2000 THEME ART INSTALLATIONS
Art Supporting 'The Body' Theme
by Russel Wilcox
The Burning Man will be the solar plexus of a giant horizontal body laid out in laser beams thirty feet above the playa, in the shape of the logo.
This will be the world's first giant pictogram in lasers, clearly visible from the air (think satellite photos!). The laser beams will originate from towers placed along the giant body, engineered by Russel Wilcox of Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, Burning Man participant since 1996. Laser engineer, designer of a major subsystem for a billion-dollar laser project, holder of four patents on lasers and related devices, inventor of new methods of creating light pulses for Laser Fusion which have been applied to Fusion lasers around the world, and designer and builder of optical/laser devices for science education, Russell is also a video cinematographer and editor, and is a former film grad student at SF State University.
The Ole' Fac-tree: A Smelling Tree
by Kate Alpert
FREE SMELLS FOR EVERYONE!
Follow your nose to where the magical smelling tree grows.
by Astrid Olafsen
It's all about the Brain... here you can see images of all sorts of brains: young, old, baby, alzheimers, trauma, schizophrenia, atherosclerosis etc. Burners may contemplate organic vs chemical, structure vs. function, spirit vs. gray matter, etc.
by Radiant Atmospheres / David Abel
Synaptic Mandala- the Jewel in the Crown (Chakra)- is a moving, ever-changing light mandala and surrounding light sculpture garden. Plus! the Oracle speaks at midnite-every night! Come bring your life's burning questions to the Four faces of Fate. Enjoy/add to the altar and interact with nightly performances.
by Cassidy Curtis and Chris Whitney
We are building a device called a telestereoscope (also known as a hyperstereoscope). What it does is move your eyes apart, from the usual three inches to a whopping ten feet, using carefully placed mirrors. As a result, you see the world as if through the eyes of a giant. The experience is wonderfully disorienting. It makes the world feel smaller and easier to reach, but also deeper and more intense.
Dr. Megavolt and the Eyes of the Man
by Dr. Austin Richards
Dr. MegaVolt will return to Burning Man in 2000. The good doctor will have two Tesla Coils on the roof of a large mobile platform. The Tesla Coils will create the illusion of blue eyes for the Man as seen from above. Metaphorically speaking, the clouds of electrical arcs will infuse the Man with reason and intellect.
by Christopher F. Carfi
Whisper (Aural Fixation) consists of two huge parabolic dish reflectors at each of the ears of the Body. When they are focused toward one another correctly, a whisper into one can be heard hundreds of feet away in the other. One never knows who will be at the other ear at any given time. The sound of drums, bells, and panpipes, as well as words, can travel ear to ear across the playa. Participants whisper sweet nothings to anonymous others, hundreds of feet away...
by Uri Schultz
Earz is basically a very powerful stereo P.A system mounted behind 10 foot tall paper mache constructed ears on two separate moving vehicles, one for each stereo channel. They will interface with every installation in the Body.
by Hendrik Hackl
The AMMONITE returns to the playa! Hendrik will again install his enormous prehistoric spiral seashell, which appeared at Burning Man 1997, in the ear of the giant Body, as the cochlea. One enters the Ammonite at full height and devolves to a crawl at the center of the shell.
by Christopher Schardt
- A 12' vertical pole that spins.
- Extending out at right angles from the top of the pole are 4 6' arms.
- At the end of each arm is a 42" tall cylinder containing 16 high-power multi-color LED clusters ("lamps") in a vertical column.
- At the design speed of 120RPM, a column will swing by 8 times per second.
- Each lamp will move fast enough so that if it stays on, the viewer will see it as a line, not a moving light. Since the lamp will be quickly changing color, the viewer will see it as a pattern of dots. (This illusion is caused by a characteristic of the eye, known as "persistence of vision".) Since each column is 16-lamps tall, a computer-like graphic display is created that has 16-pixels vertical resolution and theoretically infinite horizontal resolution.
- It's like a Times Square-style animated marquee, but cylindrical.
- The lamps will be controlled by a laptop computer. Passers-by can enter text and graphics into it and see them immediately displayed. The computer is connected to the main machine via a wireless link, allowing operation from up to several hundred feet.
- The computer will also be able to run text/graphic animations for hours by itself, allowing the creator to go play.
