Anyone with an artistically gifted friend may find themselves experiencing a familiar twinge of jealousy any time they watch them passionately pour themselves into their chosen medium, but this Kickstarter is going to change that: merely donate five dollars and you’ll become the subject of an art show, made with your data. Of course, one of the main rules of making art is that good artists steal and build on the works of others: this artist might have adhered to that principle a little too literally (as a former counterfeiter), but the Sonnet Project — whose goal is to create a short film for each of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each filmed in a different NYC location — is a perfect and legal example of this rule. Read about the creators’ journey here, and hope they catch you wandering around New York during their next shoot. If this doesn’t happen, Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman’s beautiful children’s book for adults could help you find other moments of simple beauty in the chaos of contemporary adult life.
The Coachella valley will be quaking beneath the rhythmic glory of some of the world’s best musicians and the stomping feet of some of the world’s worst teenagers this Friday, and if you wish you could spend three days in the sweltering heat entombed in the desperately spray-bottle-wielding masses — but for whatever reason can’t — you can live vicariously through Donald Fagen’s (of Steely Dan) live diary of his Coachella experience. It’s already shaping up to be entertaining.
If you prefer the idea of music that’s consumed — à la Netflix — from the comfort of your home, take a peek at Brooklyn duo Tanline’s clever new Netflix parody website, made perhaps in the hopes of inducing a Pavlovian response from all who open it. If every time you open Netflix henceforth, you find yourself curiously craving Tanlines’ tunes, then they’ve certainly succeeded. Here’s an article explaining exactly what’s going on on their website.