JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #01
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #01
September 7, 2012
+ FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
+ POST-PLAYA TIPS
+ LAW ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK
+ LAWYERS FOR BURNERS
+ LOST AND FOUND
+ GOT TICKET ISSUES?
+ BADASS BURNING BLOGGERS COVER BURNING MAN
+ WHAT'S THE 2013 ART THEME?
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ A WHOLE SLEW OF BURNING MAN MEDIA COVERAGE
PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN 2012 PHOTO GALLERIES
+ FEELING THE VIBE? WANT TO KEEP IT GOING? GET INVOLVED!
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART IN BLACK ROCK CITY!!
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
There were more incredible art installations, mutant vehicles and theme camps than ever, and the (peak) population of 52,300 clearly cranked their dials up to 11 to manifest one magical Burn week! A host of first-timers joined in, many of whom quickly became productive contributors to our community. We can't wait to see what they do next year!
We're especially pleased to report that traffic in and out of the city (one of our biggest concerns) was a TOTAL NON-ISSUE. Wait times getting into BRC were lower than we've seen in YEARS (like 3 hours at the peak), and Exodus waits were nearly non-existent -- the delays experienced by most were due to terrible road conditions rather than the volume of Burners coming or going. And we owe it all to YOU for planning ahead, and to some exceptional planning and on-site work by the Gate crew (thank you Gate!).
Despite worries of a dustpocalypse, Mother Nature blessed us with relatively light winds and moderate temperatures throughout the week, but she let us know who's boss with a bit of rain and lightning (eep!) on Thursday, and a solid windstorm on Friday. She saw fit to let us Burn in peace for Saturday's (epic) Man burn, and Sunday's (truly spectacular) Temple burn.
Now that you've returned to your (other) home, we've got a full Burning Man 2012 wrap-up to warm your cockles, including media coverage, oodles of photo galleries, post-playa tips, opportunities for getting us your feedback and more. Also included are plenty of ways to keep the fires burning and stay connected to Burning Man and the Burner way of life throughout the year -- join us!
So read on, and as you do, please think of the hardy members of the Department of Public Works, who will be out there on the Black Rock Desert until October, working to restore it to its pristine condition -- so we can do it all again next year.
Big thanks to every last one of you for making Burning Man 2012 a spectacular success!
The Man burns (again) in 358 days!
FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
Burning Man 2012 is in the bag! Now, we want your feedback about your Burning Man experience. Your thoughts, concerns, questions, and reflections will factor into our planning for 2013!
The staff reads every word that gets sent in, and your thoughtful input becomes a part of our annual staff debrief process. While we're always open to your feedback, we'll be closing up the formal Feedback Loop process on November 1 to head into our meetings, so please act fast. Stand up and be heard! Email feedback (at) burningman (dot) com with your thoughts.
Note: while we do respond to some feedback emails with personal responses, we aren't able to 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.
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.
Also, here's a nice article we came across about how to cope with post-playa depression (which is a very real thing and not uncommon, folks) - maybe it's up your alley: http://bit.ly/OZXvYF
And a pretty funny (because it's true) one, entitled "Do not divorce your parakeet yet":
Finally, 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 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:
BADASS BURNING BLOGGERS COVER BURNING MAN
While you were otherwise occupied with preparing for Burning Man, or going neck-deep into the wilds of Black Rock City, our intrepid bloggers were hard at work, capturing the sights, sounds and experiences of Burning Man for your reading pleasure. John Curley and Moze rocked it out to say the least -- these guys sure do make us look good, and you'll really enjoy these chronicles. Check out their work:
The Art of Burning Man Posts, by John "Moze" Mosbaugh
Building Black Rock City Posts, by John Curley:
WHAT'S THE 2013 ART THEME?
Used to be Larry would publish the Art Theme in January, and only in the last several years started doing it right after the Man burns. But with the advent of the Burning Man Project (www.burningmanproject.org) and an increasingly large workload, it takes a little longer to get it spit-and-polished. This is all to say we can expect to see it this Fall ... so stay tuned!
A WHOLE SLEW OF BURNING MAN MEDIA COVERAGE
Every year, media coverage of Burning Man increases, and this year was no different. Here's a handy round-up of all the writings (from the sublime to the ridiculous) that have come across our radar so far.
"Meet Burning Man's Resident Sage - An Interview with Larry Harvey" - Inc.
"Hot Mess, an Oral History of Burning Man" - Outside Online
"Burning Man Revelers Built A Fake Wall Street And Torched It To The Ground This Weekend" - Business Insider
"Rad Days at Black Rock: Keeping It Clean at Burning Man" - Wall Street Journal
"Burning Man Wraps Up With Few Disturbances" - Reno Gazette-Journal
"ACLU Protecting Burning Man Participants' Rights" - Reno Gazette-Journal
"Where's a Ticket Problem?" - Reno Gazette-Journal
"The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Art Projects You'll Encounter at Burning Man 2012" - ArtInfo
"Five Burning Man Projects Changing the Real World" - Shareable: Life & Art
"The Best Craigslist 'Missed Connections' from Burning Man" - The Atlantic
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN 2012 PHOTO GALLERIES
As they like to do, folks have started publishing their photo galleries of this year's Burn. We've got the one from the big media outlets, plus some notable ones from participants that tickled our eyeballs. Enjoy:
Photo Gallery from The Atlantic:
The Guardian UK Photo Gallery:
Photo Gallery from the Sacramento Bee:
Telegraph UK Photo Gallery:
Crowd-sourced Burner photogasm! All Instagram photos tagged "burningman2012":
This shot of the Temple by Trey Ratcliff could wel be this year's winner:
A striking Flickr set from Christopher:
Great gallery from Nick Bilton, currently making rounds on the social networks:
Beautiful Women of the Playa (done right, finally!):
FEELING THE VIBE? WANT TO KEEP IT GOING? GET INVOLVED!
Burning Man is more than an event, it's a way of being in the world. Many of you first-timers are undoubtedly feeling that right about now. Well, if you want to keep it rolling, there are a number of ways to keep the playa fires burning year-round:
Get involved with your local Regional Group:
Volunteer with the non-profit Burning Man Project
Learn how you can help one of Burning Man's related groups:
Connect with other Burners! Here's how: http://burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/connectwithburners.html
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART IN BLACK ROCK CITY!!
Here's a big thank you to everybody who supported Burning Man projects this year ... whether it was a financial contribution, a donation, or volunteering your time and talents, the fruits of your generosity sure did show on playa! We saw more art projects in Black Rock City than ever before (over 375 installations!), including more fire art than ever (93 pieces!), and 550 incredible mutant vehicles.
While it does seem during the thick of the fundraising season that we're getting inundated by requests for support, the end result is that more people have the opportunity to contribute to these projects, making them truly community-generated creations. So thank you!
SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7
Burning Man Presents for the benefit of the Burning Man Project...
DECOMPRESSION 2012 Heat the Street FaIRE!
Near 19th St. & Minnesota St., SF (public entrance TBA)
Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2012 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.
Full details will be available shortly on Burningman.com ... keep an eye out there and also here in the JRS.
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. For a full list of Regional Decompression (and other) events, visit:
We're going to have a more complete list of Regional Decompressions in an upcoming issue of the JRS (as a lot of groups are still solidifying their plans), so watch for that.
The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your
Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and
thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and
comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
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Soundtrack for this JRS: Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse (aka the antidote to a week's worth of non-stop electronica), Beastie Boys