Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #24
July 19, 2012
====================TABLE OF CONTENTS======================
+ NEW OPEN POSITION: BRC EVENT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
+ TRASH: CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT LEAVING NO TRACE — THE EXTRA PROGRAM!
+ TRAFFIC AT BURNING MAN: WHAT *YOU* CAN DO ABOUT IT
+ BRINGING KIDS TO THE PLAYA? GREAT! HERE’S A FAMILY SURVIVAL GUIDE!
+ LOST AND FOUND ON PLAYA: LET US HELP YOU HELP *YOURSELF*
+ FACEBOOK GROUP VS. FACEBOOK PAGE: A GUIDE FOR THE CONFUSED
+ PERSPECTIVES ART INSTALLATION – FROM BURNING MAN TO THE OLYMPICS
+ PORTAL OF EVOLUTION INSTALLED FOR ONE-YEAR STAY IN RENO
+ BRAF AWARDED SECOND GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FROM THE ARTS
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ LOOK WHAT TIME IT IS! THE DESERT ART PREVIEW
+ BEHIND THE SCENES: DPW/GATE WORK WEEKEND AT THE RANCH
+ FINDING JESUS AT BURNING MAN
PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ AWARD-WINNING BURNING MAN PHOTOS FROM BRIAN VAN TIGHEM
+ BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM ERIC WINTER
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE COFFEE SHOP SELF-SCHEDULING TOOL
+ FEED THE ARTISTS 2012 — GIVING IT OVER TO THE COMMUNITY
+ ROMP OF THE PLAYA HOOKERS: TRANNIES FOR TRADE
+ ROMP OF THE TRANNY GODDESSES
+ WELCOME TO VW BUS NEWBIELANDIA
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT THIS YEAR
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
+ SOLAR PLAYA INTERNATIONAL – BLACK ROCK CITY, NV – AUGUST 28
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
Yep, another JRS comin’ at ya. It’s that time of year when they come fast and furious, and we appreciate your keeping up with the onslaught.
If you read nothing else in this JRS, please read the posts about Traffic and Trash … these are issues that threaten the future the event, and they require our ever-growing community to step up (participation style-y!) to make ’em work. Seriously. It’s critical that you get educated, make sure your Burner friends hitting the playa are educated too, and PLAN AHEAD.
We’ve faced challenges like this before, we’re sure to face more … and we’re nothing if not adept at adapting and gettin’ ‘er done.
On another front, we’ve got some exciting news! Burning Man is now seeking a BRC Event Operations Director to take over operational responsibilities for the Burning Man event as the Founders start to focus their attention more on the non-profit Burning Man Project (www.burningmanproject.org). Interested? Know somebody who is? Sweet … see below!
So then … stay tuned for future editions of the JRS covering preparation-specific topics … there’s going to be a lot of information coming your way, and the more you know, the better your experience will be. And we all want good experiences, right? Right. So buckle up.
The Man burns in 44 days! Woot!
NEW OPEN POSITION: BRC EVENT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
The Burning Man Founders are excited to announce a new open position at BRC: Event Operations Director. This person will oversee the event-related logistics and operations of BRC and all event-related departments (ESD, Community Services, Playa Safety Council [Rangers, Gate/Perimeter/Exodus, DMV], DPW, Café and Ice, and Art) as well as all physical manifestations of the event.
This position will be taking on the Founders’ event-related responsibilities, which will allow them to transition to the Burning Man Project as their main focus.
We are taking applicants both internally and externally, so please send this to people who you think may be great for this role. The best candidates come from other Burners!
POSITION AVAILABLE: BRC Event Operations Director
LOCATION: Burning Man San Francisco office
Submit resume and cover letter by 6pm on Sunday, July 29th, using this link: http://bit.ly/brceventops
The BRC Event Operations Director will oversee and direct the ongoing event operations and logistics of the Burning Man event. This role will manage six event-related departments and oversee strategic planning and decision-making for the long-term success of the event. The Event Operations Director will consult with the Burning Man Founders on decisions, and will have full authority to make all decisions in fulfilling the responsibilities set forth in the job description.
