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Burning Man is a week-long festival with international draw, held annually on the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend (in early September) in the United States. Its current location is on the playa of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, at 40°45′17″N, 119°14′11″W or 90 miles north-northeast of Reno. The temporary city (housing 36,500 residents in 2005) is put forth as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The culmination of the event is the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a man on Saturday night, the sixth night of the event. A festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. ... Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ... The playa and shore of Lake Hart, an endorheic desert lake in South Australia An alkali flat (known in US and Mexico as a playa) is a dry lakebed, generally the shore of, or remnant of, an endorheic lake. ... The Black Rock Desert is a dry lake bed in northwestern Nevada in the United States. ... State nickname: Silver State, Battle Born State (official) Official languages None Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Governor Kenny Guinn (R) Senators Harry Reid (D) John Ensign (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 7th 286,367 km² 0. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... Radical is derived from the Latin word radix, which means root. In various fields of endeavor, it can mean: Sciences in chemistry, either an atom or molecule with at least one unpaired electron, or a group of atoms, charged or uncharged, that act as a single entity in reaction. ... Self-Reliance is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. ...

A large wooden sculpture of a man is burned, giving the festival its name
A large wooden sculpture of a man is burned, giving the festival its name

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Primary focus of the festival

Participation. Burning Man is held to be a "spectator-free" zone—i.e., only participants are allowed. As such, all attendees are ostensibly expected to contribute to the community, but the nature of this participation is left up to each individual, and in reality a large number of spectators are present with cameras in hand. The concept of radical inclusion ("include yourself, include others") is the consensus-reality unwritten law that purportedly governs this Burning Man social principle.


Leave No Trace, an ecological concept. Burning Man takes place in the middle of a normally uninhabited desert environment known as a playa, which is deep in the middle of a large, prehistoric dry lake bed. Participants are told to be very careful not to contaminate the playa with litter (commonly known as MOOP, or "matter out of place"). In addition, while fire is a primary component of many art exhibits and events, materials must be burned on burn platforms. At one time, burning was allowed to take place directly on the ground of the playa, but the formation of burn scars was observed. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which maintains the desert, has very strict requirements for the festival. Weeks after the festival has ended, a team of volunteers remains in the desert, cleaning up after the temporary city and making sure that no evidence of the festival remains. A similar mantra heard at Burning Man is, "Don't let it hit the ground." An important point to note is that the event survives only so long as the BLM is satisfied that the 10 day event "Leaves No Trace" upon the playa. Leave No Trace is an ecological principle of leaving an environment of habitation in such a condition as to render it impossible for future observers to discern the previous presence of the practitioners of the Leave No Trace methodology. ... (Ecology is sometimes used incorrectly as a synonym for the natural environment. ... A dune in the Egyptian desert In geography, a desert is a landscape form or region that receives little precipitation - less than 250 mm per year. ... A Lake is a body of water surrounded by land. ... US BLM logo The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior which administers Americas public lands, totaling approximately 261 million surface acres (1,056,229. ... A mantra is a religious syllable or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language. ...


Commerce-free event. No cash transactions are allowed at Burning Man. The participants instead rely on a gift economy, a sort of potlatch. Since the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy has also existed, in which burners exchange material goods and/or favors with each other; however, this is largely discouraged by the event organizers. The only commerce that has been allowed are sales of coffee and ice at Center Camp. Ice sales benefit the local Gerlach-Empire school system; coffee sales fund the structure and contents (including labor) of Center Camp. Additionally, the powers that be at Burning Man contract with Green Tortoise to provide a fee-based shuttle service that provides round trip bus rides into the nearby town of Gerlach, Nevada. In addition, Johnny on the Spot, the company which also services the event's portable toilets, is permitted to charge for the emptying of RV waste tanks. Besides this, participants must buy tickets to attend the event. Tickets are sold through the Burning Man ticket website. A gift economy is an economic system in which the prevalent mode of exchange is for goods and services to be given without explicit agreement upon a quid pro quo. ... A potlatch is a ceremony among certain Native American/First Nations peoples on the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia such as the Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakiutl (Kwakwakawakw). ... Barter is a type of trade where goods or services are exchanged for a certain amount of other goods or services, i. ... Coffee is a drink, usually hot, prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. ... A natural, 4 tonne, block of ice on a beach in Iceland Icicles Ice is frozen water (one of its three phases of matter), and thereby a transparent, crystal solid. ... Gerlach-Empire is a census-designated place located in Washoe County, Nevada. ... The Green Tortoise is a company which hosts tours, mostly within the United States, using converted buses. ... Gerlach-Empire is a census-designated place located in Washoe County, Nevada. ... The Port-a-john, also called a Port-o-let, Sani-Privy, Port-a-san, Porta-Potty, Portaloo, or any of a variety of other trade names, is a modern portable self-contained outhouse manufactured of molded plastic in a variety of colors. ...


