31 December 2008
So MadMatt told me before Burning Man this year that he wanted to video postcards from the playa for BURNcast. I thought it would be awesome. But as things turned out it just couldn't come together for a myriad of reasons. And you know, Burning Man is like that. But then MadMatt said he wanted to do an L.A. Decom edition of BURNcast and now at long last it's here!
So I guess it's official: Mad Matt is a BURNcast correspondent! Woo hoo!
Now...if you watch this video he actually caught me on tape as I was working on my own video project for BURNcast. And in seeing this piece it puts a fire under my ass to edit that sucker and get it up. Maybe a New Year's resolution for me!
Thanks, MadMatt, for this video!
Love & Rockets,
30 December 2008
From sunrise to sunset on NY Day, we'll be having a pancake breakfast with bacon and eggs courtesy of us because we're awesome, tasty beats, and lots of sunshine for you day trippers!
- Porter Tinsley
- Todd Spero
- DJ eEvil
- Paynie-inspired Wilson Phillips Pancake Breakfast with fresh fruit available courtesy of the Orangekids!
- House (with Live Sax!), Tech House & Electro all day.
- MORE TBA
Lot 1, Woodley Park - 8 a.m. (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!) to SUNSET.
17 December 2008
25 November 2008
It's a sad, sad day in Black Rock City, as it would appear that Harley Dubois, LLC Board Member and Director of Community Services and Playa Safety has resigned. I say "appear" because we have yet to see anything resembling a press release, blog post or any other "official" mention from the folks over at Burning Man H.Q., but hey we read it on Tribe, so it must be true.
Harley, we will miss you!
Dear Burning Man Staff,
It is with great consideration and a bit of sadness that I am writing you now to say I am resigning from the Black Rock City LLC and my duties with Burning Man. I have had the privilege of creating much of the infrastructure and process you work with. I hope that I have had a positive effect on the culture of Burning Man that we all share and spread. My favorite part of everything I have been involved with has been working with all of you. If anyone ever wonders what Burning Man really is I can say I know. It is you, the people that make it happen.Thank you for sharing this time with me. It has been an honor. I have been with the organization for 17 years. It has been my lifework thus far. When I started it was everything for me. Though I had another full time job and “did Burning Man” as a volunteer effort, it quickly eclipsed everything else I did and was. I spent may years immersed in my work. Somehow along the way, though it seemed that there was not the time or space, I managed to create a wonderful family. As my daughter grows I can see there is a world beyond the one I have so happily been living in. I am leaving the organization to spend more time with my daughter and explore what else I have to offer. I will be leaving at the end of January. I look forward to seeing how quickly my footsteps are filled and how the new opportunities that my departure creates will be addressed. This is prime time for organizational change and growth. I am excited to see how this talented group will prosper.
With fond regards,
Harley K. Dubois
09 November 2008
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26 October 2008
So I’d like to tug on your big furry playa coat about an art installation idea that came to me recently. If you kindly would, please set aside about six minutes and watch the following video. Headphone listening is a must, as is selecting the “full screen” option icon at the bottom right of the video. Please do not watch this video if you have a history of epilepsy or an aversion to hypnosis of any kind. If it has an effect on you that you think is interesting, please take the time to read the text below that explains the project, and ping me back with your observations and comments. Although the concept is still in its infant stage, I’d really appreciate your take on this. OK, here’s the link to the video:
…and here’s the explanation of the concept:
Initial Demo Draft
by Damian Janssen
aka Mister Jellyfish
Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved.
Remember when you were a child, being handed your pajamas right out of the dryer? That warm, soft, enveloping feeling combined with the comforting fragrance of fabric softener? Imagine that same feeling magnified ten-fold through hypnotic trance and the fact that you are enjoying it on a cold evening on the open playa. This simple yet powerfully pleasant experience is “Fluffer”.
In the midst of your adventures in Black Rock City, you come upon a giant furry puppy head with luminescent, color-changing fur that is hard to resist petting. An attendant invites you to interact by producing an article of clothing and you hand them your fuzzy playa coat. Just before you start to shiver from the cold, they wrap you in the warmth of a long, comfy puppy ear, ask you a few questions, then fit you with a pair of headphones. You find yourself coddled in comfort, and facing one of Fluffer’s hypnotic spiral eyes that slowly begins to spin.
