JRS VOLUME #12; ISSUE #16
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 12, Issue #16
May 29, 2008
What a great weekend for Regional events, y'all! This past Memorial Day weekend, Burners (or wannabe Burners) flocked to events like Playa del Fuego in Delaware and Flipside in Austin, TX. Our friends, staffers and far flung volunteers who attended these events have brought back the word (on stone tablets, no less), and the word was good. As do all good regional events, they rocked seriously hard, while upholding the 10 Principles that guide Burning Man culture. (OK, we admit it ... our staffers rocked hard too.)
Keep an eye out for upcoming Burner events near you, and make it out to them ... you're sure to have a great time. Big props to all the event producers out there! Next up? Dark Skies in Mojave Drums, Arizona ... with more to come.
Oh, and if you're anywhere in the area, go see "Homoroborous" in San Jose. Yep, the monkeys are up and spinning this month, and people are - unsurprisingly - blown away! Check out this link to the San Jose Mercury News http://tinyurl.com/5ceuep ... then remember how you felt when you saw the Monkeys on the playa ... then imagine it for a second in the middle of YOUR downtown. Right ... whoa. Big ups and congratulations to BRAF, artist Peter Hudson, and members of the South Bay, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and other Bay Area regional communities!
And onward! We've got an important reminder coming from our Placement team that Theme Camp registration closes this Saturday, May 31st at 11:59pm PST. And yes, we've warned you before, so shush ... just get on it! Oh and plus, they tell us there's more room than ever being created in Center Camp this year, so if you have a highly interactive theme camp and want to have it in the core of things, this is your best chance yet. And, dirty little secret? Center Camp is the bomb. Details in Latest News, below.
Burning Man's intrepid Technology Department is hosting a Playa Wireless Technology Summit on June 12, and if you're a geek who sets up any large-scale WIFI internet technology on the playa, you should participate (in person, or remotely)! The goal is to ensure we don't step all over each other out there with our various bits, bytes and wireless signals. Cameragirl tells all, below.
OK, so you want to participate in something? Yep, well, we got some opportunities. Design a sticker for Burning Man 2008 by competing in our sticker design contest ... Bex has all the deets for ya. Reeeeally want to participate? Head down to Peru and help out the Burners Without Borders crew, now that their stay in Pisco has been extended to August 16th. And back on the playa, a cool-sounding art installation called "Temple of Community" (not to be confused with the "official" temple "Basura Sagrada", please) is seeking artistic contributions from folks just like YOU.
Speeeeaking of the Basura Sagrada temple, Shrine and crew are throwing a fundraiser in San Francisco called "Sagrada" to support their efforts ... please make it if you can. Shrine designed a stage and a temple at Lightning in a Bottle, and this Rabbit's here to tell ya: they. were. outstanding. We're now even more excited for Basura Sagrada than ever, and you should be too. Over in New York, meanwhile, Kate Raudenbush is having what looks to be a fun masquerade fundraiser for her art installation "Altered State". Get there if'n you can.
Now, some have asked the Rabbit, "Say, Rabbit, why do you promote some fundraisers but not others?" Why, good question, reader. We have opted to include occasional fundraiser/local events announcements in the JRS not only to actually invite people to attend, but also to keep ALL of our readers informed about the development and lifecycle of certain larger-scale playa projects (such as theme art, for example, or other projects that will ultimately have a significantly large impact on Black Rock City). By doing so, we hope to share the excitement and momentum of such projects with the greater commmunity. SO YES, the default setting is for local events to be routed to the appropriate local announce list, but we will sometimes hand-pick a special announcement to share with this larger list, at the discretion of the Rabbits. Fair? We think so. Word? Word.
And finally, as has become a JRS tradition, we leave you with a small handful of nice photo galleries to blow a couple hours on. We are, if nothing else, here to erode your personal productivity, friends. Specifically, in our short aquaintance with the Black Rock Yearbook, we've become big fans (it just needs group shots of the various BRC clubs and sports teams, and it'll be dialed in). Then Ed Hoffman offers his gallery for your perusal, and lastly, some Canadian artists are seeking folks who might have shot pictures of their Mushroom Kingdom project last year. You? Perhaps.
Get out there and do something awesome ... or at least be awesome.
+ "ALTERED STATE" MASQUERADE AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE - NYC - JUNE 6
+ HARMONY FESTIVAL - SANTA ROSA, CA - JUNE 6-8
+ "BASURA SAGRADA" TEMPLE FUNDRAISER - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 12
+ DARK SKIES - MOJAVE DRUMS, AZ - JUNE 19-22
THEME CAMP REGISTRATION CLOSES SATURDAY, MAY 31
OK, you procrastinating slackers (and we say this with much love because we can truly sympathize), it's time to get your rear in gear and get your theme camp registration in. If you haven't already, visit: http://forms.burningman.com and submit your registration before the questionnaire is taken down at 11:59pm PST on Saturday May 31st.
