The Art of The Matter
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
What does this mean? It means you – we – are the art and soul of this creative enterprise. You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to make art, and you don’t have to make art to be involved with it. You can create an art piece yourself, or join others who are doing the same.
At Burning Seed, an artwork can be a static object, or an interactive and visually entertaining piece. Often a standalone creation that does not require intervention from the artist, Burner art provides a sense of destination or experiential awakening for participants to explore or engage with.
It is also informed by a theme, which is chosen from community suggestions each year. The Burning Seed 2019 theme is Zoophemism. The theme is more a unifying guide than rule. There is only one rule of thumb here: it’s all up to you and me, so join in and set your creativity free.
Putting Art on the Paddock
The ARTery is the team through which art at Burning Seed pivots. It facilitates and fosters radical self-expression by advocating for and supporting art at the event, and beyond its borders. It is our goal to see new and innovative artworks at Burning Seed event every year.
What the ARTery does:
• Provides information and resources for contributing participants
• Reads your art applications and helps you through the subsequent process
• Gives you support and guidance on how to best create, transport, install and clean up your creative vision at Burning Seed
• Contributes to the Temple and Effigy decision-making process
• Keeps records on the art that has been, and will be, so participants can be inspired again and again
• Promotes community and art, both on and off site
• Collects information about art for publication in the What Where When
• Determines and helps with placement of artworks.
Deep Sea Angling by Flame Effects Australia
Photo by Ryan McRobb (2015)