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Fly this robot to unknown horizons!
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104 backers pledged $25,035 to help bring this project to life.

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THE PROMISE OF FLYING CARS AND DRIVERLESS VEHICLES. 

If you have followed Maria del Camino, then you know of this wildly ambitious vision brought to life.  Ghost riding SideShows from East Oakland to the deep playa of Black Rock Desert, She has survived the ravages of fine arts venues, extreme heat, cold, the oblivion of whiteouts and dust storms. She has transported many brave souls high above the earth to unknown frontiers at warp speed and completed SuperTasks on the horizon at dawn events. And the future holds more... 

SuperTasks are a concept rooted in mathematics and philosophy— an absurd proposition that movement is reasonably impossible—"a loophole in common sense." 

The goal this year is to attract others into the field of this loophole and to build a massive, more interactive, community around the singularity that is Maria.

Event at the horizon, SuperTask #1.
Event at the horizon, SuperTask #1.

EXERCISES, MISSIONS & DEPLOYMENTS

The first step moving forward is to begin teaching others how to operate Maria with DRIVING LESSONS.  

The DRIVING LESSONS with certification will be offered locally, in the Bay Area, and will help to underwrite the whole project which includes gifting lessons at Burning Man. The time and location will be announced through email and Maria's website

NOTE: The satellite coursework at Burning Man will be listed in the Black Rock City Guide and subject to the vagaries of the playa, and therefore receiving certification there is not certain!

Over the last year, Maria's engine has overheated and seized on three occasions. There are now major repairs needed, as well as deferred maintenence. A preliminary worse case scenario estimate has over $12,000 in parts alone, $8,000 for labor and shop rent. The Kickstarter fees and perks total $5,000.

If this work comes in below the estimate or there are funds raised beyond the goal, they will be used to edit existing raw videos of SuperTask #1 & 3, by Anne Klint, and SuperTask #4 by Peter McCandless.

Flying with friends at Burning Man 2011
Flying with friends at Burning Man 2011

Photo Credits: Anne Klint, Terry Hargrave, Ted Rzad, Jomo Ruderer.

Video credit: Peter McCandless, Revs Program at Stanford University, Mark BendixenWired.

STICKER 

The red is reflective!
The red is reflective!

SMV T-SHIRTS

Front and back.
Front and back.
   
Front and back.
Front and back.

MAP DOCUMENT, SECOND EDITION

Sponsor a hole!
Sponsor a hole!

 

Map Document, Detail
Map Document, Detail

 

THE DRIILING PROCESS 

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The Drill Team at NIMBY, 2010.
The Drill Team at NIMBY, 2010.

DRIVING LESSONS

Don't be caught uncertified!
Don't be caught uncertified!

 

This could be you!
This could be you!

SHROUD OF MARIA

Face/Hood
Face/Hood

 

Bust/Roof
Bust/Roof

 RUST BUCKET

Buckets of holes!
Buckets of holes!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

A 5 ton robotic vehicle driven with a smart phone— what could possibly go wrong? Maria is a dangerous undomesticated machine. The heavy equipment platform with it's Frankenstein modifications make everything costly and challenging.

I am keen to expand the arena of how and whom is to operate Maria, but this takes training a dedicated crew. There are no safety features other than the operator's good sense. So, I am proceeding cautiously. One step at time.

Before any of the Driving Lessons can take place, the repair work must be done. And it will be very expensive! To pull, rebuild the engine, and to determine how extensive the rebuild needs to be, cannot be known until the engine has been opened up. I have assumed the worst case scenario as far as costs. Availability of parts could present a scheduling problem— getting back to the playa this year is a deadline.

I know with help from friends, the support of NIMBY, Liminal Labs and the Drill Team, we can rally and deal with it, as we did in 2010!

The financial stretch for this Kickstarter campaign is significant. I don't have a clear understanding of the audience and the community's ability to support this work. With this said, I know Maria's audience has grown significantly since the first Kickstarter. For example, I have learned over the years that even though I do not know most of Maria's audience, especially at Burning Man, she is well known visually. But most people do not know her name or mine. So the challenge here is for outreach. I will rely on fans getting the word out, and I am ramping up my use of social media.

I believe offering Driving Lessons for this awesome machine is one direct idea to begin building a deeper community and network around Maria— moving towards a future that embraces the actual, the very physical, and definitely not vicarious!

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    Maria del Camino GIF

    A heartfelt thanks and a GIF will be emailed to you with Maria del Camino performing an endless SuperTask on your desktop. Your name will also be added the Map Document (see below) along with all the others who have supported Maria over the years.

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    Maria del Camino 2018 Calendar

    Includes 13 all time favorite photos of Maria from the past seven years. Includes important dates related to Maria, her creation and inspiration. You will also receive a complimentary sticker!

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    Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) T-shirt

    The classic Maria del Camino logogram on the front and the SMV (ASAES 276.7, non-compliant) triangle on the back. Choose either black or aqua, in both women's and men's sizes. A complimentary sticker included!

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    Sponsor a Hole!

    Join in with all of those who have contributed either their time or money to help realize Maria from the beginning. A hole will be labeled on the Second Edition Map Document with your name. It is 20"W x30"H, shows all the holes drilled in her body, printed on fine paper, embossed with an official Maria del Camino seal, signed and dated. A complimentary sticker is also included!

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    Body Work

    Rita Cristman CMT, the Certified Massage Therapist, who straightens out my wrenched body after performing Side Shows; has generously donated a one hour massage as an incentive! She works out of both San Francisco and Marin County for convenience.

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    DRIVING LESSONS

    Learn how to ghost ride a 5 ton robotic vehicle!
    Learn about hydraulics, how to safely operate skid steer, perform basic gymnastics, fly in slow motion high above the earth with friends, create a spectacle, do playa donuts, draw on the earth, lay rubber, ghost ride the whip, drive remotely via smart phone, and prepare yourself for the next generation of driverless cars!

    Each class is 3 hours long. You may reserve a spot in classes to be offered at in the Bay Area, date and time TBD with participants in Fall of 2017 or Spring 2018. Participants will receive a Maria del Camino Operator's Certificate, embossed, signed, dated and numbered. Satellite classes will also be gifted at Burning Man announced in the Guide Book, and will be subject to the vagaries of the playa. All participants must have a valid Driver's License.

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    Rust Bucket

    There are 3 buckets of holes (I will retain a 4th as an "Artist Proof"), that honor the working process of many friends drilling by hand, tens of thousands of holes into the body, to create the half-tone image of Maria. Each one-gallon bucket is filled with metal shavings from the drilling of holes. Signed, numbered (1/3, 2/3, 3/3) and dated 2011 on the bottom.

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    Shroud of Maria

    Rust prints on canvas, signed and dated 2011 on the edge. Body parts were wrapped in canvas and rewetted with water over time. These are unique mono-prints. There is no edition, one off, only one canvas of each part of the body. The Map Document listed above accurately shows their place on the body.
    First come, first serve for choosing the various canvases.

    1. Head/Hood: 60"W x64"H
    2. Bust/Roof: 64"W x46"H
    3. Left Shoulder/Fender: 38"W x64"H
    4. Right Shoulder/Fender: 38"W x64"H
    5. Crotch/Tailgate: 64"W x36"H

    Local pick up only.

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