New Projects Are Poppin'
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What happened to us this weekend?! Well, for one, the Second Annual Kickstarter Film Festival was a smash success! It was a meeting of the beards, a meeting of the minds, and (best of all), a meeting of some of our favorite-ever-Kickstarter-project-creators. Fantastic! But now we're all back in the way-too-hot office and it's business as usual, except even business around these parts is pretty darn fun, as it always includes numerous, astoundingly exciting, recently launched projects. Get a load of 'em this week, trust us. There's popcorn, games, weird art, ice-cream, more weird art... Click click click!
I'm a popcorn fanatic, but I HATE microwave popcorn. When you ply open the bag, it smells like a mad food scientist took a stick of margarine and melted it over a pile of shaved aluminum. Gross! If you ask me, nothing can beat the natural deliciousness of stove-top popped popcorn, though after watching the pitch vid for Quinn Popcorn I'm beginning to wonder if I could be swayed into becoming a microwave popcorn convert. They've found a way to produce microwave popcorn without all the impurities that come in your standard store-bought version. All that remains is a compostable paper bag, fresh kernels of corn, and some crazy-delicious sounding flavors like Vermont Maple and Sea Salt or Parmesan and Rosemary. HELLO. This is one food experiment I am highly interested in testing. — Cindy A.
Adam Prack's making a game all by himself, including the soundtrack. Wild! He studied music at the University of South Carolina and just so happens to develop video games as well (hence the one-man show). I love the molten neon-orange lava dripping down rocks and the little circle explosions. I also love that for $20 you can get the game, the soundtrack on CD, a wallpaper, and beta access — such a cool (and well-priced) package of stuff. — Daniella J.
Gotta massive girlcrush on Cecilia Elguero. The artist and clay-enthusiast recently developed a jewelry line of black and white porcelain finished with metallic glaze. Called "Amuletos," the collection is minimal, sleek, strong, and affordable. The aesthetic reminds me of what the future looked like to people of the past--a sort of Mod meets Bedford Ave. meets Catherine Mary Stewart's forehead in 1980's The Apple. Offering limited edition Kingsland Printing totes along with Amuletos rings and pendants at half price (!), Elguero and her line are easy on the eyes and wallet. — Elisabeth H.
Ever looked at a shipping container and wondered at all the things you could do with it? I recently had all of my earthly possessions in storage for a month and all i could think about was how cheap it would be to live there. Well these ArtBloc guys over at Marina 59 in Rockaway have a similar idea, on a grand scale. They've got two 20 foot shipping containers and are going to spend all summer reconfiguring them and using them in new ways. They're aiming to inspire artists to think "inside the box" with art galleries, performance spaces, parties, exhibitions, concerts, video installations, and more, all accessible by the A train! — Meaghan O.
What is dimensionism? Good question, and one impossible to sum up in a single sentence, however, art critique and writer of The Dimensionist Manifesto Charles Tamkó Sirató defined it as simply, "N+1." Exactly how that applies to a modern world populated with code, I'm not exactly sure, but the twisted Matrix-mocking project video has me intrigued enough where I'm pretty sure I might spend the rest of the day reading Sirató's work and trying to make sense of the video in order to make myself sound "more smarter" in art circles. Oh, and here's a link to their manifesto. — Mike M.
This weekend, I was fortunate enough to snag some spoonfuls of Phin & Phebes ice-cream immediately before the joyful chaos of our Film Festival descended, and let me tell you ... I was thinking 'bout it the rest of the night. Their signature Fluffnut flavor — peanut butter and fluff filled Ritz cracker sandwiches covered in a dual layer of caramel and chocolate and then buried in a sweet cream ice-cream, um, YES — defies logic in its goodness, and their Key Lime Coconut flavor (still road-testing) was the perfect amount of sweet and tart . Being that New York is currently scorching beneath record-breaking temperatures, I just really wish there was a way for me to make another scoop appear magically in front of my face RIGHT NOW. Viva le 'cream! — Cassie M.