About Billion Jelly Bloom


WAIT, WHAT DO YOU DO?

Billion Jelly Bloom's Burning Man-ifested, benthic bumpin' performance art transforms the night air into an ocean depth inhabited by an undulating, luminous jellyfish bloom. Our 15 foot tall, 640 lumen bright performer articulated OMFG Jellyfish dip and swarm and sting and dance and participatorily, interactively, immersively engage creatures, sounds and environs like it ain't no thing. BOOM *drops the mic*

THE POLYP TROUPERS

Billion Jelly Bloom is a San Francisco performance art dance theater mega-puppet thing founded by Patricia & Robert Lord in 2010. Inspired by our own vertiginous Burning Man experiences, Billion Jelly Bloom is our extension of Burning Man's transformative tentacles.  

PATRICIA ‘DEBRIS’ LORD

Patti Lord is the lead designer of the 2011 bloom and the sole designer and producer of the seminal five-jelly 2010 bloom. Patti will make her third pilgrimage to the playa in 2011. When not betentacled, she is often strolling with her toddler in San Francisco’s Mission District.

 

ROBERT ‘BETA’ LORD

Rob Lord is the Maha of Billion Jelly Bloom, chief instigator and team tea-server. When not undulating, Rob is multitasks as dad, hubby, geek, Intertubes entrepreneur and honey badger.

 

Moreover, Billion Jelly Bloom would be shudderingly less fun without the boundless creativity and fortitude of Marina Barnes, Derek Dukes, Ann Larie Valentine, Kevin & Sabrina Rinderle and Ethan Currens. 

And high-five tentacle to our extraordinary documentquariums Myleen HolleroElena Kulikova & Jason Mongue

A Natural History

INSPIRATION

One Halloween night in mid-’90s in San Francisco, California, Rob Lord recalls being delighted by a woman with an elegantly executed jellyfish costume crafted of a simple clear plastic umbrella with bubble-wrap strips. 

PROTO-BLOOM

On a Halloween night years later in Santa Cruz, California, Rob Lord primitively crafted a five jellyfish bloom and convinced his friends to perform the jellyfish as group performance art downtown. These jellies featured two notable refinements: broomsticks placing the jellyfish in the air above people's heads and internal flashlights increasing their visibility from afar.

BURNING MAN 2010

In preparation for Burning Man 2010, Patti Lord took the creative helm, craftily constructing a six jellyfish bloom from studio lighting umbrellas, foil ribbon and tactical LED flashlights. We were immediately overwhelmed by exuberant delight and awe of fellow burners at Opulent Temple and the Bliss Dance art sculpture. “Next year we must have our own ‘Million Jellyfish March’!” declared a friend. “Yes, or perhaps a ‘Billion Jelly Bloom’!” replied Rob Lord.

BURNING MAN 2011

In 2011, Billion Jelly Bloom was blessed with a Burning Man art honorarium that empowered creative lead Patti and our team to design and produce 25 taller, brighter and more kinetic jellyfish for five participatory playa blooms at Burning Man 2011. Each night a Human-Jelly Relations Coordinator, Field Marshall and Swarm Leader, assisted by first and second deputies, invited Burners to perform our jellyfish bloom. Together we swarmed art cars, undulated through art installations and bloomed booming soundcamps, each night refining and scaling the bloom’s interaction and reach. Memories of those evenings still make us giddy.

THE FUTURE BLOOM

Returning to the default world from Burning Man 2011, Billion Jelly Bloom’s email inbox contained unprompted requests to bloom at non-Burning Man events to our surprise and delight. Somehow Billion Jelly Bloom had established a default world presence.

What’s next? We don’t know. We only know that the previously inconceivable is our reality so we follow our bloom.