Oh, and we should note that the city designers have expanded the dimensions of Center Camp this year (the area surrounding the Cafe), and there is a LOT more land there to be had.
Interactive camps with a population of 30-40 campers will now fit in Center Camp. Camps should be:
- Visually interesting
- Theme-related is a plus
- Activities and events for all ages
- Demonstrating Burner ethos
- 24 hr activity, but not loud. (No large scale sound art camps)
Think of the possibilities! So close to Ice and the Cafe you can practically smell the coffee. Those interested in camping there should mark "Center Camp" as a preference when registering. Those who have already registered but would like to change their preference to Center Camp can email email@example.com, and they'll see if you're ready to "play the palace."
CALLING ALL GEEKS: PLAYA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT - JUNE 12
Are you an artist, camp and/or geek who brings wireless/internet technology to the playa?
If you are planning a large-scale technological project, have an art project that absolutely requires Internet connectivity, or will be beaming any sort of bits and bytes into the airwaves above the playa, you are cordially invited and strongly requested to participate at the Burning Man Technology Department will be hosting our second Playa Wireless Summit at 7 pm on June 12, 2007. If you're not in the area, write to us for info on how to dial in.
PLEASE RSVP and get more info by responding to this post at playatech (at) burningman (dot) com . It would be great if you could give us a few details on your project.
Burning Man HQ: http://www.burningman.com/officedirections
When we say "technology", we don't mean just a laptop to check your email once during the week when you randomly hop on the WIFI cloud provided by the good folks at Internet at Burning Man. We're talking about the kind of geek who brings a whole car full of technology and towers and beams bits and bytes all over the playa and into the universe.
Well, from one geek to another... we all know that these bits and bytes that we are beaming all over the playa will play a lot nicer with each other -- and get to where they are supposed to be going -- if we all talk about what we are planning to do and work together ahead of time. Heck, we may even be able to help each other out a bit on our projects!
Please let us know the nature of your project, and feel free to get as geeky as you wannabe - we'll get it. You'll be invited to attend the Summit where we'll talk geek talk and compare the size of our towers and other fun things like that.
Once again, if you are bringing "heavy geekery" like repeaters and towers, or you have a project that MUST have an Internet connection, we need to hear from you.
Send us a ping at playatech (at) burningman (dot) com.
REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE FOR BURNERS LOST
Since 1996, Burning Man has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away. We would like to carry on this tradition and honor those who have impacted our Burning experiences and participated in making Burning Man happen. This is a call out to you, our community, to please let us know of any Burners lost who you feel should be added to the Remembrance Plaque. Please send their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to this address:
remembrance (at) burningman (dot) com (please DO NOT HIT REPLY to this JRS!!)
Look for the completed plaque at the base of the Man from Monday (August 25th) through Friday (August 29th).
2008 BURNING MAN STICKER DESIGN CONTEST
The lovely and talented Bex says:
"It's that time of year again - time for our annual sticker contest!
This is the official call for designs for the 2008 Burning Man stickers that are passed out with the materials you receive at the Greeters station in Black Rock City (and other designs that appear randomly in your hands at other points in time).
These stickers are two or three colors and can vary in size from 2.25" by 5.5" to 3" by 3" or 3" in diameter for a round design. Please incorporate the name Burning Man and the year 2008 into your design. These are two or three color stickers only so please design accordingly.
If at all possible, please post your design on a web page and send the URL to Bex; otherwise send in a color separated vector Adobe Illustrator file to bex (at) burningman (dot) com. Whether sending your design or questions, please put "STICKER DESIGN" in the subject header. HEY, remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme - this year's theme is: The American Dream.
We are also looking for designs for the 2008 car stickers. This sticker is traditionally a car window sticker that will be printed on clear vinyl and in two colors. Please make sure designs contain the Burning Man name and the year 2008. Designs should be 2" by 2" or 2" diameter if round. If at all possible, please post your design on a web page and send the URL to Bex; otherwise send in a color separated vector Adobe Illustrator file to bex (at) burningman (dot) com. Please put "STICKER DESIGN" in the subject header. Ditto here on the theme!
The deadline for design submissions is Monday June 16th.
Please note that all artwork selected for stickers needs to be submitted in a color separated vector Illustrator file in the actual size the sticker is to be produced.
Thank you and Good Luck!
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP IN PERU
The equally lovely and talented Carmen writes us to say:
"Burners without Borders is excited to announce that our Peru reconstruction effort has been extended to August 16th, and we need you to come down and volunteer to help us continue to make a huge impact in the lives of those most affected by the earthquake. Please go to http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org to check out what we've been up to, and take a look at the colorful school that BWB volunteers just completed. You can also read all about BWB's efforts from the volunteers' perspective in our new blog.
