2000 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
Burning Man Journal
All the news thats fit to burn.
The Official Journal of the Burning Man Project - Summer 2000 Newsletter
- Real Hallucinations
- The Meaning of Participation; An interview with Larry Harvey
- The Year of the Embodied Being; A Guide to Theme Art in 2000
- Community Notes 2000
Citizens of years-past know well the satisfaction of helping create Burning Man. Untold numbers build theme camps, art projects, and create performances. Last year, over 1300 participants also offered their skills and spirit to help build Black Rock City, keep it running, and then make it disappear. We hope you will join us this year. Please feel free to visit our website and fill out a volunteer questionnaire form. We use your questionnaire response to create a growing database of wonderful folks who want to volunteer for various roles. We regularly post volunteer opportunities via email to those who have filled out the questionnaire.
We need volunteers now. We need volunteers at the event. We need skilled volunteers, unskilled volunteers, little volunteers and big volunteers. We especially need to know if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be contacted for urgent San Francisco-based volunteer needs. We need volunteers for 4 hours and volunteers for 400 hours. We need volunteer team leaders and volunteer team members. There is no volunteer we don't need, want and love. Burning Man is truly a volunteer-created event. Be a volunteer and know that you made Burning Man 2000 happen.
If you have ANY questions about volunteering, please contact volunteers(at)burningman(dot)com. Should you be interested in volunteering but have no internet access, you're welcome to call our hotline (415.TO.FLAME) and leave a message in the volunteer message box. Our volunteer coordinator will call you back. Also, you can write to Burning Man, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator, PO BOX 884688, San Francisco, CA 94188-4688.
The Black Rock Rangers are the core support infrastructure for our community during the event. They are the mediators of public safety and providers of information. Rangers are communicators, medics, firefighters, concerned citizens. Black Rock City functions very effectively as a self-governing entity, and the Black Rock Rangers are community leaders who live and work throughout the city and its perimeters to ensure our collective survival. We are a growing city and the team will expand for 2000. We encourage you to connect with the Rangers by visiting the Volunteer section of the website and filling out a Ranger volunteer form. If you have questions about being a ranger, email: rangers(at)burningman(dot)com or visit rangers.burningman.com. If you have specific questions about helping with Emergency Services, please email: 911(at)burningman(dot)com.
An important addition to the Rangers' activities this year is running the Gate, the initial portal to Black Rock City. This is a great place to volunteer some time, giving Burning Man participants the beginning of an experience they will never forget. To volunteer, email: gate(at)burningman(dot)com.
Unhappy with last year's Black Rock City departure? Want to improve it 50 to 80% this year? Then get on board with the newly forming Exodus Committee. Ranger Director Big Bear is asking all the "big brains" of the Burning Man community to pitch in and help make Exodus 2000 a true participant event with smooth traffic flow, community events, facilitated recycling, art performances, radio group sing-a-longs, etc. The Exodus Committee is looking for traffic experts, city designers, imaginative thinkers, and all who want to contribute. Sign your big brain up at exodus(at)burningman(dot)com.
Black Rock Gazette
Work on the only daily newspaper in Black Rock City. Many members of the Gazette team are returning in 2000, but there are still roles for daily editors, layout artists, writers, Mac technicians and distribution team members. Please check the Gazette page on our website for job descriptions and a Gazette volunteer form. Email: brgazette(at)burningman(dot)com.
Are you interested in spirituality, civic duty and ritual? Are you new to Burning Man and want to get involved? Have you been a lamplighter and are looking to take on a greater role this year? Come and join us as we light the paths throughout the city each night. Visit the Volunteer section of the website, or email: lamplighters(at)burningman(dot)com.
