Introducing Priceless Art of 2019!
We are thrilled to present Priceless’ Art Grantees for 2019. There will be furry lounge-scapes and vibrating floors to lie on; spherical baubles to envelop you; and soothing, heated spaces to relax in. Look and listen for whimsical soundscapes in the trees and in familiar objects of transport, or engage in nostalgic aural experiences. Pose with an Art Nouveau-inspired arch, and play with curios for your tactile enjoyment.
During the day, be seduced by shimmering bibelots, delicate paper art, and elegant sculptures crafted from rubber. In the water, be awed by the wind-powered and the contemplative, gambol on a bouncy barge, and cool off under a comet-inspired fountain. After the sun sets, the beach grows ever more alluring and beautiful, and the rest of Belden dazzles with delightful interactive light art that invites dancing, playful games, mesmerizing relaxation, and the reveal of secret messages along the path into the woods. Admire the ever-so-full moon, relax with a hookah, become entranced in a Balinese temple, or trade jokes at an Art Nouveau bar. As we explore what it means for Priceless to be a teenager, learn some of the history of Priceless in art suspended in the trees, explore installations that challenge your perspective of self, and remember to indulge in light-hearted self-care.
Looking for edible art? Check out the food art!
16 Bit Boombox
Twice the bits equals twice the fun! The new and improved 16 Bit Boombox has new songs, new controls, and hi-fi CD quality sound! Take your collaborative chiptune music-making to the next level with the iconic retro video game controllers you know and love. Priceless does what nintenDon’t.
A shrine to unfinishe..
by Jamie & Issac
A shrine to unfinished projects, loose ends, the half baked, the unborn, dreams and hopes, the bottom of the list, tomorrow next week later next year’s todos, unrealized aspiration, the postponed, a rain check
by Brent Bishop
AGORA is a pop-up theatre & performance space, transforming its little corner of Priceless into an intimate storytelling nook or charlatan’s soapbox. Come share your music, stories, thoughts, conspiracy theories – or whatever! – in front of the red curtains!
All Board the Wings of Garuda
by Jason Asbahr, Magenta Brooks, Heather Love, and Cat Ho
The Wings of Garuda temple is a sacred space in which immersive multimedia moves participants across liminal boundaries into trance state. The temple offers an evolving cycle of visual and audio experience.
Ark of the Cowvenant
by Rena Tom, Eliot Barker, Shlomo Zippel, Romie Littrell, and the rest of the Busy Art crew
Lo’ and behold the Cosmic Ark of the Milky Whey! This sacred artifact was moved after thousands of years from our ancient Moo-nestary for the fattened Priceless herd. Let the Great Bovinity steer you toward udder bliss as you milk the moosical ark to an aural and spiritual completion.
by Yash Sekhon
Now in its 4th year, the ball pit returns to envelop the hapless participants of Priceless. Your struggles in the pit are futile, you will succumb to an endless sea of white orbs and, you know, have a good time.
by Morgan Martinez & Bash Ziady
The Belden Barge crew returns for another year of aquatic silliness, this time with more bounce! The people have spoken and they want more fun and shade, and so, we do humbly oblige.
Bird Burbs 2: Back to the Burbs
by Ellen Juhlin, Justin Oliphant
How fast do the ‘Burbs grow? After only a year the Bird Burbs have increased in population and have added a market, school and post office. There are some new faces to meet and songs to hear. Say hello and meet a new friend.
Blooms from the Garden of Self Care
by Melody Chang & Henry Holtzman
In the last year, I’ve learned to self care without apologies, and to share that feeling with everyone, in this world that seems to be on fire. This piece is my way of taking care of myself and others. It should make you smile, and hopefully lighten your load and step.
“Cozy Nooks” at the Outpost Slumber Party
by Wes Bascom, Cyrus Pond, Gillian and Nathanael Wolfe, Emily Haltom, and Evan Aardal
Priceless may be turning 14 this year, but Outpost Stage is only 5! *holds up 4 fingers* Ask your mom if you can come over to our SLUMBER PARTY: Bed-sheet fort, cartoons, “milk” and cookies, and ELEVATED COZY NOOKS for snuggling down without missing the show (bed-wetters not invited).
by Monique DeSalvo & Toby Schachman
Relax with friends near the enchanting light and soothing sounds of these magical crystals.
Dreams of Gaia
by Jason Asbahr
Summer is a time of abundance and joy, when all of nature is in motion. This project presents 3D holographic views into the mind of Gaia, a shifting dream-like series of animating scenes timed to music and responsive to participant presence.
by Deborah Yoon
This piece is a rumination on William Blake’s timeless poem, Eternity, and represents the celebration of joy as it flies. ‘He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy He who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sunrise’
Energetic Chords is a painting representing the vibratory fabric of the Universe in visual form. Giving life to the cosmos around us, this painting is a manifestation of the collective consciousness residing in us all.
by Calli Beck, Chris Linder, and Jonathan Steele
Bringing the beach stage to into a brighter more interactive night time experience.
Founding Sagas of the Institute 2.0
by Louisa Bukiet (iterating on work by Jason Seigler and Olga Nunes)
All communities have founding myths. These glowing glimpses imagine the past of the original camps of the Institute Village. Originally built by Jason Siegler and Olga Nunes, they were first created for Burning Man in 2011. Eight years later, they give us a double backwards glimpse into our Beginnings.
by Bonnie Barrilleaux & Gretchen Perkins
The Grassy Knoll provides the extreme comfort of sitting in a muppet’s lap. On a soft furry hill, one patch of grass at the top grows taller than the rest, lit from below by grass-green light. When the wind blows, the green lights dance to reveal their blue and yellow components.
I am a triangle
by Ben H Kram, Sharon Kubo, Opal Holley, and Joshua Slocum
I am a triangle.
