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Crucible art project – your chance to build fire/light art

Flame Effects Australia is building an art project as part of White Night Melbourne on 21 February 2015 – and YOU could be part of it too.

‘The Crucible’ will consist of several metal sculptures of varying sizes and intricacy, some with flames and others lit with spotlights, EL wire etc. The details are still hush hush  —  we don’t want to spoil the surprise — but this is an amazing opportunity to work together with other Burners and fire lovers to produce a public installation piece.

Flame Effects Australia is looking for every kind of volunteer: from fabricators, welders, plumbers, sparkys and fire-safety experts to web designers, graphic designers, marketing gurus, photographers, people to feed the crew, volunteers on the night — and things we can’t even think of right now.

Yep sign me up!

To volunteer, please register here or contact Stephanie for more information at flameeffectsautralia@gmail.com.

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Melbourne workshop: learn to build fire art

Ever thought about making big or even little fire art? Now is your chance to learn from some of the world’s best!

Stephanie aka serious is hosting Dave X and Propanic from Burning Man US for a two-day Melbourne workshop from May 23-24. This class is great for the beginner fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”.

During the course, you’ll learn basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel-based flame effects into your work. You will also get a full-day of hands-on experience fabricating, plumbing and firing off a group-made project.

The course costs $250 for both days, and we also have 10 low-income scholarships available for $200, sponsored by Burning Man Australia (Red Earth City Pty Ltd).

I’m interested, what do I do next?

  • Register for the workshop here
  • For more information, check out the Facebook event or email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com

Wanna see even more fire art built?

There will also be a fundraiser on Saturday night, May 23, in Brunswick. ‘Burn On’ will help raise money to launch Flame Effects Australia, a new not-for-profit that will focus on community-based fire art. Join the event here. They need volunteers, stall holders, performers and bartenders for the event, so please email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com if you can help out!

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Dreamers, Doers and Decoms

Yeah, the 2014 fires of Burning Man and Burning Seed may be in ashes, but the phoenix well and truly rose once more as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide communities rocked their cities with Decompressions in November/December.

At a Decompression, Burners gather to celebrate the recent Burn and to fan the flames of inspiration, creativity and community in our lives back home. More than just a party, a Decom encompasses the ten principles and re-creates a mini Burn environment, perpetuating the culture that thrives both in Black Rock City, Nevada, and our very own Red Earth City. And just like a Burn, it is run by the community for the community – and that means YOU too!

With most Decoms in their third year, dedicated Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide community members gathered their participant power and took their Decoms, and the broader Burner community, to a whole new level this year. Let’s hear a little from them.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

Sydney Decompression — 22 November

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There was much fun and shenanigans, which ran through to the dawn.

To everyone who helped set up and clean up, to all gate crew, to everyone behind bars, front of bars, over bars, under bars, on stage and off stage. To those who set up corners, played tunes, danced and bounced, sung and screamed, loved and let be loved. Thank you to all of you who came and had the Sydney decompression experience that was “The Burner Gallery”!

The 2014 “Burner Gallery”, which originally started in 2012, was made possible by Onur Karaozbek, Shaye Harty, Avin Jason and our beloved theme camps from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

These included Trash Mansion, Swing Dog Circus, Middle Eastern Mafia, Mint Country Club, Dirty Birds, Nargile temple, Sunday Bloody Mary, The Orphanage, Star Shitty, Alien Welcoming Committee, Coastal Bass Initiative, Sunset Island, “Tech Support”, Opti Doof Gif Room and many more art, DJs and performers.

Check out this video for 2.13 mins of pure, unexpurgated Sydney decomp sexiness and visit the Facebook event page.

Written by Onur Ka
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MelBurn Decom — 29 November

melbourne decomp2MelBurn Decomp’rs, you RULE! From start to finish, this was the best DECOMP that Melbourne has seen yet.

Seven-hundred incredible people gathered in one spot for the night, bringing together the sparkle that only our community knows how to do so well.

We served up tea and glow-light painting by Kettle Tea House, pillow fighting by Pirania, 3D Modelling, the Occulus Rift, Mint Country Club getting all minty on us, Kraken Korner, a photobooth, AWC and their kick-elf sound room, and much much more.

