The Fringe, The Internet, & Democracy
With a limited number of venues available and demand expected to be high, how do we create a fair, unbiased process to select Fringe projects? This is a very sensitive issue as any ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œjuriedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â selection process violates the underlying principles of Fringe. After all, the first fringe (1947 in Edinburgh) involved rebel artists setting up camp on the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfringesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â of the much more effete and established Edinburgh International Festival.
Some Fringes navigate around this problem by establishing a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œlotteryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â whereby Fringe projects are selected at random. Some approach it from a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfirst come, first serveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â basis. Others utilize a selection committee staffed with press, artists, sponsors, et al. Almost all Fringes level applicants with a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfeeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â just to apply.
Amazing work has been produced using these paradigms, no doubt. We are trying something different.
- Artists log into our website and set up camp.
- Each artist creates a MySpace/Facebook-like profile of their project.
- To this profile they add text, links, video, pictures, music, blogs, podcasts anything to help articulate their artistic vision
- The community at large votes on their favorite projects.
- The projects with the most votes are entered into the Hollywood Fringe
To encourage participation from artists large and small, we will not be charging any fees to create a project profile on the website.