Even if it’s just to say, “I’ll have a proposal soon” or “I don’t have time for this, but someone else should do XYZ”.

We will be accepting submissions through Friday, May 28. However, if you require a stipend (more on that below), we need to know before May 14.

Setup begins on Monday, June 15th. Your project should be completely set up before noon on Saturday, June 19th. Breakdown must be completely by midnight on Monday, June 21st.


In Manhattan facing the West Side Highway. It’s the top floor of a two story warehouse. Dimensions are 175’x100′, or 17,000 square feet. There are no interior divisions. It’s all one big room. There will probably not be any truly quiet areas.

The cieling height is 14′, but there are beams and fixtures hanging below that. There are many stable rigging points on the ceiling. Everything is concrete. The floors are not level.

There are windows with very nice views of the Hudson River.


The event will feature many large campfire installations. They will be set up throughout the venue and act as social hubs. You are welcome to interpret “campfire” however you’d like.

Ideal dimensions are 10′ – 20′ radius on the floor and 12′ tall. Larger or smaller projects are certainly welcome. Make them glow, flicker, move, crackle, what have you. Use of interactivity, light, shadow, video and audio is strongly encouraged. If working with sound of video, consider juxtaposing natural images/sounds with urban ones.

Considering a matching site-specific performance to go along with your sculpture.


Think of your favorite outdoor, camping or summer camp activity. Come set it up at Badmitton? Birdwatching? Gardening? Ghost stories? Come do it at Campfire! Activities and games help strangers meet each other at parties.


Have you ever been watching the Nature Channel and thought, “I wish I could do that!” Now you can! Dress up as monkeys, lumberjacks & trees, hunters & prey, deep sea fish, picnic baskets & food or other outdoor creatures. Get a group, props, costumes and a schtick together and perform.


Artistic audio installations are welcome, but Campfire is not seeking solicitations for bands, musical performers or those DJ people we keep hearing about. But if you do any of those things, we’d still love to listen to it.

There will be a dancefloor. The soundsystem will be a unique multi-channel surround sound experience the likes of which the city has not seen in quite some time. All musicians will be playing original electronic music sets in multiple dimensions, allowing you to travel back through time and revisit idealized childhood camping and outdoor experiences.


We can pay for the cost of approved projects. These are guaranteed to be reimbursed, even if the event is not profitable. If the event is profitable, we tip out on top of this. Consider $0 – $500 the effective range for requests. We can also provide transportation assistance.

Each project is a unique little snowflake, and we evaluate stipends on a case-by-case basis. Small budgets are easier to accomodate than large ones. On the other hand, if you have the greatest idea we’ve ever seen and a solid track record, we may be OK with splurging.

Our budget is finite, so please understand that we will not be able to accept all submission.

Note that in order to qualify for reimbursements for materials, you must keep your receipts and submit them to us in a timely manner.


If you have questions, contact the W&B creative director Eva at

Please fill out this form:

To make a submission, you will need to know the following information:

* Your name, and the names of other artists involved
* Your phone number
* A description of your project
* A detailed, itemized budget for materials and costs
* Setup duration
* Breakdown duration
* Will it require rigging from the ceiling or a wall?
* Will it make a mess?
* Might it accidentally injure, maim, or kill anyone?
* Floorspace requirements
* Electrical requirements
* Lighting requirements
* Any special placement requests

You will hear from us within three business days with questions, suggestions, etc. Sometimes we need to know more, have suggestions, or just need time to decide among many worthy proposals.

It may take up to ten business days to approve or decline your submission. If this wait is a problem, please let us know up front.


Mark Winkel & Kevin Balktick are a pair of Brooklyn-based event producers. They met in 2005 when they became neighbors in a block-sized live/work warehouse in Dumbo. Over the course of five years, they have produced 12 feature events. In that time, their vision and following has grown from a single loft to cavernous warehouses.

Along with a dedicated community of artists, crew and volunteers, they transform mundane urban spaces into immersive fantasy environments. Their tools are larger-than-life installation art, extravagant costumes, decadent themes, surreal performances and action-packed dancefloors.

Their 2010 New Year’s Eve production, Transmutation , was held in a 30,000 square foot warehouse and was attended by 2,500 people. In February 2010, they were featured in a New York Times article about creative Brooklyn nightlife.


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