JRS VOLUME #12; ISSUE #14
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 12, Issue #14
April 13, 2008
OK yeah, you're gonna want to grab your comfy chair and a tasty libation of choice, and settle in for a big issue. It's the season when the flowers start blooming, all the events start cropping up, and the news really starts revving into high gear. In light of that, we'll spare you, and keep this intro short and sweet.
First off, a heads-up that our Resources Issue is coming up in May or June ... so if you've got an appropriate something you'd like to post, send it along to jackrabbitspeaks (at) burningman (dot) com, and put "POST REQUST: RESOURCES" in the subject line. The Resource Issue is our annual way of keeping all the announcements and links to things like EL wire, custom costumery, etc. in one place. We're looking for playa-related resources that will make the Burner's preparation experience that ... much ... better.
Soooo, let's go! Do we have some goodies for ya, or what?! Start off in the "Latest News" section, for instance. Ever wanted to work for Burning Man (like, for reals)? Well, now's your chance, kids! A couple job opportunities are opening up, and we've got an announcement for a new Department of Public Works (DPW) Production Assistant position to toss your way ... watch for another to come down the pike soon.
If you'd like to help the Basura Sagrada Temple project come to fruition, Tucker offers a variety of ways you can contribute. Oh, and looky here ... we've got a new funded art installation since our last issue, Bryan Tedrick's "Spread Eagle". That makes for grand a total of 38 funded art installations, all of which are now listed on our website, with URLs, contact information and images: http://www.burningman.com/installations/08_art_honor.html
Moving on, we relate an opportunity to help the "Tree Spires" playa art project get installed permanently in Seattle. We particularly like to see this kind of thing ... playa artwork moving beyond the playa to enrich more lives. Artists take note: if you're working to get (or have gotten) your playa artwork installed somewhere permanently after the event, let us know!
And finally in the news, as you may have figured out by now, the preferred method of transportation of Black Rock City (short of your furry boots workin' the playa) is? The bicycle. Rat's Bikes is once again helping out by offering rental bikes for participants coming in from beyond 1,000 miles from the playa. Clever idea, huh? Yeah, we thought so. Learn more below. Reserve yours now ... they go fast from what we hear.
And now for a long list of events coming up. We've got the Flip Your Lid! BRAF fundraiser in San Francisco on Saturday, then InterFuse in Missouri, Toast! in Arizona, the Black Rock Rendezvous in the Black Rock Desert, and Dark Skies down in Mojave Drums, Arizona. Yep ... we're all over the place, and with quite a variety to boot. If you can't make it to one of these events, well ... make your own!
Finally, we throw a shout out to Gabe Kirchheimer, whose photography exhibition is currently under way in Salem, Oregon ... in the grand spirit of meta, he send us along some nice snapshots of the exhibit, in case you can't get to it in person. Find 'em down there in the Photos & Images section.
Hope your spring is treating you well so far. Burn on.
-PQ (Associate Rabbit)
+ WORK FOR BURNING MAN: DPW PRODUCTION ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE
+ BASURA SAGRADA TEMPLE NEWS
+ SPREAD EAGLE: NEW HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION ANNOUNCED
+ THE TREE SPIRES PROJECT: SUPPORT PERMANENT PLAYA ART IN SEATTLE!
+ RAT'S RENTAL BIKES FOR LONG-DISTANCE BURNERS
+ THIRD ANNUAL FLIP YOUR LID! -- SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- APRIL 17
+ INTERFUSE 2008 -- BOONVILLE, MO -- MAY 1-4
+ TOAST! THE ARIZONA REGIONAL BURN -- WITCH WELL, AZ -- MAY 8-11
+ BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS -- GERLACH, NV -- MAY 24-26
+ DARK SKIES, SOUTHERN NEVADA REGIONAL BURN -- MOJAVE DRUMS, AZ -- JUNE 19-22
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ PHOTOS OF GABE KIRCHHEIMER'S GALLERY SHOW
WORK FOR BURNING MAN: DPW PRODUCTION ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE
Burning Man is looking for a Production Assistant to assist the Nevada Operations Team. The main functions of this position are to: coordinate and organize materials from May to October 2008; work with clients and vendors concerning project needs; help develop and implement production schedules and project calendars; manage communication between Nevada Ops Team, other Burning Man departments, Project Foremen, staff, and volunteers.
