World Cup Fever

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We’ve been feeling the World Cup on Kickstarter since before the first kick, so as you wait in agony for the next game, here’s a look at what’s been brewing.

We love the 2010 World Cup Radial Bracket Poster, a sure-to-be-beautiful relic of the games designed by NYC design studio Hyperakt. Get one while you can!

Social awareness took an unexpected turn recently when Vuvuzelas for BP popped up.

Adam Quirk wants to purchase $1000 worth of vuvuzelas (the now-famous droning horns blown during World Cup games) and play them outside the office of BP’s London headquarters — a unique take on making the public’s voice heard. Cindy probed this collision of world events here

Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler turned our attention to South Africa back in April with their Bicycle Portraits project.

They had been documenting the country’s bicycle culture through a constantly growing series of colorful photos, and they looked to Kickstarter to help turn the collection into a deluxe, hardcover book. In the process, we got glimpses into South Africa and its many faces:

Mark Sobhani has a photojournalism project in the works called COMPETE! South Africa’s World Cup Hope.

He dubbed his project “publicly funded independent photojournalism” and traveled to South Africa to explore how sports help define a culture.

Through a photo book and traveling gallery show, Sobhani hopes to illustrate the social and psychological aspects of games, what they mean to their respective communities, and the inner drive within man to compete.

Playing for Change, a documentary film project about the World Cup, took a similar cultural-narrative spin.

Righteous Films set out to explore how the World Cup could fuel social advancement in South Africa: how it impacts the communities, educates the nation, and influences perceptions of its people.

Enjoy the semifinals.

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