I also had a unique opportunity to project
Space Palette Pro visuals on a 70-foot high pyramid.
2 0 1 8
I attended Burning Man for only a few days. I left a memorial to Cathy (my wife of 38 years) in the Temple.
2 0 1 7
I was unable to attend Burning Man in 2017.
2 0 1 6
My 15th year in a row.
As in 2014, we camped in Illumination Village and set up the Photon Salon on the Esplanade.
In addition to the Space Palette and Deeje Cooley's tappr.tv dome, I brought my UniLooper installation.
Here's an album of photos and videos.
2 0 1 5
For my 14th year in a row, I decided to take a vacation from doing installations, and went as a (gasp) spectator. I used my newly-acquired 1990 Chevy G20 van and only went for half the week - got there Wednesday and left Saturday. Because I didn't have a project, I had time to check out the artwork more. It was a good year for art.
2 0 1 4
For 2014 our sub-camp (Space Palace) within Illumination Village created another Photon Salon - this time it included a dome with Deeje Cooley's tappr.tv, and the first Burning Man appearance of the new furniture-quality Space Palette.
2 0 1 3
Twelve years in a row, wow!
I again camped in Illumination Village, and this time
created the Photon Salon - an enclosed 10'x20' tent to house a variet of
The walls of the tent were made of sun-blocking fabric,
so projectors inside could be used and visible during the day.
Next to the tent was a hammock area with 5 hammocks, which were a big
hit both day and night.
Dinko was instrumental in building everything,
and a new friend Cedric Honnet was also invaluable with his
inexhaustible energy and ideas.
Heat inside the tent during the day was an issue, of course - it was a
challenge to keep things cool enough for people and laptops - but
I had things running most afternoons.
Inside, the latest version of the Space Palette was
available for people to play with. Actually, since the latest Space Palette
was much smaller, there were FOUR Palettes, two at each end of the tent, with
their output mixed together and projected on the wall.
end of the tent.
So, many more people got a chance to play them.
Also displayed inside
the Photon Salon was tappr.tv, an iPad app by
Deeje Cooley - people could draw with various graphical wands on two iPads,
whose output was mixed by a third iPad and then projected on the wall.
At night, the front wall of the tent was a projection screen for
LoopyCam and tappr.tv. Here are some videos:
2 0 1 2
My 11th year in a row. For the first time, I camped in a
large theme camp - Illumination Village - making it possible to install
the Space Palette right on the Esplanade.
It was running from 9pm to 5am almost every night, got a lot of traffic,
and was enjoyed immensely. I was delighted to be able to reuse most
of Monolith 2.0 (my 2009 installation) to make a wood projector screen
that could withstand high winds without any guy wires.
I also had LoopyCam running on the back side of the projector screen.
I built protective boxes (with fans and filters) for the 2 projectors
and 2 laptops. Dinko helped with building the screen,
Alyssa helped with lighting and installation, and Claudine tirelessly
helped with lighting, installation, and teardown. Here's a video
showing people enjoying the Space Palette:
2 0 1 1
This was my tenth year in a row. In order to have a good location
for my Space Palette installation and get early arrival,
I applied as a (very small) theme camp
for the very first time. It was called "Multi Multi Touch Touch Camp", and we got placed at 2:50 and B, next to the 3:00 Plaza.
With Claudine, Dinko, and Guy, we set up the most luxurious camp
we've ever had. Space Palette was installed in a shade structure,
and it was running every night, all week.
This was my ninth year in a row. I built LoopyCart - an 8' trailer
with a battery-powered projector and projection screen (visible from
both sides). I pulled the trailer behind my bike, stopping at various locations
(usually the large sound camps at 2 and 10 o'clock) to entertain folks with LoopyCam, often with Claudine Naganuma's dancing providing the visual input.
I take fewer pictures every year, but here's a few.
2 0 0 9
This was my eighth year in a row. The last time I did a playa installation was in 2004, so I was overdue. About 6 months before the event I started working on Monolith 2.0, an 11-foot high monolith (as in Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey).
Special thanks go to Kent Sezen for structural engineering estimates, Dinko Matkovic for invaluable construction ideas and help, and Claudine Naganuma and Leah Chubb for installation help on the playa.
The monolith had a fairly complex interactive musical instrument on one side, and a simple blackboard on the other side.
The instrument controls were designed for two people to play - each person had an independent five-track looper with lots of control over the sounds and looping. Colored chalk was provided so people could draw things on the blackboard - not surprisingly, the entire monolith was quickly covered in drawings. Here it is in my backyard:
This PDF is a collection of slides I used when talking about the Monolith at a LoveTech event.
2 0 0 8
I went to Burning Man for the
seventh time in 2008, with Claudine Naganuma joining me in the 5th wheel
for the entire week, and Craig Latta joining us on Thursday.
On Wednesday, I performed music+visuals at the Entheon Camp,
and on Thursday and Friday nights, Claudine and I did
video looping stuff
at our own camp, for the entertainment of our neighbors and passers-by
(who were also included in the live looped video).
This year I had a much sturdier
shade structure, which provided the support for two screens, so I had two projectors going.
I went to Burning Man for the
sixth time in 2007, staying with Math Camp (which included the Group W
and Fast Furniture camps).
Claudine Naganuma and Craig Latta shared the 5th wheel with me this time.
I performed (playing drums) at Center Camp with Craig and Tim Walters,
and did two video performances (graphics and camera manipulation) at the
Abstininthe bar accompanying Claudine's dancing. I gave a "Math Makes Music"
talk as part of the Math Camp speaker series.
I went to Burning Man for the
fifth time in 2006, staying with the Group W theme camp.
Three friends shared the 5th wheel with me - Herb Heinz, Mark Briggs, and
I performed three times as part of the dud group with Herb, Mark, and
The first two occasions were at our camp and at the Lost Penguin Cafe -
I did interactive graphics using a dancing and white-clothed Claudine as canvas.
The third performance was on the main Center Camp stage, where I
played (believe it or not) drums.
I went to Burning Man for the fourth time in 2005.
I didn't do an art installation, and I had just gotten back from a 2-week cross country
vacation, so I only went for a few days - got there thursday and left sunday.
Cathy came along for her second time, and Steve Klinkner came along for his first time.
To give out as a gift, Rick and I put together a little CD
containing a few minutes of the audio from Radio Free Quasar.
We used those cute little business-card-sized CDs.
Below are MP3s of the tracks on this CD:
These pictures focus on the Lyre and the people using it.
My installation was called 'Dancing Under the Stars of Lyra'.
Below you can find a 7-minute video of people dancing on the pads in front of
the big Lyre, generating their own music and controlling the
individually-lit strings of the Lyre. Depending on the speed
of your connection and patience, select one of these links to view the video:
A 40-second video of people dancing on my dance pads and making music.
Thanks to David Van Brink for the excellent camera work.
If you have a fast connection, you can try
the higher-quality 8-meg version.