Houston sculptor Troy Stanley and architect Brey Tucker are in the T-shirt and fundraising phase for “Singularity Transmission,” a temporary sound installation/structure for this year’s Burning Man festival. In keeping with this year’s theme “fertility,” the derrick-like structure combines not-so-subtle penis-and-vagina imagery, and will function as a sort of low-fi drop-in jam session: burners in sixteen onion-shaped pavilions speak, sing, rant, or babble through tin-can phones to a central collector, which digitizes and amplifies the collective voice into a central sound womb. The shirts have been printed, the kickstarter campaign is underway, and the project has been awarded an honorarium by the Burning Man art committee. You can read all about it on the project’s blog.
You’ll have to be lucky to see it, though. Even at $240-$390, Tickets to the ever-more popular desert event are scarce: so scarce that a scheduled “open sale” was cancelled when random drawing for tickets from an enormous pool of applicants left out too many returning festival-goers. Black Rock City LLC, the event’s organizers, have instead, reluctantly, opted for “directed ticket distribution,” that favors past burners over newbies.