JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #01
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #1
September 23, 2010
+ POST-PLAYA TIPS
+ FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
+ LAW ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK
+ LAWYERS FOR BURNERS
+ LOST AND FOUND
+ GOT TICKET ISSUES?
+ SATELLITE PICTURE OF BLACK ROCK CITY 2010
+ 2011 ART THEME: RITES OF PASSAGE
+ BRC WEEKLY - BLACK ROCK CITY'S INDEPENDENT NEWSWEEKLY - POSTED ONLINE!
+ SURVEY: BURNING MAN WANTS YOUR INPUT ABOUT YEAR-ROUND STORAGE NEAR GERLACH!
+ HARVEYWOOD SIGN FOLLIES
+ LESSER-KNOWN BURNING MAN 2010 COVERAGE
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A PROJECT 2010 SUMMARY
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN DIGITAL RIGHTS DISCUSSION AT OPEN VIDEO CONFERENCE - NYC - OCT 1
+ LOS ANGELES BURNING MAN DECOMPRESSION - LOS ANGELES - OCT 2
+ SANTA CRUZ OFFICIAL DECOMPRESSION - SANTA CRUZ, CA - OCT 2
+ IBW: ITALIAN BURNING WEEKEND 2010 - ROME, ITALY - OCT 8-10
+ SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SF, CA - OCT 10
+ SAN DIEGO DECOMPRESSION - SAN DIEGO, CA - OCT 15-17
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ NEIL GIRLING'S 2010 BURN, IN WORDS AND PICTURES
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Wow. Just WOW. What a Burn that was!
Incredible art, incredible mutant vehicles, incredible people doing incredible things ... it just never stopped! And even with a record 51,454 people populating Black Rock City in 2010, it didn't feel crowded ... it felt ... cohesive.
You all really brought it this year, and it showed ... your passion, dedication, openness, unbridled creativity and community spirit made Black Rock City what it was: the most amazing, inspiring city on Earth. Seriously - and we don't take this lightly - BRC 2010 was truly one of the best years ever.
And now, today? We've (mostly) hustled ourselves home and back to our desks to debrief, de-dust, and whoa, what do you know, start thinking about - gulp - next year. But we're not ALL back at our desks yet ... and today we'd like to give a big shout out and heartfelt thanks to the hard-working crew of Department of Public Works who have been on playa since early August, and will stay on playa until October 9th for final restoration. Thank you DPW for making it all possible!
And thank YOU for doing your part to Leave No Trace (you did, right - including putting in your two hours of restoration somewhere besides your own camp? Yay, you!) and everything else you did that showed us you really take the Civic Responsibility/Participation principles (http://burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/principles.html pretty seriously. Well done, BRC.
As we kick off Volume 15 of the JRS, we look forward to another year of keeping you informed about year-round Burning Man community, culture, news, opportunities to participate, and important event information -- with a little fun thrown in for good measure.
And we'd like your help with telling the story of what we are, all year! If you'd like to share with our readers what YOU'RE doing to bring Burning Man principles into your community year-round -- in ways large or small -- we'd love to hear it! Send an email to email@example.com, and put POST REQUEST in the subject line so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
Finally, it was wonderful meeting all of you fine folks out there this year. It's great to see who's on the other end of the "Send" button. Thanks, and remember, the Man burns in 345 days!
You're back in the real world. You're staring blankly at the wall. Then you glance furtively at the pile of playafied camping gear, wigs, and tutus crammed in the corner of your room. Then you stare at the wall some more. Until the vision of your playa dust-encrusted car crosses your mind. You wince.
"Where do I start?" you wonder.
It's OK. We've assembled a collection of helpful post-playa tips to help you clean your stuff, your car, yourself, even your brain. We've even got some tips about getting yourself ready for next year. Yep, this is us, loving you.
This page is linked from there, but we think it's probably one of the more important points: one great cure for post-playa blues is to connect with other Burners. Here's how:
FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
It's time to debrief from Burning Man 2010, and we want your feedback about your Burning Man experience to factor into our planning for 2011!
