New Projects Are Following Us
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What can I say that hasn’t been said before? Honestly, I’d rather put as little distance as possible between the title of this post and the collection of awesome, recently launched projects below. Get into it already!
For $40, Jonathan Denmark will pick you up at any hour from any location in Los Angeles and drive you home while rocking out to the latest songs he’s working on. For $45, he’ll show up at your work with flowers and a mylar balloon. For $80, he’ll follow you for up to 4 hours, either dressed in all black, explaining to everyone you encounter that he is your shadow, or as a CIA agent whispering into his sleeve. The list of reward dares continues, and each one comes with a copy of the new album that got him into this mess in the first place. — Daniella J.
Ugh God and Fat History Month, a self-described “gaggle of developmentally challenged migratory birds,” are traveling from PA to CA to play their musics. They made me laugh. From deep inside the belly. Repeatedly. Then they dropped a dirty white sheet and melted my face. I could draft an overwritten list of reasons why the video’s first 25 seconds alone wooed me. Or you could just click. Explaining comedy is for nerds, and I get the sense no one really reads anymore anyway. — Elisabeth H.
Love sucks. — Cassie M.
In 1969 the artist Vito Acconci documented a famous (-ly creepy) performance called the “Following Piece,” wherein every day for a month he followed a different stranger around the streets of New York, until they went somewhere he couldn’t follow them to (say, their apartment). They didn’t know he was following them, and I wonder if they ever found out. Perhaps that is what is so compelling about it — the interplay of subject and object, the strange dominance involved in this lack of consent or even knowing, and that this could be possible for any of us, if only in a place like New York. Fifty some-odd years later, Kevin Gallagher, likewise fascinated, is turning the tables back on Acconci. He’s hiring a private eye to track down Acconci and follow him around all day, documenting the process for everyone to see. Let’s just hope Acconci doesn’t have a Google alert. — Meaghan O.
Jason Eskenazi is already pretty well known for taking amazing photographs, but I was still captivated by the story that unfolds in his pitch video: “As a kid I couldn’t travel. Planes, trains, automobiles — and anything that went in circles — were a nightmare for me.” It’s instantly clear that this is the story of a country, but also a story of self, a reflection on the ways in which our collective and personal histories are inextricably intertwined. Jason’s pictures are worth the proverbial thousand words, undoubtedly, but it’s still nice to get a handful of his own, private thoughts on them. — Cassie M.
The other day I was looking for “sounds of the Arctic” on YouTube and stumbled upon a video of a scientist discovering the sound of the Earth’s rotation. This led me on a quest to hear other Earthly tones — the sound of Arctic ice melting, icebergs moving, Arctic winds. Knee deep in sounds of a frozen world felt a bit off during the height of Spring, but it was remarkable to be transported to a location through sound. This morning I woke up and found “Antarctica: Music from the Ice,” a project Cheryl Leonard has been working on for some time in Antarctica. She’s recorded a host of amazing media, like this short piece, and is now ready to present her work at the Antarctica Music Festival, which I only wish I could attend this summer. Instead, I’ll be happy to sit on my computer and languish in the subtle tones she’s collected. — Mike M.
Dear fans of Penny Arcade, laughter, friendship, and magic(shops) — you’re about to get the comedy show you always wanted. What the heck is the show about? Doesn’t matter. It’s about cameras following Penny Arcade:TV vets Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub, and learning powerful lessons about Scott and Kris. Watch their pitch video as they take you through a hilarious journey of self-discovery and competitive sadness, all while plumbing the depths of their friendship and making sure you’ll be choking on your coffee with laughter. It’s a bit like those SNL digital shorts when they’re good, and instead of Lorne Michaels as puppet master, you’ve got Robert Khoo. In closing: Just watch the video. You don’t need to know anything about Penny Arcade or laughter or friendship to enjoy this. — Cindy A.
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