the project

Tesseract is an installation artwork inviting users to command one of the most elemental human tools – fire. To experience Tesseract is to witness the outcome of over two years’ engineering, industrial design, and artistic efforts by the team’s eight core members and eleven contributors.

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Employing Arduino, Intel, and Microsoft Kinect technologies to capture and convey motion, the original build of Tesseract was funded by the Burning Man Association for its experiential nature and use of computing standards demonstrating milestones in creativity and innovation.

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Due to its stature and state, Tesseract is best suited to open outdoor environments between the hours of 5:00 PM and 5:00 AM, depending on the season. The integrated visual system is capable of detecting human movements as weighty as a cartwheel and as subtle as a hand gesture; users of all ages delight in the experience of controlling Tesseract’s 216 individual pilot lights.