3. Shadowdancer by TheWiz
Artist statement: My work is poised on the intersection between technology and art. It uses my engineering and Maker experience to create visually awesome structures with light and motion as primary elements. I seek meaning and purpose from hearing people say "Wow look at that!" My work has appeared at Oregon and Washington regionals and Burning Man itself. I am now a full-time techno-artist with plans to expand to other festivals and events.
Shadowdancer creates a shifting overlay of colored dancer's silhouettes combining real people and cutouts. At a kiosk, visitors can play Shadowdancer like an organ, making their own creations of colored light and shadow. A path invites them to participate from a dance space inside. Left idle it creates its own changing images.
We will be doing a structure that is double the size (length and width not height) that we did in 2016.
"The Museum of the Broken is a place where we refuse to let the shame or fear of judgement force us to lie or hide the pain we live with every day. A heartfelt and powerful exhibit of artifacts and art where mental illness is acknowledged as real and valid where we are finally allowed to say: "We are here. We are alive. We are fighting every day. We matter."
The Museum of the Broken will be a small art gallery approximately 16ft long by 10ft wide much like a room in a museum. Inside the gallery there will be clear acrylic boxes mounted on the wall, each box will contain a single "artifact" a material object contributed by a member of the community who lives with mental illness or mental health struggles.
I'm a graphic designer by trade (I created the SOAK survival guides and woven wristbands for the past several years) and I also create mosaic art. I was inspired by the superstition theme this year to make a GIANT (5' x 4' x 40" deep) cat head covered in broken mirror. Once the sculpting phase is complete I will use a mosaic technique to cover the cat with pieces of broken mirror that I have already collected (from free piles and through 'buy nothing' networks) and cut into tesserae.
Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] is an homage to Earth’s earliest thinkers particularly Plato and Euclid merging modern technology with the very foundations of mathematics and dedicating it to the culture from which modern academia was born. A perfect dodecahedron each side depicting the iconography of one of the Twelve Olympians centered in a stained-glass rosary design this four-foot hanging lantern will be lit from inside with 2000+ morphing LEDs. Just as mathematics are universal and unchanging the geometric designs on each face will remain the same and much like the higher vibrations of life the LEDs under the surface will be constantly changing and flowing making each moment under Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] totally unique. Digital stained-glass Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] combines classic antiquity with the state-of-the-art technology through the common thread of geometry. In the reflections of each of the deities we find reflections of ourselves.
As every side of the dodecahedron has a unique design the piece is meant to be experienced from all sides with people standing around sitting around or laying underneath the installation. Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] was designed to be enjoyed for hours with the the images and colors sparking great dialog and fun moods. We want people to stay to cuddle to zone out or be social to have their moment with the piece and to feel inspired and in awe. It's very very hypnotizing. The code was written to trigger alpha waves and stimulate the mind.
"PPE is an art project that raises the respect level of the bathrooms. This year I will be using mostly recyclable/upcycled material to raise awareness to the tremendous amount of waste we produce (Pun intended). My hopes are that by decorating/lighting/stocking the potties that there will be a greater respect level than what we traditionally see when people are left to their own devices."
18. ANANSI Dome by Gujral
Artist Statement: I have dreamed of building a chill space since burning man 2013 where some of my fondest memories involve happening across chill spaces and getting into deep conversations with friends old and new. I took many a nap in random hammocks and hoped that one day I could return the favor. My goal is for this to be a continuous project that I improve on and bring back to soak every year as well as burning man and other events. For this reason I am focusing on building with parts that can be repurposed and are durable against harsh conditions.
The Dome is contained within a covered enclosed 17 foot geodesic dome constructed out of EMT Conduit. Inside will be a light display containing approximately 720-810 addressable LEDs in the shape of a 7 petal flower origination from the center of the roof. The lights will be diffused with a translucent material either acrylic panels or a thin fabric. They will primarily be various colors although certain patterns may utilize white lights.A series of microcontrollers will drive the lights as well as various sensors such as audio light and video sensors. There will also be a panel of 10 buttons to directly allow for modification of the visual output by a passerby. Along the interior circumference will be approximately 4 single hammocks at ground level connected to multiple struts on each end to evenly distribute weight. Signage is going to restrict climbing of the structure for the sake of safety and protecting the equipment. I will be speaking with friends with experience with cuddle spaces to gain some insight and best practices to maximize clear transparent communication .
