Burning Man unveils 2018 temple design & ticketing timeline

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Burning Man revealed earlier this year that its 2018 theme would harken back to Isaac Asimov’s 1950 collection of sci-fi short stories, I, ROBOT. Where past playa themes have centered around more open-ended concepts — ones like “Radical Ritual” in 2017 — the 32nd annual BM theme points to an eerily evocative, concise juxtaposition of humanity and consciousness.

With the theme in mind, Burning Man Arts has now announced the 2018 Temple will be entitled Galaxia, and created by the London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani. According to the Burning Man Journal, “Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity.”

Its inception will serve as a reflection of the increasingly global nature of the Burning Man community.

Galaxia’s build will be fiscally sponsored by Burning Man Project, where its 20 timber trusses will converge as a spiral towards one point in the sky. Per the Burning Man Journal, “The triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia. The timber modules start large enough to hold small alcoves in which people can write in peace. As participants walk through the path, the timber modules lift up and become thinner and thinner towards the sky as people reach the central mandala.”

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Those interested in the project can get involved in the temple build, which is set to take place primarily in Reno, Nevada, or help with its fundraiser here.

Individuals who’re interested in attending the transformational festival are also in luck, as BM has unveiled its 2018 ticketing timeline. Essentially, pre-sale registration begins on January 24, 2018 at noon PST and closes on January 26 at the same time. Potential attendees must be registered through Burner Profiles to be able to purchase tickets when they go on sale on January 31. The application period for the low-income ticket program begins February 14 at noon PST and runs April 16 at noon PST. Directed group sale tickets will become available shortly after, and finally, main sale registration begins on March 21 at noon PST and closes March 23 at noon PST. The sale of these tickets begins shortly after, on March 28, at noon PST. Once more, potential patrons must be registered to purchase tickets.

More information about ticket sales and purchase programs can be found here.

Source: Burning Man Journal

Photos courtesy of the Burning Man Journal

 

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Burning Man could soon expand to 100,000 attendees

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Black Rock City may be preparing to welcome more burners soon. Burning Man organizers recently met with state officials from Nevada’s Bureau of Land Management to discuss the local and environmental impacts of expanding the annual event to a capacity of up to 100,000 over the next few years. Organizers met with Nevada residents from the communities closest to the event, from Lovelock, Reno, and Gerlach to discuss their future plans for the week-long gathering. The festival is also hoping to obtain more land, reportedly eyeing an additional 500 acres for future iterations of the event.

Burning Man has been anchored in Black Rock City, Nevada since 1990. Attendance has steadily grown year over year, and is currently capped at 68,000 burners annually. The proposed plan would raise the event’s capacity to 80,000 and then possibly 100,000 participants gradually over the next few years. The Bureau of Land Management is expected to release more details on the agreed upon conditions for future Burning Man gatherings in late 2018, with a final draft expected sometime in 2019.

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Burning Man Music Festival has been routinely held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the past 27-years, a setting equally beloved by event organizers and attendees alike. As Burning Man looks to host its 28th edition in the desert from August 26-September 3, 2018, the geographical fate of the festival’s 2019 iteration hinges on the renewal of Burning Man’s 10-year permit. In order to receive a permit renewal from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the festival must pass an environmental impact analysis, administered in conjunction with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The analysis will result in the creation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assesses Burning Man’s effect on the environment.

The length of Burning Man’s EIS has grown considerably over the years—in 1991, the festival’s fifth-year of production, the event’s EIS was only one-page. In 2012, Burning Man’s EIS weighed in at 343-pages. Led by the BLM, the EIS evaluation will begin in 2019, taking a year and a half to complete.

The BLM will specifically study Burning Man’s environmental impact on Black Rock City, examining the event’s hypothetical impact alongside the increasing populace of Black Rock City. The EIS will account for the effects of Burning Man over a 10-year period of Black Rock City expansion, recording the results in synchronicity with a projected population growth of 80,000-100,000 people, no population growth, or total absence of the city altogether. Festival coordinators note that they have “no immediate plans to grow Black Rock City.”

