Zzzzzz: The Science Of Sleep

A burner sleeps at Dr. Deb's "Collective Dreams" installation, 2005. Photo by Scott London.
A burner sleeps at Dr. Deb's "Collective Dreams" installation, 2005. Photo by Scott London.

Man oh man is it crucial to get sleep on the playa. It’s not always the easiest thing to do but a little planning will help you get some beauty rest in the desert. Here are some tips.

1. Pillow
Bring your pillow from home. There is something about being able to fall asleep on your own pillow. It’s comforting. Sleeping bags without pillows are a quick way to strain your back in my experience. I’ve seen people in RVs who bring all their bedding from home, fancy duvets and throw pillows and such.

2. Eye Mask
You will probably be partaking in some nightlife in Black Rock City. Regardless of what time you go to bed, the sun’s going to come screaming through your tent or trailer window. Eye masks are great for afternoon catch-up naps as well.
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Bio*tanical Garden

eyes_0911You won’t have seen ALL the art until you see Bio*tanical Garden by Rossella Scapini.  This is a view of the avant-garde in biological harvesting.

ears-cropped-2 This innovative greenhouse cultivates human organs and body parts in pots until they are ready to be trans-planted!  Bio*tanical Garden is one of the 2009 Honorarium Installations so check it out an be amazed!

photos: Roxmund

Desert travelogue

road-1001-copyThere’s something about Polaroid pictures that says “vacation” to me. And Burning Man is a lot of things, and I guess vacation is one of them. So here’s a little collection of Polaroids to whet your appetite for the trip, and for the desert, and for the drive across Indian land, and for that feeling of excitement you’ll get in the pit of your stomach when you get off Route 80 in Wadsworth and head for the dust and the heat and the fun.

Be careful, though, especially if you haven’t been out this way before. There are a number of places that have reduced speed limits. You’ll really want to slow down to a crawl, unless you want to make a pricey contribution to the local traffic department budget.

When you start heading across Route 447, you are quickly reminded of just how beautiful the desert landscape is.
When you head out Route 447, you are quickly reminded of how beautiful the desert is.

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Fluffer van, ala Garlington

So, when the hot and dusty work is going on all around the playa, when the shade structures are being built and the tents are going up and the stakes are being driven into the dusty ground, a van makes its way around with drinks and candy and electrolyte powders for your water. And the van is a trip, too, because what used to be a big blue van is now covered in the amazing photography of Mike Garlington, aka Photo Mike. I wish I could take photos half as good. It's amazing stuff, and if you see the van when you get out here, take some time to check it out. See how many of the DPW crew you recognize. It's amazing stuff. Thanks, Mike.
So, when the hot and dusty work is going on all around the playa, when the shade structures are being built and the tents are going up and the stakes are being driven into the dusty ground, a van makes its way around with drinks and candy and electrolyte powders for your water. And the van is a trip, too, because what used to be a big blue van is now covered in the amazing photography of Mike Garlington, aka Photo Mike. I wish I could take photos half as good. It's amazing stuff, and if you see the van when you get out here, take some time to check it out. See how many of the DPW crew you recognize. It's amazing stuff. Thanks, Mike. (PS: that's Rugburn posing like the car show model here, although she really wasn't posing. She just kind of looks like that all the time.)

Welcome Burners!

Brian Kulpin, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Brian Kulpin, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Reno-Tahoe International Airport

This is the note that the Reno-Tahoe International Airport sent to [BM] last week when the Airport hosted a party for all of you who are coming through on the way to the Event.

The Exhibit is curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board Member, Maria Partridge
The Exhibit is curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board Member, Maria Partridge

“Thank you so much for participating (and making possible) last week’s Opening Reception for “The Art of Burning Man” exhibit in the Connector Collections Gallery at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.  It was a huge success and we are still hearing about the exhibit here at the airport and out and about the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe community. We can’t wait to share the exhibit with the 15,000 Burning Man participants that will soon be traveling through our airport. Here are a few photos from the event.”

So Welcome Burners!  Your Burning Man experience begins now!

Memortrees

mtreesThe mission statement for this installation at [BM] this year is:  
To create an interactive art installation which intends to inspire personal evolution through joy.

Specifically, the piece invites participants to declare a memory that has already happened OR a memory that has yet to happen, but to declare it in the past tense as if it has! Memories will be written on leaves and attached to trees which will contribute to the piece’s own evolution throughout the week.  memortreesSo look for this piece on the Playa and participate by sharing your memory or a memory yet to come.

URL: www.memortrees.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao-z3ht3Rvg

This year’s Audio Art Tour. Come and get it!

We have some amazing Art on the playa this year, and here’s a message from our very own Jim Tierney aka Anarchist about this year’s Audio Art Tour that he and Evonne have put together for all Art loving citizens of Black Rock City. You can get all the individual mp3s or a zip file of all the projects  on the Burning Man website at Audio Art Tour 2009.

Jim writes:

Having just wrapped up the 5th version of the Audio Art Tour, the Burning Man folks wanted me to tell you a bit about it.  The Audio Art Tour is designed to be a docent led tour of the significant Honorarium art installations (Honorarium installations are funded in part by Burning Man). It’s similar to what you’re given in museums when they hand you an ipod like thing that has fun facts about the art and artists. In this case, you can load the Audio Tour on to your own iPod (or other mp3 player) and listen to it as your checking out the installations on playa or listen to it while driving out to the playa to get a preview of what you’ll see.

Currently, we only do Honorarium installations, but that could change in the future. Artists can record their own tour for their installation if they want, but most do not. This year only the RayGun Rocketship did their own and it came out great (The Zsu Zsu team were the only artists to record one last year). I’ve put it in the middle of the lineup as a sort of intermission… to give you all a break from myself and Evonne. :-) In truth, I’d really like to see more artists doing their own pieces for the tour. With some 25 installations to write, record, and produce it’s a little hard for me to get really creative with them. But it is fun chatting with the artists, going over the honorarium applications and putting everything together.  I also think it’d be great to have non-honorarium installations submitting audio pieces next year. So feel free to email me if you want to include a piece.

So what do I think is really worth seeing? You never quite know how an installation is going to come together on playa. Sometimes what you see on paper (and hear on audio) doesn’t do the installation justice. That said, there are the obvious ones like Flaming Lotus Girls’ Soma and the Raygun Rocketship that’ll be great. I’m also looking forward to the Nowhere Omnibus, Who Gave Birth (by Celtic Forest’s Laura Kimpton), and Chaotic Harmony (by Heady Sirico who did Alien Semaphore, which is one of my favorite pieces from years past).

If you have one of them old fashioned CD player things, you can come by the Artery and get a CD with the tour on it (and say hello!).

Have a great burn and see ya out there…

Jim Tierney

(Anarchist)