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Burning Man 2009: Plan on checking out these art installations!

May 23, 2009

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Burning Man tix going fast! Low-income & scholarship apps due May 30 And why would you apply? check out the links to these cool art installations that will be out on the Playa for Burning Man 2009!


Every year Burning Man allocates a percentage of its revenue from
ticket sales to funding select art projects that are collaborative,
community-oriented and interactive.  We do this in order to support
the Burning Man art community, and to facilitate the creation of
outstanding art for Black Rock City.  The vast majority of art
installations on the playa, however, are not funded. In 2009, a
percentage of your hard-earned ticket money helped to fund the
following art installations, for all Burning Man participants to enjoy.


Bio*tanical Garden
by Rossella Scapini – Berkeley, CA

Bio*Tanical garden is the avant-garde in biological harvesting.  This
innovative greenhouse cultivates human organs and body parts in pots
until they are ready to be trans-planted!


Carbon Garden
by False Profit Labs – San Francisco, CA

Carbon Garden is a garden of flowers made out of carbon fiber (the
same stuff as the stealth bomber, Boeing’s most advanced airplane
wings, and possibly your bicycle fork if you’re extra cool).  Each
flower will have a small flame that can change its size up to 30 times
per second from a candle size to about 3 feet. Flowers react to people
around them with ultrasonic range finders, and “talk” to each other in
a language of fire.


Chaotic Harmony
by Hedy Sirico – Philadelphia, PA

Maybe the true beauty of art is that it provides no definitive
answers.  Maybe its power rests empirically in its questions.  What do
you see when you think of a tangled bank?  What of plants and singing
birds on bushes?  Beautiful people swarming like insects about the
installation, some stopping for nectar, some flying to other flowers.
Are they really all that different from each other?  Is this concept
of dependency truly a complex manner?  Are all of these things truly
produced by definitive laws?  Have a seat, friend.  Ask a question.
If it be from your heart, you may not leave with an answer, but you
will leave … changed.  Just by asking the question.  Chaotic Harmony
is a 4-sided assemblage sculpture, a tribute to evolution, starting
with oceanic life at the bottom, moving upwards to land-based life,
and finally to creatures of the sky at the top.


Chimera Sententia
by Rebecca Anders & Jessica Hobbs – San Francisco, CA

As if pulling itself from primordial ooze, the Chimera Sententia rises
from the playa floor.  A creature of indeterminate origin out of sync
with time and place greets participants; a hybrid expressing a point
where evolutionary paths cross. Its body represents a timeline of
evolution, from the beginning spark of life to a vision of future
possibilities seen within its illuminated head.  With a length of
thirty feet and reaching a height of fifteen feet, the Chimera’s form
strains to lift and pull itself forward by its forearms, its head is
bowed low powerfully pushing forward with its expanding mind as its
sides labor with breath.  Its reptilian body slopes away from its
illuminated head, morphing into crustacean as it curls back into a
segmented tail.  From a distance the Chimera’s presence is enlivened
with pulsing breath-like fire running down the crest of its spine and
light seeping out from within its body.  The Chimera is a steel-based
structure; the extremities of its spine fin, forearms, fishy tail and
mastodon-like tusks are exposed sculpted steel, while its thorax,
tail, neck and lower head are covered in a flexible skin evocative of
a leathery organic surface.  Its conical eyes protrude from its face,
its glowing cranium is sculpted in translucent resin and fiberglass,
allowing internally projected light and shadow to play across it.


Cubatron L5
by Mark Lotter – Menlo Park, CA

The Cubatron L5 is a 3D LED light sculpture.  It consists of 5 Modular
Cubatron arranged in a rectangle 8×40 feet wide and 13 ft high.  Each
Modular Cubatron is made up of 1000 lights within an 8x8x8ft open
aluminum frame.  They sit on top of a 5ft high steel pipe platform.
People can view from any direction or crawl underneath.


