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Business 2.0: Burning Man grows up

Each Burning Man has a different theme, chosen by Harvey. This year’s theme is “The Green Man.” Burning Man, an extravaganza characterized by the consumption of huge quantities of fossil fuel, has discovered environmentalism. It is attempting to offset the 28,000 tons of carbon it estimates the event generates (counting all those flights and long drives for its far-flung attendees), and the organization is belatedly switching to biodiesel generators to provide most of the event’s electricity.

Most controversially, the organization wants to bring as many green-energy companies as possible into what Harvey calls a world’s fair of clean tech. Google (Charts, Fortune 500) is going to help produce an online 3-D search service called Burning Man Earth.

Full Story: Business 2.0.

For those seeking a small, free alternative, Autonomous Mutant Fest starts this weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to make it down there this year, but I believe Nick Pell and some other esoZone/Portland Occulture folks will be on hand.

Burning Man Founders Mired in Dispute

A co-founder of Burning Man, the annual six-day festival of self-expression that culminates in the torching of a 40-foot effigy on the salt flats of northern Nevada, has sued his ex-partners to strip them of ownership of the event’s name and logo and to place the rights to their trademarks in the public domain.

John Law, who helped transform a series of small bonfire parties on a San Francisco beach into a phenomenon that drew more than 39,000 last year, sued Burning Man board members Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel in federal court Tuesday.

Full Story: AP.

Burning Man Art Installed at San Francisco’s City Hall

burning man art at city hall

Michael Christian’s “Flock,” one of the best-known Burning Man art pieces of all time, was installed in front of San Francisco’s City Hall on Nov. 17, 2005. It’s the latest in a series of temporary art projects around the city.

ZDnet: Flock in front of city hall

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey interview

Wired News interviews Burning Man founder Larry Harvey:

Harvey: Ultimately, yes. I think that our event is necessary and will be for a while yet. Because as we come to see it, it’s an initiation into a larger world. I’ll take a risk by comparing it to the hajj. It is part of Muslim religion. It doesn’t imply terrorism, but people have an obligation to go to Mecca once in their lives and to be inspired. And they march around a big rock. Well, you gotta put something at the center, and they’ve got a big rock, left over from pre-Muslim days. That’s why they go.

Or, it’s like, let’s say, Paris. Go to Paris, see what can be done, not because it will dwarf you, make you feel futile, but because if you have the wit to look — and I think the majority of our people do have that ability, to look beyond the spectacle, and say, “Well, how did you do this?” It’s true, someone just coming for the first time for two days won’t ask that, might not. But if they come the second, the third time, they’ll be asking it, because they themselves are going to have to organize communally with others, to get something done.

Full Story: Wired News: Burning Man’s Founder Looks Ahead

Designing Black Rock City

The “urban design” of a temporary autonomous zone.

Burning Man: Evolution of Black Rock City.

Daniel Pinchbeck: The Reality of the Psyche

Recent Arthur Magazine article republished on FutureHi:

One of the most beautiful aspects of Burning Man is the wide-open expanse of the desert itself, which seems to represent the infinite potential available to the liberated human imagination. While I was bicycling across the playa one night, enjoying the laser lights and carnival displays of the festival from a distance, I thought that the shift to a new planetary culture, and a new form of nonhierarchical social organization matching our new level of mind, does not have to be a cataclysmic or destructive one. The transition could occur in a manner similar to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Empire ? a sudden piffle, and a shocking surrender. However, for this to happen, the new paradigm must already be in place, at least as an undercurrent. Lacking a model or an imprint, the collapse of the current system will result in a world resembling that of the Road Warrior films, without the occasional flickers of irony.

Future Hi: The Reality of the Psyche.

Daniel Pinchbeck interview

I’d never heard of this guy before, but I like this quote about Burning Man:

Burning Man is the post-modern continuation of those ancient festivals-it is a miraculous manifestation of the “Archaic Revival” described by Terence McKenna. On an occult level, I almost suspect that Burning Man is creating a model, on the astral plane, for how all human communities will exist in the future. One amazing aspect of Burning Man is how the event penetrates into one’s dream life-after going there, I dreamt about some version of it almost every night for many months afterwards. I know that many people have the same reaction. How could the egalitarian, freedom-oriented, cashless, utopian form of Burning Man be implemented in a more permanent way, or on a larger scale? I have no clue.

Brainmachines: Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck

(via New World Disorder)

Burning Man lectures online

Palenque Norte has finally posted the audio for some of their lectures from Burning Man 2003, including Erik Davis and Alex Grey (both great talks, I was there). They’ve also got lots of pictures from the event.

Palenque Norte Conversations

(via TechnoShamanic)

Gift economy wiki

Potlatch: the Gift Economy. Needs some exploring.

Was just thinking about an interesting property of gift economies, such as Burning Man or (usually) the web: you pay to provide, not to consume. Consumption in a gift economy is free (ok, you pay a flat fee, like your ticket to Burning Man or your Internet access… but those things aren’t required). You can consume all you want, but if you want to provide something, that costs extra. And the more you provide, the more it costs you.

Burning Man founder on San Francisco mayor race

Larry Harvey talks politics. Apparently, Barlow’s words about Burning Man were not lost on Harvey (or he’s been thinking about this a while)

You don’t have to feel co-opted. You don’t have to say that things have got too big, that money talks. You don’t have to hide in a subculture and not speak to your neighbors. Big money doesn’t have the power to co-opt us. Arnold Schwartzenager’s not the man to tell us what to do. We can collectively express ourselves. Now, at the beginning of the 21st Century, we, united as San Franciscans, can teach the United States of America what it can become. And, hey, I’m not even a Green, but I’m voting for Gonzalez on December 9th.

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