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Burning Man Presentation

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Lew Minaglia

on 28 May 2013

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Burning Man is a week-long event in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. Black Rock City (BLC) is the name of the temporary city created by the Department of Public Works (volunteers who reside in the area). In April 2011, Larry Harvey announced that the organization had begun the process of transitioning management of the festival over to a new non-profit called the "Burning Man Project". Each year there is a different theme

Fertility 2.0 (2012)
Cargo Cult (2013)

Price for 2013 is $380 for the week. Burning Man Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. The temporary city outside of the main structures is full of different themed camps, villages, art installations which are all created by the participants. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September The Burning man is said to be an experiment of community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance Radical inclusion— Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting—Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Decommodification—In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, their community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical self-reliance—Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources. Communal effort—Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. They strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic responsibility—"We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws."

Leaving No Trace— "Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them."

Radical self-expression—"Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient." People make art at home and at the festival, and will often times be found burning it in the desert for their personal expression.
Preparation for the event is almost as big as the event itself. The first Burning Man event was held in 1986 when Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and some of their friends met on Baker Beach, San Francisco and burned a 9-foot wooden man along with a wooden dog. 1986: 20 participants, with an 9-foot wooden man
2013: 68,000 participants, not sure of the exact height the woodem man will be this year but in the past few years it has reached 100+ feet tall. Benefits to hospitality Benefits to consumers: Participation—"Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart."

Immediacy- "Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience." Lewis Minaglia & Andrew Manansala "Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind." http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/ Ten Principles The experimental community challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one's day-to-day life

Equity in opportunity - no more tiered ticket pricing. Low income packages.

There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large)

Unique experience - no other event like this & unique on a year-to-year basis It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. Different kinds of revenue for Nevada

Beverages and ice sales benefit the Gerlach-Empire School System Partners: Green Tortoise (Shuttle-bus system), The Airport

Now covered extensively by TV First recorded form of "radical self-expression"
--> They asked no one's permission

"In the instant that the 8-ft tall figure was ignited, people scattered all across the beach came running. Within moments, a circle of fire-lit faces had formed, strangers who had gathered to witness this image of a man on fire."

"As they stood there in this circle of their newfound friends, Larry and Jerry were so inspired that they decided to repeat the act, to reconvene the here and now of that moment on its anniversary in the coming year. Without even thinking about it or intending to, they had founded a ritual." What makes Burning Man so innovative? "You belong here and you participate. You're not the weirdest kid in the classroom — there's always somebody there who's thought up something you never even considered. You're there to breathe art. Imagine an ice sculpture emitting glacial music — in the desert. Imagine the man, greeting you, neon and benevolence, watching over the community. You're here to build a community that needs you and relies on you." Gives you new perspective.

Relies on communal creation & creativity of the individual.

Nothing in the world is like this. It's a life-changing experience.

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