Core Team

Hand Crank Creative — Project Directors

Bay area artists Nick Fynn, Tim Bremner and Marcel Cacdac crossed paths in early 2000’s, drawn together by the loose alchemy of Burning Man, live music, a wedding, and a bottle of bourbon. One evening, after watching a giant Spanish galleon chase a 90-foot illuminated white whale through the darkness of deep playa, the idea to create La Victrola was born. They have been part of numerous creative projects at Burning Man and elsewhere. Hand Crank Creative LLC is their vehicle for collaboration.

Tim Bremner

Tim Bremner, La Victrola lead artist

Tim Bremner, La Victrola lead artist

Lead artist and creative director Tim Bremner is responsible for the overall design and aesthetic inspiration of La Victrola. He’s a lover of art history, visual culture and a collector of vintage American music. His Slack handle is Snarkyf#&cker and he lives up to it.

Marcel Cacdac

Marcel Cacdac: La Victrola sound design and stage

Marcel Cacdac: La Victrola sound design and stage.

An audio engineer who has toured with Lorde, Atoms for Peace, Snoop Dog, the late BB King and many others. Marcel’s in charge of stage, lighting, sound design, and producing the cabaret. He’s gluten free but not a morning guy.

Nick Fynn

Nick Fynn: La Victrola fundraising & communications, some welding, grinding, mag drilling, clamping, band-saw cutting and general mayhem.

Nick Fynn: La Victrola fundraising & communications, some welding, grinding, mag drilling, clamping, band-saw cutting and general mayhem.

Nick Fynn is managing press and fundraising as he has also done at The Crucible in West Oakland, in the labor movement, and nonprofit technology. Nick shaves his legs for cycling, but not his face.

The Build Team

The real art of La Victrola has been the community of more than 40 volunteer artists who have invested endless amounts of their time, energy, and money into making beautiful art for art’s sake.

Peter “Adorable” Platzgummer

Peter Platzgummer

La Victrola Director of Operations – execution, execution, execution.

Director of Operations — Nobody has put more of their passion, humor, creativity, brains and brawn into this project. Austrian-Swiss precision, a PhD in public management and a true love for art make Peter the bedrock of La Victrola.

Sean Cusack & Lara Edge – Sheet Metal Alchemists

Sean Cusack

Partner in Sheet Metal Alchemist and Chief Engineer and designer of La Victrola

Lara Edge

Lara Edge keeps it all real

Award winning fabricators and artists, Sean and Lara provided professional structural design, engineering, and build management services to La Victrola. When they are not in the midst of some insane sprint to produce a fire-breathing pig smoker with LED’s and wifi in under 48 hours you can find them at American Steel Studios making coffee and hosting build classes.

Shing Kong

Shing Kong, Master Cat Herder

Volunteer Coordinator – A Black Rock City Ranger and long-time arts supporter, Shing Kong is entirely responsible for mitigating an over-abundance of testosterone among some members of the build crew. Her sharp organizational skills and sweet disposition allow for cooler heads to prevail.

Masha Oguinskaia

Web Mistress – during the day, Masha’s superpowers keep up and running. By night she works code magic on this site as well, but the weekends are when her extra-special secret powers of art fabrication come into play.

David Wright & Envelope Engineers

Crucible instructors, working artists and straight up excellent people, David and Nathan were critical to the success of the 2016 build, and will take a more formal role as build leads in 2017.

Eric Kneer – Holmes Structures

A 35-foot four-ton sculpture shaped like a sail and designed to withstand 80,000 people and 90 mph winds requires professional engineering and “calcs” to keep things safe. Eric Kneer’s your guy. Holmes Structures is his firm. Remember Big Rig Jig? They worked on that too.

Advisory Council

We are deeply grateful for the passionate support and guidance of our Advisory Council:
Michael Brown
Will Chase
David Cole
Sean Orlando


Anastasia Lattanand
Analy Nakat
Angela La Flamme
Andrea Davis
Ben Hanfling
Bill Witter
Brian O’neill
Bryan Culbertson
Cathryn Blum
Cheryl Fralick
Chris Dowling
Claudia Vilardy
Daniel Daniel
David Wright
Dustin Selman
Ellisa Feinstein
Emma Nation
Eric Kneer
Ezra Livingston
Francesca Gabourel
Indigo McAdam
Jaemi Bremner
Joe Cross
John Warmerdam
June Ko
Karen Allman
Kat Hardegen
Marie-Hélène Poiré
Marty Kesti
Mark Evans
Mike Zelinski
Niki Butera
Richard Jue
Ron Vidal
Sarah Brewer
Sherry Congrave-Wilson
Sterling Stubblefield
Tom Lattanand
Tom Corbolini
Trish Keefer
Vaibhav Bhandari