Early last Monday morning on the tail end of Easter weekend, burner Ricky Vegas stops through Los Angeles on his way back from Opulent Temple's White Party in San Francisco to talk about Burning Man 2012.
12 October 2010 | commentary
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15 September 2010 | commentary
So you have heard all of the amazing stories about the event and now you are thinking of going. Or you've seen the photos and you were out there all week yet you wonder where the 40' woman came from or how you could have missed an entire movie theater. Well here is a list of things you can do when you are at Burning Man.1: Take a day and a night to see the art. Each year there are many wonderful
10 September 2010 | commentary
It was a very good year:2010 was a truly amazing year at the big camping trip for my camp. Our bar got lovely Esplanade placement, our camp-mates pulled together beautifully to make our public space a place that people felt comfortable and wanted to spend time in. We threw Bootie one night, did a live radio simulcast from the bar, had Culann's Hounds play a great afternoon set,
09 March 2010 | commentary
This is a public document intended to serve the Burningman community at large. Anyone may copy and distribute as they see fit in hopes to achieve this goal. This is not an official Burningman Preparation Guide, but rather a community document meant to expand public awareness by way of the personable. It has been written and revised every few years from veteran burner’s advice and wisdoms. As such, please forgive the many misspellings, grammar mistakes and assumptive logic expressed within. Much of these things are intentional to both communicate, in a personal voice, a nod to how necessary it may be to read beyond the rules. We as a community are charged to read the reality that is our specialty. A community beyond common.
05 September 2008 | commentary
I still have so much to process. Unfortunately, the decompression is coming TOO fast and furious this year. The thick cultural smog is more than I can handle.read more of "I Have An American Dream..."
14 April 2008 | commentary
"We have become content", according to Danger Ranger in a recent video made by Laughing Squid.But today ReadWriteWeb blogged a post entitled "Content Is Becoming A Commodity" (no surprise to a blogger like myself) and said: "...[T]echnologies that we have grown to love are the same forces that are turning our efforts, be them our words, our videos, our music, our photos, or anything we create, into
14 November 2007 | commentary
The latest article about Paul Addis by Joe Eskenazi just posted in the SF Weekly.Click here to read.
Just thought that I would give you all a post-game report on "Burner: Tales from the Playa", which I performed on Thursday.I'm very happy and grateful to all of you who came out to see "Burner" at Heist. I hope you enjoyed the show and our little get together afterward as well.In case you are wondering, I think that the show went very well, considering that it was the first time ever presented. I wish
01 November 2007 | commentary
Guessing from her blog post, Drunken Housewife will not be voting for John "Chicken John" Rinaldi in the SF mayoral race. She's disappointed in Chicken John's bid and asks: "Where is the art?....So far, I don't see the art in any of this, and I don't see any interesting political commentary, either."Read Drunken Housewife's blog here.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial writer D. Parvaz can understand why somebody might commit arson. In a recent article entitled "Arsonist or performance artist?" about Paul Addis and his latest failed "prank" attempt, she writes: "On the one hand, I can understand the power of the image to someone who sees the church as an oppressive institution."One burner's sacred effigy is another Christian's
30 October 2007 | commentary
powered by ODEOThis is of a conversation of Ms. Amacker Bullwinkle, a friend of Paul Addis. Here she shares information of what she believed occurred regarding Addis' alleged involvement in the Early Burn. She also shares a story of their devoted friendship to one another. Recorded at Burning Man on Wednesday 29 August 2007.A photo of Amacker and Paul can be seen here.
Mim Chapman, a burner from New Mexico, is performing her original work "The Vagina Penis Monologues" this weekend in Santa Fe. Santa Fe, incidentally, is the city with "Zozobra" the original Burning Man of which I've had the opportunity to see burn several times when I've visited that enchanted state.Chapman says in a recent article: "I started out at Burning Man because I wanted to go to a really
23 October 2007 | commentary
The hilarious "Shroom" parody paper is available online as a PDF!I saw a copy at SD Decom and was *honored* to see my image illustrate their "Twice As Gay" article. :)
09 October 2007 | commentary
So I found this old article about Burning Man entitled "Burning Man and the Rituals of Capitalism" written in 1995 by Matt Ray. At the time Ray is reflecting back on his first year, 1993, in which there were only 2,500 participants. (Sotto voce: can you imagine?)In this piece, among other things, Ray discusses media presence at Burning Man and his concerns at the time echoed my concerns 10 years
08 October 2007 | commentary
Since BURNcast has not heard a peep about Paul Addis' arraignment trial last month, we decided to give the man a call and catch up. His one-man play "Gonzo - A Brutal Chrysalis" was set to run in Los Angeles this month. Currently his voice mailbox is full.The official statement (which can also be found on his website) is as follows: "Regrettably, due to Paul's illness, all upcoming shows have been
07 October 2007 | commentary
Blogger Katy-with-a-y has just outed the most well-known shirtcocker of our time. And he's not even a burner! Discover who it is here.
