New Projects Are Conceptual

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Every week, 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!

The Watt: An Energy 101 Primer, by Focus the Nation

There's a lot of things I take for granted — but "energy" is probably the one that is most simultaneously pressing and seemingly insurmountable. Where do I begin? What can I do? It's easy to drown oneself in these types of questions, so when I say The Watt launch, I backed before I had even finished watching their video. (I wonder how much energy that took?) The publication is actually an interactive e-book that will tackle our fundamental misperceptions of energy usage, and will include a lot of science-y basics (remember high school?), guest speakers, infographics, timelines, and — basically — really important information. It's a high-octane text book, and I know that I need to know all of these things sooner rather than later. Can't wait to educate. — Cassie M. 

Songs on Conceptual Art, by Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom

Based on Sol Lewitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art, Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom are creating a new compilation set to take Lewitt'swords and, well, see what they mean to others in what is being dubbedSongs on Conceptual Art. Featuring a smattering of the West Coast'sfinest experimental provocateurs — Lucky Dragons, White Rainbow, KarlBlau, Megazord, White Fang, ARP and more — this free digitalcompilation will also be printed as a limited edition double vinylsure to blow the hinges off the Lewitt influenced line drawings onyour bedroom wall. Join in and hear the whole compilation before anyone else! —  Mike M.

The Kite Machine, by Whitney Richardson

Last year, I bought a fish-shaped kite from a dude in Prospect Park on a whim, and it was probably the best $10 I spent that summer. Especially for us urbanites, it's easy to forget how much fun it is to fly a kite until you have one in your in your hands (or in the sky), which is why it's exciting to see Whitney Richardson and friends launch The Kite Machine. The project is a traveling exhibition of kites distributed from a refurbished snack machine in different kite-friendly places in New York City. The machine will also act as a hub for kite-making and flying workshops as well as artistic collaboration. Go fly one this summer! — Nicole H.

Assaz Crocante! Banjo & Synthesizer Little LP

German synth virtuoso Vulfmon joins forces with Clawhammer banjoist Rob Stenson to create an afrobeat album. I’m horribly obsessed with the video Vulfmon presents in his project description: a 70’s feel-good jam involving short clips of dogs who have been subjected to the groove through artful timing. I always wonder if animals recognize themselves in mirrors and video recordings, and can’t help thinking how proud they’d be, of their exquisite form, and of their Teutonic steward throwing together another dazzling collage of musical styles, available on a “little” LP. — Cooper T. 

Day Job Magazine, by Elliott Walker

Day Job magazine is a biannual publication devoted to the subject of everyday working life. I love this! We often spend more time at work than anywhere else, but how often do we step back and think about what that means? How do other people around the world do their jobs, and how do they feel about them? Day Job promises to be an insightful meditation on how we spend our days. Issue 1 includes articles on French peasant winemaking, auto mechanics, barbershop owners, the visual history of Excel, Lebanese calligraphy,  and 100-year-old ladder companies. Also? Great totebag. — Meaghan O.