A seductive female voice identifies herself as “Fluffer” as she begins to speak directly to you through the headphones. She relaxes you and entices you to look deeper into the spiral. It almost feels as if her enchanting voice is caressing your brain from the inside as you fall into sweet, hypnotic surrender.
For six minutes, you enjoy a customized experience, based upon your answers to the previous questions. It allows you to turn off the mind-boggling and often exhausting stimuli around you. Deeper into Fluffer you go as you lean back into the soft puppy-ear hammock and snuggle down into a deep and safe place. Fluffer soothes and comforts you as she opens your mind and senses for the final part of the experience.
When finally you disengage from the spiral eye and puppy ear, the attendant approaches you with something familiar… your fuzzy playa coat, but something is different. As they fold your coat around you, you feel an enveloping new warmth surrounding you, combined with the familiar, comforting fragrance of fabric softener and you just want to melt. The degree to which you enjoy this special moment has a lot to do with your voluntary acceptance of the previous hypnotic suggestions.
Finally, the attendant places a lanyard around your neck, attached to which is the gift of YOUR OWN LINT wrapped like a flower in the dryer fabric softener sheet used. You are further given the opportunity to participate by helping the next person in line as one of the best parts of bliss is sharing it with others.
To accommodate two participants at a time, the Fluffer pup employs two commercial clothes dryers for eyes with hypnotic spirals imbedded on the drums. The warm air exhaust of these is piped directly beneath the participants feet (for toasty toes). The questions the attendant asks of the participant prior to the experience are entered into the computer that selects from multiple audio programs that are pieced together as one continuous thread over the six minute playing time in the participant’s headphones. The questions may include: “Do you own a dog?; Is it a boy or girl?; Do you wear pajamas?; How do you want to feel?”. An alternate audio program played through overhead speakers explains to observers and those in line what is happening and discourages them from touching or talking to the participant until they retrieve their coat at the end of the experience-- at which point it’s “hugs all around”. New LED and fiber optic technologies facilitate the slow color change of Fluffer’s fur, serving as an attractant to playa travelers far and wide.
Theme Relevance- Evolution: The Tangled Bank
No species on the planet has had more forced breeding than the dog. For millennia, humans have imposed natural selection based upon the dog’s ability to pull a sled or assist in hunting or protection. More recently in history, canine breading has been more influenced by human pleasure factors that include temperament, attractive coats, and “cuteness”. Although documented breeding is common, even the lowly mutt is a result of centuries of human influence on a rather “unnatural selection”. When a species reaches such a refined level of imposed evolution, a level of “forced feedback” becomes apparent.
Since pets are not permitted at Burning Man, many participants miss their dogs. Some even find themselves using their “dog voice”, a manner of speaking they usually reserve for their “best friend” companion as they long for its company. Many owners over time start to behave and look like their dog. The bond between human and canine is so strong that we even follow them around to pick up their poop! Do they now train us? Is there a correlation between the master/pet relationship and dominant/submissive practices in human courtship? What influence over human breading do dogs now possess? You’re not going to get to second base with your new lover unless you at least pretend to like their dog.
The Fluffer experience cuts to a core relationship between human and canine. It examines the subtle imprinting dogs perform on their master’s minds through expressions of affection combined with repetitive suggestion. This does not digress to an endorsement of bestiality, rather, a sensuous human experience enhanced by surrender through hypnotic suggestion.
30 September 2008
29 September 2008
My friend Peter Hudson has made some of the MOST amazing stroboscopic zoetrope art installations the playa has ever seen including the "Playa Swimmers", "Sisyphish", "Deeper" and "Possession".
His latest creation entitled "Tantalus" is coming to L.A. Decom and it requires some assistance.
"I don't want see another death by zoetrope," once said our friend Otto, the project manager and fundraising director behind Peter's last tour de force: the fanfuckingtastic monkey-themed installation that wowed the crowds at last year's Burn called "Homouroboros".
Well BURNcast totally agrees. Moreover we revoke the call for "safety third" and instead put a shout out for more safety monitors! It means this installation needs volunteers to help put it together on Friday. If you can help, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then, you may be interested in listening to an interview BURNcast did with Peter last year which is also available for download for free in iTunes:
BURNcast #40 - Mischief. Mayhem. Monkeys.