If this sounds like you and you are dedicated to Burning Man values, please read on!
DOES THIS DESCRIBE YOU?
Prior production (film, event, technical) experience / Experience tracking workloads for laborers and volunteers / Some experience overseeing people and processes / Able to manage concurrent projects spanning multiple departments / Able to work with managers, coworkers, and vendors in a courteous and professional manner / Outstanding customer service skills / Proven leadership and team skills / Able to work effectively (multitask, problem-solve, manage time, and remain calm) under tight deadlines / Able to keep sensitive information confidential / Willing to relocate to Gerlach, NV for the event season / Prior knowledge of Burning Man and organizational hierarchy / Experience with Microsoft Office, Mac OS, and other basic computer skills.
CAN YOU DO THIS?
- Assist with the logistics process for Burning Man’s Department of Public Works, generating and maintaining schedules and individual project calendars for all projects.
- Support production process directly related to responsibilities of the Nevada Ops Team including the DPW Project Manager, the DPW City Superintendent, the Nevada Properties Ranch Manager, the DPW Crewmaster, and the DPW Business Services Manager
- Interface with other Burning Man departments and vendors regarding projects.
- Interface with Burning Man department heads for smooth implementation of the Event Logistics.
- Maintain correspondence on all appropriate Email lists.
- Maintain presence on two-way radio and retain memory of calls & needs.
- Maintain overview of Burning Man departments and be ready to problem solve for DPW with those departments.
- Be familiar with the crew names, housing assignments and arrival/departure schedules.
- Communicate on a regular basis with the members of the DPW Nevada Ops Team.
- Help to meet and greet DPW Volunteers and other Burning Man Staff as they arrive in Gerlach.
- Help to produce Dailies for crew assignment and labor tracking.
- Assist with checking out volunteers as they leave the jobsite for the year.
- Attend meetings, create reports and provide feedback as necessary.
- Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.
- Help ensure DPW staff are receiving all necessary resources.
This is a full time, temporary (May-October 2008), exempt employee opportunity. If you are qualified, we want to hear from you. Please send your resume to productionassistant (at) burningman (dot) com no later than April 25, 2008 and include "Production Assistant Position" in the subject line.
BASURA SAGRADA TEMPLE NEWS
The 2008 Temple, Basura Sagrada: (http://www.basurasagrada.org), is seeking materials and financial support to make the project happen. Here's the latest news from project manager Tucker Teutsch. He writes:
CONTRIBUTE YOUR JUNK...
Come add your junk to our sacred pile! You'll find a list of items we are looking for on our website: http://www.basurasagrada.org. If you have something not on the list, lemme know about it. I'd hate for you to lug a pile of carpet down to the space just to have me tell you we can't use it. Check out our website to learn about our junk collection run in Portland. And keep your eyes peeled for future junk runs in other cities. We will most likely do an LA run and a Santa Barbara run, so save your recycling and don't throw the cool stuff away!
MAKE A TEMPLATE FOR THE TEMPLE ...
One of the most exciting elements of this project is the ability to include the entire community in the process of constructing the temple. There is a very simple and fun way to do this.
In the past, inscriptions have been written on the lower walls of the temple during the event. While this will still happen, Basura Sagrada will take that a step further. Much of Shrine's work consists of repeated shapes that create an impact from the accumulated whole. To that end, a series of templates will be published that can be cut out of cardboard, inscribed with prayers, blessings, dreams and losses, and sent in for assembly over the coming months. These pieces will be used to form design elements and flourishes throughout the temple. We are hoping as many people as possible will take part in the templates project, in order to have a large amount of "infused" material to work with.
Learn more here: http://basurasagrada.org/get-involved/templates/
BECOME A TEMPLE CONTRIBUTOR ...
We need over $100,000 to make the Basura Sagrada a reality. The sum is large, but not unattainable. By funding the Basura Sagrada you are ensuring the continued authentic tradition of communal sacred space at Burning Man. We have already received a generous art grant from Burning Man, providing us with necessary funds to move forward, and now, we come to you, generous members of the community, to provide the remaining contributions.
