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In August of 2003, Shelley Jackson began a new project, simply dubbed “Skin”. This project in particular took what we consider to be “literature” to its most abstract. What Jackson calls a “mortal work of art” began with her putting out a open call for volunteers to be a part of this living experiment in literature. She was searching for people who would tattoo a single word, anywhere they please on their bodies, with the only restriction being that it must be in black ink, in a “classic book font”.
First, people from around the world reached out to her online, (grossing a total of over 21,000 emails worldwide), and then they would receive a release form. After signing off on the project, the individuals would receive their word, sometimes just a letter, (a, I, etc.) and now it was up to them to get the tattoo. Upon documenting the tattoo, and submitting that documentation, the individual would receive a full copy of the full text. This work would never be published to the public. So far, 553 words have been tattooed, with 1445 more volunteers who have already been released, awaiting their day in the tattoo chair.
Shelley needs 646 more volunteers to complete the story. The literature world has never seen a project of this scale, nor this level of user-based interactivity. Not only will this story only exist on the bodies of the volunteers, acting as their pages, but it can only last as long as they do. In this writer’s opinion, Shelley Jackson has created an entirely new concept, and therefore changed the face of what we know as “print” forever. As a matter of fact, I am considering joining this group of volunteers, becoming a page, and forever being a part of this human literature experiment.
Shelley is now teaching at the New School in the Graduate Writing Program.
If you are interested if becoming part of the project visit http://ineradicablestain.com/.
Diane Birch’s video for her song Valentino is certainly innovative and fun. There are plenty of moments where the Diane and the screen do a few visual tricks that keep you guessing. For those wondering how they pulled off these tricks, here’s the “Behind the Screen” making of video. The “Behind the Screen” shows how much actual work it takes to make the magic of a music video actually happen. The interactions between the screen and the real world were carefully planned and timed. Watching the making of video for this project made it obvious that there is a high level of craftsmanship that is necessary to make a music video look flawless.
David Bowie is a true icon. He made his image and music an international sensation by putting on personas and creating characters that were larger than life. This weeks listen is a cover album that features TWO discs that cover a large span of Bowie’s career. The catch is that it’s not just one artist covering the best of Bowie, but several indie favorites, including Lewis & Clarke who’s music we featured on RADAR episode 34 – I Hate Perfume. The tracks though familiar are adapted into each artist’s style, but to the bone they still maintain true to their hardened Bowie edge and playfulness. Covers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but these re-imaginings of classic rock songs recreate the aura of the great Ziggy Stardust.
Link to Lewis & Clarke and others cover Bowie HERE
Entrepreneurs Funding Shorts
This article by Ryan Nakashima is great for aspiring filmmakers and for filmmakers that have short they want an audience to see. It concentrates on finding financial backing for distribution and different options for sharing film projects with the rest of the world. Albeit, a little more geared towards the financial aspects of a very creative process, this is a good read because it is important to stay informed about ways to get your movie watched by more than just your family and friends. Visibility is a sure step in the right direction for any filmmaker, so check this article out.
Come one! Come all! No, but seriously, missing the DUMBO Arts Festival this year is not an option. This year there are tons of diverse and eccentric artists showcasing their masterful talents in the iconic and chill Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. The festival takes place throughout the area, and the types of arts and shows to watch are innumerable. It is an entire weekend of art, music, and recreation open to everyone, but especially right up the alley of New Yorkers who don’t have solid weekend plans. Get out! Dive into the art scene! Have a good time! Before I die I want to…, featured in RADAR episode 28, will be present at the festival expanding the scope of their project. Stop by and get your picture taken, and become part of this amazing art project.
DUMBO Arts Festival
Before I die I want to… @ DUMBO Arts Festival
9/24/2010 from 6-9pm at 45 Main Street, #703, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Event Info
Everyone is Gay
Danielle and Kristin are two girls who like girls who like to answer their internet audience’s questions about sexuality, dating, relationships, the nice and/or dirty stuff in between. This is a blog for everyone, not just gay people. The questions on the blog aren’t only from a gay audience but from all sorts of people trying to find down to earth answers to their complex or more sexual questions. Danielle and Kristin are cheeky but honest girls who playfully explain that sexuality isn’t something that gets in the way of human interactions, but that it can actually create a better dialogue between people. Danielle and Kristin are relatable, funny, and sincere with their answers to their readers and the way they handle questions is open and candid. Got any dirty, sexy, homo, questions you’ve been dying to get answered? Hit them up, and maybe you can learn a thing or two about what’s taboo.
