Black Rock Atlas
social science and experimental design at Burning Man 2018 in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
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Together, our team designed, constructed, and deployed 15 cultural probes, or “Vessels”, consisting of the following:
- DISPOSABLE CAMERA
- DURABLE CONTAINER
portable & visible
- 12x Gifts
Burning Man gift culture
Building on Stanley Milgram’s Small World Experiment (sometimes known as Six Degrees of Seperation), each Vessel was intended to reach a final Terminus through a series of handoffs:
The unique social systems of Burning Man, paired with the unconventional design of the Vessels, would encourage the participation that previous social search experiments have lacked - allowing for unprecedented insights into cooperation.
made in collaboration with Ziv Epstein & Christian Almenar
intial costing, brainstorming engagement, re-labelling & assembling, travelling & implementing the experiment