By partnering with a 501(c)3 organization, we are making all donations to the Basura Sagrada eligible for tax deduction.
Donate here: http://basurasagrada.org/donate
Tucker Teutsch 3.0
Basura Sagrada Project Director
SPREAD EAGLE: NEW HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION ANNOUNCED
One of the funded art projects, Nowhere Omnibus, a contribution from London, was forced to cancel due to personal circumstances. While we're very sorry about that, it affords us the opportunity to fund another project ... and with that, we present:
Spread Eagle, by Bryan Tedrick, Glen Ellen, CA. tedrickart (at) sbcglobal (dot) net Spread Eagle features two wings symbolizing the possibility of transformation and the potential for higher yearnings. The work measures over 30' wide and is kinetic, able to turn in the wind or by hand. Primarily built of steel and redwood, with found objects also incorporated into the weave. Wings are a vehicle to rise above, gain perspective, and release the earthbound. The American Eagle can represent the dream of regaining core values such as individual liberty and the unrestricted pursuit of happiness. http://www.bryantedrick.com
To see an image of this project, as well as the other funded art, see http://www.burningman.com/installations/08_art_honor.html
THE TREE SPIRES PROJECT: SUPPORT PERMANENT PLAYA ART IN SEATTLE!
While it's our policy not to post random fundraisers in the JRS, this is one place where we definitely make an exception. Here's an inspiring example of community-building playa artwork being installed permanently off-playa. In the spirit of bringing Burning Man culture and artwork to the world, this is something we can all get behind and support. Artists! If you've got artwork you've made for the playa that you're looking to install somewhere permanently, let us know. Our good friend Tabasco (who designed and built the gorgeous Center Camp fire cauldron) writes:
In 2007, the Iron Monkeys Art Collective, a Seattle-based metalworking crew, received a grant from Burning Man for our project, Tree Spires. The project consisted of four 15' tall steel trees, each with a 6' octagonal bench surrounding the trunk. On the playa, the trees were part of the Mangrove, the collection of recycled material trees surrounding the Man. These functional sculptures provided visitors with a place to sit, relax, observe and socialize.
Currently, we are nearing completion of the permanent installation of one of these trees in the Rainier Vista Park. We are thrilled about this project and its significance to our community as the first piece of Burning Man art permanently installed in the city of Seattle. A grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation has funded much of the work required to recondition the steel and rebuild the bench seats of materials suitable to a long life in the Pacific Northwest. We have also worked with the Rainier Vista community to incorporate elements of their Whirligig project, including the text of the story the children wrote, into the backs of the bench seats.
See here for more on the history of the Rainier Vista Community Whirligig:
What do we need from you?
The cost of building materials, including concrete and steel, continues to rise and we are facing an anticipated budget shortfall of approximately $500 towards weatherproofing the tree and pouring the foundation on which the sculpture will be installed. We have already received many in-kind donations but now what we really need is cash. If you would like to support this project in its final stages, please consider making a donation now.
PayPal donations can be sent to:
tabasco (at) theblacksmithshop (dot) com
Donations via check can be sent USPS to:
1471 20th Ave
Seattle WA 98122
In celebration of Arbor Day and the unveiling of this tree, we invite you to join us on Thursday, April 24th from 4 - 7 pm at the Rainier Vista Park. The Park is located at 4410 29th Ave S., on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr Way at South Genesee.
Many thanks in advance,
The Iron Monkeys
RAT'S RENTAL BIKES FOR LONG-DISTANCE BURNERS
Rat's Rental Bikes for long-distance Burners is open for reservations. As usual, you need to be coming at least 1,000 miles to reserve a bike. When possible, preference will be given to returning customers and Burners from other countries. For more info please contact me at: nv_desert_rat (at) nvbell (dot) net
THIRD ANNUAL FLIP YOUR LID!
Black Rock Arts Foundation Benefit
THURSDAY, APRIL 17th
6:30pm - 2:00am (there are 3 parts to the evening; see below)
657 Harrison Street (between 2nd and 3rd)
Get your tickets now at:
Main Event: $125/$250;
FLIP OUT! After-Party: $10/$20 (details below)
Embellish your noggins with your fanciest headwear cuz it's time again for the Black Rock Arts Foundation's hat-flinging super spring-fest fundraiser, where truly amazing silent auction art items, stunning performances, delectable treats and daring libations await you!
