JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #19
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #19
April 18, 2013
+ RIP: PEPE OZAN, ARTIST & SCULPTOR
+ LOW INCOME TICKET PROGRAM CLOSES
+ RIDESHARE TO BURNING MAN
+ REGISTERING YOUR PROJECT? YOU'LL NEED A BURNER PROFILE
+ NEVADA LEGISLATIVE LEADERS LOOK TO TAX BURNING MAN
+ SEARCHING FOR SUPPLIES, ART PARTS AND WHATNOT? TRY OUT TINKOMATI
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BURNING MAN BIBLIOGRAPHY
+ BURNING MAN AND THE PRINCIPLED LIFE
+ STEVE THE WIZARD
+ IN SEARCH OF SACRED SPACES, IN THE HARVARD GAZETTE
+ RENO/SPARKS BUSINESS THRIVES BECAUSE OF BURNING MAN
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT THE TEMPLE OF WHOLLYNESS FOR BURNING MAN 2013
+ HELP BLACK ROCK SOLAR CHANGE LIVES FOR NEVADA'S HUNGRY & HOMELESS
+ THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CROWDFUNDING YOUR BURNING MAN ART PROJECT
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ YOUTH EDUCATION SPACECRAFT BURNER FAMILY DAYS - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 20 & 21
+ PARTICIPANT FAIRE - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 27
+ FIGMENT PRESENTS ALPHA - DARLINGTON, MD - APRIL 26-28
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ ASK BEFORE YOU SHOOT
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Overheard at BMHQ this week: "It's starting to feel a lot like Burning Man around here." Ayup, sure is.
Theme camp fundraiser events are popping up on the calendar, art project Kickstarters are spreading like wildfire through the social network, and early preparations are underway for all sorts of dreams, fantasies, grand schemes and the hard logistics needed to make them happen.
Yep, it's starting to feel a lot like Burning Man.
Speaking of which, the deadline for theme camp registration is fast approaching -- April 30, to be exact. So if you've got plans to register for pre-placement, hop to it. And keep in mind that this year, a Burner Profile is required, so if you don't already have one, allot yourself some additional time to make that happen beforehand.
In ticket news, the Low Income Ticket Program is no longer accepting applications for 2013, and the last of the tickets are in the process of being rewarded as we type. Details below.
Lastly, we wrapped up the 7th Annual Burning Man Global Leadership Conference last weekend, and our man Caveat has been reporting on it in the Burning Blog ... definitely worth a read. http://blog.burningman.com/tag/glc/
The Man burns in 135 days!
RIP: PEPE OZAN, ARTIST & SCULPTOR
We are deeply saddened by the news of artist Pepe Ozan’s recent death. Pepe was a formidable and passionate artist, sculptor and visionary who contributed greatly to the Burning Man experience.
We encourage you to read this and learn about Pepe's work, and if you knew him, to add your remembrances in the comments:
LOW INCOME TICKET PROGRAM CLOSES
This just in from the intrepid ticket team:
The Low Income Ticket Program is no longer accepting applications for 2013. If you submitted your application on or before April 12 rest assured we are still busily reviewing applications.
If you submitted your application more than six (6) weeks ago and haven't heard anything back, please double check your spam folder to make sure your notification isn't lingering there before contacting us. We'll continue to send out notifications for the next few weeks.
RIDESHARE TO BURNING MAN
Looking to get to and from Black Rock City this year? Well, plenty of people are too! And of course, ridesharing is the smart, economical and environmentally-friendly way of making it happen. Whether you have a ride to offer or are in need of a ride, coordinate your carpool on our rideshare board.
REGISTERING YOUR PROJECT? YOU'LL NEED A BURNER PROFILE
We wanted to give you the heads up that if you're submitting a project registration form for a theme camp, art installation, Mutant Vehicle, or press/media project, you'll need to create a Burner Profile first.
If you do not already have a Burner Profile, please allow extra time in your registration process to create one.
You can access Burner Profiles, forms and their submission deadlines at http://profiles.burningman.com/ .
NEVADA LEGISLATIVE LEADERS LOOK TO TAX BURNING MAN
The Nevada legislature is considering rewriting the Nevada entertainment tax law such that Burning Man would no longer be exempt from paying a 5% entertainment tax. Burning Man is exempt because it is considered an art festival and because it's held outdoors.
Read more: http://bit.ly/YDa02d
SEARCHING FOR SUPPLIES, ART PARTS AND WHATNOT? TRY OUT TINKOMATIC
This is pretty rad. Thought you might find it useful. Bob writes:
"This is my yearly plug about a small web app I developed that can help people get their gears and art parts in place and in time, and without depleting the planet: TinkOMatic (www.tinkomatic.com) allows you to search multiple classifieds and auction sites at once, and save your searches until you find what you're really looking for.
