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Burning Seed and the Police

The police presence on the way into Burning Seed in 2017 took many people by surprise. Seed has grown over the 7 years at Matong State Forest from fewer than 500 people attending in 2011 to well over 3500 tickets sold last year. The reality of the size of our event in the current political climate, especially in NSW, is that we are now on the radar of many government agencies.

The Burning Seed organisers, in particular the Engine Room and Site Safety Facilitators, are responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our external stakeholders including Forestry Corporation of NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Health, and of course NSW Police. The very future of our event relies on the support of these groups, along with the local community.

Last year there was a very obvious increase in police operations, especially on the way into the event. We fully understand that this caused distress for some members of our community. What was disappointing to see was the reaction of certain participants to the police when they were onsite during the event. In particular the damage caused to a police vehicle, likely by a lone individual, had the potential to jeopardise the future of Burning Seed.  We cannot stress strongly enough that any similar actions this year will not be tolerated. Any Burning Seed attendee who causes damage to property will not only face potential criminal charges but will also be banned from the event for life. We will not let a small group of individuals destroy what so many people have created and thousands enjoy.

One of our principles is that of Civic Responsibility. The responsibility of ensuring our community is safe rests with not only every participant, but also with the police. If any of you have taken the time to chat with a police officer at Seed you will realise they enjoy attending our event much more than other, more commercial, gatherings. They see the joy in what we are doing for each other, and hopefully they take a small part of that with them.

There will be a police presence on the way into Burning Seed this year. If you are stopped by the police then be polite. Make sure you understand your rights. If you want to get angry with the system then look at the politicians, they set the rules. There will be roadside alcohol and drug testing on the way out. Ensure that if you are driving you are sufficiently rested (we’ve even added an extra day to help with this). Don’t drink and drive. Don’t take drugs and drive. Don’t speed.

Finally, when you are on the paddock and see a police officer this year, go and say hi. It absolutely helps Burning Seed continue to grow and flourish. You might enjoy it too.

 

 

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Utility Kinetic Insect crawling onto a paddock near you

Hold on to your britches, and strap on your cups because Burning Seed is just around the corner. Here at the ARTery we couldn’t be more excited about this years outstanding art collection. One amazing creation is the Utility Kinetic Insect, manifested by the massive communal effort of the Melbourne Make Mob, lead by Callan Morgan. We caught up with Callan to learn more about this outstanding piece.

The Utility Kinetic Insect, or UKI for short, is part art installation, part mobile DJ stage, and part robotic insect. The entire sculpture has been mounted onto a 4-wheel drive frame, allowing its mutant form to move around the paddock. UKI creates a micro environment of immediacy and participation as she slowly crawls along leading a procession of dancing fans moths.

Humans swarm to its hypnotic lights

 

This interactive piece is a combination of art and technology. Mechanic meets organic in the robotic exoskeleton. The kinetic legs and wings move independently, powered by electric actuators. UKI’s wings have been fitted with stunning LED arrays and the lighting is synchronised to the dynamic sound system within the body.

UKI was inspired by the resilient biological life in the harsh Australian outback.

Callan has a background in circus; including building props and rigging events. He assisted with a few large burner art pieces before deciding to start his own collaboration: The Make Mob, a collection of artists, designers, and technical experts who radically fuse art and technology. They started in 2016 with UKI being the first collaborative project.

 

UKI is a love-child born of passion, purpose, perseverance, and giving it a red hot go. Building and touring this art piece has taught the group a plethora of new skills which they are keen to apply to future creations. We hear that these may be botanical in nature, and include solar panelling!

 

Callan and his team were originally awarded an Art Grant for UKI back in 2016. Unfortunately for everyone that was a soggier year than most! But the team were not deterred. They pushed ahead with making UKI and took her to Burning Man in 2017. UKI has also scuttled her way into the Oregon Global Eclipse Festival (2017), White Night celebrations in Melbourne and Ballarat (2018), and even across to Tassie for a steampunk convention (2018). We are thrilled to finally meet UKI at Seed this year.

 

UKI Collaborators:

  • Callan Morgan – Project Lead / Lead creative
  • Benjamin Coppel – Lighting Lead
  • Justin Maynard & Fin liam Ominal – Lighting
  • Chris Mock – Electronics
  • Ravi Bessabava – Software
  • Jim Moynihan & Gareth Burnell – Sound

 

The Make Mob strive to produce original and collaborative works that benefit communities and the environment. You can check out more on their Facebook page.

Interested in Applying for Art Grants or Registering your Art? Check out all the details here.

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Calling All Centre Camp Guardians

Won’t you help us create the most magical space?

Where burnfolk can gather in joyful embrace?

Where all beings are welcomed with learning and song,

A communal bliss-playground where all can belong?