- The program that generates sequence data for Spin is feely available on the web, allowing anyone in the world to create content for Spin.
by the maze people
The Maze is a journey into the emotional elements of the embodied being: love, fear, intellect, sexuality, anger, direction, etc. Journey through the being and be lost in your soul; the maze will challenge your thoughts and sanity. Some will make it to the top, others may remain...
by Mac Downs and Sophie Neudorfer
You see a glowing cellular mass of white spheres; as you approach this light sculpture you will find eight of its spheres free hanging and dark, not glowing like the others. Each has a padded cushion beneath them. A faint sound beckons you from within the dark sphere. You see an opening large enough to fit your head. As you follow this invitation the ambient sound grows louder and louder and once your head is totally inside the sphere begins to glow, your eyes are awaken to 360 degrees of visuals.
by Greg Scoby and Steve Hall
The state of Somavillion has as its manifestation a glowing web of anxiety overlaid on the false dawn of our pre-conscious mind. Our fears advance and recede, advance and recede, driven by the tease of our submerged awareness. In our fever, we sweat and turn, our mind's eye focused on the hint of motion. Is it there? Is it waking? Did we wake it? Did it sense us? Will it creep into our awareness, bringing its many-legged fears? Tangled in the web, our every move is transmitting our vulnerabilities. We become ensnared in silken threads. Can we feel the predator advancing? Somavillion: the spider in the web of our pre-conscious fears.
by Kenny Meryman
FOO (Fiber Optic Oddity) is really several concepts and designs (scooter/rickshaw, costume and 12 foot head) using fiber optics as a medium. The primary art installation is the 12 foot head which will look upon "The Man" and ponder. It personifies what we all must feel when looking at such an awesome structure at such a perfect event. Fireworks on Sunday night will conclude FOO.
by Michael Christian
A bronchial form, controlled by participants, will oscillate, activating an internal pipe organ structure. The piece will radiate at night in reaction to the pipes as the participants control the air flow.
Ribcage / Birdcage
by Jenne Giles and Philip Bonham
The Ribcage will be an evocation of childhood. It will stand 17 feet high and visually resemble a birdcage, with a small swing located where the heart would reside. The participant is able to walk through the belly region (under the sternum) and out through the spine. S/he can climb up the ribs to sit in the swing, suspended high above the ground. S/he will feel small/incorporated into the body. When swinging, that motion will simulate the beating of the heart with a slow palpitation and breeze. The participant is transformed into the heart. Instead of the exuberant, unrestricted swing of playground swings, which we are all familiar with as children, the swing of the ribcage will be restricted by the size of the chest cavity. This will perform the sense of incorporation within the body, a feeling of restriction as an embodied being. Looking out of the ribs/sternum, it will also convey hope, as the bird swinging and singing in his cage, is a powerful symbol of eternal hope despite limitations. At night, the ribs will drip with slow, licking fire. As the flames fall around the ribs, the flesh of the metaphorical body will seem to fall away.
by Sidney Klinge and Charles Smith
Where the heart meets the earth you'll find our HEARTH. We're building a 20' tall iron and steel sculpture representing the human heart. Positioned above a giant fire cauldron, the Hearth will be loaded with wood each day in preparation for a nightly burn. Bring your wood and combustible offerings to help fuel the cauldron and keep it burning through the night. Come give the heart a pulse by pumping the huge bellows which forces air into the center of the coronary furnace. Around the circumference of the pericardial cauldron will be containers of alchemical powders which will issue various colors and sparks when tossed into the flames. Some performances are planned including Thursday's cremation of Yukon prospector Sam McGee. Our hope is to not only provide a living heart for the man, but also to create a meeting place, a stage for ceremony, and a furnace to warm the chill of late night wanderers.
Molten Iron Erupts in the Heart of the Man
by Michael Sturtz and the Crucible
The Crucible will transplant a living, beating heart into the body of the Burningman. The organ will pulse bursts of molten iron into the air with an echoing rumble. Standing over eight feet tall, the coke-fired Cupola will pump 200 pounds of molten Iron, lifeblood every six minutes at temperatures reaching 3000°F.
The Crucible's ironworkers and Burning Man volunteers will dig a shallow trench in the ground, creating an enormous mold to accept the molten iron flowing from the cupola into the form of a wishbone. The ceremony will begin in a rain of fire and liquid metal as an operating team pours molten iron into heart of the mold from 30 feet in the air, christening the form. The FINALE will introduce molten metal into small amounts of standing water, producing a dramatic steam explosions, hurling molten iron 100 feet into the air. The next day, when the wishbone has cooled, we will dig it out and erect it, creating a spectacular thirty-foot tall archway.
by Tomi Paasonen & Kunst-Stoff Dance Theater
On Friday night Kunst-Stoff will perform Tomi Paasonen's piece Endless, which explores love and the nature of relationships. On Thursday night Kunst-Stoff will share their stage with other dance companies such as RAPT performance group and Capacitor. A taiko drum will be beating to the rhythm of the heart throughout our stay at the Heart of Burning Man. Participants and drum beaters sought.
by Kamaya Lindquist
The heart is a very large, anatomical, paper mache sculpture.
