A Month After the Burglary – Stolen Projects: Home Sweet Home
Exactly a month on from the burglary (8th June 2014), The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home have been shopping with the donations fund. Can you de-burgle a house? Should we have invested in a security system for the home? Should we have spent the money on a weekend in Paris? Thank you, sincerely, to all of you who gave generously, financial or otherwise; you helped us reclaim something that we didn’t quite know how to reclaim a month ago.
The institute have been overwhelmed with donations – here’s a few pics of cards and envelopes which arrived by post, money, some dragon plants and brochure for alarm system!
A Letter to all our Supporters:
Three Days After the Burglary – Stolen Projects: Home Sweet Home
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home Reclaim its Stolen Projects: Towards Home, Sweet Home.
Stolen Projects is about the remaking of our video film ‘Home, Sweet Home’ post burglary.
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, an art activist family initiative from Liverpool, have been active in hosting and producing arts events with 10% of the family’s income since 2007, were burgled in the night between 8th and 9th June 2014.
The Institute lost two laptops, an iPad, wallets, £65 cash, two bags and a camera.
The Institute have also lost a diary about maternity leave, a rose quartz necklace which has loads of sentimental value, all of baby James’ photos from February 2014 onwards (our work was last backed up in early February), the Family Tree application on which one Institute child worked for two years solid, the parents’ anniversary present which was in one of the bags (cheap, but important).
Furthermore, the Institute lost a presentation and video film entitled ‘Home, Sweet Home’. This was created especially for the Co-event in Sheffield, which looked at multiple ways in which we engage with the city. That happened on Saturday 7th June. This particular loss has made us try to re-think our experience of burglary. Although we are more than ready to acknowledge that we are already very privileged we have found it hard to come to terms with being burgled and the losses we have suffered. So, to claim back a little bit of agency, we have decided to turn it all into an arts project. We are now reclaiming ‘Home, Sweet Home’ and making a new video film.
We need your help.
MacBook Air £749
Sony Cyber Shot Camera £179
Photo book for baby made up of stolen memories £42
Rose Quartz Necklace £4
Parents’ anniversary gift £5
Total: £979 but help us raise at least 10% of the sum: £98
Email us for bank details: firstname.lastname@example.org
or send us a fiver or tenner in the post:
55 Kemp Avenue, Liverpool, L5 6QG
Deadline: 8 July 2014 – a month post burglary
Once we have the funds, we will purchase the goods and recreate ‘Home, Sweet Home’ video film with added discussion on the experience of burglary. The video film will be posted on the Institute’s website by the end of July.
NB: The burglary was a quick clean get in/out through the window job. No sign of forced entry, no damage. Oh it’s our own fault, we left a window open – we said to a friend. A friend replied that we should be able to live in a world where we can leave our windows open and walk freely and without fear in the night. Help us build such a world! And, we don’t have insurance on principle. We hate insurance companies.