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Of course, I will be out of town, but everyone should try and go!
I recall Marco describing burning man last year, he said it was like being under the sea and all the creatures from the deep are swirling around with their bioluminescent lights flashing.
This is the first time this blog has actually asked me to post something ~ I’m trying to download pictures… They’re not showing here but I’ve tried twice ~ guess I’ll post & see what happens.
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I was just looking at some of Meghan’s images on facebook and they are wonderful — it would be great to get some of them here.
Nice to see Tom and Jenna Fay’s Posts. I’ve been thinking about how to phrase what I am interested in hearing from you. I think it comes down to the relationship of experience to expectation and how art, (yours, others’) in the landscape and in the gallery are resonating. For myself I am happy that I pushed myself and built the shack and collaborated with Becca on both its design and the exchange of images.. I’ve built other shacks before in various difficult locations but as simple as the gesture was I loved toiling in the heat to build something that was for the most part without translation. Lost in the in-between of the language of contemporary installation and the fugitive language of the playa. And I figure when it settles out, lost in-between Becca and myself.
Speaking of the In-between if I could characterize my experience this time it is coupled with exhaustion and maybe a bit of separation. I worked hard getting this together for all of us and by the time three in the morning was present I was often tired and while for a night or so I fought the exhaustion, by mid /late week I was enjoying finding strange places to nap. I remember slowly waking up on the second floor of the Tea House at about 4:30 or 5:00 from the Man at Two or so in the morning and just watching as burner after burner searched the books on architecture or the wine left as communal conduit from the author. I have to say many costumes were wearing thin that night, revealing folks searching or pretending and not present in the strange.
So what did I experience that was strange or beautiful?
My name whispered in a crowded lecture and after tapping a pair of boots under a canvas wall an anonymous gift handed through the space below. Knowing that the tap was for not me but for this class and its collective power.
Talking to the computer programmer for Ein Hammer at 4 in the morning about designing joy at all levels of participation. Specifically describing how he programmed the delay change on the synchronicity of the three striking hammers to enable anyone of any ability to succeed if warranted. Knowing that this conversation would not be present without the complex interconnectivity between perpetrator and victim.
Climbing with “Slack Jaw” up his sixty foot conduit double geodesic sphere before its completion. All ladders and bungee cords. Thinking about the motivation for this city.
Learning that Thomas was a dancing fiend.
Finding a cabaret with a Scottish storyteller singing a tale of a mermaid and a fishermen floating in a very real and present encompassing playa dust storm.
Coming “home to the dome” and having wonderful tired conversations. Trying to accept that your experiences and interests and mine will always be different.
So what do I want?
I want each of you to reflect and post- something real something participatory, something critical, that is with respect to BRC a gift.
Its hard to think that burning man is already over, when in fact it has only just begun. I have been sharing experiences with friends and family and it seams as though the amount of positive feedback I have been encountering is all the motivation I need to return next year. When I start thinking of all the things I would do differently or better next year, I find it overwhelming to keep track of all my ideas. I think one of the most successful aspects of our trip was the communal friendship spread by everyone participating in Starland! The experiences I shared and people I shared them with will never be forgotten. Thank you so much for making my burn amazing!
Hey folks– I just wanted to remind you that we are doing a clean up session this Friday- tomorrow – at 4 and next Thursday we are having our first give back meeting starting at 7:00
Finally its great to see Jennafays new post– start putting up pics etc and i will also have a couple questions for you to respond to by tomorrow or at the latest by the weekend.
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SO the whole group has returned from the parallel universe we call Burning Man. We are bruised, burned, crusted with playa, and have a lot of things to ponder.
At this point I have found the real world more strange than Black Rock City. I can’t go into the grocery store without having the urge to pour a drink from off the shelf into my nalgene. I woke last night cold from the open window and thought I was still sleeping in the dome outside. I hopped on a scooter this morning to the store, instead of smashing my bike around the playa looking for something new. People keep demanding to know what happened over the week but honestly its going to take weeks from me to re-order my thoughts and understand what has changed. A lot has happened to the our group on individual and communal levels. Once it seems possible to talk coherently about the experience I will gladly share.
