JRS VOLUME #16; ISSUE #01
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #1
September 22, 2011
+ LARRY HARVEY: in NYC talking about VEGAS: April 25, 2002
+ GREAT VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2010 BY RICH VAN EVERY
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 9
+ VANCOUVER DECOMPRESSION - VANCOUVER CANADA - OCTOBER 1
+ LOS ANGELES DECOMPRESSION - LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 1
+ MORE REGIONAL DECOMPRESSION EVENTS
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
WAIT, Watch this and try not to get choked up!Okay YES, it's sappy, but isn't that 'kinda' how you're feeling right now? ;-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQPQn9TLpPY
Nature did her part and offered up a pristine surface not seen since 1996, and down right agreeable weather that no newbie should think is at all normal. What about that white out that lasted all day? Yeah, we know, didn't have one.
Brilliant art, certainly helped in its scope by the extensive use of crowd sourcing for funding.
There were some epic pieces of art the likes of which we've never seen before. Theme Camps off the hook like we've not experienced since 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst. Jack Rabbits are animals with sensitive ears so we're not typically a big fan of thumping art cars, but there sure were some pretty epic beasts throwing down the beats!
Sometimes the best moments are the small ones, like the vintage stainless steel water fountain (on little wheels) that shyly followed you and then nudged you to take a drink, and wouldn't take "no-thanks" for an answer!
Yes, we know there is some strong feedback about ingress and egress waits. We're aware of ways to improve the situation, your comments are still welcome, see below.
Best World Wide BRC collaborative project: - The Temple
Best use of 300 onsite citizens/slaves - Moving the Trojan Horse 100 Yards
Best City Design - Rod Garrett - RIP (he also designed the Man Base, First Camp and the Center Camp Cafe)
Now that you're back at home, get out and do it yourselves. Check in with your local geographically desirable Burning Man community. <http://regionals.burningman.com> We even have a Regional Contact in the Czech Republic! And, if you're curious about what we're up to at HQ? We're getting ready for our post-event retreats, strategizing for 2012 ticket sales, and supporting the Burning Man Project as it begins to take off: http://www.burningmanproject.org
This JRS comes to you as a collaboration between team JACK RABBIT SPEAKS: Rabbits Andie Grace and Maid Marian want to congratulate Rabbit Will Chase and wife Katie for the birth of their daughter: Ellaven Kathryn Chase 8:44 am: 9.10.11! 7 lbs. 11 oz.
~ The Jack Rabbits have Spoken!
(no jack rabbits were harmed in writing this missive, thanks to Cat at BMan Tech HQ for clearing the fur ball that had the JRS stuck in moderation for a few days and almost had us cutting off our own paw in frustration)
SO, WHAT'S THE 2012 ART THEME??
It was only 5 years ago that Larry first conceived of and wrote the theme BEFORE the Man fell on that year to announce the theme for the following year. Black Rock City 2011 was fantastic and the theme for next year is great, but sometimes sorting out the exact language to inspire us all takes more time.
There is a theme, it's being written as we speak. Stay tuned. It'll be soon.
FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
It's time for the HQ staff to debrief from Burning Man 2011, and we want your feedback about your Burning Man experience to factor into our planning for 2012 (yes, Burning Man is happening in 2012)!
We also want to hear about your experience as you traveled through Empire and Gerlach, also any comments on vendors (RV?) or businesses in Reno or the area that provided services or supplies to you.
While we're always open to your feedback, we'll be closing up the formal 2011 Feedback Loop process on October 19th to head into our debrief meetings.
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:
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:
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.
Here's a nice article we came across about how to cope with post-playa depression - maybe it's up your alley:
And a pretty funny (because it's true) one, entitled "Do not divorce your parakeet yet":
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:
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 ensure your constitutional and civil rights are being protected while in Black Rock City.
Take a moment to download, fill out and mail us a Law Enforcement Feedback Form (PDF), here: http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/le_feedback.html
We received a number of good reports this year. Keep them all coming!
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.