Burning Man bears the title of the largest ‘Leave No Trace’ event in the world, an ethos that speaks to the festival’s environmental awareness. Burning Man will maintain the same population cap used for its 2017 edition in 2018, an effort to keep the festival at a sustainable size. “Over the years our growth has been carefully planned, and it has helped ensure our cohesiveness and sustainability as an organization, an event, and a culture,” Burning Man organizers have said of the initiative.

Those interested in learning more about the EIS process can do so via Burning Man’s official journal entry here. The entry contains the dates of public meetings associated with the EIS that Burning Man supporters are welcome to attend in order to offer input on the permit renewal.

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Burning Man reveals 2018 theme

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In an interesting plot twist, Burning Man has selected a 2018 theme that harkens back to Isaac Asimov’s 1950 collection of sci-fi short stories, I, ROBOT. While past themes on the playa have centered around more open-ended, vague concepts — such as 2017’s “Radical Ritual” theme — the 32nd annual BM theme is no less imaginative, yet more precise.

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In the announcement post on the Burning Man Journal, the organization elaborates on these ethical guidelines:

At first glance, these ethical precepts seem simple enough; they are really not much different from the Golden Rule. But a team of robot psychologists, engaged in what we would today call quality control, soon discover certain glitches that become quite sinister.

In effect, the upcoming year’s theme will offer attendees the opportunity to explore Asimov’s assertion that “there could be no true morality without emotion,” while exploring the connection “between human consciousness and abstract calculation.” On thing remains certain: no one likes an angry robot.

Art installations are invited to “focus on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us.”

Once conceptualized, who knows how the humans will actualize the theme in the largest pop-up playground city in the world.<

Featured photos courtesy of Playaman.

Via: Burning Man Journal

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Now in it’s 21st year, the mystique surrounding Burning Man and its ability to draw in the biggest names in electronic music have shown now signs of abating. This year was no exception, with contributions from Diplo, Skrillex, and a Burning Man favorite — Tycho’s sunrise set.

One particular guest to Black Rock City that has until now remained rather elusive has been the legendary Carl Cox. Thanks to the folks at The Radio Department, fans of tech-house can now hear Carl Cox’s first-ever guest mix (beginning at the 58 minute mark) on John Digweed‘s radio show, Transitions.

Recorded live from deep within the playa this past September, expect to hear a carefully curated mix of techno and progressive DJs who are pioneering their respective genres, including Dance Spirit, Satori, Markus Homm, Connan Mockasin, Tiefschwarz & Yawk, and more.

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After a slow start to 2017, Skrillex has rung the second half of the year in full force with some hot new releases and outstanding sets. Skrillex’s set at Burning Man was one for the books, and fortunately David Kupferberg has posted the full set in high quality video on YouTube letting viewers not only relive the set sonically but visually as well. Skrillex had renowned visual artist Infinight do a custom light show for the set, making this video one not to miss.

 

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[WATCH] This guy ran five ultra marathons at Burning Man

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Burning Man immediately established itself as a unique place during the first burn in June of 1986. Way before festivals became the biggest events of the summer, Black Rock City became a mecca for those looking to dance in the desert.

Dancing, however, isn’t the only thing to do at Burning Man. One attendee has made the pilgrimage to the Nevada desert and ran an ultra marathon — 31 miles — at five different iterations of the festival. In a display of the sheer size and logistical marvel of setting up the festival, the entire race consists of just four laps around the festival’s perimeter. For those who don’t wish to run the race for themselves, this participant has uploaded a video of his performance for all to enjoy.

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Every year, artists of every genre and every level of fame make the pilgrimage out to Black Rock City to take part in the creation of the pop-up community on the playa. They do this by bestowing Burning Man with their varied talents in DJing, playing sometimes into the wee daybreak hours. Producers like Skrillex have made high-profile appearances, while older veterans like Bassnectar were bestowing as many as 5-6 sets per day, for as many as six days straight.

