Best of Kickstarter, 10/17
We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.
Last Bohemia: Those who saw last year’s documentary on New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham will remember the artist community living in lofts on top of Carnegie Hall, all of whom were evicted (Cunningham included) by the end of the film. A new documentary, LAST BOHEMIA, directed by Josef Astor – himself a former tenant of the Carnegie lofts – aims to document the community of actors, artists, dancers and musicians that were forced from their homes.
The Apocalypse Calendar: “As we all know, the world will end on December 21, 2012,” announces Thomas Quinn in the opening lines of his Kickstarter video. To document the human era on earth before it’s destroyed, and to speculate about the nature of our inevitable demise, Quinn and his team created “The Apocalypse Calendar,” inviting a dozen different artists to imagine what our final hours on earth might look like.
KickSat: In all likelihood, I won’t be going to space this year. Or, you know, ever. But thanks to Cornell aerospace student Zach Manchester, I might be able to launch my own mini-space craft into outer space (and then text myself from it). Dubbed “KickSat,” Manchester needs to launch his own satellite before he can send pods filled with tiny “sprites,” the chip-like gizmos that carry your info into space.
Disposable Cameras in the Park: Brooklyn-based Katie O’Beirne set up a disposable camera on a bench in Prospect Park along with a note asking passersby to snap a photo. The results, posted onto her Tumblr page, earned a huge international response, inspiring O’Beirne to expand the project overseas. Funds will go towards the cost of film development and, eventually, her very first gallery show.
“This is For You” at Skidmore College: Installation artist Rivkah Gevinson is building a cozy, cocoon-like structure for an upcoming exhibit at Skidmore College that will explore “focused sensory experiences.” Within the pod, she’ll project a series of videos depicting scenes of everyday life. Conveniently, the space looks just big enough to take a high-concept nap (not a comment on the work, which looks super cool. Just a comment on sleepy college students).