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.
REWARDS An example of the £25 reward - A self assembly 3D model of the Luma Module can be seen in the video below.
Luma Module is a crash-landed, interactive spaceship that is in direct response to this year's Burning Man theme of Cargo
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.
Spacey Level: You'll get a bag of spacedust rock candy, that stuff that pops in your mouth. It comes in sealed bag bearing a picture of the Luma Module. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Glittery Level: A postcard of the Luma Module with a handwritten poem by the former alien crew will be posted to you. They're pretty excited that their craft is inspiring our art and want to tell you all about it. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Scaly Level: The surface of the Luma Module's wings are scales. Your name will be written on a scale, we'll email you a photograph of it in situ on the craft and send you the scale once the festival is over. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Illuminated Level: Now your inner light status is growing for sure. We'll put your name on a glowing ball and place it in the Luma Module at Burning Man. We'll then email you a photograph of it in situ and post the ball to you when the festival is over. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Phosphorescent Level: Receive a fantastic light-up interactive LED artwork depicting the Luma Module. This is a limited edition collector's item produced using alien technology from the future which the former crew have given us special permission to use ;) A perfect reward for those who cannot make it out to Burning Man this year. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Radiant Level: You will be named in Captain's Log kept on-board the Luma Module. Once the festival is over, we'll send you a framed copy of the page that your name appeared on. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Spacedusty Level: Receive a gorgeous Luma Module Playa dust 'snow' globe. Perfect if you can't make it to the festival but want to see the Luma Module complete with a Black Rock City white-out. We will throw in stickers and a 3D self-assembly model of the Luma Module too. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Enlighted Level: Now your generous soul is really glowing. You will receive a fantastic 3D laser cut acrylic lamp that lights up with LEDS in the design of the Luma Module. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Transcendent Level: For this amazing level of support we would love you and four friends to join the Luma Module crew on the playa for a mouth-watering dinner of dehydrated Space Food. We'll also throw in stickers and a 3D printout of Luma for you and your guests and photos with the crew as they place a glowy ball with your name on it into the Luma structure. . We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates. [Note: We are not providing flights or tickets to BM]
Beaming Level: Receive a fabulous limited edition Luma Module “inner light status” measuring machine made using "alien technology" from the future. It really will give a readout though the aliens might have to decipher it for you. It will be beautifully designed, incorporating lights of course. We'll also keep you spinning in our orbit with regular email updates.
Ethereal Level: You will receive a package of all the fabulous rewards listed above and the eternal gratitude of both the human and alien crew. Your inner light will be off the scale. [Note: We are not providing flights or tickets to BM, but if you are not attending the festival we can post the dinner out to you as it's space food and therefore dehydrated :)]