Burning Man to unveil heat reflective NASA space blanket art installation at 2018 edition

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Renowned for its avant-garde art installations, Burning Man will maintain its perch on the cutting edge of 3D artistry this year. The 2018 edition of the Black Rock Desert based event will see festival organizers and and installation architect Sasha Shtanuk collectively unveil a “10,000 square meter reflective silver NASA space blanket” comprised of 3,350 ultralight polyester NASA space blankets.

The blankets will routinely shift shapes, creating an undulating visual effect comparable to the movement of oceanic waves. The installation will additionally offer respite from the high desert temperatures, given the piece’s ability to reflect up to 97 percent of radiated heat through the blanket’s metallic sides.

Shtanuk projects that the installation will cost approximately $17,500 USD, and has newly launched an Indiegogo campaign to generate funds for the innovative yet costly project. All monies donated to the campaign will assist with expenses related to the purchasing and transportation of the NASA space blankets for use in the installation. Donate to the campaign, here.

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Burning Man Wants Attendees To Poop In Bags This Year

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You might not expect the 80,000 hippies and ravers that attend the annual Burning Man music and arts festival to be the littering type. “Leave no trace” is even one of the ten Burning Man principles. But, despite their anti-waste creed, attendees have been literally shitting in Nevada’s Black Rock City desert. According to the … More »

Burning Man Announces new art installation, “The Orb”

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Burning Man wins for one of the most unique music festivals to date. This year’s festival is sure to be just as grand as the rest. Every year, Burning Man embraces its out-there location with over-the-top themes and art installations. In past years, we have seen Boeing jet nightclubs, scorpion cars and more. This year,

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Burning Man announces a 100-foot-tall disco ball, known as The Orb

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Burning Man always proves to be a fascinating topic, as thousands of people from around the world strip away their normal lives and enter into the Playa. The theme of this year’s festival, the first since its founder Larry Harvey’s passing, is derived from Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 sci-fi work, I, Robot. Each year, inventive new art installations bring together Burning Man’s larger-than-life theme, from Boeing jet nightclubs to flamethrower scorpion cars, and this year will be no different.

Word has it that a giant 100-foot-tall mirror ball, known as The Orb, will be making its first appearance in the Nevada desert at this year’s burn. The structure was created by a team of Danish architects led by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, who together created a 30-ton inflatable — yes, inflatable — disco ball.

“The ORB is a mirror for earth lovers – reflecting the passing daytime, evolving life, and other art works beneath it – A new planet to sci-fi fans, a wayfinder for travellers or just a huge disco ball to those who love a good party. Visible from most of The Playa, it will help Burners navigate the desert and find way. At night, the ORB will blend entirely into its surroundings and become part of the desert. The ORB is a tribute to mother earth and human expression – designed to easily inflate and deflate, leaving no trace on the Playa.”

Diplo’s 2017 Robot Heart set at Burning Man set surfaces

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People normally associate Burning Man with a crowd of happy-go-lucky hippies losing themselves to art and debauchery in the desert. However, the crowd goes far beyond its stereotype, with a plethora of celebrities, techies, and other intriguing characters popping by Black Rock City for a taste of the action.

Diplo is one such artist one wouldn’t expect to be a regular at Burning Man, which usually hosts acts known in the transformational circuit. The EDM megastar and Mad Decent owner was in fact invited by the institutional Robot Heart camp to play their grounds during their 10th anniversary celebration in 2017, and the result might surprise die hard fans.

Rather than pumping the deep playa full of trap and pop offerings, Diplo showed off his true DJing skills with a diverse set filled with eclectic, world-beats-inspired electronica, disco, and deep house cuts. Its mellow, warm atmosphere feels like the sonic version of a morning coffee; energizing, comforting, and smooth.



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Beat drops & hook ups: new survey identifies the most ‘promiscuous’ music festivals

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A new survey conducted by Tickpick sought to evaluate the hookup culture of the festival scene, and as the findings indicate, it’s thriving.

Tickpick collected self-reported information from 1,050 people from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk about their sexual activity at music festivals. The statistics revealed 50.2% of festival goers to be open to a “weekend fling,” meaning that the odds of finding a temporary rave bae in the crowd are very likely to be in the favor of those seeking one. 33.6% of attendees reported having sex at a music festival.

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Camping festivals Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Burning Man ranked as the top three most popular music festivals for sex, with 30.2%, 27.3%, and 25.2% of ticket holders experiencing a sexual encounter at each event, respectively.

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Tickpick’s data determined Burning Man and Electric Forest to be the top two music festivals for oral sex, with 28.2% of Burning Man attendees engaging in oral activity, and 20.9% of Electric Forest attendees following suit. Electric Daisy Carnival came in third at 18.7%. 46.4% of festival goers stated that they’d had oral sex with someone they’d just met at one of the listed festivals.

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A daring 3.8% of survey participants said that they’d had sex in a festival dance tent. Surprisingly enough, a dance tent was the area that saw the least sex: port-a-potties saw comparatively more action, with 9.4% of attendees getting it on by the toilets. 15.3% reported doing so in a crowd, while 7.2% got hot and heavy backstage. The two most popular locations for festival sex were the tent, and the car.

As the survey identified, “face down a** up that’s the way we like to f*ck” isn’t just a favorite song to shout among festival crowds: doggy style turned out to be the most popular position of festival hookups, with 43.9% citing doggy style as their preferred festival position.

Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

H/T: Tickpick

Smithsonian’s Burning Man exhibit will allow viewers to wander through the playa in VR

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For those who can’t make it to Black Rock City, Nevada to witness the majestic art installments of Burning Man, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. is hosting an exhibition in their Renwick Gallery to bring art from the playa into the city. The exhibit, called “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” will run through Jan. 21, 2019.

Still can’t make it to the nation’s capital this year? Thanks to Intel, who is partnering with the Smithsonian, the art of Burning Man can now come straight to you. In an effort to accelerate digitizing its 157 million-piece collection, the joint project will allow museum attendees to virtually wander the site of the annual Burning Man festival.

On-site patrons will now be able to don VR headsets and visit the Black Rock Desert in Android Jones Deep Playa Experience, brought to you by artist Android Jones and his immersive media company, Vision Agency. Back in the real world, visitors will be able to view everything from sculptures and art to costumes and jewelry that came from the festival — all without getting caked in the desert’s infamous dust.

H/T: Architecture Magazine

Larry Harvey, Burning Man co-founder, dead at 70

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Larry Harvey, one of the original founders of the transcendent festival experience known as Burning Man has passed away, according to a statement on the organization’s website and The Burning Man Project chief executive, Marian Goodell. Harvey had reportedly never recovered after suffering a major stroke on the morning of April 4 in his home.

“Our founder, friend and original instigator, Larry Harvey has passed away,” the statements reads.  “Larry suffered a massive stroke at his home on the morning of April 4. We resolutely held out for a miracle. If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry.” He was 70 years old.

“Larry was never one for labels, ” it continues. ” He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core. For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert.”

Founded by Harvey and his friend and colleague Jerry James in 1986, Harvey believed in Burning Man as “not a festival” but “a community,” and live on his community will.

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.

Overall substance use at festivals

More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.

Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.

Substances use per ticket type

There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.

On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.

Greatest substance prevalence per festival

Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”

Top festivals for each substance

Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.

While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including,  but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.

Via: TickPick 
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Burning Man founder hospitalized after massive stroke

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Black Rock City has long been known for its 10 principles that foster a sense of authenticity and commitment to one another not seen at most festivals nowadays. At the heart of these principles lays the power of intention, of which the folks at Burning Man are asking its members to channel for their fearless founder and loving friend, Larry Harvey.

On Wednesday, April 4, Harvey was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke, where he remains in critical condition. While his prognosis is unknown at this time, and many questions remain, BM organizers assure community members that Harvey is receiving excellent around-the-clock medical care and constant support from his family and close friends. More information will be shared once it becomes available. In the meantime, they ask that everyone send positive thoughts and healing intentions to Harvey during this time of uncertainty.

“Rest assured, Burning Man and Black Rock City 2018 will go on,” reads a statement on their blog. “If there’s one thing we know for sure, Larry wants us to burn the Man.”

If you feel moved to share well wishes, notes of gratitude, or your best and craziest Larry Harvey stories, you can send notes directly to Harvey and his family at TheHat@burningman.org.

H/T: The Burning Man Journal, Photo: Jim Urquhart, Rueters