New Projects are Memes
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Another exciting Monday — another exciting way to explore new projects! The fun just never stops around here, amirite? From Memes to Metagames, this week’s new projects are all over the map, but they all have one thing in common: we love ‘em! Check the full list out below, and find more of your own over at our Discover page.
These three Brooklynites make up MemeFactory, a performative lecture about the Internet. They’ve traveled all over the world talking to people about internet culture and why it’s so important, and they’ve had a few words with The New York Times and NPR as well. But as much fun as they have being on stage with their three-screen projections, there’s only so much you can say in 45 minutes. They have so much more to say! Thus the decision to go retro and make a book — about the internetz! They’ve got a pretty thorough breakdown of what it’ll consist of in their project description, everything from memes to semiotics to ownership. — Daniella J.
Filmmaker Chris Pappavaselio first encountered 10-member super group the Protomen while working on another documentary about competitive laser tag. He immediately knew that the Protomen deserved a documentary of their own, and has been touring with them ever since. The Protomen’s Mega Man-inspired songs and theatrical stage presence has helped them grow a massive audience of die-hard fans (one even flew from Austria to Chattanooga, TN to see them play live!). The Protomen have built quite a bit of mystery into their act — they always perform in character, and little is known about the people behind the masks and make-up. Excited for behind-the-scenes access to their favorite band, fans have already helped the project double its goal. — Cindy A.
Andrew Krowczyk found over 600 letters in his attic that turned out to be from World War 2 — and not just any letters, the best kind of letters, love letters! Remember those? Kinda? These are from a young, newly-married couple separated by the war. Andrew wants to turn them into a book, with permission, before he returns them to their child, and you can read the PDFs of a few of them right on the project page, and I think what is maybe most charming about them is the seeming banality, the naive sweetness, the saccharine stuff they’d never want us to overhear. These people are writing in 1940-something and one of them is fighting in a war but they’re still ending their letters, “I think I love you the most. Want to make a bet? I’d win.” I still remember being a kid in my cousin’s basement and finding letters between my aunt and uncle during Vietnam, and the simultaneous guilt and thrill of eavesdropping — the intimacy, sure, reading something you were never meant to, unraveling a story, but also the universality. Maybe all love is a little embarrassing from the outside, cringeworthy pet names, all dreaminess and hope, but we still want to see it tangible like this, to be reminded of it secondhand. — Meaghan O.
The Metagame is a card game meant to inspire smart debate about video games — creators Mike, Colleen, John, and Erich call it “playful game criticism.” (PS: If only I had realized this much intellectual conversation existed about video games when I was in elementary school and my parents were refusing to buy me Nintendo.) As a fan of anything involving the word “playful,” and a person who loves a good ol’ debate, I feel like this project was tailor made for me. Nevermind that I know nothing of video games, that’s half the fun! All joking aside, though, these guys have done a tremendous job of pulling together contemporary games (Angry Birds, y’all!) and some real-deal, thought-provoking questions. Also, anything that facilitates engaged conversation amongst friends is pretty alright by me. — Cassie M.
Composed of hundreds of hours of home movie footage shot from 1969-1972, Our Nixon is a unique and revealing documentary about “Nixon’s men and the story they thought they were a part of — before Watergate changed everything.” I don’t care if the entire 204 rolls of Haldeman and Ehrlichman’s footage is of Chapin and Higby playing pinochle and sipping prune juice; I am a bonafide sucker for super-8, and ever since I discovered the souvenir ashtray my McGovern-campaigning mom stole from Watergate Hotel, I’ve been an even bigger sucker for the Nixonian era. Nothing gets me going like the authentic purr of a projector flickering grainy images of days past, let alone private images shot in the hallways of Nixon’s white house and the Great Wall of Nixon’s China! Promising everything from the “prosaic” to the “profound,” OUR NIXON features all of all of the president’s men. — Elisabeth H.