The world does not always make sense. Sometimes, though, thats just one of its key selling points. Take the Strange Loop — one of our fave new projects this Monday morn — a conceptual art piece which must fail to succeed. Say what?! But also, how freaking cool! Not all art exists to productively mess with your heads, though. Talk Nukes! aims to explain and explore our experiences living with nuclear energy... through a traveling theater show! Plus, don't forget our usual favorites like cool 'zines, card games, festivals, and CAKE. Read on to check 'em out.
Taking the "medium is the message" to the next level, Michael Zachary is using Kickstarter as a platform for a conceptual art project that is, well, a project on Kickstarter. His project, a conceptual Kickstarter project meant to fail, revolves around the theory of "Strange Loops," described by Douglas Hofstadter as, not a physical circuit but an abstract loop in which, in the series of stages that constitute the cycling-around, there is a shift from one level of abstraction (or structure) to another, which feels like an upwards movement in a hierarchy, and yet somehow the successive "upward" shifts turn out to give rise to a closed cycle." Basically, despite everything that happens, and seems to, build something, comes back to the beginning. It's a strange paradox, that's for sure, but, personally, I really like the idea of a group of people coming together over an idea, which inherently has to fail in order to succeed. —Mike M.
You can talk nukes or you can Talk Nukes! Douglas Beacom and team will be doing the latter, telling the story of living with nuclear energy in a post-Fukushima world through art. The project involves a bike-powered traveling Kamishibai (paper theater) show with the goal of putting on 50 performances across the 50-mile radius around San Onofre Nuclear Station, CA, by the 1-year anniversary of Fukushima (3/11/12). The team will create two pieces and a third that will be an ongoing collaboration between contributing artists. Rewards include this cool poster (below), among other nifty things. — Daniella J.
Coming to Brooklyn this October, the RE/Mixed Media Festival celebrates collaboration, appropriation, and general cool-itry. Featuring performances, panel discussions, screenings, installations, technologies, and more, the art of the remix, the dialogue on copyright, and freedom of culture will be explored and enjoyed all weekend. Last year's first ever fest featured Steinski (the "OG of Remxies" according to KSR's Mike M./the world) Moby, Ricky Powell, Sweatshoppe, Deanna Zandt, Jesper Juul, and 50+ artists. This year's advisory board includes Paul D. MIller (DJ Spooky), Elisa Kreisinger (Pop Culture Pirate), Josephine Dorado, Christopher Weingarten (1000 Times Yes), Noah Tarnow, and more, collaborating on what will surely be a raucous day of remix. An all-festival pass will retail at $40, but you can get it for $25 by backing.this.project. — Elisabeth H.
I was glad to see this zippy little project video when I got into work
this morning, replete with stop-motion animation, a weirdly catchy song
in the background, and a surprise middle finger. I was even happier to
see that it's being made "a small band of intrepid zinesters" out of
Albequerque, New Mexico. They say they have a vibrant zine-making
community out there, and this will surely only help to bring it
together. They're planning to have wall-to-wall zines, crafts, live
music, zine-making workships, readings, and 48-hour writing challenge,
and the first ever ZINE OLYMPIC GAMES (their caps, not mine — though I
stand by them 100%). If you love zines, love sitting on your bedroom
floor and stapling things, love Albequerque or just agree with the
statement, "Indie publishing, FOREVER," then you probably want to check
this out. — Meaghan O.
I used to work at a very, very fancy bakery that had dedicated an entire two rooms to The Art of Fondant. As I result I've always found fondant decoration to be a slightly mystical, charmed, and totally inaccessible type of experience, something for "them" (the fancy-cake-decorators) and not for "me." That's why these "Fondant Cake Kits" from Brys + Edgewood Cake Co. totally blew my mind. I can make these lovely, lovely things right in my own kitchen?! I can impress my friends and family with little fondant train cars and luxuriously rippled yellow bows?! Yes! Brys + Edgewood provide everything for the aspiring, amateur baker, from cake mix and oven-proof molds to buttercream icing and illustrated instructions. Yum! — Cassie M.