Cathenge made it back to Black Rock City this year, 2022! This installation of three Catoliths facing outward surrounding a fire brazier was placed at 3:30 and Esplanade in Black Rock City. The installation was smaller and more intimate than the 2019 Cathenge installation that featured six cats in a 100′ circle. The intimacy of the installation, and the fire brazier burning in the center, provided opportunities for late night gatherings where the Mysteries of Holofelinity, the Cat Priestesshood of Pussiopolis and many other subjects were discussed.
This Burning Man installation was kind of a “Victory Lap” for the forthcoming installation at Patricia’s Green Park in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, and also a test of the new 3D prints and the new interactive electronic sound and light system In order to produce a version of Cathenge strong enough to stand outside in San Francisco for one year the Catoliths had to be redesigned and reprinted completely. The 3D printed cats you see here are a more refined and durable version of what was presented in 2019. Careful work was done in the 3D modeling to produce a “2 ply cat”, that is to say, the print has an outer layer and an inner layer as well as a layer of “infill”. The skin of the Catolith is effectively 1/2″ thick, and the Catolith’s sections all join together neatly with a system of interlocking laps.
Another important improvement for the new and improved Cathenge is the “Holofelinity Interactive Light and Sound Sculpture.” The Catoliths feature “interactive harmonic purring” which is a central part of the Cathenge concept. At Burning Man we were most gratified to find that the purring system kept functioning for the entire week without any failure. This was a great testament to the careful electronic engineering by Theremin Barney and programming and sound design by Jacob Tonski. Great teamwork all around!
Speaking of teamwork, I certainly didn’t do this alone. Many thanks to everyone that helped make it happen out at Black Rock City:
Hannah Wise was a great assistant, and really my right hand woman in making sure this thing got out to the Playa and got put up. She did a great job, went through a lot, worked hard, and saw it through.
Theremin Barney was – as always – indefatigable and unwavering in his support and with his incredible electronic skills resolved problems that perhaps no one else could. Thanks to Barney the interactive sound system functioned all week.
Jacob Tonski did loads of last minute wiring and troubleshooting for Cathenge’s installation on the Playa. While Jacob did not come out to the Burn, he was instrumental to making it a success and is a key collborator for the installation at Patricia’s Green.
Phoenix Fatale did whatever was needed to make sure Cathenge happened. Very grateful to have had her help with the project.
Mark Wurtzel helped by bringing the fire brazier and gave his loyal, energetic support to the project throughout the week.
Kian Tabrizi put in long hours with me assembling the Catoliths in the middle of the night when the installation was completed on opening Sunday.
Many thanks to Opal Essence and the others at Dustfish Camp for hosting the installation.
Special thanks to Marian Goodell – “Always a fan of Cathenge” – for being key in making it happen.
Cathenge (2019 – 2022) has been made possible by generous support from:
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
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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.