A mysterious, interactive, pan-religious, proto-orgiastic portal of sound and image to transport participants beyond consensus reality.
So What are You doing?
My team and I are building MerKaBa, an interactive, magical prayer portal. We will install this portal at the 2013 Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. We have a grant from Burning Man to build the base structure. We are asking your support so we can purchase the equipment necessary to make our portal really hum. We want to make sure that when you encounter MerKaBa on the playa, we will have provided you with a sophisticated, interactive, psychospiritual instrument of transport. We want to make sure you have a blast playing with our sound and light interactive toy.
You're building a MerKaBa? What in blazes is a MerKaba?
The traditional mercaba is a mythological transport device that allows the devout worshiper a face to face audience with his or her local deity.
Our MerKaBa device will be a psychedelic prayer portal for transporting thousands of Black Rock City citizens into a contemplative and celebratory interaction with their own powerful imaginations. And beyond, of course!
As a work of art, our MerKaBa is an exploration into the nature of consensus reality and how we use it to interpret — and to shape — our experiences within predefined cultural norms.
How exactly are you going to make this?
We’re already started building a 9’ tall hexagonal dome out of 12 gauge steel. The steel will be plasma cut with a fractal pattern revealing a turning mirrored obelisk on the inside. The obelisk will be filled with the prayers and aspirations that you send to us and will turn 24/7 for the duration of the event until we remove your prayers to burn in the Temple Burn on Sunday night.
The dome will be painted white to better reflect a hallucinatory dreamscape video montage that will be projected onto all six sides of the dome. Many of the avatars of your favorite deities, philosophic leaders or intellectual giants will make an appearance. You are free to worship, dance, sing or recite poetry as you bask in their darshan.
How are you making it into an interactive instrument?
Our MerKaBa dome will be equipped with ultrasonic and infrared sensors. As you approach the dome these sensors detect your proximity and movement setting into motion an interactive array of sound and lighting effects.
We invite you to send us audio files of your prayers, yearnings, desires and demands so we can mash them into an array of different sound montages. Feel free to speak, chant, sing, scream, or whisper as feels appropriate.
When you explore these ultrasonic and infrared triggers out on the open playa……. the musical prayers you induce from the MerKaBa dome might appeal to the local gods, attracting their divine attention. You might even stir the interest of the Giant Alien Cat Overlords rumored to be lurking nearby.
Yikes! And then what happens?
Depending upon your faith, anything might happen.
Perhaps, rapturous angels of ecstasy will draw you into deep exotic, florid and orgasmic hallucinations of group orgiastic hierophany.
Perhaps you will discover the MerKaBa’s secret G-spot.
Perhaps you will spend the entire week activating wave upon wave of sycophantic climax for one and all.
Perhaps you will simply have a rollicking good time activating our visual and audio tricks.
This project is gonna be awesome! So what do you need?
We want to involve you, we want to entice you to contribute. We have a range of gifts to offer in return, things like MerKaBa stickers, pendants and t-shirts, as well as the opportunity to include your prayers and chants in the portal itself. For more generous donors we want to offer handmade ceramic art based on the MerKaBa theme.
Your donations will go towards the electronics, sound and light that have to be both cutting-edge, cool and bomb-proof to withstand the incredibly harsh conditions of the open playa.
We’re thrilled to be working on this, and hope you are thrilled to be a part of it now and once we get to Burning Man!
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Frankly, with a project that is this far out of the box, I've already encountered wildly varying and inaccurate price quotes for materials, water-jet cutting, electronics, etc. I have dealt with these one at a time but am now estimating that I will need to spend at least $3000 over our budget to make this as fun and exciting as envisioned. I actually hope that donations exceed this: every extra dollar allows the team to put even more finishing touches and surprises into the experience. I've installed complex art projects on the playa for years and have helped build the Temple and other major works, so I know what the physical challenges can look like. Our team is working to make every element of the MerKaBa project tough enough to withstand heat, dust, burners and, of course, giant cats.
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A trance-inducing MerKaBa sticker with our thanks.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker, and your written prayer (up to 100 words e-mailed to us) installed into our prayer wheel for duration of BurningMan event and then burned in the temple on Sunday night.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and your audio prayer (up to one minute) included in the MerKaBa transformational audio track.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and special playa ceramic MerKaBa bling!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and a copy of the MerKaBa Audio Soundtrack on CD.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and a MerKaBa t-shirt OR Unique hand-made ceramic tile with the MerKaBa image (your choice).Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and all of the above rewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A MerKaBa sticker and a unique hand thrown ceramic platter with the MerKaBa image.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Your name written in the Book of Life, engraved on the walls of the Unseen University, sung by angels aross the River Yaan. Also an Original Sculpture by the artist. Oh, and a sticker.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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