Reborn From The Ashes

Burning Man is a weeklong festival, a mega art event with many levels of presentation to provide a platform to artists to build a variety of wooden installations and structures in a metropolis in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. This documentary film is specifically aiming on an aspect that would inspire the caring relationship between man and nature, and as well as emphasizing on the meaningfulness of men’s encounters with wood.

In this 5 miles sq. of flat alkaline playa, wood does not only serve as the main material for art pieces, but also represents as a carrier that absorbs people’s emotions, cultures, and hopes.

The festival reached to its climax when the fifty-foot-tall giant wooden man falls, at that very moment wood has been burnt to ashes and blown away with wind along with people’s message spreading out to those who may or may not have experienced with wood or woodworking that a green and brighter future is ours to choose.

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One Of The Most Powerful Art Pieces At Burning Man This Year

Burning Man is an annual festival that takes places in Black Rock City, located in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The event brings together a number of people from across the nation who are influenced by community, art, radical self expression, self-reliance, sharing, and decommodification.

One of the sculptures there is called “Love.” Created by Alexandr Milov from Odessa, Ukraine, the sculpture demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman and, ultimately, an inner expression of human nature.

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Source: September 12, 2015 by Arjun Walia.

AfrikaBurn is a Sign of Things to Come

This part is familiar. I‘d done it before. Many times. 12 gallons of water. 16 oz. of instant coffee. 32 pairs of socks. Four packages of baby wipes. Chapstick. Lotion. Earplugs. A headlamp. A backup headlamp. A backup headlamp for the backup headlamp. Three times as many batteries as I’ll actuafrikaburn_zeaysi-138ally use.

I’m no stranger to Black Rock City, but for AfrikaBurn — the largest of more than 60 official Burning Man Regional Events worldwide — I was a newbie.


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Meet the Woman Who Brought Fire Dancing to Burning Man

Graham Berry wrote this deep profile of Burning Man founder Crimson Rose and the origins of fire art and performance in Black Rock City:

“Often hailed as ‘the godmother of fire arts’ (she was the first-ever fire dancer on the playa), Crimson reviews conclave auditions with a panel of legends to select the crème de la crème for the ceremony. Year after year, fire performers strive just to be a part of her continued legacy by pouring their souls into their Burning Man performances so the tradition is passed with grace on to the next generation.”

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(Photo by Steve Fritz)

Love Stories from Burning Man

Nice one from Reno Gazette-Journal Burning Man reporter, Jenny Kane. They’re pretty conventional as far as Burner love stories go, if you ask us, but that doesn’t make them any less adorable:

“Love on the playa sometimes can be a mirage. Sometimes it’s just a moment, often just lust, and, well, sometimes it’s too many swigs of a chosen cocktail.

But sometimes Burners do find true love on the playa, or the playa helps Burner couples reinforce their everlasting partnership. For this Valentine’s Day, three couples told us their stories of how the burn brought them closer to their other half.”

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European Leadership Summit Rocks Amsterdam

Over 100 community leaders from twenty-five nations converged on Amsterdam for the second annual Burning Man European Leadership Summit, February 6-8 in Amsterdam’s historic Beurs van Berlage. Burning Man Regional Contacts, Meta-regionals, event organizers, and headquarters staff joined forces for a fast-paced weekend of teaching, learning, and creative collaboration.

2015-02-07_BM-ELS-day1_022_∏photo-company.nlAfter kicking off the event with a celebratory parade through the streets of Amsterdam (the latest installment in Jan Beddegenoodts’s “Moving Europe” project), participants enjoyed two busy days of panels, workshops, group discussions, and networking.


A highlight of the program was a series of talks on art, technology, and culture. Philosopher Alexander Bard introduced the group to syntheism, a model of how atheists can achieve the same feelings of community and awe experienced in theistic religions. Author Yuri van Geest discussed the attributes of what he calls exponential organizations, agile groups that can survive and thrive in periods of rapid change. And the artist Dadara hosted a showcase of his work, which includes celebrated and sometimes controversial on-playa projects such as the Exchanghibition Bank and Like4Real.

2015-02-07_BM-ELS-day1_138_∏photo-company.nlAnother popular offering was a half-day seminar in collaborative creativity hosted by the THNK School of Creative Leadership. Participants were guided through an accelerated cycle of small-group ideation, prototyping, and refinement at the THNK campus, generating a number of actionable projects that people were buzzing about for the rest of the weekend. Back at the Beurs van Berlage, breakout sessions offered in-depth discussion of topics including BWB-style civic projects, leaving no trace, community event production, volunteerism, and conflict resolution, which spilled over into many after-hours discussions of art, culture, collaboration, and the challenges of translating the Burning Man ethos to new languages, cultures, and physical environments.

