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Kickstarter at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Back in September, we announced that Art Basel was launching a new initiative to highlight and support work by non-profit visual arts organizations. This partnership has already helped seven inventive art projects from around the world come to life — everything from a groundbreaking exhibition about performance art in the Arab world to an online magazine about contemporary art from a Los Angeles point-of-view. As those ideas are coming to fruition, others are just launching — two new projects are live now:

Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future at Locust Projects
Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future at Locust Projects

Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space, is producing a major new installation by New York-based artist Daniel Arsham in his hometown of Miami. It’s called Welcome to the Future, and involves Arsham digging a 25-foot-wide trench in the gallery floor and filling it with the calcified artifacts of the future — a “muted cacophony of 20th century media devices.” Part of the funds will go toward fixing up the gallery floor for the next artist.

Preserving Place: Portraiture Studios in the Middle East
Preserving Place: Portraiture Studios in the Middle East

The Mosaic Rooms, a non-profit gallery in London, wants to help Syrian artist Hrair Sarkissian produce his first book, to coincide with his first UK solo show. The book will reflect on the disappearing tradition of studio portraiture in the Middle East and will feature Sarkissian’s photographs of empty, staged studio backdrops in six Middle Eastern cities. The photos serve as “symbols of lost traditions, cultural identity and time; eulogies to a certain period within a society and celebrations of portraiture as an art form, and of these spaces, which can no longer be found.”

Headed to Miami? We’re offering a limited number of single-day tickets to Art Basel in Miami Beach free with the promo code Kickstarter, redeemable here. (Only one per person, please!) We also wanted to share a few Kickstarter events, in case you’re in the neighborhood!

  • Starting Wednesday, December 3 and going through Sunday, December 7, we’ll hold daily meet-and-greet sessions from 3 to 5 pm in the Garden Oasis at the Botanical Garden across from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Anyone is welcome to stop by, say hi and learn more about Art Basel's Crowdfunding Initiative and Kickstarter! No ticket or RSVP needed. Contact crowdfunding@artbasel.com with any questions.
  • On Friday, December 5 from 10 to 11:30 AM, we’ll have an event in the Conversation series, focused on new funding models for the visual arts. Speakers will include our International Partnerships Lead Stephanie Pereira, plus Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation and gallerist Jérôme Poggi. The session will be moderated by András Szánto. It will take place in the auditorium at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and is free and open to the public, with no RSVP needed. Contact crowdfunding@artbasel.com with any questions.
  • On Friday, December 5 at 6 PM, we’ll take part in a Salon discussion about Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative. In addition to our Stephanie Pereira, speakers will include Mari Spirito (Founding Director of Protocinema and Juror for Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative), Glenn Phillips (Acting Head, Department of Architecture & Contemporary, Getty Institute and Juror for Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative), Chana Budgazad Sheldon (Executive Director at Locust Projects), Mary Ceruti (SculptureCenter's Chief Curator), Aaron Cezar (founding Director of Delfina Foundation). The session will be moderated by András Szánto. Entrance will be granted with a show ticket.

A History of Kickstarter in Space

We love space — its potential, its unfathomable limitlessness, the ways in which it inspires people to think things they've never thought before. Simply put: space makes you dream big. Over the years, we've seen many amazing, space-related Kickstarter projects, huge, small, real, speculative, and everywhere in between. Here are just a few of them.

LUNAR MISSION ONE 

Lunar Mission One is sending an unmanned mission to the South Pole of the moon — a largely unexplored area — and in the process, bringing along a capsule of digital memories and physical human materials (you can send along a strand of hair, for instance). The project is transforming the way that space exploration happens by removing the need for a huge investment from national space agencies, and putting the power in the hands of individuals instead. 

