event design – burning man

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This is the ultimate in temporal design for a social event, manifested for an instant artistic community. This year, 68,000 participants gathered in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert at the end of August to create a community dedicated to art, self-expression, sharing and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

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It’s more of a city than a festival, wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the event.


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This year the theme was “Cargo Cult”. The phenomena sprouting from a few villages in Vanuatu, (see my last post), who worship “John Frum” and believe he will return one day to save them. I went to one of these Villages on Tanna Island. Nearly burnt my feet off crossing a stream to get there, as it came from the active volcano. I learnt how to walk on water pretty quickly, and created entertainment for the ladies washing their clothing. The villagers make bamboo and timber aeroplanes and guns and worship a red cross. John Frum is believed to have been a GI who dispensed medicine during the Second World War.

Custom dance during the celebration of John Frum's Day in Lamacara village.



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Ten principles of Burning Man;

Radical Inclusion for anyone,  Gifting, Decommodification, (no commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising), Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, (sure is plenty of that), Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy….live in the moment

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the burning, the end

see a short film taken by a drone;






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Photos by James Cuff and from Reuters by Jim Urquhart

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