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The 2015 What Where When guide is here!

Got your tickle trunks, tutus and ‘tude at the ready? The 2015 What Where When — your guide to the most fantabulous creative juices ever released on the Paddock  — is ready for you to pore over with your sweaty little mitts.

The What Where When is your pocket-rocket roadmap to all the events at Burning Seed, and is handed out to every participant at the gate. Everything in this guide has been created by a participant like you — orgasmic yoga? Check. Bunny march? Check. Slayer sessions and hot chocolate? Check?

All manner of tastes are accounted for in the WWW but times can be.. shall we say… flexy. Find yourself rocking up for a workshop session only to discover it’s more like a snooze session for camp mates? Embrace immediacy and either join in or find some other amazing experience on the Paddock. There’s much to explore, and the Seed adventure is less like clockwork than creative, connective and continually full of surprises.

We have two versions of the 2015 What Where When available for download: one with spreads (recommended for printing) and one with single pages (recommended for viewing on your computer or mobile device).

 

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Message from your Gate crew

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Nick, our illustrious Gate Team Lead.

Written by Nick Westcott, Gate Team Lead.

The last few days have been tough. It has made us sit back and take a long hard look at a number of procedures we have in place for running gate at Seed this year. It has made us get on many phone calls, answer many emails, monitor Facebook and Gumtree, and drink many bottles of wine. It has made us have too many serious conversations with other teams about what this all means. It has made us sad.

Most of all it has stopped us doing the important things we need to do to get ready for Burning Seed 2015.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of ticket limits. About the impacts on crewing, permits, insurance and the quality of event we deliver. All we on gate want to say is that once you get to the site PLEASE do what you can to make our lives easy.

Have your ticket ready. Have your ID ready. If you’ve bought a ticket from someone, else have a copy of their ID ready. Let us search your car. Listen to the crew and give them the respect they deserve.

We are people like you. We are doing our absolute best to get everyone into the event as quickly and as safely as we can.

We cannot wait to see you.

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Burning Seed now on the map

The site map for this year’s Burning Seed is now available. A copy of this map will also be handed to every participant when they arrive at the Gate. Can’t wait until then for your own copy? You can download it here.

And if you’re wondering why you didn’t notice that large lake in the middle of the Paddock last year, never fear. You’re not going crazy. This year’s beautiful map also indicates the water-logged land that was kindly gifted by the capricious weather gods and the rains at the end of August.

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An update on Burning Seed site conditions

A week to go until gates open at Burning Seed 2015, and the onsite crew has sent some updates about water levels and what to expect when you rock up to make Red Earth City your own.

Waters have receded since the heavy rains hit the site at the end of August. However, our city planning and preparation have needed to be fluid (get it get it?) as we waited to see whether areas would dry out in time for building infrastructure, art and theme camps and to allow camping in some areas.

The result? Our city is a little more compressed this year, with about 30 per cent of useable Paddock lost to water. We needed to move Temple from its traditional spot and this year’s greater number of art pieces are sharing a decreased amount of space.

Things are looking up up up, but gum boots, mosquito repellent and rubber duckies will still be the accessories du jour. Make sure you pack them all.

From Shane Kilcullen, DPI crew member and general know-it-all:

“We haven’t had any rain recently so it is beginning to dry out. The areas without any standing water are now very dry and good for camping on. The areas with standing water are slow to drain off and dry out, so there is a lot of standing water on the open Paddock.

The western edge of the Paddock –  “sunset strip” –  is partially water logged. We’ve opened up a lot more camping on the south west of that strip. That water is gradually receding, but the water probably won’t recede back as far as the fence line by the time the event starts, so some people will be camped right on the waters edge. This area has a lot of mosquitoes. The roads are fine as they have been reinforced, but if you’re going off-road, walk it first to make sure the ground is firm.”

And if you have seen the Facebook pictures of dark swarming mossie masses and limbs with great big red welts, remember: Burners love to yank your chain.

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The view of the Paddock from last year’s medic’s area towards the stockade.

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The view of Paddock from Mint Country Club’s old home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parenting on the Paddock

kidscamp1We love our baby burners at Seed, and at last count we’re expecting more than 100 kids on the Paddock this year. Whether it’s one or 100, kids’ safety is paramount and we’re building on previous Seed lessons by strengthening our protocols this year, which includes mandatory registration for kids at the Gate.

Gate registration means your kid’s name, your name, a phone number and your expected camping location will be matched with your kiddie’s wristband number and accessible only by our Ranger crew for use in case of an incident. Please let us know if you change your camping location!

Registration also means we we can quickly reunite your little one with you if they appear to be lost. And if you report them lost, we have protocols in place to lock down the site, including closing the gate to EVERYONE except emergency services vehicles. 

Activities for kids

This year, the Kids Camp crew have some new things on offer like the Kids’ Cafe — run by the kids — serving breakfast everyday. There is also a great new Junior Burners program running Ten Principle-based activities at Kids Camp and around the Paddock.

To help them run things smoothly, let them know whether you are rocking up by registering — even if you are not staying at Kids’ Camp and just intend to bring your little sparks down for a visit or some activities.

Boundaries at Kids Camp

While Kids Camp acknowledges and encourages radical self-expression, it has also put some boundaries in place to allow families with different ‘comfort’ levels to be included at Seed. There is no nudity, drugs or smoking around the children at Kids Camp.

This may not work for everyone, so Kids Camp invites you to register and bring your kids along for activities, but perhaps camp nearby in the general camping area. But whenever you are at Kids Camp, you will need to respect the boundaries they have put in place. It’s important to remember that some parents have co-parenting arrangements that would prevent them coming at all if these boundaries weren’t in place.