2015-02-08_BM-ELS-day2_123_∏photo-company.nlThanks to all the conference participants for an amazing weekend, and especially to the Dutch Burners for their gracious welcome and hard work in helping to make this summit a success.

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“Moving Europe” brings Burning Man art to Amsterdam

Belgian filmmaker, photographer, and art-activist Jan Beddegenoodts brought his Moving Europe project to Amsterdam last week with a spectacular mobile gallery and interactive parade. Participants took to the streets of the old city carrying oversized prints of Burning Man art photos taken by Jan and fellow photographers Thomas Dorn, Sidney Erthal, Scott London, and Gaby Thijsse, accompanied by a brass band, dancers, fire spinners, and no small number of delighted Amsterdammers caught up in the spontaneous celebration.

The event was an apt kickoff for the second annual Burning Man European Leadership Summit, a two-day event bringing together community leaders from twenty-five countries for an intensive weekend of knowledge-sharing, alliance-building, and cultural collaboration.

In the months ahead, Jan and his team will bring the Moving Europe experience to more cities including Riga, Athens, Lisbon, Berlin, and Reikjavic, 2015-02-06_Moving-Europe_136_∏photo-company.nl_-1024x582working with local artists and burners in each country to imbue the event with local flavor and make each parade a unique street party. The Moving Europe team is also compiling video footage for a documentary project, interviewing people of all ages but particularly children and the elderly about their impressions of the show and their dreams for the future.

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We Fell in Love at A Festival

The Story of Burning Man’s Bear & Katiyana

 Whether on Valentine’s Day or not, there is nothing wrong with celebrating that ever-fascinating thing known as love. There’s no question that, as humans, the deeply felt, cosmic kind of amour is one of the most intoxicating and profound emotions your brain will ever have the privilege of experiencing. The coolest thing about it is that love can come out of nowhere, and change your life forever once it hits you. There’s no telling when it will happen or why, and there’s little explanation for the series of events that bring people together. All we can do, as citizens of the earth, is let it come and savor every moment of it.

Prime examples of this openness of heart, body, soul, and mind are Bear Kittay and Katiyana Williams. Bear is a New York City native who transplanted to plush Silicon Valley for a lucrative career as a tech entrepreneur. Tired of the industry’s self-congratulatory culture and ready to live closer to his deep values of love and integrity, he began advising one of Burning Man’s founders on a variety of strategic issues around global strategy (and eventually co-founded the theme camp IDEATE), and first went to Black Rock City in 2009. “I knew right away that this was my new sacred home,” he says.

Katiyana grew up in an intentional, mostly off the grid community in Sebastopol. In her childhood, she was already a seasoned veteran of in the areas of communal effort, radical inclusion, radical self reliance, generosity, immediacy and civic engagement. Before her first Burning Man experience, she worked as the Director of Operations at a boutique consulting firm, focusing on fundraising strategy and philanthropy advising, as well as coached soccer for almost 10 years in San Francisco.

Both Bear and Katiyana had strong intuitions that they would meet someone special at the same exact Burning Man where they first collided. Below, they tell Fest300 how their love story unfolded and how that love continues to guide and enrich their lives today.

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6 Things The World Could Learn From Burning Man

Most people think that Burning Man is a bunch of naked hippies doing drugs in the desert … and they’re right. But Burning Man is also much more. It’s become a giant social experiment. It has launched movements, shaped global organizations, and brought creativity to a whole new level to those who are brave enough to face the heat and face themselves in the infamous dust.

Here are a few things I took away from my virgin Burning Man experience and am implementing into my life. I think it would be fascinating to see what happens if the rest of the world took a lesson or two from Black Rock City.

1. Be radically generous.

Think about the last time you gave someone a gift just for the sake of doing it. How much joy did it bring you? It feels great to be generous. Burning Man is set up on a gifting economy, not a barter system, contrary to popular belief. If people give more than they take, then the whole thing works out beautifully.

Admittedly this will only work if people are implementing another important Burning Man principle: Radical Self Sufficiency. Imagine a society in which everyone was not only self sufficient, but also enjoyed gifting for the joy it would bring both parties. It sounds insane to most business-trained people, who’ve been taught that success means earning more than you are spend. But who made that rule? Who decided that earning piles of money is the most important thing we can do?

The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergei Brin, are Burners. They’re responsible for Black Rock City showing up on Google maps. Google, while they do indeed earn piles of money, have also open-sourced more information than any other organization. I was lucky enough to have a meeting with Chade-Meng Tan, the 107th employee of Google and creator of their Meditation training program the week after my first Burn. As he was giving me a tour of the campus, I saw a giant shark fin in a courtyard. I asked him about it and he said that two Google employees brought it back from Burning Man and promptly mounted in the main courtyard. (Just for fun.)

