JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #09
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #09
February 28, 2011
+ REGISTER YOUR PROJECT FOR BURNING MAN 2011
+ BLACK ROCK CITY, LLC / BURNING MAN OPEN POSITION: WEB PRODUCER
+ BLACK ROCK SOLAR'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
+ "TRIBES OF BURNING MAN" HITS THE BOOKSHELVES
+ READ MORE ABOUT BURNING MAN
+ THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLOCK TO BE DISPLAYED AT BURNING MAN 2011
+ YAY! WHAT'S A YAY?
+ SAN FRANCISCO TECHSHOP NOW OPEN
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNAL EQUINOX 2011! - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 5
+ LEO VILLAREAL: ANIMATING LIGHT OPENING NIGHT - RENO, NV - MARCH 5
+ FLAME EFFECTS CLASS FOR THE ARTIST - ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 23-24
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
We're seeing more and more people excitedly posting pictures of their newly-acquired Burning Man tickets on our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/burningman) and Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/burningman), and artists are announcing their intention to bring incredible (of course!) artwork to the playa this year, so yeah ... game on, people!
As for the Burning Man culture-at-large, well, we highly recommend checking out the Burning Blog these days ...there's a bevy of new contributors offering a wide variety of perspectives on Burners and their actions out in the world, and gotta say, there are some incredible stories going up almost daily the last few weeks. (http://blog.burningman.com)
Oh, you wanna see something REALLY cool? We always did wonder what Black Rock City would look like from the air at night when everything's going absolutely bonkers, but we've always been outta luck since BRC's airspace is a no-fly zone at night. But check this out ... photographer Cameron Grant spent HIS Burning Man capturing this shot of Black Rock City on Burn night from a mountaintop -- 4.5 miles away: http://flic.kr/p/9k882h. Can we just say: WOW.
The Man burns in LESS THAN 200 DAYS, PEOPLE! 187 to be exact. See you soooon....
REGISTER YOUR PROJECT FOR BURNING MAN 2011
If you're planning on bringing artwork to the event, or pre-registering a theme camp (required for reserved placement), or you want to apply to bring a mutant vehicle to Black Rock City…it's time to register your project!
Now, before you jump into the form and start cranking out a questionnaire, you'll want to know what the registration criteria are first, right? Right. Here's where to go:
* Art Installations: http://www.burningman.com/installations
* Placement (Theme Camps): http://www.burningman.com/themecamps
* Mutant Vehicles: http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/playa_vehicles/
And now that you're all informed and ready to go, fill out the appropriate project registration form here:
* Project Registration: http://forms.burningman.com/
And we have deadlines for these things, folks, so pay attention ... ready? Here:
* Art Installation: July 1
* Placement (Theme Camp or Department): May 31
* Mutant Vehicle: June 30
* Disabled Persons Vehicle: July 31
The earlier you register, the easier it is for our hard-working staff and volunteers to process this stuff, so please get your registration completed as quickly as possible. Most appreciated.
BLACK ROCK CITY, LLC / BURNING MAN OPEN POSITION: WEB PRODUCER
This posting will be open until Wednesday, March 9th
Principals only – no recruiters/agents – please email resumes to web-producer-job (at) burningman (dot) com and include “Web Producer Position” in the subject line.
Black Rock City/Burning Man is currently in need of an experienced Web Producer responsible for the technical aspects of the development and maintenance of all public facing websites. Responsibilities include performance or oversight of the website technical implementation, site structure and architecture, design, maintenance, web activity reporting, needs analysis, project management, web application development management, social network integration, and user support. It is important that this individual is aware of industry issues, trends, and emerging technologies and can make well-considered recommendations for web technology improvements and strategies. This position reports to the head of the Technology Department and supervises a project manager, project based developers and a large team of volunteers.
DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Responsible for production and maintenance of all public facing web sites and related applications. This involves performing tasks, delegating tasks, managing team members and cultivating the volunteers supporting our various web efforts.
Support includes, but is not limited to the following websites and their derivatives. Support also extends to any new websites produced by Black Rock City, LLC or other new projects.
*Supervise team and perform tasks as necessary to ensure availability and functionality of websites and supporting functions.
*Ensure timely updates and modifications made to website content, architecture, and configurations, either through hands-on work or delegation.
*Collaborate with Communications and Technology Departments to develop web technology strategies to most effectively showcase public facing web content.
