Policy Reminder: Burning Man and Media

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Storytellers have always been an important part of Burning Man culture and the creative documentation of our community is a form of radical self-expression. The images and videos that come out of Black Rock City help to keep us connected year-round as members of a global community and extend the impact of Burning Man far beyond the playa. While some might bemoan the presence of cameras at the event (you’re not alone!), our community has been thoroughly documented since its inception, and the ability for participants to share their experiences and perspectives is considered a right.

But the right to produce media comes with an important set of responsibilities.  Protecting participant privacy and freedom, and the culture of Burning Man as a whole, is key to the sustainability and vitality of the event. Every participant, whether they are documenting for personal or professional reasons, automatically agrees to the Terms and Conditions for media upon entry to the event. This includes many crucial provisions such as asking for consent, giving credit, and strictly non-commercial use of imagery. Everyone in Black Rock City accepts these terms as a condition of entry, and by entering the city you acknowledge that you have read the Terms and Conditions!

In addition to reading and understanding the terms and conditions, the back of your ticket, and the Burning Man Survival Guide, please keep the following guidelines in mind when it comes to the use of camera or audio recording equipment on playa: (more…)

The Burning Man Minute for April 25, 2014

Burning Man is happening around the world, at the speed of fire, with the strength of a hundred DJs!  Here at the Burning Blog we want to keep you up-to-date every minute, on the hour, weekly, across time zones, in perpetuity!

Hence I am proud to introduce The Burning Man Minute, which will disrupt your mobile app and change everything you thought you knew about watching people talk about Burning Man!  The future is already late for its appointment with technology!

 

 

Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man is the author (under a clever pseudonym) of “A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City,” which has nothing to do with Burning Man. Contact him at Caveat (at) Burningman.com

Larry Harvey Interviewed on Charlie Rose [VIDEO]

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey appeared on the Charlie Rose show on March 20, 2014. He talked with Mr. Rose about the event’s origins, how and why it’s grown from humble beginnings into a worldwide cultural phenomenon, the ethos of this burgeoning community, and his vision for the future. It’s a great interview.

Here’s the video of the full interview:

SeaCompression 2013 – Menagerie Catastrophe

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Following a blustery day of spotty power outages across the county, Seattle Burners spent Saturday night under clear skies at their local Decompression event.

This is the annual fundraiser for the non-profit Ignition Northwest arts organization in Seattle. The funds fuel art grants and support of the arts community, including an annual scholarship to the Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Below is a short photo essay of this event. Click here to see the whole set.

Robin and Loren West are ready to get you in the door
Robin and Loren West are ready to get you in the door

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And Then It All Burned Down

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So, did you do anything special Saturday night?

We kinda did.

What if you dreamed up the most impossibly beautiful and perfectly timed thing you could summon your heart and mind to imagine? And what if you labored all year to pull the strings and find the money and overcome the forces who would defeat you? And what if somehow, once again, you persuaded all your friends to help?

And then what if you actually watched it all taking shape, agonizingly slowly and with great effort, rising in the bright white heat of the desert?

And then what if it finally stood there, appearing and disappearing majestically between whiteouts, and in the evenings glowing with a mesmerizing tranquility against the purple of the hills?

And then what if in that moment of triumph of will and sweat, of tears and blood, what if you said, ok, that’s it. That’s enough. We are done with this. We dreamed it and we did it and now it is time to be done with it. So you lit the torch and set fire to the thing, and you watched the flames consume that which had consumed you.

That was our Saturday night, and we wish you were here.

And if you were here, thank you very much, nothing more to see here; time to move on.

Oh yes, there is still a Temple to burn tonight, but the apex of Burning Man has been reached, and just like that, it is time to get back to the present, and to the immediate future, and then maybe, some time later, to think about what will come next. But for now, strike the tent, literally pull up the stakes, sort your trash and get the hell out of Dodge. It is time to get back into the moment.

Weather reports Sunday morning were scaring the general population, and we secretly thought that this wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. People being in a hurry to leave was ok with us. We don’t mean to be harsh, and we mean this in the most loving way possible, but we are tired of your face and it’s time for you to go.

This giant Burning Man has almost come to a close, and it is going to take a long time to get everyone out of boomtown Black Rock City, and the sooner some people hit the road, the better for all concerned. So here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?

In the daytime, the saucer would come and go with the winds
In the daytime, the saucer would come and go with the winds

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Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult’s Burn Night

[Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have photographer Michael Holden documenting the art and experience of Burning Man for you this year, and posting regular submissions to the Burning Blog. You can find all his posts by clicking here. Enjoy!]

 If you are just joining us, for the sake of reference, scale and sheer wow factor, Cargo Cult’s Burning Man was on top of the largest base ever: A giant UFO.  Look at those two people in the shade in the left side of the photo….

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

 

The Burning Man starts to sparkle at 9:34 PM

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

We have liftoff…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Sparkleworks!

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

The Signal is sent…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Flame effect as it is triggered….

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Flash #1…

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New haircut…Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

Lookin’ good!Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Flash #2, aka “the big one”Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Time to burn.

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

The effect in the next three photos is called “the heart attack”…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Huge fire…

 

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

Moments before the collapse, 9:49 PM…Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Lots more to shoot, temple burn tomorrow night.

The Man burns in 365 days.

 

Don’t be a stranger, stay in touch with me on flickrfacebook or 500px or drop me a line at michael here: michael (at) michaelholden.com.

My Burn From Home…

TIB ALeksWe got an email on Thursday evening while at Burning Man that our condo in Oakland had flooded, so I decided to come home a little early.  The plumbers were able to fix it from the outside but the management company said that there was water in the outside hallway, and we found that fairly concerning.  So I was up early on Friday morning, down the hill, a little clean-up and all is okay.  But you know I am missing y’all, you know who you are.

I camp with The Mansonian Institute, and we always have an amazing mix of campers.   This year we have a lot of crew from The Generator, because my camp leader, Joe Olivier, is on the Board of Directors. Many of them were involved in building Pier 2 and La Llorona in 2012.  I immediately liked Fish, young enough to be my grandson and kind, smart and attentive.  So when I discovered he was also a photographer I of course wanted to see his photos, and to share them with you.  So from here at home, on my little porch, is a new photographer that I am sure you will be seeing again, Aleks Stirajs. The first Truth is Beauty shot is during the electrical storm during set up and it is my favorite.
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