This year, Diplo made the journey to Black Rock where he played at the legendary Camp Questionmark. The Mad Decent label head recently uploaded his live set to Soundcloud, an hour-long session filled with classic Diplo tunes mixed with a fun, freestyle appeal.

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Each and every artistic endeavor from the San Francisco-based designer and producer Scott Hansen is an effervescent effort, each more nuanced and meticulously crafted than the artist’s previous pursual. As Tycho, Hansen’s built a curatorial empire. From carefully curated sun-drenched captures on Instagram, to his design work, let alone his renowned and spiritually renewing sets at festivals around the world, Hansen’s artistic outpouring is a celebration of minimalistic beauty at its finest. For the artist, to live to is create.

Tens of thousands of Burners poured into the Black Rock Desert this year in a celebration of art, music, creativity, and community where Tycho set forth to delve into one of his most soothing sets to date. On the fifth day of Burning Man, Aug. 31, he took The Dusty Rhino for a dreamy ride into the sunrise, gliding from one track to the next in his seemingly effortless, archetypal approach.

Tycho’s set allows its listener to ascend to an alternate dimension within its two hour playtime. While it’s filled with Hansen’s own work, including “Awake” and “Epoch,” as well as many other tracks off the LPs, Hansen seamlessly weaves chillwave outliers throughout.

Listeners can hear artists like Caribou, Kidnap Kid, or The Bamboos all weaved into a cohesive two-hour stream. It’s clear Tycho and his audience ascended to alternate spaces this burn, in a culmination of tunes like these, it’s also likely this set will live high in a register of memorable life experiences among all who experienced it.

Even Tycho went so far as to call it his, “absolute favorite morning of all time” on SoundCloud.

Tracklist:

Sensations’ Fix – Acudreaming
Tycho – Sunrise Projector
Tycho – Ascension
Home – Resonance
Tycho – Continuum
Boards Of Canada – Kaini Industries
Dorisburg – Votiv
Rival Consoles – Ghostin
Boards Of Canada – Wildlife Analysis
Jonny L – Tychonic Cycle
Luke Abbott – Modern Driveway
George Fitzgerald – Your Two Faces
16 Bit Lolitas – Peninsula
Weval – I Don’t Need It
Kidnap Kid – Birds That Fly
Jimpster – Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix)
Weval – You Made It
Tycho – Epoch
Tycho – Dye
Boards Of Canada – Corsair
<<< Sunrise (Cloud Obscured) >>>
Tycho – Awake
Home – Above All
Tycho – Horizon
<<< Sun Visible >>>
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
16 Bit Lolitas – Not The Only One
Robert Babicz – Where Are You (Aparde Remix)
Tycho – Slack
Joon Moon – Chess
Tycho – Daydream
The Bamboos – The Wilhelm Scream

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Let them eat lobster: Google employees took Burning Man ‘glamping’ to the next level

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Burning Man is what many describe as a spiritual, transcendent experience that happens once a year in the Black Rock Desert. This year, the event has been garnering attention for one peculiar reason. Somehow, a small group of Google employees brought a 10-pound box of live lobsters to the desert. This bougie dining plan was one that was difficult to carry out.

“I would guess by talking to the guys from Google that they thought it was a really cool idea to say, ‘Hey we got Maine lobsters all the way from the East Coast from the cold waters of Maine out here to the desert…’ it was $139.58 to ship eight to 10 lobsters to California” -David Sullivan, manager of Lobster 207

To execute this plan, the group organized an overnight shipment of fresh lobsters to the Google office located in Sunnyvale, California one week ahead of Burning Man. Shortly after this ingenious idea came together, they began their two day road trip to reach the remote destination, and when they got to the Desert the feast ensued. With the efforts they put forth, the Google employees took ‘glamping’ to the next level with their creative scheme.

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