THE GUARDIAN

AI…it threatens to take over our factory jobs and much, much more over the coming decades. But who would have that artificial intelligence could mimic the talent of….a screenwriter? Well, “Independent Things”, an indie horror film by Jack Zhang of Greenlight Essentials, was reportedly produced partly by a software tool that uses augmented intelligence. It analyzed audiences response data in order to help screenwriters create plot points that connected with what viewers wanted. “Impossible Things” is the result of this experiment, called “the scariest and creepiest horror film out there.” Zhang is currently raising funds via Kickstarter to release the film. If this mix of tech and horror sounds up your alley, you can check out the crowdfunding campaign here. Read here for more about the project in general.

The world of street art abounds with irony. Supporters of this art form (which is largely predicated on defacing other people’s property) have protested plans to demolish the graffiti-covered 5 Pointz building in Queens, New York. The “outlaw” Banksy is a savvy self-promoter whose new Dismaland project, in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, has been described as “the most shameless commercial art project since Disneyland”. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that this outsider art form now has its own official cultural venue in the Street Art Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. If such an institution seems a contradiction in terms for an art form that, by definition, is supposed to take place on the street, curator Nailya Allahverdiyeva seems to be its biggest opponent. “In general, I hate street art expositions, because I consider that to be a profanation of street art,” she told the Moscow Times. “I have done everything I can to drive artists out on to the street.”  Read full story. 

There are hundreds of examples of successful crowdfunding campaigns in the arts. There’s the quirky Park and Slide, which transformed Park Street in Bristol into a giant public water slide. There’s the cutting-edge Virtual Choir, which digitally brought together solo singers from all over the world. Then there’s the heartwarming Cancer sucks, Art Heals! project, which creates memorable experiences through art for children touched by cancer. But to date the focus in many how-to guides, articles and analysis is on developing a financially successful campaign. Perhaps then, we as a sector need to rewrite the rules and redefine success when it comes to crowdfunding in the arts. Read more