*Lead stakeholders and team members through initial web site development exercises in order to determine overall site structure, design, content and maintenance strategy.
*Coordinate efforts of technical team members and other stakeholders as necessary in order to produce web sites that support the organizations web strategy.
*Monitor and manage resolution of new content requests, change requests, bug reports and user support issues.
*Chair web team volunteer/staff meetings every two weeks and other web production related meetings as necessary. Ensure timely distribution of agendas, connectivity instructions, meeting notes and action items.
*Create contracts, participate in candidate screening and perform administration required to engage project-based contracts as necessary to support specific web development projects.
*Monitor and report website analytics and report trends and anomalies in support of business, communication and technology efforts.
*Ensure timely resolution of any website or associated system outages.
*Maintain awareness of emerging web industry trends and best practices and recommend strategies for incorporating both as appropriate.
*Cultivate environment to engage with and leverage the skills of a wide range of web technology volunteers.
*Participate in technology planning and prioritization efforts.
*Engage in efforts to appreciate all staff and volunteers.
*Provide timely reporting of work accomplished by team members and volunteers.
*Write internal Ember Report for annual debrief cycle.
*Write external Afterburn report or other public facing web reports as necessary.
*Provide updates regarding web site efforts and systems at staff meetings and other forums as necessary.
*Participation Volunteer Recruitment open houses.
*Participation in Regional Leadership Summit.
*Attendance at All-Staff Meetings and Staff Development Trainings.
*Participation in off-site Debriefs, Retreats, and other sessions as necessary.
DOES THIS DESCRIBE YOU?
*4 year degree in Technology field or equivalent work experience.
*Experience leading teams through development and deployment of at least 4 different websites.
*2 years or more experience managing website maintenance efforts.
*2 years project management and/or production management experience.
*These technologies are used at Burning Man and the right candidate should have some exposure and hands-on experience with several of them: Wordpress, Mantis, CSS3, xhtml, CVS, SVN, Mercurial, Github, Form creation tools, APIs, PHP5, Django, Ruby on Rails, Apache, LDAP, Open Source
*Practical experience with numerous website software platforms, development tools, methodologies and best practices for process management.
*Previous experience working in development and production software environments.
*Previous experience using change control software and managing change control processes.
*Leadership experience managing the resolution of production support issues in a high profile and high-risk environment.
*Previous experience designing and managing project-based contract positions.
*Previous experience providing or managing end user support efforts.
*Ability to supervise and mentor others to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
*Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
*Very detail oriented.
*Very motivated by and interested in current and emerging web technology trends.
*Significant knowledge and experience within the Burning Man organization and community.
*Dedicated to principles of behavior and ethics of the Burning Man organization.
*Very strong social, networking, and interpersonal skills.
*The ability to work effectively within an organization that encourages creativity, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance along with communal effort
*Ability to live and work in the harsh physical environment of the Burning Man event location on the Black Rock desert of Nevada for 2-3 weeks out of every year, mostly during August and September.
This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office. If you are interested and qualified, please send your resume and cover letter by Wednesday, March 9th to web-producer-job (at) burningman (dot) com and include “Web Producer Position” in the subject line.
BLACK ROCK SOLAR'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Black Rock Solar, after an exhaustive search process, is proud to announce the appointment of Patrick "Paddy" McCully to the role of Executive Director. He brings a wealth of valuable experience in the environmental non-profit arena that will help to advance Black Rock Solar's mission to expand the use of renewable energy through installation, art, education, and job training.
We're honored that Patrick has come aboard at BRS, as his experience & background is quite a story on its own. To wit: 17 years with the nonprofit International Rivers, (http://www.internationalrivers.org/); 1 book ("Silenced Rivers," an "industry-rattling masterpiece" about the global impact of dams) translated into five languages; six years serving as that organization's Executive Director… and yes, 8 (or maybe it's 9, he's lost count!) years as a citizen of Black Rock City. Those are some good numbers, and we're proud to have him join our extended family.
