JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #16
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #16
March 8, 2013
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS DEMOLISHES NEARLY 100 DESTROYED HOMES, SAVING HOMEOWNERS MILLIONS
+ HOW DOES BURNING MAN COMPARE TO KUMBH MELA?
+ BURNING MAN SHOULD TREAT "ACADEMIA" THE WAY IT TREATS "COMMERCIALIZATION"
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ COLLABORATE ON AN ART PROJECT!
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ ASHEVILLE PRECOMPRESSION - ASHEVILLE, NC - MARCH 30
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ I'M GONNA HAND OUT FLIERS ON PLAYA!
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Well folks, the Burnal Equinox is in our rear-view mirror, and we hope this gets you excited, because for the next 6 months, it's all downhill from here! We're all screaming headlong aiming at the playa!
So this somehow became the movie edition of the JRS, it seems. We've got a bunch of videos and movies for you to tune into. And who doesn't like videos, right? First off, the latest documentary about Burning Man "Spark: A Burning Man Story" will premiere at SXSW this weekend, and we'll be keeping you in the loop as we learn more about where and when it will be shown after that.
Next up, check out the "Photos, Videos and Audio" section for a couple ring-dingers you're going to love. And we're actually holding one back to spring on you in the next JRS, so you have something to look forward to (we didn't want to go TOO overboard now, y'know?).
Now if you Just Can't Wait for Burning Man to start, don't fret! FIGMENT is coming up again this summer -- now in MORE cities -- and it's a great way to experience Burning Man culture manifesting in the real world in a really beautiful way. Check it out, learn about what they've got going on, and get involved!
The Man burns in 176 days!
"SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" TO PREMIERE AT SXSW 2013
"Spark: A Burning Man Story" is a documentary feature film premiering at SXSW 2013 on Sunday, March 10 at 5:15 PM. Check out the trailer:
More information about the film can be found here: http://www.sparkpictures.net/
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM 2013
Carmen Mauk of Burners Without Borders writes:
"BWB has launched its fifth annual grant program, and you are invited to participate! To date, BWB 's grant program has provided funding for over 60 projects that have made a positive impact by leveraging a relatively small amount of money against the mighty power of the community.
This year, we are offering grant awards from $100-$1,000 to help jump start creative civic projects in communities around the world. It's simple. Gather your community, find out what you care about, and let your imaginations run wild. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.
Are you looking for some inspiration for a project in your community? Check out the 2012 grantees and learn about the application details here:
RIDING A BIKE TO BURNING MAN -- FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Kayden Kleinhans decided to ride his bike from South Africa to Burning Man, via South America. He's raising awareness about climate change and carbon neutral energy, and he's carrying a book of messages penned at the temple at Afrika Burn to be delivered to the temple in Black Rock City this year. Follow along with his amazing journey on his blog:
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS DEMOLISHES NEARLY 100 DESTROYED HOMES, SAVING HOMEOWNERS MILLIONS
"On Oct. 29, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record blasted the northeast. Within a week, Richard Scott of Burners Without Borders was there to provide assistance. "If you had a skill set that you could go and help people, save them tons of money, give them hope, how could I not do it? It’s only a few months out of my life,” Scott said.
HOW DOES BURNING MAN COMPARE TO KUMBH MELA?
Chip Conley is (amongst other things) a successful hotelier, world-traveler, festival aficionado and Burning Man Project board member. He’s just returned from a five-week tour of Asia, during which he attended five different festivals. Lucky for us, one of the festivals he attended — along with 80 million other people — was the centuries-old Kumbh Mela (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbh_Mela), the world’s largest gathering of religious pilgrims, which takes place every three years in India.
So how does Kumbh Mela compare to Burning Man? Well, seeing distinct commonalities in the experiences, Chip penned a fascinating post comparing the two in his Fest300 blog. And we? We are the beneficiaries of his perspective.
Read Chip’s blog post here:
While you’re there, be sure to poke around his other posts ... they’re great.
BURNING MAN SHOULD TREAT "ACADEMIA" THE WAY IT TREATS "COMMERCIALIZATION"
Thought-provoking thoughts from Caveat Magister about the nature of academia and how it relates to Burning Man culture. We welcome you to add your voice to the conversation:
BURNING MAN 2010 DOCUMENTARY FROM GERMANY
This documentary about Burning Man 2010 was created by Christoph Herrmann and his crew for German public television at ZDF. Enjoy!