Arts and crafts are featured, particularly outsider art and visionary art. Creative expression through the arts is encouraged at Burning Man. Large-scale art installations, theme camps, music, performance, and guerrilla street theatre are amongst the most common art forms shared at Burning Man. Sculptures and interactive installations are generally placed on the playa, in the open space surrounding the Man. Many are along specific art-walk pathways that lead to and from the central Burning Man complex, while others are scattered throughout the open playa. The largest and most active public theme camps are generally clustered on the Esplanade, Black Rock City's inner circle "main street." The Burning Man Opera was a significant interactive community performance that ran for over four consecutive years. Most recently, the ritual burning of David Best's temple projects have rivaled the burning of the central Burning Man complex in community significance and popularity. The ornately designed, three story high temple buildings borrow from Southeast Asian and Balinese architecture, and are used as repositories for the memories of deceased loved ones. A few years ago, local law enforcement objected to a gay-themed art installation at a camp called "Jiffy Lube." The art was moved to a more private area of the camp, giving rise to charges of censorship and homophobia from a number of quarters. [1] Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with ones own hands and skill. ... Adolf Wölflis Irren-Anstalt Band-Hain, 1910 The term Outsider Art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for Art Brut (which literally translates as Raw Art or Rough Art), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created... Visionary art is art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Art destruction involves the damaging or destruction of art work. ... This biographical article needs to be wikified. ... In the field of building architecture, the skills demanded of an architect range from the more complex, such as for a hospital or a stadium, to something simpler, such as planning simple residential houses. ...


Each year an art theme is declared by the Burning Man organization. The practice of annual themes began with the 1996 burn; a list of themes is included in the timeline within the history section. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Black Rock City

A neon-tubed Man, from the festival, 1999
A neon-tubed Man, from the festival, 1999

Black Rock City, often abbreviated to BRC, is the name of the temporary urban phenomenon created by Burning Man. The city is arranged as two thirds of a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) diameter circle (resembling the layout of Poverty Point) with the Burning Man complex at the very center. Avenues extend radially from the Man to the outermost circle. In most years, these avenues are given a clock name (e.g., "3:00"), presenting the city as a clock in which the Man is the center of the clock. Occasionally, the avenues have been identified as the degrees of a circle (e.g., "300 degrees"); however, this has proven unpopular with burners. (This forces them to express location in polar coordinate, instead of one based on vectors. Also, "000 degree" actually refers to 030 degree on azimuth, often leading to confusion.) Surrounding the central complex and extending out toward the back of the playa is an area of empty space reserved for art installations. Within the semicircle of the city, arranged in concentric arcs around the Man, are the streets and villages where the participants camp out. The names of the streets change each year to coincide with the overall art theme of the burn. For example, corresponding with "The Vault of Heaven" theme for 2004, the streets were named after the planets of the solar system. Image File history File linksMetadata Neonman2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Neonman2. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... An aerial view reveals the circular pattern of ancient Indian earthworks at Poverty Point. ... This article describes some of the common coordinate systems that appear in elementary mathematics. ... In physics and in vector calculus, a spatial vector is a concept characterized by a magnitude, which is a scalar, and a direction (which can be defined in a 3-dimensional space by the Euler angles). ... Azimuth is the horizontal component of a direction (compass direction), measured around the horizon toward the East, i. ...


