Ham Kicker is an exhibition of collaborative musical work. Its goals are (1) to offer an outlet for artists who want to contribute to one or two components of musical work and (2) to help facilitate collaborative work.
Different components comprise a typical song. Poetry, melody, performance—each requires a degree of talent, training, and effort, yet many musicians do it all. The artists who perform on stage or in the studio are often the same artists writing poetry and composing melodies, for better or worse.
Ham Kicker, in contrast, encourages more specialized artists—artists whose valuable skills may have gone unnoticed because they cannot or wish not to do everything themselves—to collaborate on musical works, thereby facilitating unique creative work that is marked by deliberate decisions at every step. Work is displayed in dissected, transparent form so that audiences can better recognize the contributions of each artist.
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