Introducing Kickstarter’s New Director of Music — Meredith Graves

Today we’re happy to announce that Meredith Graves joins Kickstarter as our Director of Music. Meredith embodies a spirit of creative independence at the core of Kickstarter. She’s a talented writer who explores music, language, and identity for publications including Pitchfork, SSENSE, and i-D. She’s the founder and frontwoman behind the hardcore punk band Perfect Pussy. She established the independent record label and book publisher Honor Press. And most recently she was an anchor and journalist for MTV News, where she discussed rank-choice voting and Album Generic Flipper with Krist Novoselic, freestyled with Migos, and accidentally became a meme after a particularly Chance encounter with Beyoncé.

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Exploring a “Totally Virtual Ecosystem” with DiMoDA and The Creative Independent

Join the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA) for the launch of its third VR-based exhibition with a preview event hosted by The Creative Independent at National Sawdust on Thursday, May 17.

It’s important to understand that virtual reality, augmented reality, and all these other nascent technologies are creating a new world. In this new virtual ecosystem, people are going to be able to experience each other socially, buy things, and even become other things. So since our society is moving in that direction, it’s important to establish good precedents while we have the chance… In a way, that’s the responsibility: to propose alternative views, alternative content, and bring people to the table that would normally not have a seat in writing the future.

— Alfredo Salazar-Caro, co-founder of the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA), in an interview with The Creative Independent

Here at Kickstarter, we’re always keen to see how artists and other types of creative people will push the boundaries of new technologies to build the future they want to see. That’s why we’re thrilled that on May 17, artist and DiMoDA co-founder Alfredo Salazar-Caro will be showcasing the third VR-based exhibition he’s produced as the latest installment of an event series from The Creative Independent.

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Welcoming Kickstarter Fellow Marisa Mazria Katz

Today, I’m happy to announce the appointment of Marisa Mazria Katz as our newest Kickstarter Fellow. 

Marisa is a New York-based writer who has covered culture and politics in cities that include Casablanca, Kabul, Port-au-Prince, and Istanbul. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, Time, Vogue, and The New York Times. In addition to her writing, she ran a U.S. State Department-sponsored program in Casablanca, Morocco, that taught journalism and blogging to youth who have been marginalized. 

Marisa Mazria Katz
Marisa Mazria Katz
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Kickstarter Comes to London's V&A Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is a vast temple of design and the decorative arts, with a world-renowned collection of over 2.3 million objects. So when the museum asked us to help curate a selection of Kickstarter projects for their latest exhibit, we said… yes please.

The exhibit, which opens Saturday, is called The Future Starts Here, and it explores the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. Its curator, Dr. Rory Hyde, asked us to put together a list of projects that came to life on Kickstarter and were making an impact on the world, but that might not have found support through conventional means. From there, in conversation with Rory, we settled on four exemplary projects.

We’re so grateful that the V&A is recognizing the innovative work of our design and technology creators. Here are the projects that will be displayed in a Kickstarter-themed case at the exhibit:

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Join Kickstarter at the 2018 Bay Area Maker Faire

Sometimes, how you make something is just as important as what you make. At this year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, we’re showcasing creators who use materials in innovative, unexpected ways to make their projects more sustainable, accessible, or just plain beautiful.

You’ll see functional microscopes you can fold out of paper, architectural building components 3D-printed out of clay, lamps grown from mushroom roots, and much more. Read on to learn about what you’ll find at our booth and beyond.

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Meet the Spring/Summer 2018 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence

Still from Azikiwe Mohammed’s Drip intro video
Still from Azikiwe Mohammed’s Drip intro video

Earlier this year, we announced an open call for the third edition of our Creators-in-Residence program. We received hundreds of applications from amazing, independent creative people, and narrowed it down to twelve of them. These incoming residents are planning, launching, and fulfilling Kickstarter and Drip campaigns across a number of different categories.

We’re excited to welcome the following creators into our Brooklyn HQ for the next three months:

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12 Kickstarter-Funded Films to Premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival
Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival

For the eighth year in a row, Kickstarter creators will debut a diverse slate of film projects at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, April 18–29. Twelve Kickstarter-funded films will screen at the festival, including including six documentaries, three shorts, two virtual-reality films, and one major restoration of an award-winning indie classic from the 1990s.

The filmmakers in this year’s lineup work in a range of cinematic disciplines, and have made use of Kickstarter in different ways. With the support of their backers, Anthony Jannelli and Robert Pietri were able to animate their short film about The Velvet Underground’s disastrous first public performance; Asad J. Malik developed the technology to make his augmented-reality documentary about the experiences of Muslims living in the United States possible; and Charlie Schwan and Adrian Siordia designed the apocalyptic 1970s/1980s setting of their darkly funny short film.

Join us in congratulating all of the Kickstarter creators whose films are premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and read on to learn more about them.

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Take a Seat, Play Some Games: Come to Kickstarter’s Couchland at PAX East

Kickstarter's Couchland
Kickstarter's Couchland

A couch is much more than a piece of furniture. Each couch has a personality, a heart, and a soul. Many of the most pleasant moments of our lives are spent in the warm embrace of a couch. 

And so, at PAX East this year, April 5–8, we wish to welcome you to Kickstarter's Couchland. We will have not one but four couches for you to settle into and play some excellent games — couches from different lands and different times, each with their own personality, all waiting to guide you gently through Couchland.

Here are the games you can expect to encounter at Couchland:

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