Every Monday, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!
You've probably never seen performance art like this before. Abacus makes an argument for the obsolescence of national borders in a supercharged multimedia event that combines two dominant forms of contemporary persuasion: the TED-style presentation and mega-church media design. "We strive to make magical things happen between an audience and ourselves, in person," says the team of 12 artists. Check out their video and the show's trailer, and you'll see what they mean. Back their Sundance appearance and you could get your name included in a harmonic chant at one of their choreographed protests. — Daniella J.
Tiny houses! Ahh! If you can't look at a tiny house without screaming, welcome to the club. Also, buckle up because there is now going to be an entire documentary about the subject matter. Christopher Smith is turning 30 soon, and like all good men approaching delayed-adulthood, he is thinking about laying down some roots (ladies, believe it when you see it). But these roots aren't just any roots: they're TINY roots! 130-square foot tiny! If you'd like to see this man with no prior building experience attempt to build a house, well, look no further. As a bonus, the documentary profiles a handful of other families with similarly-tiny houses. Imagine all the screaming you'll do! — Meaghan O.
Desiree and Ingrid are a superficial and homophobic lesbian couple living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Words like "superficial" and "homophobic" (...okay, and "Park Slope") may not be your typical selling points for humans, let alone two queer ones attempting to pimp themselves and their web series, but this is exactly what Go Magazine, AfterEllen, F'd in Park Slope, and yours truly dig about 'em. Desiree and Ingrid do not "have a minute for gay rights" but they do believe being "out and gay and happy" in high school is totally possible and commendable! Well — that's actually only if you're "a hot girl." But still. Youknowwhattheymean. As this dynamic duo will tell you, even if you don't like the show, but you're gay, you "kind of owe it to them." After a supersuccessful first season they're raising funds for season two. So cough up the cash for that "gaybligation," and say it with me now: ahh, it feels good to laugh again. — Elisabeth H.
Interactive sound installations are kind of my thang, so when I saw that Ethan Rose was configuring a set of electro-mechanical bells for an exhibit at PDX Contemporary, I had to learn more. Rose's design is made up of a series of exposed speaker cones linked to bells. When the bell is struck, the speakers plays the tone. But it does so, in reverse. Thus creating an intertwined set of off-kiltered bell reverberations that fill a room with wondrous sound. I really need one of these in my living room. — Mike M.
Style Wars was an indispensable document of 80s hip-hop culture, as well as a dramatic portrait of NYC during a time of both tumult and insanely raw creative output. The 69-minute documentary was edited down from 30+ hours of footage — footage which is now withering away in storage and is on the precipice of fading into the forever oblivion of dust. These outtakes are tremendous artifacts of youth culture at its finest and most chaotic, and the archivist in me wants them preserved forever, for generation after generation to rediscover and be inspired by. — Cassie M.