Kansas City SSEP Mission 5 Rocket

Earlier this year, a group of middle-schoolers designed an experiment to send to space (it was about whether rust occurs on a nail in microgravity). They launched the experiment on July 13th, and rendezvoused with the International Space Station! Read about the launch details here

Plasma Jet Electric Thrusters for Spacecraft

Prototype projects are an important part of Kickstarter, and this plasma thruster is a great example. For years, HyperV has been building, operating, and deploying plasma accelerators of many different shapes, sizes, and power levels (they show many of them off in the project video). This project was for the development and demonstration of a prototype plasma jet thruster that could be used for orbital maneuvering and much more. It's about taking existing technology and making it more robust.

ARKYD

The ARKYD is a space telescope that's controllable by anyone. That means that backers could search for asteroids, look at distant galaxies, or examine our own solar system from the ARKYD. And another thing: you can also send a picture of yourself to it, which means space selfies with the Earth as a backdrop, using the ARKYD's camera arm. The project is not yet complete, but you can follow its fascinating story in the updates

1000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space

Between this project and its twin brother, hundreds of tiny student art- and science projects from all around the world (all fitting inside ping pong balls!) went to circle the Earth in weather balloons. We have been following these two projects with great interest — here's an amazing picture of one of the balloons mid-bursting.

ArduSat 

One of several satellite projects on Kickstarter, the ArduSat is a hackable Arduino satellite designed to open up space exploration to everyone. You can create your own experiment and then send it to space to run; after about a week, the data returns to you. In 2013, it deployed from the International Space Station. 

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau Tour

What space roundup would be complete without an imaginative look toward the future? The Intergalactic Travel Bureau Tour is a series of posters about the speculative future of space travel — it's basically a travel agency for space transit. The posters are beautifully designed, with whimsical calls to sight-see on Mars or book your dream vacation on one of Saturn's moons. Because if there's anything this roundup proves, it's that space exploration is all about what we can imagine.

Griffin Dunne on Making a Documentary About Joan Didion

Joan Didion is a major writer. She's responsible for some of our most insightful cultural criticism, and has written definitive works about Los Angeles, cultural shifts, and coping (or not coping) with death; it's no stretch to say that she is one of our culture's most important writers. Recently, her nephew, filmmaker/actor/writer Griffin Dunne set out to do what hadn't been done before: make a documentary, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, about her life. We spoke to Dunne about that process, as well as what it was like to grow up with an aunt and uncle that were changing the course of literature. 

Dunne's film, which he is directing along with Susanne Rostock, is live on Kickstarter right now.  

On the project page for the film, you mention that the narrative structure of the film will be dictated by Joan Didion's essays. Is your own experience as her nephew part of that structure as well?

One of the things we have been fortunate about with the structure has always been that one of the initial ideas was to use her work to thread the story of her life. From that, we’ll have tangents of interviews and break down certain articles. It solidifies our original vision that this is very much a film for the fans of Joan. It’s not an exposé, because no one could be more self-analytical and probing about the truth of their own lives than Joan about her own. We’ve been fortunate to have her essays serve as our narration. 

Growing up with both John [Dunne, Didion's late husband] and Joan—they shared this candor in their writing all my life. My brothers and sisters and parents and I would always sort of—I would read in the Saturday Evening Post or LIFE magazine where they each had alternate columns—kind of where they were at in their marriage, or where they were traveling or what was going on in their lives. We’d read about it more than hearing them talk about it. We didn’t know they were having marital problems and thinking about divorce until we read it. For me in particular, I was an early teen in the ’60s, and I was too young to get high and get arrested and participate in demonstrations and hitchhike to Woodstock, but I felt a part of that era because John and Joan were my aunt and uncle—their experiences and where they went and where the culture took them in their journalism—I always felt related to that as well. They were very social, they would give parties, which they would include me in. I went to a party for Tom Wolfe when Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test came out and Janis Joplin was at the party. It was impressionable stuff for a 13-year-old. I eventually even made a movie about it. They were both very influential and never stopped being incredibly impressive to me. It’s an unusual thing to be in constant awe of your relations. They’re my aunt and uncle and now my aunt is surviving—that kind of awe and admiration has never stopped. 

It must have have been strange for you to learn about their lives from their writing.

