Aja

is creating art that produces real world change

5

patrons

$70

per month
For more than a decade my art has focused on designing a game that directly connects players to some of the world's greatest challenges and enables them to provide real time, real-world solutions. I’ve built a creative world of storytelling and technology while placing the power to make a difference in the palm of your hand. The Presentville personal development game is based on the vision of ultimately freeing all beings from suffering. It is played on the ground in real time, asynchronously online, as well as in virtual and augmented reality. It is best described as an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) with real world impact.

Presentville emerged from action research I conducted in five continents between 2008 and 2010. My field research illuminated how different cultures tell stories using play in both education and social change. I conducted dozens of playful video interviews with people of all ages. I asked them to hold stuffed animals while we spoke and invited them to share a story of their life, the toys in hand, or something wholly out of their imagination. These interviews birthed a cross-cultural community storytelling modality. It also generated the basic structure that players in Presentville use to this day to share their stories and further their goals within the game.

One way Presentville players experience the game is through live art shows where they are invited to confront and experience their personal relationship to the world's most pressing problems. Every show is one of a kind, incorporating costume play as well as immersive and interactive technology. I use real world performance, virtual reality, and augmented reality to address topics ranging from homelessness, gang culture, equality, animal welfare and solutions for a more sustainable future for all beings.

The Sammy Bear Home Free Project is an example of how my art births real world solutions to hard to face systemic challenges. In 2009, a player in Manchester, UK offered his favorite childhood toy named Sammy to begin the journey of helping solve issues of homelessness. The toy literally travelled around the world collecting stories and ideas as it made its way to the US and across the Western United States. Dozens of players contributed to Sammy’s quest to discover the best solutions for homelessness.

In 2012, a homeless player in Colorado brought Sammy Bear to life after I cut the toy apart and turned it into a bear costume. He lived on the streets exploring the public's reaction to the bear costume. It was one of the first characters to “come to life” from toy form to human performer. That’s when Sammy Bear became a Community Character performed by players considered homeless or homefree.

Dan, one of the most dedicated senior Presentville Players suddenly became homeless in 2016. He lost his retirement fund and house in the 2008 recession. His pure heart and dedication paid off when our Presentville community rallied for his well being in a gift that would keep on giving! We raised $65,000 to buy a trailer home in Boulder Colorado for Dan. He is now housing himself there and has also provided shelter for 6 other players in need, operating the first Presentville home of its kind. As part of the game, Dan will gift the home forward to another player once he is finished with it so it continues to create benefit within the community.
In 2018, I began the second Sammy Bear Home Free campaign. This time with Dave Swallow, a Lakota Medicine Man and one of the Headsman for the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Tribes. Dave lives in extreme poverty on Pine Ridge Reservation and works tirelessly to lift his tribe out of intergenerational poverty caused by cycles of injustice, racism, addiction, and abuse.

The Sammy Bear Home being built with Dave and his tribe incorporates modern eco building techniques. Using aircrete we are working together with tribe members to construct a 1000 sq. ft. teepee. Intended to serve as a prototype for future affordable new-housing construction, this Sammy Bear Home is also designed with traditional Lakota wisdom and the mission to bring systemic solutions to the Pine Ridge housing crisis.

Every aspect of my art is driven by the lofty goal of freeing all beings from suffering and addressing modern challenges through storytelling and innovation. The Presentville Game proves that a community of willing players can change lives and affect real world change through creativity, dedication and innovation.

On my Patreon page I will share stories of the characters that have been birthed from the game, my process of creating avatars, videos about my art and altruistic projects, as well as access to my live art shows and one of a kind experiences. 
Tiers
I'm In!
$1 or more per month

Becoming a $1 patron reserves your spot as one of the first 1000 fans and I will share updates about the altruistic projects that are in motion around the world! A big THANK YOU!


I will also invite you to alter the outcome of gameplay through survey participation.

The Tip of the Iceberg
$3 or more per month
  • Access to general Presentville stories
  • Photos and text updates
  • Invitation to determine outcome of gameplay through survey participation
First Clues
$7 or more per month
  • Videos of my personal journey as a Presentville player
  • Clues about the happenings at live shows
  • I will also invite you to alter the outcome of gameplay through survey participation.
  • All Previous Rewards
Behind the Scenes
$15 or more per month
  • Access to the full story, the deeper metaphors behind each performance and art piece 
  • Behind the scenes photo and video
  • Access to the stories of transformation that are happening in the real world as a result of our team!
  • All Previous Rewards
Private Access and Credits
$25 or more per month

As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.