BRC has, in recent years, been designated a motor vehicle free zone, with the exception of extensively decorated art cars that have been licensed by BRC's "Department of Mutant Vehicles." An art car is a vehicle that has its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. ...


Center Camp

Center Camp is located along the midline of BRC, facing the Man (i.e., at the intersection of the Esplanade and 6:00), and serves as a central meeting place for the entire city. Various services, such as first aid and playa information, are found at Center Camp. Similar services can be found at the intersections of the Esplanade located at 3:00 and 9:00. Center Camp also contains art installations, a large comfortable seating area, and performance spaces available to burners. First aid is a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a non-doctor or layman can be trained to perform. ...


Theme camps and villages

The innermost circles tend to be the busiest and are usually reserved for theme camps or large villages. Theme camps are designed with a specific theme in mind. Some well-known camps that have been at Burning Man for quite some time include:

  • Thunderdome, where contestants battle in a large geodesic dome, inspired by the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome;
  • BRCPO, a parody of the post office, which actually does perform the service of delivering mail, both to the event and from the event to the outside world;
  • Eggchair, a camp with a stereo-equipped Eggchair for passers-by to sit in and watch the world go by; and
  • The Pancake Playhouse, which serves pancakes to all comers while playing soft rock classics.
  • Kidsville, a camp designed specifically for the burners children.

BRC also is host to a growing number of burners who experiment and innovate with the use of alternative energy. Both within and without of the official theme village, the Alternative Energy Zone, there are burners who still play hard and have the luxuries of home such as amplified music, lights, and vehicles, but use no petroleum products while in Black Rock City to enjoy these amenities. Villages such as Shangri La Village, Gigsville, and Hushville are perennial staples of BRC. The American Pavilion of Expo 67, by R. Buckminster Fuller, now the Biosphère, on Île Sainte-Hélène, Montreal A geodesic dome (IPA: /ʤiədɛsɪk/ or /ʤiədizɪk/ /dəʊm/) is an almost spherical structure based on a network of struts arranged on great circles... Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a 1985 film, the 2nd sequel to the action movie Mad Max. ... In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ... Two American-style pancakes A pancake is a batter cake fried in a pan or on a griddle with oil or butter. ... Soft rock, also referred to as lite rock, easy rock, and formally mellow rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work. ... Future energy development face great challenges due to an increasing world population, demands for higher standards of living, demands for less pollution and a much discussed end to fossil fuels. ... Nodding donkey pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and oleum – oil), crude oil, sometimes colloquially called black gold, is a thick, dark brown or greenish liquid. ... Shangri La Village (often abbreviated to SLV) is a group of theme camps that choose to camp together each year at Burning Man. ... Gigsville Gigsville was created to be a village at Burning Man in 1998. ...


Policing

BRC is patrolled by various local and state law enforcement agencies as well as the Bureau of Land Management Rangers. Burners refer to these people collectively as LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers). Burning Man also has its own in-house group of volunteers, the Black Rock Rangers, who act as informal mediators when disputes arise between burners. When the occasional eviction of a burner from BRC becomes necessary, volunteer rangers typically enlist the assistance of LEOs. Constables and Police Community Support Officer of the Metropolitan Police Police forces are government organisations charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order. ... US BLM logo The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior which administers Americas public lands, totaling approximately 261 million surface acres (1,056,229. ... A Park Ranger is a person charged with protecting and preserving parkland, forests (then called Forest Rangers), wilderness areas other natural resources. ...