They would answer questions in their writing that I wouldn’t have had the guts to ask. And I think that kind of style and that kind of self introspection and self-imposed toughness on the questions that they asked themselves. I think all of that was recognized, but when things were absolutely the most terrible in Joan’s life, her style and technique of writing were chained together in a tragic way on The Year of Magical Thinking. Suddenly an entire new generation of readers became aware of her because of that book, and because of what happened that led to that book being written. It’s another wave of people acknowledging that kind of writing. You write about death and how it effects you and how you grapple with it. It’s written in a voice from someone that has to write this in order to live. I mean, Joan used that phrase—she’s written in order to live ever since she picked up a pen and paper as a little girl. A much broader audience found her on The Year of Magical Thinking, but really she’d been writing the way she’d always been writing, she just happened to be writing about John and Quintana [Roo Dunne, daughter of John Dunne and Didion, who passed away in 2005] in this case.

You mentioned finding a new audience for Didion's work, but also, you seem to be surprised that a documentary about her hadn't already been made.

I don’t think she’s allowed it. Not in a JD Salinger-esque kind of way. I don’t think she’s been comfortable with the process of a camera following her around. She’s happy to do it if she’s promoting a book. Actually, not happy, but will do it. She will travel around the country and do the book readings and the Q&As and all that stuff. But that’s a specific mission. It gives her actual migraines after awhile.

Didion is very emotionally honest and open about her life in her writing. It must have been interesting weaving a narrative from that.

It’s going to be hard to find stuff that people don’t know that she hasn’t beat me to the punch about. I think what people won’t know is where she is at in this period of her life that she has decided to allow a documentary to be made—which is probably being made, more than likely, because I am her relative and we had worked together on Blue Nights and she liked the experience very much. I think people are going to see where she is physically and emotionally, and Blue Nights is very much not just about the loss of Quintana, but it’s also about aging. She’s very much in the August of her years—that’s not the part that she shared with the rest of the world, you know? I think you’ll also see that she has such a heart-attack seriousness perception-wise, and yet she has this really great sense of humor and a really funny laugh, and loves to laugh. There’s humor in the interviews as well. We were shooting her and Vanessa Redgrave going through a scrapbook of Vanessa’s daughter’s Natasha [Richardson, who passed away in 2009] wedding to Liam [Neeson]—it was about memories. Two women who survived a terrible loss looking at a book filled with happy memories. There was a lot of laughter and reminiscing. Those are the kind of moments I'm willing to happen.

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

What spurred you to make this film?

When Susanne Rostock and I—who I’m co-directing the film with—when we did Blue Nights together, which was going to be used a promotional tool for the sale of the book, but the publishers gave us more money than they normally would have for something like that. When Susanne had the first cut of the picture, we both looked at each other and said, "This is a feature. Why has there never been a feature about Joan?" After we showed it to Joan and her publishers the next conversation we had with Joan was, "This could be a movie. Can we make a movie of this?" and she agreed. It’s an awesome responsibility, and it’s something I’ve been given permission to do that no one else has. It couldn’t be more clear how many fans are passionate about her work, want to see this, and feel it’s a story that has to be seen. That someone like this hasn’t been honored with a life story documentary is kind of shocking and surprising.

Did your relationship with Didion change in the process of putting this together?

No, not in a sense. It’s more my own internal relationship, because when I go over for dinner, and I bring up the film, I kind of feel like I’m talking business during dinner. If I had less perspective, I wouldn’t be thinking about that kind of stuff. Or I would have this thought: God, I wish I got what she just told me on camera. The only thing that’s really changed about my relationship with Joan is that as we’ve both gotten older, the people who are our most immediate relatives have passed on. Through that progression, or de-evolution or whatever you want to call it, we’ve ended up in first position right next to each other. When John died, my father became her John—not literally—emotionally, just in terms of the day-to-day relationship, and then when my dad died, it effortlessly became what I did, and it remained that way.

How did you create a timeline? How did you construct a narrative from all these disparate pieces?

