It was a super exciting month, and we feel especially proud of this week’s crop of recently launched projects. From dancing on the Staten Island Ferry to criminal painters and human skulls, they cover a pretty varied and — frankly — badass array of subjects. Check ‘em out below, and make sure to spend some time finding your own over at our Discover page. Happy Monday!
In this epic 71-minute music video set to the *entire* Girl Talk album “All Day,” improvisational dancer Anne Marsen lives the dream of all human beings. That dream, of course, is to dance all over the city without caring who notices — on subway platforms, hotel lobbies, department stores, and, your favorite and mine, the Staten Island Ferry. She says that she loves being able to dance wherever she wants and to help, “people feel like it’s okay to do that, too.” Watch out, ya’ll. I take the J train. — Meaghan O.
Portland-based writer Dan Stone is working on a crime novel about Caravaggio, a 17th-century Italian artist who, in Stone’s words, “was not only one of the greatest painters to have ever lived, but was also somewhat of a badass.” In his early thirties, Caravaggio murdered a guy over a bet on a tennis match, after which he was forced to spend his final years on the run. To complete the novel, Stone needs to trace the criminal painter’s path through Italy to research his wanderings and the desolate location of his to-this-day mysterious death. Backers get reports and photos from the Italian investigation and excerpts from the psychological thriller to come. Andiamo! — Daniella J.
After visiting the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, art student Jeanne Kelly became fascinated by a unique collection called the “Hyrtl Exhibit.” Contained within the exhibit are 138 human skulls, each with facts about the individuals handwritten onto them. With this anthropological data as a starting point, Jeanne is using her skills as a visual and forensic artist to reconstruct their faces. The resulting 2D images will allow us to see what these individuals might have looked like when living. But there’s more: Jeanne will also transform the 2D illustrations into miniature 3D sculptures, bringing to life the original subjects of the Hyrtl collection as they’ve never been seen before. — Cindy A.
Composer and sonic manipulator Greg Surges is literally making waves with the tablusaRasa, a digital wavetable oscillator that lets users create waveforms on a computer and subsequently integrate them into a modular synthesizer system. Badass, do-it-yourself home electronics built from a circuit board and a single SD card — a circuit-bender’s retro-futuristic fantasy come to life. — Mike M.
Graphic artist Angi Shearstone had me at her succinct plot description: “…there will be blood, and gore, and violence. Lots and lots of violence.” She’s talking about her full-length, full-color comic book project, “BloodDreams,” a monstrous fable about the imminent extinction of vampires and the gritty punk who might save them all. Even as a bonafide horror fanatic, I haven’t jumped on the vampire train yet… but Angi just might convince me to take the leap. I kind of love that she could just as believably be found behind the counter at my local library as behind the pen of this epic monster-vampire-punk-rock saga. It’s Mom’s worst nightmare, and I am totally into it. — Cassie M.