A fabulous time was had by all and your production team of Shane, Nick, Jess, Ali, Piro and GeminiTrix can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Flick through these pics to see more of the night. Can’t wait to join us again next year? Like our Facebook page and stay in touch.

Written by Erin Pimm

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Adelaide Decom — 13 December

adelaide decomp2Adelaide DECOMPRESSION exploded with all guns blazing in 2014.

Local Burners came together to create this event, collaborating to express a night filled with warm style, art, music and urban grunge.

Alcazar Rifle and Swing Dog Circus are the current theme camps present in SA and both helped to add a combined force of bohemian mayhem.

They showcased roving live musicians, duelling banjo and guitar beauties while spoken word and poetry was performed throughout the delightful underground basement dwelling that is “Ancient World”.

With images project onto translucent screens, the night also saw  local film-makers showcasing their talent. To add a touch of class and pizazz, we also saw a cabaret from Divine Drag Diva.  Taking it up a notch or two, “Colour Radium ” rocked out as the party gently progressed to an ultimate climatic roof-raising stomp on the dancefloor, with Scoob spinning some wicked vinyl beats, followed by some Swing Dog Gypsy Circus carnival to ride the morning home.

A wonderfully eclectic and diverse group of talent down here, all coming together to share and gift Conceptual Urban Burner Grunge while Adelaide grows stronger  and more powerful the more we fuel the fire and stoke the coals!

Fully immerse yourself in all its glorious goodness by checking out these pics

Written by David Wright [bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

Blog pics by Richard Rayment, Shaan Ali and David Wright

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Revised MOOP map released

MOOPdaddy has released a revised MOOP map after follow-up site visits by community members and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.  A few areas have been re-categorised as red or green-faded-to-yellow – and we have no doubt that these changes will raise some eyebrows and stir some debate.

But that’s ultimately a good thing. Burning Seed is growing fast and we need to put MOOP on the map by putting it on everyone’s radar. So, let’s turn once more to MOOPdaddy as he outlines the most recent changes:

“This year, Burning Seed welcomed its first troupe and map dedicated to monitoring and highlighting the MOOP issue. This has been a positive step forward for the event. 

However, I unfortunately released the MOOP map before all the evidence was in, which has been a resounding lesson in process for me as Leave No Trace (LNT) Lead.

So, now that all the facts are in, checked and discussed, we are releasing this revised map and an updated spreadsheet so that a more accurate and fairer result can go out to the Burning Seed community. 

The reason for this revision is rooted in the principle of accountability, which is the whole point of the map. If the map does not reflect the real situation on the ground according to the standards we have set, then the map needs to change – so change it has.

Several Green statuses are switching to red. Another camp goes from green to green-faded-to-yellow. And, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Burning Seed organisation sites are involved. 

There are also a number of new MOOP hazards noted, thanks to follow-up site visits by community members and DPI. Check out the new map to find out what this all means.

Next year, let’s all strive to truly leave NO trace.

Burn on,
MOOPdaddy

 

 

  • Download the revised map here. (To read details, open in acrobat and right-click on sticky notes.)
  • See the revised map spreadsheet here
  • Read MOOPdaddy’s procedural summary here
  • Compare the first map here

 

 

 

 

 

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X marks the MOOP spot

MOOP Daddy has put YOU on the map!

Yup, this year our crack team of super MOOP troupers and their whose-your-daddy Team Lead, Maddock, have scoured the frontiers of our Paddock pleasure palace, looking for and mapping our MOOP. And there are a few surprises in store.

For those still wondering what this cow-sounding acronym is about, MOOP stands for Matter Out of Place aka your crap/rubbish/things that weren’t there to begin with and should definitely not be left behind when you go. This is all part of Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace principle.

To see the colour of your camp, click on the MOOP map below to zoom in. To see a ‘sticky-notes’ version with more info, download the MOOP map, open it in Adobe or preview and double click on the post-its. There is also a more detailed spreadsheet here for each Theme Camp.

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This is what MOOP Daddy had to report for the overall site:

“For the number of people we had this year I was actually pretty impressed. The places where we found stuff in concentration were just pockets, usually in casual camping areas.