The staff reads every word that gets sent in, and your feedback becomes a part of our annual staff retreat process.
Note: we do respond to some feedback emails with personal responses, but even though we do read them all, we don't respond to every message personally. Those subjects that generate a lot of public comment are addressed in the Q&A section of the annual Afterburn Report. Detailed info here:
While we're always open to your feedback, we'll be closing up the formal Feedback Loop process around the beginning of October to head into our debrief meetings, so please act fast. Stand up and be heard!
LAW ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK
Did you have or witness an encounter with law enforcement on the playa? Whether it was positive or negative, we want to know about it. We use this information to work year round with law enforcement officers to improve our relations, improve their interactions with our community, and to ensure your constitutional and civil rights are being protected while in Black Rock City. And we can't be successful in that effort if we don't have your stories.
So please, take a moment to download, fill out and mail us a Law Enforcement Feedback Form (PDF), here:
LAWYERS FOR BURNERS
If you got arrested or received a citation on playa, don't feel like you're in it alone. A grassroots, volunteer organization called Lawyers For Burners may be able to help you out with finding a lawyer and/or legal advice. Visit their website for more information:
Tip: to contact LFB, fill out their Feedback Form (linked from the left hand column), and they'll be in touch.
LOST AND FOUND
Did you lose something on playa and want it back? Find something, and want to return it to its rightful owner? Don't despair - hundreds of happy Burner-and-stuff reunions have been successfully achieved post-event, so check here before you call your beloved possession gone for good:
GOT TICKET ISSUES?
If you've got a ticketing issue that needs to be resolved, read our Frequently Asked Questions to figure out how to proceed:
... and if you need to contact us about it, go here:
SATELLITE PICTURE OF BLACK ROCK CITY 2010
The GeoEye-1 satellite flew over Black Rock City, and took a picture of our fair metropolis during the event on Thursday at 11:41am. It's quite a sight.
Here's the shot they took, a high-resolution version of which you can download and play with: http://twitpic.com/2p2bpz
This page will teach you how to fly over it in Google Earth: http://bit.ly/ch8qRy
Now, for you satellite nerds, just know that "GeoEye-1 has the highest resolution of any commercial imaging system and can collect images with a ground resolution of 0.41-meters or 16 inches in the panchromatic or black and white mode. It collects multispectral or color imagery at 1.65-meter resolution or about 64 inches, a factor of two better than existing commercial satellites with four-band multispectral imaging capabilities. While the satellite collects imagery at 0.41-meters, GeoEye's operating license from the U.S. Government requires re-sampling the imagery to 0.5-meter for all customers not explicitly granted a waiver by the U.S. Government."
We're sure that all means something very important. For more information, if that just wasn't enough for you, visit: http://launch.geoeye.com/LaunchSite/about/
2011 ART THEME: RITES OF PASSAGE
As soon as the Man burned, we published the art theme for 2011: Rites of Passage. Here's the short version:
"There are moments of crisis and frisson in our lives which inform us that we've somehow crossed an inner threshold and are changed. Thus moving from one state of being into an unknown other is not a facile transformation; it obliges us to face our innermost insecurities, and it requires faith, a willingness to leap off the ladder of ordered existence. Our theme this year invites participants to join with others in creating rites of passage."
Read the full theme text here:
BRC WEEKLY -- BLACK ROCK CITY'S INDEPENDENT NEWSWEEKLY -- POSTED ONLINE!
The inimitable Adrian Roberts writes:
"This year's debut issue of the BRC WEEKLY -- also known as the newspaper formerly known as "PISS CLEAR" -- has been posted online as a PDF, for your off-playa reading pleasure. Check it out here:
The "Piss Clear" team returned to the world of playa publishing this year for the first time since 2007 with a brand-new newsweekly, jam-packed with articles, rants, lists, and tons of interesting Black Rock City-releated content.