Learn more in the Burning Blog: http://bit.ly/dGXJ8q
"TRIBES OF BURNING MAN" HITS THE BOOKSHELVES
The book launch party for Steven T. Jones' new book "The Tribes of Burning Man" was flush with Burning Man community, including many of the real-life people featured in his book. If you're interested in an exploration of some of the various cultural sub-groups that Burning Man has spawned, collected or inspired, as well as Burning Man's cultural outreach efforts, this book is for you. You can pick up your copy on Steve's website here: http://www.steventjones.com
Described as a chronicle of "how Burning Man is transforming American society," Jones' "Tribes" includes full reprints of his immersive series of reportage for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, which covered the activities of several core Burning Man "tribes," from the Flaming Lotus Girls to Burners Without Borders...in the book, Jones takes up his pen to round out the story of the community connections between some of the sound art camps, creative communities, cultural criticisms (BORG2, anyone?), and philosophical highlights of Burning Man's history.
Add in a healthy dollop of his own experiences at the event rounding out his assessment of Burning Man -- to Jones, this is no mere week in the desert, but a cultural movement moving far beyond the playa. (We couldn't agree more.) Check it out and let us know what you think!
READ MORE ABOUT BURNING MAN
A reader, eh? For those of you interested in exploring more deeply into the Burning Man history and culture in the world, other great books on the subject include:
"Burning Book" by Jessica Bruder, a visual history of Burning Man.
"Theater in a Crowded Fire" by Lee Gilmore, exploring the spirituality of the Burning Man experience.
"This is Burning Man" by Brian Doherty, a written history of the Burning Man experience.
"Enabling Creative Chaos" by Katherine Chen, an exploration of the "organizational mutant" (part community, part business) behind the event.
"Burning Man: Art in the Desert" by A. Leo Nash and Daniel Pinchbeck, a beautiful coffee table book.
"Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography" by Barbara Traub, another incredible photography book.
These and more are all available at several outlets including Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/fa6rCg
THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLOCK TO BE DISPLAYED AT BURNING MAN 2011
The Colfax Record published this article about Burning Man artist Jim Bowers, who's heading up a team of laser technology scientists and artists in designing and creating the world’s largest working clock to display at Burning Man. It'll be a 40-foot tower holding three high-powered lasers, each of which will serve as the clock’s hour, minute and second hands circling around 12 illuminated towers strategically placed around the perimeter of the city.
Check it out: http://bit.ly/fjq1iO
YAY! WHAT'S A YAY?
We love this little audio slide show -- it could very well make your day. YAY!
SAN FRANCISCO TECHSHOP NOW OPEN
The TechShop is a San Francisco Bay Area industrial arts shop which offers tools and training to support the DIY artist ... a number of Burning Man art projects have been worked on there, including Syzygryd and Peter Hudson's new piece for 2011. They've opened up their latest location in San Francisco, and we thought you might want to know about it. Here's the info:
PLAYA INFO VOLUNTEER CALL OUT & 2011 KICK-OFF MEETING
Want to volunteer with a fun group? Do you like helping people? Can you dedicate at least four hours to hang out in the shade interacting with fellow Black Rock City denizens? Then, you should join Playa Info!
Volunteering at Playa Info is a satisfying way to participate at Burning Man and is an incredible opportunity to see what makes Burning Man happen. As a PI volunteer, you'll have an constant interaction with the variety of people who make up BRC.
We are looking for enthusiastic, people- and service-oriented volunteers. Check out more details at: http://www.burningman.com/participate/information.html
Get involved! Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire (http://www2.burningman.com/people/) and be sure to check the Playa Info box for the team with which you'd you like to volunteer.
Come on down! We are holding our first meeting of 2011 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th at BMHQ. You are welcome to participate in our monthly planning. We can't wait to meet you!
TROJAN HORSE CASTING CALL
Of course this is happening. Eric writes:
"One of the most memorable art projects at Burning Man 2011 will be the monumental, all-wood Trojan Horse. Standing 50’ feet tall and weighing 25 tons with a bar inside, the beast will be towed by the masses from near the Esplanade through the Gates of Troy to the Temple of Dionysus on Friday at sundown.
The procession of this massive piece of interactive and mobile art will be filmed from the air and the playa. We are looking for Burners to help pull the beast and serve in other roles. We are recruiting for the Retinue of Dionysus, a loose troupe of wild women and horny men who will lead the procession dressed as satyrs, maenads, nymphs, and followers of Pan. We are asking drummers and brass players, individually and as ensembles to join in performing the march and processional composed for this event.