Theme camps generally did extremely well, given the amount of traffic they had. The area of casual camping to the west of the main site was sparsely scattered with miscellaneous tiny things – glitter, tent pegs, those stick-on bindi rhinestone things were *everywhere*, and the usual bottle caps, water container seals and can stubs.

The area of woods to the south was peppered with baby wipes; the woods to the north were reportedly a hotbed of steaming turds; and quiet(er) camping to the east was garnished with small slices of try-harder. All in all, a pretty good job from this year’s Burner tribe, and I came away happy even though we have LOTS of things to bring up before next year’s Burn!”

And with 626 cigarette butts found littered across the site, there’s no butts about  – there’s definitely more work to be done there!

This was the MOOP map’s first year, and it has focused primarily on raising awareness. However, there will be further discussion about what should happen with this information and the consequences of a red or yellow grading.

What do you think should happen?

 

 

 

 

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Living the theme

It’s almost official. This year’s Burning Seed is set to be one of the greatest Burns in the history of burning ever in the world ever. Our community has gone doolally crazy gangbusters in terms of participation this year, with around 50 (yes fiddy, half-a-ton, 49+1) Theme Camps set to facilitate our playtime on the Paddock.

And while we love us some Sound Camp, we LOVE that you guys are flexing other Theme Camp muscles by creating more healing, theatrical, chill, food and art spaces. Here’s a few tasty teasers to tickle your ‘tashes and tushes:[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

Star Shitty

Brazenly billed as James Packer’s worst nightmare brought to life, Star Shitty is keeping a tight wrap on the details of what to expect when it lands for the first time at Seed this year.

Safe to say that this cocky crew of crappy croupiers are likely to bring the tone at Seed down to new and unimainable lows with rumours of human pokies, awkward magicians, filthy bingo, and an all-too-literal space for VIP high-rollers.

This chintzy nightmare has been wrenched from the bowels of the imagination of the MWA, a Sydney-based arts/events crew that embody the principle of participation and community. Are you prepared to gamble your clothes, your dance moves or your dignity? Hop aboard the Star Shitty courtesy bus. It would be rude not to.

Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena

Looking for the best place to find your feet at Seed? Well, this is it. The Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena promises an all-in wild ride of roller skating goodness and it’s literally the most authentic way of achieving your balance at Red Earth City this year.

You’ll be coxed and coaxed by the one and only Tambalamslam, an internationally renowned all-star roller from the Victorian Roller Derby League. Step back from the brink, take it to the rink and lose yourself in the beautiful mayhem of the Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena. Go on! Get your skates on!

The Soupery

These superheroes of soup will be dishing up cupfuls of comfort and nourishment for the Red Earth City community this year (Bring Your Own Cup!). Veteran burners, the Soupery crew will be ladling their lovely selection of liquids from around noon each day, together with bread made on-site and more. The crew saw an opportunity last year to take their love of gifting to the next level with a dedicated Theme Camp at this year’s Seed.

There’ll be flavours to suit every palate, a solar-powered/trike-powered sound system with a vinyl-only set, and in the spirit of participation and self-reliance the Soupery will love you even more if you want to get involved and make a contribution. Are we there yet?

What’s your fave Theme Camp this year? Want to know more? Check out the What Where When for another sneak peek at what’s in store at Burning Seed.

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Dress to express

It’s a fact: we love costumes! You don’t need an excuse to dress up (or down) at Burning Seed, but if you’re seeking inspiration or want to be sure to be dressed the part, here’s a run down of all the events registered for What Where When 2014 that have specified a dress theme. And…go! 

THURSDAY (2 Oct)

ALL DAY || Tutu Tuesday on Thursday
A day to celebrate the divine tutu. Wear your tutu proudly everywhere all day…all week even!Paul

13:00 || Vogue-a-thon – ‘Having it, giving it, working it @ SHIT HOT; BURN AND TURN
A workshop to free your inner FABULOUS. No one is sexier, fiercer or fresher than YOU, so bring your killer poses, over-the-top confidence and above all ATTITUDE. On this catwalk anything goes.