RADAR NYC 8.26.10 WATCH
WBP Discovery & Distribution Winner – One Hundred Mornings
One Hundred Mornings, written and directed by Conor Horgan, is the winner of the WorkBook Project Discovery and Distribution Award. The WBP Discovery and Distribution Award gives a filmmaker an amazing prize consisting of a week long theatrical run in LA with social media, street team and PR support. On… read more
New Type York – RADAR S3 Ep 35 [vid] New Type York is a glimpse at the lost history of signage and typography in NYC. James Patrick Gibson walks the streets of New York “uncovering the typographic artifacts of New York City”, seeking out all forms of signage that not only convey information but also provide a sense of style. A graphic designer by trade, Gibson’s New Type York… read more
RADAR NYC 4.29.10 WATCH
Bre Pettis – Screen-printing tutorial
As part of his Weekend Project series, Bre Pettis of Makerbot (RADAR 019 – Makerbot) and Matt Stinchcomb (Etsy) demonstrate how to screen-print your own super cool t-shirts. Watch other Weekend Projects from Bre Pettis!
We Have Band
We Have Band (RADAR S1 Sizzle) , the London-based band who have been described as… read more
Start Trekkin is a New York based long form improv group centered around the original Star Trek television series. Start Trekkin examines humanity through the medium of the popular 60’s television show, using it as a pop-reference point for the human experience. Using scattered suggestions from the audience, the Troupe will perform a 60 minute live show, manipulating the staples of the galactic series, such as melodrama and comedy, all the way through stage combat and downright sillyness. True to form, they address the human condition, using a surprising yet familiar vessel, with original characters and off-the-cuff situations, telling a story we can all identify with.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Jeremy Saulnier
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
FEATURED MUSIC by:
Dan Deacon “My Name is Robert”
Dominic Matar “The Future is So Retro”
Eliza Skinner is too hilarious to pass up. She is blunt and to the point in a bubbly and infectious way that you can’t help but crack more than a smile. Being funny, honest, and polite about how ridiculous life can be are hard qualities to combine. By doing so Eliza Skinner captures your heart, then her infectious brand of humor starts to take over your brain until all you can think about is the Five White Characters in Tyler Perry Movies, when you should be doing something productive. But the smile that Eliza Skinner can put on your face is worth its weight in gold, and spending a little time combing through her online work leaves one with a sweet taste in the mouth from all the smiling, giggling, and out right laughing. Eliza is simple, straightforward, and effervescent with comedy flowing right through her, into a camera, onto the screen, and crashing into your brain. Make sure to check our RADAR episode on Eliza and her project Slam Theater (RADAR Ep5).
Morningbell – New EP – We Are Angular and Beautiful
Morningbell is a band that is hard to forget. A few weeks ago we featured their polished brand of rock in RADAR Ep33 – Unnatural History, and now we can’t help but sing their praises again. Morningbell just released their new EP “We Are Angular and Beautiful”, and now you can download it for FREE courtesy of the band! This EP is full of upbeat and psychedelic tracks that feature plenty of reverb and bright, high harmonies over rock guitar riffs. The title track “We Are Angular and Beautiful” is a great example of the band’s sound. The song is playful, nostalgic, and mellow as it flows gently into your eardrums. Go grab your copy of the EP and get addicted to the great sounds of polished rock and roll. Become a fan! Think about it, wouldn’t it be a delight to see Morningbell play their new EP live accompanied by their infamous $100 light show? Yes! But first you gotta learn all the words to the songs after you download the EP.
Internet lovers out there are probably familiar with the Passive Aggressive Notes, but did you know that they’ve made a book? Everyone has had someone push them to the breaking point, but few have had the gall to take action against the offender. How can you tell someone off without having a huge freak out? You could always write them a nice, polite letter that glazes over the hatred that boils deep inside of you every time the individual even dares to look your way. Kerry Miller has collected some of the best passive aggressive notes and letters, has bound them into a tight, hilarious, and down to earth book. The letters are relatable, and strike a chord with almost all audience because everyone gets annoyed by someone, it just happens. Some of the letters are sincere, others are combative, and there is the rare case where the letter itself is crazier than the actions taken against the writer. Awkward social interactions have never been this funny. Passive Aggressive Notes is a fantastic low maintenance read, great for a commute or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Buy it, read it, share it, enjoy it. This simple book’s message is universal: Not everyone gets along, and when they don’t it’s pretty hilarious.