Tantric Glowing Kundalini Lovespace
by David Biggs
What happens when two bodies embrace? They mix and mingle and one's ending is another's beginning. Shiva and Shakti show how its done in their Tantric, godlike style. Their bodies will form a twelve ft high lantern constructed of all natural fibers--bamboo, rattan, and cotton--seated on top of a pink lotus flower. All are welcome to inscribe their words on the skin. Fire performers and spoken word artists are welcome to join in before the final light ignites two kundalini serpents traveling up their spines, igniting the shakras along the way, and burning hot and bright until their bodies burn away leaving not a trace but the memory of their embrace and that energy traveling up their bodies' transcendental interstates.
by Finley Fryer
COALITA is a 14 Ft. high female figure: a fusion of fire and art. She is constructed of a welded steel armature, engineered to withstand heat in the range of 2000 degrees fahrenheit. Embeded in the steel skin will be layer of multicolored fusible glass, held in place by a mechanical means. On the night of the firing, the interior will be filled with coal and charcoal briquettes, and an air fed mechanism will facilitate the achievement of an adequate slumping temperature. The firing will take place from the bottom up. As the internal temperature nears the necessary heat threshold, external heat will be applied to fuse glass to armature and glass to surrounding glass. The next day, the coal will be removed and an internal illumination source will be installed. When she is lit at night, COALITA will appear in a similar fashion as the Chapel of the Burning Book (1998) and Stan (1999).
Body of Knowledge
by Dana Albany
A large-scale sculpture of the human body, entirely composed of out-date textbooks and discarded library books..The sheer presence of these books, what one could ultimately classify as discarded knowledge, re-used and sculpted into the human form, would silently speak. Each book represents a single cell or specific part of the body. Whether that book contains concrete scientific fact, fiction or poetry, its stories and tales help shape the human form, in its qualitative known existence to its endless mysteries. The sculpture's presence would evoke images of the Libraries of Alexandria and ancient history.
The Faces of Man
by Dan Das Mann
Three 20-foot high masks, one of copper, one of driftwood, and one covered in grass face each other on a triangular platform. Each face has a sensor which when activated by motion will begin crying and singing.
The copper is rock/fire, the wood is opera/water, and the grass is blues/sand. At the top of the heads is a fire which burns through the night as the hair.
Surrounding the masks are approximately 20 small faces on poles, each with their own quiet music and each made by a different artist.
by David Tonnesen and Maja Kuzmanovic
This work wishes to inspire discussions about the decrease of the global bio-diversity, due to the practices of transnational 'life industries'. These industries range from pharmaceutical to agricultural, dealing with genetic manipulation of human, animal and plant cells, birth control and patenting organic materials such as seeds and DNA samples. GroWorld consists of three parts: TransDimensional BioSphere, Growth Bunker, and Night Shadows. The TransDimensional BioSphere is a forest of electro-luminescent wire that comes alive as people interact with it. The Growth Bunker is a sheltered space, situated inside of the forest, with animations of growth triggered by presence of people and their movements. Night Shadows is a wall that captures participants' shadows (at night) as they pass in front of the wall. Burning participants will be able to interact with all three installations.
The Solar Plexus
The Burning Man will stand at the center of the Solar Plexus surrounded by:
The Impotence Compensation Project Version 2.0
aka: Big Fire Cannons around the Man
by Jim Mason
The Impotence Compensation Project asks a simple question... Is this yearly ritual of pyrotechnic mayhem... this machine-art apocalyptic fantasy... this aggressively dysfunctional absurdist dystopia... really an attempt to reconceive the foundations of human society, or it is, at its core, a thinly veiled ruse to indulge unresolved issues of male virility?
The construction of "symbolic" male fertility in compensation for the "natural" fertility of women is one of the central issues of traditional myth and ritual- from transvestite creation stories and faked menstruation in New Guinea to the Virgin birth and Cross in Christianity. Might this attempt to symbolically empower "infertile masculinity" also be the core dynamic of the Burning Man phenomenon? The Anthropologists want to know. The Impotence Compensation Project proposes to explore the deeper soundings of this question with a high-altitude pyrotechnic Symphony, a phallic cataclysm of 300 foot columns of flame, destroying the environment at over 30 gallons of kerosene a second.
by Tim Black
The Man is surrounded by a large ring of sychronized lights embedded in the playa and moving around the ring with great speed in varying patterns.