  • Credits on an upcoming video (PM me if you want to choose your font!)
  • Secret passwords that gain you access to special access to live events
  • Invitation to the monthly conference call about the newest happenings in the Game
  • Plus all previous rewards
VIP Ticket
$60 or more per month only 20 left
VIP's will be gifted with a beautiful handmade ticket that will gain you access to live events all over the world. 
  • Invitation into our Top Secret Presentville Player Facebook group
  • I will send you the secret passwords for each of the shows and specific instructions for getting the most out of your gameplay during the show
  • Special instructions for accessing the augmented and virtual reality aspects of each show
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sammy Bear Team
$125 or more per month only 10 left
Sammy Bear Team Patrons support the current Sammy Bear Housing in Boulder Colorado where new solutions for affordable housing are being tested. The model offers Presentville players in need of housing an affordable place to live while focusing on altruistic game play. To date the first Sammy Bear Home has offered 4 Presentville Players affordable housing in Boulder in 1 year!
  • Invitation into our Top Secret Presentville Player Facebook group
  • A peek into the Sammy Bear activities that are creating benefit around sustainable housing solutions, education and outreach for the homeless
  • All lower active tier rewards
A New Hedgehog
$333 or more per month only 5 left

Hedgehogs are the gifts that keep on giving. 


You will gain a deeper understanding about these amazing characters in the Presentville Game, how they work and what benefit they are creating in the world. 


I will send you a hand made one-of-a-kind Presentville Hedgehog to launch into the world and document the process for our Patreon community. Each Hedgehog comes with a visa card that creates ongoing benefit in the world. 


During your quest you will use the visa card to bring benefit into the world and will pass along the gift to the next player after your quest is complete. The gift card is refilled with funds and the Hedgehog will continue to create benefit for as long as it is funded.


If played properly, this becomes a gift of benefit that passes hand to hand for generations! 


Plus all the previous live tier rewards.

Guided Integration Quest
$2,222 or more per month only 1 left
This is a deep personal growth process that uses toys to connect you with your inner child who knows exactly who you are and why you were born. The process also uses costumes to create opposing light and dark characters that you will use to fight to the death in the cartoon world of Presentville. I will personally guide you through the Integration quest with a single 1 hour weekly call to keep you accountable and on track for completion of the Integration Quest. 
  • Balance your self care and care for others
  • Let go of who others want you to be so you can become who you really are
  • Integrate the light and dark aspects of yourself to find greater peace
  • Plus all previous rewards
One of a kind show
$3,333 or more per month only 1 left
  • You choose the topic of the next show in a 2 hour interview in person or on skype and have the option of playing a character at that show
  • Can choose to participate in ongoing planning leading up to the one of a kind show
  • Can choose the community, family or individual that benefits from the show
  • Plus your name in the credits of one of my videos and a handmade Hedgehog Presentville Gift.
For more than a decade my art has focused on designing a game that directly connects players to some of the world's greatest challenges and enables them to provide real time, real-world solutions. I’ve built a creative world of storytelling and technology while placing the power to make a difference in the palm of your hand. The Presentville personal development game is based on the vision of ultimately freeing all beings from suffering. It is played on the ground in real time, asynchronously online, as well as in virtual and augmented reality. It is best described as an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) with real world impact.

Presentville emerged from action research I conducted in five continents between 2008 and 2010. My field research illuminated how different cultures tell stories using play in both education and social change. I conducted dozens of playful video interviews with people of all ages. I asked them to hold stuffed animals while we spoke and invited them to share a story of their life, the toys in hand, or something wholly out of their imagination. These interviews birthed a cross-cultural community storytelling modality. It also generated the basic structure that players in Presentville use to this day to share their stories and further their goals within the game.

One way Presentville players experience the game is through live art shows where they are invited to confront and experience their personal relationship to the world's most pressing problems. Every show is one of a kind, incorporating costume play as well as immersive and interactive technology. I use real world performance, virtual reality, and augmented reality to address topics ranging from homelessness, gang culture, equality, animal welfare and solutions for a more sustainable future for all beings.

The Sammy Bear Home Free Project is an example of how my art births real world solutions to hard to face systemic challenges. In 2009, a player in Manchester, UK offered his favorite childhood toy named Sammy to begin the journey of helping solve issues of homelessness. The toy literally travelled around the world collecting stories and ideas as it made its way to the US and across the Western United States. Dozens of players contributed to Sammy’s quest to discover the best solutions for homelessness.

In 2012, a homeless player in Colorado brought Sammy Bear to life after I cut the toy apart and turned it into a bear costume. He lived on the streets exploring the public's reaction to the bear costume. It was one of the first characters to “come to life” from toy form to human performer. That’s when Sammy Bear became a Community Character performed by players considered homeless or homefree.

Dan, one of the most dedicated senior Presentville Players suddenly became homeless in 2016. He lost his retirement fund and house in the 2008 recession. His pure heart and dedication paid off when our Presentville community rallied for his well being in a gift that would keep on giving! We raised $65,000 to buy a trailer home in Boulder Colorado for Dan. He is now housing himself there and has also provided shelter for 6 other players in need, operating the first Presentville home of its kind. As part of the game, Dan will gift the home forward to another player once he is finished with it so it continues to create benefit within the community.
In 2018, I began the second Sammy Bear Home Free campaign. This time with Dave Swallow, a Lakota Medicine Man and one of the Headsman for the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Tribes. Dave lives in extreme poverty on Pine Ridge Reservation and works tirelessly to lift his tribe out of intergenerational poverty caused by cycles of injustice, racism, addiction, and abuse.