The responsibilities of the BRC Event Operations Director will include but are not limited to:
*General management of event-related departments
*Event operations production and management
*Participation in the Executive Committee, the Leadership Forum, and staff-wide meetings, retreats, and processes
*Oversight of the Operations Team Committee
*Participation in External Relations
For comprehensive details on the duties and essential functions of this role, as well as a list of qualifications and physical requirements, please view the complete job listing here: http://bit.ly/brceventops
This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office.
Submit resume and cover letter by 6pm on Sunday, July 29th, using this link: http://bit.ly/brceventops
TRASH: CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT LEAVING NO TRACE — THE EXTRA PROGRAM!
The Hun wrote up a great blog post about the EXTRA program. Why do you care? Because this program facilitates a number of businesses offering 24-hour recycling and trash disposal on ALL routes from Black Rock City after the Burning Man event.
So when you’re driving down the road FREAKING OUT because you have a bunch of stinky trash and recycling in your vehicle and you JUST WANT TO GET RID OF IT, these are the places to do it! And they make it easy.
This is probably some of the most important information you’ll want to know as you’re leaving BRC (other than “where’s my brain?”), so read up!
TRAFFIC AT BURNING MAN: WHAT *YOU* CAN DO ABOUT IT
OK, think about this for a second, folks. We’ve got 60,000 people coming to Burning Man this year, and everybody has to ARRIVE and LEAVE via just one 2-lane road. Ingress and egress are always a challenge, and this year promises to be the most challenging yet. The nut of it is that YOU WILL SIT IN TRAFFIC.
At the same time, we’re all in this together (literally), and we have the opportunity to improve the situation if we all get educated, make sure everybody we know is educated, and PLAN AHEAD. Gate, Perimeter and Exodus team manager Kristy Evans wrote up a great blog post about traffic at Burning Man, and how YOU can help:
Please read it, and share it with every Burner you know will be on playa this year!
BRINGING KIDS TO THE PLAYA? GREAT! HERE’S A FAMILY SURVIVAL GUIDE!
The good folks over at Kidsville (Burning Man’s biggest village, didn’t ya know?) have created an incredibly thorough and helpful Survival Guide for Families. Bringing your kiddos out to the playa is an awesome thing to do, but it’s not without its unique challenges. This survival guide is essential reading for any playa parent.
Judi Morales Gibson, who has brought her son Dexter to 8 Burns now, co-wrote the guide, and introduces it in the Burning Blog. Check it out:
LOST AND FOUND ON PLAYA: LET US HELP YOU HELP *YOURSELF*
Check out this great advice from your friends at Playa Info:
“Every year thousands of items are lost on the playa, and many are found. Technically there is no such thing as a ‘playa gift’… but a lost item labeled with owner info positively begs to be reunited. Besides, turning in items to Lost & Found is a leave-no-trace community action.
We volunteers at Playa Info do our best to reunite items with their owners on-playa and for months after. This year we’re going on the offensive and reminding y’all of the power of prevention! With a little forethought and a few inexpensive materials, you can take steps to help yourself, others and us before you lose something.
Cameras, bikes, IDs, car keys, and whatever else you really want to keep… even tarps and tents, back packs and sleeping bags end up on our shelves. Show that you love your stuff and label it! Duct tape, luggage tags, sticky labels, permanent marker, ribbon & thread… Since Burning Man is extreme camping, not just applying a label, but also using the proper tool for the item is important. Watch this help-your-self video for more information and a little fun: LABEL IThttp://www.youtube.com/
* Carry photocopies of your official ID and health insurance info instead of originals
* Bring extra labeling supplies (a kit?) in case you or your campmates forgot about something that matters
* No bikes in Playa Info! Park first and then come on in…
* Turn in lost items to Lost & Found or to a roaming Playa Info Ambassador
* Yep, we’re your salvation for airline-delayed luggage
* Nope, Lost & Found does not accept bikes. The process for dealing with lost bikes is: [email protected]. Meanwhile, label and lock your bike, unkay? No promises, but seriously it helps.
Lost and Found, behind Playa Info, in the Center Camp key hole, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily… Happy packing burners, and see you on the playa!”
FACEBOOK GROUP VS. FACEBOOK PAGE: A GUIDE FOR THE CONFUSED
[Hat tip to Andie Grace for contributing this message …]
Burning Man’s official Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/BurningMan . A Page welcomes anyone to “like” it which will cause all official updates to show up in your feed. We’re pleased and a little amazed to say we have 356,000 fans on Facebook!
