BOOM is sold out, but if you’ll be attending, check it out! Here are the details:
Event: BOOM Festival 2014 Where: Idanha-A-Nova Lake, Portugal When: 8/4 – 8/11 Symposium: Saturday 8/9 from 5-7pm
Panel:BOOM, Fusion, Burning Man Panelists: Diogo Ruivo / BOOM Festival & Good Mood Co-Founder, Eule / Fusion Festival Director of Production & Kulturkosmos Co-Founder, and Harley Dubois / Burning Man Co-Founder & City Mgr of BRC Moderator: Chris Dekker / Founder of Earthdance and Uplift Festival
Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), Burning Man Project and the City of Fernley will unveil three art pieces in Main Street Park on Thursday August 7, including Desert Tortoise, a new, permanent piece by local artist Pan Pantoja using mosaics created by local students and community members.
The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. at the park at 610 Main Street in Fernley and will include live music, speakers and arts activities for children and adults.
The park and artwork are the latest effort by BRAF and Burning Man Project as part of their Big Art For Small Towns program, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Several thousand participants pass through Fernley each year on their way to Burning Man and we felt compelled to share the cultural and economic benefits with the surrounding communities,” said BRAF Executive Director Tomas McCabe. “We’re tremendously grateful for the community’s enthusiastic participation and contributions to the project, without which it couldn’t have happened.”(more…)
With the Bay Lights as a glittering backdrop, the Flaming Lotus Girls have installed their beautiful and interactive 2009 sculpture, “Soma”, at Pier 14.
San Francisco has been showcasing art at Pier 14 for a while now and Soma is the third art piece to have debuted in Black Rock City that will now grace this breathtaking corner of the City. The piece was installed over the last two weeks and has already become the toast of San Francisco.
The sculpture is 60 ft long, dendrite to dendrite “depicting two communicating neurons connected by an axon bridge. A soma is the cell body of a neuron, with branching dendrites projecting away at different angles, and an axon which conducts the nerve signal electrochemically to its neighboring cell.”
Soma is the combined work of over 100 Flaming Lotus Girls volunteers and the fire that glowed on the playa has been replaced with 97 LED lights that mix wonderfully with Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights behind them.
… represents the communication between two neurons: She transforms the neuronal flow of electricity that forms the foundation of consciousness from a molecular to a monumental scale.
Built of stainless steel and LEDs, SOMA leads us to ask fundamental questions about human thought and neurological transmission. What is consciousness? What is communication? How does our physical and cultural environment shape us? What makes us human? Soma invites us to explore individual, collective and cosmic consciousness, the ego, and the hidden potential within us all for a more connected future.
The first comment we heard on Sunday morning after Precompression was:
That was the best party I have ever been to. It was gorgeous, there was lots of room and everybody was friendly and having a great time.
This year we did something a little different. This event was held at one of our community’s best-loved art making spaces, NIMBY, to support local arts and artists! It was a multi-environment, indoor-outdoor, grease-monkey-to-glam, big art, downhome throwdown of artistically epic proportions! Burning Man and Burners—from old school to new—congregated at NIMBY.
There were Mutant Vehicles and art being created for
Burning Man 2014 like The Alien Siege Machine and The Kraken. There was live glassworking by NIMBY artists, Maria Del Camino, Opulent Temple, Sugar Cubes, Alex Nolan’s Throw Bot, Grahmahs House, and about a gazillion more Bay Area artist groups showcasing their work and joining forces in support of this memorable night. There were places to gather, various dance floors, multiple live performance stages, and a great diversity of attendees.
In addition to all of that art and music and community, there was even a place to have your face painted. Gotta love all of that.
You can see more of Michael Fox’s photos of Precompression HERE.
On April 19, 2014, the Burning Man Project and ArtIsMobilUs collaborated to create the first ever AnyKidCanPaint “Our Earth”, and first three sided ARTwall at Earth Day SF. In addition ArtIsMobilUs provided an Earth Wall for everyone to paint or write what they love about about the earth.
The process for this collaboration started a couple of weeks earlier at a Burning Man Project Volunteer Appreciation Party. During the party the scissors came out and along with celebratory toasts to the volunteers there was much clipping to be done to make animal prints for the kids. (more…)
On Wednesday, May 14, Burning Man founder Michael Mikel and a few other Burner artists and organizers are coming to San Mateo, CA for a panel entitled “Building and Inspiring the Community You Envision.” The panel will discuss how Burner values can guide and inspire urban life and growth on and off the playa. The City of San Mateo invites the community to participate as part of San Mateo Innovation Week from May 12-16. It’s the first city on the Peninsula to partner with the Burning Man Project.
The panel also includes Karen Cusolito, Oakland artist and founder of American Steel Studios; Dr. Mike North, host of the Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! and founder of ReAllocate; and Ilana Lipsett, co-founder of Freespace. Stuart Mangrum, Education Director of the Burning Man Project, will facilitate.
Building and Inspiring the Community You Envision
Wednesday, May 14
Joe’s Garage, 308 E. 6th Avenue, San Mateo
Registration is free, but space is limited. You can register to attend using Eventbrite. The event will be recorded and posted online for those who can’t make it in person.
WHAT: “One Couch at a Time” Feature Film Screening & “Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture” Short plus Panel Discussion with Filmmaker, Alexandra Liss and Dan Porras WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 7:30p – 10:15p. WHERE: Burning Man HQ, 660 Alabama Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110 COST: “Pay What You Can” Sliding Scale $1-$20 RSVP:rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com
“One Couch at a Time” follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using CouchSurfing.org. She ends her journey at Burning Man where realizes the beauty of the gift. The film pushes us to ask ourselves, “What would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?”
Short film “Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture” by Dan Porras will kick off the evening.
Doors open at 7:30p with programming beginning at 7:50p. The ninety minute film begins at 8:30p and will be preceded by a panel about the sharing economy including “One Couch” filmmaker Alexandra Liss, “Rules” filmmaker Dan Porras, Couch Surfing founder Casey Fenton. Light appetizers will be open during the first twenty minutes of the event.
Space is limited and all guests must RSVP to rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com no later than Monday, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014.
This is a fundraiser for the Burning Man Project, Burning Man’s newest non-profit, and it is a “pay what you can” sliding scale donation of $1-$20.
It’s a wrap! The 2014 Burning Man Global Leadership Conference was a heck of a party, but it was also a great meeting of minds. It was a chance for the far-flung leaders of Burning Man regional culture to learn from each other, and that includes the San Francisco Regional, sometimes known as Burning Man HQ. After all these groups compared notes at GLC, there could no longer be any doubt: Burning Man happens everywhere, all the time. The one week in Nevada is just for practice.
We had people on the ground tweeting and blogging about the conference and the sessions that seemed of interest to the wider world. Here’s a round-up of the major messages, so you can share in the learning, and some photos of the beautiful people. (more…)