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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
Web Mistress – during the day, Masha’s superpowers keep Burningman.org 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.
We are deeply grateful for the passionate support and guidance of our Advisory Council:
Angela La Flamme