There is, however, a Burning Man “group” to be found there as well. This is readily found in searching for “Burning Man” – which can be troublesome for newcomers who visit it thinking it’s the official home for Burning Man on Facebook. While the group is full of lovely people and lively conversation, its moderators are opposed to the regulations we use to moderate our Page (as well as the Burning Blog — you can find these guidelines here: http://blog.burningman.com/
So to be clear: http://facebook.com/burningman is our official page, moderated by representatives of BMHQ, where we post official announcements etc. and invite your posts as well. The Burning Man Group on Facebook is a participant-organized, anything-goes group. This group is not moderated by the organization and not staffed by nor representing BMHQ.
We say: the internet is a big place, so let a thousand (digital) flowers bloom – but know which one is which, and choose accordingly.
PERSPECTIVES ART INSTALLATION – FROM BURNING MAN TO THE OLYMPICS
Rad! We love that project … shout out duly given! Sam writes:
I was thinking that it would be totally cool if you guys could give a shout out to my friends Trey Watkins and co-artist Cameron Brown and their art project Perspectives that was featured at BM last year. The reason why is because after someone who works at the South Bank Center in London saw their project, he contacted Trey and started talking to him about re-creating it in London during the Olympics. And, after lots of planning, it is up and ‘running’ with a new twist during the Festival of the World and the 2012 Olympics! Another cool thing is Trey and Cam got some funding from BRAF so they were able to go over to London and they were able to help direct how to build it in person. I think it’s amazing that the art project that we put up at BM last year is being seen (and hopefully inspiring) millions of people traveling through London for the Olympics.
After clicking on the link below: Click on the Perspectives blocks in the map and you will see a photo of the project. The new twist is instead of having the blocks on the ground (or on the playa rather), they are now suspended over a walkway. They spell out “Dream Big” and “Ask Why” among other things.
Right on … here’s a mention of it in BRAF’s list of currently installed projects: http://blackrockarts.org/
PORTAL OF EVOLUTION INSTALLED FOR ONE-YEAR STAY IN RENO
Artist Bryan Tedrick has created a ton of amazing art for Burning Man over the years (see: http://bit.ly/OSXjYH), and we’re excited to announce that with the help of the Black Rock Arts Foundation (www.blackrockarts.org), his gorgeous piece “Portal of Evolution” is now installed in downtown Reno — at their City Plaza in front of City Hall, no less — for a one-year stay.
Check it out: http://bit.ly/OSXZgz
Congratulations, Bryan, and thank you BRAF for making it happen!
BRAF AWARDED SECOND GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FROM THE ARTS
Anybody in the art business will tell you that getting even ONE grant from the NEA is a huge achievement. And they’ll tell you that getting MORE than one is practically unheard of, especially in such a short timeframe. Therefore, huge congratulations are in order for the Black Rock Arts Foundation (www.blackrockarts.org) on being awarded a SECOND grant from the NEA. Kudos also to the Burning Man Project (www.burningmanproject.org) for helping land this prestigious grant.
==============ROUND UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS===============
LOOK WHAT TIME IT IS! THE DESERT ART PREVIEW
John Curley is back on the Burning Blog, this time covering the Desert Art Preview event, featuring talks from some major Burning Man artists who will be creating installations on the playa this year. Enjoy!
BEHIND THE SCENES: DPW/GATE WORK WEEKEND AT THE RANCH
Brody has a grin-inducing post up on the Burning Blog … here’s a snippet:
“When people say ‘I could put on a Burning Man event, you just need to draw some roads and bring porta-potties, right?’, I wish they could see what happens behind the scenes. The amount of work that goes into the event is staggering, yet much of it is completely invisible to participants. Take for example, the work weekends up at the Burning Man Ranch that start in the spring and continue into summer.”
Read the full post here: http://bit.ly/OTfmxY
FINDING JESUS AT BURNING MAN
Pretty rad. Phil writes:
An article from Christianity Today is now out. It is about our project last year: The Pillars of the Saints. The article is called ‘Finding Jesus at Burning Man.’
Here is a link to it online:
The full article can be read if people go to the bottom of the page and look for “register”. No cost to do so. Our team is coming back this year with a large theremin called Theophony.