Costumed Greek Gods and Goddesses are sought to bring all their powers to bear on achieving these momentous tasks. We also welcome Roman God(desses) if they accept their Greek names. Once the Horse passes through the Gates of Troy, a wild celebration will begin. Amazons and Apollo’s archers (soliciting both) will send flaming arrows into the beast and in a spectacular fire with pyrotechnics, the horse will be consumed, highlighting an evening of pure pandemonium. We need Burners to play the roles of characters in the Trojan war, including Greek and Trojan warriors. Also seeking construction workers to build the beast in San Francisco and on the playa.
Learn more about this project and volunteer to participate at http://trojan.evsc.net "
HEEBEEGEEBEE HEALERS CLASSROOM
The HeeBeeGeeBee Healers write:
"2011 Call for Twenty First Century Yogis, Fellow Travelers, Guides & Mystics, Instructors, Musicians, Spiritual Entertainers, Buddhas and Con Men.
The HeeBeeGeeBee Healers Classroom is beginning to set the schedule for a week of diverse and inclusive classes and events that inspire, inform or entertain.
Anyone interested in the possibility of offering, leading, teaching or performing a class, workshop or event hosted in our classroom space are invited to submit a proposal. Please keep in mind the HeeBeeGeeBee Healers mission on the playa tend to be offerings that explore healing arts for body, spirit and mind.
Please submit your idea, along with a brief introduction, history of your experience and your process to: HeeBeeGeeBeeClassroom (at) yahoo (dot) com "
BURNAL EQUINOX 2011! - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 5
Saturday, March 5th!
8pm to 3am
Mission Rock Café
817 Terry Francois Blvd, SF
(take Mariposa St to the Bay)
$20 general admission;
$15 dressed in playa finery OR with your baby picture visibly attached to your clothing
Burnal Equinox marks the mid-point between last year’s burn and this year’s. It's our first major event of the year and you can expect a wide and stunning array of art, live performance, dancing, philosophizing, theme camp indescribeables and so much MORE! You are encouraged to shape the night by sharing art and experiences from previous Burning Man events and your plans for 2011.
In keeping with this year's Burning Man theme, "Rites of Passage," you are also invited to express transformational moments in your real and imagined journey through life. Remember those defining experiences that helped you come into your own? Perhaps your first kiss, getting married/divorced, an alien abduction, your very first white out, a birth, or a near death experience that changed the way you live...maybe an imagined ritual from a distant land. You are invited to explore the theme through dress, stories, pictures, drawings, pantomime or other forms of creative expression. Join others in re-living or creating entirely new and curious rites of passage. These may be as varied as life itself and range from ludicrous to solemn.
So, whether you are remembering a previous year’s burn, dressing for your prom, creating a sacred procession of unicorns and golden earmuffs, or you skip all the fuss and come as you are...we hope to celebrate what has made YOU who you are...and want to be!
Participating Artists, Performers, DJs and Groups So Far Include: AEZ, Anodyne Industries, Aurelie Clivaz, Carpe-syzygy-bus - featuring performers from Carpetbag Brigade, Syzygy Butoh and Bad Unkl Sista, Danielle Swan, VJ Flood, The Fossettes, Hobo Gobbelins, HistErica, House of Inanna, i can dress myself, Kathy D'Onofrio (Tattoed Aliens), Kenneth Griswa (Phoenix Eggs), DJ Laird, Margaret DeCuir (Labyrinth of Life), DJ Mo Corleone, Neon Bunny, NoMe, O.N.Y.D. Sound System, Patricia “Aishah” Rusich (Dance 4 Positivity), Planet Booty, Playa Info, The Black Rock Rangers, Strata Chalup (Forest of the Heart), The Orphics, Vicar - bodysynth, DJ Whisky Devil, YOU, and many more still being confirmed! Join us in creating the first Flambe Lounge of 2011!
Share your artistic vision and expression in the limited space still available. Some artist, VJ and theme camp space still available. Email: flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com TODAY!
For info about the theme see:
Subscribe now to: sanfrancisco-announce-subscribe (at) burningman (dot) com to learn about upcoming SF community events.
See you March 5th!
LEO VILLAREAL: ANIMATING LIGHT OPENING NIGHT - RENO, NV - MARCH 5
Leo Villareal: Animating Light – Opening night with Controlled Burn, Boho Hoops and a free concert at the Knitting Factory
See this incredible collection of hypnotic and exhilarating light sculptures that appeal to audiences of all ages—from young viewers who are fascinated by the exhibition’s unfolding drama of light and color, to engineers and scientists tempted to analyze the artwork’s algorithms.
