Posts Tagged ‘art’

The Burning Man Season Begins: Tickets & Theme

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Well my friends the Burning Man Season has officially started.  The kickoff of course is the announcement of this year’s them Caravansary.  Personally not my favorite theme but some people seem to really like it, I guess that is the way of if every year isn’t it.  For me, I hope to be celebrating my 50th birthday on the playa this year so my personal theme, my playa name is The Dean, is going to be Deanapocalypse 2014, you’re all invited to the party.

Also the ticket process is underway, including the massive irony of implementing a vehicle pass fee the same year you make a theme about caravans, want to bring a caravan, it will cost you this year.  I truly hope the irony was not lost on the org and they got a chuckle out of it.  Pre-sale tickets, those of the guaranteed type are as usual mighty pricey, but if you’ve got the cash and you don’t want to worry about tickets $650 a piece will give you peace of mind.  Anyone feeling the need to gift me one for the Deanapocalyspe celebration, drop me a note and thank you in advance.  Otherwise I will be queuing up with the rest of the mass of humanity for ticket registration and purchase.  Good luck to all of you, the playa will provide and don’t freak out if you don’t get a ticket through the process, there is always the STEP resale process and lots of tickets floating in the community as the event comes near, and other than the pre-sale, which purports to help subsidize the reduced price ticket program, remember to never pay above face value for your tickets.

See you in the dust ~ ZDBlue aka The Dean

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30 Days of Burning Man, Day 30 Have a great burn!

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

For Day 30, a simple wish that everyone has a safe and fabulous burn and all 30 links from the last 30 days, ~ ZD Blue

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/30-days-of-burning-man-day-1-the-basics/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/30-days-of-burning-man-day-2-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/30-days-of-burning-man-day-3-virgin-guide-part-1/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/30-days-of-burning-man-virgin-guide-part-2/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/30-days-of-burning-man-day-5-virgin-guide-part-iii/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/30-days-of-burning-man-day-6-playa-magic/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/30-days-of-burning-man-day-7-photographs/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/30-days-of-burning-man-day-8-the-10-principles/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/30-days-of-burning-man-day-9-costumes/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/30-days-of-burning-man-day-10-art/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/30-days-of-burning-man-day-11-the-heart-of-burning-man/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/30-days-of-burning-man-day-12-should-i-bring-my-children/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/30-days-of-burning-man-day-13-supporting-playa-art-projects/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/30-days-of-burning-man-day-14-photographs-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/30-days-of-burning-man-day-15-photography-guide/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/30-days-of-burning-man-day-16-photography-guide-part-2/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/30-days-of-burning-man-day-17-links-links-and-more-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/30-days-of-burning-man-day-18-burning-man-in-the-news/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/30-days-of-burning-man-day-19-get-involved/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/30-days-day-1/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/30-days-of-burning-man-day-20-theme-camps/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/30-days-of-burning-man-day-21-the-faces-of-burning-man/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/30-days-of-burning-man-day-22-fire/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/30-days-of-burning-man-day-23-the-art/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/30-days-of-burning-man-day-24-sex-on-the-playa/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/30-days-of-burning-man-day-25-dont-go/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/30-days-of-burning-man-day-26-live-on-the-playa/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/30-days-of-burning-man-day-27-three-questions/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/30-days-of-burning-man-day-28-photos-photos-more-photos/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/30-days-of-burning-man-day-29-the-thank-yous/

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 29, The Thank Yous!

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Tonight a simple post of a simple reminder and that is to give thanks to the people who make Burning Man happen.  I’m sure I’ll forget some people I shouldn’t so feel free to remind me in the comments section.  First, to the ORG, that’s right Burning Man LLC the organization that puts it all together, gets the permits, coordinates and organizes everything including suing local government when necessary.

To the men and women of the DPW, the people who build the infrastructure and stay after the burns are all done and make our presences as if it was never there, to make sure we keep our permits and can return to the desert next year.  When the DPW does their annual parade donate freely and heavily.

To all the artists and volunteers, the perimeter crew, ice camp, center camp a massive thank you to the people who work Exodus!!!  To all of you who create camps, activities and the insanity we revel in thank you.  To the makers of art cars and the department of mutant vehicles who make sure it all works out.

