1. Four weeks ago, Steph Kesey and Erin Pollock launched a Kickstarter project to buy the 3,000 pounds of wax and Crisco they needed in order to complete a surreal video installation called Melting Bodies.
"To people who didn’t ‘get it’ it sounded obscure, even strange…we were SO NERVOUS!" they reflected in a recent project update. “A lot was on the line for us: we knew the success of this fundraising period would determine whether this artwork would exist or not. And because of YOU, the answer is: YES!”  340 backers pledge upwards of $45,000 to the girls’ project, meaning that their artwork will be surreally real very soon. Above, they stand triumphantly in front of a wall in their studio which lists out every single one of their project backers.

    Four weeks ago, Steph Kesey and Erin Pollock launched a Kickstarter project to buy the 3,000 pounds of wax and Crisco they needed in order to complete a surreal video installation called Melting Bodies.

    "To people who didn’t ‘get it’ it sounded obscure, even strange…we were SO NERVOUS!" they reflected in a recent project update. “A lot was on the line for us: we knew the success of this fundraising period would determine whether this artwork would exist or not. And because of YOU, the answer is: YES!”

    340 backers pledge upwards of $45,000 to the girls’ project, meaning that their artwork will be surreally real very soon. Above, they stand triumphantly in front of a wall in their studio which lists out every single one of their project backers.

  2. "Happiness is officially on its way."

    Well, that’s some good news! At least, it is for backers of Megan Mitzel’s Funnygrams project. A simple but sweet idea, Funnygrams pair silly messages on magnets with sour candy and are sent along to you, your friends, your lovahs, or whomever!

    Sayings range from “I like your face!” to “I like yo’ swag” and every sentiment in between, but no matter the message, it’s guaranteed to bring charmingly awkward expressions to faces.

    This marks Mitzel’s fourth Kickstarter project — we’re eager to see what she gets up to next. Turkeygrams?

  3. Calling world explorers!
Travel magazine Nowhere wants you to send them weird things. No, really.
They’ve dubbed it their “Send Us Your Weird Things (That You Brought Back From a Trip)” competition, and they’re looking for photographs of your most interesting found objects. “Skeleton keys, fishbones, wishing stones, belt buckles, jewelry boxes, souvenirs, knickknacks and bric-a-brac all fit the bill!” their project update declares.
Just snap a photo and send it in with a few hundred words about where it was found and how.

    Calling world explorers!

    Travel magazine Nowhere wants you to send them weird things. No, really.

    They’ve dubbed it their “Send Us Your Weird Things (That You Brought Back From a Trip)” competition, and they’re looking for photographs of your most interesting found objects. “Skeleton keys, fishbones, wishing stones, belt buckles, jewelry boxes, souvenirs, knickknacks and bric-a-brac all fit the bill!” their project update declares.

    Just snap a photo and send it in with a few hundred words about where it was found and how.

  4. nationalfilmsociety:

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We cannot say “thank you” enough for believing in us and Awesome Asian Bad Guys and throwing down your money to see this project come to life! Today was simply NUTS, and we couldn’t ask for more amazingly supportive friends, family, fans and complete strangers than y’all!
There’s still time to pledge your support to Awesome Asian Bad Guys (and get one of those sweet red t-shirts)! - http://bit.ly/AsianBadGuys

 Woo-hoo! Congrats, guys. Now go summon your crack squad of Asian Bad Guys and lay the smackdown on LA’s most nefarious underworld kingpin.

    nationalfilmsociety:

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We cannot say “thank you” enough for believing in us and Awesome Asian Bad Guys and throwing down your money to see this project come to life! Today was simply NUTS, and we couldn’t ask for more amazingly supportive friends, family, fans and complete strangers than y’all!

    There’s still time to pledge your support to Awesome Asian Bad Guys (and get one of those sweet red t-shirts)! - http://bit.ly/AsianBadGuys


    Woo-hoo! Congrats, guys. Now go summon your crack squad of Asian Bad Guys and lay the smackdown on LA’s most nefarious underworld kingpin.

