Who We Are

The Hydrocarbon Collective is a group of artists and engineers. Operating out of the Box Shop in San Francisco, we seek to create art that is dangerous, difficult, and challenging.

The Box Shop, SF

Torch Song

Torch Song is a kinetic fire art sculpture that was displayed at Burning Man 2017. A double tetrahedron balanced on a corner, each edge has an independently controlled flame that travels along the 8’ length. The effect is of a set of dancing flames that perform a synchronized ballet.

Torch Song Model

Brachistochrone

Brachistochrone is a new kinetic fire art piece currently in prototyping. We're going to make a marble track. A really big marble track. And the marbles will be on fire. Because, duh. Want to help us build it?

Brachistochrone

Snapcamp

In 2016, the homelessness problem in San Francisco became increasingly visible, with tent camps popping up around the city. We created Snapcamp, a fake app, website, and social media account, to draw attention to the misguided "hackathon" culture of relying on software to solve society's problems. Snapcamp also lampooned the clickbait media itself, by becoming an overnight but disposable hot button issue.

Articles about SnapCamp