Dear MAI Founders,
If you backed at the $5+ level or more, you will receive part two of the Digital MAI reward today! Pippin Barr’s three Abramovic Method games are complete and ready for your enjoyment. Please check your Kickstarter inbox for the link, username, and password.
Counting the Rice and Sesame
Stepping on the Ground
Complaining to a Tree
We hope you enjoy playing these games as much as we do. Feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions or comments. If you want to post about your experience online, please use include #dMAI so we can find your posts!
Thank you again for your support,
Dear kind contributors,
We have officially passed and surpassed our goal! A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and helped along the way.
Thank you again for your pledge. As we near the end (24 hours left), please continue to help spread the word!
Rewards have started shipping!! I have now sent out the bulk of the domestic $20 and $25 pledges. Around 150 have gone out so far, with another 150 (mostly $40 tier items) ready to go in the next day or two. FYI, books are shipping in boxes via Media Mail. Prints, including the Battle Royale print for all tiers of $35 or higher, will be shipping separately in tubes. Making great progress, especially for a one-man operation!
In other news, I will be set up at the MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) in Cambridge, MA, Sept 28-29. It will be my first time at this show, but I understand it is a great one for small press and indy creators. I'm super excited since it will be my first show with the new graphic novel. If any backers plan on attending the MICE show and would like to pick up their rewards in person, please let me know ASAP and I will be sure to bring your items to the show with me (assuming they weren't part of the first shipping batch already)!
Thank you to everyone who supported FOIA Machine. Because of you, development is underway and our team is working to make FOIA Machine publicly available by early 2014. Here is how we plan to make that happen.
To start, we broke the development up into three phases. We anticipate each phase should take a maximum of two to three months to complete. During the first phase, we’ll fix bugs that can prohibit user experience with an end goal of adding 100 testers.
We will cull through user feedback throughout the process to ensure that user experience and features are functioning properly. We will also be adding more beta testers throughout the process. The goal is to constantly improve functionality based on user feedback.
After the first phase of work is complete, we will spend the next few months adding additional features to FOIA Machine such as:
The last phase before public release will focus on:
- Group functionality, where members of the same project can view the status and details of requests.
- Sending alerts when FOIA requests are overdue or haven't been attended to so users receive timely updates.
- Streamlining the process for adding contacts and other information.
Lastly, we plan to spend much of the spring finalizing our open source and API efforts and working. Like any project like this, we know there may be issues that arise after we release it. We will follow up with bugs and work to improve user experience.
- Aggregating statistics of how agencies respond to requests to help users file their own.
- Style changes to new features and enhancements.
- A lot of testing and some work to make sure the platform will scale.
- Work on the “templating” process. This allows users to view publicly shared requests from other users. Users can edit those templates and send out similar requests. It will help ensure that the best written requests continue to be used and improved upon.
- Adding additional contacts on local public records laws.
Some other questions you may have:
How will you update us of progress?
You mentioned adding users as testers. Who will that be and how can I be added to that list?
- We will continue to update everyone of development progress here on Kickstarter. Expect an update every month.
What about the five events? When and where will those be?
- We already have a list of people interested in testing features. We'll pull from that list based on where those users are and what type of requests they want to send. If you'd like to be added to our list of potential testers sign up for FOIA Machine at foiamachine.org.
Thank you for your support and look for more updates in the coming weeks and months.
- Those details are still being finalized. All the events will happen in the spring or summer of 2014, after we've released the platform publicly.
Hello Kickstarter Backers!
DISKO is printed! I'm extremely happy with the results. The photographs look amazing on the printed page. Over two 12 hour days, I worked with the press operator Edis to print the book. In August I did print tests with Edis and he really understood the book and the quality I was looking for. This is very important as there are some small color and ink adjustments you can make on press. Thank you Edis!
The first day of printing started on Saturday at 6 am. This was fine with me because I was up early enough to watch LSU beat TCU on my laptop while we printed. Geaux Tigers! I also had coffee in a great polkadot cup (with Pantone). In the attached photos you can see more of the printing process from the used color plates, Edis checking the colors and ink, me holding the first printed page of DISKO, my mess of proof prints on the press, and discarded test pages in the recycling dumpster.
In the next few weeks the cover of the book will be assembled and the book will be bound together. I'm on schedule to ship DISKO in October, though, it will probably be the last week of October because I have to travel outside of Lithuania in September and October. First I will be going to NY to give a talk at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art on September 21 at 7:30 about DISKO and my other projects. If you're in NY, please join me! Info about event here. And then in mid-October, I will be teaching a workshop at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany.
The postcards, bags, and Limited Edition boxes are also being produced and will be ready in October.
That's the news for now. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. More updates soon.
The Kickstarter campaign may be over, but our journey is not, and neither are our updates!
To all our backers, thank you again for your support. To all the newcomers, please visit www.benaturalthemovie.com to see how you can still help.
This is only the beginning, and we want to keep you up to date on our adventures, so here's a new update!
Take a look :)
Because of all of you, today the Naima Project hit its' mark and the basic costs of raw materials and transport of Naima to High Desert Test Sites are covered! Exciting! Now, additional contributions will help with lots of other aspects of the project! Over these last 4 days please share this project with your friends to help cover costs for: additional lighting to soup up the nighttime viewing, video documentation during the exhibition, security during the exhibition, and to tour the Naima Trailer to other sites, possibly to a location near you!
Here are new photos of the Naima Trailer in process. Building Naima is exciting, and we are getting closer and closer. The sunroof / hatches on the trailer’s roof will let in natural light to backlight the glass that covers Naima’s interior. They are also removable for access to lights, wiring and hardware. But, as you can see, completely invisible from outside the trailer. Stay tuned and thanks for contributing as well as passing this project around like mad our last couple days!
We just wanted to report that our packing materials are in, and we've started to pack up the books to ship out! We've also started to deliver some books in person to those who are local to us in NYC. We're shipping out rewards by tier, so please be patient as we organize everything and get it to the post office.
Because of the cost of shipping and time involved to send out the books, we are not going to ship your books to you unless you have confirmed your address with us recently. So please, if you haven't replied to a direct message to confirm your address, message us back!
As for estimated shipping times, we will begin shipping out the various reward tiers this week (of anyone whose address we have confirmed already), and it takes about 7 business days for the rewards to arrive if you are in the continental US. So if you have confirmed your address with us, you should have your rewards by mid September!
We're really excited to get these in your hands! Below are some pics of us packing the books up and some of our happy backers with their books in hand (including Tucker, one of the models from our book). Thanks again for your support!
Winnie, Cindy, and Alice