Please join us! If you are unable to volunteer this time around, please consider making a donation. It is only due to the support from the larger community that we have been able to make a difference."
PARTICIPATE IN THE "TEMPLE OF COMMUNITY" ART INSTALLATION
The artists creating the "Temple of Community" installation would (ironically) like the community to participate ... here's how. They relate:
"What Is It? An American Dream ... though we all may be different, together we are a community. We offer you each a way to flaunt your unique individuality in an art project which when gathered together will create Sembazuru, the 'Temple of Community'.
The Temple of Community is a thirty-foot-high rendition of an origami crane. It is said that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish, a practice called Sembazuru in Japan. On the playa, Sembazuru will be a temple for mourning, reflection and release. The crane symbolizes the act of letting go – of loved ones, places, feelings, ideas. It is a celebration of life, death and a starting anew, of making wishes, and finding peace together with our community that is united in this experience.
Encircling this central figure will be YOUR individual, unique renditions of smaller cranes. The Gateway to the Future (http://www.midwestburners.com/interfuse/artandartists.html) will welcome all into this circle. The large crane will provide shelter from the sun and have a viewing platform on its back. Participants will be able to fold Origami cranes and place them or other memorabilia inside wooden coffins which will be burned along with all the cranes at the end of the week.
Call to Action! We are asking theme camps, regional groups, as well as individuals to create their own wooden scaled-down version of an origami crane. These smaller cranes will be gathered around the base of the main structure. We will provide a burn platform large enough for the baby cranes, so all you need to do is make sure that your crane won't take flight on the playa winds!
"ALTERED STATE" MASQUERADE AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE - NYC - JUNE 6
Altered State's Masquerade:
Friday, June 6th
7pm - 12am
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York City
Artist Kate Raudenbush (the creator of the climbable steel lotus flower "Guardian of Eden" from 2007), is currently fundraising to help finance the creation of "Altered State," her next interactive sculpture for 2008! To that end, the Burning Man community is cordially invited to "Altered State's Masquerade," a benefit on Friday June 6th, in New York City (see details below).
If you would simply like to contribute to the realization of this sculpture, donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted.
Masquerade details + ticket sales + donations: http://www.alteredstatesculpture.com/
Altered State's Masquerade: Wear your favorite masked disguise for a night of revelry, music, dancing, sculpture, photography, cocktails and Burning Man culture enveloped in the decadence and glamour of The National Arts Club. Tonight we celebrate creativity in all its forms, and Burning Man culture in particular, inside the sublimely incongruous, historically landmarked, 1840s Tilden Mansion at Gramercy Park, New York City.
For your exploration, there will be DJs all evening, Altered State sculpture previews, a Burning Man slideshow of desert art and culture, open beer and wine bar from 8-9pm, with silent auctions of sculpture and rare Burning Man photographs by Bailey Photography and Kate Raudenbush. Special guest artist Spot will be projecting his acclaimed techno-psychedelic evolutionary paintings, Dreams in High Fidelity.
$40 -advance tickets
$45 -day of event
Artist information: http://www.kateraudenbush.com/
HARMONY FESTIVAL - SANTA ROSA, CA - JUNE 6-8
We know it's not directly a Burning Man event, but the Rabbits have been sharing The Harmony Festival with you for years because The Harmony Festival is a longstanding kissin' cousin to Burning Man, with much of the same spirit and participants involved. It's coming up June 6-8 up in Sonoma County, and it's their 30th anniversary -- and this year, it includes a new Burning Man film screening that we almost guarantee you haven't seen yet!! Check it out.
Our friends at Harmony write to give us the details:
"June 6-8 - 30th Anniversary Harmony Festival at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, featuring Damian Marley, George Clinton, Mickey Hart, Paula Cole, plus highlights of the film "Burning Man: Voyage In Utopia" & discussion with Alex & Allyson Grey and David Best, and dozens of other notable performers, artists and speakers to celebrate 30 years of new ideas, community activism, eco-awareness, spiritual wisdom, visionary art, and conscious music. 3 days and 3 nights hosts other featured performers including, Angelique Kidjo, Arrested Development, Jefferson Starship, Charlie Musselwhite, Danny Glover and The World Council of Elders.
Harmony Festival is a world class music and lifestyle festival that is truly "a party with a purpose" with over 300 vendors and exhibitors, environmental and health-oriented interactive workshops, Goddess Grove, Healing Sanctuary, Culinary Expo, dynamic Kids Zone, on-site Readers' Books bookstore, and of course, Harmony After Dark. The festival will also donate $20,000 to Marley's charity of choice, The World Family, plant one tree in Ethiopia for each ticket sold through its new partnership with Trees for the Future, and will institute an event-wide greening program that includes the use of bio-degradable cups, plates and utensils, and alternative energy powered stages and attractions.
