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Help bring Morphoscope to Burning Man 2019
$2,174 raised
72% of $3k goal
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We're bringing 12 kinetoscopes, Thomas Edison and William Dickson's 1889 motion picture invention, to Black Rock City this year. Kinetoscopes are a self contained film viewing mechanism, where the viewer looks through an eyepiece to watch a loop of film. The ability to view smooth motion on film in kinetoscopes set a precedent for movie projectors and cinema.

Our kinetoscopes, reimagined in the 21st century, feature works on 35mm film from our team of animators across the world, including younger, rising animators and more well known - some of whom have shown at Sundance, the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, European Animation Awards, Festival d'Annecy, animated for some of our favorite adult cartoons, shortlisted for an Academy Award and more. (Stay tuned for animator previews!)


12 total kinetoscopes will complete our overall structure, Morphoscope, that will travel out to the desert. Morphoscope includes a deck, shade structure, and seating, all hand-crafted from Baltic Birch wood.



Creating a safe, well-lit piece of art in Berkeley, disassembling it, and bringing out to the desert in Nevada, takes a lot of resources and work! We're asking our family and friends to please support our team in building this project. It's our dream to be able to showcase these wonderful works of animation on the playa, honor Edison and Dickson's paradigm changing invention, and lay the kinetoscopes out within a beautiful structure. We're please asking for help from our family, friends, and beyond to bring our artistic and engineering dream to life! 


Any amount, however small or large, will help us towards our goal. All funds will go directly to the art project: materials cost of the kinetoscopes, material costs of the deck, transferring of digital animations to 35mm film, and transport to the playa only. All donations are tax deductible to our 501(c)(3) non-profit art studio and gallery, India Block Arts. A small amount from many people can go very far!


Please feel free to reach out to for any reason - questions, comments, or if you'd like to swing by our workshop in Berkeley. Updates about the project will be posted to this page periodically. 


With love and many, many thanks - 

Maya Diao, Roo Sczesnak, Roger Carr, Jeff Hollis, and John Hollis. 


Any early draft of what our kinetoscopes will look like.


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