Carrie Smith - The Fire Arcade: An adventure in big collaborative art

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What: Talk – 45 Minutes When: 11:15am Where: Classroom 1 Materials Cost: None

In 2012 members of the Site 3 Fire Arts team dreamed up a unique collaborative art project, a large scale arcade in which every game spewed fire. We reached out to artist and maker groups across North America, and were immediately overwhelmed with positive responses! When The Charcade opened at Burning Man 2013 it featured 7 projects built by 6 fire art groups from Toronto (Riskee Ball and Super Street Fire) and all across the US (Dance Dance Immolation, Flamethrower Shooting Gallery, Rock Inferno, Touch Me and Toxic Bloom).

It was apparent from the very start that The Charcade was going to be an extraordinary adventure in coordination, communication and collaboration between like-minded makers, artists and engineers, most of whom had never met in person until we arrived in the dusty Nevada desert. I would like to share this story with you, the lessons we learned, the joys we experienced, and how we hope to inspire more epic collaborations across maker-spaces in the years to come!

http://site3firearts.ca/
http://thecharcade.com/