14 – 15:45 || Meet the Minters @ MINT COUNTRY CLUB
Pop in for a GIN. Practice your swing, get friendly with the clubhouse courses, tables and the Minters! Wear Green, be seen.

14:00 for departure 14:15 || The Tutu Tuesday on Thursday Grand Parade >>> MEET AT CENTRE CAMP
The grandest parade of tutus ever. We’ll gather at Centre Camp and then parade the paddock to crash whatever is going on!

SUNSET || Urban Turban @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYOC, dress in your finest turban/headpiece, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

19:30 – LATE || Kaftanopia @ CBI
Indulge in the most fashion-forward event of Burning Seed 2014. Funky Middle Eastern musik and men in dresses. Dress code: strictly kaftan. Underwear: optional.

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12:00 – LATE || The Dragon Ball @ BETA STAGE – BURNING DRAGON
Presenting our Dragon Masquerade Ball. Bring out all your comical, crazy and exotic masks and outfits! For it will be a ball of extraordinary extravagance.

14 – 16:00 || Human Chess @ TRASH MANSION
The subjects of the Kingdom of Seed will battle it out on a checkered board, armed with foam swords. The chess pieces will all be human: YOU!

16:00 – THE END || Fluro Forest Party @ FLURO FLAGGED TOTEM POLE OF A TREE SKY HIGH
HeART Tribe presents FRIDAY FLURO & FOREST FIESTA! Cocktails, raw treats, sexy peeps and costume defeats. Wear your fluros, black light attire and get painted!

17 – 00:00 || The Wedding of Nancy Xi & Peter Piro @ CENTRE CAMP
Come join Piraninia’s finest and celebrate the Seed wedding of a lifetime!  The dress theme is traditional Chinese. The party will have great music, lighting, entertainment, drinks and more!

SUNSET || Capes and Corsets @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYOC, dress in your finest corset and cape, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

20:00 – || Dragon Burn >>> MEET AT KIDS CAMP
Meet then head up to the Dragon Burn performance. Wear your best animal onesie or forest folk costume and participate in the show.

10218491905_c6198809b7_zSATURDAY (4 Oct)

12 – 18:00 || Classic Sports Day @ MINT COUNTRY CLUB
An afternoon of raucous racquets, pumping clubhouse tunes. Live Performances uniting three global DJs: Simon Slieker, Halo,

 Cybersnake/Robert.

SUNSET || The B Party @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Babylon brings the heat with some serious tunes from local and international heroes. BYOC, dress in your finest B costume, and let us spoil your… you know the drill!

SUNDAY (5 Oct)

13:00 || The Walk Off – Come and Strut Your Stuff @ SHIT HOT; BURN AND TURN
After a week of expressing yourself on our catwalk, let’s see who’s hot to trot. Wear your most impressive outfit, or pick up something from the change-room. Everyone will get the opportunity to be fabulous! At the end there will be a prize for the best burn and turn.

SUNSET || Onesie Sunday @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYO Cup, dress in your finest onesie, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

For more event inspiration from your WWWhopper guide, download it here.
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Forget festivals – keep the home fires burning

Last year, bush doof was officially accepted into the hallowed pages of the Macquarie Dictionary. A long-time fixture of Australian festival life and parlance, bush doof has always had that kind of satisfying onomatopoeia that requires no further explanation. You say doof. I say duh.

And while recent chatter has pointed to the rise of the doof and the death of the one-day festival in Australia, there’s something else special in ascendancy. It’s not a festival or a doof. It ain’t no party either. It’s a Burn – and there will come a time when that word will say it all too.

What makes a Burn so different? Well, we could talk about the ten guiding principles that guide it, or the fact that the event is the love child of participants’ collective dreams, efforts and funds.

I could wax Burner lyrical about replacing commerce with a gifting/share economy, or the fact that you need to rely on yourself for all your needs while also knowing there’s a community to catch you too.

Or perhaps it’s because we like to play with fire, seeking expressive freedom by pushing boundaries and finding release from burning an Effigy and a Temple.

But in the end it is all of these things + more: that extra dash of something indefinable and unpredictable that happens when we throw it all into the mix, add YOU and just press go.

So what is Burning Seed, you ask? Repeat after me: It’s a Burn, baby, Burn!

Welcome home.