JRS VOLUME #14; ISSUE #19
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 14, Issue #19
June 24, 2010
+ MUTANT VEHICLE AND ART INSTALLATION REGISTRATION DEADLINES LOOMING
+ BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING SUBMISSIONS END FRIDAY JUNE 25
+ ADD YOUR PLAYA EVENTS TO THE PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY BEFORE JULY 1
+ GATE ROAD 2010 REORIENTED TO REDUCE DUST IN BLACK ROCK CITY
+ STEAMPUNK TREEHOUSE INSTALLED AT DELAWARE BREWERY
+ INSTRUCTABLE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN "EARS" STYLE HAT
+ SHIPPING TRUCK HEADED FROM PHILLY TO DETROIT TO DESERT
+ THE KINETIC CAB COMPANY
+ THE BURNING MAN ULTRAMARATHON
+ GUINNESS BOOK RECORD FOR MOST HUGS IN 24 HOURS BY ONE PERSON
+ "WDYDWYD" JURIED ART EXHIBIT TO BE SHOWN AT BURNING MAN - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ 2009 BURNING MAN PHOTO GALLERY FROM ANTHONY PETERSON
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Hey y'all, time to buckle down, cuz we're popping out JRSs on a weekly basis, bite-sized like. Cuz tell ya what, there's going to be a lot coming down the pike between now and the event. That's just how it gets.
Like last issue, a good chunk of solid stuff this week, including the impending deadlines for art installation and Mutant Vehicle registration (next week!), and deadlines for submitting your business for the Burning Man Resource Listing, and your playa event - if you want it in the printed What Where When Guide, that is. The printed version of the playa events, the WhWhWh is always on a tight schedule and this year is no exception - many thanks to the awesome volunteers and staffers from Burning Man Earth, Tech, and Playa Info, all hard at work on the improved submission tool you see below. Now start telling us what you've got planned!
And something vets and new Burners alike can cheer about: the announcement that Planning is reorienting Gate Road in an effort to redirect dust that tends to flow through the middle of Black Rock City - right up the ol' 6 o'clock road.
TONIGHT is the Desert Arts Preview, our annual peek at the honorarium projects planned in Black Rock City. See presentations on Syzygryd, Subway, the Temple of Flux, and more of the incredible art (http://www.burningman.com/installations/10_art_honor.html) that's being dreamed up for Metropolis 2010. Bay Area burners - join us! Not here? Stay tuned for an online webcast of the event coming soon.
You might notice, we're getting very excited for the Burn ... we can only guess you are too. To connect with others and hear even more updates as you get your preparations in high gear, visit our Facebook Page:
or connect on the ePlaya:
The Man burns in 72 days!
MUTANT VEHICLE AND ART INSTALLATION REGISTRATION DEADLINES LOOMING
The deadline apply for a Mutant Vehicle license is June 30, and the deadline to to register your art installation is July 1. That's a week away, kids. Get on it!
BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING SUBMISSIONS END FRIDAY JUNE 25
The last day to submit your business for the Burning Man Resource Listing is this Friday, June 25th. We revisit and take entries for this page once a year to support Burners finding Burning Man related resources within our own community, and it isn't our practice to repeatedly spam our readers with products to buy; late submissions cannot be accepted.
Fill out the form here to be shared on the annual JRS Resource Listing Page:
ADD YOUR PLAYA EVENTS TO THE PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY BEFORE JULY 1
If you want your playa event to be included in the printed What Where When guide that's handed out at the Greeters' Station, add it to the Playa Info Directory before July 1. Submissions received after 7/1/10 (or after the first 960 received, whichever comes first) will still be available to all in the online version of the Directory, but cannot be included in the print version of the What Where When.
GATE ROAD 2010 REORIENTED TO REDUCE DUST IN BLACK ROCK CITY
One of the main causes of some persistent dust blowing through Black Rock City is that which is kicked up by cars traveling Gate Road (the road from Highway 34, through the Gate, and on to the Greeters' Station). Since Gate Road is traditionally aligned such that it aims directly at the 6:00 radial arm of Black Rock City, the prevailing wind (from the southwest) usually carries all the dust right through the heart of the city.
In an experiment to reduce the amount of dust in BRC, the Black Rock City Planning Department has reoriented Gate Road such that the prevailing winds will carry the dust alongside, rather than through, Black Rock City.