You can search craigslist, oodle, backpage, kijiji, and eBay all at once; and if you don't find right away that elusive playa bike, parabolic antenna, or tent frame you need for your next project, you can just save your searches, and easily check whether anything new came up.
The app is completely free and has been featured on lifehacker, mashable, and techcrunch.
-Bob a.k.a. Skinny D."
BURNING MAN BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ever wondered how many books are out there that feature Burning Man? We now have a bibliography on the website: http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/bibliography.html .
BURNING MAN AND THE PRINCIPLED LIFE
Here's a snippet from this nice blog post by David Immel:
"I want the world to be a better place. I want to be better at being better in the world. Burning Man gives me a practice ground, a supportive microcosm, a field of experimentation that I can then use in the ‘real world.’ I strive to be welcoming to strangers in the world. I strive to be welcoming to the potential for poetry and richness and awe and beauty that anyone I meet may create at any moment. I strive to carry wonder and spontaneity and artfulness and surprises to others. Burning Man makes the world alive and full and new and brave and well, a better place."
Read the full post here: http://bit.ly/17HsPVH
STEVE THE WIZARD
Justin Jones writes about his playa experience with Steve the Wizard.
"When I met Steve, he was wearing a purple wizards’s cloak, sitting alone at a table in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Steve was not a wizard."
IN SEARCH OF SACRED SPACES, IN THE HARVARD GAZETTE
"In a video from Burning Man, the quirky Nevada desert festival, a naked man rides past on a bicycle. A woman in sunglasses wears a hat that looks like a salad. A lean young man comments on the festival at large: 'This is the ultimate expression of human nature.'"
RENO/SPARKS BUSINESS THRIVES BECAUSE OF BURNING MAN
Great story about a local business that's been able to grow in part because of Burning Man.
BURNING MAN ULTRAMARATHON SHORT DOCUMENTARY
We usually have a poke and a giggle about the Burning Man Ultramarathon (because we can), but seriously though? Mad respect. This piece brings it home. John writes:
"The Burning Man Ultramarathon is without a doubt one of the most unusual and exotic foot races on the planet. Learn more about this fun and unique 50k from its race director and creator Cherie Yanek. Here's the link:
WHOA. A PHOTO GALLERY FROM ANDREW WEGST
OK, we clicked the link, and immediately went "WHOA." You will too. This is beautiful. Thanks to photographer Andrew Wegst!
WHAT THE ...? AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE CANDY FROM JULIAN CASH
Julian (who we love) writes:
"See dozens of these small magical Strange Planets that were found at Burning Man. This is photographic candy for the eye and brain. A delightful and sweet perspective for looking at the tiny world of the big playa.
PETER HUDSON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK ON HIS PROJECT!
Little Wing writes:
"Peter Hudson -- artist extraordinaire (Charon, Tantalus, Homouroboros) -- is looking for volunteers to help bring his next amazing stroboscopic zoetrope, 'Eternal Return' to Burning Man this year. All skill levels welcome! Come out to our Treasure Island workshop and learn a new skill, make new friends, and get dusty with us. We're a fun team working every day of the week 10am to 10pm. For more information about joining our crew, please contact Jules: juleszmancilla (at) gmail (dot) com Please put 'new volunteer' in the subject line. Thanks and we look forward to meeting you!"
AROMATHERA POTTY PROJECT
"Burners have said that there's no sense of smell on the Playa.
Yet visitors to the porta potties testify otherwise.
I am Tracey of Lamay Camp, Kidsville and in 2011 I 'found my Gift'.
I had brought some essential oils and essential oil blends I created to the Playa to scent my tent for hypnotherapy experience sessions. Finding my visit to our local porta potties less than inspirational, I scented every third porta potty with a blend and put a sign up on the outside of the door indicating the blend and its all-botanical ingredients. When I returned a few hours later to check on the scented porta potties, I found line ups for them! Soon, the Aromathera Potties were the talk of Kidsville. One person even said that it was the highlight of his Burn! So I started to think: What if Aromathera Potties appeared all over Black Rock City? What if aromatherapy enthusiasts shared their gifts at their local porta potties throughout the Burn?
In 2012, The AromaThera Potty Project exploded to over a dozen porta potty sites and AromaThera Potty Super Heroes.
So here's the deal with the Aromathera Potty Project:
1. Contact me so we can get on the same page and so that I can get an overview of the spread of the Project.
2. Select/collect/create a handful of blends or singles (I suggest 30ml of each) to scent your local porta potties with. Here are the 'Anarres Emo Oils' I used: http://www.anarreshealth.ca/catalog/3/essential_oils?page=3 I suggest every third or fourth porta potty to make the job manageable for you and to ensure that scent averse folks have a choice not to use an Aromathera Potty.