There will be one-of-a-kind art hats and boxes for your silent auction bidding pleasure. These have been graciously created to benefit BRAF by a variety of talented artists. You can view and place pre-bids or absentee bids online on any of these items starting at noon on April 8th. The Silent Auction will end at 10pm on April 17th. But you can make a bid immediately, whether or not you attend: http://auctions.readysetauction.com/blackrockartsfoundat
THERE ARE 3 PARTS TO THIS UNIQUE EVENING: Join us for 1 or all 3:
PART 1: The CRANIUM COCKTAIL HOUR & VIP PREVIEW OF AUCTION ITEMS - $250 per person - 6:30pm to 7:30pm; and then, of course, you'll stay for the rest of the fantastical evening. This first part includes hosted cocktail reception and special auction preview/mixer, ample passed hors d'oeuvres, special ambient performances, Distillery 209 Gin martinis and Le Tourment Vert absinthe served in the Privee.
PART 2: FLIP YOUR LID! - $125 per person - 7:30 to 10:00pm + stay for the FLIP OUT! party till closing. Includes ample and artfully presented passed hors d'oeuvres, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks till 10pm; plus a full night of stellar art, awards and entertainment. 7:30 arrivals will enjoy a welcome tasting of Le Tourment Vert absinthe in the Privee while it lasts. This section also includes the silent auction and awards ceremony, honoring Mike Farrah and REBAR.
PART 3: FLIP OUT! Party - just $10 donation wearing hat; $20 not (10pm till 2am...o.k., we'll probably go even later if you keep dancing). A PHENOMENAL line-up of DJs and stunning performers for what will be the all-out "dance your HAT off" party portion of the night.
Throughout the night we'll have an AMAZING line-up of rockstar DJs, live musicians, aerial, circus, and performing artists of astounding variety and talent! See the full line-up here: http://www.donatetoblackrockarts.org/flyoli20.html
See you on April 17th! ...and thank you for supporting art, community and civic participation at its very best.
Black Rock Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; a portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible.
INTERFUSE 2008 -- BOONVILLE, MO -- MAY 1-4
InterFuse 2008 is an annual Midwest regional burn, held at Ozark Avalon outside of Boonville, Missouri from May 1-4. Tickets are $25 and are pre-sale ONLY. Tickets may only be purchased by Midwest Burners members. For more information about our free memberships, visit http://www.midwestburners.com Ticket sales close April 17, 2008.
InterFuse 2008 Art Theme: Technophilia/ Technophobia
Technology: Do we love it or hate it?
At InterFuse 2008, we will mock, celebrate, exaggerate, demonstrate, and use technology to create. At the center of this technological cacophony will sit that most loved and most hated icon of modern technology, that mighty conduit of modern culture, that unmatched propaganda and marketing tool—THE TELEVISION! The TV will be large enough to serve as an open performance stage and projection screen. We will be filling our giant television with our own content. All participants are invited to create Premier Entertainment Programming and clever personal advertising to display on our TV. There must be NO dead air time!!
Welcome to the Machine!
--Zay Thompson, Midwest Burners
& BM Kansas/Kansas City Regional Contact
TOAST! THE ARIZONA REGIONAL BURN - WITCH WELL, AZ - MAY 8-11
Come out to Witch Well Arizona and join us for Toast! 2008, now in our 7th year of bringing art, creativity and the culture of Burning Man and Black Rock City to the high desert of Eastern Arizona. The event includes 4 days of large scale art, music, performance, and interactive participation.
All online ticket sales end April 19th. Details about the event and how to get tickets are on the Toast website: http://www.toast-town.org
Be there, or be square!
BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS
MAY 24-26, 2008 Gerlach, NV
Reno, NV (February 12, 2008) The 4th Annual Black Rock Rendezvous takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 24 - 26, 2008 in Gerlach and points beyond, Nevada.
