“Definitely one of the remaining examples of
the rapidly diminishing ‘good Internet’ ice caps that
will some day be spoken of only in legend.” — THE AWL

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!

We are grateful to SEMIOVOX for sponsoring PROJECT:OBJECT.

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POLITICAL OBJECTS

During 1Q2017 we published 25 nonfiction stories about objects of political significance. Here’s the complete 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

We are currently publishing 25 nonfiction stories about objects of talismanic significance. Here’s the lineup, so far.

TALISMAN STORY CONTEST! In April and May 2017, we ran a Talisman Story Contest. We stopped accepting entries on May 21. The stories were judged by PROJECT:OBJECT’s Rob Walker and Josh Glenn, and by the legendary Annie Nocenti. Winner and two runners-up to be announced soon.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

APRIL: Veda Hille on CROCHET SHEEP | Gary Panter on DINOSAUR BONES | Jami Attenberg on SELENITE CRYSTAL | Annie Nocenti on MINIATURE DICE | Wayne Curtis on CLOCK WINDING KEY | Judith Zissman on SPINDLE WHORL | Amy Fusselman on BOX OF PENCILS | Josh Glenn on MONKEY WHIMSEY | Mike Watt on DASHBOARD TOTEMS | Gordon Dahlquist on CLAY FOX | Mark Kingwell on ZIPPO.

MAY: Jennifer Schuessler on BEER-CAN CHAIR | Anne Gisleson on WISDOM TEETH | Ben Ehrenreich on CHROME LUMP | Matthew De Abaitua on HATCHET | Ty Burr on INFLATABLE KING KONG | Jessica Helfand on PILL BOTTLE | Shelley Jackson on IMPUNITY JANE.

JUNE: Jennifer Krasinski on LEO’S LIGHTER | Molly Heintz on EVIL EYE | Mark Frauenfelder on MARTIAN FINK RING | Amanda Fortini on PRAYER CARD | Ed Skoog on MAMMOTH IVORY | CONTEST-WINNING STORY.

Thanks, Jacob Covey, for the volume logo.

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ILLICIT OBJECTS

During 3Q2017, we will publish 25 nonfiction stories about objects of illicit significance.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

ILLICIT OBJECTS series: INTRODUCTION | Kio Stark on PEEPSHOW TOKEN | Sari Wilson on TOMBSTONE PARTS | Annalee Newitz on CAR-BOMB REMNANT | Tito Bottitta on MOONINITE DEVICE | Eric Bennett on DIRTY MAGAZINE | Natalie Kestecher on SEXY TAPE (audio) | Wayne Chambliss on RADIOACTIVE TRINITITE | Julian Hoeber on PIG HAMMER | Catherine Newman on HOARDED VICODIN | Josh Glenn on JAY-PEE SLUGGER | Nicole Pasulka on SHROOMS (audio) | Paul Lukas on STOLEN CORKSCREW | Shelby El Otmani on OCCULT CANDLE (audio) | Sam Dingman on HACK DOCUMENTS (audio) | Andrew Leland on GUIDE CANE (audio) | Douglas Rushkoff on LEARY’S STASH BOX | Kalila Holt on BURNT UNDERWEAR (audio) | William Gibson on RACIST BOOK | Margaret Wertheim on BALL OF YARN | Julia Barton on PREGNANCY TEST | Miranda Mellis on GOLD TEETH | Katie Notopoulos on COPULATING PIGS | Ramona Martinez on STOLEN REMNANT | Wesley Stace on TOM WAITS NOTE | TBD on TBD.

Thanks, Joe Alterio, for the volume logo.

Stay tuned!

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LOST OBJECTS

During 4Q2017, we will publish 25 nonfiction stories about lost significant objects — and each story will be illustrated by a talent artist.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

LOST OBJECTS series: INTRODUCTION | Kate Bernheimer on MULLET WIG (ill. Amy Evans) | Jenna Wortham on CALIFORNIA RAISINS T-SHIRT | Doug Dorst on STRATOCASTER | Paul Lukas on VANILLA BEAN (ill. Alison Bamcat) | Mimi Lipson on DODGE DART (ill. Mister Reusch) | Luc Sante on CLUB CHAIR (ill. Kate Bingaman-Burt) | Nina Katchadourian on FOUNTAIN PENS (ill. Lisa Congdon) | Matthew Sharpe on BAUBLE (ill. Glenn Jones) | Claire Lehmann on PEANUT-BUTTER CRACKERS | Jessamyn West on ENGINEER RING (ill. Amanda Clarke) | Mandy Keifetz on ORGONE ACCUMULATOR | Molly Sauter on DESKTOP DOG (ill. Shayna Piascik) | Amy Thielen on DOG-FUR SCARF (ill. Heather Kasunick) | Stephen O’Connor on HUNTING HAT (ill. Oliver Munday) | Alice Boone on COLLEGE NEWSPAPERS (ill. Rick Pinchera) | Dante Ramos on ROAD ATLAS (ill. Joe Alterio) | ALEX BALK on TOY | Chelsey Johnson on NOTEBOOK | Susannah Breslin on SILICONE VAGINA | Seth Mnookin on .22 REVOLVER | Dan Fox on CONKER (ill. Linzie Hunter) | Lisa Takeuchi Cullen on GLASS CLOCK | Dan Piepenbring on COLOGNE | Jeff Turrentine on BASEBALL MITT | Randy Kennedy on SNAKE RATTLES.

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.

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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