For those still pining for those old issues of "Piss Clear," you'll be happy to know they've all been compiled into book called "Burning Man Live," available directly from editor Adrian Roberts at: http://pissclear.org "
SURVEY: SEEKING INPUT ABOUT YEAR-ROUND STORAGE FOR BURNERS IN NV
Burning Man is currently looking at ways to help our participants, artists, art cars and theme camps with storage in and around Gerlach, NV. We would like to promote cooperation amongst participants to share storage, minimize fuel consumption caused by repeat shipping each year, and improve safety on the highways by reducing the amount of hauling. This short survey will help us better understand the community’s storage needs.
Thank you for participating in our survey.
HARVEYWOOD SIGN FOLLIES
Steven Clark writes:
"Please post a blurb about the fun we had with the HARVEYWOOD sign on the playa this year 2010.
A link to the story about how the sign was pranked and photos of all the variations is located here:
The whole affair ended up in great fun and hilarity. As the artist I grew to appreciate how fluid and liquid the art flows out on the playa.
Steven Clark - 10th year burner - creator of HARVEYWOOD"
LESSER-KNOWN BURNING MAN 2010 COVERAGE
As usually happens, we've seen a good amount of press about this year's Burn, and we thought we'd pitch you some of the ones you might not see in the mainstream.
Here's an excellent description and beautiful photos of Burning Man from first-timer Pedro Sagüés. http://bit.ly/bLqaCi
This is an interesting perspective about Burning Man as a reputation economy, from The Walrus Magazine, out of Canada. http://bit.ly/9OFeMA
And here's a nice write-up and pictures from Flavorwire. http://bit.ly/9uomeB
We're also inordinately fond of this "Fool's Attempt to Describe Burning Man" by newcomer Robin Esrock: http://bit.ly/aNSlEV
BURNER OUT OF WATER: A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT
Bethany Epiphany writes:
"Burner Out of Water: What started as a social experiment for those not able to attend Burning Man has evolved into a place for sharing how we keep connected to the feelings of Black Rock City all year long.
A very wise person, mid-Burn week on BMIR asked "why are we always compressing and decompressing? Can't we just stay compressed?" Well...?
Check out http://burneroutofwater.weebly.com to see what fellow Burners did when not residing in Black Rock City and be inspired to live as outrageously as you did during Burn week all year long. Share your ideas, stories and photos at burneroutofwater (at) hotmail (dot) com to motivate fellow Burners. How can we bring the art, camaraderie and spirit of the playa into our everyday lives all year long?"
SAFER SEX AT BURNING MAN
"Did you just get back from the playa? If so, let's talk about sex!
Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey and then forward widely to friends. Some of the questions are personal, but the survey is completely anonymous, and your honest answers could help make Burning Man a safer and healthier place to get it on.
Here's the survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZC5S9YP "
SUPPORT A PROJECT 2010 SUMMARY
One of the reasons you saw so much incredible artwork on playa in 2010 was that YOU, our community, stepped up and donated $109,176 to support a wide variety of projects this year. You can see how it all panned out on our Support a Project page:
Of course, that's a mere fraction of the total amount donated through other sources, ways and means, so THANK YOU!!
BURNING MAN DIGITAL RIGHTS DISCUSSION AT OPEN VIDEO CONFERENCE - NYC - OCT 1
Ever wonder what the small print on back of a Burning Man ticket really means to a photographer? Want to understand why Burning Man has certain "Terms and Conditions" regulating media use? Curious about how the Electronic Frontier Foundation's recent criticisms have affected Burning Man's policy on the use of images? Want to learn more about this or share your opinion? Join us for an ongoing public dialogue about digital rights at Burning Man and implications for wider society!
On Fri., Oct. 1, 2010 5:30-6:30 pm EDT, Burning Man IP Legal Counsel Terry Gross and Burning Man adviser Rosalie Barnes will have a panel discussion with EFF's Corynne McSherry at the Open Video Conference. The panel meets at the Auditorium of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), located at Seventh Avenue and W. 27th Street in New York City.
