Apparently we all had a really good Fourth of July, because this week's new project round-up gets a little bit — ahem — saucy. You'll see, just wait...
I've been listening to a lot of really old music lately, so when I saw that Gregory Page was aiming to record an entire album of songs in the spirit of 1940's Big Band, I got kind of excited. (I don't know a whole lot about Big Band, but I feel like the appeal of Artie Shaw is fairly universal.) What I do know about Big Band is that it has played a role in some of my favorite films (Ghost World) and was once a punchline in one of my favorite television shows (Seinfield). Now, with help from Gregory, I sincerely look forward to expanding my knowledge. — Cassie M.
Christopher Salyers' previous books have documented the delicious world
of bento box art, where ingredients like nori, rice, and fish cakes
become magical, edible dioramas. His next installment will explore more
bento box wonders alongside travelogue-style essays, fully immersing you
in a world where it's possible to craft a bento box meal in the
likeness of Spiderman, Link from Legend of Zelda, and even the F
train to Brooklyn. That's right, you could EAT the F train. To sweeten
the deal, Salyers is offering pre-orders of the book, as well as a
random selection of bento-making accessories so you can bento-ize the
world. Or just your face. It's up to you. — Cindy A.
Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch the internet? Did you just
manage to think of something other than porn? If you answered yes to both
of those questions, then have we got a deal for you. Greg Borenstein and
Scott Wayne Indiana are two recent graduates of NYU's Interactive
Telecommunications Program (ITP), home to pioneering media, design, and
technology. The duo spent Digital Fabrication class transforming web art
into their tabletop toy the Physical GIF. (Ed. Note: insert Luddite Dad
scoffing "Digital Fabrication class?!" here.) With a spinning disc and
blinking light, Greg and Scott created Victorian fun for the Digital
Age, offering three designs — BMX Biker, Elephant-Rabbit Costume Party, and
New York Fourth of July — for $50 a whirl. They've also commissioned four
prominent animated GIF artists to design limited editions for
upper-level backers. This project is so fly it's giving us the spins
(…says Luddite Dad in a courageous attempt at GIF humor). — Elisabeth H.
If the title of this project alone doesn't make your eyes pop out of your head in thrillz — well I just don't know you I guess. This comic series takes a hardcore leading lady called Ms. Pussyfooter and puts her in post-Katrina New Orleans to the tone of classic Westerns and the tune of Afrobeat, with some Kurosawa-style samurai action mixed in. Spicy! The Revofooter team behind the series mashes up eye-popping artwork — inspired by Fela Kuti's Afrobeat album covers — with full-on on-location photography and a bunch of digital shenanigans to bring you not only the comic book series but canvas front covers, mix tapes, and other Ms. Pussyfooter paraphernalia. Style. — Daniella J.
An intriguing name can go a long way, but a lo-fi collage of
digitized cats and a video featuring the Casio-tastic soundtrack, french
impersonations of the Beatles and super-imposed God-knows-what is truly
the best way into ones heart. And that is how I fell for Nathan Smith's
SuperPussy: The DVD, a completely bonkers collection of gonzo video art
starring hoards of psychedelic feral cats and a host so confoundingly
absurd I'm still not sure what I've viewed and I've watched this video a
good...fifty times. But seriously, if you were into Sifl & Oly, the music of
nutso-DIY-legend R. Stevie Moore and like ridiculous cat memes, then I
can guarantee that SuperPussy will…blow...your…mind. — Mike M.
When a community-based art book publisher and the Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality get together, only good things can happen. In this case, a 300 page full-color, off-set book of art and writing. "Art and writing about what?" you ask. "About aliens doing it," I'm happy to tell you. And not just boring old heteronormative aliens doing it with people stuff, either. We're talking, "way beyond male and female, beyond queer, beyond any notion of gender, beyond the anthropomorphic to erotic possibilities as vastly varied as the universe itself." Now we can all become field researchers, armed only with our imagination and this crazy, crazy book. — Meaghan O.