We have a timeline chart of her life. An essay actually corresponds to the period in her life. If there is a section talking about her growing up in Sacramento, that would also lead to a conversation with Governor [Jerry] Brown of California, who is also from Sacramento and grew up with Joan’s family. He has known Joan’s family for generations, he can talk about California and the California where Joan is from. And then about their relationship when the governor was first running—for every campaign he’s always come to New York and stayed at John’s apartment or John and Joan’s apartment when he’s campaigning. And when we get to Slouching Towards Bethlehem as a period, we might talk to Jann Wenner about her contribution as a journalist and maybe he will reference one of her essays or pieces from The White Album about a particular murder, and then we’ll break down what that story is about, and show her unique perspective on an incident—big or small—but how it effects the national consciousness. Why that story about a woman who burns her husband alive in a car speaks to the kind of evil of the Santa Ana winds that were sweeping the nation when the '60s had gone bad post-Manson, post-Altamont. 

She was a social barometer for when wicked things come this way. I want to convey that point of view that Joan has that is so unique. That involves snakes being run over in deserts and poisonous spiders—these portentous images that run throughout her fiction and nonfiction, and use archival footage to illustrate our point. It would be kind of a tapestry of a person’s life that also talks about the changes of the country, from the New York of the ’50s when she was at Vogue through Vietnam, Manson, up to Reagan, Patty Hearst…her life in relation to all of these milestones. 

You mentioned the archival images would be a huge part of the film. A lot of people now come to Joan Didion through her iconography. Why do you think she’s turned into such a visual icon?

I think the internet has a huge amount to do with it. There’s an Instagram page that is also going to inform our documentary. The social media, which was never part of our vision for the movie, has to be recognized in it now. When I go through these pictures, I keep thinking I’ve seen just about everything and then I see an Instagram, and there are pictures I've never seen before, and someone has also used their favorite quote of hers. It's an interesting device, like a dust bunny or something. One thing picks up another, picks up another, and it just gets bigger and bigger. Images beget more images beget more images and then somebody comes along and says, "Oh my god! Is that Anna Wintour? No! That’s what Anna Wintour looks like." She has that look. She was Anna Wintour before Anna Wintour was Anna Wintour, and it was an entirely organic, spontaneous natural way that she dressed. She decided what to wear on her first day of work at Vogue. I think her stature —the usual words that come up: tiny frame, birdlike, with those big glasses—it’s just irresistible. People respond to that the way that they would respond to looking at a picture of Miles Davis without hearing his music, going “Who is that man?” Because of social media, people are drawn to her visually, and then want to know who she is.

Do you remember your first experience of reading her work?

I do. I was a terrible student. I was pretty severely dyslexic so reading was a real chore. I did like reading, I knew I was growing up in a pretty literary household, or at least a storytelling household in terms of being a family of film, television and novelists. But reading—I remember vividly how effortless it was to read Slouching Towards Bethlehem. One story after another completely engrossed me. The violence and the tone of violence and the tone of evil—these characters who I didn't know anything about. Someone who is murdered by these two guys on Fountain Avenue, and I grew up in LA, so I knew exactly the building. I could picture the violence of these two guys beating this [other] guy to death. It put in perspective later when Manson was killing — I thought of that. Joan was predicting a change in counterculture a year or two before that change actually happened, based on a violent incident. 

I remember being in our house in Los Angeles, reading it however slowly it was, just not getting up from the chair, just reading it all the way through. I can’t remember what room I was in, but I remember it getting darker and having to turn on the lights. It was a “Where were you when you read this?” moment. That’s a question we’ve asked many other people. It pinpoints people in their lives. Last night, Vanessa Redgrave’s agent Chris Andrews told me something that I hear all the time from different people, where they were in their station in life. He moved to California because he read Joan, It was "Lifestyles in the Golden Land" [The first section of Slouching Towards Bethlehem] I believe, that’s what drew him to Los Angeles as a very young man, and he stayed ever since. He credits Joan’s writing being the impetus of why he moved. It’s very rare that a writer can have an effect on so many people that they actually put their own lives in context.

