Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #18
May 11, 2012
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+ MUTANT VEHICLE APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 15 AT NOON PST
+ CALL FOR ENTRIES: BURNING MAN 2012 STICKER DESIGN CONTEST
+ MARIE VLASIC’S BLACK ROCK PORTRAIT PROJECT
+ “BEFORE I DIE…” BRAF EXHIBITION AND ARTIST’S TALK IN RENO
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ CAMPING WITH BABY BURNERS: KIDS AT BURNING MAN
+ “FACE FORWARD” HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION
+ THE MAIN STREET REPUBLICAN VALUES OF … BURNING MAN?
+ BURN WALL STREET ART INSTALLATION IN SF WEEKLY
PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ BURNING MAN AND THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
+ ONE MILE CLOCK PROJECT VIDEO
+ PICTURES FROM THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFRIKA BURN
+ A CAPPLAYA VOCAL ENSEMBLE SEEKS SINGERS
+ JOIN THE SEALS OF APPROVAL! TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA!
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ BURNING MAN’S SUPPORT A PROJECT PAGE FOR 2012
+ CROWD-EQUITY, A NEW APPROACH TO ART AT BURNING MAN
+ DADARA’S TRANSFORMONEY TREE PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS OF BANK NOTES
+ MAYAN TRICYCLE NEEDS A KICKSTART RIDE TO THE PLAYA
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER ORIENTATION MEETINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE
+ SUBCULTURE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS IN VANCOUVER, RENTON & SEATTLE
+ SOULFIRE REGIONAL PRECOMPRESSION – LOS GATOS, CA – JUNE 8-10
+ CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2012!
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz
Every time somebody mentions it at BMHQ, you can hear the clunking of jaws hitting the floor — it’s the middle of May and BURNING MAN IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Gah good lordy. Here we go, people!
We’re entering high planning season, folks … theme camps are pulling their plans together, artists are cranking away as we speak, the annual fundraising cycle is ramping up to full swing, mutant vehicle owners are kicking their tires (oh, and the deadline for applying to DRIVE that mutant vehicle on playa is Tuesday May 15th at noon, so heads up!), and Burner vets are helping out Newbies all over the place to get clued in to the ways and philosophies of Burning Man.
Speaking of which, if you are a newbie (or know of one), a good place to start digging into the nuts and bolts of Burning Man and Black Rock City is our First Timer’s guide … it’s a handy collection of links to key content in the Burning Man website (which is BIG, and BROAD, and DEEP with great info — consider the FTG your roadmap!). Pass it on: www.burningman.com/first_
And with that, we’ll send you headlong into this edition of the JRS, with our best wishes for all your planning efforts. We hope you’re getting as excited as we are, ‘cuz from everything we’re hearing and seeing, there’s going to be some incredible stuff coming to Black Rock City this year.
And if you’re still looking for a ticket, don’t give up … keep in touch with your friends, family and community and watch for people’s extra tickets to float to the surface. Best of luck!
The Man burns in 113 days!
MUTANT VEHICLE APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 15 AT NOON PST
Reminder: The deadline for submitting a Mutant Vehicle application is this coming Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time. If you want to bring a Mutant Vehicle to this year’s event, please get your application in now. The criteria and information for submitting an application are here: http://www.burningman.com/on_
-The DMV Hotties
CALL FOR ENTRIES: BURNING MAN 2012 STICKER DESIGN CONTEST
Our 2012 sticker team writes:
“Hello dusty-hearted friends and fellow playa-schwag-ophiles!
Lost in a memory of past playa experience, staring blankly at your water bottle and the fun, funky sticker you received when you rolled through the Greeter’s Station last year tacked lovingly to it? Looking forward to remembering this year’s Fertilizingly Creative Fun for years to come?
What better way to remember your great experiences on playa than with eye catching, sticky, sticker schwag?! Participate in the artfully affecting playa ephemera through submitting YOUR design in our annual Sticker Contest.
This is the official call for designs for the 2012 Burning Man stickers. Your design could be the one passed out with the materials you receive as you pass through the Greeters Station upon entering Black Rock City. Other designs will become official sticker schwag passed out on-and-off the playa throughout the year.
