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Kickended, The Online Graveyard For $0 Funded Kickstarters

Artist Silvio Lorusso has created a collection of crowdfunded projects that failed to get even a single donor.

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CAMBION: 'Sacred maze' exhibition on the occult and the mind: £550 goal; £0 raised.

"We are a young group of curators creating an immersive experience about the theoretical links between the occult and psychoanalysis.

+ The only things we need the £500 for are black paint, mdf for set construction, and costumes for the performance artists who'll be acting out a fake ritual written specially for the exhibition by playwright Kate Clement."

Potato salad aside, Kickstarter projects have a success rate of about 40%, according to Kickstarter's site. Among the failed 60%, some come close to their goal, but some sad ones fail to get even a single donor.

These $0 are the ones that Italian artist Silvio Lorusso is interested in. That's why he created Kickended, a museum of failed Kickstarters that couldn't raise a single cent. Since it's actually rather difficult to search Kickstarter for failed projects, Lorusso uses Kickspy, a site designed to help people find projects to fund. Lorusso automatically scrapes projects with $0 from Kickspy and feeds them into his site. So far, he has over 8,000 $0 projects archived. Unlike other collections of bad Kickstarters, Kickended's interface looks the same as the real Kickstarter. It's a weird, sad mirror image.

As Lorusso describes it on the site, these failed projects are "free from the pressure of money raising, these retain the purity of abstract ideas."

As an artist, Lorusso says he has special sympathy for the people who put their creative aspirations up on Kickstarter. "I wouldn't say that they are 'failing': many of these people develop their artworks anyway and Kickstarter represents for them only one of the possible showcases," he told BuzzFeed News in an email. "I stumbled upon several projects/campaigns that are interesting, compelling, smart or even touching."

Seeing so many projects with merit fail so spectacularly has made Lorusso skeptical of crowdfunding. "Much of the 'success' in the Kickstarter's ecosystem seems to depend on factors that go beyond the project's idea: influencers' support, marketing skills, convincing texts," he said.

"Crowdfunding is generally framed [within a] Silicon Valley, start-up narrative characterized by the myth of a general and complete democratization of the means of physical and intellectual production — to put it in Evgeny Morozov's words. Succeeding in crowdfunding might not be that easy."

Here are some of the best failed Kickstarters:

Cyber Cafes: Photos of Internet Cafes from Around the World: $50,000 goal

"A Digital Photography Book about Internet Cafes from around the World, the patrons that use them, and workers that staff them."


Hand painted custom European mount: $6,000 goal

"I have combined my two passions; Hunting, and painting."

Broken Record (film): $37,000 goal

"Broken Record is an in-depth analysis of our modern music industry and the ulterior agenda behind it.

Broken Record takes a behind the scenes look into the origins of the music and symbolism we have grown so accustomed to. We have interviews with several industry insiders ranging from musicians to marketing executives, as well as three leading university professors who specialize in symbolism, psychology, and political science in an attemp to find the truth."

Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.

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