Posts during April, 2011


April 4th, 2011  |  Filed under Environment, Playa Tips

DIY Your Burn!

I learned to hold a hammer at Burning Man.

Hi folks, I’m The Hun and I’m excited to be blogging for you this year. Some of you already know me from past escapades, and some know me from my current blog, Love and Trash. And some of you are my new best friends.

Back in 2007 for the Green Man, Tom Price (among others) came up with a series of useful tips for Greening Your Burn: doing Burning Man in a more environmentally-responsible manner. Four years later, environmental pressures are still mounting. Financial pressures, too, for many of us.

So I’d like to revisit the Greening Your Burn series, but with a self-reliant twist. After all, Doing Things Yourself is generally more affordable and more eco-friendly than Buying Things From The Store. It’s also more fun, as long as you plan well, and you might actually pick up some new skills.

photo by Perfecto Insecto

I’ll be using this space to share ideas, inspiration and practical knowledge that’ll help you have the raddest Burning Man ever ever, but without having to spend thousands for your gear and accommodations.

Let’s call it DIY Your Burn.

Now, I know I’m not the only do-it-yourselfer around here. So I ask you: what are some of the things you do, great ideas you’ve seen, projects you can recommend? Please leave a comment with any and all suggestions. Let’s share the knowledge and DIY this burn.

April 2nd, 2011  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

Support Peter Hudson’s Charon

Many years ago on a night of playa wandering I came upon an amazing work of art. I didn’t even know the name of it. I sat utterly mesmerized by it and returned throughout the week to participate. Later I would find out it was Sisyphish, also affectionately known as The Swimmers, by Peter Hudson. It was the beginning of my unabashed love of Peter’s zoetropic genius.

Peter Hudson's Sisyphish

Peter Hudson's Sisyphish

He has has graced the playa with many creations following Sisyphish, in 2004 with Deeper (aka the divers), 2007′s playful Homouroboros (aka The Monkeys) and 2008′s Tantalus. Returning this year after a two-year hiatus he is brings us Charon. Based in Greek mythology, Charon is the gondolier to the afterlife. This interactive artwork will physically engage people in “a vigorous genuflection of sorts.”

Peter Says of his latest work:

The greatest joy and passion of my life has been building and presenting large, stroboscopic zoetropes at Burning Man.  I am taking all that I have learned to the next level and I am truly inspired.

The best part of this year’s project is that WE can all help make it happen by supporting Peter’s Kickstarter campaign.

 

As we saw last year, Kickstarter is an essential tool that many artists use to complete their visions of participatory art.

Please help me bring this vision to Black Rock City – there is no way it can happen without you!!!  Thank you so much in advance for your support. –Peter Hudson

April 1st, 2011  |  Filed under News

Burning Man’s New Revenue Streams

People have complained about the cost of Burning Man tickets for years, and we’ve listened.

So we’ve spent the last couple months investigating new revenue streams that would allow us to reduce ticket prices (which are our only major source of revenue) while maintaining the operational budget necessary to produce the Burning Man event and continue growing our culture around the world. After much discussion and deliberation at Burning Man Headquarters, we’ve decided to move forward with the first of these initiatives.

You’ll notice some of these changes reflected on the Burning Man website homepage starting today, and you’ll see them in Black Rock City as well at this year.

We realize that this change represents a significant evolution of Burning Man’s cultural ethos, and as such, we welcome your feedback about it at revenue here: revenue (at) burningman.com.

UPDATE: Happy April Fools’ Day everybody!