Do you have what it takes to be a Greeter? We are the face of the event and form a newcomer's first impression of Black Rock City. Our mission is to orient and educate arriving citizens while spreading wit, whimsy and infectious enthusiasm to carloads of people. Greeters explain Leave No Trace principles, clarify Community (Burning Man style), and answer all questions in offbeat yet helpful (or endearingly hostile) ways. Enlightening new and returning incoming participants is a vital role. To make all this happen, we need knowledgeable and dependable Greeters. All potential Greeters must have attended Burning Man at least one year, be grounded and reliable, and have good communication skills and the ability to relate to diverse members of our community. We also need experienced Greeters who can be Lead Greeters to help new volunteers learn to meet and Greet. You may contact us at greeters(at)burningman(dot)com. Greeters are a powerful influence at our event. As the welcoming face and voice of Burning Man 2000, thousands of people will never forget you.
Air Conditioning on the Playa
The Black Rock City Box Office is where our late-purchasing comrades will be showing up for their Burning Man 2000 tickets. You could be the one that greets them and helps them out with this little detail, within a cool space even! The Gate and Box Office functions of Black Rock City have been reorganized for this year, and we need staff both before and during the event. To join us for a couple of hours or a couple of days, please email: boxoffice(at)burningman(dot)com.
Office Squad - San Francisco
The Burning Man office in San Francisco is now busy preparing for Burning Man 2000 in thousands of ways. We need some dedicated souls to help out in the Burning Man office on a regular or irregular basis. We need people who are organized and competent with a xerox machine, and people who can do database entry. Interested? Please email: theowl(at)burningman(dot)com.
Last November, hundreds of ziploc bags were filled during DPW's final detail cleanup. When you visit the Earth Guardians camp in Center Camp, walk through the sculpture built with those bags. We aim to significantly reduce their number in 2000. Join our growing community of activists working with the BLM to keep the Black Rock Desert beautiful. Earth Guardians engage in projects year-round. Join us for work weekends on the playa, when we repair the damage of other visitors in other times. In San Francisco and on the playa, help us before and during our event as we show participants how to Leave No Trace, host informative lectures, and monitor the hot springs, city site, and surrounding area. Want to know more? Visit our web page, and email earthguardians(at)burningman(dot)com.
From its beginning, the Burning Man project has believed that disappearing without a trace is part of our art. We are committed to Leave No Trace, and Burning Man Recycling is part of that commitment. The Recycling team meets periodically, beginning in the spring, to prepare for the next event. Dedicated volunteers are needed to ride throughout the city to collect aluminum cans, deliver the Black Rock Gazette, and spread the Leave No Trace mantra. We ask every single participant to separate their trash and take it home to dispose and recycle. We plan to continue our work with the forge on and off the playa. We are looking into environmentally friendly aluminum smelting options. Check out our web page at the Volunteer site and email recycle(at)burningman(dot)com.
Build The City
If you are available to help build the city at least two weeks ahead of time, and you have carpentry or other building skills, please contact our Department of Public Works. These are the people who build Black Rock City. Email site(at)burningman(dot)com.
Center Camp Café
The Center Camp Café, previously known as the Café Temps Perdu, is being reborn this year with a far greater vision than in past years both in physical scale and in mission. To accommodate our larger city population, we are planning a sweeping shade structure filling much of the center circle, with special themed 'rooms', spoken-word and acoustic music stages, and an expanded staff. We need your help to make the Café a true gathering place for our community! Artists: The Café will be an oasis of art and culture in the American desert. We need art suitable for the Café.
- Decorators: Sections of the space will have defined themes: an ancient Middle Eastern coffee house, a Chinese tea room, an English Café from the 18th century (a 'Penny University'), and a fourth time period-possibly the future. We need a volunteer for each of these spaces to make them personal creations, and to bring these 'rooms' alive.
- Builders: Builders, engineers and architects are especially sought and will have fun building the epic and innovative structure we are planning.
- Electricians and lighting designers: Our structure will be only as impressive as our lighting makes it at night. It's going to require both a technically skilled hand and an artistic mind to make the Café a city landmark, and a comfortable place for citizens to hang out, talk, and meet one another.
- Staff & Volunteers: baristas, counter people, espresso equipment technicians, recycling help.
