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 Burning Man is in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 29 through September 6, 2005.  This year's theme is "The Psyche: the Conscious, the Subconscious, and the Unconscious".

 

 

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To outline the perimeter of Kamp Apokiliptika and as the L.I.L.O. installation at Burning Man 2005, Paranoia Pikes are being fashioned from PVC pipe, mannequin mold of faces, and solar landscaping lights.  When you look into the illuminated inside of these "masks" and relax your gaze, an optical illusion takes place that makes it look like the face is popping out at you instead.  Then, as you move or walk by, the faces appear to follow you... Creepy!  Click here to see an example of the effect. 

July 16, 2005: Here it is at the Drum III art exhibition at the Artown event in Reno.  Still, better at night.

L.I.L.O. stands for "Looking In, Looking Out". A cube of concave faces on one pike that will be hopefully assigned a dark and quiet location on the playa for maximum impact.

June 13, 2005.  Painted and tested, these work fantastic at night.  Someone reminded me that they use the same effect in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride.  Flat black enamel was much better than a gloss.

June 12, 2005: Been a while since I have worked on these but this week I'm back on it with the new quad design that allows four faces joined at the sides to form a box.  That's right, "Thinking Inside the Box". I think this one belongs out on the playa.  Used aluminum L bracket with pop rivets and that was better than drilling and screwing as I broke fewer edges of the PVC molds.  It's strange to work on these because I am so used to the optical illusion that the faces keep following me while I work, like a surgery patient who forgoes amnesia.  The solar panels are OK looking on top, but I'm painting the entire thing flat black with the exception of the faces so there is no distraction.  Prepping for that today:

2/28/2005: Got 12 lights lights in the mail, ready to build, but still working on the prototype.  See below the flat black paint applied to frame and matte:

2/14/2005: Pictured above with the "lantern fish" light boom made from a hacked "Malibu" solar powered landscaping light with double LED white bulbs on the end of a bent coat hangar.  This model has holes drilled in the pupils, but I'm not sure that is a good idea.  I'm pretty sure the entire box, frame and foreground will be painted flat black so the white face stands out.  Nothing racist, just how it happens to work best.  I can't wait to see how it will work at night!

The one below on the left is actual facing away from you.

     

2-13-2005: This just in from a discussion with Kernul Killbuck:

I like that little site for the Pikes of Paranoia. Perhaps the boxes can be made of corrugated plasic sheet, cut to fold into place. You can use cable ties to secure the box into the "deployed" state. The box would look like a square cardboard box opened out flat-- easy to transport.

I've been using the cable ties with great success on the Maniac Robot project. They also work real nice as a light substitute for screws on PVC joints. The hole needed is much smaller, and hence less chance of cracking the PVC when drilling.

I'll send a pic to you later tonight of the progress--- it's very slick.

Le Kernul[/quote]

Good points all, great leader. I could not have built the time machine without those zip ties. I also learned that they are super sharp when snipped on the end so a dab of hoop or silicon keeps them from acting like barbed wire. Since I store the mutant vehicle outdoors, I opted for the black ones that are "UV rated". For temporary use that would not be a problem.

10-4 on the "shadow boxes". I'll look at some carboard business file boxed designed to be unfolded on the spot, then carve one up to size. The corrugated plastic I have folds well when you cut just one layer along the fold line.

What do you think, all black accept for the faces? 6-7 Feet high? Any designs or artwork on the mounting polls or shoud we keep it simple. Since they will be on the perimeter or darkest end of the camp we could paint the camp name down the length of the poll for a good day look. Then there is the wind factor. We don't want them spinning about on their rebar stakes.

2-12-2005: I'm experimenting with using solar powered "Malibu" landscaping lights that are taken apart and then mounting the white LED's on a bent coat hangar wire to illuminate the masks from above and beyond.  I'm still not sure what to do artistically for the stands but I expect it will be something involving PVS black pipe with rebar.  Ranger Genius suggested a foreboding "Give up all hope ye who enter here" look- perfect for our camp theme at Apokiliptika.
 

 

 

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