PROJECT:OBJECT is a sequel to Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s much-discussed SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS experiment.

Over the course of 2017, PROJECT:OBJECT will publish 100 nonfiction object-oriented stories here at HILOBROW. These will be divided into four themed “volumes” of 25 stories apiece; details below.

New stories each week! Keep up with PROJECT:OBJECT by subscribing to our newsletter. And check out PROJECT:OBJECT objects at our Threadless shop — all profits will be donated to the ACLU!

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POLITICAL OBJECTS
1Q2017

We are currently publishing 25 nonfiction stories about objects of political significance. Here’s the lineup.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

JANUARY: Luc Sante on CAMPAIGN PAMPHLETS | Lydia Millet on PVC POLAR BEAR | Ben Greenman on MATCHBOX CAR | Rob Baedeker on PRESIDENTS PLACEMAT | L.A. Kauffman on WHEATPASTE POSTER | Astra Taylor on SALAM’S NECKLACE | Carolina A. Miranda on POCHO | Stephen Duncombe on PROTEST SIGN | Marisa Silver on SHAMAN BOWLS | James Hannaham on DR. BUZZARD LP | Virginia Heffernan on HRC PAINTING

FEBRUARY: Kenya (Robinson) on BURNER PHONE | Kathryn Davis on POLITBUREAU | Chenjerai Kumanyika on NAT TURNER PRINT | Alexis Madrigal on MERMAID COSTUME | Anne Boyer on ALL KNEES AND ELBOWS OF SUSCEPTIBILITY AND REFUSAL | Steven Heller on JFK DOLL | Anne Elizabeth Moore on BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

MARCH: Gary Dauphin on RUM BOTTLE | Tom Frank on DNC PASS | Lizzie Skurnick on GROUP PHOTO | Stuart Ewen on SNCC PIN | Benjamen Walker on BEEF BOX 12″ | Rob Walker on CAMPAIGN SIGN | Alex Kalman on THEM=US PIN.

Thanks, Rick Pinchera, for the volume logo.

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TALISMANIC OBJECTS
2Q2017

We will publish 25 nonfiction stories about objects of talismanic significance. Here’s the lineup, so far.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

Dan Fox on CONKER | Gary Panter on DINOSAUR BONES | Jami Attenberg on SELENITE | Mark Kingwell on ZIPPO | Wayne Curtis on CLOCK WINDING KEY | Judith Zissman on SPINDLE WHORL | Veda Hille on CROCHET SHEEP | Josh Glenn on MONKEY FIGURINE | Mike Watt on DASHBOARD TOTEMS | Gordon Dahlquist on CLAY FOX | Annie Nocenti on MINIATURE DICE | Amy Fusselman on BOX OF PENCILS | Anne Gisleson on WISDOM TEETH | Ben Ehrenreich on CHROME LUMP | Matthew De Abaitua on HATCHET | Ty Burr on INFLATABLE KING KONG | Jacob Covey on ARGUS COIN | Jonathan Gold on PASTRY CUTTER | Jenny Schuessler on BEER-CAN CHAIR | Jennifer Krasinski on LEO’S LIGHTER | Shelley Jackson on IMPUNITY JANE | Mark Frauenfelder on MARTIAN FINK RING | Amanda Fortini on PRAYER CARD | & more.

Thanks, Jacob Covey, for the volume logo.

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ILLICIT OBJECTS
3Q2017

We will publish 25 nonfiction stories about objects of illicit significance.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

Kio Stark on PEEPSHOW TOKEN | Douglas Rushkoff on NITROUS BALLOON | Annalee Newitz on CAR-BOMB REMNANT | Lynn Peril on TALMADGE TILES | Wayne Chambliss on RADIOACTIVE TRINITITE | Julian Hoeber on PIG-HAMMER | Catherine Newman on HOARDED VICODIN | Josh Glenn on JAY-PEE SLUGGER | Sari Wilson on TOMBSTONE PARTS | Susannah Breslin on RISQUÉ FIGURINES | William Gibson on RACIST BOOK | Kate Bernheimer on TBD | Paul Lukas on STOLEN CORKSCREW | & more.

AUDIO STORIES: Erik Davis on HASHISH BOX | Natalie Kestecher on DAT TAPE | Blake Eskin on NO PARKING SIGNS | Rachel Ward on SMUGGLED POSTER | Shelby El Otmani on OCCULT CANDLE | Sam Dingman on HACK DOCUMENTS | Andrew Leland on GUIDE CANE | & more.

Stay tuned!

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LOST OBJECTS
4Q2017

We will publish 25 nonfiction stories about lost significant objects.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

Jessica Helfand on GANESHA FIGURINE | Jenna Wortham on TBD | Paul Lukas on VANILLA BEAN | Mimi Lipson on TBD | Luc Sante on CLUB CHAIR | Nina Katchadourian on FOUNTAIN PENS | Jacob Covey on ARGUS COIN | Matthew Sharpe on BAUBLE | Claire Lehmann on HRC CRACKERS | Jessamyn West on ENGINEER RING | Mandy Keifetz on ORGONE ACCUMULATOR | Chelsey Johnson on TBD | & more.

Stay tuned!

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PROJECT:OBJECT OBJECTS

Our goal, during each quarter of 2017 — thanks to the generosity of our contributors, and to sales from our Threadless shop — is to donate $500.00 to the American Civil Liberties Union. You can help the cause. Purchase PROJECT:OBJECT objects, and ALL PROFITS will go to the ACLU, an organization whose real-world significance these days cannot be underestimated. Plus, you’ll now own a stylish memento of our awesome story-telling enterprise.

Each quarter, when we announce the new PROJECT:OBJECT volume, we’ll also announce a new artwork specific to that volume, and new additions — featuring that artwork — to our shop.

But… you must act fast!

One month after each volume ends, we’ll decisively withdraw all volume-related apparel and accessories from our shop. For example: POLITICAL OBJECTS ends in late March; so in late April, we’ll remove all POLITICAL OBJECTS t-shirts, etc., from our shop — forever. If you snooze, you’ll lose the opportunity to support the ACLU — and to own some terrific gear. Because Threadless is a print-on-demand operation, we won’t have any extra t-shirts or travel mugs stashed away — you’ll be out of luck.

PS: In addition to the volume-specific designs, we’ve emblazoned t-shirts, hoodies, and other stuff available from our shop with the PROJECT:OBJECT logo. The P:O logo apparel and accessories will be available all year long. All profits from purchases of these logo items made on or before March 31 will be donated to the ACLU, as part of the POLITICAL OBJECTS donation.

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We’re grateful to BoingBoing, Kottke.org, Design Observer, Paola Antonelli, The Awl, and everyone else who’s given PROJECT:OBJECT a shout-out.

Thanks, Rick Pinchera, for the PROJECT:OBJECT logo. And thanks, SEMIOVOX, for sponsoring PROJECT:OBJECT.

SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS at HILOBROW: PROJECT:OBJECT homepage | PROJECT:OBJECT newsletter | PROJECT:OBJECT objects (Threadless shop — all profits donated to the ACLU) | POLITICAL OBJECTS series (1Q2017) | TALISMANIC OBJECTS series (2Q2017) | ILLICIT OBJECTS series (3Q2017) | LOST OBJECTS series (4Q2017) | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects. ALSO SEE: SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS website | SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS collection, ed. Rob Walker and Josh Glenn (Fantagraphics, 2012) | TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY, ed. Josh Glenn (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007).

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