La Victrola Green Fairy Garden
by La Victrola Faerie Dust Society
The La Victrola “Green Fairy” Garden aspires to pay tribute to the bygone era of non-digital spoken word with tastefully curated art nouveau bar with cathedral ceiling, facade and hand-drawn art. We serve tasty non-alcoholic cocktails and expect patrons to engage in spoken art by reading poems, jokes and stories.
by Vibrata Chromodoris
Lichtoglyphs lead curious Priceless attendees on a stroll up the fire road that ends at the train tracks, weaving in elements of the environment, invoking feelings of mystery, an inward journey, and possibly even a transformation of consciousness.
by Ka-Ping Yee & Benjamin James
Walk up and conduct the Light Orchestra! With a subtle gesture, create a flicker; with a sweep of your arm, throw colour 20 feet into the air. A chorus of LEDs awaits your command.
by Steven Frangos
Enter and sit, bask in the glow of the moon with good company and thoughtful sounds. Meet new people, share some food and drink, and relax. We’re all in good company here. Watch the phase of the moon, it might mean something.
by Marissa Emmer
As the sun goes down the game appears. Twinkling lights intertwine with the net and draw you closer, inviting you to play. Find a friend or three and hit the glowing birdie back and forth under the stars.
by Christopher Corbett McGuire
A soft, comfy sound-reactive vibrating platform for your tactile enjoyment.
by Rich DDT
A brand-new musical instrument built upon decades-old technology. Gracing the glowing display of this precision lab tool is synaesthetic mapping of sound to form. It’s a pure joy to play, with entertaining animations and brilliantly retro blips. It’s a mind-boggling journey into the true nature of oscillating wave forms.
by Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung
Biomorphic, soft rubber artwork featuring rhythmic patterns of rubber over forged metal. We cut each spine/curl one piece at a time and layer them onto forged aluminum armature. Our design process and object crafting happens simultaneously, mimicking the incremental growth patterns of flora and fauna.
Out Of Order Wall
by Nick Avila & Suzy Stowell
What? How can a wall even be out of order?
Out of this World Advice
by Emma Lefley & Colin Sullivan
An alien communication device was left here 2000 years ago by future-seeing aliens who knew that in 2018, humans would really need some advice. Passed down through generations, the communication device is now available for all to contact the extraterrestrials for advice.
by Chassy Cleland
Panspermia is a fountain, a comet streaking up from the river, carrying life to new worlds. It is shrouded in mist and has a tail of water jets. Cool off underneath during the day, and watch with cosmic wonder at night.
by Pipe Dream Crew
Scale, swing, hop, dangle, and dance, and contemplate the geometries of a human inside a man-made, primate-inspired irregular lattice!
by Anastasia Hanan, Andy Lee, and Li Wang
Prismasm is a robotic rainbow chandelier that splits light and creates an ethereal space to get lost or found in.
Richard Avedon Memorial Photo Booth
by Matt Mills
The Richard Avedon Memorial Photo Booth – Bring your best looks to this interactive celebration of the life of Avedon, in the style of “In the American West.” Open afternoons until the sun sets.
by Igor Serebryany
You catch a hint of cedar in the air, and a sudden sense of tranquility washes over you.
by Zack McCune
SCHOOL is a set of Japanese koi kites or “Koinobori” arranged in the Feather River. Watch for them to swim in the air above the river rapids as the wind picks up each afternoon.
Smoke & Mirrors Hookah Lounge
by Tristan Ursell & Hannah Bishop
Smoke & Mirrors is an enchanted space from another time, where warm light, sweet smoke, and laughter fill the air. In your cushioned nest, you reconnect with old friends and make new ones, you reminisce and plan for the future, you recuperate and relax, as you prepare to hit the dance floor … again.
by Renee Green & Chuk Moran
Something Dino invites you to explore your inner dinosaur! Play with these creatures and help them tell their stories of past, present, and future. Facilitated power tool modification welcome.
by Ryan Alexander, Toby Schachman, and Monique DeSalvo
Sun Seeds is a shimmering chromatic, alien organic, sun-and-wind powered mobile, grafted onto a tree in Belden. It reflects and refracts the shapes of plant life at microscopic and macroscopic scales.
by Lauren Kilb & Luke Hulen (representing the uncūth collective)
THE LENS is a playful yet confrontational art piece that challenges participants to experience shifts in perspective. By enabling a sudden shift in focus from the external world, to infinite self-centered images, participants are invited to make a parallel shift in their habitual perceptions of themselves.
by Ellen Juhlin, Justin Oliphant
The Liftaway promises to take you to new worlds of the imagination. Step inside, select a floor and let yourself travel.
The Puppet Kissing Booth
by Michael Whelpley
Come get a kiss from a fuzzy friend at the Puppet Kissing Booth!
by Chris Linder
Touchtone instruments direct contact between people creating an element of exploratory play. The piece provides an opportunity for people to share touch with each other in a way that is non goal oriented and captures of sense of wonder and delight.
Trance Zen Dental
by Tiana Fraser, Ryan Kent, Matt Wiz, Roger Goldfinger, and Alex Thebert
Welcome to Trance Zen Dental Spa. Our hope is to transport you to a relaxing realm of support and self care.
by Cjay Roughgarden
Inspired by Alfonse Mucha, Zlatichko- or “little gold” in Czech, is a simple yet elegant piece that uplifts an environment with it’s large- yet human scale size and subtle geometry.
by Rob Bell
The Zomes of Rob Bell have delighted travelers far and wide who have been drawn to their alluring forms. The energy within harnesses a nostalgia for the primordial with a deeply meditated vision of the future. These beautiful inter-celestial escape capsules free the imagination from constraining thoughts and previous perceptions regarding structure.