3. Create non moopy signs to post on the Aromatherapy Potties. Bring 2 per blend in case one goes missing. Be sure that the signs state boldly 'Aromathera Potty Project', name the blend in a fun but accurately evocative way ('Furry Forest' rather than 'Fun Fur' for an evergreen blend) and list all of the ingredients with the common and latin botanical names so that we don't endanger anyone with allergies to specific botanicals. NO SYNTHETIC SCENTS OR PERFUMES, PLEASE AS THESE ARE ALLERGENIC AND NOT NATURAL AND NOT AROMATHERAPEUTIC ETC.
4. Once on the playa, implement your Aromathera Potty Project at your local porta potties! Visit every 4 hours or so, tidy your porta potty and flick drops of essential oil goodness on the walls. It only takes a few minutes and you're done!
5. Marvel at the line ups at 'your' scented Aromathera Potties! Bask in praise, directed and overheard! Rejoice in the gift you are bringing to the Playa Experience!
You can see some blends created for 2012 here:
I've already created a Truth Serum... I'm excited. That's how I roll."
THE VIRGIN LETTER PROJECT IS BACK!
"The Virgin Letters Project is back and looking for your letters. Once again, we want you to write a letter or ten to the virgin Burner you were. These letters will be gathered via website and any regional burns we can get a drop box to. We are also looking for people to host drop boxes at regional burns.
THE SAINTED PALATE AWAITS
Ruby Skye writes:
"SANTOPALATO, Black Rock City's most mysterious fine dining experience, hidden deep within the French Quarter, is seeking curious campers and helpers who love to cook, concoct, wine and dine. Builders, designers, artists and all others welcome! We have some wonderful tricks up our sleeves this year, and need a passionate team to make them a reality. Also, if you love to perform...dance, sing, act, play etc, we want to hear from you whether or not you'd like to camp with us, for without you the experience will not be complete.
If you're interested, please do fill out this form: http://bit.ly/11lIpBJ
And here is the link to our FB page which has all the info, including the sign up form: https://www.facebook.com/TheSantopalato
If you have any questions, email Siri, Camp Director at: SiriWentElsewhere (at) gmail (dot) com
If you are a Chef, Sous Chef, or interested in cooking/prepping on playa, please contact Executive Director Ruby Skye at: screwbug (at) gmail (dot) com
SUPPORT THE TEMPLE OF WHOLLYNESS FOR BURNING MAN 2013
"The Temple of Whollyness will offer the space to reflect upon how to become more whole with our world. Its epic central pyramid - 64’ tall with an 87’x 87’ base – is designed with sacred mathematical proportions and constructed using our innovative building techniques. This majestic sanctuary will be crafted completely out of geometric interlocking wood pieces that fit together without the use of nails, glue or metal fasteners. Gregg Fleishman’s life’s work, genius assembly, love of geometry, in combination with his architecture and design background will be gifted to the Temple – the largest temporary interlocking wood structure ever!"
Go here to donate to their Kickstarter: http://kck.st/ZyE3Fw
HELP BLACK ROCK SOLAR CHANGE LIVES FOR NEVADA'S HUNGRY & HOMELESS
The good folks at Black Rock Solar (www.blackrocksolar.org) write:
"Want to see a magic trick? If Black Rock Solar can raise $12,000, they'll turn it into a $112,000 solar array for FISH, a Carson City charity -- and FISH will turn that into thousands of meals, scores of warm coats and hundreds of medical treatments for the hungry and homeless! Please chip in so this incredible charity can start collecting free solar power, saving money on its electric bill and using those funds to help the needy in Nevada's state capitol. Let's show some Burning Man love to our Nevada neighbors, even the ones who can't join us in BRC. Need more incentive? Black Rock Solar is offering some exclusive rewards ... get yours while they last! http://greenourplanet.org/blackrocksolar "
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CROWDFUNDING YOUR BURNING MAN ART PROJECT
Ian MacKenzie writes:
"As a gift to the Burning Man community, I’ve collected my best advice for creators to harness the power of crowdfunding. After all, it’s a perfect fit: much like Burning Man, the true currency being exchanged isn’t money, but relationship (also know as shared indebtedness).
YOUTH EDUCATION SPACECRAFT (Y.E.S.) BURNER FAMILY DAYS - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 20 & 21
We'd like to let you know about a great art program for kids going on this weekend, and invite your family to participate in creating a wonderful collaborative art piece destined to be exhibited at Maker Faire, the Exploratorium, the Crucible and Burning Man!
The Youth Education Spaceship program (Y.E.S.) is a collaborative art program for youth that gives them the time and space to create, build and then exhibit their work at leading art and science venues in the Bay Area and beyond. And YOU are invited to come work on the project at artist Dana Albany's studio this weekend!