Fire in the Belly
by Susan Glover
The Fire Ring, also known as the Burning Ring of Fire, returns by popular demand and will be located at the navel chakra. Fire performers welcome. Make an offering within the sacred circle. Come to dinner -- Eat Fire in the Belly!
by Zachary Coffin
Last year during Burning Man a meteor shower dazzled participants, and one of the fallen meteors has been recovered and will be placed in the center of the Fire Ring as the Navel.
The Boom Boom Womb
by Dan Bree
A truly regressive experience, the Boom Boom Womb is a 40 foot long Womb that is just big enough for you and your 40 closest friends to crawl into and return to the days of pre-consciousness. Practice your fetal curl inside the soft, enveloping space as arteries and veins light your way inside, and the sounds of the womb surround you. It is recommended that you enter through the Fallopian tubes and exit through the Cervix, but in the end, the choice is up to you.
Phallus of the Man and Yoni Gate
by Pepe Ozan
This year's incarnation of the Burning Man opera is sited on the Body to function as the sexual vortex of Black Rock City. The giant opera ritual on Friday night is the climax of a weeklong reanimation of recently discovered Ancient Atlantean technologies in order to mystically arouse "High Desire" and harness its resultant "Pure Love" energy. If we properly arouse and channel enough of this energy, we will be able to complete the hermaphroditic cosmic union of the giant flaming Lingam with the Yoni portal, and thereby reestablish contact to the presently submerged Atlanteans. In harmony with their mystic religion (whose Alien origins survived in their purest form in the Goddess-worshipping Minoan culture of ancient Crete), we will hold nightly Atlantean rites of 'rhythm wave' dance in the Village of Atlantis and initiations within the giant pyramid at its center.
LLC: Labia Lighting Construction
by Mark McGothigan
The entrance to the body is an orgasmic experience with the lights designed by the Burning Man LLC (Labia Lighting Committee).
by David Normal and Max Hunter
The design of the Giant Anus is a 12' diameter sphincter with two mighty squatting legs. It sits on an 8' tall pedestal. It lights its own farts from five pressurized propane torches crowning the uppermost regions of its obscene arc, thus lending the Giant Anus a total visual height of perhaps over three stories. A turd staircase leads up to the grand orifice and a slide exits it. It has a stage built atop the pedestal and thus facilitates a variety of performance. It is designed to be burned and is endowed with a formidable pyrotechnic arsenal.
by Lewis Zaumeyer
Zygosis occurs on the playa. The organism of burning man demostrates the primordial procreative urges with the erection of the zygotic form in the open playa. Meanwhile the gameteangium roams the community producing hormonally hyped and agitated gamete in search of fullfillment. The tension builds toward the climatic event of zygo whereupon the gameteangium approaches the zygote to ejaculate the gamete. Orgasmic relief is stimulated by a multi-sensory presentation designed to frenzy the gamete as well as on-lookers. The impregnation and conception process begins with the zygote igniting a powerful presentation of explosion and fire that results in the zygomorphic act of the gameocyte releasing three newly enlivened homozygote rolling out onto the playa on fire.
The Temple of Nut
by Bill Stender
This is a modernist temple featuring 5 graceful white sculpted pillars forming a pentagram. They guard the oracle, a black egg-shaped alter which represents the yoni.The oracle will, if properly presented, gift the seeker with an answer to any question. The pentagram figure is symbolic of the humin being, the four elements of earth along with imagination animating the whole. The Yoni at the center represents the soul, the connection to the unconscious, Infinity or God. Here is where we must turn to remain in harmony and fulfill ourselves in the world.
This is an attempt to raise the mythical temple of NUT. NUT is a Goddess of the Egyptian pantheon and in the Revelation of the Tree of NUT, an oracle was delivered which united the wisdom of peoples of many lands and of ages not yet come to pass.
The lesson of the Revelation of NUT is that the key of wisdom is Pleasure. It proclaims a feminine formula of majik as the way to fulfillment and harmony amongst all forms of life. It also teaches that the Self is God and that there are as many Gods as there are stars in the heavens.
The Golden Tower
by Susan Robb
An illuminated cylindrical tower of golden liquid.
The Crucifixion of the Soul
by Michael Tscheu
On a life-sized cross covered with fashion magazine covers that promote a lot of cultural magical thinking, will be crucified a female torso. Near the cross the poem "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver will be displayed.