- Entertainers: The Café, as the center of culture at Burning Man, needs to be alive with music and artistic endeavor. We need musicians, storytellers, poets, dancers, and all those who express their spirit freely. There will be no Center Stage, but rather a number of small intimate stages spread about the Café for acoustic music and spoken word performances. Entertainers should contact missp(at)burningman(dot)com.
If you'd like to help us, please fill out a volunteer questionnaire on our website and state your interest. Contact cafe(at)burningman(dot)com for more information.
Join the coolest camp on the playa, CampArctica! The ice must flow and as the sole outlet for this essential element, CampArctica is vital to the life of our community. Help us distribute this sacred resource to our playa brethren in a fun, friendly environment as we create our own frozen oasis on the desert floor. For information on how you can help with ice sales, distribution and CampArctica Creation, email Iceman(at)burningman(dot)com, or fill out a volunteer questionnaire and specify ice sales.
Have you volunteered at Burning Man before? Are you a "people person"? Have you attended the event at least two times? Does the idea of sitting in the shade talking with people appeal to you? If you answered yes to the above questions, consider becoming a Checkpoint Oracle! Checkpoint Salon is the information booth in Center Camp, as well as the home of theme camp placement, volunteer signup, locksmiths and lost & found items. We are looking for people to take on shifts to sit in the shade structure and answer questions as people pass by. It's a great way to help out the project and meet participants from around the world! Contact absinthia(at)burningman(dot)com or sacredflame(at)burningman(dot)com for more information.
Sunday and Monday will be "Leave No Trace Days" - Black Rock City must, as it always does, disappear without a trace. Everyone is asked to contribute two hours to this before leaving the playa. The BLM has given us a very tight timeline to clear and restore the event's site. Our operations plan and permit stipulations demand a timely and efficient clean up. YOU are responsible for cleaning up the remains of your camp and art installation. Educate yourself and your campmates: read the website and Survival Guide for further information. Questions should be directed to cleanup(at)burningman(dot)com.
We have plans to produce this Burning Man Journal at least twice a year, maybe more. Additionally, we may create an online Journal/Gazette on a quarterly basis for the website. Writers with strong skills are always needed. Please email writers(at)burningman(dot)com or fill out a volunteer questionaire on the website. Be prepared to show samples.
If you have technology skills and have some spare time to share, we are continuing to grow our technology infrastructure. The network, Filemaker Pro database and intranet are run by a dedicated team of volunteers and a part-time staff member. We'd love to have you help us with our technical initiatives; email techie-volunteers(at)burningman(dot)com and also fill out a volunteer form.
The Media Team wrangles the media year-round and on the playa. If you have Public Relations experience or would like to help with Media Mecca please email press(at)burningman(dot)com.
If you are creating an art installation and would like to give it prime visibility, please tell us what you are planning. Visit the website, email installations(at)burningman(dot)com or leave a message on the hotline. Those interested in creating theme art for our giant Body are asked to contact body(at)burningman(dot)com.
We are looking for Fire Performers, Drummers, Fire Masters (tenders of the First Flame), Musicians, and anyone who would like to help with fire activities and be part of the Fire Conclave throughout Burning Man. Fire Performers from the San Francisco monthly Beach Burns will join with others from around the world at the fire cauldron in Center Camp to perform each evening of the event. No matter where you may live, you can be part of Fire Activities. Please contact Crimson Rose, Naked Fire Goddess: fireconclave(at)burningman(dot)com.
Art Team 2000
Looking for all levels of help with placing artwork for the Body theme and for open-playa art work. For the Body we need placement coordinators and team members. Guide an artist to their art site on the playa! We are looking for artist assistants, a coordinator for out of town volunteers, and playa art collectors. We are also seeking volunteers to host our Base Camp, greet and orient artists, and coordinate with our staff at Media Mecca. Volunteers are also needed in San Francisco. Contact art-volunteers(at)burningman(dot)com.
This year all registered theme camps WILL BE MAPPED! If you want to have your name and location shown on the city map, you will need to fill out a theme camp questionnaire for placement. We are developing zoning to better accommodate large scale sound art (see "Important Details" in these Community Notes for more information). Placement in these areas will be based on a first come, first serve basis. So... Visit the website and fill out a registration form. Further questions can be left on the hotline or sent to themecamps(at)burningman(dot)com.
