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!
This past week I found out I have a fascination with clocks. This was kind of strange because I don't wear a watch or even have a clock in my house, yet, somehow, I've become enamored with these time telling machines. First it was the Present. Now, it's Para Clocks Design App, which allows individuals to create their own clock designs by through radial geometry. If Mrs Verkler, my High School geometry teacher, had told me this, I may have paid attention. Instead, I'm sitting here, scratching my head, wondering how I can make symmetrical, psychedelic clocks. — Mike M.
My favorite dance project videos are ones where I get to see some dancing and hear the creator talk about the work. Pretty simple recipe, but always hits it home. Here's one! Portlander Meshi Chavez speaks beautifully about his latest piece "We Two Boys," based on the Walt Whitman poem "We Two Boys Together Clinging," about the mysterious and intimate relationship between two men. His movements take inspiration from the Japanese form of dance Butoh, and it's Meshi's first opportunity to perform his work out of town, at the Wild Dancing West Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this May. — Daniella J.
Ever since I fulfilled rewards on my own Kickstarter project, I have had a soft spot (and a rage spot) for the U.S. Postal Service. I can't help but look back fondly on yes, the waiting in line, the bureaucracy, and the relative incompetence of so many postal employees, but also the magic of sending something physical and actual, to other people, through the mail. With 3700 post offices scheduled to close in the next year, the art exhibit Post Haste is set to celebrate just that: the magic, the intimacy, and the frustration of the USPS. It asks the question, "What will we lose?" and will feature everything from portraits of stamp collectors, a wunderkammer of correspondence (is any exhibit complete without awunderkammer?), and a participatory work by Calcagno Cullen, where the artist will type up letters dictated by gallery-goers and send them to random recipients around the country. — Meaghan O.
While it may seem that humankind is still a long ways away from hopping into personal spacecrafts and shuttling off to Mars for lunch, private rocketeers and scientists are doing their darndest to give the Richard Bransons of the world a run for their money. The Hermes Spacecraft team are developing a reusable suborbital spacecraft that can take passengers and payloads into space. They've got the prototype built, and are now looking to fund the next step: building and testing the ship's hybrid rocket propulsion system. Don't rule out lunch on Mars just yet... — Cindy A.
I was pretty convinced by illustrator Noah Korese from the first line of his project video, the one in which he implores that he loves to draw. I really believe him, especially after this handy visual representation of his brain. Beyond sincere enthusiasm, though, I also love what he's doing: creating a children's book/graphic novel centered around a dark, creative, and feisty protagonist named India who must persevere through the trials and tribulations of a really, really unusual week. I grew up coveting characters like Coraline and Matilda — complex, challenging, and brave little girls — because, let's face it, I totally wanted to be them. Now, it sounds like India is ready to join the ranks! — Cassie M.
Is there any creature lovelier than the bonobo? They are essentially gentler, hairier, and more sexually open versions of us. Which is why I support any technology that improves human-bonobo communication, so we can all tell each other exactly what we're thinking. Professor Ken Schweller, head programmer at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, is making Bonobo Chat, which not only allows bonobos and humans to speak to each other, but also allows the apes to control their environment using simple lexigram commands. This project also involves something awesome and sort of terrifying called the RoboBonobo, and for $500, you can Skype with a bonobo named Kanzi or Panbanisha! Dream come true. — Nicole H.