More information (including live webcast info) here:
LOS ANGELES BURNING MAN DECOMPRESSION - LOS ANGELES - OCT 2
This is the Official Burning Man Los Angeles Decompression event. YOU are invited to experience the art, music and culture of Burning Man with a view of the downtown LA skyline. Immerse yourself in twelve hours of art, performance, live music, DJs, dancing , theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, fire, and 2010 imagery.
*ESSENTIAL INFORMATION :*
*Name:* 8th Annual LA Burning Man Decompression Arts and Music Festival
*Presented by:* The LA League of Arts
*Date:* Saturday October 2nd, 2010
*Place: *LA State Historical Park 1245 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*Ticket Price:* $20 Creative Attire Encouraged (all children 12 and under are free) **DPW, Rangers, and BM Crew with 2010 laminates get in free**. No presales this year
*Children: *LA Decom is an ALL AGES event. We encourage parents to have a good time with their kids. Please be responsible and aware of children around you. We can all have a safe and fun time together.
*Parking:* We request that everyone park at Union Station on Alameda (enter from the back). The parking there is $5 and it is the safest place to park in the area. You can either walk from the train station 5 blocks or ride the Metro Gold Line North from Union Station to the China Town Station, just one stop up the line. The entrance to the event is approximately 100 yards from the China Town Station.
*Items Not Allowed In: *Per the parks request, security will be searching bags before you can buy your ticket and enter the event. Please do not bring with you Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, Explosives, Markers, Paint, and GLOW STICKS (glow sticks are evil). We would also prefer you not bring anything that leaves a lot of MOOP like feather boas.
*Pets:* Your furry friends are permitted at the event, however they must remain on a leash at all times (state parks law) AND since this is a Leave No Trace event, you must pick up after your pet leaves something from their behind. (or any moop really that your pet leaves behind).
*This is a Leave No Trace Event! We encourage Radical Self Reliance, Radical Self Expression, and Radical Inclusivity! We present to LA a Gifting economy that encourages Decommodification! Our Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort nourish active Participation by all attendees! Become a part of the beauty and culture that is LA BM Decompression! ~)'(~
*See you in the Park!
Your LA Regional Coordinators and the Entire LA Decompression Team*
SANTA CRUZ OFFICIAL DECOMPRESSION - SANTA CRUZ, CA - OCTOBER 2
Santa Cruz's official Burning Man Decompression, UnScruz, is on Saturday, October 2, from noon to 10:00 p.m.
We are looking for interactive ART and live acts/performers ( Belly dancers, hula hoopers, LED/glow poi/staff, short silly plays, who knows!) for UnScruz.
We are also looking for THEME CAMPS!
We are restricted as far as fire goes -- we can only have fire spinners and, hopefully, fire hoopers and they will be in a designated area (an adjacent parking lot off of Locust). No art cars with fire or any other fire on the street will be allowed.
If you have a performance piece that you would like to contribute please let us know by writing santacruz (at) burningman (dot) com. THANKS!
Once again, here's the info about the event:
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: DownTown Santa Cruz on Lincoln Street between Pacific and Cedar
City/Town: Santa Cruz, CA
Email: santacruz (at) burningman (dot) com
It's a Burning Man Decompression street party, Santa Cruz style! Please invite everyone you know!
Bring your dusty selves at noon for ten hours full of fire, dance, music, art, performance, theme camps, DJs, and MORE!!!
Enjoy the creative expression that only Santa Cruz can provide for a cost of only $10.00 in Playa couture/costume; $15.00 in streetwear.
Our second annual Santa Cruz Decompression will be a a showcase for our community so please help us bring our enchanted Black Rock City magical home to the streets of Santa Cruz!
We're looking for Art! Performers! Theme Camps! Volunteers! If you are a ranger, would like to be a team lead/manger, greeter, spin fire, perform, PARTICIPATE, please let us know!
