Check out these pictures!
For a few years now I’ve been posting sporadically about the pinhole camera artists who produce some of the most amazing pictures to come out of Burning Man … and that’s saying a lot.
They needed the coverage, because despite being a (er, fairly) organized band with a recurring presence and even a little Burning Man staff support on the side, the pinhole camera artists never got their shit together enough to put up a web page.
They still haven’t. But they’ve got a Facebook page. And that Facebook page has some of their incredible work, and is a way you can connect with them if you want to help.
And seriously – check this stuff out. You want to help.
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As you’re preparing to hit the road to Black Rock City, take a moment to grab this year’s Audio Art Tours brought to you, as always by the ultra wonderful folks at the ARTery.
You can load up these mp3s and be the learned one in your group to give details of all the amazing art that’s in store for you this year when some one asks, “I wonder what THIS one is called?”
From the Bathroom Beacons to Neverwas Haul, we have it all. And while you’re out there, I highly recommend trying to get on one of the ARTery art tours that leave from the ARTery daily. Stop by on the Esplanade and reserve a space the day before since space is limited. They’re a whole hecka fun and a great way to spend an hour or two.
Guides: Jim Tierney, Evonne Heyning
Written by: Jim Tierney, Douglas Wolk (and the respective artists)
And here’s more about how great these tours are https://blog.burningman.com/2012/09/eventshappenings/next-year-take-an-art-tour/
Spencer Tunick group shot at Burning Man 2000 (photo by Richard Denat)
World renowned photographer and 2013 honorarium art grant recipient Spencer Tunick (check out his awesome (NSFW) website) is doing a photo shoot of one of his amazing art installations on playa this year. Spencer tells us how to be part of this epic experience:
“Desert Spirits by Spencer Tunick
Date/Time(s): Friday, August 30th, 2013 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Contact Email: projects here: projects (at) spencertunick.com
We would like to invite you to POSE NUDE in a group photographic installation by artist Spencer Tunick. Spencer will choose men, women and any gender identity to be part of this unique installation. In order to be chosen we ask that you please send in a low resolution photograph of yourself. Participants will be selected based on photographs submitted to the email: projects here: projects (at) spencertunick.com
Please send the image sooner rather than later. Most installations by Spencer do not have limits to the number of people participating, nor do they require the submission of a photograph. However, for this art work for Burning Man, there is a cap on the number of people participating due to the specific concept of the work.
Mexico City 4 (Zócalo, MUCA/UNAM) 2007, by Spencer Tunick
We are asking for a photograph because we want to have a wide range of body types and skin tonalities represented in the final work. Although everyone is unique, If you are not chosen, it is simply because we may have reached the amount of people with similar specific characteristics. We apologize in advance if you are not chosen for this particular idea but please do not let it deter you from posing in future works by Spencer where there are no number limits.
Chosen participants will be contacted by email prior to August 24th with: location and further instructions. Please only sign up if you are committed to participating and able to wake up before sunrise (or stay up all night). The work will take place before sunrise in order to utilize the pre-dawn light. You will be in position when the sun rises. You only will be nude for a short period of time. …we know it’s chilly…so you will not be nude until right before the sun rises over the horizon and as the sun hits your body. 5am is just the call time to get you registered. We need everyone to be on time. In exchange for taking part, you will receive by mail, a limited edition print of the art work. PARTICIPANTS ONLY.
I have been blogging about the work that comes out of Bliss Dance Studios for a long time. Two of my favorite posts, one about Bliss Dance getting ready for the Playa in 2010 is Assembling Bliss Dance and then when she went to Treasure Island, Bliss Dance Has Emerged. Well now I have the pleasure of telling you about Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane and his huge crew. Truth is Beauty is the second sculpture in the series, The Bliss Project, three monumental sculptures of a woman, Deja Solis, expressing her humanity. Truth is Beauty is about 55′ tall, constructed of welded steel rods and balls, covered in stainless steel mesh skin with interactive lighting effects. These sculptures are intended to demand a change in perspective, to be a catalyst for social change; to de-objectify women and inspire men and women to take action to end violence against women, thus allowing both women and men to live fully and thrive. Truth is Beauty is being installed at Burning Man 2013.
She will be lit with over 3,000 pixels are individually addressable and are enhanced with 3D printed light shades (below). The maquette that is surrounded by the head and torso is a scale model of the lighting plan.
