An interactive project designed to celebrate the infinite intimate connections between people through play, sensuality, and flow.
Video by Dimitri Kouri, with visuals by Elijah Parker (our visual designer) and Ryan Challinor (our programmer), and music by Kendall Clark (one of our sound designers)
So what is Synapse?
Infinite Intimate Connections
Synapse is an interactive project designed to celebrate the infinite intimate connections between people. We want to encourage a state of euphoria through play, sexuality, tribal dance, and flow. One “player” unlocks the music and psychedelic projections by dancing within the soundscape in front of a Kinect camera. The other participants are situated in a comfortable environment to soak in the audio/visual experience.
The installation goes through four stages.
Play - Kids: Laughing children, playful bursts of color, and playful music
Intimate - Sex: Heavy breathing and moaning, internal sounds of the body, visuals of fire, faces, and intimate close ups, thick dance music
Tribal - Gaia: Natural sounds of the forest, mandalas created with natural footage of water and earth, tribal percussion music
Flow - Cosmic: Frequencies and feedback loops, spacey drone, solfeggio healing frequencies, cosmic mandalas and fractals
What's the Budget?
Just a few days ago, Synapse was fully funded up to $25,000. Unfortunately, tragedy struck our patron before finances were solidly in place, and we now find ourselves without proper funding.
The good news is, since we thought we were fully funded, we've been working hard getting Synapse ready for Burning Man! The phase 1 program is practically finished, and that's the most complex hurdle complete.
The bad news is, without $25,000 solidly in place we have to tighten our belts and make some sacrifices. The two budgets below reflect our minimum and ideal budgets. $10,000 plus $5,000 from me is enough to bring Synapse to Burning Man, but every dollar earned past that will go into making Synapse bigger, better, more complete, and more properly attended by her loving crew.
We are actively seeking patrons for this ambitious project.
Scaled Budget ($14,449):
Travel and Transport: $4000
Backup Projector Lamp: $300
20' Dome: $6500
Passable speakers: $700
Awesome Budget ($27,699)
Travel and Transport: $8000
BIGGER Projector: $2500
2 backup lamps: $600
20' Dome: $6500
Cuddle-Puddle structure: $700
Custom Computer: $3500
Huge speakers: $3000
Kyma Synthesizer: $3062
What's the history?
This is my second experiment in a series exploring the power and potential of immersion. The first, a game installation called "Deep Sea," just won the Independent Propeller Award for Innovation at this year's SXSW. Joystiq.com headlined it as "The Scariest Game Ever," and one player got so involved that he fainted.
But "Deep Sea" was only a first step. Fear is potent, and exploited all around us for art and commerce. But moving participants to euphoria - reminding them of the sensual pleasures of being a perceptual being - that's a harder and, I like to think, more noble goal.
If you're at E3 this week, come find me at the Indiecade booth to give that first experiment a try. The lines tend to be long, but if you pledge $100 or more, I'll usher you to the front.
Yes! But I can't pay for shipping.