Phil and the Theremaniacs”
==================PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO======================
AWARD-WINNING BURNING MAN PHOTOS FROM BRIAN VAN TIGHEM
“Hello fellow citizen!
My name is Brian Van Tighem, a photographer from Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Last year was my first Burn, and will be returning this year (with a lot more costumes). I wanted to share some great news I just received. I submitted a series of five photographs that I took on the Playa last year to a prestigious international photography competition called PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris. My series won a gold medal, first place in the Press (travel/tourism) category. The same series also won an Honourable Mention in the Fine Art category. I am very excited as this is my third year since graduating from photographic studies in Vancouver.
Thanks for considering sharing this with the community! See you on the Playa!
I posted the photos in a slideshow on this post:
BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM ERIC WINTER
Eric Winter sends us this nice gallery he shot at Burning Man last year.
CENTER CAMP CAFE COFFEE SHOP SELF-SCHEDULING TOOL
Want to sling coffee in the cafe this year? Yeah ya do, it’s a total blast. Witchy from the Center Camp Cafe writes:
“We’ll be really happy to see you in the desert. We want you to join us, so we can all work together to make coffee and lemonade and chai and oh-just-all-of-it while listening to music and dancing around and having a really good time while we caffeinate the masses of Black Rock City.
We have an exciting new self-scheduling system! There are only TWO steps to this new process:
1. You will fill out the “New Registration Form.”
2. Once you are approved, you will get a welcome email with your password and login. You’ll need to go to the site again to sign up for your shifts.
That’s it. No back & forth emails, just YOU scheduling the shifts that YOU want. We’ll still be here to help & you can email us at ***[email protected]*** to get all your questions answered.
Keep in mind that the late night shifts are always the hardest for us to fill, so if you’re up for it please take one of those on. They’re lots of fun!
Once you register, you’ll get your welcome letter within 72 hours after you register for account.
To Register for Shiftboard:
1) Go to https://www.shiftboard.com/
2) Click on “New Registration” and fill out your information. (Yes, we need your contact information, and make sure to enter your phone number like this: 987-123-4567 (Shiftboard doesn’t like parenthesis, but I do)).
3) Click the “Submit Application” button in the lower left hand corner of the screen. This button is small and will try to hide from you. Don’t let that button be all sneaky like that: You are better than that button!
4) You will need to enter the 3 characters into the box under the “No-Spam Code:” section or the machine may think that you are a bot and it will not let you continue.
That’s it! It’s like magic, but with more coffee.”
FEED THE ARTISTS 2012 — GIVING IT OVER TO THE COMMUNITY
Colonel Angus writes:
“When we started (gave birth to, in fertility parlance) Feed the Artists in 2007, we said we wanted to create a program that would introduce the BM populace to the concept of “creating community through the sharing of meals,” and then step back and let the community take it from there. Over the years, FtA dinners have run the gamut from a few dust covered participants offering a meal to small groups of artists to exotic extravaganzas filled with five course meals, opera singers, and futuristic aerialists offered to hundreds of artists. Over 8000 people have been fed by over 400 theme camps during that time, so we feel we’ve been pretty successful at introducing the “Radical Collaboration” meme to the Burner community. And now, we’re ready to back out and hand it over to YOU, all the citizens of BRC!
So this year, we are proposing that EVERYONE who is bringing food to the playa plan on a little random food gifting. Instead of using our online reservations system to pre-plan meals with artist groups, WE will simply be making a lot more (gourmet) food than we need for each of our dinners, and randomly gifting out the extra food on a nightly basis, and we recommend that you all plan to do the same. Of course, if you want to invite a specific group to dinner, by all means, do it. Contact them in advance and work out the details. But for everyone else, if you can simply bring 10%, or 20%, or 30% more food than you need for yourselves, and use that extra to invite strangers to dinner, or randomly gift out the food after you’ve eaten, as we’ll be doing, you’ll create some of your most cherished Burning Man memories, and create some lifelong friends in the process. How do we know? Just ask any of the hundreds of theme camps that have participated and continue to participate in the program over the years!!!
Don’t forget, if you’re going to offer food to people outside your camp, you’ll need a health department permit, but it’s a very simple process to obtain one.
