In 2003, Andy "waxpancake" Baio created Upcoming
, "a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world, curated by its community. It surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies." In 2005, it was acquired by Yahoo!, who killed the site last April with little warning, and no way to back up events
. Fortunately, the complete site was saved
by the Internet Archive
. But Upcoming isn't dead yet! Two months ago, Yahoo! offered to sell the domain back to Baio. And now, with a fully-funded kickstarter
, he's planning on "rebuilding it for the modern era using tools and platforms that weren't available when it was first designed." Welcome to the brilliant life, stupid death, and improbable return of Upcoming.org. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 3, 2014 -
Captain Ahab's Motorcycle Club
is a project overseen by the perversely multitalented Cory McAbee
) It's a band/fan club/film production group, which has been working for the last two years on music
written by McAbee and orchestrated/performed by anybody interested in uploading a mix. Its ultimate project will be a feature film chronicling the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln.
posted by contraption
on May 10, 2014 -
This one time in Edo Japan, Bashō
got together with a bunch of his rich friends from Nagoya to make up a set of interlocking poems (renku
) — 36 of them, to be exact (a format called kasen
). Then, 320 years later, the complete cycle was animated
by a diverse international team of artists. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Nov 14, 2011 -
are open resources for community, group, or solo work on digital media, electronics, robotics, and art installations. Many allow drop-ins, and are run on a voluntary, non-profit basis - there’s likely one near you
. Just want to repair something by yourself? iFixit
, previously known for their teardowns of Apple products, have launched an open wiki to create manuals on how to repair everything
from vehicles to household appliances.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Sep 3, 2010 -
is a collaborative game (a bit like Everybody Edits
) in which each player controls a pixel. The goal is to create formations with other players before the time expires.
posted by sveskemus
on Aug 31, 2010 -
creates a collaborative layer over any website. (Tools like this have been tried before, but this is the first one with an overt Wikipedia-style public service philosophy.)
posted by Tlogmer
on Apr 11, 2007 -
- "Here's the game: can a group of random people, each contributing a teensy weensy bit, make a coherent piece of art/design/garbage purely through the influence of the work itself?"
A time-lapse video of the project so far can be seen here (heavy load time)
posted by hypersloth
on Oct 8, 2005 -
: a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event. With tags, rss and other good stuff. And this time the color scheme is quite nice.
posted by signal
on Jul 15, 2005 -
Boozer vs. monk: the epic.
Graphic Forums' Battle Grid
is a showcase of "Photoshop tennis"-style showdowns wherein the first player presents an image, and the second player posts a response that incorporates at least some portion of the previous image... and so on. This particular battle began began July 26, 2003 and the latest entry
was mid-December, 2004; presumably the battle will continue. This post
from September shows a thumbnail synopsis of the action after 26 rounds. A nice (though time-consuming!) thread to follow if you are a fan of collaborative improvisation.
posted by taz
on Jan 26, 2005 -
The folks at Threadless
have launched a new collaborative contest type way to make shirts at OMG Clothing
. You sign up, submit a slogan, and everyone votes on them
, with the best scores getting made into shirts. Threadless has always done graphical submissions, but I suspect more people can come up with a funny phrase than a crazy cool vector art graphic.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 13, 2005 -
How old do I look?
This is a fascinating project -- almost like an intellectual's HotOrNot, that plays with our perception and societal ideals of age and beauty. I was close to right only about half the time, otherwise I was waaaay off.
posted by mathowie
on May 8, 2004 -
is a collaborative music project where a different "curator" picks out ten minutes of their own music once a month, and after seven months they have a full CD-sized collection of content (complete with blog posts by curators as well). The first one
is done and they're almost done with the second one
. There's a lot of variety and great artists I've never heard of in the mixes. It's sort of a public CD swap that anyone can listen in on and
it's probably totally illegal
it's really cool.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 6, 2004 -
- Ian Clarke of Freenet fame has created a distributed, collaborative document editing web application. Much like a wiki, but geared more purely towards polishing and editing documents. Rather than the "build fast" model of the wiki, 3D17 doc modifications are subject a voting process before being applied. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6
on Oct 31, 2003 -
The Book of Roofs
is a site to take your time with. Originally an art installation, the web site is a look at the concept of roofs - anthropological, biological, spiritual, metaphysical, social and political - in a collection of "roof tiles" consisting of short articles, personal narratives, mythological references, quotes, historic events, video and photographs, all related to the concept of shelter. If you feel so moved you can even contribute your own tile. Flash and sound
posted by taz
on Oct 8, 2003 -
- cool things you can click on, prod, poke, play with, drag, chew on & diddle...a gallery of interactive audio-visual projects from a variety of web designers, musicians and programmers. Absolutely no uranium involved!
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 12, 2003 -
Red Dog Army:
"Red Dogs line up along the edges of the art-world. They have many objectives...
Their purpose is to put art into the hands of anyone who sees them and takes them home...
They are distributed by a person or persons unknown, tracing movement in cities across the world. They inhabit their new environment sometimes for just a few minutes before being destroyed or taken in by a new art collector. Or they may remain for months, changing shape and being forced into compromising positions. Above all, they are always seen by someone. Their presence is noticed, noted and very red."
Take note, Antipodeans, and keep your eyes open; the red dog comes for you.
posted by taz
on May 3, 2003 -
Kvetch is dead.
So what, right? But some of the lessons Powazek says he learned probably also apply here, such as:
Every collaborative project eventually outgrows its owner. You start a project like this because you have a certain way of looking at the world. But when you open it up for group participation, it always changes.
posted by timeistight
on Jul 11, 2002 -
is a surrealist "game of folded paper that consists in having a sentence or a drawing composed by several persons, each ignorant of the preceding collaboration." Original participants included Miró and Man Ray, among others. (some additional history
In this modern version, the participants create their sections of the "corpse" based on a 15-pixel strip of the previous section, with some pretty interesting results.
posted by me3dia
on Nov 1, 2001 -
has not been posted at MeFi baffles me. No, not because it is a wonderful collaborative site
that shares unique stories about NYC using a navigable map, but rather because I can't figure out where I found the link if it was not here(i searched, thoroughly). Also, as a petty sidenote, I wonder if they are willing to accept collaborative design submissions.....
posted by donkeysuck
on Sep 10, 2001 -
Cool board express dead?
Although the link still takes you to their home page, I just got this e-mail: "It is therefore with great regret that we inform you that the CoolBoard Express service will be discontinued effective June 29, 2001. It was a difficult decision for us, but one that we feel is more in line with Centerwheel's primary focus of providing collaborative customer support solutions to enterprise customers." Ack!
posted by Outlawyr
on May 16, 2001 -
Pete's Compendium of Knowledge "It was then that a large number of ducks (each with their own special little bar-coded death-ray machine) swarmed the supermarket, their eyes burning with the fury of sweet, sweet love. They knocked over the Post Toasties display, sending fruit-filled pastry wannabes flying everywhere. The TV newscaster commenting on the event blew chunks of roast beef around with an old run-down snowblower. Go figure."
from Attack of Torvas the Terrible.
This site has lots of fun literary toys to play with. The above quote comes from a collaborative story writer in which anyone can contribute a few words at a time.
posted by lagado
on Aug 8, 2000 -