Lab testing the micro organisms… We are deep into lab testing the micro organisms, check out this video snippet of the pyrocystis fusiformis tests: Lab testing luminescent pyrocystis fusiformis microorganisms from Christian Villum on Vimeo. More and better videos coming soon!
“He who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me” — Thomas Jefferson The project is a community performance; a collaborative ritual. Our Tribe, and we hope the broader Burning Man community, will undertake to illustrate– literally, to illuminate– the magic of sharing knowledge, though the rich symbolism of sharing light. With this […]
In our last post, “Building a Modular, Glowing Tree”, we introduced some of our first visions of how the Tree of Knowledge will come alive. Here are further reflections. Imagining the Path The path to the Tree is made with two parallel rows of small plexiglass balls, filled with bioluminescent organisms in a saltwater solution. […]
Setting the Scene Just off the edge of the Playa, when the sun sets and the sky grows dark, a magical path suddenly appears, twin lines of glowing markers winding into distance… Curious travelers who reach the end discover an oasis. And in the middle of the oasis, a magical tree: from its branches hang […]
We are the Project Team (details here.) We are a international group of artists, scientists, makers, activists, thinkers, and tinkers brought together by our mutual desire to explore alternative mediums of expression and creativity. We come from different backgrounds, we each have different passions and opinions, yet we all agree on a common idea: Knowledge […]
Installing the Tree We will build the Tree of Knowledge, using concepts about open hardware, fabrication and biohacking, to be a place of knowledge-sharing, beauty and collaboration. The Tree itself can be installed in any urban setting with appropriate climate– indoors or outdoors. We have already received a grant in support of a preliminary installation […]
Illumination biohacking is the essence of our project. At night, the Tree of Knowledge is illuminated through the light naturally emitted by the bioluminescent fruit. The site perimeter is highlighted by glowing markers similar to those used to illuminate the path to the site — thus keeping the area safe from errant cars, distracted cyclists, […]