If you're interested in becoming a part of UnScruz! Please send an email to santacruz (at) burningman (dot) com for more information.
Stay tuned for a list of theme camps, DJs, etc. who will be participating!
And please remember...this is a LEAVE NO TRACE EVENT : )
IBW: ITALIAN BURNING WEEKEND 2010 - ROME, ITALY - OCT 8-10
Join the Italian burners from Friday October 8th to Sunday 10th for a Burning Weekend played around the 10 principles mixed with the Italian hosting culture! The location is a wild Italian country house 1 hour north from Rome, we will arrange camping space so bring your tent, your furry coats and your love!
We need artists, dj's, cooks, dish washers, carpenters, engineers but most of anything we need Burners. We are open to any interesting project you are willing to suggest and coordinate.
SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SF, CA - OCT 10
Join us for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2010 imagery, and more, more, MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and the stages will be overflowing with a stunning variety of creative expression! Bring your imagination to share and BE the art you wish to see in the world!!! It's looking positively AMAZING and this is going to be quite a celebration after the 25th Burning Man event!
The 11th Annual SF Decompression
HEAT THE STREET FaIRE!
Celebrating 25 years of Burning Man and bringing the playa spirit back to the Bay!
Sunday, October 10, 2010. (That’s 10/10/10!)
Noon SHARP till Midnight
(Mariposa Stage ends 11pm. All other outdoor stages/sound end 10pm)
Public Entrance: 19th St. & Minnesota St., SF
$10 donation in Black Rock Couture/costume;
$20 in streetwear; kids under 12 always free!
All ages outdoors; 21+ inside Cocomo (club closes 1:30am)
More info, line-ups, etc.:
SAN DIEGO DECOMPRESSION - SAN DIEGO, CA - OCT 15-17
San Decompression 2010 - YOUtopia http://sddecom.com/
San Diego Decompression is the San Diego Burning Man Community's post-Burning Man Decompression event where we celebrate the vibrant creative and communal elements of San Diego and the surrounding areas.
San Diego Decompression is a 3 day/2 night camping event that will take place on the La Jolla Indian Reservation Campgrounds. There will be no glass containers of any kind allowed on-site, and no vending, with the exception of firewood and ice.
The theme for this year is YOUtopia.
YOUtopia is a fantastic place, a place of your dreams. It is perfection and balance, Challenge and growth.
YOUtopia is your place, the place that you make. YOUtopia is your perfect world. The best of every thing. The best of anything.
YOUtopia is your creation and your art. YOUtopia is YOU. YOUtopia is Love and inspiration. Growth into the ideal you. It is Imagination. The place where the dark you is accepted, and the best of you is nurtured.
YOUtopia is usually fun, sometimes a little scary, but always full of acceptance for who you are. In YOUtopia your fear and love and anger and hope are reflected in your art and your being.
YOUtopia teaches. YOUtopia is your community It is the place that you build. YOUtopia is safe. The home that you love. The family that you join and all that you are. You are your YOUtopia.
We invite you to show us your idea of YOUtopia – is it a future wonderland of machines that serve your every whim, or a fantasy land of elves and dwarves? Would you rather create something you want to see in your every day life or that ridiculous sculpture you have always had at the back of your mind? Maybe you will explore the dark side of dystopias such as 1984 or post apocalyptic horrors, or even the rebirth of civilization, a little bit wiser than the first time around?
Gate and Tickets
Tier 1 tickets are on sale for $60 through September 24th.
Tier 2 tickets will be on sale for $80 from September 25th through noon on October 15th.
Tickets at the gate will be $100, cash only, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Tickets will be mailed to you.
NEIL GIRLING'S 2010 BURN, IN WORDS AND PICTURES
Neil Girling (aka Nightshade) has posted his incredible Burning Man 2010 photo gallery, including stunning shots from atop a 125'-tall boom lift during the burning of the Man. He's also done us the favor of writing about his Burning Man experience this year as well ... enjoy!
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