To the rangers who help out and the medical tent volunteers who save us and even the cops who occasionally actually protect us, the fire volunteers who keep the city safe, thank you.  To the builders of the man and the pyrotechnic maniacs who blow it up thank you.

Finally my biggest thank you to the builders of the Temple, the Temple Guardians and most of all to all of you who share your dreams, your pain and your wishes.

A thank you to anyone I’ve missed who participates and for all of you about to start driving, see you in the dust ~ ZD Blue

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 23, The Art

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Whenever people talk about Burning Man they talk about the art.  Let me first talk about what “art” means because it is a pretty broad definition.  You see art can take many, many forms there are the things we always think of paintings and sculptures, we sometimes broaden that to include performance art and if we think about it music and dance and a lot of other things come under the umbrella of “art”.  One of the things I love about Burning Man is that all of these forms and more show up on the Playa on steroids, not only from a size perspective but from a thought perspective as well.  One of my favorite camps in BRC is the wholly politically incorrect Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro.  There is something at the same time horrific, beautiful and utterly snarky about the display they create each year and to me art has to make you feel and the death camp certainly does that.

There is a lot of random performance art or as the principles call it, radical self-expression in BRC.  One of my all-time favorite moments occurred while I was walking the Esplanade one night and I stumbled upon three women doing a performance, or a ritual but they were reading from an old book and dropping roses into a fire the whole thing had a very Pagan feel to it.  What made it utterly spectacular was that included in the circle of people who had stumbled upon this little show was Jesus Christ, crown of thorns, full sized cross and all.  Where else in the world could a good Christian like Jesus Christ enjoy a good Pagan performance?

Finally, I get a lot of questions from people who ask me, do people really burn their art?  Yes Virginia, people really do burn their art.  I think this is done for a lot of reasons and each artist probably has his or her own reason for why they create something so beautiful only to see it go up in flames.  For me, I love the idea that it represents the impermanence of everything, the art, BRC and even our lives.  Like flowers, the impermanence of the work makes it even more beautiful for its fleeting existence.  As always, some images of art on the Playa and sorry, I don’t have a picture of Jesus at the Pagan ceremony it was one of those moments that I was too swept up in what was happening to shoot.

 

30 Days of Burning Man, Day 19 Transition

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Ok, a bit low energy tonight so just a quick post and a couple of images, enjoy  ~ ZD Blue

 So a little advice on heading in and out of the playa for those of you who haven’t done this before.  You see there is a reason we differentiate between home and the default world, they really are drastically different.  Many people feel a little post-playa depression, and some of that has to do with the gear shift.  So my solution has always been to spend a night in Reno on the way in and the way out.  There are some advantages to this, first off Reno is not quite the default world so it gives you some transition space and time before the default world.  It’s also cheap and close to the Playa which on the way out significantly reduces your time to your first large meal and hot shower.  Let’s be clear, I shower on the Playa, some years I’ve showered damn near everyday, but no camp shower will every replace the joy of a hot pressurized shower in an air-conditioned room after a week in the dust.  Yeah, I know, kind of the absolute opposite of what you are living out there, but what can I say, I’m not perfect.  Just a thought, I’m sure others have opinions would love to hear them.

30 Days of Burning Man, Day 19 – Get Involved!

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

So tonight as you are starting to organize and pack, my God you have started to organize and pack right, I mean hell we’re only two weeks away from the dust.  What the hell are you waiting for?!  So for those of you who aren’t in panic mode right now about your first trip to the dust take a look at some opportunities below for ways to get more involved on the playa.  The more you are involved the better the experience, enjoy. ~ ZD Blue

 

Let’s start with the BMORG’s volunteer link your connection to lots of volunteer opportunities:  http://www.burningman.com/participate/volunteer.html

VOLUNTEER TO BE A TEMPLE GUARDIAN

DhammaSeeker writes:

“Behind the Temple stands a group that has quietly watched over those structures each year since 2002. The main duty of the Temple Guardians is to protect the Temple and all of those who visit it. We stand with love for the Temple and everything that it stands for.

Temple Guardian shifts run 4 hours each, 24 hours a day.

During your Temple shift, there are a number of duties you may be asked to perform. Guardians keep watch for injuries and unsafe conditions, including fire, climbing, vehicle traffic, and problems with the structure. We do not make rules, nor are we enforcers; we watch quietly and act skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple.

