Talking Shop: Gameplay as Art

Blast Theory is an artist group from the UK working with interactive multimedia, and the projects they work on consistently blur the lines between art, technology, performance, and participation. They also run the gamut of subject matter: consider, for example, "Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant," in which the participant stays on the phone while faced with intense decisions about political actions, and "Ivy4Evr," a SMS-based series of interactions where the main character talks to participants (usually teens) about family, friends, sex, substance abuse and more. Their latest project, the Kickstarter-funded "Karen," is a life-coaching app that uses psychological analysis on you as you play — and progressively gets a little weirder.

Recently, Matt Adams from Blast Theory came to Kickstarter HQ to talk about the narrative power of gameplay. Watch the video for clips of the projects above. 

This Week in Kickstarter

 Welcome back to our twice-fortnightly rundown of some of the things that've been happening in and around our world. Right now we’re all weirdly cold and dreading this impending snow that is apparently going to happen — much to everyone’s chagrin, so we’re updating you from the comfort of our warm desks, glancing out the window and glaring, but finding solace in the wide world of Kickstarter. Some highlights:

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Discover A Handful of Fashion Projects

Legend has it that, if you wanted to, you could construct an entire outfit plus like every accessory entirely from Kickstarter fashion projects. There's a lot there, and more coming every day: from belts to really durable pants; from rainwear to boots to piles and piles and piles of wallets that get slimmer every day—it's all here. We combed through the site to find some interesting live fashion projects right now. 

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Talking Shop: A Lifetime of Street Art

Leon Reid IV came to the Kickstarter HQ to give a fascinating talk about his life as a public artist. He discussed his own artistic evolution, from his beginnings with cloak-and-dagger street art in Cincinnati, Brooklyn, and Berlin, to his work's later iterations, at first clandestine, and later endorsed by the art world. 

Many of Reid's pieces focus on both interactivity and site specificity: they are large-scale installations that are unavoidable to people walking around them, and they invite reaction and response. Watch the video above for an overview of Leon's career making public art — and find out how a reflective vest and hard hat will let you get away with anything. 

Krystal South on Value and Art

As the internet works to make many facets of our culture more accessible, the art world is also evolving. It's exciting to see projects that explore the ways artists can directly reach their audiences. Launched by Portland-based artist and writer Krystal South in September of 2014, Exhibition Kickstarter was noteworthy for the way it brought artists and collectors together in a digital space, while simultaneously producing an IRL exhibition of internet-born goods. For Art and Photo month, we chatted with South about the problems with the old-school art world, her experience making the digital real, and—bonus!—got a few good tips for running a great project.

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Making Art in Public

Public art is amazingly simple as a concept: art that you can interact with. Art that isn't relegated to art-specific spaces or put behind closed doors. Art that exists for the joy of anyone who happens to stumble upon it. We're so constantly impressed by the diversity of public art projects on Kickstarter that we've devoted a subcategory to it.

Here are some great public art projects that are live right now.

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March Madness

Every March, sports fans gather to watch their favorite teams face off on the court. In the spirit of competition we've decided to join in, and pit some live Kickstarter projects against non-Kickstarter alternatives.

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