The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

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The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by spacetime » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:24 am

I'm leading a team to build a placed, interactive art installation called The Listener.

:D Donation Link :D The Listener Burning Man 2019 Art Installation Crowdfunding Page :D Donation Link :D

What is it?
The Listener is a giant, multi-player, tricked-out version of the 1980s favorite “Simon" where people work together to repeat sound and light sequences using buttons on pedestals.



For more videos, including stop-motion, visit The Listener crowdfunding page.

Who is Building This?
Our group has these primary roles:
  • Project Lead - spacetime (me)
  • Master of Software / Hardware - Nick
  • Master of Electricity and Carpentry - Miller
  • Master of Moop and Safety and Project Coordinator - Cheese

What are you asking for?
We are asking for donations to cover the expenses for materials and transportation of the art piece. If you personally require a bill of materials in order to donate, I will provide it to you. Otherwise, this is a summary of how the money has been spent:
  • Electronics - 50%
  • Audio Equipment and Power - 22 %
  • Hardware Materials and Plastics - 14%
  • Transportation - 11%
  • Incidentals - 3%
The donations do not cover our tickets, vehicle passes, personal preparation. They are for materials, equipment and transportation. We have covered this using our own funds, and plan to bring and operate the art regardless of the outcome of the fundraiser.


:wink: Donation Link :wink: The Listener Burning Man 2019 Art Installation Crowdfunding Page :wink: Donation Link :wink:



Project Background
This project would not have gone forward without the ePlaya Burning Man community.

I asked ePlaya for help estimating the right amount of the budget to request for the grant application, got good feedback, but eventually found out we did not get the grant.

Then out of no where, someone from ePlaya offered to cover almost the entire requested grant amount! :shock:

So we started executing on this project timeline as a new artistic group called Skylark Collective.

Most of the work has been done in my backyard, living room and basement in Portland, Oregon. However, a lot of small electronics design and fabrication work was done by hand in San Francisco, and flown up and tested / integrated in two separate trips.

Where possible, we sourced materials for re-use. Most of the wood comes from a previous art piece from the Northwest regional burn, Soak. In fact, one of the pieces has a glory hole that apparently did see action at some point.

We've had a lot of fun building this and are very excited to debut it on-playa. Thank you for your donation and / or sharing of the link to our fundraiser. We hope to take the art to other events and re-use materials and equipment for future Burning Man artwork.

:coffee: Donation Link :coffee: The Listener Burning Man 2019 Art Installation Crowdfunding Page :coffee: Donation Link :coffee:


Build and Progress Images
Original Concept Art
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Early photos of Progress



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Re: The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by TinyLifeHacker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:37 pm

This looks cool and fun!

I'm building a 13ft dome with interactive programmable LED's this year, I'm exploring events to host in the dome, maybe this could be part of this years activities...

Look out for 'WonderDome' at ArunaFire camp..Open to discussing further..

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Re: The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by spacetime » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:14 am

Thanks, Anil!

We got pretty interested in domes for this project. Our plastic dome had to be fabricated twice, after the first vendor totally blew it and shipped us something that looked more like a hernia.

What is your dome made out of? Is it mobile? The Listener is placed art, so once it is installed it (hopefully) won't be moving until after the burn.

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Re: The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by spacetime » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:29 pm

Posted this new timelapse video showing audio cable and LED cable routing in timelapse.

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If you haven't donated yet, please consider making a donation to help fund this artwork! If you can't do that, please ask someone you know who has enough money to fund art to please donate, it is just as good! Thank you.



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Re: The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by spacetime » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:28 pm

:D Donation Link :D The Listener Burning Man 2019 Art Installation Crowdfunding Page :D Donation Link :D

Hello we are halfway to our goal for the out of pocket costs of our art project. If you are looking for a way to gift and have more money than time, this will be a worthy contribution and you will be able to see the product of your contribution on-playa.



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Re: The Listener Interactive Art Installation - Fundraiser

Post by spacetime » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:51 pm

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We're down to the final hours. Here's a photo of our generator "doghouse" that ended up being a converted rabbit hutch we found on the side of the road.

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