Published on May 08, 2007
Mission Control crew is feverishly working right now to ready the launch site for all of you. Please remember gates open at 12 Noon on Friday October 17th and close at 5 PM on Sunday October 19th, no exceptions. We will post the Survival Guide for the mission very soon on the website.
We wanted to share our most precious gift of creativity with the inhabitants of Mars. A call went out for artists ready to bring on the art, and they did it! Your Mission Control Crew are excited to announce the just released list of amazing recipients of the San Diego Burning Man Community Art Decom Art Grants for SoCal Decom 2008:
1. Don't Look: By Paul Douglas
2. Flyin" Saucer: By Hatfield
3. The ART Art project: By Vitaly
4. The Golden Case: By Spike
5. A Drop-in Life Drawing/Painting Studio: Whim
6. The Living Room: By Taz and Cooper
7. Cabbage Patch Kids Air Cannon and Shooting Gallery: Maguyver
8. The Art Creation Station: Kiwi & Bet~C
9. The "Exquisite Corpse" Lifesize flipbook: Catspiracy
10. Xxtreme Greatness Corporation (XGC): Matthew Lust
See you on Mars!
28 September 2008
Welcome to the 6th annual LA Decompression Festival at its new location the Los Angeles State Historical Park at 1245 N. Spring St, 90012 -- In between Spring and Broadway in China Town right below the China Town Metro Rail terminal (so ride the metro)
We will be celebrating the art and music of Burning Man from Noon till midnight with 7 stages and over 45 theme camps and art installations.
$10 in costume or with a Metro Rail pass/ $20 in street wear
Children under 12 are free
Limited Secured parking will be available on site for $10 so please CARPOOL. The lot entrace it at the North end of the park off of Baker St. Or the best is to ride the Metro (please check schedule for times) and enter the South end of the park.
Alcohol is not allowed in the park except for the TWO designed bar areas, so please leave your flask at home.
We would like to thank the California State Parks for allowing us to play in their park.
LA Decom Team
24 September 2008
I Give Thanks for you and all that you add to the world. October 13th, 2007 my friend/brother Otto Schutt was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer, he had just turned 40.
Otto became an inspiration for so many cancer survivors. He had a diet of raw foods, walked a few miles every day and even walked to and from most chemo treatments (about 6 miles). We had an epic snowboarding trip in February where we took the now famous “Fuck Cancer” photo.
In March Otto had finished his 4th round of chemo. We surprised him with a gathering of friends and supporters at the Golden Gate Bridge in what turned out to be a 8 mile hike, not for the faint of heart. We all wore banners with Love, Hope and Gratitude and walked with Otto’s favorite slogan, Give Thanks. Otto was the first person across both directions and it was very difficult for people to believe he still had cancer. Give Thanks.
Otto looked forward to getting back to his charity work once the cancer chapter was finished. Be it sending 75 inner-city girls to Summer Camp every year, working with Kiva to help seed businesses in the 3rd world or helping organize the Power to the Peaceful Music Festival with nearly 60,000 participants, Otto is a force of nature that has touched many lives in such a positive way. Give Thanks.
In April we had a bit of a setback when the cancer savagely attacked Otto’s liver. From his hospital bed he found the Love Hope Strength organization and he asked me to make contact so that we would have a trip to look forward to doing together after he kicked some cancer butt!
As Otto said, Cancer doesn’t play fair. As things started to get increasingly worse I told Otto we would do Peru even if I have to carry him. We had traveled to many points on the globe and I wanted this to be his victory lap and a chance to celebrate the enduring spirit of this great man. Unfortunately, on May 27th Otto lost his battle with cancer and left a huge hole in many hearts.
I am keeping my promise to carry him to Machu Picchu. It seems only fitting as this trip will also support a foundation so closely in tune with Otto’s passion. My goal is to raise $7,500. That may not seem like a lot in American standards but it is amazing what your donation will do in a country like Peru. Give Thanks! Your tax deductible donation will go to purchasing equipment for screening and treating cancer patients in Peru.
Please donate what you can and continue to live in a spirit of gratitude. Again, I Give Thanks for you and your support.
22 September 2008
I see Atom and Athena standing for peace!
21 September 2008
18 September 2008
Yes, it's true.