Things to know:
1. Your sticker designs can vary in size from 2.25″ x 5.5″ to 3″ x 3”. Round designs MUST measure 3″ in diameter.
2. Please incorporate both the name Burning Man and the year 2012 into your design.
3. Sticker designs are limited to five colors. Please design accordingly.
4. Round stickers are given priority for winning the coveted “Gate Sticker” spot, going out to ALL Black Rock Citizens. Other sticker sizes are printed out and handed out to volunteers throughout the year both in Black Rock City and at other Regional events.
5. Whichever type of sticker tickles your fancy (or maybe your very ticklish and want to enter several designs), remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme. Read up on the Fertility 2.0 theme! http://www.burningman.com/art_
6. Wondering how to get your sticker designs to us? Please send a color separated Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file to [email protected]. No other file types will be accepted. Whether sending your design or questions, please put your first and last name in the subject header as well as the phrase “2012 Sticker Submission”.
7. The deadline for design submissions is Monday, June 4th.
Why? Because we all just love getting fabulous playa schwag to help us remember our wonderful home in the desert even when we’re away throughout the year. So, don’t hesitate. Participate (by Monday, June 4th, 2012)!
Thank you and good luck! We can’t wait to see what wonderful designs you’ve got for us!
-The 2012 Sticker Contest Peeps”
MARIE VLASIC’S BLACK ROCK PORTRAIT PROJECT
“I’d like to share the study paintings for my Black Rock Portrait Project. The project is coming along nicely with 14 oil painting studies and one large painting completed so far. A return trip to complete the project is planned for this year’s Burn. If you see me on the Playa, camera in hand, come get shot, you may be immortalized in a painting! www.blackrockportraitproject.
“BEFORE I DIE…” BRAF EXHIBITION AND ARTIST’S TALK IN RENO
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) proudly announces the installation of artist Candy Chang’s interactive mural, Before I Die… , at two locations in
downtown Reno. The murals will be displayed at two locations, on a wall at Sierra St and Island Avenue, and on another in front of Apex Products at 415 East Fourth Street in Reno, Nevada. This is BRAF’s sixth public art installation produced in collaboration with the Reno community and with the support of the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
Before I Die… is an interactive public art project that transforms neglected spaces into public venues for constructive conversation and empowering self-expression.
The murals are approximately 40 feet wide by eight feet tall. Walls are painted with black chalkboard paint. Stenciled on the walls is the phrase “Before I Die I want to __________,” dozens of times. Using the chalk provided, people may write in their response to the prompt. The resulting completed phrases vary greatly, reflecting the diversity of the participating individuals.
Join artist Candy Chang for a public talk, inaugurating the debut of her interactive mural project, Before I Die… in Reno, NV. Hear Chang speak about her work, her life experiences, and the meaning of the project.
Black Rock Arts Foundation and Black Rock Design Institute Presents:
Candy Chang Before I Die…
May 17, 2012, 5:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M.
Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501
To purchase tickets, visit www.nevadaart.org/visit/
==============ROUND UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS===============
CAMPING WITH BABY BURNERS: KIDS AT BURNING MAN
New Burning blogger Judes joins us for a series on kids at Burning Man: “Because the playa is a colossal day-glow playground, children feel right at home.” Check it out and join the conversation!
“FACE FORWARD” HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION
Laughing Squid has a nice post up about “Face Forward”, an honorarium art installation from 2011, including some cool video of the piece in action (in case you, like us, never got to see it actually running on playa … timing is everything!). Enjoy …
THE MAIN STREET REPUBLICAN VALUES OF … BURNING MAN?
Here’s an interesting read from The Washington Post about how Burning Man embodies essentially Republican, capitalist values.
BURN WALL STREET ART INSTALLATION IN SF WEEKLY
“Burn Wall Street”: Otto von Danger Politicizes His Art
“They were upset about what the banks are doing,” the Oakland artist (real name Otto Ewen) explained. “We all are.” But von Danger is famous for blowing stuff up on an epic scale, like the city façade Megatropolis at 2010’s Burning Man. “Just a bank is kind of blasé,” he says.
==================PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO======================
BURNING MAN AND THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Here’s a fantastic video with a powerful message about Burning Man and the evolution of consciousness, directed by Ian MacKenzie and featuring Darrin Drda.
ONE MILE CLOCK PROJECT VIDEO
Jim Bowers created the (record setting, as it turns out) 1MileClock project on playa last year, and he sends along these videos about it for your pleasurable enjoyment of goodness:
Go forth and enjoy!
