Circus of the Mind (+COM)
What's the big idea?
Growing up, remember when the Circus came to town? We had to go for the visual excitement, for the smells, the tastes, to be transported to places in our minds we had never been before.
Circuses of the Mind will do all the above and more.
> A series of theme based topics focusing on critical issues of today
> A traveling unique architectural structure
> A multimedia experience with music, video, photos, audience interaction
The business model: free to enter, supported by a marketplace/ bazaar, a pop-up cafe/coffee bar, admission based films, lectures and music events
Describe the nearest player in your field.
We draw inspiration from two complementary sources; Ted Talks and Cirque du Soleil. Ted Talks which stimulates critical thinking and Cirque du Soleil with its thematic visual storytelling.
Parallel to these enterprises, we will stand on our own as an event experience unlike any to be found today.
How are you different from that player?
Our first themed installation: FACING AL AQABA will explore the world’s most protracted conflict, that between Israelis and Palestinians. The multimedia installation will feature portraits and histories of all 300 of Al Aqaba village. It will be the springboard for a broad discussion of the topic
How does this idea scale into a big business?
We can grow exponentially.
The business model; think web site economics. Start with a basic package free to experience, offer multiple premium services and ancillary products; a market, coffee bar, etc.
1st year..1 circus…12 cities
2nd year…2 circuses…24 cities
Growing based on cash flow
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
We are an international team of Americans, Israelis, Palestinians, and Brits. We come from backgrounds in journalism, video production, art, design, and public sector administration. The project director is Maurice Jacobsen, a GR native, a media professional with 40 years of hands-on experience,
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
The sum will go a long way. Using in-kind and donated services, it will go to buy materials for mounting an installation for ArtPrize.
This will be our test bed. We, of course, will not be able to actualize our entire vision, no enterprise premiums will be available, but much will be possible