This week's new projects are making us giggle! From pitch-perfect satires of a Kickstarter pitch video (I'm looking at you, Unlikely Allies), to the 50th birthday of one of our favorite childhood books, to a man named Mushy who plays the shofar like a whiz, but is helpless with a cellphone... we're nearly in (happy) stitches over here. Read on, laugh it up, and don't forget to browse for more!
Prepare to be hypnotized. Sound artist Andrew Telichan takes typically unnoticed and undetectable sounds and turns them into music, and he's jetting over to Venezuela to team up with visual artist Livia Daza-Paris on a new piece. Through video, text, movement, and sound recordings they'll capture a region of the country’s landscape where citizens in the '60s disappeared in hidden acts of political violence. Andrew's role will be to help realize ideas developed by Livia that involve capturing those sounds within, around, and relating to the natural landscape and the people of the region marked by these hidden and historically overlooked events. Peep the video above, featuring resonances and reverberant echoes derived from impulse responses captured in various rooms of a centuries-old apartment building in the Ukraine, for a taste. — Daniella J.
If you read a lot of books as a kid, you may remember a little boy named Milo who traveled to another land through a phantom tollbooth and whose traveling companions included a big dog that had a clock in its side. This book, The Phantom Tollbooth, has been transporting kids to magical places for fifty years now. 50 years! This documentary explores the backstory of the book's creation (the book's creators met when they are living in the same brownstone in Brooklyn Heights!) as well as its legacy, and will be beloved to anyone who has a soft spot for that big dog. — Meaghan O.
Yum! Liquoriste are a coupla ladies making agave-based mixers infused with things like herbs, fresh flowers, sea salts, plant essences. Their project is equal parts adventure as it is creation — they've traveled cross-country visiting small-batch distilleries, and exploring the perfect pairings for single-malt Kentucky whiskey's and (shhh) bootlegged moonshine. So far they’ve paired sour citrus and Tahitian vanilla with whiskey, fennel and caraway with gin, and even lime, sage, and lavender with a specially aged tequila. A $20 pledge to their project gets you your choice of mixer — but, help! I can’t decide which one I’d want… — Cassie M.