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:
HEY, going to BRC in 2012? If you wanna get tickets for next year? Stay tuned to the JRS! You're guaranteed a different system for 2012 and you don't want to get caught unaware and without a ticket, now do you?
SELECT MEDIA COVERAGE FROM BURNING MAN 2011
Here are some of the media hits we like. We're particularly pleased with the New York Times' piece about Rod Garrett, Black Rock City's long time city designer, who passed away just as the event began.
New York Times:
commemorates Black Rock City Designer Rod Garrett
NYT talks about Growing Pains:
(by Jess Bruder who's also written a book about Burning Man http://www.burningbook.net/)
San Francisco Chronicle: Sunday
"A1-Front page" profile of Larry Harvey
Salt Lake City Tribune:
(Rick Egan is doing it again, fantastic gallery of shots, shows his many years of experience shooting in Black Rock City)
NBC Bay Area
(for one of the big guys, they're sure doing it right here, gold star for crediting artists, and identifying people more than most media outlets do!)
Photog Jim Urquhart chronicles his newbie experience dragging 3 cameras around and having his mind blown:
So, Burning Man has gone mainstream
Los Angeles Times
United Press International (Burning Man called agent of change in U.S.)
THE BURNING BLOGGERS COVER BURNING MAN
And, then there's our own media channels:
Our ol' standbys John Curley, Affinity and Moze were joined by new bloggers Michael Holden and Caveat Magister, and they rocked it out to say the least. Editors picks:
The Demon's Face, by Caveat Magister
A Playa Love Story, by John Curley
Hello From Burning Man, by Affinity
Death by 1000 Cuts, by Moze
In Dust We Trust, by Michael Holden
WHAT THE SOCIAL WEB CAN LEARN FROM BURNING MAN
Burning blogger Jon Mitchell penned this nice piece about Burning Man and the social network for ReadWriteWeb:
SATELLITE PICTURE OF BLACK ROCK CITY 2011
The GeoEye-1 satellite flew over Black Rock City, and took a picture of Black Rock City during the event on Thursday at 11:49am. It's quite a sight.
Here's a direct link to a high-resolution version of the shot they took for you to download and play with:
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:
BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM NEIL "MR. NIGHTSHADE" GIRLING
One of the finest photographers perennially on the playa, we're smart enough to put Neil Girling in prime position to capture many of the best moments at Burning Man through his masterful lens ... and he has once again outdone himself. Here's Neil's gallery from Burning Man 2011:
TIME-LAPSE OF THE GATE OPENING
Todd "Portaplaya" Gardiner wrote in to offer this awesome time-lapse video he shot. Who knows, if you watch closely, you might just see yourself entering Black Rock City! This gets us all goose-bumpy, thanks Todd!
LARRY HARVEY in NYC talking about VEGAS: April 25, 2002
"Viva Las Xmas" - Larry Harvey's speech from April 25, 2002 at the Cooper Union in New York City http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/lectures/viva.html
GREAT VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2010 BY RICH VAN EVERY
We came across this gem from Burning Man 2010 ... we thought you'd enjoy it as well. Burning Man - Dripping in Gold: http://vimeo.com/28069720
No point in turning the Decompression Chamber on and totally ruining that buzz. So, keep the energy alive, reconnect post playa and maybe turn a playa-timid friend onto Burning Man with a Decompression party.
Regional areas also have campouts and community projects throughout the year. Check out http://regionals.burningman.com, join your nearest, geographically convenient Burning Man announcement or discussion list - it's more than just events, it's a portal to hundreds of local communities! Some groups have their own web sites in addition to FB pages and Twitter feeds and discussion/announce lists - check it out.
SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 9
Burning Man Presents for the benefit of the Burning Man Project...
DECOMPRESSION 2011 Heat the Street FaIRE!
Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2011 imagery, and MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and 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!!! Full schedule and list of pARTicipants to follow.
This is going to be quite a day to celebrate our 12th Decompression and 25th year of Burning Man!