Large Scale Sound Art
This year techno music installations will be restricted to a zone extending 200 feet inward from the streets of 2 and 10 o'clock. All such installations must be registered in advance and placed within these zones. First come, first served. To register for placement, contact themecamps(at)burningman(dot)com.
Kids' Camp is set aside for families to camp together in a kid-friendly environment. Questions? Contact kidscamp(at)burningman(dot)com.
Generator Free Zone
Generator Free Zone is a place to enjoy or experiment with solar-powered, wind-generated, alternative energy resources without the annoying hum of gas-powered generators TOO nearby. Questions? Contact holly(at)burningman(dot)com.
If you need a ride, or have room for people in your vehicle, please connect in any of the following ways: 1) talk with your regional contact; 2) call 415.TO.FLAME; 3) leave a message on the "ride share" bulletin board on our website.
Are you putting on a Burning Man-related event before Burning Man? Do you want it listed on our calendar of events? Visit the website, and post it in the calendar section. Email calendargirl(at)burningman(dot)com for inclusion in other areas.
Each year the Burning Man project holds two Town Meetings for you to attend. The spring event is the Volunteer Recruitment Town Meeting, which was held this year on March 25. The post-burn event is our Public Forum Town Meeting. Make sure you subscribe to the Jack Rabbit Speaks for up-to-date information on locations and dates for these gatherings. The hotline will also have information.
"The Heat Of The Fire Still Burns In Your Heart Long After The Embers Have Died."
On the last Saturday of each month we gather on the beach in San Francisco to rekindle the fire that still burns in each one of us. Each gathering on the beach brings us closer to Burning Man. Help build the energy that ill carry us through to the desert. Bring your body for dancing, your drums to pound, something for the fire. Come to: Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Great Highway between Fulton & Lincoln Blvd, Stairwell #28. There are parking restrictions in the area, be aware.
Flambé Lounge is a San Francisco gathering of like-minded artists, eccentrics and other PARTICIPANTS. The Flambé Lounge is a way to CONNECT and to stay connected; to share Black Rock City photos and videos and stories, and to inspire new ones. It is one way that Burning Man creates COMMUNITY on a year-round basis; an unbridled salon of dreamers, planners and creative movers and shakers; a venue to showcase your art or theme camp ideas for Burning Man 2000, to learn what others are working on, to begin preparing for action, and to shape not only Black Rock City, but your immediate experience. Flambé Lounge is a forum for people who have experienced Burning Man before, as well as those who are thinking about going for the very first time. It is an opportunity to speak with new as well as veteran participants and organizers. Find potential collaborators, or volunteer in areas that interest you! It is time you set aside to meet friends and begin planning your theme camp, art installation, performance, ritual, or other means of personal expression-whether your plans are for the desert or your own backyard... And it just happens to be one of the most unusual "parties" you'll ever attend! Check the website, Jack Rabbit Speaks, or call the hotline for dates, times and locations. Questions about bringing an installation to a Flambé Lounge should be directed to: flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com.
If you aren't already hooked into the Jack Rabbit Speaks, please send an email to bman-announce-subscribe(at)burningman(dot)com with the word "subscribe" in the body of your message. This near-weekly newsletter provides the most timely information about the event, what to bring, political issues, useful URL's. If you are not on the internet please call us and we'll put you on the mailing list for U.S. Mail delivery.
The E-playa is the Burning Man internet bulletin board area. From this section of the website you can connect and resource with others. Need help finishing your project for Burning Man? Want to hook up with a theme camp? Ask questions of others in your region? Are you in a band looking for a stage? Make your own connections through our resources; check out the e-playa on the website. Post your question, your project needs, or your skills.
Make sure you visit and contribute your best images to the Burning Man web-based Image Gallery. This is a moderated repository for your best Burning Man images for any and all years. You'll be able to search the database with key words, dates or photographer's names to see what others have contributed.
