New Projects Are Stomping For Change

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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!

Passing Through Traveling Down, by kristi.b

Have you ever wanted to leave everything behind and become a modern day nomad? It's a feeling I'm sure most of us have had at one time or another, but to actually drop everything and go is a whole other situation. Passing Through Traveling Down tells the story of a group of young train hoppers out to find their own way through America. Squatting, sleeping in fields, and trying to find yourself amongst swarms of helpless others is what makes this film, which seemingly blends the lines between documentary and cinema vérité, so interesting. That, and the whole, leave your life behind to sleep in train cars and discover America aspect. Dharma bums of the 21st century. — Mike M.

Loom Ensemble — Second Season, by Loom

Ten-person ensemble Loom blurs the lines between theater, dance, and concert performance by weaving together full-body movement, vocal harmonies, and text-based storytelling into their works. For their upcoming piece, all their actors, singers, and dancers will be training in capoeira, contact improvisation, modern dance, and ballet. All this to tell the story of a mid-level office exec and homeless woman who begin selling dirt on the street together and call it Love. Pretty curious to see where the capoeira comes in! —Daniella J.

Vieo Abiungo's Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment Album, by Ryan Keane

I was first turned on Vieo's work when I stumbled cross this amazing video of him, in which he builds an entire song by circling a room and playing all number of impossibly complex and fascinating instruments. Boy has got talent. His Kickstarter will help him put out his latest album with some pretty nifty perks: a twenty minute DVD of short films directed by Pete Munro and scored by the musician, plus a special booklet of his art and original poetry.  Basically, a complete view of a hugely compelling creative mind. Yes. 

Dabke / دبكة : stomping for change, by ZviDance

Dabke is an experimental dance piece exploring the human connection to land and how it informs our sense of national identity. Created and performed by a wildly talented crew, these guys will be using every component of theatrical production to push the conceptual limits of their idea — from a composition infusing minimal electronic beats with traditional Dabke rhythms to a lighting design that creates shadowy, evident "territories" on the actual stage. The project video, murky and unsettling as it is, only further intrigues. This is a piece I'd love to see! 

Modern Hanafuda by, Sarah

Hanafuda cards are Japanese playing cards that can be used to play a variety of games all over the world! In addition to their extraordinary versatility, they are notably — well — beautiful. Each deck contains 48 cards broken down into 12 suites representing a month in the calendar year, and then given a symbolic flower. (Hanafuda means "flower.") Sarah's designs are so classic and pretty, I'd love to play Koi Koi with them the next time I'm killing a few hours in an airport. 

ArtUp: Growing Public Art in the LES, by Fourth Arts Block

Fourth Arts Block is the only designated cultural district in Manhattan. It's an amazing creative hub running the length of E. 4th Street in the East Village — one which I only recently discovered after seeing a handful of different plans and poetry contests there over the course of a random week, and wondering outloud how all this amazing stuff was happening in a single block radius. (The people standing ahead of me in line informed me. Loudly.)  Now I'm so glad I know about it. ArtUp is a program they run that works to transform abandoned urban spaces  into street-side galleries. Old construction sites, scaffolding, vacant spots... everything is a medium for artistic expression just waiting to happen! I'd love to see this grow. 

    1. Sarah

      Hey there Kickstarter! If we are ever in the same Airport together, I would love to play a game of Koi Koi with you. Thanks for the props.

    2. kristi.b on

      Hi Kickstarter! Thanks so much for the shout out! We are so excited to have your support in bringing Passing Through Traveling Down to life!
      - the Passing Through Traveling Down team

    3. tony parkinson on

      East 4th street has a special place in my heart..... my brother lived and died there in a little apartment owned by the church - He was a great artist ( he did all the windows of Tiffany's for a month), a wandering, giving ( gave out $100 bills if had them) soul who was just 15 years ahead of his time ..... thank you for making it real

    4. Loom on

      Hi Daniella J, it's Loom!
      Thanks for the great writeup. If you're still curious about Capoeira, we'd love to have you at our performance this February at LaMama in NYC (on East 4th street, as it turns out!--maybe you'll run into Tony from ArtUp!). Please dont hesitate to contact us directly if you'd like to come.

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