PICTURES FROM THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFRIKA BURN
Enjoy some awesome images from Afrika Burn by Stu Shapiro. Inspired by Eric Schwabel’s “Human Light Suit” project, Stu built his own photographic contraption and starting clicking away in Tankwa Town. Set deep in the Karoo, the festival is a hip-trippy delight- with a conscience. Much like the infamous Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert, Afrika Burn promotes authentic expression and a money-free society based on a “giving economy”. Begun in 2007, it’s been going strong for six years.
Thank you, Stu, for these awesome images!
A CAPPLAYA VOCAL ENSEMBLE SEEKS SINGERS
“A CAPPLAYA, Burning Man’s organic soundtrack for eight years running, is searching the dusty crevices of this year’s cast of performers for a slightly freaky, mostly sober soprano, alto, and baritone. A capplaya is a small, tight a cappella jazz group that performs throughout the burning man event from center stage to the latter-alphabetted dusty hideouts you love to discover. Charts are distributed and memorized prior to burning man, usually five or six tunes total. Small vocal ensemble singing experience is required. If you’re interested in being a part of this live art experience or want to know more, contact [email protected]. If you sing a part other than the ones listed above but this is right up your alley, shoot me a line anyway. If this year fills, we’ll be back on the playa with a new group next year!
JOIN THE SEALS OF APPROVAL! TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA!
Have to admit, we snorted at the clubbing reference. Frannie writes with this genius idea for making the best use of The Pier art project (which is beyond awesome squared):
“LET’S TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA! Get your seal on and meet other seals at The Pier 2012 (https://www.facebook.com/
TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH—-4-6PM
WE WANT FIRST TIMERS please share with our newest participants!!
====================SUPPORT A PROJECT=======================
BURNING MAN’S SUPPORT A PROJECT PAGE FOR 2012
If you’d like to participate in helping get people’s art to the playa, but for some reason can’t gift your time, talents or stuff, you might consider making a donation to the project(s) of your choice. We’d got a round-up of the ones we know about on our Support a Project page:
If you’d like to have your project included on the page, g’head and learn how:
CROWD-EQUITY, A NEW APPROACH TO ART AT BURNING MAN
Long-time Burning Man artist Zach Coffin, creator of COMPLETELY INSANE AND ILL-ADVISED BUT ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SCULPTURES LIKE “Colossus”, “Temple of Gravity”, and “Rock Spinner”, has come up with a clever way to fund his sculpture “The Universe Revolves Around You” this year. Check it out.
“Crowd-equity, a new approach to art at Burning Man.
Have you wanted to own a Zachary Coffin (www.zacharycoffin.com) sculpture but can’t shore up your foundations and bring in 50 ton cranes for the install? Are you looking to diversify your portfolio in a world of zero percent interest rates, market turmoil and ponzi schemes? Do you want to invest in something you believe in?
Well now is your chance. Recent changes in arcane securities law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Well, it is a simple fact that the grants to make large art at Burning Man rarely cover the actual costs of the art. But in this case, the sculpture will be built to last generations and move to other locations by lease, loan or sale. By buying equity, you not only support fantastic art, you have a chance to profit when the rest of the world realizes how cool it is.
So if you are interested in investing* please contact [email protected] for more information. $500 minimum please. Outside investment limited to 30% ownership, act now.
* By investing, you assume a risk of losing some or all of your investment. Do not invest unless you can afford to do so. Really. Along with legal equity in the corporation that owns the sculpture, all investors will get a steel ownership certificate, dibs on swag, and free rides on the sculpture.”
DADARA’S TRANSFORMONEY TREE PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS OF BANK NOTES
Dadara is back with another provocative conceptual art piece for Burning Man this year, once again challenging the nature and role of money and art in our culture — his Exchanghibition Bank in 2011 was pretty fantastic. He’s looking for your help to make it happen … not with funding, per se, but by providing bank notes to become part of the piece. As he puts it “I guess this must be the world’s first ever crowd funding campaign, which is not looking for money.” Check it out:
MAYAN TRICYCLE NEEDS A KICKSTART RIDE TO THE PLAYA
I have just launched a Kickstarter site to raise funds for my most complicated Burning Man Art Project yet. The Mayan Tricycle is my version of the Mayan Calendars, expressed using a tread-wheel within a larger wheel rotating under human power. There’s a lot more to it – check out the links below.
Please help me reach my funding goal. I have some really great rewards for you too. You can see it at
If you would like to donate items other than money (wood, nails, transportation for piece, etc.) or would like to volunteer to be part of the crew, please email me directly at [email protected].