Photo by John Bryson
Photo by John Bryson

What's your favorite piece of her writing?

There is a piece about Reagan that always—it was called "Many Mansions"—it is about Reagan as a governor. She just had his number from the very beginning. You know, Nancy Reagan was famously quoted as saying, “I don’t like that woman.” She just saw something in him that few people had seen before, that people weren't prepared to see. She understood his enormous appeal, that it would go to a national level. For the majority of her life, Joan has been a Republican, grew up in a very conservative household, which surprises a lot of people. But I think it served her very well in writing about politics. She doesn’t spare anyone, whatever her politics are. When she was at Berkeley she voted for [Barry] Goldwater. I like that essay because it deals with [Reagan] as a man before he’s going to become the man he’s going to be. It’s yet another time where Joan sees it before everybody else.

20 Questions with Roman Mars

Roman Mars makes radio. He created the podcast 99% Invisible, about the unseen design work that shapes our lives. Most recently, he's been one of the driving forces behind Radiotopia, a hub for incredible, story-based audio broadcasting. Last week, with the support of 21,808 backers, Radiotopia became Kickstarter's most-funded Publishing project of all time. We caught up with Roman and asked him to answer some random questions; we heard about exercise, his iPhone, and Minor Threat.

Tell us about the last great meal you had:

I went to dinner in Las Vegas with the team from Sound Opinions (who are surprising foodies). They knew the chef at this super fancy restaurant, and we didn’t order, but just got sent a little bit of everything on the menu and stuff that wasn’t on the menu. It was so amazing and weird. I felt like a working class interloper in a world I didn’t even know existed. I think I ate organs. I have no idea. 

First movie you saw in the theater:

The first one I remember was Blue Lagoon. I was five. I had a single mom and irresponsible secondary care givers.

Small thing you can’t live without:

My fucking iPhone.

An experience you’ll never forget:

I’ll never forget my twins being born, of course. I remember the doctor holding up the first one (Mazlo) and he was all gray and slimy, like a little zombie baby. He’s now obsessed with zombies. Coincidence?

Music you loved as a teenager:

DC hardcore punk e.g. Minor Threat. Still love it. Still straight edge.

How do you start each morning?

I take my boys to school and then work out in the park. I suppose the FIRST, first thing I do is roll over and check Twitter.

Favorite app:

Right now it’s Kickstarter; I can’t stop refreshing over and over. I’m pretty fond of a crossword game called Bonza, too.

What’s your computer desktop/phone lock screen?

A picture of my boys, Mazlo and Carver. My big handsomes.

First book you remember being really affected by:

I can’t remember the first, but the book dearest to me is Moon Palace by Paul Auster. I’ve never read someone capture my own brand of willful self destruction so accurately and vividly. It also tells a story within a story, which is the literary equivalent of radio. I love stories told by characters in stories.

What do you carry with you every day?

My fucking iPhone.

Favorite place to eat:

Every Friday I get La Val’s pizza in Berkeley. It’s a family ritual. We call it “Pizza Shabbat."

Place you wish everyone could visit:

The Golden Gate Bridge. The greatest human-made structure of all time.

Last idea or factoid you came across that stayed in your brain:

That a factoid is something that resembles a fact, but is not necessarily true. Someone corrected my usage on Twitter and I was totally shocked.

Person in your field whose career/life/work you admire:

Jesse Thorn continually amazes me.

Who did you learn the most from?

My mom is the source of all the good in me.

Favorite thing about the place you live:

I live in the Berkeley hills and I can see the whole Bay Area and the bridges and I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to live here.

Favorite personal item of clothing:

I have black Indy boots that might be the nicest things I own.

Favorite time of day and why:

At 9:30am I exercise and no one can reach me. I also enjoy 11pm - 1am quite a bit, but these days I’m often working then.

Favorite thing to work with:

Sound and solitude.

Last thing you made:

Episode 139 of 99% Invisible. Actually, my producer Avery Trufelman made almost all of it, but I tinkered with it last, so it counts!