Full details: http://bit.ly/nPbX16
VANCOUVER DECOMPRESSION - VANCOUVER CANADA - OCTOBER 1
Each year, hundreds of dusty participants return from a magical week in the desert and begin the difficult process of re-entry into the Default World. We have experienced something nearly impossible to explain, yet the cosmic shifts inside of us are not reflected in the world around us. Friends, family and co-workers expect us to be the same, but we are not the same. We long to escape the confines of our daily existence, but we,Aeore stuck in the patterns of our lives for another, long, year.
The decompression process culminates in the opportunity to re-create our experience for one night, here on our home turf. Here, we can share our experience, celebrate our personal transformation and officially make the transition back to life as we know it. We can also party with 400 of our closest friends, and check out some of Vancouver's best Burning Man art, music, theme camps, performances, activities, costumes and revelry.
Burning Man Vancouver, we present to you, your very own Decompression 2011 - The Great Dust Off
Saturday October 1st
doors: 9PM - late
FB event page : https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=262216500472359
LOS ANGELES DECOMPRESSION - LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 1
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 2011 imagery.
Name: 9th Annual LA Burning Man Decompression Arts and Music Festival
Presented by: The LA League of Arts
Date: Saturday October 1st, 2011
Place: LA State Historical Park 1245 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Ticket Price: $20 at the gate (no pre-sales) Creative Attire Encouraged (all children 12 and under are free) **DPW, Rangers, and BM Crew with 2011 laminates get in free**
MORE REGIONAL DECOMPRESSION EVENTS
We've got Regional representatives across the country and on five continents around the world, and connecting with them is a great way to foster the year-round connections that Burning Man is all about.
Below is a list of official regional gatherings (in date order) coming up! The email addys can be used to get more info! Ready?
* Alchemy, The Georgia Burn - Sept 29 - Oct 3, 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia atlanta (at) burningman (dot) com
* Burnout 2011 - October 1-2, 2011 - Portland, Oregon portland (at) burningman (dot) com
* LA Decom - October 1, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA http://www.laburningman.com/la-decom/flyer-contest.html la (at) burningman (dot) com
* AZDecom October 6-9, 2011 - Arizona arizona (at) burningman (dot) com
* Fall Playa del Fuego: Oct 6-10, 2011 Mid-Atlantic regional Burn. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, philadelphia (at) burningman (dot) com
* San Francisco Heat The Street FaIRE! Decompression - October 9, 2011 - San Francisco, California sanfrancisco (at) burningman (dot) com
* YOUTopia - A Space Time Circus - October 14-16, 2011 San Diego, California sandiego (at) burningman (dot) com
* IBW - Italian Burning Weekend 2011 - October 14-16, 2011 Umbria, Italy -- www.italianburners.org italy (at) burningman (dot) com
* SeaCompression - October 2011 Seattle, Washington seattle (at) burningman (dot) com
* Smokin' Craic - November 19-20, 2011 Tullamore, Ireland ireland (at) burningman (dot) com
There are also Fall Decompressions and official regional events planned for Atlanta, Boston, Utah and Northbay, CA regions. Stay tuned for info in the future or contact those areas! (atlanta@, boston@, utah@, northbay@....you get the gist!) - the full official event list (NOT yet updated for the fall so please bookmark it!) http://regionals.burningman.com/regionalevents_11.html
Bay Area -- there is also the BWB Fundraiser in SF: DUSTED! A FUNK-a-licious FUNdy for Burners Without Borders, Sept. 21, 2011 9PM-2AM @Shine Lounge 1337 Mission Street, SF, CA
Online Invite: http://tinyurl.com/64bmuu4
$10-$20 sliding scale admission
...AND On November 19th, there is also the Black Rock Arts Foundation annual ARTumnal Gathering Fall fundraiser in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve. www.blackrockartsfoundation.com for info.
PHEW! So what about you?
If there's not yet an event near you, or your region just isn't yet planning one...well, what's stopping you? It's no one person's job to make local events happen -- jump in! Want to make an event "officially" a Burning Man event? Contact your local regional...but don't ask when they're going to start one, ask how you can help!
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