Houston CORE 2013
After an amazing last year bringing ReinCOWnation out to the playa and our first beautiful burning art--Houston CORE is back at it with our second project for Burning Man. Once again, we're asking the fantastic Kickstarter community for your help! This year's project is huge and creepy and interactive and is much more involved than our beautiful bull in terms of material needs and execution! The Cargo Mother includes bending metal & pipe, CNC fabrication of wood, computers and switches and hacking, lighting and then of course the biggest cost... shipping this Cargo Mother 1,971 miles to Black Rock City from Houston, Texas.
Our team has grown a lot from last year and we look forward to making all of our backers happy and furthering our pursuit of grand Texas art in the desert.
Check out all of our new work on our website - http://houstoncore.org/
"You can kill us—Burn us. But we will never die".
In keeping with Burning Man's Cargo Cult theme, we watch as John Frum returns to earth in the distant future...the last vestige of life he finds is the ever multiplying, inexplicably indestructible cockroach. It is overgrown and overly protective of the greatest in technology, obligatory for humans in our day... computers. This pregnant giant roach fosters a super computer displaying much of the interactivity we have all evolved to expect from these glorious machines we depend upon for our very lives.
The cockroach embodies the memories of our culture, fixed deep within the supercomputer, showcasing what we as humans do to our planet, each other and what we could do—or could have done to better prepare for the future. We will see just how close we came to being a type one civilization.
The cockroach has been watching us all along and maybe—just maybe she knew she would hold forth as witness to John Frum and tell a story of human evolution that we, ourselves, are on the verge of becoming so engrossed in that we destroy our own chances of knowing where or how we shall end up.
Perhaps... in the distant past, when the earliest Cargo Cults received their blessings from this Man/God, he intentionally left the cockroach on this planet, deposited it as a species to bear witness our works with his many gifts—to keep an eye on us.
Perhaps you’ve encountered a cockroach and run screaming or smashed it with your shoe…or maybe you just twitched every few minutes for a while and shuddered, ehhgghew!.....Perhaps you’ve encountered one of these abominations in the deep south, or along the Gulf Coast? Well in this as in all things, Everything is bigger in Texas.
The high water table, humid climate and heat of the Houston region is a Mecca for these bugs and if you’ve encountered one here, you have probably not yet gotten over the hair-raising icky intense other-ness of the damn things—and you’ve probably realized that if you’re going to live here—you’re going to need to get a bigger shoe.
They skittle and squirm and fly and crawl in your hair and generally freak us completely out. I’m nearsighted and noticed a weird black splotch on my ceiling above the bed as I lay down just seconds before it lost it’s hairy grip and fell on my face—the only recovery from contact with this animal is sometimes to scratch your own eyes out.
That said, we know how much they have endured via our poisons and eradication attempts, not to mention those of other cultures over the centuries. And we are told they will endure beyond anything we know. Our cockroach is of Houston, but will gain in stature and vision as we bring her to the desert anticipating John Frum’s return.
Houston CORE at FPSF
Editing : Stig Daniels of Java Time Productions - http://javatime.us/
Other Editing : Noah Goodman
Music : The Limousines - Triangle Circle Square - http://thelimousines.com/
Risks and challenges
Last year we proved ourselves in making a giant bull climb out of the playa for the first time as a Houston large art group. With large collaborative art, there are endless possibilities for setbacks! We are all constantly learning, evolving and understanding all the aspects of the piece from engineering to fulfilling concept. We will definitely encounter a lot on this project from keeping the computers working in the middle of a 100+ degree desert pelting them with tiny dust, the metal structure holding all of our custom connections to the CNC wood panels. bIt's going to be a great journey and it's the difficulties that draw our team together to dig down and make the solutions happen.
We've done extensive fundraising here at home and this is just the start of our online efforts! Our biggest challenge will be transport...after the build phase of the piece has funded here with Kickstarter, please keep an eye out for a final phase of funding for shipment!
28 foot cockroaches are heavy, man!
- (20 days)