Come celebrate the spectacular Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area with three days of tours, workshops, demonstrations, hikes, music, camping and more. The Black Rock Rendezvous inspires stewardship within the region, while providing insight to its rich history and modern day use. The diversity of participating user groups makes the Black Rock Rendezvous unique in Nevada.
Cost to participate or attend is free.
All weekend, Burning Man's Will Roger and the Friends of Black Rock/High Rock host the Friends annual campout and membership drive at Cassidy Mine.
Saturday features a mini expo with various user groups and organizations, regional representatives and a special keynote speaker. There's also a raffle and short afternoon tours to nearby points of interest. On Saturday night, the Nevada Outdoor School hosts a BBQ dinner and campfire: "Tales From the Trail" with noted experts on the region providing wit and history. Sunday's expanded tours follow five distinct tracks: Historical, Hot Springs, Geology, Playa Land Use, and Soldier Meadows/High Rock Canyon. Planned demonstrations include rocket launches, cultural site stewardship, horsemanship and land sailing. A kids camp will entertain the young ones. Sunday, join Friends at Cassidy Mine for their annual dinner and live music under the stars. Entertainment will be announced soon. This year features a special night-time rocket launch by AeroPac out on the Playa.
All attendees should come prepared for Leave-No-Trace camping. Lodging is also available in Gerlach. Details, including locations and tour descriptions will be posted on the web site as they become available. http://www.blackrockrendezvous.com
If your organization would like to participate contact Holly Palmer at the Nevada Outdoor School 775-623-5656. For general information contact the Friends of Black Rock/High Rock office at 775-557-2900.
Sponsored by the Nevada Outdoor School, the Friends of Black Rock/High Rock, and the Nevada Commission on Tourism.
About The Friends of Black Rock / High Rock ...
The Friends of Black Rock / High Rock is a 501(c)(3)organization which helps manage the resources of the Black Rock Desert region and educates the public to foster stewardship and preserve its unique character. Friends achieves its mission through direct volunteer management and conservation services, visitor contact, interpretive tours, events, websites, and publications. http://www.blackrockdesert.org
About the Nevada Outdoor School
The Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that fosters knowledge and respect for all living and non-living things, increases scientific literacy, and promotes ecological stewardship in rural Nevada and beyond. http://www.nevadaoutdoorschool.org
DARK SKIES, SOUTHERN NEVADA REGIONAL BURN -- MOJAVE DRUMS, AZ -- JUNE 19-22
TICKETS TO GO ON SALE SATURDAY APRIL 12 @ NOON PST
Dark Skies is the southern Nevada regional burn, now to be held across the dam in Arizona! All of Burning Man's Ten Principles apply including Leave No Trace, no vending and the gift economy.
Tickets to The Dark Skies Arts Festival, June 19-22 at Mojave Drums near Meadview, Arizona are going on sale this Saturday 4/12/08 at twelve noon PST under the following price structure:
FIRST TIER: 75 tickets @ $75
SECOND TIER: 150 tickets @ $95
THIRD TIER: The remaining 75 tickets will be $125
Gift Tickets: we have a very limited number of gift tickets available where we trade you admission for your work on site.
Attendance Caps and No Gate Sales This Year ...
We are capping attendance at 300 and there will be NO GATE SALES this year! Advance ticket sales will cut off about a week out from the event. Under 18 with parents only, kids under 12 are free. No in-out, no pets.
The heart of any regional event is the volunteers, and we love our volunteers! We have limited volunteer opportunities available for Dark Skies.
More info ...
Please check the event's news group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DARKSKIES_LASVEGAS/
Pictures of the new event site are here:
The event's website (under construction) is here:
Thank you to the community, to our wonderful volunteers, and to all of the artists and theme camps that make this and every regional event so darn special! We cannot do any of this without YOU.
PHOTOS OF GABE KIRCHHEIMER'S GALLERY SHOW
OK, if only because we accidentally screwed up and said Gabe's photography show was in Portland, when it was actually in Salem, we owe him one. But really, this is pretty cool anyway ... it's always great to see Burning Man photographs gracing the walls of galleries such as the Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery. The show runs through April 24th if you happen to be near SALEM. Salem. That's Salem, Oregon, folks. Yep. Salem.
Here's a link to a page of the gallery interior images:
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