Homouroboros + Tantalus
Peter Hudson is a San Francisco visual artist who channels his technical and set design experience, childlike curiosity, and creative passion into life-size stroboscopic zoetropes. This year he brought two zoetropes to Burning Man: Homouroboros and Tantalus.
Both pieces are interactive and experiential. The experience of the Homouroboros piece begins best in near darkness at the base of the installation. You will see first dimly lit drums near the trunk of a large tree. By striking the drum, you will notice flashes through the branches of the tree before you and as the rate of the drumming increases you will see the branches of the tree begin to move. As additional participants begin to drum with you, you will see the tree begin to spin and monkeys in the tree appear to swing from branch to branch.
Tantalus has a much more political bent than the rest of Peter Hudson’s work. This highly interactive and somewhat physically demanding zoetrope features a human figure reaching for a golden apple on an old American top hat. In order to get this zoetrope to work, participants must pump old railroad tech pumper car handles that surround the piece. As it spins you will see the figure reaching for the golden apple, but never succeeding.
To find out more about Peter Hudson: http://bit.ly/14kGELx