Burning Man Pillar
by Fritz Liebhardt
BMP is six foot tall wooden pillar with a clear acrylic globe mounted to the capital. Inside the globe an effigy of the Burning Man is suspended and rotating slowly, lit by black and strobe lights after dark. Are we not a collection of thoughts and actions trapped within the enclosure of our transparent society?
Flaming Metal Dragon
by Lisa Nigro
A fire-breathing, mobile, mechanical Dragon will lead a nightly procession to each of the Man's Chakras. Participants will be encouraged to join in the Procession and help roll the chakra ball(s), also symbolic of the Dragon's Pearl, to the appropriate chakra position for igniting on the Man's Spine. Theremin playing, Puppetry and Theatrical/Fire Performances will surround and embrace the Dragon all week. A Grand Finale depicting the myth of the Dragon-Serpent protecting the sacred Golden Apple Tree is scheduled to take place at the Dragon's Lair: time and day to be announced.
Illumination Project #15 - Bodies in the Wind
by Charlie Gadekan
Illumination Project # 15: Bodies in the Wind - a 20-ft. x 400-ft double-sided painting/ sculpture: Steel, Canvas, Light, and Color, Wind and Fire. The painting-sculpture will be visible rising and falling on the wind. Saturated in images of the body. Two Flamethrowers blasting once an hour for 7 days mounted 20 ft. off the ground flanking the art. The entire 400-ft. work of art will be illuminated at night. Participate by using your body as a paintbrush on this monumental work of art. As the canvas transforms through the pure energy of fire, the participants and the images of their bodies will be propelled with the paintings into a dance of wind and fire, and disappear.
The Nicola Tesla Memorial BBQ & Discotheque
by Megan, Kelek Stevenson
I will be bringing a Tesla Coil to the desert, and using several large props to demonstrate it. I will bring a large cage that audience members can enter and be struck by lightning as well as a large fountain so that the electricity can dance over the water.
This is the area at the top of center camp which marks the beginning of the Grand Avenue to the Man. Past keyhole installations have been:
- Michael Christian's ORBIT (1999)
- Dan Das Mann's ONE TREE (1998)
- Jim Mason's TEMPORAL DECOMPOSITION (1997)
- Paul Windsor's STUPA (1996)
G-7 Stock Market Puppets
by Jim Mason
Has your particular case of Dot.com envy turned to blind rage? Has the NASDAQ money shower soaked and stoked everyone within eyesight but you? Confused as to why all your friends are trading their souls to run the next on-line Mall of America?
We invite you to confront your fears and cure your ills in our radically new, market-based, immersion therapy experience. It starts by stepping off the playa and into our satellite linked, real-time global stock market trading floor. Look around, it's OK. Go ahead and lose yourself in the mad and magical logic of the global marketplace - for therapeutic purposes only, of course. Cheer, cry, then cheer again as you track the financial markets of the world on 7 "empty suit" mechanical puppets, soaring 20 feet into the air with the latest IPO elation, only to plummet to the ground, without warning or reason, to fetal postures of weakness and desperation. The computer monitors for heads with tickertape eyes and index numbers pouring from their mouths reminds us what's really on their minds. Each of the 7 puppets are individually controlled by real-time movements in the stock market indices of the G-7 countries. A cacophonous soundscape of buying and selling, bells and gavels, victory fireballs and racing heartbeats keeps it exciting for even the most jaded of financial players.
Mesmerize yourself in our field of 30 TV's organically emerging from the playa, feeding 24 hour financial news and a soothing cathode glow to the inner investor in each of us Bet the camp, or what didn't blow away in the last windstorm, on the stock market puppet of your choice. Feeling bullish on Germany? Step up to the Blackjack style trading table at the base of the puppets and place your bet on the Germany circle. If the Germany puppet goes up, choose your prize from the pile of profit in the trading pit- gallon water jugs, cans of refried beans, packs of glitter and other useless Burning Man commodities. If the puppet goes down, you lose your bet and build the pile of profit for the next trading jockey.
Moving through The Body
by Robert Burke
Never before seen by the naked eye, and made possible only by the latest advances in possibility theory, Chromozoom is an internally combusted, chrome-encrusted, twenty-four foot spiral helix on wheels, a high-rolling DNA chain with a Detroit bottom and a million years of snaky history under the hood.
by Olive Beiringa and Body Cartography
A seven day movement performance ritual that will weave its way up the chakras of the man. Each days structure will be devised from the energy of that days chakra; from early morning meditations,to food, to contact improvisation classes to afternoon/evening interactive explorations and performances. Performers will be dressed in the color of the chakra of that day. All are welcome to come join and dance. Stay tuned for our daily schedule All are welcome to come join and dance. Stay tuned for our daily schedule.