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Tranquility is a mock space rover that connects the exploration of humanity's two final frontiers: Outer-space and Inner-space.

Tranquility is a solar-powered mock space rover that connects the exploration of humanity's two final frontiers: outer-space and inner-space. The rover tracks hundreds of artificial satellites transforming their paths around the Earth into a musical sequence while droning engine noise. Inside the rover, a single operator can influence the engine noise with the power of his or her own meditation via an EEG brainwave headset. The rover can be steered to areas that better facilitate a feeling of tranquility via an onboard camera system that connects the actions of those around the rover to the pilot’s concentration. With recent cuts to our national space program, Tranquility provides a vehicle for us to contemplate ourselves and our role in the universe.

But, Tranquility desperately needs some improvements.  After receiving glowing responses to the project in February at the Harry Wood Gallery, I would like to improve the efficiency of Tranquility's systems, specifically the camera and monitor navigation system.  Right now, the computer, monitor, and cameras than allow Tranquility to move use so much power that it can not explore and play audio at the same time.  This must be fixed!  Since the hull of the rover is already built, I am raising funds to improve the electronics that manage the ship's interactivity.

If you would like to see progress made on Tranquility so far, it will be on view March 9th to March 19th at the Mesa Center for the Arts Festival of Creativity, which is free and open to the public.  This event will provide me with another opportunity to test the rover and get feedback on changes that would make this next iteration of Tranquility the best it can be.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my project.  If you would like more information about Tranquility, please visit my website.  You can also read about the project in the Phoenix New Times or ASU News.

Here are some photos and links for the different rewards you can get:

This webpage has a list of the movies included in the quicktime reward-

Flight Suit included with 30min rover experience (will have your name, flag, be your size, have Tranquility on the back, and will not have additional NASA patches)-

One of Three Tranquility Explorer Pins-

One of Twenty-five "you have everything you need" blind letterpresses cards-

One of Ten original run Harry Wood Gallery postcards-

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    A beautiful glossy Tranquility photograph postcard sent strait to you and signed by me! And your name on my website, thanking you for your support. Included with all rewards from here down.

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    Genuine Tranquility Explorer mission pin, measuring 1.5" x 4.5".

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    Signed and numbered first run "rocket" postcard from the Harry Wood Gallery exhibition. Only ten available!

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    A signed "you have everything you need" numbered blind letterpress card.

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    Gets you quicktime movies of all my past interventionist performance art. Yup, footage from Trash Painting, Tree Planting, Road Work, and more. Select the "Interventions" category from the drop down on my website to preview some of these events.

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    Fifteen minutes exploring the ASU campus while piloting Tranquility! You get to drive the rover and control its audio with your brain, see how well you can relax, and the effect you have on others. I will be walking along beside you, and can answer any question you may have about the project in person. Please note, you must be able to get yourself to ASU's Tempe Arizona campus to take advantage of this opportunity, and schedule a time with me during the month of April, 2012.

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    Be the Test Pilot. You will get thirty minutes of driving time with Tranquility on ASU's Tempe campus to explore and meditate. Plus, you will also get your very own, custom sized white Tranquility flight suit embroidered with your name on the front and Tranquility screen printed on the back. I will be right there with you, and can answer any question you may have about the project in person. As a Test Pilot, you will get to try out some of the new systems made possible by your funding. Please note, you must be able to get yourself to ASU's Tempe Arizona campus to take advantage of this opportunity, and schedule a time with me during the month of April, 2012. Your flight suit will be available towards the end of the month, if you'd like to schedule so you can wear it during your test flight.

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