The Sammy Bear Home being built with Dave and his tribe incorporates modern eco building techniques. Using aircrete we are working together with tribe members to construct a 1000 sq. ft. teepee. Intended to serve as a prototype for future affordable new-housing construction, this Sammy Bear Home is also designed with traditional Lakota wisdom and the mission to bring systemic solutions to the Pine Ridge housing crisis.

Every aspect of my art is driven by the lofty goal of freeing all beings from suffering and addressing modern challenges through storytelling and innovation. The Presentville Game proves that a community of willing players can change lives and affect real world change through creativity, dedication and innovation.

On my Patreon page I will share stories of the characters that have been birthed from the game, my process of creating avatars, videos about my art and altruistic projects, as well as access to my live art shows and one of a kind experiences. 

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Tiers
I'm In!
$1 or more per month

Becoming a $1 patron reserves your spot as one of the first 1000 fans and I will share updates about the altruistic projects that are in motion around the world! A big THANK YOU!


I will also invite you to alter the outcome of gameplay through survey participation.

The Tip of the Iceberg
$3 or more per month
  • Access to general Presentville stories
  • Photos and text updates
  • Invitation to determine outcome of gameplay through survey participation
First Clues
$7 or more per month
  • Videos of my personal journey as a Presentville player
  • Clues about the happenings at live shows
  • I will also invite you to alter the outcome of gameplay through survey participation.
  • All Previous Rewards
Behind the Scenes
$15 or more per month
  • Access to the full story, the deeper metaphors behind each performance and art piece 
  • Behind the scenes photo and video
  • Access to the stories of transformation that are happening in the real world as a result of our team!
  • All Previous Rewards
Private Access and Credits
$25 or more per month

As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.

  • Credits on an upcoming video (PM me if you want to choose your font!)
  • Secret passwords that gain you access to special access to live events
  • Invitation to the monthly conference call about the newest happenings in the Game
  • Plus all previous rewards
VIP Ticket
$60 or more per month only 20 left
VIP's will be gifted with a beautiful handmade ticket that will gain you access to live events all over the world. 
  • Invitation into our Top Secret Presentville Player Facebook group
  • I will send you the secret passwords for each of the shows and specific instructions for getting the most out of your gameplay during the show
  • Special instructions for accessing the augmented and virtual reality aspects of each show
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sammy Bear Team
$125 or more per month only 10 left
Sammy Bear Team Patrons support the current Sammy Bear Housing in Boulder Colorado where new solutions for affordable housing are being tested. The model offers Presentville players in need of housing an affordable place to live while focusing on altruistic game play. To date the first Sammy Bear Home has offered 4 Presentville Players affordable housing in Boulder in 1 year!
  • Invitation into our Top Secret Presentville Player Facebook group
  • A peek into the Sammy Bear activities that are creating benefit around sustainable housing solutions, education and outreach for the homeless
  • All lower active tier rewards
A New Hedgehog
$333 or more per month only 5 left

Hedgehogs are the gifts that keep on giving. 


You will gain a deeper understanding about these amazing characters in the Presentville Game, how they work and what benefit they are creating in the world. 


I will send you a hand made one-of-a-kind Presentville Hedgehog to launch into the world and document the process for our Patreon community. Each Hedgehog comes with a visa card that creates ongoing benefit in the world. 


During your quest you will use the visa card to bring benefit into the world and will pass along the gift to the next player after your quest is complete. The gift card is refilled with funds and the Hedgehog will continue to create benefit for as long as it is funded.


If played properly, this becomes a gift of benefit that passes hand to hand for generations! 


Plus all the previous live tier rewards.

Guided Integration Quest
$2,222 or more per month only 1 left
This is a deep personal growth process that uses toys to connect you with your inner child who knows exactly who you are and why you were born. The process also uses costumes to create opposing light and dark characters that you will use to fight to the death in the cartoon world of Presentville. I will personally guide you through the Integration quest with a single 1 hour weekly call to keep you accountable and on track for completion of the Integration Quest. 
  • Balance your self care and care for others
  • Let go of who others want you to be so you can become who you really are
  • Integrate the light and dark aspects of yourself to find greater peace
  • Plus all previous rewards
One of a kind show
$3,333 or more per month only 1 left
  • You choose the topic of the next show in a 2 hour interview in person or on skype and have the option of playing a character at that show
  • Can choose to participate in ongoing planning leading up to the one of a kind show
  • Can choose the community, family or individual that benefits from the show
  • Plus your name in the credits of one of my videos and a handmade Hedgehog Presentville Gift.