Most of all we provide the Temple with grounding and love. We follow a philosophy that says small pushes from a great distance help keep the Temple a serene space. When we do interact with participants, we do so with love, carrying the sacred space of the Temple with us in to every interaction.

On Sunday, Guardians maintain the perimeter with the Black Rock Rangers and Temple Crew for the Temple burn.

If the Temple has a special place in your heart, join us and help create the space for another to have the wonder that brought you back.

To join our group, please email templeguardians@templeguardians.org

The Center Camp Cafe stages offer, without citation or reference, the most strange and eclectic gathering of talent in the world. It brings instruments and musicians to audiences that cannot always be predicted or described, and it services the ears and eyes of Black Rock City for 24 hours a day, every day of the event. This herculean task cannot be done without the assistance of the community, and we implore you to join us at the stage. We need a wide range of talents for a variety of duties. Three duties, in fact.

Stage managers wrangle the talent, keep the stage (somewhat) organized and on time, and manage the big picture of our little stage.

Gear Gods build up and tear down the stage, very quickly, very often; you need to have a basic knowledge of how rigs work, where cords plug, and speak a bit of musician-ese.

Sound Engineers run the board. They fondle the knobs and caress the dials. Sound can be funny out there; the engineer needs to hear the dust caked speaker and make it sing, not cough.

If you want to grace us with your skills and presence, email themitch@burningman.com. Let him know what position suits your fancy and when you want to work. From there, we’re sure something strange but appropriate will occur.

CALLING ALL EDU-BURNERS!

Jennifer writes:

“The goal of BREC is to create a staff development opportunity unlike any other- where we help each other to bring the magic home to our students. Teach a workshop! Collaborate on lesson plans! Bring home a slick flyer to prove to your administration that the art festival you missed the first week of school to go to is semi-legitimate!

As opening day approaches, we’re putting together this year’s sessions. Look for us in the What, Where, When for this year. I’m still looking for a few more speakers, so if you’re interested, shoot me an email with “BREC Presenter” in the subject line (so I don’t lose it in the vast wasteland of my inbox in the midst of BM prep.) If you need an invite letter, please ask soon! Put “BREC Invite Request” in the subject line and don’t forget to tell me who it should be addressed to, and the address so I can keep it as professional looking as possible.

The final conference flyer pdf will go out in a few weeks (typically the week before the burn) and I’ll have printed copies on site for you to bring home to your various administrators. If you haven’t liked our page yet, please check it out at www.facebook.com/BlackRockEducatorsConsortium. I post the flyers there, and it’s a good place to get announcements.

BREC 2012 will be held on Weds and Thurs from noon to 4 at Lahontan Korps, in Gigsville (3:30, E-G.) LK is the giant camo net camp, and we’ll have bright signs on the main streets directing you in.

Send questions and requests to JennNelson3@gmail.com (make sure to put BREC in the subject line,) or to our FB page!”

FIRE SAFETIES NEEDED

This? This is fun. 24/7 writes:

“On Friday night Anubis, the 50′ tall Jackal God of the Underworld, will burn, and we need YOUR help in making it happen. If you have any experience in fire perimeter or fire safety (or you want to get some), please get in touch with 247@anubis2012.com.

Thanks, and we look forward to getting dusty with you…..

Mitchell AKA 24/7″

WORK THE GATE!

Who works the Gate? Really great people, as it turns out … and they’re ALL volunteers. Maybe you’d like to join their ranks? Learn more about these folks, and what it takes to be one of ’em. You definitely won’t regret it. Kristy’s got it handled in the Burning Blog:

http://bit.ly/P1hpTR

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 17, links, links and more links

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Tonight an array of links, photos, information, etc…. enjoy

Photos by Philip Steele  http://www.burnmonkey.com/burning_man_pictures.html

An interesting piece about Burning Man from the Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-michaelson/the-truth-about-burning-m_b_279464.html

Bad acid and weird boobs a “highly accurate” piece about the Burning Man experience  http://www.cracked.com/blog/bad-acid-weird-boobs-why-burning-man-isnt-worth-it/

An amazing time lapse video of the 5 weeks on the playa surrounding the event  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQacfYW6eZQ

The infamous Oh the places you go Video that scored almost 2 million hits  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahv_1IS7SiE