Of course we will continue to be a food resource on-playa, and our website will always contain all kinds of helpful info, like local fresh food providers in the Reno/Sparks area, but going forward we will not be offering our online or on-playa reservations systems, because we feel, in the spirit of radical self-reliance, that all of you can now make those arrangements on your own. Plus, this will make it easier for us to spread the FtA message throughout the world to the BM Regionals and beyond!
S0 we hope to see you on the playa weaving food gifting into the sequin covered, fire tinged, multi colored fabric that is Burning Man. And if you’re out on the playa during setup week, come join us nightly as our armada of art cars prowls the playa in search of groups to feed and friends to make!
For more info, visit our newly updated website at Feedtheartist.net. Now go fourth and food gift!
Kickstarter: http://kck.st/qBgzci ”
ROMP OF THE PLAYA HOOKERS: TRANNIES FOR TRADE
Minerva Breakdown (love the name!) writes to tell us about this super fun opportunity for participation on the playa:
“Calling all drag queens! Come join us in your finest fashion! Immediately following Friday’s 3-5 pm “Nu U Glamover” workshop, our gaggle of street walking glamazons will stop at nothing in search of mayhem, booze, and art car rides in the 10th annual event…this year titled …’The Romp of the Playa Hookers: Trannies for Trade’. We’ll meet on Friday, August 31, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Comfort and Joy Village located at 7:30 and Edelweiss.”
ROMP OF THE TRANNY GODDESSES
In case you couldn’t get enough in the post above, there’s also a Romp of the Tranny Goddesses. Rob writes:
“Join us, on thursday at noon and bring a dress or your best DRAG for our traditional Drag makeup and costume workshop followed by the ‘Romp of the Tranny Goddesses’ at 2:00, next we all board an art car ‘DiscoFish’ for a ride to the man and back with a few fun photo ops and stops between. Stick around after the romp as we return to Comfort & Joy for a playa hunks judging at the Pink Gym and round out the night with a drag cabaret show at midnight hosted by Comfort & Joys resident drag queens Mona and Amanda. We welcome new performers and seasoned queens as well!
Thursday, August 30th 2012 2pm – 4pm”
WELCOME TO VW BUS NEWBIELANDIA
“VW Bus Camp invites Playa virgins arriving in a VW Bus to Newbielandia. Newbielandia will integrate newbies into a veteran theme camp, sharing 15 years of Playa experience. VW Bus Camp is also keen to learn from our VW Bus Playa virgins. We are all part of the same international tribe! Newbielandia will be available until camp space is filled.
====================SUPPORT A PROJECT=======================
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT THIS YEAR
Want to lend a hand to a project? Check out the listings on Spark:
Got some money jingling around in your pocket and looking for a good place to put it? Consider supporting a Burning Man project … check out our Support a Project page:
If you’d like to have your project included on the Support a Project page, learn how:
(Please note that we ask projects to handle their own promotions, rather than relying on the Jackrabbit to do it … reach out to your community, it’s part of the process!)
====================EVENTS & HAPPENINGS====================
SOLAR PLAYA INTERNATIONAL – BLACK ROCK CITY, NV – AUGUST 28
Solar camps, artists and renewable energy wonks: You’re invited to SOLAR PLAYA INTERNATIONAL
A clean energy summit on Tuesday 8/28 – Hosted by Black Rock Solar
What: Black Rock Solar’s third annual Solar Summit
Where: District Everywhere, on the Esplanade at 6:15 (next to the ARTery)
When: Tuesday, August 28, 5-7pm
– Hobnobbin’ with participants from all over the country doing work in renewable energy, climate change, art, sustainability and environmental policy
– Mint juleps, Arnold Palmers, beer and chilled white wine
– Live music by THAT Damned Band
– Solar-powered beats by the GOBImobile
– Black Rock Solar crew, staff and board members
In addition to the summit, Black Rock Solar will be hosting an invite-only tour of solar installations on the playa. Are you bringing an impressive solar array or cool piece of solar-powered art? Want to be included as a tour stop, or invited on the tour? Get in touch by August 13. Invites are limited!
We’re also seeking a solar mutant vehicle to provide tour transportation. If you’re interested, we can’t wait to hear from you.
RSVPs and questions: SolarSummit2012@
==================CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN====================
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