Plympton always existed just outside the mainstream animation world anyway. His work was often darker, weirder, and more adult than what else was out there. Watching a Plympton animation feels like you’re watching the whole process, like he’s sketching the entire thing live, right in front of your eyes.
There’s a pretty good chance that you are aware that “LP”—which is another way to describe a full album of music—stands for Long Player. Looking at today’s Project of the Day, though, makes us think we should maybe reconsider the definition of that term. Longplayer for Voices is continuing through its 1000 year long runtime, now transitioning to a 1000 minute piece for voices. Though a key part of Longplayer is how it adapts to changes in technology over time, this section of the piece will be entirely dependent on the good old fashioned human voice.
Project of the Day—The Technophemera installation looks at dated technology in contrast with nature. Due to the speed of development of new tech, innovative products quickly become outdated. Technophemera casts those items in concrete, and supplies the tools to conduct your very own archeological dig.
"Perhaps there is no Richard Nixon but only the public spectacle we might call the Nixoniad. The so-called Checkers speech of 1952 gave him a larger audience than any politician in history had enjoyed up until that time. The 1970 photograph of him with Elvis remains the most requested item in the National Archive. Nixon’s trip to China occasioned an opera; his televised interviews with David Frost from 1977 were fodder for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie. The media is his home. Our Nixon’s funniest bit catches the Leader of the Free World in private conversation with Haldeman and Ehrlichman, pondering the sitcom All in the Family and ranting about the glorification of homosexuality on the public airwaves. To watch Our Nixon is to see our thirty-seventh president as the ghost in the machine, a funny-looking gremlin who haunts the national TV set.”
Alternative Candidate Rating: 4/5
A friendly reminder that Our Nixon is one of the most intriguing political documentaries in recent memory. It is also one of many Kickstarter-funded films you can watch now.
Project of the Day—HuanDaois a documentary featuring two women biking through the entirety of Taiwan, “exploring the intersection of Western and Eastern culture.” Also! They are doing the whole trip in two weeks.
One of the giants of the Rust Belt, Pittsburgh is the second-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. It’s got an industrial history and reputation, but it’s also a creative haven — we’ve seen tons of cool projects from Steel City, and it felt like time to highlight a few of them.
Ninja Pizza Girl is a side-scrolling platformer inspired by Mirror’s Edge and the 16-bit classic Sonic the Hedgehog, with a story based on bullying, emotional resilience, and pizza delivering ninjas!
In Ninja Pizza girl you play as a delivery girl in a cyberpunk dystopia where you have to deliver pizza in the shortest amount of time possible, all the while defending yourself from other evil delivery teens out to bully you. The idea of the game actually came from real life where a young girl was learning kung fu and delivering pizzas, hence ‘Ninja Pizza Girl’.
The parkour platforming of Ninja Pizza Girl focuses on joy and exhilaration, not a brutal exercise in masochism, making for a game that’s that’s easy to enjoy but tough to master. We’ll have a stuffed crust with extra parkour, hold the anchovies.
If you’ve ever wanted to get really wild with a coloring book, but felt inhibited by the drawings provided for you, then you might be interested in artist Alexander Williamson’s Psychedelic Coloring Book. A few (post-color) images above.
Project of the Day—Bitters! Such a key component to a good cocktail. Such a mysterious element for those of us not well-versed in the world of fancy cocktails. The Craft Your Own Bitters Kit hopes to change that. Soon you’ll be able to make your own bitters at home, from there, you’ll be hosting fancy cocktail parties in your basement or garage or kitchen sink or bathtub or whatever in no time.
Can’t come to the Brooklyn edition of the Kickstarter Film Fest tonight? Not to worry! We uploaded all the footage so you can make your own film festival in your home, office, home office, or any other place where you spend a lot of time in a chair.