"I am looking to purchase more hooded cloaks, more lights, chains and basic mask making supplies. The number of participants in last year's March was more than double the prior year's and this was made possible via an art grant. This year I am aiming for an even larger cast of characters. It's a communal effort to put this thing on each year; many of the participants come from other camps or staff. We're militant regarding leave no trace and radical self expression."
20. Flamethrower Chandelier & Dragon Twist Chandelier by ramage
Artist Statement: In 2012 I went to my first Burning Man and discovered a world of art where giant metal contraptions belched fire and tesla coils played video game theme songs. Three story sculptures had lighting effects that reacted to your input on a tablet and fascinating structures that could be climbed on, controlled or otherwise interacted with. Sculpture designed to be played with rather than simply observed.The experiences, inspiration and connection these art pieces could facilitate shook me. Seeing what was possible in fire and LED art I knew I had found my medium. I knew I had to learn how to weld and how to wield fire and electronics to create whimsical experiences that are hopefully beautiful at the least magical and wonder inspiring at best and above all else just plain fun.Two years later I built the Flamethrower Chandelier my first flame effect and my first piece of installation art. I’ve been building or collaborating on installation art for the festival scene ever since. Attention to detail and interactivity are big focuses in my work and I strive to create art that can be played with and experienced in a participatory manner as well as being aesthetically beautiful.
“The Flamethrower Chandelier” is a 5-arm chandelier with LEDs and a bowl of fire on each arm. When pulled a chain with a crystal handle can be ‘played’ in short poofs or long blasts of pyrotechnics to illuminate the landscape. Inspired by the gasoliers of the 1800s but also incorporating modern technology the Flamethrower Chandelier is part steampunk part cyberpunk and part percussion instrument marrying mankind's oldest light source with our latest innovation.
The Dragon Twist Chandelier is an ornate wrought iron and aluminum chandelier with 6 arms each holding a 2 foot tall 4 inch wide quartz tube containing a fire tornado. Built using traditional scrollwork the chandelier is primarily renaissance in style but incorporates fire tornadoes for a dramatic juxtaposition of modern technology and traditional styling.
Artist Statement:"I am with a small art group and it is my vision to represent them and out group motto "Its not art until they play with it." All of our projects are intended to be played with by visitors so that they can interact and be apart of the art display."
"Participants will come upon an gate and realize that a beam of light obstructs their path. When passing through a horrid noise will let them now that they have failed the test to pass through this gate. Once they realize the nature of this gate they may challenge their friends to see who can pass through this limbo laser gate at various difficulties of height. Dimensions: 6.5 feet tall 56 inches wide 4 feet deep."
26. CraneCart by KHARTAM
Artist Statement- tl;dr: A small cart with unfolding side tables will wander around the event to engage participants in making origami cranes.
"The cart itself will be around 3' tall be bottom-balanced and big-wheeled to deal with the terrain and will have two "wings" that can be unfolded and have legs attached to make an expanded table on which participants are invited to make paper cranes. Cranemaking diagrams will be printed/modpodged onto the top of the table and Tree will be on hand for demonstration and guidance...I am specifically very excited to bring this project in the year of Superstition. There is an obvious connection in the story about getting a wish for folding 1000 cranes. I believe it especially important in today's world to also pass along the details of that story; Sadako Sasaki was two years old when Hiroshima was bombed and folded the cranes as she died of radiation-related leukemia at 12 years old. The USA dropped those bombs. I believe that we have a grave responsibility to remember what this country is capable of."
(Chandelier by Lillie Stinson & Josh Gambin. Image by Sepia.)
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