The Burn’s beating heart, with enchantments astounding

With love flowing freely and laughter resounding

Could YOU help us actualise this divine dream

As a member of the Centre Camp Guardian team?

Centre Camp is a central space for the Burner community to gather and connect. Its welcoming magic takes place under a large stretch tent, and this year it will come alive with fun and uplifting activities, such as workshops, community events, and open mic nights.  Here, everyone is invited to share and receive their gifts, or simply rest weary bodies in preparation for future adventures.

As Centre Camp Guardian, you get to be a part of this magic.  You will help ensure all events run smoothly, and play a part in creating memories and experiences for all burners to enjoy.  You will be an active participant in making Centre Camp into a vibrant and inclusive community space, and in turn, magical memories of your own are guaranteed.*

As a Centre Camp Guardian, you are open, friendly and happy to engage with other burners.  A knowledge and understanding of the 10 principles is highly desirable, as well as a willingness to live them, model them and share them with others.

Another way you can contribute to Centre Camp is to bring your own personal gifts to the space.  We are still looking for people to run workshops, talks, yoga, discussion forums, dance offs, tea parties or any other kind of event or activity.  You are only limited by your own imagination. The space holds up to 100 people, and we can provide you with a sound system and a projector!

To join the team and contribute your own fairy dust to this hub of communal wonder, head over to http://burningseed.com/centre-camp/  and complete the form.  We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

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The ARTery needs YOU!

“There is a yet unnamed art movement that may prove to be of some significance, and Burning Man is close to its centre. It often manifests itself as circus, ritual, and spectacle. It is a movement away from a dialogue between an individual artist and a sophisticated audience, and towards collaboration amongst a big, wild, free and diverse community. It is a rejection of spoon-fed corporate culture and an affirmation of the homemade, the idiosyncratic, the personal. It is profoundly democratic. It is radically inclusive, it is a difficult challenge and it is beckoning.” Larnie Fox, 1997

There is no doubt art is fundamental to the Burning Seed experience, and in order to have art, we need an ARTery department.  The ARTery promotes community and art, chooses and places art at Seed, and assists artists through the process of creating their visions.

** The ARTery requires a Team Lead / 2 Co-Team Leads **

Are you the leader we need to take the reins of this essential department?

If so, you’ll work closely with the current team lead at the 2018 Burning Seed, and receive all the training, support and mentoring you need to assist you in this role.  As the Team Lead you will oversee operations, staff and all art programs including the Art Grant Selection Committee. You’ll be responsible for managing budgets and ensuring major tasks are completed.  This is a year-round role and will require an ongoing passionate commitment, and you will be well supported by a large team of dedicated people and the Curation, Arts and Culture Facilitators/Leadership Team.

To read the detailed position description, click here Ideally the selected applicant can meet and work with the team at Seed this year in an internship role, working closely with the current lead Stephanie to close out the year and attend the Summit at the end of November. If you have any questions, get in touch with Steph at artery@burningseed.com.

If you want to be involved in ARTery but are not positioned to lead it right now, we have a whole lot of roles that need filling!

On Site

  • Artist Support Services (ASS) Crew who can be onsite pre-event, you will work closely with the artists and DPI, details here. All shifts are pre-event Sunday-Tuesday. 
  • Concierge Crew who help run the ARTery department on site, with a focus on artist check-in, placement and registration, details here (limited positions available)

Year Round (starting after Seed)

  • Artist Liaison/2IC to assist ARTery team leads, involved with the Art Grant Selection Committee as both a member and an advisor. Role description here. Position can start just after Seed if mentoring is required/desired otherwise role to commence in December to prepare for 2019 grant cycle.
  • ARTery Finance Lead to interface between ARTery and finance to ensure grants are paid and documented, position description here, position to be filled by February 2019.

If any of this sounds like you, hop over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and get your application in!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

All photos by Nigel Dobson-Keefe taken at Burning Seed 2017, Matong State Forest NSW
Art (L-R) Rocket Clock by Everyday People, The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas, The Bone Tree by Chelsea Brown-Tremain, and Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keefe,

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Future of Seed: Community Consultation Report

 

In case you hadn’t heard, we have spent the last year discussing a new legal structure to run Burning Seed. This has included lots of conversations about what is most important to you for this new entity. The restructure committee has now finished its work (well, this part of its work anyway), and has produced a report discussing all that stuff.

So here it is folks – the final report, jam packed with your views and opinions.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ANCIENT FUTURE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT

The report includes all of the things that happened over the last 14 months – what we did, what we heard, what happens from here. It also includes all the data, our findings, and analysis. Also, look how pretty it is (thanks Vanessa)!

The Restructure Committee has made 11 (really great) recommendations (well, we think they’re great). These are about what entity is best, what will be in the entity’s constitution, membership, and how to facilitate these conversations in the future..