Transport around festival

A few thousand people on bicycles at Burning Man in 2004
A few thousand people on bicycles at Burning Man in 2004

Once participants have arrived in Black Rock City, they are expected to leave their cars or other motor vehicles parked and travel around the city under their own power. Cars should only be used in an emergency, or when leaving or entering the city. Law enforcement officials and the Black Rock Rangers will stop vehicles and law enforcement officials may give you a ticket. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1483x1112, 1368 KB) Photographer: Stewart Butterfield from San Francisco, USA Title: A few thousand people on bikes, Burning Man 2004 Taken on: 2004-09-04 01:14:06 Original source: Flickr. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1483x1112, 1368 KB) Photographer: Stewart Butterfield from San Francisco, USA Title: A few thousand people on bikes, Burning Man 2004 Taken on: 2004-09-04 01:14:06 Original source: Flickr. ...


Bicycles are de rigueur for most BRC citizens. The alkali dust of the playa causes severe damage to bikes, so many attendees bring a bicycle of little value. A good lock is also important; many bikes every year are "accidentally" borrowed and later abandoned, or stolen outright. For the battery, see alkaline battery The word alkali can mean:- In chemistry, an alkali is a specific type of base, formed as a carbonate, hydroxide or other ionic salt of an alkali metal or alkali earth metal element. ...


Walking is also a great way to get around; although slower, it's easier to stop and see the many sights if you don't have a big clunky bike to park, lock, unload, etc.


Radically-altered motor vehicles called mutant vehicles, or art cars, are an exception to the no-cars rule in BRC. These cars—or buses, trucks, etc.—must be radically and creatively altered to qualify for the exemption. They must also be licensed by the Black Rock City DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles). Many art cars have high passenger capacity and will pick up participants on the playa for a ride, but don't expect or demand a ride from anyone. Passengers should be careful when boarding or disembarking; one person died in 2003 stepping off a moving art car. An art car is a vehicle that has its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. ...


Flying has been an option to get to Black Rock City for several years. Information on Black Rock's airport can be found here. In addition to arrival by air, recreational hang gliding and sky diving are also popular during the event. Travel by air through the Black Rock Desert is hazardous, however, due to high altitude and sudden, fierce winds and storms. Hang gliding is one of the windsports. ... Skydiver about to land Parachuting, or skydiving, is a recreational activity, competitive sport and method of deployment of military personnel (and occasionally, firefighters). ...


Burners

Burning Man participants often call themselves "burners." Although this usage may vary with region, a burner is an annual denizen of Black Rock City, and anyone who embraces Burning Man as an expression in sync with their own identity is a burner. In general, the term's use is only practical in contexts outside of the event itself. A burner is usually someone who has been to the event and aspires to return, even if only in spirit. The concept also implies the sentiments and values inspired by the event itself, including a high regard for creativity, especially radical self-expression, and willingness to participate in a gift-based economy. Some burners adopt (or are given) a playa name, a personal nickname a burner may use while socializing with other burners. The term burner is used to refer to anyone who is an active participant in the annual Burning Man festival. ...


A Burning Man "virgin" is someone who is attending Burning Man for the first time or is planning to attend Burning Man in the future. "Yahoo" or "tourist" are pejorative terms used to refer to people who come to Burning Man to spectate rather than participate in the event, often arriving not long before the Burning Man ritual. As the stated purpose of Burning Man is to form community and to promote radical self-expression, non-participants are strongly frowned upon by many participants. This does not prevent spectators from attending the event, however; and in recent years, as attendance has swelled with growing awareness of Burning Man among the general public, friction between participants and spectators has been on the rise.


As Burning Man is a clothing-optional event, public nudity is common at BRC, causing some to expect rampant hedonism, including casual and public sex acts and recreational drug use throughout BRC. However, this is not the common experience, and LEOs from more than one jurisdiction are present to enforce federal and state laws. The volunteer "Black Rock Rangers" are also on-hand to maintain peace and protect event-goers from the effects of climate and overindulgence. Nudism, or naturism, is the practice of going nude or unclothed in social and usually mixed gender groups, specifically in cultures where this is not the norm. ... ...