It should be noted that Mother Nature has a long and storied history of being as unpredictable as all get-out there on the Black Rock Desert, and the concept of "prevailing winds" is dubious at best. It should also be noted that you shouldn't expect a miraculous, dust-free year in Black Rock City, because that would be dreaming hard. Bring your all-weather gear; there's dust at Burning Man.
And remember, no matter which way it's oriented, always always ALWAYS observe the 10mph speed limit on Gate Road, and 5mph when approaching the Gate and Greeters' Station. This, too, helps keep down the dust in BRC, and for a vehicle driven in a pedestrian city, it's the safest practice all around.
STEAMPUNK TREEHOUSE INSTALLED AT DELAWARE BREWERY
Remember how we told you that the Steampunk Treehouse (seen on playa here: http://bit.ly/cabSOL) was slated to be installed in the East Coast, but we couldn't tell you where? Well, now we can. We're happy to announce that The Steampunk Treehouse is now officially installed at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Says so right there on the Dogfish blog:
It's also been pointed out to us that it was discovered during the install that SeanO giggles like a little girl and kicks his legs uncontrollably when playing pinball.
Congratulations, guys! And SeanO, please try and maintain some decorum. ;-)
INSTRUCTABLE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN "EARS" STYLE HAT
She's naked. We're not sure why. But she's naked. It's awful cute, and ... highly informative.
I recently posted an instructional you tube video about how to make your own 'ears' style hat to you tube.
I think there are many JRS readers who would find it helpful:
Thank you for the JRS newsletter!
All my dusty love to you,
SHIPPING TRUCK HEADED FROM PHILLY TO DETROIT TO DESERT
Andy Wing writes:
"Our 11th year! Camp Videogasm runs a truck cross country every Burn as a non-commercial effort. We charge enough to cover rental and fuel only. Our drivers are all volunteers.
- $7 per cu ft ($6.50 per 100 cu ft block)
- There is an overweight surcharge. See the web site for details.
- PayPal or cash accepted up to Fri 8/20, cash only on 8/21.
Truck loads in Wayne, PA (near Philadelphia) on Sat 8/21, leaves on Sun 8/22. Stopover in Detroit 8/23 - 8/24 for final load up. Arrival in BRC on Sat 8/28.
Repacking on Sun 9/5 for an evening departure. The truck arrives in Detroit on 9/10 and back in Wayne, PA on 9/11.
You can drop off your cargo in Wayne starting on Monday 8/2.
All generators/engines must be run dry and aired out!
Don't use flimsy bins or anything with loose lids! Crates are preferred over odd shaped boxes.
Send questions to the contacts listed on the web site."
THE KINETIC CAB COMPANY
This is pretty damn cool. Katy writes:
"The Kinetic Cab Company is a funded Burning Man Honorarium Art Project assembled by a collective of Kinetic Artists and others interested in supporting human powered transportation. The Kinetic Cab Company Theme Camp supports the Cab Company in Black Rock City and beyond - this theme camp is a team of Burners dedicated to providing the citizens of Black Rock City with an interactive Taxicab experience. Our Dispatch Center serves as the starting point for tours, airport trips and the like. The Center is also the home of a fantastic Kinetic Gallery experience, and the center of the Kinetic Culture at Burning Man.
Participation is key to the cab company. We offer rides around the Black Rock metropolis where the "fare" is collected in human power. During daylight hours, several Kinetic Cabs host art tours. We also host a Kinetic Airport Shuttle. Tours depart the Kinetic Cab Company regularly, please be prepared with water, sunscreen and everything else you will need to survive a Kinetic Cab Art Tour. Be sure to sign up for all tours well in advance, as they are popular!
Thursday, September 2nd, 4:20pm starts - The Great Black Rock City Kinetic Sculpture Race and Treasure Hunt. Kinetic Sculptures will race around Black Rock City collecting “treasures” from other theme camps (for race points). Be on the lookout for this spectacular event."
THE BURNING MAN ULTRAMARATHON
Are you batsh!t crazy? OK, then this is for you. Cherie writes:
"The Burning Man Ultramarathon will be a true test for the hardcore runners: in the desert, in the middle of the crazy, wonderful, hot, sandy, sweaty Burning Man festival, runners will face a series of loops around the perimeter, past The Man and The Temple, past various artworks, through part of the main camp of Burning Man to run 50 kilometers (31 miles).