Influenced greatly by the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert, Villareal’s work is represented in some of the world’s most prominent museum and gallery collections.
There will be a special Opening Talk on Saturday, March 5 at 5pm where artist Leo Villareal will lead guests through the nature of light and the unique experience of his dynamic, immersive light sculptures and installations. Space is limited. Purchase tickets online at nevadaart.org/tickets. ** $15/$12 Museum Members
The party starts at the Museum as we celebrate the artist’s place of inspiration by encouraging guests to wear their favorite burner costume outfitted with LEDs during the Members’ Premiere on Saturday, March 5 from 6 – 8 pm. Meet the artist and experience his vibrant artworks accompanied by the beats of DJ James Healy (Escape Art) live in the atrium.
Come and be dazzled by Reno’s-own Controlled Burn and BoHoHoops.
A cash bar will be available. No need to leave the kids at home! The Museum offers Kids Open Art Studio from 6 – 8 pm for just $4.
**Admission is free for members with valid member card. $10 General admission.
After Party at the Knitting Factory
Continue the party with encore performances by DJ James Healy, Controlled Burn and BoHoHoops at the Knitting Factory After-Party Saturday, March 5, doors open at 8 pm – located at 211 N. Virginia St. downtown Reno
Other performers include DJ Dan, Erik Lobe, DJ Freez and Serg Rockwell.
**Present your admission sticker from the Museum’s Members’ Premiere event and get in for FREE. Visit the Knitting Factory for more information on the concert at: www.re,knittingfactory.com
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Leo Villareal: Animating Light runs March 5 through May 22, 2011. This exhibition was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art. Sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, and Bank of America. Sponsorship of the Nevada Museum of Art presentation is provided by Bally Technologies and the Stremmel Gallery. Additional funding provided by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission and the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
FLAME EFFECTS CLASS FOR THE ARTIST - ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 23-24
(NOTE: This class is independently organized and is NOT being presented by Burning Man)
"Atlanta is burning again!
Flame Effects for the Artist-April 23rd and 24th in Atlanta Georgia.
Hot off the heels of a great flame effect class in Detroit we are glad to announce a new class date in Atlanta! We had a full class and a big stand by list so we have added another class in April.
Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into their art! This class is for you…
Charlie Smith and the Art of Such n Such artists collective will be hosting & join forces with other regional fire artists for this exciting two day seminar held at the Sparseland Studios in Atlanta Georgia.......
The workshop will be teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the “expert." Each one of these classes has drawn participants who have had all levels of experience. This has made for some great questions and projects that have been both fun and challenging.
The first day will consist of a classroom session where we will discuss subjects including:
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes.
NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience and other codes.
We will also examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts. Of course, we closely examine the wonders of LP gas with the amazing clear propane cylinder. We will then finish off by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, fuel mortars, pilot lights, hot surface igniters and much more. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials.
The second day will be a shop day where we will put what we have learned into action and create a one of a kind flame effect from the materials on hand. The best part of the class is the assembly of the effect so please let us know if you have materials or elements you may like to see incorporated. This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work, as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take their work to the next level.
Leading this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man for more than 10 years, and Eric Smith, Chief Inspector for the State of Nevada Board for the Regulation of LP Gas. We will also have displays of fire art from several local fire artists!
Check out some pics of past classes
The cost of this 2-Day class will be $120.
Both days’ classes will be from 10am – 5pm.
Printed materials and a crappy but filling lunch of whatever cheap food we can get will be provided each day.
Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast, no pun intended. We have room for 40 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event, space permitting. Email your name to Fuelmaster (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve your spot."
LENNY AND CLAUDIA DO IT AGAIN
Every year, Lenny and Claudia create a highly-entertaining photo collection, as well as working on Burning Man's documentation team. And once again, they haven't let us down on either count. A few of these shots are NSFW, but mostly it's friendly. Wonderful work you two!
GREAT BURNING MAN 2010 VIDEO FROM JORDAN ROMNEY
(And yes, we do wish.) Jordan writes:
"I wanted to share my Burning Man 2010 movie. Post if you wish.
Camp Unofficial 2010"
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