Friday, April 07, 2006

FLESH, INK. FRIDAY - Images of Burning Man

Rather than focusing on a single artist this week, Flesh, Ink. Friday visits the annual celebration/ritual/festival that IS Burning Man. If you don't know anything about Burning Man, you owe it to yourself to take a look into what it's all about. Hell, if you consider yourself a free spirit, you may even want to look into attending this year.

Burning Man's website has hundreds of images cataloged from over the years... these are just a few chosen as being somewhat appropriate to Flesh, Ink. Friday, but you should browse deeply to get a true sense of the experience.

Speaking of the experience, here are some eloquent words describing the experience, courtesy of Molly Steenson:
You belong here and you participate. You're not the weirdest kid in the classroom — there's always somebody there who's thought up something you never even considered. You're there to breathe art. Imagine an ice sculpture emitting glacial music — in the desert. Imagine the man, greeting you, neon and benevolence, watching over the community. You're here to build a community that needs you and relies on you.

You're here to survive. What happens to your brain and body when exposed to 107 degree heat, moisture wicking off your body and dehydrating you within minutes? You know and watch yourself. You drink water constantly and piss clear. You'll want to reconsider drinking that alcohol (or taking those other substances) you brought with you — the mind-altering experience of Burning Man is its own drug. You slather yourself in sunblock before the sun's rays turn up full blast. You bring enough food, water, and shelter because the elements of the new planet are harsh, and you will find no vending.

You're here to create. Since nobody at Burning Man is a spectator, you're here to build your own new world. You've built an egg for shelter, a suit made of light sticks, a car that looks like a shark's fin. You've covered yourself in silver, you're wearing a straw hat and a string of pearls, or maybe a skirt for the first time. You're broadcasting Radio Free Burning Man — or another radio station.

You're here to experience. Ride your bike in the expanse of nothingness with your eyes closed. Meet the theme camp — enjoy Irrational Geographic, relax at Bianca's Smut Shack and eat a grilled cheese sandwich. Find your love and understand each other as you walk slowly under a parasol. Wander under the veils of dust at night on the playa.

You're here to celebrate. On Saturday night, we'll burn the Man. As the procession starts, the circle forms, and the man ignites, you experience something personal, something new to yourself, something you've never felt before. It's an epiphany, it's primal, it's newborn. And it's completely individual.

You'll leave as you came. When you depart from Burning Man, you leave no trace. Everything you built, you dismantle. The waste you make and the objects you consume leave with you. Volunteers will stay for weeks to return the Black Rock Desert to its pristine condition.
Circle your calendar for this year... August 28 - September 4, 2006.

Previously on FLESH, INK. FRIDAY: Anton ten Dam / Pashur / Earth Henna / Wilderness Bodypainting / Carolyn Roper / The Australian Museum / Jodee Lenaine Smith / Fredi Schmid / Vladimir Valenta / Anthony Chiappin and Andrew Dunbar / Rich Diltz / Flesh and Color

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Posted by FleshPresser at 6:43 AM /


  • Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey posted at 3:46 PM  
    never been. been dying to go though. someday perhaps.

  • Blogger L posted at 11:03 PM  
    looks awesome -- a little like what Fantasy Fest in Key West used to be

  • Blogger Meghan posted at 2:16 AM  
    Dude. I think I know that guy in the first picture.


    And... I love the 5th picture down. Killer.

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