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Masked by mirage in deep playa stands a viewing platform that confers upon participants the degree of a point--zero dimensionality.

Mission Statement

Overlook confers upon participants the degree of a point, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto, specifically “that which has no part:” the ability to move zero dimensionally each way upon one’s desire instantaneously. Deeply optimistic, Overlook believes through instantaneous movement visionary change is possible.

Periscope prototype
Periscope prototype

Conceptually the piece revolves around a simple idea. If you raise your feet at or past your original eye level then look into a periscope that is oriented down such that your view is identical to its original, you have dematerialized your body. Thus you have become a point. Once you have realized this perspective, your view is then activated with the sense that you could simultaneously be in the landscape you are viewing.

Overlook seal
Overlook seal

So what does that look like?

Overlook was designed for placement in deep playa, as close to the trash fence as the Artery will let us. From a distance the piece is shielded by mirage. A layering of steel mesh we've come up with to reflect light from all angles. As you come closer and are able to pass through the mirage, you will find a large viewing platform looking outside the Black Rock City perimeter into open playa. It is here that you will find the periscope--an apparatus of dimensional loss--and be able to engage in becoming a point. The final significant element is our plaque. While the elements of Overlook are conceptually sound, it is clear that with the overstimulation of the BRC landscape, quick orientation is necessary to access a significant dialogue with the piece. We are excited to present our plaque to orient and provide ironic destabilization/humor. It contains the seal and mission statement and is placed on the platform facing out over the landscape, reminiscent of highway side scenic overlooks.

(Scenic overlook plaques. For visual reference only. Img src: http://tourguidetim.com/lake-henshaw-scenic-overlook/)
(Scenic overlook plaques. For visual reference only. Img src: http://tourguidetim.com/lake-henshaw-scenic-overlook/)

While the primary experience of becoming a point is designed to heighten and expand the participant’s body in space and time, the secondary question we want to emphasize is “How do we contextualize all of our experiences to the Playa before and after BRC, and to our lives in and out of culture during the rest of the year?”

What you are helping fund (we're paying much out of pocket)

  • 40-60 steel posts
  • Industrial strength Kee Klamps
  • Lots of steel mesh
  • Stacks of lumber
  • Handful of plywood
  • Overlook plaque etchings
  • Badass low-power, super-bright LED flood lights
  • Solar panel and necessary thing-a-ma-jigs
  • Deep cycle golf cart batteries

About us

Russell Dudley earned his MFA in photography at the University of Arizona. Dudley is a professor of art at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV. Having lived most of his life in the western United States, Dudley and his art are deeply informed by mountains, desert, climbing, and being alone both in the land and in a more existential way. Dudley has said his images provide “the kind of sense you make when you have stayed too long alone.” 

Raised in Nevada, Logan Lape earned a BFA in Digital Arts & New Genres from Sierra Nevada College in 2011. There he created interactive sculptures, responsive lighting arrays, solar drawing bots, and more. He has been a student, friend and collaborator of Dudley’s for years. 

Together, the we have created an installations in Virginia City, LA, Reno and the Great Basin, curate and run the Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College, and most recently led student trips both through the Great Basin and to Black Rock City. This year we are bringing a group of students out to the playa to operate a theme camp.

Concept sketches
Concept sketches
Initial Mirage testing--playing with materials, angles and lights
Initial Mirage testing--playing with materials, angles and lights
Buttons! Your merit badge awaits
Buttons! Your merit badge awaits

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