"The art experience is a primal and beneficial human drive. To create, and to share with one another though creative expression, is vital for individuals and communities to flourish."
WHAT WE ARE:
Status Hat Productions is an arts collaborative and production/publishing house based in Charlottesville, VA, where we create and facilitate world-wide opportunities for participatory exploration of the arts. We develop works in a variety of media, emphasizing multi-disciplinary works that bring together divergent artists and art-forms.
Status Hat Productions is passionate about fostering the time, resources, and space for cultivating the art experience in everyday life.
STATUS HAT'S MONTHLY ARTSZINE:
Each month, Status Hat produces an online literary/artszine that explores a different theme -- featuring art, music and writing by worldwide contributors. We have been publishing this growing 'zine since the Summer of 2009, and opened up the call for works that Fall.
Since that time, we have sought out diverse works from individuals at various stages of their creative careers, from artists experimenting with new (to them) forms, to musicians who have been making original music for many decades. We've showcased fire-performers, art historians, photographers, animators, performance artists, screen and stage writers, graffiti artists, and more. In 2010 our monthly artszine saw an increase in poetry and literary works, as well as non-fiction. Our goal continues to be to publish imaginative works that give pause for reflection and inspiration, and that help cultivate the art experience in daily life.
New issues go online by the 5th of a new month, as well as out to our email subscription list, which you can join by clicking here.
Find our current issue here: www.statushat.org.
Find archives of past issues here: Status Hat Archive Gallery.
Our submission guidelines and calls for work can be found: here.
Status Hat's Editorial Team for 2011: Status Hat Editors - 2011
TRIGGER (A Status Hat Publication)
"Trigger" is a new biannual publication (with 2 editions per year) from Status Hat, devoted to exploring narrative in the arts. Our first edition is available online July 1st, 2011, and features an invitational collaboration between 16 artists and writers. Trigger's editor is Christopher Lowe, a writer and faculty member at McNeese University. Subscribers to "Status Hat" will automatically receive Trigger.. Find out more about it here!
TEACHING ARTS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Since 2008, Status Hat has maintained an innovative internship program that gives university level artists and writers the opportunity for hands-on experience in a working-arts environment. We have hosted almost 30 individuals from a variety of schools and programs, including University of Virginia, George Washington University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY, Skidmore and Sage. Students complete either short or longer-term internships that are customized to meet both the goals of the individual intern and Status Hat's organizational goals, and many students have received academic credit for their work with us. Internships available include editorial/research and media arts production. It is our hope through the internship program that we are able to help present opportunities to individuals and community members in such a way that they may both hone their skills and learn some new ones, and also, more importantly, strengthen their creative voice. Our internship applications for Summer, 2011 are now closed, however inquiries are welcome year-round from interested students, advisors and faculty-members. Please check back for updated internship program information and listings, or email us..
CURRICULUM AND INSTALLATION/EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT:
With a background in producing interactive exhibitions such as playable game rooms, labyrinths and theatrical pieces, we strive to promote the intrinsic value of the arts and creative expression in everyday life. In addition, Status Hat Productions designs arts and technology curriculum components and participatory exhibitions for a wide variety of audiences and age-groups. In the coming months, we will be making some of our interactive arts curriculum available for download here, for use in many settings. We are also available to facilitate workshops and group work where the role of the arts and creative expression can lend a hand in mediation, business endeavors, problem-solving, and achieving meaningful change in individual and cultural life conditions. Please contact us for more information.
THE STATUS HAT READER & NEW WORKS SERIES:
The Status Hat Reader 2010 - The Life of An Idea (published December, 2009) featured works from our archives and the first 6 months of our 'zine, and explored aspects of the creative process. A second edition is planned to highlight our New Works Series, and will publish in 2011.
STATUS HAT'S NEW MUSIC AND NEW WORKS SERIES:
Status Hat produces new music and other new mixed-media works in a variety of genres, as well as theatrical works. In Fall of 2009 we began a New Works Series, with the first installment "NAKED WRITING, NAKED VOICE" featuring a soprano recording -- unrehearsed -- live improvisational song to stream-of-consciousness written works and dream journal notations. In 2010, our new works series focused on developing "Rat on a Monorail", which is due to published April, 2011.
Debuting in 2010, Status Hat's Storyhouse currently houses some of the comic book and graphic stories we've had in development or produced, including a rock opera illustrated in comic book form "Rock On, Genghis Khan", and "Rat on A Monorail", which combines prose and illustrations.
WHO WE ARE:
Carli Castellani, Artistic Director
Carli is an American writer, artist and designer. She is a founding partner of Status Hat.
Carli creates sculptures, arrangements and interactive installations, as well as theatrical works. Her work is often whimsical or playful in nature, and is generally inspired by the points where mythology, history and culture converge. She worked as a resident and project artist in the Russian Federation twice. She has published one print 'zine, Synthetica, written the libretto for a rock opera and other literary works, performed live with puppets, dancers and musicians, and taught art, environmental-awareness and technology classes. She is continually awed by the transformative power of art.
Tim Castellani, Executive Producer
Tim is a bassist and founding partner of Status Hat Productions.He has been creating and playing music his whole life, including a childhood immersed in classical trumpet. Tim has been involved in all phases of production, performance, and recording for several rock operas, as well as producing CDs for a variety of bands and projects. He has an extensive live performance background, and has played in theater settings and for dance troupes. Tim is truly happy to see music happen, and to share in its joy with others.
-Status Hat Productions, March, 2011