20 Questions: Photographer Alex Davis

If you look at photographer Alex Davis' project page, his goal is pretty no frills. He has 100 rolls of film. He wants to get them developed. He wants to make a book of those photos. The photos are great, full of tiny details, like a piercing stare or a windshield streaked by dust and wipers. They're well worth being published in a book. You can see a selection scattered throughout the interview below. 

Tell us about the last great meal you had: 

Thai food place in Cincinnati called Thai Express. Stir fried chicken with veggies—spice level 8—it's on point.

First movie you saw in the theater: 

Don't remember, but do remember watching the first Freddy Krueger movie, scared the shit out of me.

Small thing you can’t live without: 

My watch.

Music you loved as a teenager: 

East coast hip-hop, I took a train from Cincinnati to LA with my grandparents, the only CD I listened to was Big Pun's Capital Punishment album. I know it by heart. I was always the young buck of the crew, and we always listened to Wu-Tang. Once we got that Ghostface Iron Man album, we had it on repeat.

How do you start each morning? 

I've been into this Buddhist book I borrowed from my friend who lives in NYC.

Favorite app? 

Translate app, I'll talk through text for a whole day to friends in a different language, helps me learn how to speak a different language too.

What’s your computer desktop/phone lock screen?

Nine screen shots of Sean Sheffey doing a SS flip in the Mouse video. The one that he is styling like a pimp, that line at the LA Grey Hound bumps. DA BEST.

Your favorite personal item of clothing: 

Recently its been this zip-up jacket I found in my parent's basement. Its all white with navy blue sailboats all over it. Or maybe this Buddhist ring I got when I was in Italy about four years ago. I just got it fixed.

What do you carry with you every day? 

This pen I got from the army surplus store, it has magical powers. It will write in 250 temp, plus the freezing cold, way below zero. Also you can write upside down, it's water proof, it's dope. I don't know when I'll be in any of these situations but you always gotta be ready to get a girl's number.

Favorite place to eat: 

Mom Dukes' house

Place you wish everyone could visit: 

White House, moon and Mars on the same night.

Last idea or factoid you came across that stayed in your brain: 

That this is just a long ass dream that is already planned out. Everyone is on the right path whether you like it or not. You can change it, but it's what is already gonna happen.

Person in your field whose career/life/work you admire: 

GXONETHOA CREW. Video in the works.

Who did you learn the most from? 

My pops. Actually I'm still learning. Life is hard to figure out so I've stopped thinking about it. Just going on with whatever is happening. For all the kids out there, just go on with your life and do whatever you want. Don't bite anyone, just be yourself. If you have a positive idea, jump up and do it. Fuck the rest.

Favorite thing about the place you live: 

Fav thing about the place I live is that I don't live anywhere. I was in SF for about six months, then went back to Cincinnati for a month, then went to NYC for a month. Now back in Cincy for a month, next stop is SF.

Favorite time of day and why: 

When the sun is out.

What is the last thing you made?

This interview happen. Sike! Nah. I made a few collages in London while I was on a skate trip. I would get free newspapers from the tube. They turned out pretty dope.

Radiotopia at Kickstarter: A Discussion on the New Golden Age of Radio

Recently the Radiotopia crew came to our office to have a conversation about how they got where they are — and where they are is pretty special. Uniting a number of exceptional storytellers under one banner, Radiotopia points to a bright future for podcasting. Considering the storytelling chops on display, it's no surprise that their conversation was fascinating all the way through: whether they were talking about the future of audio storytelling or the past.

20 Questions: The Lab's Dena Beard

The Lab, based in San Francisco, is an institution. Besides hosting a number of phenomenal musicians and artists, including but not limited to: Jack Smith, Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz, Lydia Lunch, Mike Kelley, Bruce Conner, My Bloody Valentine, Barry McGee, Mark Flood with Culturecide, Carrie Mae Weems, Wolf Eyes, Orlan, Barbara Kruger, Caroliner, Kathleen Hanna, and Jello Biafra, the place is an influential hub for experimental art. We sent the director of the lab, Dena Beard, a bunch of questions and she told us about her vintage tape measure, a river vortex, and not believing in facts.