2. Watch the sunset or sunrise.

If you’re feeling depressed, chances are you haven’t seen the sunrise lately. Everyday, twice a day, nature puts on this spectacular performance. Most of us are too buried in our phones or too busy earning piles of money that we don’t take a moment to pay attention. Nature pays attention to those who are awake. The more we celebrate her, the more she takes care of us.

When you congregate 68,000 people in a dried up lakebed with no cell service or wireless, you can rest assured that sunrise and sunset become highly celebrated performances. Every evening at 7:40pm, thousands of people climbed on top of their RV’s to watch as the giant golden orb dropped behind the mountains. When the last sliver of light is eclipsed by the landscape the playa is filled with cheering, whistles and bullhorns seeming to say: Thank you Surya for another amazing gift of a day. See you tomorrow.

There is a saying at Burning Man, “The Playa Provides,” meaning that almost as soon as you can conceive of a desire, it’s there in front of you. Many people ask why manifestation occurs at such a fast pace there and I think the reciprocal exchange between humans and the sun has a lot to do with it.

3. Have more fun with your wardrobe. (Enjoy some radical self-expression.)

We have a limited number of days left on this planet. We might as well look good as we are hurtling towards death. Don’t worry about season/ fashion/fitting in. Wear what makes you happy. Let your outfit be a version of your radical generosity. Give the gift of you to all who have the good fortune of entering your event horizon.

4. Leave it better than you found it. (Leave no trace.)

The only way Burning Man gets invited back to Nevada each year is because of one of the most important principles, Leave No Trace. The goal is for no one to know that Burning Man even happened. Imagine a giant party lasting seven days with tons of people doing things beyond your wildest imagination. Then imagine the kind of mess you’d expect to clean up. That is not the case with this group of people. People are trained in the 10 guiding principals of Burning Man before they come, upon arrival and to some extent by their fellow Burners leading by example. Everything you bring in with you, you take out. That includes, ash, water, trash, and food. Nothing stays in the desert. You’re responsible for your own trash, so you make less of it. People are much more conscientious of waste when they have to ride in an RV with it for 12 hrs. Water gets evaporated, cans get recycled, food gets composted and wood burned.

I went to a football game one week after Burning Man and was appalled at how sloppy, lazy, and dirty everyone was when there was a “system” for removing trash. People couldn’t be bothered to take their trash a few feet to the trash can, instead they just left it in the stands or thrown on the side of the street. (And people say hippies are dirty!) Next time you go to a movie theatre or sports stadium, do everyone a solid and pick up your trash.

5. If you want to do it, do it now.

Everything is temporary. If you get an inspiration, take action. Have a desire? That’s nature using you as a vessel for creativity. Take action, now. This is highlighted at Burning Man because much of the art burns a few days after everyone arrives. The week climaxes with the burn of the giant man. If you don’t make time to experience some of the art, it will never happen again.

Michelangelo’s best sculpture was said to have been made out of a piece of ice. It was temporary, fleeting, designed to be enjoyed in the moment. Theater is the same; live music, sex, children, and puppies. All of the things that bring us the most joy are made even sweeter by the fact that we know it will not be there forever. They must be savored now. At Burning Man, you cannot get someone’s number to txt them tomorrow to delay the interaction. You either interact now or the meeting is likely gone forever.

6. Turn off your fu*#!ng phone!

Just do it. For an hour, a day, whatever you think you’re brave enough to handle. You’ll feel like a meth addict reaching for your pipe for a while, but push through. Be stronger than your electronic addiction. Instead of connecting on a social network try connecting with your actual human network.

This is why we are here on this planet: to connect, to teach, to learn. The one became two for the joy of becoming one again. Turn off your phone and enjoy connecting to the people/ world/ wonder happening around you RIGHT NOW.

See you on the Playa next year ya’ll! For a video of Emily’s live lecture, click click here

13 Life Lessons From 13 Years at Burning Man

Every year, participants drive hundreds of miles in the scorching heat in search of Black Rock City, Nevada; a barren desert in the middle of nowhere which we call the playa. They come for different reasons. One perhaps is to find nirvana in a sea of mesmerizing music and sense-blinding electronica. It is a place where people can learn through participation, revelry, and inquiry, how to truly connect and experience what it means to be human.

Here are 13 life lessons from my 13 year journey. (Click the link to read the full story)

Thank you Maya Zuckerman for your lessons in the Huffington Post.