Welcome to Devoted; a tribute to the power of the vote.
Is casting your ballot simply a ritual, ingrained in the American tradition? Or, are election outcomes predetermined before the polls even open? How does democracy serve the people in today’s world?
The Temple of the Devoted is a place for meditation, dialogue, and action. We consider the personal significance of voting in relation to our communal influence on the US democracy. Join us to explore how our democracy can stand up against the influences super PACs, fake news, international interference, scare tactics, and gerrymandering.
Is voting more than an empty ritual, a relic of an early democracy? The time of passive participation is over. Take action, inspire others, and restore the foundation of our democracy!
We are the Devoted. Join us!
Devoted is an interactive multimedia installment. The Temple, modeled after the Patthirippuwa octagonal temple in Sri Lanka, provides a means for participants to interact with the each other, the government, and the art. The interior and exterior spaces provide environments conducive for both rumination and activation.
The structure of the Temple is constructed from steel and up-cycled campaign signs from the 2016 election. From the Roman Forum, to revolutionary coffee shops, to the nebulousity of the internet, the platform for civic engagement continues to evolve. The exterior of Devoted provides a safe space for civil discourse, debate, and activity. The white walls are available for participants to respond to prompts, tag their thoughts, or add their opinions to the mix.
Inside the Temple are four of the original “Hanging Chad” voter booths from the 2000 Florida election. Each of the voting booths are equipped with a web-connected tablet programmed for Devoted. To preserve the experience, Participants can put their thoughts into words and save them in an electronic “time capsule”, or make an immediate statement on Twitter.
The participant decides their own level of involvement. Upon submission, messages are anonymously posted to the @DevotedBurner twitter feed, though anyone can tag themselves (or tag POTUS!). Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, the original messages are burst out to the author to remind them of their intentions. Burners can also elect to anonymously share their message with another participant.
Devoted is an interactive sculpture designed to provide a new forum for political discourse. This installation is a living work of art. Each participant’s contribution will evolve the final piece.
Devoted is an installation for Burning Man 2017, Radical Rituals, that explores the intersection of technology and social media with freedom and our right to self-govern. Outside, a forum for civil discourse. Inside, a temple for meditation and personal reflection on the role of politics in our lives.
The Temple of the Devoted will provide sanctuary from the sun while Burners experience the piece in view of the 10 principals, including:
- Communal Effort
- Civic responsibility
“The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender's inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for everyone else the proper pleasure of ritual.” - C.S. Lewis
About the artists:
Joe Miller is a vision scientist...literally somebody who tries to understand how others see things. The tools of his trade are computers (which make interesting images to look at) and cameras (which measure the eyes response to something the brain judges to be worth staring at).
Joe is also an engineer who loves using his hands. He was a Maker long before Vol 1 No 1.
But mostly, Joe is a citizen who tries to do the right thing. He became a citizen of Black Rock City in 2011. He and his HopperCodes friends produce GPS software for the disoriented of Black Rock City (PlayaGPS and PlayaCompass), and have caffienated BRC with "Shots Fired", the propane powered, manually pumped espresso machine, and fed the hungry with "The Crooked Crepe" propane heated crepemaker.
Joe is also a citizen of The Default World, and he was deeply disturbed by the 2016 Presidential Election. As the votes were tallied he found himself unprepared to handle the results. His despair at the outcome of the election inspired him to take action, and so the design of Devoted took shape over the next grim and frightening months. Ultimately, the installation evolved into a communal meeting space. At the Temple of the Devoted Joe hopes to meet other motivated citizens and rediscover the meaning of patriotism.
"Devoted" is Joe's expression of citizenship and his belief that informed voting is one's most important responsibility as a citizen. He hopes that your participation at "Devoted" in 2017 will remind you to vote in 2018.
Risks and challenges
The software back end is the greatest challenge, but our team is up to it. The actual installation design is complete, the election signs collected, and the welding underway. The funds requested are sufficient to cover about 80% of anticipated budget.
Perhaps the greatest risk is that of the loss of free speech. Will you do your part to keep voting free, and not just a click-based revenue opportunity?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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