I have resigned from my position as art Curator. I've had my job for ten years, and it's time for me to pass it on. I've been recruited by www.newzonia.com, a new online community based on creative collaboration and global philanthropy, to be their Global Arts Curator. The site will establish the "philanthropic economy" and will connect creative people globally in a collaborative 3D environment. BRAF can benefit from this as well as our other non-profits, and I hope to do a lot of good in the world in my new position. And I hope many of you will get involved. There will be more information on the site soon.
I'll miss all of you, and please know that you've all made my life very interesting over the last decade! I hope to bring all the skills I've acquired here to my new work, which can benefit all of us. I'm going to continue to work at the office until mid-October, so that I can finish my post-event work. My last day in the office will be October 17. While I'll be leaving the office, I'm not leaving the community, and I won't be far away - just over at Fourth and Townsend. I look forward to continuing to be involved with the art of Burning Man, and the organization, in some way.
I"m very excited about my new job and I hope you'll all go to the site and sign up for your passports!
17 September 2008
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08 September 2008
The Critical Dicks March began as a male response to the glorious annual Critical Tits bike ride, which of course is a take-off on the famous Critical Mass bike ride, which in turn is a pun on the nuclear physics term for the amount of a radioactive substance required to begin spontaneous nuclear fission, which was discovered by a bunch of scientists like Albert Einstein, who, for the most part had DICKS. (OK, Marie Curie was a notable exception, but she was HOT. Talk about a nuclear family!) So ya see, what comes around, goes around.
The Critical Dicks March welcomes all genders: Male, Female, Transsexual, Intersexual, Pansexual, Gay, Bi, Straight, and Bent. However, if you are not naturally blessed with a dick, please bring a long a reasonable fucsimile.
07 September 2008
Reality BMTV. An art installation designed for Burning Man 2008. The theme of this years festival was American Dream. The installation was designed as an optical illusion, giving the people of Black Rock an opportunity to interact with the art piece and have their '15 minutes of fame'.
06 September 2008
the loyd family players daily get together on a desert and sing about thier favorite ocean creatures in order to get thier creative juices flowing to practice for samba music
the loyds give a little lesson on how to really embrace those beautiful moments out here in walk in.
karisha and sarah lead us in a burning man devotional. they are about to be huge in certain music sub genres and some select small countries so i feel totally privledged to have this video of back when
chillin up in Mis T. karisha and sarah are going at it with thier original drone jamalicious, mike is keeping the vines going and oh, hello
Picture Me Dust Bowling (Burning Man 2008)
from Chris Garcia
40 mile an hour winds and 5 hour long sandstorms weren't going to stop us from enjoying our second to last day on the Playa. This video is a tribute to my beautiful friends in commemoration of the best week of our lives (so far;).
We did it!
Title by Amy Nicholson (apologies to Tupac).
05 September 2008
Burning Man: Basura Sagrada Temple
From giles goat boy:
"The temple, which burned on Sunday night. Shot just before the whiteout on Saturday. With a melancholy soundtrack from Burial, Julee Cruise, and Angelo Badalamenti.
Burners devoted the temple to people who they lost that year - family, friends, and lovers who had passed away. (And one well-missed dog.) Pictures of the departed, and messages to them, covered most of the structure."
I wanna hear you scream!!!
Music & Arts Festival
October 4th Noon to Midnight
Los Angeles State Historical Park
1245 N. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
5 Stages of Live Entertainment, Tons of Arts and Activities for all ages
$10 in costume
$20 in street wear
(children under 12 free)
Complete info, photos, schedule, parking info at
Call for Participation
For Art Installation: email@example.com
For Theme Camps: firstname.lastname@example.org
For performers, bands, djs: email@example.com
The LA Decom Team.
UPDATE: The winners for the three free admittance to tomorrow's Bootie are Istari, Quin and Annemarie.
Winners will be determined by the email notification we receive from Blogger. First come first served. Be sure to leave a way to notify you if you've won by linking to your website, profile or sending us an e-mail at burncast(at)gmail.com
Updated on Friday Sept 5 2008 at 13:30. Thanks James!
The "Wheel of Thwarted Ambition" is artist Anton Viditz-Ward's latest gift to the playa for 2008.
Below is a brief recording with Viditz-Ward talking about his installation "Fire Spinner" at Burning Man 2007. Recorded 31 August 2007 in Black Rock City.