Eighth Wonder
by Amy Shapiro – New York, NY

Eighth Wonder is an archeological site where participants brush away
playa dust to reveal the fossil remains of modern day items such as an
iPod or an Oscar award.  These icons are examples of the theory of
survival of the fittest applied to cultural creation instead of
biological development.  One is an archaeologist of one’s own
culture.  Our era has had advancements in communication larger than
any previous time.  Like in biological evolution, changes and chance
mutations can occur.  The participant uses archeological methods to
reveal our era bringing to mind the question of time being an
artificial creation.  One physically experiences how our culture will
be viewed by future generations.  Eighth Wonder is about the
timelessness of human existence.  What are the memorable and lasting
images of our society that will survive for centuries?  These images
are repeatedly covered in dust utilizing the natural environment as a
key material.


by Carl Sanden – Seattle, WA

The Evo-Wall begins as a woodpile that grows, changes and evolves to
become an obstacle that blocks, a barrier that burns and a wall with a
door that unlocks.  Beyond the door there is more, a dome structure
with fabric streamers provides some shade for all and houses a short
story about the wall.  As Burners visit maybe they will learn the Evo-
Wall is more than just a sperm.


Fire Of Fires – The Temple
by David Umlas, Marrilee Ratcliffe, Community Art Makers – Austin, TX

As human nature and perception have evolved, whether we feel with our
heart, question with our mind, or attempt to explain our reality …
fire has been at our center.  At the center of our structure is the
fire.  Encased in thirty-two vertical feet of clear polycarbonate
sheeting, nine gas lamps come alive as a tornado of flame as
participants interact with the Temple.  From one flame, all lamps can
be kindled: fire imparts infinitely without loss.  From a single,
human desire all branches swirl out and find form upon a tangled bank.


FlameThrower Shooting Gallery
by Matisse Enzer – San Francisco, CA

Modeled after “County Fair” style shooting galleries the Flamethrower
Shooting Gallery provides a flaming twist on a long-standing American
tradition and pokes gentle fun at the American fascination with
firearms and personal power, along with the Burning Man fascination
with fire and “radical self expression” by allowing and encouraging
participants to literally play with fire.  The Flamethrower Shooting
Gallery provides maximum participation for doing dangerous things,


by Rosa Anna DeFilippis, Peter Youngmeister, Caroline Mills, John
Devenezia – San Francisco, CA

Gee-Gnome! is a sculptural representation of a garden gnome, 5′ tall
and 2′ wide, cast in aluminum to create a realistic depiction of
General Gnomius the Great. During the day, Gee-Gnome! will primarily
rest, silent and still.  Occasionally, when Burning Man participants
get too close, Gee-Gnome! will shake with displeasure. However, heat
lethargy prevents further escalation.  Once the sun goes down, Gee-
Gnome! slowly awakens.  At first he appears docile, burning with an
inviting ambient flame.  But gnomes are quick to anger. Suddenly, Gee-
Gnome! shakes and jumps up and down with fury.  No longer oppressed by
the hot daytime sun, his anger quickly escalates, with steam shooting
out of his ears.  At the pinnacle of his tantrum, his hat breaks open,
releasing a jet of multi-colored methanol fury 70′ into the sky.  Once
the cycle of anger is vented, the gnome returns to his deceivingly
docile form. Until next time….


Holding Flame
by Patrick Shearn, Cynthia Washburn – Los Angeles, CA

Holding Flame is a steel pergola covered in sheet steel latticework.
The ceiling is plumbed with propane which, when burning, creates a
roiling ceiling of fire. Contours created on the surface of the
ceiling control the pattern and flow of the fire as it moves outward,
trying to rise and searching for oxygen. The result, when seen from
below, is mesmerizing and engaging.


by Iron Monkeys – Seattle, WA

In`cu·nab”u·lum is the universe turned inside out, scaled down to a
size we can relate to, and placed on our fingertips.  Encountering
In`cu·nab”u·lum, participants will be led to consider one of the
primary dualities of our existence: Our rational minds tell us that we
are an inconsequential part of a vast, uncaring universe; yet, we
know, in another sense, that we are responsible for creating our own
universe and that nothing exists outside our own experience.
In`cu·nab”u·lum will allow participants to explore these two concepts
and encourage them to consider how different they really are.