Health and safety

The desert environment in which the event takes place requires special attention to personal health. A wide-ranging survival guide, available on the Burning Man web site, is intended to help participants survive the harsh conditions of the desert. Issues addressed range from physical health issues such as ensuring adequate hydration, protection from the sun, and managing temperature extremes to social issues such as finding friends, in and out policy, and dealing with LEOs. Emergency Services is provided by another volunteer in-house department of Burning Man, the Emergency Services Department (a.k.a. ESD). The ESD provides Fire Fighting, Medical, Mental Health, and Emergency Communications Dispatch for the citizens of Black Rock City. Modeled after a volunteer fire department in structure and organization, it provides public safety services from five stations spread throughout Black Rock City around the clock during the event. For the band, see The Police. ...


History

The annual event now known as Burning Man began on the summer solstice in 1986 when Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco and burned an eight foot tall wooden man as well as a smaller wooden dog. The inspiration for burning these effigy figures has been shrouded in mystery by Harvey, who described it as "a spontaneous act of radical self-expression." However, sculptor Mary Grauberger, a friend of Harvey's girlfriend Janet Lohr, had held spontaneous art-party gatherings on Baker Beach on or about the summer solstice for several years prior to 1986, and the burning of sculpture was a central theme. In addition to the burning of sculpture, a key ingredient to the pre-Burning Man gatherings was the fact that Baker Beach is a cove area frequented by nudists. Another notable US-based effigy-burning is Zozobra, which occurs every fall during Santa Fe, New Mexico's "fiestas"; an approximately 50 foot tall "Old Man Gloom" has been burned every year at Zozobra since 1924. Illumination of Earth by the sun on the northern hemisphere summer solstice The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Larry Harvey (born 1948) is the originator of the Burning Man project. ... Baker Beach is a state and national public beach on the Pacific Ocean coast, on the San Francisco peninsula. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Categories: Stub ... Santa Fe (Spanish, Holy Faith) (full form: La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís, English: Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. ...


Harvey attended some of the pre-Burning Man gatherings on Baker Beach, and when Grauberger stopped holding her parties, Harvey picked up the torch and ran with it, so to speak. Harvey asked Jerry James to build the first eight foot wooden effigy, which was much smaller and less artsy than the neon figure featured in the current ritual. In 1987, the effigy had grown to almost fifteen feet tall, and in 1988 it grew to around forty feet.


The name "Burning Man" came to Harvey when he was watching a video of the 1986 ritual. A member of the crowd watching the event shouted out "Wicker Man!", suggesting that the burning of the wooden effigy was somehow related to the ancient Celtic ritual of the Wicker Man, signifying rebirth. Harvey was the son of a Freemason, and (for Harvey) the use of wood in building the man had symbolic significance and was a critical part of the ritual; also, according to him, he did not see the movie The Wicker Man until many years later, so it played no part in his inspiration. Accordingly, rather than allow the name "Wicker Man" to become the name of the ritual, he started using the name "Burning Man." This article is about the European people. ... A wicker man is burned as part of possibly traditional Gaelic or possibly neo-pagan festivities, especially Beltane, a rite of spring. ... American Square & Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ... The Wicker Man is a cult 1973 British film containing thriller, horror and musical elements, directed by Robin Hardy, written by Anthony Shaffer. ...


John Law, as well as other members of the Cacophony Society, have been heavily involved in Burning Man since 1989. The event grew quickly, moving from Baker Beach in San Francisco to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in 1990 after the burn scheduled for the summer solstice was shut down by police. After striking a deal to raise the Man but not to burn it on the beach, event organizers disassembled the effigy and returned it to a vacant lot where it had been stored. Shortly thereafter, the Man disappeared when the lot was unexpectedly paved over and converted into a parking lot. The effigy was then reconstructed by John Law, a member of the Cacophony Society who spearheaded the effort to move Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert, where the Cacophony Society had been hosting TAZ's (Temporary Autonomous Zones) for years. The Cacophony Society is “a randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society. ... The Black Rock Desert is a dry lake bed in northwestern Nevada in the United States. ...