Burning Man Journal
If you have received this Burning Man Journal via a source other than the U.S. Mail (friend, coffee shop, event...) and would like to stay connected, please leave your mailing address and, if applicable, your email address on our hotline in the "mailing list" message box or visit our mailing form on the website.
There are over 40 regional contacts including Canada and the United Kingdom. Take a moment and connect with others in your region. Many groups hold gatherings, burns or camp-outs. If you'd like to be a Regional Contact, have been to Burning Man and like to connect with people, please email jackrabbit(at)burningman(dot)com.
la@ (Los Angeles)
northbay@ (North San Francisco Bay Area)
siskiyou@ (CA and OR region)
There is no vending of products or food at Burning Man. This is an experiment in community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Please bring all you need to survive.
Burning Man welcomes all forms of media. However, we ask that all professional print, photographic, video and film media contact Burning Man in advance. Film and Video crews with any kind of commercial intent must submit a written proposal to be considered for permission to film onsite. For the first time, in 2000 there will be a limited number of commercial crews allowed to film during the event. Upon arrival professional media must check in at Media Mecca in Center Camp. Questions about pre-event registration can be left on the hotline, or sent to press(at)burningman(dot)com. Visit the Press Here section of the website for extensive information. Video/Filming As in 1999, ALL bearers of video and film cameras capturing images for personal purposes will need to sign a "Personal Use Agreement." Forms will be available upon arrival at the Gate, Greeters and Checkpoint Salon. You will receive a tag which must be prominently displayed on your camera. Our intent is to protect the image of every participant, including the Man, from commercial exploitation.
Remember, kids: Commercial use of images taken at Burning Man is strictly prohibited without permission of Burning Man. We're serious about this, and will continue our enforcement of this rule. Photo, Media & Art Archive Burning Man is curating a growing photo, media and art archive. We have images, videos, short stories, media stories, posters, hand-made prints, drawings, stickers, and other unique items. They all document the event's uniqueness and historical development. We are grateful for the ongoing contributions from the community. Contact: archive(at)burningman(dot)com, call the hotline, or mail: Archive, Burning Man, P. O. Box 884688 San Francisco, CA 94688
Once again we will NOT have a main stage. We have, however, created a web-based bulletin board to assist in connecting groups and stages with one another.
Aviators wishing to fly in to Burning Man must contact our airport coordination team at aviators(at)burningman(dot)com. There will be an airstrip in 2000, but all pilots must commit to sharing responsibility for its maintenance. You may also call Lissa Shoun (through the hotline) if you are interested in flying in to the event.
Every year we offer participants an alternative to habitation in the confines of our city grid. Our Walk-In area is located at the back of our settlement, beyond the last roadway that rings Black Rock City. Here participants are free to camp WITHOUT their cars. RV's are not allowed here. Participants must be willing to park their vehicles within our urban boundaries and portage their belongings to their chosen campsite on the open playa. In the past, some participants have not grasped that this is a NO VEHICLE zone. This year signage will explain to them the rules intended to preserve this special region as a zone of relative quiet and seclusion at the edge of our bustling city. Would you like to initiate a dialogue with your fellow walk-in campers? Meet your future neighbors in advance and discuss how you can help preserve this area as a safe and vehicle-free alternative to car-based camping. If you intend to camp here, please contact: walkin(at)burningman(dot)com.
We recommend you leave your dog at home. Loud sounds can frighten dogs and cause them to run away. Sometimes they leave our city altogether. Lost and disoriented in the desert, they can die from dehydration or are attacked by predators. Local ranchers have been known to shoot stray dogs who invade their property. In the past we have charged dog owners the full price of a ticket for bringing their pet into Black Rock City. This year we'll modify this policy. Dog owners must now purchase a "Pooch Pass" for $100 to enter our gate with their pet. This license will specify owner responsibilities. Animals will be given an identifying tag. In the past, dogs have generated another serious problem by defecating in public areas. Licensed owners must take responsibility for this. Every year we also collect a certain number of stray dogs that must be temporarily impounded. These animals require constant care. This year we plan to form an association of concerned dog and pet owners to help us do this. Do you care about animals? Do you want to continue bringing your dog to the event? Would you like to meet fellow dog lovers? Without your help, we may be forced to exclude dogs. If you wish to join with other pet owners to help care for these animals, please contact dogs(at)burningman(dot)com. Your response will determine our future policy. Please visit our website and read "Pet Unfriendly Playa" which will include Pooch Pass information, registration and requirements.
