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!
Multimedia artist Rosemary Williams is interested in power, materialism, and performance (otherwise often known as LadyLife). A Jerome Foundation fellow whose work has been profiled in New York Times Magazine and NPR's Talk of the Nation, she's a Minnesota-based artist and art professor whose ideas speak volumes both in and beyond the heartland. Two-Faced Beauty investigates the 1950's pinup/starlet with whom Williams shares a name. It seems that in the final year of her fame, '50s Williams was pulled into the scandalous court trial of her ex-boyfriend Sid Levy (perfect name for being That Dude.), charged with conning several of her wealthy acquaintances out of $50k and using the money to buy her fur coats, diamond bracelets, and a Caddy! Williams disappeared from public record after 1953, but now MN artist Williams seeks to recreate the other Wiliams' twisted life, building a script from words found in court files, magazines, gossip columns, police reports, and more, revealing a "world of auditions, prostitution, intimate relationships, photo-shoots, eviction notices, hangovers and black eyes" over the course of ten vignettes. Just saw the Cindy Sherman show at MoMA yesterday; to be brief: FEELING THIS! — Elisabeth H.
BEEEEEEEES! Kickstarter veterans the Brooklyn Grange are back, reporting from their one-acre rooftop farm, atop an old factory building in Queens. Only this time, they're raising money for bee hives! They want to add about 20 new hives to their collection, which would produce about a thousand pounds of honey a year (gird your Fage, folks) and pollinate All of the Flowers. I think the coolest thing about this project is they want to offer apprenticeships to aspiring beekeepers ( ::raises hand:: ), who will then learn the ropes of bee-dom then take on their own apprentices. Once an apprentice trains their own apprentice, they get a hive of their very own. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the American Dream. — Meaghan O.
On a holiday last year, I took off for Berlin without any real plan. I got a pad on Air BNB and just kind of wandered around, exploring the formerly occupied city and all it has to offer. It offers a lot, especially in the area of casual encounters. It's almost as if every part of the city is dominated by re-claimed buildings, re-claimed parks full of gardens and sculptures and street art. All of this comes to a head in Treptow Park, a park which houses a decaying amusement park that closed in 2001. Through the Kulturepark project, a group of artists, thinkers, tinkerers and humans will re-envision the amusement park to amuse meandering Berliners and tourists alike. — Mike M.
When I saw this project, I gasped out loud. Get this — Fred Weisberg wants you to send him your jeans, and he will literally throw them into the Grand Canyon. Most people distress their jeans the boring way — acid wash, sand blasting, cheese graters — but Fred wants you to do it the right way, the only way: by having your jeans tumble down a 2000 foot cliff, dip in the Little Colorado River, and take a beating 250 million year old rocks. Your jeans will then be rescued by a helicopter and sent back to you so that you can wear them around town and tell everyone that your pants were thrown into the Grand Canyon. The whole thing will be professionally recorded and uploaded on to YouTube, so you can prove it to your friends when they obviously don't believe you. — Nicole H.
The 3xCD set + 13,000 published words that comprise musical compilation To What Strange Place are, it turns out, just the beginning. They are the sounds, stories, memories, — the lives — of dozens of virtuoso musicians who immigrated to the United States from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant, all recorded roughly between the years 1920 and 1940. It's American Folk Music at its finest, each tune unspools a history that, albeit very personal, is no less relevant to the entirety of American culture as we currently know it. Phew! Now for my own personal story: A long time ago a friend passed me a track by Greek folk singer Marika Papagika. It had an immediate and profound impact. This project is that feeling times one million. — Cassie M.
I sympathize with Axel. I also have had a heckuva time finding an affordable, good quality, portably listening device. I am crossing all my fingers and toes that this recyclable, cardboard, assemble-it-yourself boombox sounds as slick as it looks. It's summer time, and I want to throw some roof parties. Ya hear?! — Cassie M.