Kay O. Sweavers blogs about his experience at this year's burn. Here's a quote:"The Burn used to be better. Why people toss around the attendance numbers like it was some kind of achievement is beyond me. Yes we're nearing fifty thousand freaks a year. I hope it feels good to say it, because having experienced it, I'd gladly go back to the thirty thousand of my virgin year."Sweavers even offers up
The US Department of Art & Technology promotes the ideal of a new era of international dialogue between the arts and government to help establish a peaceful, more culturally-engaged world, and to redefine the role of the artist as a mediator whose reflections, ideas, sensibilities, and abilities can take significant action on the world stage.This item is part of the collection: Open Source
Jason Eppink wrote this reflective blog post on what he learned at Burning Man 2007. He writes:"I wish I'd been able to attend Burning Man when I'd first heard of the festival back in 2000. I don't want to be that guy who complains about Burning Man "jumping the shark". (Really, what would I compare it to?) But I couldn't help but feel it used to be more genuine, more raw, more revolutionary. Burning
Erik Davis has posted an addendum to his blog in which he discusses the ethical issue of risk to human life in the Early Burn.Larry Harvey gave him a call after posting his first two blogs about this topic. Here's a snippet:According to Harvey, there were not only people beneath the structure when the man was set aflame, but some people who were kinda out of it and needed active assistance from the
Check out the latest installment: This is Why it's Called Burning Man(Although Robin has seen her first official burn, her series is not done. A few more parts remain. To read the preceding part, please go here. The next part will be posted soon. )
The saga continues:Robin's Adventures at Burning Man, Part IX - Dorothy was a SissyRobin's Adventures at Burning Man, Part X - Dressing for the Ball
5560 - The Laminated ManOriginally uploaded by DangerRanger I received one of these laminates as a gift on the playa this year. Danger Ranger's comments are worthy of note.
Photo Scott Beale/Laughing SquidFrom Comet magazine comes this in-depth interview by Mark Beers with prankster John Law.This past summer, some people began to wonder: "Was John Law right?" after he posted this blog.Time to decide, kiddies.
27 September 2007 | commentary
Author Erik Davis posts two very well written blogs about this year's burn and Paul Addis' involvement, of which he calls an act of "Poetic Terrorism".By invoking that phrase , I recognize Davis to be a veteran burner. "Poetic Terrorism" and "Temporary Autonomous Zone" were Cacophany Society concepts (accredited to Hakim Bey) that had initially attracted me to the event back in the late '90's.
The eighth installment is up. It's called "Rainbow Songs".
This is multi-episode blog series about Burning Man from Robin Forman. Click here to read the the seventh installment entitled "Once Upon a D Tablet".Are you digging these posts? I sure am. This quote had me laughing:"Now, imagine this: You’re on an intoxicant that’s brand new to you and making your heart race. You know too much of this stuff can kill. So severe anxiety sets in, partially in
This is multi-episode blog series about Burning Man from Robin Forman. Click here to read the the sixth installment "The Mailman".
24 September 2007 | commentary
A great blog series by Nasu Dengaku highlighting this year's burn.Episode 1 - Settlers game finished!Episode 2 - Dust, rain, supernumerary rainbows, and nipply goodnessEpisode 3 - The Star of OrionDigg it! | Add to Technorati | Bookmark on del.icio.us
The latest installment can be found here.Digg it! | Add to Technorati | Bookmark on del.icio.us
Blogger Adam Tow writes about the dust.
27 January 2006 | commentary
Cross-posted from Tribe.netThe Burning Man Organization has been commonly abbreviated as "BMorg" for some time now. The term is concise and non-judgmental. It is easy to remember, type and speak. It clicks immediately with almost all that hear it.In my recollection, the term "BMorg" first was used by Chicken John and the organizers of the "Borg 2" experiment. For the record, I have never heard the