Allow me to be the first to tell you that I am beginning work on the first-ever Booooooom book! The best part of it is that it’s gonna be published by one of my favourite publishers, Chronicle Books!
Chronicle Books has approached me to turn our Remake Project into a book. If you missed it, this was the project where we had everyone remaking masterworks of art as photographs.
The project was shared by hundreds of blogs and major news outlets including Huffington Post, Yahoo News, AOL, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The MOMA, The Guardian (two different articles), Reader’s Digest, you get the idea. It was HUGE.
So what I want to do is turn all of your amazing submissions into an incredible art book. It is not gonna be cheap to produce this thing, doing this the right way means getting the image rights to reproduce all the classic works. Hopefully we will be able to secure the rights to 50 classic works.
As a contributor to this book you won’t be paid but you will receive two copies of the finished book. At the end of the day, the point of the book is for more people to see the amazing things you created. I also think it will just be cool to have this book as a piece of history – art history – and also Booooooom history.
If you would like to be considered for the book I would love it if you submitted! If you already made work that was featured in our gallery please re-submit it. If you are just hearing about this project for the first time and want to make something, you have until the end of January to submit work.
What I need from you is a signed release saying that we have permission to print your Remake in the book, as well as the highest resolution image that you have of your work.
1. Download the release form: here
2. Email the form and high resolution artwork with the subject line “REMAKE SUBMISSION” to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following details:
THE NAME OF ORIGINAL ARTIST:
TITLE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK:
*In order to be published in the book the artwork needs to be as high resolution as possible. If the work is too big to email, please use a service such as WeTransfer.
We will notify you if your work has been selected for the book! Thank you all for being a part of this, I’m really excited to take it further than I’ve ever taken any of the projects.
Last week I got an early Christmas present from my friends at Chronicle Books. They’re starting a holiday campaign called #GiveBooks, and asked if I wanted to pick myself any 10 books from their archives! Lucky me right? Well, lucky you too because I also get to send all 10 books to one of you! How does that sound?
Here are my picks:
So who wants ’em?
This one’s a collaboration with MTV and Sony Xperia, so I think it’s safe to say this is the biggest one yet. Does that image give you any idea what we’re doing this time?
We’re building homemade instruments! Beautiful, hopefully ingenious, and probably ridiculous musical instruments. You can choose to re-make an existing instrument or invent a completely new one.
I’ve snagged a couple of the new Xperia Ion phones as prizes, and I’ll definitely throw in some Booooooom goodies too. There will be a prize for the most creative instrument and another for the best video performance! So if your instrument can actually make noises I’d love to see you perform a song with it!
It’s up to you though! You can spend all your time building an insane instrument and forget the performance OR you can build a simpler instrument, figure out how to play a song with it, and create the ultimate performance video. The third option would be to build an insane instrument AND learn how to play it so masterfully that your performance video actually shatters the entire Internet and people get pregnant just from hearing the explosion.
Nada and I have also been put in charge of imagination.mtv.ca, a mini site made just for this project! We’ll be posting all your submissions over there, as well as craft instructionals, and creative videos to get you stoked. I’ll also post my favourite submissions here on Booooooom!
How does all this sound?
If you want to get your creative juices flowing, check out:
INSTRUCTIONS! READ ALL OF THIS!!!
1. Create an instrument using whatever materials you can find. Be creative, and actually build something! Don’t just turn a pot upside down and call it a drum. This is the fun part!
2. Take a good photo of your creation. Don’t spend hours making something and then take a bad cell phone photo!
3. (This step is optional) Record a video, performing a song with your instrument. Your performance may include real instruments too, but only as back-ups and only if there are more hand-made instruments than real ones.
4. Submit your work to: email@example.com
Include the following information:
Brief description of instrument(s)
Youtube/Vimeo link (if you made a video)
Song Title (if you made a video)
5. High-five yourself, you’re done.
By submitting your work you are giving us permission to post your work on the Internet and the right to distribute these images to publications that may want to write about this project. We will give full credit to you, the image makers, wherever possible.
The deadline for submissions is: September 26th 2012.
“How can we provide opportunities for kids to make real-life discoveries on their own instead of Googling and Youtubing everything?”
This is the question I posed recently to @smarturbanstage, an online project in which people question the quality of life in their own cities around the world. They found a really cool answer to my question in the form of Monstrum, playground builders from Copenhagen. You can read the article here.