Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
Melena Ryzik of the New York Times featured the Mountain Dance Trail project to travel Route 33 through West Virginia from Virginia to the Ohio border documenting local community square dances: "With a nod to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky and the Crooked Road music trail in Virginia, it is a homegrown effort to revive and brand a West Virginia legacy. There is no better way to get to know the locals in “a little out-of-the-way town” than to dance with them, said Gerald Milnes, the folk arts coordinator at Augusta who came up with the idea for the trail."
Ray Cummings of the Village Voice interviewed Melissa Clarke about her "After the Ice" conceptual art project to create a new series of work that infuses photographs, video, and sound recordings she collects along the coast of Greenland with scientific data, such as bathymetry and ice core samples: "Beyond raising funds, Kickstarter is such an excellent platform for meeting people and sharing ideas. You know that most of the people messaging you and pledging support to your work are already intrigued by what you're doing and your project, so after that, it becomes a community of people really around an idea and a project. To me, you then have to release the authorship a little to the backers to be successful and let them in as part of the campaign process. I received quite a few messages from other artists working with similar media and also people in the education field, professors and elementary school teachers who really liked the integration of science, technology, and art in my work. These were the best messages, really."
Sarah Lacy at PandoDaily wrote about Stompy: The Giant, Rideable Walking Robot open hardware project to create an open-source, 18ft wide, 4,000 pound, 6-legged hydraulic robot that you can ride: "Stompy is a six-legged robot seeking to raise funding on Kickstarter so he can exist. (Or more appropriately, his creators are.) They want to raise a whopping $65,000 to build something utterly impractical. A huge six legged robot that is so huge a car could drive underneath it. Stompy fulfills little purpose other than being awesome. Backers don’t get their own Stompys — they get a range of clever thank-you gifts like their name shouted from a mountain top, a T-shirt, a bumper sticker or if they’re really generous a ride on Stompy."
Tara Kolton of NorthJersey.com looked at local playwright Louisa Luisi's "Your Best Coaches" project to create a children's picture book about a young boy on a baseball team who realizes his best coaches are his mother and father: "The full-color, hardcover book features illustrations by Kika Esteves and shares the message that 'through high and low points in life, your parents will always be there to root for you. 'Kids need a strong support system. It doesn't matter how and why a support system is formed, but they need a strong one. It's 2012 and expectations are high and the pressure is on,' said Luisi."
Sara Morrison of the Columbia Journalism Review spotlighted a few promising journalism projects, including the ToyQuarium photography project to make the world's first miniature tilt-shift time-lapse of an aquarium: "Alex Kaufman became interested in photography and aquariums in college. He did some photography as part of an internship last summer at the Florida Aquarium (also after hours - “I took tons of pictures and was there until security kicked me out every day,” Kaufman wrote CJR in an email), but felt like his still shots didn’t quite capture the “spirit” of the aquarium. So he made a time-lapse video. Now that he’s graduated, he’s looking to take it to the next level, using a tilt-shift lens to make a new aquarium time-lapse. Tilt-shift lenses make photo subjects look like toys through a bunch of complicated tricks that I still don’t exactly understand no matter how many times my photographer friends try to explain them to me. All you need to know is that it looks really cool, so time-lapse footage of an aquarium taken with a tilt-shift lens would, in turn, be doubly cool. Kaufman is calling his project “The ToyQuarium.”