WHEN: April 20 & 21 from 11am – 5pm
WHERE: San Francisco, CA (please see http://yesfamilydays.eventbrite.com/ for address) (Please wear closed toe shoes and work clothes, and bring a brown bag lunch.)
RSVP: Please RSVP here -- http://yesfamilydays.eventbrite.com/
This weekend, children from the ages of 7 to 15 will be given the opportunity to engage in mosaic work, painting on paper, and basic electrical wiring (blinky lights!) ... there will also be ROBOTS and FLYING MACHINES to play with! Future sessions will include everything from metal work to mold-making, glass fusion and glass blowing, photography, videography, sound-scape creation, robotics, environmentalism, education on ancient civilizations to outer space, space travel and astronomy.
This project is a collaboration of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Recology, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, The Crucible, the Exploratorium, Maker Faire, and the Burning Man Project.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/11lNSZa
Questions? Please contact Lara Hopwood at the Burning Man Project, (415) 865-3800 x192 or email info (at) burningmanproject (dot) org.
This is going to be fun! We hope to see you there!
PARTICIPANT FAIRE - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 27
Burning Man is a No Spectators, PARTICIPANT produced and driven event!
On Saturday April 27th, BURNING MAN is hosting a PARTICIPANT FAIRE
in San Francisco at BMHQ
995 Market Street at Sixth Street
Yay: "Playa Terps" will provide volunteer sign language interpreters to interpret for the Participant Faire!
NOOBIE? . . . NOO PROBLEM!
Orientation for BURNING MAN Virgins
11am - 1pm Presentation with Q&A - 8th floor
- Hints and Tricks
- Travel & Transportation
- City Layout and Infrastructure
- Shelter and the Elements
- Clothing and Essentials
- Leave No Trace
- Gift Economy
START PRACTICING GIFTING AND COMMUNAL EFFORT
Bring a "dee-lish' dish" - Potluck lunch 1pm - 2pm, 8th floor
MEET YOUR "VC" - VOLUNTEERS QUESTIONS ANSWERED
2pm-5pm - 2nd Floor Participation Faire
VCs (Volunteer Coordinators) from Burning Man departments and teams will be onsite to welcome you, chat, and help you find your "V-Spot"
NOT SF LOCAL? . . . Journey to our ePlaya to engage with your fellow Burners, Art Projects and Theme Camps:
Sharing Resources - http://tinyurl.com/c9lp578
Preparation - http://tinyurl.com/ccjj5z2
Theme Camps Seeking Participants - http://tinyurl.com/ca4wdyf
Art Projects Seeking Participants - http://tinyurl.com/ckyxrut
Mutant Vehicles Seeking Participants - http://tinyurl.com/dx7ry8v
APRIL TOO SOON? ... JOIN US IN JUNE!
Our Annual PARTICIPATION PICNIC is June 1st at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park.
We hope to see you at the Participation Faire!
FIGMENT PRESENTS ALPHA - DARLINGTON, MD - APRIL 26-28
"FIGMENT [http://figmentproject.org] is excited to announce ALPHA [http://alpa.figmentproject.org], a completely new event, in addition to its free participatory arts events in cities across the USA and beyond. ALPHA is a weekend camp designed to provide support of all kinds for creators working in any medium or discipline, as long as their work is interactive or participatory. At ALPHA, creators collaborate to elevate their art, knowledge and skills as they share their work in progress, ideas and even their financial resources.
FIGMENT welcomes any and all artists who are in the process of creating work — for FIGMENT events, any other arts events, or individual installations or performances. Creators of all kinds are welcome at ALPHA… from sculptors, social scientists and playwrights to performers, musicians and philosophers. The only requirement is that they contribute to the content of ALPHA, by either bringing an art project that they are working on, or by hosting a workshop or meet-up to share their skills, knowledge, and experience.
Artists can register as many projects/performances/workshops/idea-swap sessions etc. as they would like after they buy a ticket. With ALPHA, FIGMENT intends to bring a large group of creators together, provide a basic structure for them to interact, share ideas and collaborate, and watch as amazing things happen.
What: ALPHA — http://alpha.figmentproject.org
When: April 26, noon–April 28, 6pm / submission deadline April 10
Where: Camp Ramblewood Darlington, MD — http://alpha.figmentproject.org/aboutalpha/gettingthere/
Tickets: start at $150 — http://figmentalpha.eventbrite.com/ "
ASK BEFORE YOU SHOOT
Did you just walk up on the PERFECT scene, and you're dying to capture this MAGICAL MOMENT? Before you pull out your camera and take the shot, do the polite and respectful thing: ask first.
Everybody has different sensitivities about their privacy, especially at Burning Man, when we're all flying our various freak flags. It's good form to ask your would-be subject for permission to take their picture BEFORE you shoot.
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Soundtrack for this JRS: Beastie Boys, Daedalus, Cloud Nothings