The Weekly Kickstarter: ‘Beyond Digital’ DJs Innovate NGOs

Beyond Digital: Morocco is something new and interesting for NGOs, an original concept that focuses on enriching the lives of others, not through financial assistance, but via the introduction of an innovative, cross-cultural arts program This week's featured Kickstarter project centres on the the efforts of DJ Rupture and Maga Bo as they work toward creating their own non-profit, Beyond Digital, through its trial foray into Morocco.

Beyond Digital: Morocco is something new and interesting for NGOs, an original concept that focuses on enriching the lives of others, not through financial assistance, but via the introduction of an innovative, cross-cultural arts program This week’s featured Kickstarter project centres on the the efforts of DJ Rupture and Maga Bo as they work toward creating their own non-profit, Beyond Digital, through its trial foray into Morocco.

Beyond Digital was created by an all-star team from the music industry, consisting of DJ Rupture (Jace Clayton to his friends), Maga Bo, The Fader magazine’s photo editor, John Francis Peters and Taliesin Gilkes-Bower. It’s a multi-media, multi-disciplinary effort that seeks to learn more about how technology is interpreted outside of a Western-influenced framework. For its premier venture, Beyond Digital will work with Moroccan citizens to share ideas, create new art and document the results in HD quality video and audio.

Beyond Digital: Morocco will work primarily with Dar Al-Ma’mûn, an arts organization based out of Marrakesh, in creating the first installment of a project which, if successful, will continue onward as an annual series. Rupture and Bo will head up a group that seeks to teach new media and digital production methods to Moroccan youth and uninitiated artists. Together, Beyond Digital and its students will take these concepts and apply them into the region’s traditional artistic framework in order to explore fresh ideas in music, visual art and more. A temporary recording studio will be constructed at the group’s rented home, acting as headquarters for the project, and free weekly concerts will take place throughout, showcasing the work on hand as it develops.

Beyond Digital, as mentioned before, is intent on creating a record of their endeavours. Along with capturing audio and video from Marrakesh for later broadcast, the team will also spread word of the project through various installations, lectures, photo-essays, live performances and more.

The hope is that, by starting up a dialogue between different cultures, a new understanding of technology’s role on art can be formed. The fact that Beyond Digital consists of talented individuals with the wherewithal to carry it out — and produce evidence of the collaborations formed — makes it an inspiring and culturally noteworthy event worthy of attention.

Money raised through Kickstarter donations will go toward the travel expenses required for sending DJ Rupture and Maga Bo to Morocco for ten days of interaction and documentation before the trip itself. The two Beyond Digital members will start planting the networking seeds required for organizing and paving the way for the project’s June 2011 official start date. Beyond Digital: Morocco will also divert some of the pledged funds into website creation in order to better spread the word of what it’s up to.

The money raised on Kickstarter will accompany the outside sponsorship and grant support used in actually carrying out the four week project this summer. Any pledges that go beyond the $5,000 goal will be put toward offsetting the cost of the June field dates.

To donate to Beyond Digital: Morocco, visit the Kickstarter page by clicking here. The project will be funded on Wednesday, March 9th at 1.41am EST (if the $5,000 goal is reached),