These are just some masks that i was checking out. The first one is awesome! I mean common who doesn’t want to be a bird. Leather is really the way to go.
The second one is not as cool but i really liked that hat. i saw one like it at junkee’s and i hope someone got it. As for the mask i really like the mid-evil vibe that it gives off.
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Make love to the playa, and she will love you back. Become one with the sun, the stars, and the omnipresent dust.Goddess of Love
Quoted from an email passed my way by Nick…
For those of you who are considering staying home or for the
Virgin burners who want to know what it’s all about….
Pay an escort of your preference to not bathe for five days,
cover themselves in glitter, dust, and sunscreen, wear a skanky
neon wig, dance naked, then say they have a lover back home at
the end of the night.
Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any
direction. Put the house back together.
Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they
leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze,
and break things.
Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on
your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a
vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.
Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.
Lean back in a chair until that point where you’re just about to
fall over, but you catch yourself at the last moment. Hold that
position for 9 hours.
Only use the toilet in a house that is at least 3 blocks away.
Drain all the water from the toilet. Only flush it every 3 days.
Hide all the toilet paper.
Set your house thermostat so it’s 50 degrees for the first hour
of sleep and 100 degrees the rest of the night.
Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.
Spend thousands of dollars and several months of your life
building a deeply personal art work. Hide it in a fun house on
the edge of the city. Hire people to come by and alternate
saying “I love it” and “dude, this sucks”. Then burn it.
Set up a DJ system downwind of a three alarm fire. Play a short
loop of drum’n'bass until the embers are cold.
Make a list of all the things you’ll do different next year.
Never look at it.
Have a 3 a.m. soul baring conversation with a drag nun in
platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if
Lust after Bugs Bunny.
Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of
your body. Forget how you did it. Don’t go to a doctor.
“Downsize” last year’s camp by adding two geodesic domes, a new
sound system, art car, and 20 newbies.
Don’t sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of
hallucinogenic/emotion altering drugs. Pick a fight with your
boyfriend/girlfriend, or both.
Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the
perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.
Shop at Wal-mart, Cost-Co, and Home Depot until your car is
completely packed with stuff. Tell everyone that you’re going to
a “Leave-No-Trace” event. Empty your car into a dumpster.
Listen to music you hate for 168 hours straight, or until you
think you are going to scream. Scream. Realize you’ll love the
music for the rest of your life.
Spend 5 months planning a “theme camp” like it’s the invasion of
Normandy. Spend Monday-Wednesday building the camp. Spend
Thurs-Sunday nowhere near camp because you’re sick of it or
can’t find it.
Walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors until someone
offers you cocktails and dinner.
Bust your ass for a “community.” See all the attention get
focused on the drama queen crybaby.
Get so drunk you can’t recognize your own house. Walk slowly
around the block for 5 hours.
Tell your boss you aren’t coming to work this week but he should
“gift” you a paycheck anyway. When he refuses accuse him of not
loving the “community”.
Search alleys until you find a couch so unbelievably tacky and
nasty filthy that a state college frat house wouldn’t want it.
Take a nap on the couch and sleep like you are king of the
Ask your most annoying neighbor to interrupt your fun several
times a day with third hand gossip about every horrible thing
that’s happened in the last 24 hours. Have them wear khaki.
Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali’s more disturbing, but
beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.
Welcome to Burning Man!
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In class this week, we talked a bit about the amazing amount of planning and structure that goes into the Burn to allow us such freedom and safe chaos during the week. If you haven’t been checking the Burning Blog (shame on you!), there has been some sneak previews of those out on the Playa early this year.
The photos are wonderful, and it is getting pretty damn exciting as August grows closer to the end! Check it out: