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.”
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