New Projects Are At The Zoo
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Our favorite new projects this week have nearly nothing in common, which we actually think is as good thing. They run the course from experimental short fiction exploring fairy tale tropes to experimental short films exploring decidedly experimental lives, to some, ahem, sorta crazy t-shirts, but each one makes us think, makes us giggle, or just plain blows our minds. Check 'em out, and make sure to stop by our Discover Projects page for more.
Talk about impulse buy! I got completely sucked into this mysterious little project to the point of no return. Panacea is a collection of short experimental fiction and essays that includes psychoanalytic fairy tales, skewed mythologies, and cautionary tales masquerading as science fiction. The video gives you a taste of the writing, which is sort of eerily intriguing, alongside some equally eerie-but-intriguing visuals to match. It just made me so curious. Looking forward to the hardcover. —Daniella J.
Better than the Smurfs, that gang of gonzo-blue-asexual-weirdos led by "Papa," is The Chain Gang, a crew of unwanted, renegade bicycles kickin' dust up on the open road, led by the unthwartable "Papa Wheelie." They'll cause trouble, start fires, ride through whale skeletons, terrorize the general populace, and basically every other nutso thing that is fun and crazy and only really okay if it's done by a bunch of wacko cartoon bicycles. At its end, Chain Gang will be an epic journey totaling 1,000 pages, released in limited edition installments, and (I think) really, really awesome. — Cassie M.
I just have to give a quick nod to this totally out there (but
also totally cool? ....?) T-shirt project. I mean the video, the lyrics,
the German accent, the T-shirt... Ha! It's a nifty little project that
can't help but catch unseren Augen (our eyes).
What is fashion?
Fashion is life.
Do you like my hair?
Is it something you would wear?
Donate now and share.
Get the T-shirt don't despair.
Con Artist may not be the ideal name for yourself or your projects when seeking funds on Kickstarter, but this Lower East Side artist collective is quite worthy of cash and confidence. The gallery/workspace/pop-up art shop offers an array of shared equipment to members and a wide variety of incredible artwork, musical performances, launch parties, exhibitions, and more for the local community. After a year and a half of successful collaboration the collective is set to expand in a larger location. With killer rewards to boot, I implore you in total defiance of my mother's dating advice: please support these young con artists. — Elisabeth H.
If you've ever skated in a warehouse skate park, you know the reverberating tone of boards pounding on ramps, epic wipe outs and the clanking of rims on a rail can make for an engulfing auditory experience. While field recordings of parks would sound cool, Jesse Chung has taken it to the next level by creating a skate-able bowl featuring sensors to not only capture the sound made by skaters shredding, but also manipulate and generate synthetic tones. Pretty badass, especially when you consider the options for live performances. Maybe synthshredding will be in the next XGames? — Mike M.
Okay, so you love lesbians. And you've seen burlesque. And you may even have read some pulp. (You so cultured!) But child, you have no sense of history. This summer, 50 of Seattle's actors, musicians, designers, models, and burlesque performers have teamed up for a 1950s Lesbian Pulp Festival. The festival celebrates queer consciousness as it was heroically ushered in over half a century agoby The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, a late-50s/early-60s paperback series by Anne Bannon, "The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction." The Beebo Brinker Pulp Cabaret comes to ACT Theater August 25th-27th, and The Beebo Brinker Chronicles stage play will have its Seattle Premiere this fall. So glad there are still some things you can't find on premium cable. — Elisabeth H.
"Me at the Zoo" is the title of the first ever video uploaded to YouTube, by one of the sites founders. It's also the apt title of a documentary-in-progress about the infamous Internet celebrity, Chris Crocker. If you recognize the name but aren't sure where from, here are three words that should jog your memory: "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE." What I didn't know was that Chris Crocker is from a small town in Tennessee and was bullied out of school in 8th grade. In the project video, his mother reminds him that he's a hillbilly and tells us how she worried about the KKK coming after her son. Chris Crocker was, as he tells it, "raised on the Internet," and his videos have been viewed upwards of 270 million times. I want to know more. — Meaghan O.