I have been spending quite a bit of time out at the studios and I had a chance to see Ping, a lighting programmer actually working on the program that will light her up at Burning Man 2013
And for the first time in all of these years I actually contributed to the creation of Truth is Beauty by creating little pins out of wire to reach inside the mesh in smaller places on the sculpture, like her legs and arms. I really had a great time, it felt great to do more than write about such a spectacular piece of art. Wait until you see her lit up on the Playa. You will be amazed.
photos: Truth is Beauty and Ping by Jay R Houghton
This could be you!
Does Burning Man have a literary culture, at all? The answer is no. But by this time next year – thanks to a new community effort – the answer might be “Yes.”
A pair of Burners named “What” (Courtney Sherwood) and “Wonton” (Wendi Anderson) have, in the best tradition of a do-ocracy, taken this aspect of our culture into their own hands: and want you to join them.
Literature is a big gaping hole in Burner culture. In a January post entitled “Why does Burning Man have no literary culture?” I wrote:
Burning Man has no signature writing style, derivative or otherwise. For all the hundreds of books and articles that have been written about Burning Man over 26 years, for all the scholarly papers, the blog posts … no particular verbal style has emerged. Saying “that’s like something you’d read at Burning Man” is nonsensical. Could be anything.
Burning Man has no particular style of poetry, no particular authorial “voice.” The Great Burning Man Novel has yet to be written – let alone to inspire others to write under its influence.
Why is that? Why does Burning Man have such an advanced visual aesthetic … one that truly is influencing the whole world … and absolutely no literary culture at all?
I’m honestly asking here. I don’t know. I’m hoping someone can tell me.
What and Wonton don’t have answers, but have decided to find solutions. The result is a new organization – and possibly a movement: “Get Lit(erary) At Burning Man.”
Okay granted I’m not too fond of titles with puns in them, but the idea is tremendous: it’s dedicated to connecting Burner writers with one another, promoting already-planned writing workshops and events, and instigating new events along the way. They’ll be leading Flash Fiction writing workshops on playa, providing reading opportunities, and offering other events – just for starters. Read more »
A few weeks ago a call went out on the Burning Nerds list: ideas for books and articles that aren’t about Burning Man in any way, but that contain ideas and concepts that make you think of Burning Man, or could be applied to Burning Man.
The result was a pretty amazing list, and I’m including it below for your perusal. There’s what sounds like some pretty amazing reading recommendations there. It’s particularly interesting to realize: this is what Burning Man makes people think of, and then delve into that.
Ideally the list should be organized alphabetically, or by topic … but I don’t have that kind of time.
Meanwhile, the most comprehensive list of academic books and articles about Burning Man per see (should you be inclined to stay on topic) can be found here.
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No need to wait three months to dive into the art of Burning Man! Burning Man Regional Groups in more than 120 regions spanning over 20 countries are developing ways to engage local communities around the creative spirit, year-round.
Firefly Arts Collective lights up Somerville Open Studios (Photo Credit: Jonathan Macleod)
Earlier this month, Firefly Arts Collective – who organize the official New England Burning Man regional event Firefly – took part in Somerville Open Studios, one of the largest weekend-long open studio events in the United States.
Home to many Firefly artists and a growing arts community, Somerville is located just north of Boston. Read more »
We have been out and about the last couple of weeks visiting some big art that is going to Burning Man this year. First we stopped by to see how Truth is Beauty is progressing. Marco Cochrane, the sculptor, says:
Truth is Beauty is intended to be a catalyst for social change; to de-objectify women and express the basic truth of femininity, a truth that is dangerous for individual women to express. They are a reminder of what we gain when we value women. My hope is to inspire men and women to take action to end violence against women, thus allowing both women and men to live fully and thrive.
Standing 55 feet tall and weighing 7,000 pounds Truth is Beauty will be constructed using:
• 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe;
• 6,500 steel ball connection points;
• 2000 square feet of stainless steel mesh; and
• 55,000 single welds.
One thousand five hundred (1,500) individual multi-colored LED lights will be distributed throughout her body. These lights will be controlled by a custom iPad application to create a spectacular light show that will enhance and expand the visual experience.
If you would like to contribute to Truth is Beauty their Indiegogo campaign is HERE.
Scott London for Rolling Stone
While we were on Treasure Island, I spoke to Katy Boynton, the sculptor of Heartfullness. Heartfullness was at Burning Man 2012 for the first time. It is a 12 by 15 foot steel sculpture of a heart that has been broken and pieced back together, damaged and pieces may be missing, but this weathered heart is stronger and infinitely more interesting. Katy told us they were going to do some small scale testing for adding fire to her piece for the Playa this year, and we got to watch. Gotta love fire! Read more »