We gave the report to the Red Earth City directors for response on 12 August 2018.

From here, the Restructure Committee will begin to draft a new constitution for the entity, and will work on other related documents (these are outlined in more detail in the report). We will also be running a Q&A session at Seed. This will happen at 3pm on Saturday at Centre Camp.

We will also be sending out a draft version of the new entity’s constitution for comment in the next few months.If you want to stay in the loop please sign up to our email list on our info page (scroll down for sign up).

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email futureofseed@burningseed.com.

This report is the outcome of the countless hours put in by volunteers across the Burning Seed community. The Burning Seed Restructure committee would like to give great thanks to all contributors to the community engagement process. You’ve put us in a really great position to build this new entity thing.

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Your Loo Crew Needs You!

Some Burners like to party.  Others like to enjoy the art or attend workshops.  Many burners focus on leading crews, running their theme camps or their own brand of gifting.  But there is one thing that all burners have in common.

They all need to poo!

If you have been to Seed (or anywhere in the world) then you know what a difference it makes to your experience when toilets are clean and functional, well stocked with paper and endowed with running water.  We all love clean facilities, and that means we need a team of heroes to make it so. A team prepared to step up, and make everyone’s bathroom experiences enjoyable, relaxing, and perhaps even memorable.  As part of the Sanitation crew, you’ll ensure all the toilets are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Don’t worry, the real dirty work of sewage removal is done by the paid professionals and you will be supplied with everything you need to stay clean like our Squeaky Queen.

Do you have what it takes??  If you do, you’ll be rewarded richly.  As a sanitation crew member, you’re entitled to the following perks:

  • A hot shower after each shift!!!
  • 3 meals a day during build and packdown
  • A meal and self serve snacks every day you volunteer during the event

And if that’s not enough, you’ll more than likely find yourself randomly showered with compliments, appreciation and low-level hero worship from grateful burners. Here’s some of the awesome props from our 2017 poo crew legends:

“Definitely crewing next year! Thanks. Thursday morning ghostbuster crew.  Playing techno, with flashing lights in hazard suits. Just doing my job ma'am." - Niki Wheatley

“It's really not as intense as you'd think, really just changing paper rolls and dusting off the place. And the gratitude is insane! People thank you left right and centre when you are in sanitation, you are treated like superheroes. And that's quite lovely!” – Bruno Helbert

“Was easy and it was a great team!” - Jackie Turner

Don’t let your chance to poo crew slip on through like a ghostly number 2!  To grab your position on Burning Seed Sanitation Services’ 2018 team, pop to the community crew page on our website and get in touch.

An important P.S. Even if you don’t volunteer for Sanitation, you are all poo crew!!  We love to serve but we are not your mums and maids, we are not here to deal with your MOOP and the cleanliness of our toilets is mostly up to YOU!  

 

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Do you have what it takes to be a Red Earth Ranger?

BURNER QUIZ!

Please tick all boxes that apply to you.

⬜ I enjoy helping people and contributing to the wellbeing of the community.

⬜ I prefer to participate whilst strolling around the paddock engaging with people and art.

⬜ I am responsible, reliable and trustworthy.

⬜ I am diplomatic, friendly and patient.

⬜ I have great communication skills and a sense of humour.


If you’ve ticked all of these boxes, you probably have what it takes to be part of one of the most visible and badass crews on the paddock.

A Burning Seed Ranger

Rangers act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information, facilitators of public safety, and navigators at the edge of chaos.  You’ll spend your shifts roaming the paddock, engaging with events, camps and people, responding to emergency situations when required, and being the eyes and ears of Burning Seed.

Trained to do nothing at first, Rangers only step in when the community’s self-reliance runs out. We are not police, nor are we paid security. We are ready to serve.

All training is provided, and you’ll learn Emergency First Response and Ranger Fu principles – great skills that can transfer to every aspect of your life. The Ranger Jedi Council (leadership team) are made up of experts and professionals in dispute resolution, non-violent communication, military and humanitarian law, martial arts, and Burning Seed veterans.

"I started Rangering to help the community. I had no idea how much it would also improve my confidence, ability to speak and organisation skills." – Ranger Snorky

“The day after ranger training, I was up early and I heard a woman shouting “Get the hell away from me!”  Before, I would have avoided this, but I confidently strolled over, dealt with it, and de-escalated the situation.” – Ranger Sunrise

“Rangering is not only a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and contribute meaningfully to the burn, but a chance to feel more connected to it as a whole.  It was one of the best experiences of my life, I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Ranger Sparrow Hawk

If that sounds like something you’d be into, pop over to the website and complete your form. http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

Then sign up for a ranger training of your choice here!

Melbourne, 8th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/479787915824514/

Sydney, 15th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/256436465119595/

Canberra, 16th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/121257975403887/

Onsite, 24th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788948244524397/