Lori Nix, featured in RADAR Ep33 – Unnatural History, is the focus of an upcoming event at B&H. Her use of dioramas instead of actual subjects creates a dynamic and dramatic setting for her photography. Her process truly differentiates her from other photographers because she prefers to work with her hands rather than create worlds through computers and editing tricks. She doesn’t even edit her photographs after shooting. She is an overall artist with a true vision and a strong sense and fidelity to her subject matter. The worlds that she creates are completely vivid, and realistic, her photography then captures these hyper-realistic mini-worlds, and freezes them in a believable facsimile of the real world. During her showcase at B&H she will be detailing her inspirations and the stories behind some of her works. For those of you who love art and photography, this event is a must see. The interaction with a great art alone is worth it, but to be able to meet and greet the actual artist is amazing. Lori Nix is an inventive and talented creator of worlds that deserves to be put in the spotlight as much as possible. Come to B&H and watch her shine.
Lori Nix: The City and Other Dangers
420 9th Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Sunday, September 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Event Info
Dealing with the 90s
Edward Wittlif’s blog “Dealing with the 90s” is a stellar collection of iconic pop culture moments, foods catered to 90s minds, and a revisiting of the music that fueled a generation. The 90s have been back for a while. The most compelling evidence for this argument is that cringe-worthy fringe has been making its way back into fashion, and that ice cream, pastel bathing suits were all the rage this summer. You can’t deny that you love girls with pool blue fingernails, and the return to lo-fi makes you squeal with joy. The 90s kids are now running more than a few things, and their sensibilities have been flooding pop culture more and more each day. The 90s was a gold age of decadence and irrational consumerism, and it was a truly magical era where having atomic purple Gameboy Color made you the most popular kid on your block. It’s hard not to spend an entire afternoon scrolling through this compendium of your childhood without wishing that you were in your Power Ranger pyjamas watching All That on Snick. Check out “Dealing with the 90s” for a internet fueled injection of nostalgia.
IFP filmmaker conference links and media A number of panels and interviews from last week’s IFP Filmmaker Conference have surfaced online. The following is a collection of media and links.
Scott Kirsner from CinemaTech talks with Brett Gaylor, a Montreal-based filmmaker who is exploring new ways that large groups can collaborate on documentaries. Shot at the 2007 IFP Filmmaker Conference in New York.
The Four Eyed… read more
POWER TO THE PIXEL – Jamie King STEAL THIS FILM, a documentary about file sharing was released in 2006 via torrents and to date over 6 million people have downloaded the film for free. The following podcast is from director Jamie King’s case study which was presented earlier today at the Power to the Pixel conference in London.
Jamie is currently working on VODO, a voluntary donation… read more
ARGFest heads to Atlanta I had the opportunity to speak at ARGFest in 2008 and had a wonderful time. It’s a great group of people doing some amazing work in the transmedia space. I was thrilled to hear that ARGFest this year would be getting bigger and better. I had a chance to ask ARGFest Chair Brooke Thompson a few questions about this year’s… read more
New Type York is a glimpse at the lost history of signage and typography in NYC. James Patrick Gibson walks the streets of New York “uncovering the typographic artifacts of New York City”, seeking out all forms of signage that not only convey information but also provide a sense of style. A graphic designer by trade, Gibson’s New Type York has an intimate relationship with fonts, exploring how each pushes a different emotion, revealing the nature of the business whose name it bears while also celebrating what is simply pleasing the eye.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Adam Newport-Berra
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
FEATURED MUSIC by:
Glass Ghost “Mechanical Life”
Mike Swoop “On My Mind”
Caution Tape: Competing against Macro Budgets with Nano Cash pt 1 With the investment that’s been made (Kickstarter, My own pocket--I’m so broke right now it’s a crime, and through the gracious dollars of private investors), I knew that if it didn’t happen with a distribution deal, there was a world of self distro opening up that I could recoup the small dividends with and then open up a profit as well. Again, this goes back to having content that’s at least competently “mimicking” what Hollywood tends to churn out.
RADAR NYC 6.11.10 WATCH
Tourist Lane – Improv Everywhere
The folks over at the the public scene-causing supergroup Improv Everywhere have just released a new video called “The… read more
RADAR NYC 5.26.11 WATCH
Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.
Do yourself a favor and watch this with headphones on, just to get the full effect. Symmetry is… read more