As the event has grown, one of the challenges faced by the organizers has been balancing the freedom of participants with the requirements of various land management and law enforcement groups. Over the years, numerous restrictions have been put in place, such as bans on fireworks, firearms, dogs, and driving non-art cars. A notable restriction to attendees is the trash fence that bounds the pentagon of land used by the event on the southern edge of the Black Rock playa. Land beyond this fence is not available to burners. Some artists and early attendees believe the underlying freedoms and concepts of the Burning Man event have been reduced or eliminated by these restrictions, leading to criticism of the current event as being too structured and controlled. Additionally, some believe the event's rapid growth and arid location (where the natural healing effect of the winter rains is not as effective) has caused environmental degradation of the Black Rock Desert. The films Dust Devils (2001 & 2002) and BurnBabyBurn (2000 & 2001) give a fair representation of the event, though neither claim to be comprehensive guides. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House illuminated under New Years Eve Fireworks 2005 A fireworks event (also called a fireworks display or fireworks show) is a spectacular display of the effects produced by firework devices on various occasions. ... An assortment of modern firearms using fixed ammunition, including military assault rifles, a sporting shotgun (fourth from bottom), and a tactical shotgun (third from bottom). ...


Timeline

Statistics showing the growth of the Burning Man festival, according to a timeline on BurningMan.com:

Year Height of Man Participants Theme Notes
1986 8 feet 20 N/A
1987 20 feet 80 N/A
1988 30 feet 150-200 N/A
1989 40 feet 300+ N/A
1990 40 feet 800 N/A
1991 40 feet 250 N/A First year the full ceremony is held in the Nevada Desert
1992 40 feet 600 N/A
1993 40 feet 1,000 N/A
1994 40 feet 2,000 N/A
1995 40 feet 4,000 N/A
1996 50 feet 8,000 Inferno First year with an official theme
1997 50 feet 10,000 Mysteria
1998 50 feet 15,000 Nebulous Entity
1999 40 feet 23,000 Wheel of Time
2000 40 feet 25,400 The Body
2001 70 feet 25,659 Seven Ages see Seven ages of man
2002 80 feet 28,979 The Floating World
2003 77 feet 30,586 Beyond Belief
2004 80 feet 35,664 The Vault of Heaven
2005 40 feet 36,500+ Psyche

The event has changed considerably as it grew from a small handful of people on a beach in San Francisco to over 35,500 people attending the festival in 2005. The scale of the event has increased enormously, and the Black Rock City LLC has in turn become more structured. In 1997 a group of people began a much smaller festival both as an alternative to and as a parody of Burning Man. The so-called Burning Shithead Festival takes place in Joshua Tree National Park every year at the same time as Burning Man. An Anti-BurningMan also formed with an emphasis on fewer restrictions, occurring just before Burning Man such that the less-ironic could still attend both. It is unclear what has become of it. Seven Ages of Man refers to a poem in William Shakespeares As You Like It that describes human life stages. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Joshua tree silhouetted by a rock Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-eastern California. ...


Regional events

The popularity of Burning Man has encouraged other groups and organizations to hold festivals similar to Burning Man, such as Fuego de los Muertos in San Diego, Playa del Fuego , Burning Flipside in Texas, or the July weekend-long Phoenix Festival in Washington. And in recent years, burners wishing to experience Burning Man more frequently than once per year have banded together to create local regional events. These events are typically much smaller than Burning Man itself, often consisting of no more than a few hundred participants. Some of the events are officially affiliated with the Burning Man organization via the Burning Man Regional Network, while others are organized and created by burners independent of the LLC. A good example of the latter is InterFuse in Missouri and Transformus in North Carolina. Fuego de los Muertos (often abbreviated to FDLM) is an annual, Burning Man affiliated regional decompression event. ... San Diego County in the Southwest corner of California. ... Burning Flipside (or Flipside) is an annual alternative arts and perfomance festival staged in Dripping Springs, Texas near Austin. ... ... The Phoenix festival was set up by Mean Fiddler as an alternative to the established Glastonbury Festival. ... State nickname: The Evergreen State Official languages None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 18th 184,824 km² 6. ... InterFuse is the name of the Midwest regional burn, first held in April 2004 at a beautiful, 150 acre (607,000 m²) wooded location near Columbia, Missouri and attended by 186 people from fourteen different states. ... State nickname: The Show Me State Official languages English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 1. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State; Old North State Official languages English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 9. ...


