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Kinetic Child is a 20 foot tall Mechanical Newborn Child's head. Anyone may enter the child's mind to control the Child's eyes & mouth.
Kinetic Child is a 20 foot tall Mechanical Newborn Child's head. Anyone may enter the child's mind to control the Child's eyes & mouth.
59 backers pledged $5,724 to help bring this project to life.

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News Flash : NPR news station (KUT), gave us their top headline for 7/17, thank you KUT!  : http://KUTnews.org/post/austin-get-ready-giant-mechanical-newborn-baby-head

Did you ever have the feeling that your physical possessions were taking over your life? … Think of your home, your house keys, your car, your car keys, your wallet, purse, the things inside your wallet or purse… For many of us, in the western world, the list never ends. 

What happens when just one of these items is lost? Life stops. 

How can we truly understand ourselves and our own beings when we are covered and surrounded by so many objects?

The KINETIC CHILD project was envisioned as an art based challenge to the objectification of life as we know it; an interactive, hollow, mechanical, 20 foot tall newborn child's head, brainstormed to life by David Altair Karave. 

Anyone may enter the head and experience the 5 object-shrines installed within the newborn's mind, created as ironic re-representations of the most cherished objects of humankind. Then, a spectator can control the child's expressions via mechanical pulleys and wheels for the massive eyes and mouth.

The message : A gigantic mechanical effigy to the objectification of humankind. 

Psychokinetic Child is an artwork rooted in the realms of sociology, objectification, the nature of freedom, clothed/covered/objectified culture versus naked/open/independent world views, psychology, consumerism, early human development, parenthood and the passage of knowledge, neurology, mechanical art, implicit interactivity, architecture, theater and puppetry.

The Kinetic Child has already been supported by Burning Man. This project was given an absolute vote of confidence from the greatest art festival in the world, and given status as an official 2013 artwork! 

However, the starter grant was not enough to cover our total expenses. We still need $3,500 for travel expenses via a bus which was generously loaned to us. The bus' round trip gas expense from Colorado-Austin-Nevada-Austin-Colorado will cost us at least this much.

Our CNC production costs, professional CNC 3D design fees, and wood costs were higher than we expected. That puts us in the position of still needing to come up with $1,500 to cover these fees and pay for the huge amount of wood required to build such a gigantic sculpture. 

We're also asking for $500 to cover transaction fees, so that $5,000 does indeed go to our community art project. 

Thus, we are relying on you to help us. This is not just a heady pipe dream but an absolute reality. We are more than half way done! Our project is a 501-c-3 a non-profit, run by local Austin and international volunteers, who seek to create wonderous and fantastical artwork that questions our basic existence in a profound way. We have some amazing gifts to offer in return. If you feel compelled by this artwork's message and interactive mechanical wonderment, please give. 

Kinetic Child Officialhttp://www.kineticchild.com

David Altair Karave Official : http://www.crashingart.com 

Wikipedia / David Altair Karave : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotic_art#Performance_art

Socialhttp://www.facebook.com/kineticchild

Burning Man Official : http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_honor.html#673

We will be showing our art in Austin, Nevada (the Burning Man festival), and Colorado. Come out and see us!

Want to know more? … Still interested? Read on… as I delve into this artwork's core message …  

The KINETIC CHILD or PSYCHOKINETIC CHILD is an interactive, mechanical-un/sacred-shrine within a larger than life newborn baby's head. 

Psychokinesis is understood as the real or unreal act of turning unanimated matter into movement. Magicians may claim to "magically" give life to ordinary objects with the power of their mind. 'Psychokinetic Child' gives any participant the chance to become a "parent-puppeteer" magician, controlling a gigantic child's mind from within. A gigantic face appears on the horizon, at once still, then suddenly endowed with seemingly "magic", yet in reality "mechanical" life. From this juncture-point of interactive play, I hope that deeper questions may arrive in a spectator's mind. 

Inside the hollow head, as you turn the wheels which control the head's eyes, mouth, and expressions, you are also confronted and surrounded by unsacred objects. Five interactive recycled object-shrines, each dedicated to the first objects imagined to confront a human's awareness, psychedelically surround you. The first shrine of food. The second shrine of clothes. The third shrine of chairs. The fourth shrine of cars. The fifth shrine of phones. 

This is the socio-cultural-stuff which even now, informs almost Every Aspect Of Your Life. When will we have the opportunity to pause, just for a moment, and contemplate the impact of all of this Stuff? 