Key Note
by Michael Christian – Oakland, CA

A figurative piece made entirely of locks – padlocks, door locks,
cabinet and chest locks, car locks, bike locks, locks, locks, locks.
Locks we use to secure all we find of value or feel the need to
protect.  The world as we create and understand it.  The figure will
be dragging a very large key ring holding thousands of keys the while
embodying the feeling of one in continual motion – a body in pursuit
of another key, the right key, the one key.  A paradox of life as we
know it.


Luminous Passage
by Gary Long & LA Art Group – Los Angeles, CA

Luminous Passage will line the entrance to Center Camp with large
flower-shaped light sculptures, ten on each side of the Keyhole, for a
total of twenty flower-lamps.  Proceeding from Center Camp toward the
Esplanade, the design of each flower-lamp will become progressively
more complex, beginning from an early stage of development, such as a
single bud, to a bolder, more vibrant and visually evolved flower form.


Portal of Evolution
by Bryan Tedrick – Glen Ellen, CA

Portal of Evolution is a sculpture based on the female reproductive
system.  A portal is formed with petal like steel plates from which
spring fallopian tubes and ovaries.  Emerging from the top is a
kinetic butterfly with a seat in the center for passengers. Overall
dimensions are 26′ tall x 32′ wide.


Raygun Gothic Rocket
by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, John Manyjohns –
Berkeley, CA

The RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKET is an immersive large-scale installation
consisting of a 40′ tall metal rocketship connected via walkway to a
taller gantry launch tower with a well-defined lighted perimeter.
Participants can interactively explore the rocket’s three interior
chambers accessible through the bottom of the rocket and the top of
the rocket via the gantry.  Aesthetically, the Rocketship explores the
rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular.  Existing between
yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was … it is a
critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo & Manga Nouveau.


by Flaming Lotus Girls – San Francisco, CA

Soma translates the anatomy of neurons into metal, fire and light;
magnifying the microscopic world to an epic scale.  Soma’s two neurons
bond through electrochemical pulses.  One neuron appears partially
buried in the playa, the other floats overhead while an elegant axon
arches between them.  Fire and lighting effects flow like
electrochemical signals from the buried, transmitting neuron over the
high-reaching axon to the elevated, receiving neuron.  Each cell body
contains a spinning fiery nucleus.   Long dendrites undulate away from
them.  Throughout the sculpture, fire and LED lighting accentuate not
only the curves and geometric forms, but also the transmission of
information.  Soma offers participants an interactive installation
that investigates the very basis of thought.  It invites them to be an
active force in this communication, to gather together and input via
controls, sharing their knowledge and messages of warmth.


Steve: the Robot H.E.Ai.D.
by Uber Geek Project – Seattle, WA

In the modern era, human evolution has long left the constraints of
biology.  Progress is determined by our capacity to share knowledge
and collaborate, creating emergent entities that exist outside of our
mortal shapes.  With Steve: The Robot H.E.Ai.D., we explore the idea
that the next step in our human evolution is when these emergent
entities wake up, become in some way self-aware, and start speaking to
us as individual nodes within its larger brain.  Inside the brain of
Steve, groups of people will completely immerse themselves in a
collaborative, generative sound/music experience that culminates in
awakening the sentience of a Human Energized Artificial intelligence


The Burninator Grid
by Bill Codding – San Francisco, CA

The Burninator Grid is a large-scale fire installation – a set of
computer-controlled large flame towers compacted into a small area.
It will take the concept of the Burninators, which previously have
been focused on using large expanses of the playa as a canvas, and
concentrate it by scaling down to a small area of very intense heat
and light.  The patterns will still be able to be seen from anywhere
on the playa, but the real visceral experience will be had by walking
into the grid of flames.