One type of event is popular with those that find returning to the "default world" to be a little jarring after having enjoyed the experiences of the burn. To relieve this culture shock, burners may participate in decompression parties. These events seek to recapture the spirit of the main event. Culture shock is a term used to describe the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, confusion, etc. ... A Decompression party refers to a period of time spent by deep sea divers either in decompression chambers or at various depths on their way to the surface to gradually adjust to surface pressure in order to avoid the bends. ...


Other regional events have been established that connect and grow localized communities of burners. These events build upon the cultural bond of Burning Man, yet add a particular unique flavor of their own. Most regional events last a few days, occur annually, and are much less formal than Burning Man itself.


Burning Man on screen

  • Television Burning Man has been featured in both fictional and non-fictional accounts on American television including plots centering around the event on Comedy Central's Reno 911! ("Burning Man Festival" first aired 10/24/03) and Fox's American Dad and Malcolm in the Middle ("Burning Man" first aired 10/30/05).
  • Film A clip from the 1998 burning of the man can be seen in Bodysong, a full length documentary about human life on earth.

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See also

Larry Harvey (born 1948) is the originator of the Burning Man project. ... An art car is a vehicle that has its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. ... Survival Research Laboratories is a performance art group founded by Mark Pauline in November, 1978. ... The following is a list of regional Burning Man events ordered alphabetically by geography. ... This article concerns the social philosophy known as Neo-Tribalism and not the breakdown of national identities that followed the end of the Cold War. ... The Green Tortoise is a company which hosts tours, mostly within the United States, using converted buses. ...

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General

  • burningman.com - official website
  • Wikitravel article on Black Rock City
  • Category at Open Directory Project
  • BORG2 - "The Burning Man Renaissance".
  • Artists Republic Fremont: BurningMan - includes information about coolers and ice, surviving the wind, and shade structures
  • Packing Lists for what to bring to Burning Man.
  • MarXidad.com - Burning Man - includes quotations of burners' descriptions of the event, as well as some related humor

Photo collections

  • Slideshow from Burning Man 2003
  • Burningman.com
  • Google Maps satellite view of the Black Rock City site
  • Hand-drawn map of Burning Man 2005 (Psyche)
  • Artsy photos of Burning Man 2005
  • Photo essay from a Burning Man virgin's perspective
  • Burning Man 3-D - ten years of stereoscopic photographs

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Theme camps

  • Pink Mammoth - a San Francisco-based not-for-profit artist collective that provides an underground (i.e. unregistered) pink-themed bar and club, notably operating only during the daylight hours. (See also Wikipedia entry at Pink Mammoth)
  • Disorient - an art collective and a camp at Burning Man with a large sound system
  • Space Cowboys - a San Francisco collective and Burning Man theme camp, featuring DJs and performers, and a large, mobile sound system, mounted to a customized Unimog.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Black Rock City travel guide - Wikitravel (2928 words)
Black Rock City, Nevada is an ephemeral town that exists for only one week each year during Burning Man, a radical arts festival.
Black Rock City is located in the remote Black Rock Desert about 2-3 hours north of Reno, Nevada.
Once participants have arrived in Black Rock City, they are expected to leave their cars or other motor vehicles parked and travel around the city under their own power.
rock music -> Origins of Rock on Encyclopedia.com 2002 (806 words)
Essentially hybrid in origin, rock music includes elements of several fl and white American music styles: fl guitar-accompanied blues; fl rhythm and blues, noted for saxophone solos; fl and white gospel music ; white country and western music ; and the songs of white popular crooners and harmony groups.
Emerging in 1954-55, rock music was initially referred to as “rock 'n' roll.” After 1964 it was simply called “rock music.” The change in terminology indicates both a continuity with and a break from the earlier period; rock music was no longer just for dancing.
Say goodbye to mud and drugs A rock festival used to mean great music and greater chaos; then the Chablis set moved in, with their designer tents and massage zones.
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