====================EVENTS & HAPPENINGS====================
BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER ORIENTATION MEETINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE
Burners around the country (and a bit around the world) are doing newbie orientations for first-time Burners … check out the ever-growing list to see if there’s one near you. And if there isn’t, perhaps spark one!
SUBCULTURE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS IN VANCOUVER, RENTON & SEATTLE
“Finally a NW screening tour of ‘Journey to the Flames: 11 Years of Burning Man’ which has been well received in the community including screenings in Austin, LA, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, El Paso, Saratoga Springs, Ojai, Portland & Tucson. This is a great film for those curious about the event, newbies, and veteran Burners.
Ticket information online
Q and A afterward with the director after each screening
Friday May 11th at ‘Denman Cinemas’ VANCOUVER BC 8:30pm
fundraiser for Vancouver CORE – $8 online advance tickets
‘Burners with Beers’ prior to the screening & CORE fundraiser at 10:30 after the screening
Saturday May 12th at ‘Renton Civic Theatre’ RENTON WA 8:30pm
(double feature with ‘Faire: An American Renaissance’ at 6:00)
fundraiser for “Seattle Burners without Borders” on $10 double-feature advance tickets
Sunday May 13th at ‘Central Cinema’ in SEATTLE WA 3:30pm
tickets $8 – food & drink served at the theatre
ABOUT THE FILM:
See 11 Years of playa art, mutant vehicles, theme camps, temples, explosions and flames. No other documentary covers it all like this.
For one week every year, 50,000 people gather in the Black Rock desert to build a temporary city of art. Founded as an experiment in radical self-expression, Burning Man is like no other place on earth. The ground rules are simple: no commerce, leave no trace, no spectators – participants only. You bring what you need to survive, and your gift of participation and art. Black Rock City, as it is called, has everything you would expect in a real city: a post office, airport, radio stations, newspapers, a café, recycling, police, fire and medical.
JOURNEY TO THE FLAMES was directed by Doug Jacobson, who follows a group of friends as they head off to the desert festival. Experience 11 years of amazing Burning Man art. Take a ride into the madness and discover a world of art, sexuality, music and fire… lots of fire.”
SOULFIRE REGIONAL PRECOMPRESSION – LOS GATOS, CA – JUNE 8-10
“The South Bay Burner regional precompression, SoulFire, is a 3-day, 2-night campout on a 110-acre private property in the redwoods. Can’t wait for Burning Man? Help make it happen right here and right now!
We especially invite YOU to bring the spirit of art and participation to your regional event. We’ve got people signing up to be greeters, rangers, musicians and host workshops as well as great theme camps. Don’t be a spectator — be a part of it! Email [email protected] with the subject, “Participate!” And, bring your light poi, your hoops, your drums, or anything else to create a spontaneous moment. We’ll have a special Saturday night unveiling and lighting ceremony this year to share the 2012 CORE with our community, too.
Artists, musicians and activities so far include:
Feral’s Neon House * Gypsy Cinema * Frankinanimals * Chill Dome-making workshop * Smokin’ Roots Crew * DigitalFolk * DJ Crazy Legs * Liam Be’em * 2012 CORE Participation Workshop * Costume Exchange * Open Mike (just like Center Camp!) * 2012 Virgin Workshop * Interactive Wandering Minstrel * Hiney Hygiene Station * Black Light Forest * StephFire Yoga * Friday Night Sunset Sake * Traditional Asian Gongs * Sticky Monkey * Personal Effigy Mini-Man Building * Burner Bocce Ball * Gentle Nature Hike * Mother Goose On The Loose * Arts & Crafts for Kids of All Ages * Playa Style Ping Pong * Drum Circle * Valley Of Heart’s Delight Cocktails * EL Wire Workshop * Playa Scrabble * PLUS MORE!
SoulFire dates are June 8th, 9th and 10th. Tickets are selling sooner than ever before … get yours now! Link to tickets is on the South Bay Burners web site: http://southbayburners.org/
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2012!
Saturday evening, June 30th, 2012
Save the date & Call for Participation!
San Francisco Venue – to be announced
Artists, theme camps, performers and DJs wanting to participate should email [email protected] today.
==================CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN====================
The Burning Man Regional Network – connect with Burners in your hometown:
Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
==================ADMIN ON AND OFF THE JRS====================
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