Participants can attire themselves however they would like (the more entertaining, the better), but should wear running sneakers and carry at least one bottle of water. There will be 2-3 aid stations with water and running snacks (and we welcome volunteers to help dispensing the water and assist the runners with cheers, hydration, snacks, and sweaty hugs), and runners can leave drop bags at the main aid station. All finishers will receive finishers' medals and lots of love.
*Burning Man 50k Website:*
GUINNESS BOOK RECORD FOR MOST HUGS IN 24 HOURS BY ONE PERSON
We've got another would-be record-breaker on our hands, folks. Last time it was Superman, this time it's hugs. And it's for a good cause (read on), so open your arms up wide, and participate! Matt writes:
"This summer at Burning Man 2010, I am organizing to break The Guinness Book of World Records, records for:
1.) Most hugs given by one person in a 24 hour period (Current record is 7,777 hugs)
2.) Biggest 'Group Hug' that has ever been documented! (Current record is 6,625 people)
These events will be video documented by a professional videographer and the footage will be spread virally via the internet acting as a catalyst to bring more love into the world yes, but it is also filling bellies.
These events are non-profit for charity and are sponsored by several food producers who are giving FOOD TO PEOPLE THAT ARE HUNGRY AND IN NEED OF FOOD, in support of our hug events!
Let's connect and collaborate!
If you would like to participate and/or would like to remain informed as this project develops, please join us and become a 'fan' of facebook.com/gimmeahug so that you can be notified before Burning Man, as to which day of the week, what time and what location at the Burning Man festival, we will be coming together for these two events.
To break the Guinness Book of World Records records, we need just under 8,000 people to share in a GROUP HUG AT BURNING MAN!!
Our goal is to have at least HALF of the people we need to break the record, connect with us on facebook.com/gimmeahug prior to attending Burning Man, so we are not trying to pull this together last minute…!
Become a fan today and invite your friends to do the same. Please message us with any questions or comments you have.
See you at Burning Man with open arms-
"WDYDWYD" JURIED ART EXHIBIT TO BE SHOWN AT BURNING MAN - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
"wdydwyd?" Juried Art Exhibit | Burning Man 2010 | Deadline: July 26 | INFO: http://bit.ly/ArtCall
Answer the question “Why do you do what you do?” using text + imagery in a creative way.
In collaboration with Brooklyn Art Project, wdydwyd? is mounting a juried exhibition at Burning Man — an event that brings over 50,000 people to a prehistoric lake bed for one of the world’s largest and most avant-garde art festivals.
Since 2004, over 10,000 people have answered, "wdydwyd?" from groups as diverse as Harvard Business School, Google & Twitter employees, Echoing Green Foundation, Kellogg Foundation Fellows, Burners as well as notable figures such as Steve Case, the founder of AOL, and Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine. Thousands of Collaborating Artists have turned "wdydwyd?" into a social-media meme. Many people have replicated the project at schools and in communities around the world. The project has been featured in media such as BBC WORLD Television and a million people have visited www.wdydwyd.com.
Selection jury includes: WILL CHASE, High Priest of Propaganda, Burning Man & Freelance Art Curator // SONIA CUMMINGS, Nathan Cummings Foundation // DICKY DAVIES, de Young Museum & Black Rock Arts Foundation // REBECCA ALBAN HOFFBERGER, Founder, American Visionary Art Museum // BETH SCARBOROUGH, Art Curator & Assoc Dir of Art Management, Burning Man // TIFFANY SHLAIN, filmmaker & founder Webby Awards // DAVID SILVERMAN, producer of The Simpsons // MARK VAN PROYEN, Chair, Painting Dept., SF Art Institute & Corresponding Editor for Art In America.
http://bit.ly/ArtCall | www.wdydwyd.com & Twitter: @wdydwyd | www.brooklynartproject.com & Twitter: @bklynartprjct
[Editor's Note: this is probably the only time this Rabbit will ever get billing over David Silverman ... I'll take it, even if it is just pure alphabetical circumstance.]
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT - NEW ON BURNINGMAN.COM
We've just launched our "Support a Project" section of the Burning Man website, where people seeking funding for their project can learn how to add their project to our list, and where donors can find projects to support.
Every now and again, we'll highlight a particular project here in the JRS, but you can always browse projects seeking funds here:
Be a patron of the arts in Black Rock City!
MEGATROPOLIS: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A CITY
Kiwi Chris writes from New Zealand:
"I would like to introduce you all to our Art Project for Burning Man 2010.