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  5. "I cleaned the garage… and found ten more sketchbooks!" crows the latest update from artist Doug TenNapel. It’s a discovery that TenNapel, probably best known as the creator of Earthworm Jim, won’t be keeping to himself. The trove will all be part of his self-published Sketchbook Archives, wherein he’ll collect the last several decades of his best doodles, drawings, and creative brainstorming.

  6. This is Normanthology, a print anthology that encompasses all the best work from across 21 issues of Norman Einstein’s Sports & Rocket Science Monthly. It includes long form, free form, mixtapes, and photo essays from an all-star roster of artists, writers, thinkers, and makers. The anthology was funded just a little over a month ago on Kickstarter. Today, the team announced that it has officially come to life! If you’re in the New York area, they’ll be celebrating its release with a launch party at Grassroots Tavern. More details on the project page.

  7. Gears is an ambitious sci-fi short film about a father and daughter in suburban Wisconsin who begin to discover intricate mechanical devices hidden throughout their home. The first film produced by UW-Milwaukee’s Production Club, this student-created project premieres tonight at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Congrats to the whole cast and crew — and kudos for giving us all the creeps!

    View on Kickstarter
  8. Last year, artist Andrew Ranville raised funds to build an artist’s residency on Rabbit Island, a remote, forested outpost in the middle of Lake Superior. Last week, the project’s debut exhibition opened in the DeVos Art Museum at Marquette’s Northern Michigan University. Titled No Island is a Man, the show features a range of sculptural and experimental art pieces drawing inspiration from the island’s rural landscapes — large-scale maps, short films, field recordings, ephemera collected from the lakeshore, and an installation built from century-old driftwood. See more photos of the installation and read more about the island’s residency program on the Rabbit Island project blog.

  9. Special Effect is an event that fuses interactive animation and performance to channel “90 minutes of live television from a dystopian future.” Drawing inspiration from Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult-beloved science fiction film Stalker, experimental video collective Cartune Xprez called on 20 artists to create brief, animated pieces exploring the movie’s central motif: an inexplicable, mystical space called “The Zone” that grants voyagers their innermost desires.
Intrigued? Catch the US theatrical premiere at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image this coming January. If you’re not NYC-based, Special Effect will also be playing a number of dates around Australia and Europe. Or just contact the creators directly and bring the performance to you. Get the full details from their latest project update.

    Special Effect is an event that fuses interactive animation and performance to channel “90 minutes of live television from a dystopian future.” Drawing inspiration from Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult-beloved science fiction film Stalker, experimental video collective Cartune Xprez called on 20 artists to create brief, animated pieces exploring the movie’s central motif: an inexplicable, mystical space called “The Zone” that grants voyagers their innermost desires.

    Intrigued? Catch the US theatrical premiere at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image this coming January. If you’re not NYC-based, Special Effect will also be playing a number of dates around Australia and Europe. Or just contact the creators directly and bring the performance to you. Get the full details from their latest project update.

  10. We’ve mentioned the work of Lauren Simkin Berke before — she’s an artist who uses her collection of vintage postcards to create all manner of beautiful paintings, sketches, and various mixed media pieces. Her work was eventually turned into a gallery show, the catalog of which evolved into a complete book, titled To Be Kept. With less to two days to go on her Kickstarter project, she’s offering backers a rather clever way to spread the word. Consider us thoroughly charmed!

    We’ve mentioned the work of Lauren Simkin Berke before — she’s an artist who uses her collection of vintage postcards to create all manner of beautiful paintings, sketches, and various mixed media pieces. Her work was eventually turned into a gallery show, the catalog of which evolved into a complete book, titled To Be Kept. With less to two days to go on her Kickstarter project, she’s offering backers a rather clever way to spread the word. Consider us thoroughly charmed!