I had so much fun being a part of the Walkabout Woods crew in 2011, that I was inspired to create some Playa magic. We've finally got a small crew together to start building this installation to bring to Burning Man.
The Serendipity Outpost is an interactive gifting experience.
Inside the Outpost you turn the crank of the Gifting Machine. The “What Wheel” and “When Wheel” spin into action creating a cacophony of light and sound. The “Who Ball” drops from its dispenser and clatters through a maze, coming to a rest as the two wheels stop spinning. Markers on the wheels tell you “What” you will be gifting and “When” you’ll be doing it. Finally the “Who Ball” tells you who you’ll be giving it to, “A person in a red tutu” or “The last person in line at Center Camp Cafe” for example.
Somewhere on The Playa all three will align to create a new episode of serendipity. You just add your own creativity to the experience. You can be funny, profound, endearing, witty or downright silly. It’s Burning Man, after all!
The actual gifting machine will be at least 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide. We are still working out the "Who Ball" dispenser (not seen in image), thinking along the lines of a giant gumball release knob.
Follow the progress here:http://serendipityoutpost.com
Also, it would be kind of cool if you had any stories of playa Serendipity and gifting (or rather Playadipity) that you wanted to share. I'd love to have a category dedicated to that on the Serendipity Blog. Just message me on ePlaya with the story and I'll put it up on the blog. If you have an image to illustrate it, send me the link too.