Tell us about the last great meal you had: 

U Guh Ji Gal Bi Tang at PyeongChang Tofu House in Oakland two days ago. All this Telethon planning gave me laryngitis, so kimchi and hot stew are sweet ambrosia.

First movie you saw in the theater: 

Return of the Jedi! Long after its first release, but my mom still covered my eyes for all the good parts.

Small thing you can’t live without: 

Ambien.

Place you wish everyone could visit:

The Lab, of course.

Last idea or factoid you came across that stayed in your brain:

I don't believe in facts, and ideas are slippery beasts. But I've been obsessed with ossuaries for a long time and missing this fabulous Capuchin Crypt in Rome. They have something like over 4,000 bones in there.

An experience you’ll never forget: 

When I was nine, I sat for hours watching birds duck in and out of Iguazu Falls, an incredibly powerful river vortex on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The falls were deafeningly loud and would kill a man in an instant, but these birds didn't give a hoot.

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Music you loved as a teenager: 

Anything with heavy narrative and high drama.

First book you remember being really affected by: 

Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends.

How do you start each morning? 

Cafe La Llave brewed in my stovetop espresso maker. I'm a bit like a National Geographic special in the mornings, so I usually stub my toe a few times, walk into a few walls, grunt a bit, and then repeat the phrase on the can a few times, "Tostada especialmente para el gusto Latino," till I become something of a real human being.

Favorite app? 

Dictionary.com. I like the word of the day...

What’s your computer desktop/phone lock screen? 

For my phone, Marcel Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même), often called Large Glass or Broken Glass since it was shattered in transport. I figured it would look appropriate when the screen to my celly eventually suffered the same fate. As for my desktop screen, it's just black. Like my soul.

Your favorite personal item of clothing: 

My leather jacket.

What do you carry with you every day? 

A Stanley tape measure from the 1950s. They made them better back then, and it's flat and has good ridges, so it doubles as a worry stone.

Person in your field whose career/life/work you admire:

Chus Martinez, Constance Lewallen, Helen Molesworth.

Who did you learn the most from?

My mom, of course.

Favorite thing about the place you live:

There are still people here who are individuals, who live their lives refusing to deal with the mediocrity that is shoved down our throats everyday. They inspire me.

Favorite place to eat: 

Uni off the docks in my hometown, Santa Barbara. I basically like any sea creature dragged from the watery depths and immediately prepared in closest proximity to my plate.

Person in your field whose career/life/work you admire: 

Chus Martinez, Constance Lewallen, Helen Molesworth.

Favorite time of day and why: 

Cocktail hour, for obvious reasons.

What is the last thing you made? 

I've been working on creating a uniform for over a year now. I'm still sussing out the patterning and sewing bits of that game, but I'm convinced it's my ticket out of the horror of clothes shopping.

Favorite thing to work with:

Great art.

Expanding the Kickstarter + MoMA Design Store Collection

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to collaborate with the MoMA Design store on a collection of beautiful, unique design products that were made with Kickstarter. Seeing creators complete the journey from idea to real life to the MoMA Design Store was so much fun, that today we're excited to announce we're expanding the collection — adding more incredible things brought to life with the support of people like you. 

The nine new products in the expanded collection — everything from a modern gramophone to an ultra-safe bike light — were supported by over 29,000 people on Kickstarter. You can see them all here.

This collaboration isn't the only major news involving Kickstarter and MoMA. Last week, MoMA announced that they have acquired two Kickstarter-funded projects as part of their permanent collection. Makey Makey and Ototo are two incredible devices that allow people to create music from all kinds of objects, including bananas! As Senior Curator Paola Antonelli noted, while these objects "might be small in scale, their significance for contemporary design — and the world at large — knows little bounds."

See the entire collection of products made with Kickstarter in the MoMA Design Store