About this project
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.
EXERCISES, MISSIONS & DEPLOYMENTS
- Burning Man, Metropolis, 2010.
- Zero 1, Out of the Garage, 2010.
- Burning Man, Rites of Passage, 2011.
- Burning Man, Fertility 2.0, SuperTask #1, 2012.
- East Bay Maker's Faire, 2012.
- Burning Man, Cargo Cult, Art Drone, 2013.
- Stanford, Performance Studies International, SuperTask #2, 2013.
- International Auto Show, Cal Expo, 2013.
- Burning Man, Caravansary, 2014.
- NIMBY, multiple SideShows, 2014.
- NIMBY, SuperTask #3, 2015
- Burning Man, Da Vinci's Workshop, 2016.
- East Bay Maker's Faire, 2016.
- NIMBY, Art Car Fest, 2016.
- Ft. Mason, Neon Robot Iceberg, SuperTask #4, 2016.
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.
Photo Credits: Anne Klint, Terry Hargrave, Ted Rzad, Jomo Ruderer.
MAP DOCUMENT, SECOND EDITION
THE DRIILING PROCESS
SHROUD OF MARIA
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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