Bring a bicycle! It is no longer possible to explore all of Black Rock City on foot. Remember to bring supplies to keep your bike in working order. We encourage you to NOT bring expensive bikes, and to create distinguishing marks/decorations on your bike so it's not accidentally borrowed in the dark after a playa event. Night riding is common, so a bike light is a MUST. A more extensive article about bikes can be found in the Survival Guide section of the website.
Injuries from rebar were up in 1999, and we'd like to bring these back down in 2000. Please cover your tent/rebar stakes. If possible, "candy-cane" your rebar - it will not only reduce the possibility of puncture, but a soft "J" shape makes it easier to secure a rope at the end. Hammer rebar and stakes as close as you can to the ground, and be prepared to remove them all before departing the city. Abandoned buried stakes work slowly upwards, and will endanger visitors years from now. FLAG guy wires and rope to avoid neck injuries to your campmates or another person taking a short-cut through your camp. Be safe. For a more extensive article on rebar visit the website Survival Guide section and read: Rebar 101.
Though generators are allowed at Burning Man, we ask that you keep your neighbors in mind when planning to bring and run a genny 24/7. Sound insulated generators are commercially available! Those wishing to do the best they can to minimize disturbance should visit the Generator Etiquette web page under the Survival Guide section. Instructions on building a sound-proof box can be found there.
The Generator-Free Zone is available for those wishing to camp away from the constant hum. (See Generator Free Zone under Theme Camps within these Community Notes)
In 2000 the local hot springs will again NOT be accessible during the event. This closure is mandated by our BLM permit - the springs are just too fragile to receive our numbers.
There are NO day passes to Burning Man. AND, there will be NO tickets sold at the gate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Trips to Gerlach will be made available via our bus service for $5. You may move your own vehicle out the gate and back in at a cost of $20.
Department of Mutant Vehicles
Art cars are an important and expressive part of Burning Man, but for reasons of public safety, all vehicles moving in Black Rock City must receive a DMV License from the Black Rock Rangers. For convenience, returning art cars can be pre-registered. New art cars must be inspected and licensed at or prior to the event. For information and queries, contact dmv(at)burningman(dot)com.
The fabulous folks from Burning Bell will again help facilitate messaging and connections on the playa. You'll find them in Center Camp next to Checkpoint Salon. Those who might need to leave and receive emergency messages should remember this resource. Futher questions can be left on the hotline.
Tickets are available through the mail (see order form insert), from TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com, or by phone: 1-510-704-4448, at Flambé Lounge and other San Francisco events, and in Reno at The Melting Pot, 888 South Virginia St., Reno, NV. 89502. Open: Mon. - Sat. 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. Contact partiserv(at)burningman(dot)com or the hotline for specific answers. Remember, NO tickets will be sold at the gate, during the event on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
|Art at Flambé Lounge:||flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Art car registration:||dmv(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Black Rock Gazette:||brgazette(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Burning of art
(guidelines for low impact):
|Café - entertaining:||missp(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Café - working and decorating:||café(at)burningman(dot)com|
|City - construction and teardown:||site(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Event listings on the website:||www.burningman.com/calendar/yearround/|
|Ice sales and the Ice Camp:||iceman(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Jack Rabbit Speaks:||bman-announce-subscribe(at)burningman(dot)com
(include the word "subscribe" in the body of your message.)
|Leave No Trace:||lnt(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Office volunteerism in SF:||theowl(at)burningman(dot)com|
|Theme art for the Body:||body(at)burningman(dot)com|