In the Beginning
In 2002, the DiscoFish swam the Playa for the first time, creating many memories for the early innovators.
Evolve and Grow
Like most mutant vehicles, DiscoFish was created for everyone as a gift to the Burning Man community. As long as there was room, people were welcome on board. But in order to enhance the experience for others, DiscoFish needed to evolve and grow.
Discofish 2.0 Debut
Empowered by radical self-expression and communal participation, DiscoFish continued to mutate. By 2011, DiscoFish had evolved into a giant anglerfish mutant vehicle with glowing iridescent scales, flamethrower, and a giant sparkling disco ball.
DiscoFish Continued to Evolve
Over the next 5 years the team adds adds the caboose, dorsal fins, etc. We even added laser radar (LIDAR) to make the DiscoFish autonomous.
Another Giant Leap of Evolution
For years DiscoFish swam the Playa changing lives and creating many memories. In 2017, she took her final voyage. Though we’re sad to let DiscoFish go, part of the experience of Burning Man is doing something better and different than before. This is why we build. We build to touch lives. We build to create stories worth telling. We build because we find joy in creating joy for others.
The Rise of the Techno Gecko
In 2017, after the burn and after much debate, we decided on the new vision to build something even more ridiculous that has never been done before. Six fully-electric mutant vehicles will drive down city streets in single file then merge like Voltron to form the TechnoGecko on the Playa.
A Mutation Underway
In early 2018 the DiscoFish dismantle and the TechnoGecko build began. The goal was to sprint to get the basics done in the first of six modules. What’s minimum on playa? PLAM (Power, Lights, Audio, Movement). Due to time, the DiscoFish caboose was reused and connected to the motor-less TechnoGecko main module that the team fabricated from the ground up. Yes, it was all electric on playa! The face and eye were built at the end and left as skeletons. The playa proved challenging that year, as would be expected with a new design - gears broke, chains came apart, and many things had to be rebuilt on playa with out of the box methods thanks to a dedicated and agile crew. But, the beast undergoing a major metamorphosis was finally mobile (PLAM successful) and granted a day and night Mutant Vehicle pass midweek after which bait shifts and dance parties commenced!
Goodbye, Old Friend
In early 2019 the group said goodbye to the base of DiscoFish as it entered into its own metamorphosis. The chassis was sold to the Doge Car group which mutated it into a huge dog, giving it a new life and new home on playa.
A Year of Metamorphosis
The 2019 Burning Man theme was announced and the team was excited, it was metamorphosis — exactly what we were doing. Turning what we had during phase one of TechnoGecko at BM2019 into what our vision of the TechnoGecko should be was what commenced over the next years. Goals were set early - the team wanted to complete the dance floor (the second module) and focus on visual impact. They came together to tackle a lot of upgrades, builds, some rebuilds, design, and construction of moving gecko eyes, a gecko face, cool feet and toes, upgraded sound system, dance poles, a well mounted sign, and basic LIDAR incorporation. Below is what we walked away with. The team was very happy, it was a great burn.
Techno Gecko Mission
Our mission with TechnoGecko is to empower others, to support diversity and art, to encourage love and passion, and to inspire innovation and self-expression. We have the tools, skills, confidence, and community to convert this vision, this dream, into reality. But it will require a lot of resources in order to pull together a mutant vehicle of this magnitude. It will take a lot of time, it will take a lot of commitment, and it will take a lot of money.
Burning Man is about communal participation. Whether you’re participating in the build, donating money, or simply spreading our vision, we appreciate your support and welcome you to our community.
Techno Gecko loves you, and we can’t wait to give you a dusty hug on the Playa.