MEGATROPOLIS is a massively collaborative project on a scale that only rarely happens outside Burning Man. The scale has inspired many groups and artists to pledge their time, experience, resources, and fundraising capabilities to this project. And while we have many people busting their little hearts out planning and running fundraisers across the globe, we are calling on the distributed Burning Man community for support.
Taking the form of six unique and iconic buildings, the tallest of which will reach 54’ into the desert sky, MEGATROPOLIS will be a site to behold.
Not only a major visual artwork in its own right, but an interactive environment which festival participants will be invited to fill with art, theatre, music, and community orientated activity. If you are interested in bringing art or performance to MEGATROPOLIS please contact me chrishankins54 (at) gmail (dot) com MEGATROPOLIS will Burn..........
We have just launched a Kickstarter fundraiser and are in the planning stages of a fundraiser in San Francisco on 17th July at Cell Space...keep and eye out for this event.
RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP INSTALLATION AT PIER 14 IN SAN FRANCISCO
The Black Rock Arts Foundation is thrilled to announce our collaboration with artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, and their talented crew on the installation of their iconic, large-scale sculpture, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 on San Francisco's waterfront from August 2010 until September 2011.
The 40-foot-tall art piece, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930's-1940's science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces.
The installation first landed at Burning Man 2009, and has subsequently appeared at NASA Ames for Yuri's Night, and at Maker Faire. The piece is comprised of a single rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination. When installed in San Francisco, the sculpture will be accompanied by a descriptive exhibit, a "rocket stop", which tells the story of the rocketship, provides route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.
We need your support!!!
Although this ambitious project has won overwhelming city and public support and enthusiasm, we need your help to make it happen! Help BRAF and the RGR crew make science fiction an everyday reality to hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to the San Francisco Embarcadero. Donate now, and receive a thank you gift!
TONIGHT! BURNING MAN 2010 DESERT ARTS PREVIEW – SF - JUNE 24TH
Burning Man 2010 Desert Arts Preview – Annual Artist Lecture Series
Thursday, June 24, 2010
6:00pm-11pm; Talks begin at 7pm
Mission Rock Cafe
817 Terry a Francois Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94158-2209
ALL AGES welcome before 9pm
FREE! But if you wish to make a donation, any proceeds will support the Black Rock Arts Foundation artist grant program. No host bar and food service. Limited seating, so COME EARLY to ensure your seat and not miss any speakers!
This is our very popular annual artist lecture series, where you get a sneak preview of some of notable art projects in progress right now for Burning Man 2010. You’ll hear directly from artists who are creating revolutionary works of art, often in radically collaborative ways. Some have been doing work on the playa for many years and will be sharing humorous war stories associated with creating art under extreme conditions. This is also a great opportunity to learn how YOU can get involved and support these and other artists.
If you can’t make it, look up their projects at the link below and directly contact these and other artists/projects you feel inspired to help and participate in. Get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the world!
7:00-7:15 Welcome & Overview of Burning Man 2010 Theme and Artist Grants
by Beth Scarborough
7:20-7:30 Bryan Tedrick – Minaret
7:35-7:45 Lawrence Burton – Kinetic Cab Company
7:50-8:00 Matt Ganucheau — Subway
8:05-8:15 Kiwi Chris — Megatropolis
8:20-8:30 Bliss Dance
9:00 -9:10 Tomas McCabe – Black Rock Arts Foundation
9:15-9:25 Morley John — Syzygryd
9:30-9:40 Michael Christian — Home
9:45-9:55 Jess Hobbs, PK Kimmelman and Rebecca Anders – Temple of Flux
10:00-10:20 Questions and Answers
THIS WEEKEND! SOAK* 2010 - LUNAR COLONY - PORTLAND, OR - JUNE 24-27
We've got some crazy stellar events lined during your mission to SOAK 2010. We'll be considering strange new worlds of uncertainty, special anomalies, unscheduled lunar landings, and living on the moon during a partial eclipse.
We'll have theme camps, fire performances, art, DJs, live music, workshops, black rock ranger training, and more. Please read your mission survival guide available online. Remember: In space, no one can hear your bullhorn.
(JRS Note: as we hear it, this event is sold out w/no gate sales, but the page is worth checking out for your own information!)
2009 BURNING MAN PHOTO GALLERY FROM ANTHONY PETERSON
Anthony Peterson sent us his gallery of Burning Man photos from 2009 ... quite an eye-popping collection!
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Soundtrack for this JRS: M. Ward, Postal Service, USA vs. Algeria