Help us build a Spaceship that lights up the more you interact with it, so we can illuminate the community at Burning Man this year. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 26, 2013.
About this project
We are passionate about taking the Luma Module to Burning Man and gifting the community with a light-giving spaceship. We are delighted to have been invited by the organizers to take the sculpture to what is the biggest art festival in the world, but we cannot make it happen without your help.
We have put together a package of rewards for your contributions which we hope will make you feel part of the Burning Man Luma Module experience, even if you are not able to attend yourself. They are beautiful items in and of themselves, if not a little quirky, and not just a token gesture.
An example of the £25 reward - A self assembly 3D model of the Luma Module can be seen in the video below.
The Luma Module is a crash-landed, interactive spaceship that is in direct response to this year's Burning Man theme of Cargo Cult.
The spaceship will measure around 6 metres in length, have a 6 metre wingspan and will be 2.5 metres high. Inspired by a trilobite fossil, the structure will be a combination of CNC cut plywood and timber. The skin will most probably be vacuum formed panels and the the wings covered in scales with balls breaking through.
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Interactivity and Gifting
As it is a community art piece, we were keen to make it interactive. On board the craft will be an altar where festival goers can “give and receive light”. Participants will receive a light-up ball, the colour of which is representative of their "inner light" status, as read by luminosity machines. They will then be encouraged to gift the ball back to the spaceship in order to light up the panels on the outside of the cabin walls. As the week long festival progresses each individual that gives of their inner light will know that they have contributed to the Black Rock City community by helping light up the Luma Module.
The wings of the Luma Module will offer shade, a respite from the blistering heat of the desert. As the interactive part of the sculpture takes place inside the cabin area we have done all we can to create a chimney effect so we can keep the cabin cool. As we want to burn the Luma Module at the end of festival (in accordance with its ethos of leaving no trace), it will be constructed from burnable materials and stripped of anything that is toxic.
Although our lead artist DD has her own ideas of where the idea of the Luma Module came from which she talks about in the video, our consultant Technothropologist Mavis Powers tells a slightly different story.
In the first video, Mavis has been asked to be a consultant on the Luma build.
In the first video, Mavis explains about the time she found the Luma Module.
Whoever you chose to believe, the Luma Module was inspired by a spaceship whose alien inhabitants were forced, following a crash landing, to nurture their inner light in the hope of giving off enough outer light to guide rescuers to them. Mavis studied the original distressed craft and its revealing Captain's Log, and now acts as consultant to the Luma Module.
We plan to construct the luminosity machines in the UK, but the rest of the build will take place in San Francisco from late July onwards. Travis Perkins the builders merchants have already pledged to support the project by providing plywood for the frame. We have a California-based project manager on board who will co-ordinate US operations and oversee the final build and transportation to the Playa where the festival takes place and we will be looking for more people to add to the crew State-side as the festival date approaches.
Risks and challenges
With any sizeable construction project the biggest challenge is completing the build on time. Since we are based in London this challenge is particularly acute. We will carry out a partial pre-build to proof of concept in the UK, then the remainder of the build will be carried out in California before the sculpture is transported to Black Rock City.
We have an expert team, and in particular a US based project manager with experience in taking a successful art project to Burning Man, which should mitigate the risks of late running and help us overcome any logistical glitches on the ground.
The many areas of technological expertise in our team should mean we can overcome any malfunctions or machinery issues, which may well arise in an inhospitable environment like the Black Rock desert Playa.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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