Well, the books are slowly trickling into stores. Steidl is an amazing printer, and I have been working with their publicist who is really great. However, because much of their business model is based on either small runs of exclusive art books, or bigger runs of books by famous photographers, they don't really have a very strong distribution or marketing capacity for a book like this, where the photographer is unknown.
As such it would be immensely helpful if you could contact local bookstores where you are and encourage them to stock the book. It's so stunning that I think it will be hard for people to walk out of a store without it. Also please message me with the names of stores that should have it, or writers that might write about it.
The Daily Mail jumped the gun AND ran double the images they were supposed to. This ran last week and its been interesting to track the path of the story via twitter. Many people that I know have tweeted about it or shared it on facebook WITHOUT realizing that they know me. It's also interesting to see via twitter how it will light up in certain regions- clearly via facebook. On Saturday there were a dozen tweets in Vancouver. Shortly afterwards it started to bounce around Toronto. Today there have been several in Argentina. There has also been a lot of twitter interest among people who work in media and photography.
Unfortunately, since the books aren't easily accessible, a lot of this energy will dissipate. However, there's a good amount of other media that should come out and spark the interest once again. I hope to do some events and lectures based not only on the images, but also the ideas about image making that this process has sparked. I am booked for nerd nite in Brooklyn Dec 13th
The books are being packed up in the office this week and should be out by the end of the week. Again, if you ordered the book from outside the country and want it shipped air mail rather than slow boat- please be in touch so we can arrange payment for airmail which is about $30.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book. In the meantime I have been shooting a lot in the meadow behind my house.
Here's a small update with development sketches to start the week. Last week was too hectic to update because I was moving from my old apartment into a house. I thought I could get more work done, but moving never goes as planned. Oh well. I'm all moved in to my new digs and have my office all set up, so you should all be getting another update with photos this Friday.
Anyway... here are a few development sketches as well as a new page step-by-step video!
And just a reminder... I do Ustream webcasts every weeknight where you can watch me work on the book live. So come by and chat with me while I work! Here's the webcast schedule for the next couple of weeks: https://otis-frampton.squarespace.com/otis-frampton-live-on-ustream/
Hello everyone! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! We are close to $18,000 and 90% of our goal. Please continue to tell your friends and family about our project to create the Fermentation Center!
Yesterday, by a stroke of luck (and, if I might say, crack reporting!), our kickstarter project was featured iin the New Haven Register! Here's the link!
Yes, we are going to make this happen, but only with your continued enthusiasm and advocating us! We have only $2,000 (and change ;) to go. Half of you have pledged $25, and our average pledge is just over $80. That means we'll need only 30 to 80 additional backers & we'll reach our goal! Tell your friends not to wait: this is the last week to pledge!
Join us this Thursday night (10/31) at the shop for the end of the kickstarter Halloween hangout. We'll put on some scary movies, drink some pumpkin beer, and give out candy! It'll be a fine time at the brewshop all night!
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who's donated so far. Thank you so much for helping us achieve over 30% of our target in less than a week! We are mightily impressed. However, we've still got a long way to go before we can get the Halbwelt party well and truly started...
News from the front
Preparations are well under-way for Halbwelt Kultur at the Jermyn. With rehearsals starting next week, the team are busy writing new song arrangements, updating choreography, printing posters, negotiating publicity deals and generally not sleeping in order to make sure that we will be able to bring you the best show possible. Here we see Stephanie Hampton (one of our wonderful producers) en route to a meeting with the powers that be at the theatre...
More to come, so please keep checking back for sneak-peeks of everything behind-the-scenes Halbwelt. In the meantime, let's see if we can make it to £1000 within the week - I know we can do it, Lieblings!
We are overwhelmed by the amount of support you guys have shown us during our kickstarter. It has been incredible watching this project grow and working with you all and we are always looking for ways to offer more and give back. With only 11 days to go, we have another exciting announcement to make! SHADOW have teamed up with another awesome Kickstarter project—Baboomi—to create the limited edition ultimate wake up alarm clock $200 pledge level.
By combining the SHADOW app with the Baboomi standalone alarm clock, users can access an enhanced SHADOW dream app experience. The Baboomi Custom Alarm Clock is available in a sleek black design that has been modified to sync flawlessly with the SHADOW dream app.
You can enjoy the benefits of SHADOW with or without a smart phone. Baboomi has a bonus micro-targeted, single-person wake up experience that will gently bring you out of sleep and in to your conscious state.
To open the door to an enhanced SHADOW dream world, you simply need to go on to the Kickstarter page and change (or add if that is your wish) your pledge level to the SHADOW+Baboomi option. SHADOW + Baboomi delivers March 2014, access to the SHADOW app in will be available in December 2013.
To learn more about this check out this video we made for you below, you have blown my heart and mind wide open and as the campaign continues to grow please get in touch with us if you have questions or just want to chat more about SHADOW.
- hunter lee soik
BABOOMI • KICKSTARTER
You’re cordially invited to the offical launch party for Outer Seed Shadow #01, to be held at The Horticultural Society (148 W 37th St Fl 13) of New York on October 24th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
I will be presenting Outer Seed Shadow #01 along with project collaborators, including Thomas Kosbau, Founder and Principle of ORE Design + Technology, Amie Uhrynowski, Art Commission Liaison of NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, and George Pisegna, Director of Horticulture and Public Programs at The Hort, who will work with the artist on the challenge of landscaping the garden.
It would be a pleasure to count with you to celebrate from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the Press Release HERE
We got tons of comments and emails after the last update, almost universally agreeing that we should use a beta group for the first run of 50, so we’re moving forward with that plan!
We’ve already had a bunch of volunteers on the technical side, but something a lot of you have emphasized is the importance of including testers who have a varied background with espresso and varying familiarity with the technology.
So, we’re issuing a formal call for anyone who wants to beta test. Essentially the only requirements:
- You are a Kickstarter backer (no one from outside the original Kickstarter group yet, sorry!)
- You have the time and interest to use the machine every day (hopefully many times a day) once you get it, give us feedback in the form of emails and possibly phone calls, and potentially work through some over-the-phone troubleshooting with us.
You don’t need to have any special skills, and we’ll try to give preference to people earlier in the backer queue. To reiterate, after these first 50 units, we’ll resume fulfilling rewards in the order that they were pledged for.
Beta units are most useful to everyone if they go to people who have enough time to write us back, so we just ask that you use your judgment regarding how much time/interest you have in doing that. Also, though we expect to be shipping fully functional machines, these first machines will potentially require a bit more troubleshooting than later machines, so keep that in mind.
We don’t expect to go beyond the first 200 or so backers in looking for willing beta testers, but if you’re in that group and have particular interest in helping us with this, and the time to spare, email email@example.com. If you’ve already emailed, no need to email again.
We're heartily looking forward to shipping the first of these babies out! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and thanks again!