WATCH THE SOUTH AFRICA CORE PROJECT BEING CREATED
The Profiles in Dust crew (see below, they're looking for help) created this beautiful and fun video about the South Africa Regional Group and their art project for the 2012 Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE):
THE "PROFILES IN DUST" TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP
"This is Terry Pratt from the 'Profiles In Dust' Media Team. We are looking for anyone that is interested in helping us edit one of the following CORE documentaries from 2012: Boston, Colorado, Dallas, East Bay, Great Lake, Houston, Humbolt, Idaho, Maine, MidWest, Montreal, New Mexico, New Orleans, New York, Orange County, Philly, Portland, Reno, Sacrementoe, Seattle, Toronto, UK, Utah, Vancouver, and Victoria. If you are interested or know of anyone that is, please contact me personally here: terrydoppratt (at) earthlink (dot) net.
Our team shot interviews and B Roll of all of the CORE projects this year and have become overwhelmed with the massive amount of footage. We are seeking fellow Producers to help us shape each Regions CORE project into a 3-10 minute documentary. We will help you the whole way.
We have 5 CORE Projects currently in the edit bay; Los Angeles, San Diego, South Africa, Lithuania, and Scandinavia. One that is complete, thanks Washington DC! You can view that one, plus all of our documentaries from 2012 now on our new Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/user15641841
I look forward to hearing from you,
WANTED: ASL INTERPRETERS ON THE PLAYA
Squirt Gun writes:
"If you know American Sign Language, no matter what level of skill, please share your talents with Playa Terps. We volunteer our interpreting services to Deaf Burners to improve their Black Rock City experiences. Radical inclusion!!
Possible gifting of tickets to RID/NAD certified interpreters able to provide a minimal number of volunteer hours. See our website at www.playaterps.us. If you want to join us, please email Squirt Gun and Innuendo at playaterps (at) gmail (dot) com. Pah!"
MULTI-CITY CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR FIGMENT 2013
FIGMENT is an amazing example of Burning Man culture taking off in the real world, and y'all should participate! They're now calling for artists in a number of cities. Here's what they're about (cribbed from their website), followed by the callout:
"FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. FIGMENT’s annual participatory arts event began in New York City in 2007 and has expanded to include events in Boston, Detroit, and Jackson, Mississippi.
FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and completely free, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public.
FIGMENT is a grassroots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers as a gift to our cities because we believe in the aspirations and mission of FIGMENT."
Submissions are now open for FIGMENT 2013 events in Geelong, Australia (March 23-24), San Diego (April 7), Jackson, MS (May 18-19), NYC (June 8-9), and the summer-long exhibitions in NYC!
Project submissions are welcome in every medium imaginable — Your FIGMENT project can be anything… A game, an experiment, a request, a challenge, a guided meditation, a performance based on audience input, a sculpture that moves or responds, a heart-stopping technological innovation that changes the way we see the world ... Anything that gets people working and playing and creating together.
Start here: http://bit.ly/Z2xUCi
COLLABORATE ON AN ART PROJECT!
We're coming up on art project season, folks! If you want to support a project, or need help with yours, volunteer your skills through our Spark system ... your place for playa collaboration!
Here's an example to wet your whistle:
Print and cut out images for decoupage statues?
Industrial Designer – First Time Volunteer
ASHEVILLE PRECOMPRESSION - ASHEVILLE, NC - MARCH 30
Our friends down in North Carolina write:
"Join us at the Asheville Burning Man Precompression on 3/30 in downtown Asheville, North Carolina as we kickoff the 2013 Burn season.
I'M GONNA HAND OUT FLIERS ON PLAYA!
So you've got this great project or product you want to promote, and Burners seem like the PERFECT AUDIENCE for what you're selling. So you want to get the word out, maybe hand out some fliers? Sure, you're technically welcome to do that, but you may find yourself on the receiving end of some pretty virulent vitriol from your fellow participants (and we hear about it, believe us).
See, one of our core principles is Decommodification ... which means, amongst other things, that Burners don't want to be treated like a consumer to be sold to, especially on playa. Here's the full description: "In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience." Besides, fliers create more MOOP, and we really don't need any more of that, either!
So right, you might want to reconsider that marketing pitch you're about to make, and instead, opt to have a spontaneous and authentic interaction with that person in front of you.
While we're at it, here are all the Ten Principles: http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/principles.html
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