The Drifting Encyclopedia At Burning Man
by Zach Morris – Woodside, NY

The Drifting Encyclopedia is an immersive, interactive museum housing
an assemblage of American oddities, scientific and historical fact,
questionable accounts, and implausible, but nonetheless true,
representations thereof.


The Heron Project
by Christina Sporrong, Christian Ristow – Taos, NM

The Heron Project is a large-scale modular sculpture that will serve
as a versatile performance space and also as a public, interactive,
kinetic playground.  The Heron crane appears and vanishes amidst a
Playa dustorm, part pre-historic bird part oil derrick, its head moves
slowly beckoning.  There are people climbing and hanging from it with
deliberate grace.  At night its wings move with fire, illuminating the
tall skeletal structure lightly perched on the ground.  The Heron is a
Triassic playground, at once natural and constructed, kinetic yet open
to interaction on many levels.


Nowhere Omnibus Service
by Pete Johnson, Steve Double, Toby Slater – United Kingdom

The Nowhere Omnibus is simultaneously a piece of interactive art and
Black Rock City’s first genuine public transport infrastructure,
providing a regular, reliable, timetabled route around the playa, to
the Man and the Temple every day of Burning Man.  It will take the
form of a red, double-decker London Routemaster bus, complete with bus
stops around the Esplanade and visits to Burning Man art exhibits.


The Watch
by Chassy Cleland, Brooklyn – NY

The Watch starts with a question posed 200 years ago:  If you were
walking across a barren landscape and found a pocket watch on the
ground, how did it come to be there, and in this context, is it any
different than an animal or plant?

This installation is a 10′ diameter version of that watch, embedded in
the desert surface.  As biologists look inside animals to trace
evolutionary ancestries, answers lie within The Watch.  The interior
clockwork is exposed, with additional gears scattered nearby.  Built
as a zoetrope, each spinning cog tells a story about how life came to
be.  Some cogs run the ticking clockwork, displaying stories that
interlock to form our best understanding of the evolutionary clock’s
mechanisms.  Other cogs are scattered nearby, re-telling origin
theories discarded in favor of those that better fit with the
scientific observations and discoveries of the past two centuries.


Towers of Shiva
by Dave King & Controlled Burn – Reno, NV

The Towers of Shiva is the third and final evolution of the Shive
Vista Project.  It is a place where humans and fire breathing hardware
dance together in the heat of the night.  An elevated fire performance
platform is lit by fire breathing towers and a row of mechanized flame
effects.  Drummers, Fire dancers and synchronized flames blend
together in a powerful expression of the Art of Fire.


Who Gave Birth?
by Laura Kimpton – Nicasio, CA

The theme this year at Burning Man is “Evolution”. When thinking about
evolution, I think about Where We Came From.  I believe we evolved
from the earth meaning the Earth Gave Birth to all living things. At
Burning Man 2009, I propose to build an art installation entitled “Who
Gave Birth?” with an underlying evolutionary theme of “Earth Gave

This art installation is a celebration of all MOMs, and the feminine
energy that comprises the true understanding that the original MOM is
The Earth.  We were all born from The Earth.  We live in a time where
this understanding of our true MOM as The Earth has been forgotten.
We look to other means to guide us through our lives — we look to
books, words, masculine energy, religion, TV, the Internet —
exclusively human elements to guide us in our lives.  I believe if we
looked to the energy that gave us life, “The Earth”, we would be
living more in balance.  We would understand that if we looked down to
our Feet, to the Dirt, the Trees, the Earth energy, we would find a
wisdom that would surpass all other wisdom.  In designing “Who Gave
Birth?”, I see a unique opportunity to also celebrate my MOM, and all
MOMs. It is a way to truly rejoice in the understanding of the power
of what it takes to be a MOM.

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  1. seotonsgeek permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:39 pm

    Seotons test
    C’est l’avenir du seotons


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