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Text: Magda , Picture credit: Andrew Fresh The German version of this article has been published in Groove 133 (November/December 2011) Stepping onto the cracked earth of the Black Rock Desert feels like stepping onto Mars. The sand storms on the flat plane give no sign of life beyond the dusty horizon. Your only sense of reality is what you see in front of you. This is your life for a week. A life in a temporary city built up from scratch in the middle of a desert, made of tents that are torn down or burnt afterwards.
Unless you're wealthy , you've probably been spending Burning Man Week moping about how you couldn't afford tickets to America's favorite festival of radical self-expression this year. But make no mistake: Those rich people touring the playa on their Mad Max cruisers are suffering, too. As the Wall Street Journal tells us, many of this year's Burners With Money to Burn are doing all they can to avoid the heat, food shortages, and other potential inconveniences of Black Rock City life by spending shitloads of money to recreate the comforts of home.
Burning Man --that once-a-year sojourn to the Nevada desert--is much more than a hedonistic experiment in self-reliance, art, the sharing economy , and psychotropic drugs. It's also an event that has spawned a tight-knit worldwide community that has created a number of Burning Man-related organizations, including Burners Without Borders , Black Rock Solar , and the Black Rock Arts Foundation (a group that brings public art installations to cities). It's only fitting that the Burning Man community's latest do-gooder venture-- the Burning Man Project --will work on revitalizing a down-and-out area of San Francisco, Burning Man's home city. The project, which is largely funded by Burning Man parent organization Black Rock City, LLC, aims to use the 10 principles of Burning Man to change urban environments for the better.
For starters, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin usually attend both events. Mike Nelson/Getty Dancers at the Burning Man festival create patterns with fireworks in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada just prior to burning a five-story, neon-lit effigy of a man on the last night of the week-long festival 0 in Share
photo by Portaplaya Since the year 2000, there has been a Temple at Burning Man, and when we talk about the Temple, most people think of what started that year with David Best and Jack Haye, and became a long line of temples that have graced the playa. The Temple has evolved from what became a memorial to their friend into an “emotional nexus” of our community, where thousands make pilgrimage each year to remember those they have lost, to celebrate and affirm life, to heal and to forgive.
Download this gallery (ZIP, null KB) Download full size (42 KB) That is a sad day for festival fans: Burning Man is dead... 25 years after he founded it in San Francisco (and moved it to Reno, Nevada), Larry Harvey announced to a shocked crowd that Burning Man 2011 will be the last of it. “From drive by shooting ranges to pants cannons we did things out here no one else will. It’s just hard after all the years of hearing the snickers that Burning Man has become too commercial, [...] only to see it actually happen”. Face full of tears, he declared “We had a good run though, didn’t we?
"Creating this ticket is more or less equivalent to printing money, since each one is valued over $200," notes San Francisco-based graphic designer Arin Fishkin , who created this year's Burning Man ticket. "Security features include embossing and two separate foil stamps, including one holographic. The ticket is also meant to be a tiny piece of art that builds enthusiasm and communicates the theme of the event (this year its Metropolis )."
Compiled by Miz Jewelz By now you've probably gathered that this Burning Man thing isn't as easy as it looks. So many things to bring, remember and purchase. How's a body to cope with all this intense preparation? Fear not.