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Be Part of the Art with iSheep

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Be part of the art!

Add your support and voice to the large-scale, big-fun, interactive art project, iSheep , that’s going to Burning Man—and beyond.

People are flocking to participate.

What’s the border between real life and robot? Why does it feel like that border is changing? And how much fun can you have with art?

We think art should ask big questions. And maybe answer some of them. That’s where the iSheep wander in.

We’ve earned a Burning Man honorarium art grant. And we’re working to realize this iSheep dream every day, all with volunteer labor. But we need your help for materials (some recycled), tools, and transportation.

No amount is too small

Talking, rolling, robot sheep. You heard right.

iSheep are a flock of 13 life-size, interactive, bumper sheep. On wheels. With flashy-blinky lights. And awesome, unique personalities.

iSheep roam the harshness of Black Rock City, Nevada in search of meaning and joy. All they want is to mingle with the city residents, ready and lit in their latest costumes. Talk to them. Touch them. Ride them. Push them around. But be careful: They will create havoc if you do something without their consent.

Don’t call them sheeple.

Each sheep has a different personality, voice and look. Explore what tickles them, what excites them, and what makes each one unique. All they ask in return is to be treated with respect and that you ask nicely first.

I love it! Can I have one? Please?

Yes! Sort of!

As an iSheep supporter at any level, you’ll be part of bringing this project to large and diverse audiences—we couldn’t do that on our own. We’ll update you with video, photos, and news before and after Burning Man, so you can share in the experience.

If you Adopt a Sheep, you become instrumental in creating it's appearance, personality and voice. We have an adoption application ready—but there are only 13 sheep in the flock, so get in touch soon: info@isheep.art

And the iSheep will travel after Burning Man. Your support (or your sheep) may be part of exhibits and events in Washington, DC, and around the nation and the world. For instance, this summer, iSheep will be flocking to "Sound Scene," an exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in DC.

I want to play with a sheep!

It takes a village to raise a sheep.  All of the labor—including seriously complicated technical, electronic, and fabrication work by our team’s skilled workers—is volunteer.

We need help shepherding and caring for the iSheep on the Playa, sourcing materials and arranging transport, taking care of volunteers—pretty much everything. Want to volunteer, too? Hit us up. 

What is the money for?

Materials: Wood, body foam, resin, LED lights, sensors, processors, electronics, communications, batteries, chargers... We recycle and upcycle as much as possible.

Transportation: It’s 2,600 miles one-way from DC to Black Rock City, Nevada, the Burning Man site. It’s a long walk for a flock of sheep. Yes, they have wheels, but we're not going to make them do that on their own.

Thank Ewe! 

Stay tuned for updates and check out the flocking great swag you’ll get for your support. Baaaaaaa-baaaaa for now!




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A Shepard and his flock ..............of robots. Well known DC Burning Man artist Bardia Saeedi had been thinking about sheep LED sculptures for a few weeks when the Burning Man Organization announced the 2018 I, Robot theme last October. Bardia's mind raced with the possibilities. With all the focus on the #MeToo movement, Bardia conceived of a flock of sheep that were lit by LED lights and outfitted with brains that could interact with participants and raise consent through constructive, two way dialogue. The team has been steadily at work for several months at the artist collective known as MakePeace Manor and various other sites around the DMV area assembling the components that will come together to make the 13 robotic sheep.


On Thursday, Bardia and his team begin the 2,200 mile long annual migration towards Reno and Black Rock City, Nevada with their woolen creations in tow. iSheep is a departure from the early work Bardia had been known for. He's known for his creative use of taking found objects, and reassembling them into much larger, temporary works of art including an interactive pirate ship made out of bamboo and sheets of fabric. His most recent endeavor was modifying an old school bus and converting it into a hands on, work space for homeless artists to make and create art. The fully funded art grant for iSheep came as a surprise to Bardia who is used to working with little or no financial support. "When I received my art grant from Burning Man, it felt like winning an Academy Award." said Bardia shortly after receiving the news. "They go a long way to let you know they really believe in you and your project."


Each of the 13 quadrupeds are mounted on sturdy wheels and can be pushed or pulled with a rider on board. It took a team of 15, roughly 40 hours apiece to create each robot from scratch. During the day at the festival, they will be corralled in a pen to be recharged on generators so they can go out at night in their brightly lit finest. For the trip out west they'll each be stacked two high in specially designed racks for transport to and from the playa. After Burning Man, Bardia and his team will have to work quickly as one of the sheep will be featured at The Renwick Gallery back in Washington, D.C. in early September. The sheep proved very popular at a rollout last July at The Hirshhorn Gallery in conjunction with The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. These dust covered works of art are bound to be very popular once they make the long trek back home. MakePeace Manor. Lincolnia, Virginia.
Text & Photo by Gogo
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Calling all Shepherds!

The iSheep are flocking to the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Mall THIS weekend.

We need shepherds. Lots of shepherds. No prior shepherding experience necessary.

Our iSheep are on wheels, they want to play, and they’re not gonna herd themselves. If you can make it, please volunteer a little. 

Where: Hirshhorn Museum and sculpture garden
When: 10 am – 5 pm Sat & Sun (Jul 7 & 8)
Why: Because art is funny. Because iSheep are flocking awesome.
Who: 5 iSheep - 4 wrapped, one naked. Basic look and functionality. LEDs won’t show much in daylight. But they Baaah and more. 

It is also Folklife Festival and last year 10,000 people visited the Hirschorn museum because of it.

Coming? Want to volunteer? Let us know! info@isheep.art
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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
$7,000.
We did it.
You did it.
Thank you for helping us bring magic to the land of magic.
Your good vibes will be felt and reflected in each instance of interaction with iSheep.
You will forever be part of the Baaaaahhhh Orchestra.
Thank you!!

- Bardia
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