Tickets and complete information is available now at
BASURA SAGRADA TEMPLE FUNDRAISER - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 12
Come create a sacred space with us!
Please join us at SAGRADA, a beautiful event supporting the vision of the 2008 Burning Man Temple!
Thursday, June 12
DNA LOUNGE, San Francisco
We invite you to eat, drink, dance and make merry while offering up some abundance to this year's community temple space, BASURA SAGRADA. For years, people have relied on the temple as a physical space of transcendence, a place to connect to their own sense of the metaphysical and provide meaningful offerings and prayers to the beyond. Now, we come to you in great need of your financial support so that we may continue to make the temple a reality!
The Sagrada Soiree offers many ways to tithe along with fellow burners, patrons, and temple supporters. With sumptuous dishes creatively served by temple avatars, tasty libations, performances by mind-blowing troupes, live painting with Shrine and others, it's a unique event not to be missed! In addition, we will be hosting an incredible art auction featuring one-of-a-kind works by artists and friends of the temple, some special presentations by the Basura Sagrada creators, and other delights to complete this lavish evening gala. Plus, it's all set to a beautiful soundtrack by some of the best downtempo talent in the city!
Later, we will throw open the doors to the entire community, and turn up the heat (and the volume) for some splendid late-night celebration. With more performance, more music, and more art than you can believe, SAGRADA will provide an exciting peek at what this year's temple has to offer!
Get your tickets now and support this sacred undertaking!
SAGRADA SOIREE — 7pm-4am
$150 ($250 for two!)
Hosted reception between 7-10 pm, with VIP access to special performances, presentations, and pre-event admission to the silent auction. Includes ample hors d'oeuvres and drink specials, conversations with the artists, and much more!
SAGRADA SHAKEDOWN — 10pm-4am
$20 at the door
Let the good times roll! See flyer for details.
Basura Sagrada is working with MAPS, a generous non-profit foundation, to make a portion of your Patron Level ticket price tax-deductible.
DARK SKIES - MOJAVE DRUMS, AZ - JUNE 19-22
Cameron, our Regional Contact from Las Vegas writes to let us know:
"Greetings and much high desert love from Dark Skies! This year, Dark Skies is being held near Meadview, Arizona on 80 acres of private land in a beautiful Joshua tree forest. Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the best events this season!
Tier two tickets to Dark Skies are almost sold out! We are capping this year's event at 300 and there will be NO GATE SALES at our new site. Dark Skies is the southern Nevada regional burn and all of Burning Man's 10 Principles apply including Leave No Trace and no vending.
This is also a continuing CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS who want to join in the fun! We have a very limited quantity of gift tickets available and most of them are gone as well, but we still have a few. Please contact us via the website below.
When we say no gate sales we mean no gate sales so get online and get your tickets now, this event will sell out!
See you all in a few weeks at Mojave Drums! It's going to be a blast!
- The Dark Skies Team"
BLACK ROCK YEARBOOK IS ONLINE!
The folks over at the Black Rock Yearbook write to let us know our yearbook is ready. And here, we Rabbits didn't even know there *was* a yearbook! WARNING: Not safe for work, unless you work at BMHQ. Says Doug:
"We are done with Black Rock Yearbook 2007!
For those of you who don't know: we set up a camp at Burning Man to take your Yearbook photos. 719 photos later, we put them all up on the web for you to enjoy!
Interested in Black Rock Yearbook 2008? If you are a pro photographer and are looking to volunteer for our yearbook shooting, email our head photographer, don norris: don (at) norrisphoto (dot) com
(Jack Rabbit Note: We checked, and the camp assures us that all those pictured were specifically emailed and asked if they minded being included in the online version. Those who did not wish to be have been removed.)
BURNING MAN PHOTO GALLERY OF ED HOFFMAN
Ed Hoffman was kind enough to send us his Burning Man photo gallery ... check it out:
SEEKING PHOTOS OF THE MUSHROOM KINGDOM PROJECT
FireDollJamie writes to request a little help finding some pics of their art project ... says Jamie:
"In 2007 an amazing group of Canadian fungais and gals came together to build the Mushroom Kingdom art installation on the deep playa. Unfortunately, we were so focused on the building of the installation that we forgot to take time to capture photos or videos of the completed installation. We have found one Flickr set (http://tinyurl.com/5xot37) of it, before the massive Thursday afternoon dust storm blew it down. While it stood, it was roughly parallel to the Temple and straight out from the portapotties off the 10:00 arm of the city.
I was hoping that some other Burners might have captured it and could share the photos? People can email jamie.oastler (at) gmail (dot) com if so.
Happy dusty thoughts,
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