Cat Temple for Burning Man 2022

Cathenge Cat Temple installation for Burning Man 2022 to be located at 3:30 and Esplanade in collaboration with Dustfish Theme Camp

Very, very pleased to announce that Cathenge will return to Black Rock City in 2022! We are producing a more compact version of the 2019 Cat Temple with the new and improved “2.0 Catoliths” that have been developed for the forthcoming Patricia’s Green public art installation in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. As per the illustration above, the Cats will stand on a triangular platform with a fire brazier in the center.

Cat Temple services will be conducted from 2AM to 6AM from Monday – Monday of the Burning Man Festival. In the wee hours of the morning, night cats will gather around the Burning Brazier of Holofelinity, warm themselves, drink kava, receive the Blessings of the Cat Priestesses, and learn secrets of the lost extraterrestrial cat civilization of Ancient Catlantis.

Don’t miss it!!!!!

Kindly support the Cat Temple for Burning Man 2022! You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Cathenge GoFundMe Campaign here:
https://gofund.me/d5deea84

Link for Cathenge Fundraiser

This year Cathenge will focus on developing and expanding the Cat Priestesshood of Pussiopolis:

  • Cat Priestess Training and Rituals
  • Kava Service (2 AM to 6 AM whenever possible . . . )
  • Exploration of the Principles of Holofelinity
  • Cat Chakra Meditation
  • Feline History Lectures
  • Brazier of Holofelinity

If you are interested in being a Cat Priestess or otherwise helping the Cathenge Cat Temple of Pussiopolis at Burning Man 2022 contact:

Contact page for Cathenge.net – leave a message please.

Catolith Manifestation at the Fluffy Cloud Experience! Saturday July 23rd 2022!

Catolith Manifestation at the Fluffy Cloud Experience! Saturday July 23rd 2022!

Two new and improved Catoliths will appear tonight at the Fluffy Cloud Experience. Fluffy Cloud is an immersive light and sound installation first debuted at Burning Man in 2019. The event will be held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

This Catolith appearance is a fundraiser for Cathenge for Burning Man 2022:

https://gofund.me/d5deea84

Drawing of Cathenge installation for Burning Man 2022. Catoliths will appear prominently on the Esplanade@3:33

Donations to Cathenge are tax deductible through the Institute of Crazyology, a 501(c)3 non profit arts organization.

New and Improved Catolith 2.0 with full moon and laser Cat Chakras!

3D Printer Setup for Cathenge Production

Creality CR-10 S5 large format 3D printer being modified for Cathenge production.

I’m setting up a print farm of 7 of these CR-10 S5 printers. This is the first one which I am testing modifications on. This printer has a 500*500*500 mm build space, however the stock print bed only heats a 300*300 area, so I have upgraded this with a 500*500 heat mat. I also added the crossbraces since I anticipate that as the print grows tall and the load heavy that the z-axis will need all the reinforcement it can get.

Next up: I will replace the bowden style extruder with a direct drive extruder for greater printing efficiency and capability.

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3D Printing Catoliths 2022

These feet of a “Mini-Kittolith” are one of the very first things I printed since resolving to undertake on my own the printing of Cathenge for Patricia’s Green myself. 

I’ve opted to print Cathenge myself. It’s a big undertaking – typically people print something the size of an action figure, but it’s possible to do much larger things, and so I’m printing all 6 Catoliths. Doing the printing myself gives me the latitude to experiment with the design and the technique and that is essentially what artistic control is about.

I was able to source high quality yet inexpensive large format 3D printers (Creality CR-10 S5) which give me a 500*500*500 mm build space to work with. I am setting up seven of these printers at my studio in Stinson Beach. Using all seven printers at once I estimate I can produce one cat in 3 days. I’ll begin production of Catoliths by the second week of April and hazard to guess I’ll finish all six Catoliths within a month.

Of course, I get to keep the printers which opens up a whole new world of artistic possibilities for me. Building on my long experience in 3D modeling, I envision new “Crazyological” sculptures 3D printed and embellished with paint, lighting effects, interactivity and/or kinetics. It’s quite exciting!

Cathenge Prototype in David Normal Studio Spring 2019

This 3D printed Catolith prototype “Kittolith”. Printed by Christopher Christensen. This prototype features motion activated interactive purring by Theremin Barney. Ultimately, we settled on touch sensitivity through “Capacitive Sensing” as the mechanism of interactivity for the large Catoliths at Cathenge, Black Rock City 2019.

Photos by Dennis Helladanko and Damon Bivianos

Los Angeles photographers, Dennis Helladanko and Damon Bivianos, documented Cathenge with these stunning photos.

Cat Priestess Saya dances at Cathenge!

Installation creator David Normal at Cathenge.

David Normal with Cat Priestesses at Catolith Fortuna with a cocked head.

Catolith and Burn Brazier

A lone Catolith with Burn Brazier in the foreground. The Burn Braziers were created by flame effects artist, Brad Allen, using WWII era propane tanks that are spherical. Brad cut these tanks in half to create monumental hemispherical braziers that provided an “eternal flame” type effect that greatly enhanced the sacrosanct atmosphere of the Cathenge Cat Temple at Burning Man 2019. The thickly dusty atmosphere shows clearly the beams of light shooting forth from the eyes of the Catolith – an important part of the Cathenge concept; emulating the cats shooting lasers from their eyes internet meme.

Cathenge by Night! – Burning Man 2019

A view of Cathenge at night with all the Catoliths aglow, their Cat Chakras expressing the power of Holofelinity. In the center can be seen Brad Allen’s three Burn Braziers inviting people to gather around their elegant light and their nurturing warmth.