How may we sense a ghost within the machine? Could an object live through us? What is a chair's will? This chair-filled sedentary lifestyle turns our bodies into the shape of a number 5. This has resulted in a a national crisis of back pain. Could we say that a chair's only desire is to be sat upon? Does our clothing describe us as individuals, or convey the effect of clothing upon our culture and perceptions? We created phones and cars. Could it be argued that these objects are now creating us? Why do we rarely think about all of these objects' "invasion" of our lives? How can we truly understand ourselves and our own beings when we are covered and surrounded by so many objects? 

Can we recreate the light sense of innocence and wonder that we once experienced as children, before any of these objects existed in the absolute sense? It was a time when 'Everything Could Have Been Anything'. Some buddhists say that "the ultimate aim of Buddhist meditation is freedom from the bondage of attachment to objects". But what if these objects play such a crucial role in day to day life, that our freedom itself is challenged? It is a struggle worth winning. If we are victorious, we may find that self understanding is the psychological plunder of objectification. 

Risks and challenges

The Kinetic Child project's greatest challenge, after financial considerations, is the effective use of team work to our team's top potential. 80% of our crew is located in Austin, TX, but with several crew members located in various states and countries, effective communication and emotionally/mentally continuous connections require hard work! Many of us, including myself, are used to relying on ourselves and working solo, but this project requires so much more. Nevertheless, we shall rise to the challenge as we have before!

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    T-Shirt Style #1 : Architectural layout, front view of the Kinetic Child Artwork (direct view of the mechanical face), a Da Vinci inspired design with mathematical ratios of the human face directly integrated into the shirt, created by the project's architect, Matthew Ostrowski.

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    DVD documentary of the Kinetic Child Project :

    Receive an exclusive, limited edition DVD documentary that includes :

    -A breakdown of the complex CNC plywood routing process that was used to transform this project from a 3D artwork into a physical sculpture.
    -David Altair Karave, creator and special effects artist, talks on the process used to create the mechanical / animatronic eyes and mouth.
    -Karave speaks on the philisophical, sociological and cultural genesis of the Kinetic Child project's art and message.
    -Interviews with David Altair Karave (creator of the project), Matthew Ostrowski (lead architect), and other crew. Ostrowski describes the process of envisioning unique, hyper modern architecture.
    -Documentary footage of the crew and art's long road journey from Colorado to Austin to the Nevada desert.
    -Documentary footage of the final burn of the Kinetic Child sculpture, with a guaranteed mesmerizing video of the Kinetic Child head in flames.

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    We have a very unique DVD to offer : How to build gigantic mechanical puppets. This is a one of a kind DVD, featuring inside details on the creation of the mechanics behind the 20 foot tall mechanical puppet head and the huge controllable eyes and mouth.

    The price for the DVD is just $35.

    Support the Austin and Colorado artists creating this, while at the same time receiving an extremely unique how to video on creating gigantic puppetry mechanics!

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    DVD documentary of the Kinetic Child Project with the signature of the lead artist, David Altair Karave, and architect Matthew Ostrowski. This signed DVD will be a collector's item worth exponentially more in the future.

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    Receive the gigantical mechanical puppetry how to DVD, with the signature of the lead artist, David Altair Karave, and architect Matthew Ostrowski. This signed DVD will be a collector's item worth exponentially more in the future.

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    For top supporters : A working model of the Kinetic Child head, as a unique limited edition item, with a letter of authenticity and signature of the artist. The model is designed to be a joy to play with, and will include special levers to move the eyes and mouth.

    Karave is already a well known robotic sculpture artist, soon to be directing for the cinema, and this piece of memoribilia is expected to be worth exponentially more in the future. Choose this gift for your best return on an art investment for the future.

    In addition, as a top supporter, we will place a personal thank you, or place any object of your choice, within the Kinetic Child. Images of this thank you or object will be given inclusion within the project documentary, as you wish.

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    David Altair Karave will give a speech for your university, business, organization or gathering.

    Karave has spoken on the subjects of : Robotic Art, Sculpture, Future Cinema, Future Art Forms, Max/Msp/Jitter programming for the creation of installation art, Sociology and Social Constructivism as a means of creative expression, Art Therapy (including autobiography based clay animation as a healing process), Ancient Astronomy and Mythology.

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    The ultimate playhouse for children or adults :

    The Kinetic Child Project is built for you, as a permanent or semi-permanent artwork for your museum, playground, gallery, university, business grand opening, or back yard.

    Imagine the joy of owning a 15 foot tall mechanical head, whose expressions you control yourself!

    Costs for the shipment of the art, lodging/food costs for one week, and creation of an impermeable weather barrier skin (if the gigantic head is kept outdoors) will require additional costs, depending on current shipping/transportation fees.

    Email info->at->crashingart->dot->com

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