More info

There’s heaps more info for parents and kids alike on the Burning Seed website  and if you have questions or want to connect with Kids Camp and other Paddock Parents, visit the Facebook Page

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New Theme Camps in 2015

Expect another explosive expression of creativity this year at Seed with an ever-more diverse bunch of new Theme Camps joining the established crews on Paddock. Flaming Galah has had an exclusive reveal of some of the new Theme Camps registered for our Matong shenanigans in 2015 and it’s looking pretty effing awesome, Burners!!

Theme Camp Co-Lead Thomas Snow aka Pretty Boy says part of the joy of the Burn for all participants is the chance to walk into every
Theme Camp you can, introduce yourself and sit down for a chat. “Don’t be shy, these spaces are intentionally constructed to facilitate this exact type of exchange,” he says.

“One of the main draws for me in terms of Burner culture centres around inclusiveness, acceptance and the ability to have your own interests and desires reflected in the city we build. I often describe it as a choose-your-own adventure book, that you ultimately decide what kind of Burn you want to have by active participation.”

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Tinyville will be a big draw at Seed this year.

For instance, if you wanna think big but live small, check out Tinyville. This cute village of tiny dwellings, constructed with 100% recycled and reclaimed materials, will be arranged around a central fun zone marquee/dome with acoustic jam stage, bar, couches, hammocks and other comforts.

Tinyville’s Rory was camped with Pirania at Seed last year and is a keen proponent of the rapidly growing Tiny House Movement here in Australialand.

“It’s my first time organising a Theme Camp — I loved Seed last year and was inspired to come back this year with Tinyville. I’m building my own tiny house and I wanted to share the ideas of tiny living with burners,” says Rory.

“Tiny living is quite well aligned with the Ten Principles of Burning Man. It offers an alternative lifestyle, which challenges the failing norms of society and which encourages positive social change.

“It empowers individuals on their quest for sustainability and independence. We want to honour this at Burning Seed by building a beautiful tiny village with spaces to facilitate workshops, discussion groups, music-playing, dancing, lounging and hugs,” he says.

Pretty boy says Tinyville is a great example of the evolution of Seed’s Theme Camps over the years.

“We’ve seen a distinct shift from a mostly sound-based Theme Camp experience to a more well-rounded interactive culture that caters to many different needs,” he says.

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Amelia and wombats go way back – she’s under the sign.

Wombat Manor is another fantastic new attraction at Burning Seed this year. At the heart of Wombat Manor is a touching and beautiful burner homage by a daughter, Amelia, to her recently passed Father, Ken.

“Dad always called all the houses we lived in Wombat Manor when we were growing up,” says Amelia. “While of course it’ll be a very personal experience for me to be part of it, I wanted to gift a space to Burning Seed this year that played to Dad’s memory. I wanted to make it something he’d be proud to see with the Wombat Manor name.

“What we’ve created will be a chill space designed for dialogue and decadence, a perfect Manor to lounge in and sip on fine spirits, discuss topical issues, peruse the library and enjoy and create special moments of decadence.

“At night we’ll provide a luxurious decadent chill out lounge for those who enjoy fine music, spirits, books and living in the moment. All music at the Manor will be acoustic jazz, chill, lounge – both live and recorded.

“We’re also filling our huge rental trailer with cushions and air mattresses so come by and snuggle till your hearts content,” she says.

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Get creatively insane with Moarsauce.

The Moarsauce Institute was a renegade camp last year that’s gone legit in 2015. Despite being pitched as ‘A Camp for the Creatively Insane”, the Institute has taken a really sensible approach to setting up as a Theme Camp, says Pretty Boy.

“For new and aspiring Theme Camps one of the best things you can do is keep it simple, not try to do too many things all at once.  Focus on doing one or two things really well and then build from there.  Once you feel like you have the basics down then by all means go big. Moarsauce took this approach as renegades last year and its great to see them back and official this year, it’s something we’d love to encourage,” he says.

Tal from Moarsauce says while the crew has a long history of camping at Rainbow and other events, the Institute relied on the kindness of strangers last year. “Particularly the amazing Tea Kettle House, who kindly accepted us into their space and made us feel so much at home,” he says.

“We participated by providing our dome as a chill-out space to weary wanderers, running small workshops and cooking delicious French crepes. This year, as a registered camp, we’re all grown up.  We’ve adopted an amazing group of people that came with a dowry — a 21 seater bus.

“We’ve been busy converting the bus into a Crazy Scientist’s Lab-themed party bus, on which we’ll be throwing pop-up day parties around the Paddock, fuelled by dry-ice cocktails and tunes in collaboration with other Theme Camps including Middle Eastern Mafia, Pelican Villa and more. We want to bring our Creatively Insane spirit to every corner of the Paddock,” says Tal.

So the message to you people is get out there and experience the best our 2015 Theme Camps have to offer. If you’re a first timer, lucky you! If you’re a seasoned burner, grab a burgin, have them point to something shiny and start heading for it.

It’s one of the greatest gifts — to see a burn fresh again through new eyes. Above all, remember that your mum was right, be yourself at Seed and people will fall in love with you for who you are on the inside. It’s just that kinda place.

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Art and times of Burning Seed 2015

ARTery has its finger on Burning Seed’s art pulse, and this year they’ve been working hard with all you amazingly talented, creative and crazy people to paint our Red Earth City… well… red. So expect to wrap your senses around some fantastic art on the Paddock this year. There’s also an Art Parade in store, an art/media centre to explore and the chance to register more art.

Written by Stephanie Selig

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Art on the Paddock

We’re pleased to announce that we have funded a total of 24 projects this year in addition to the Effigy and the Temple! We had some amazing submissions this year and wish we could have supported more, but we’re working with limited funds.

What we clearly do have in abundance is a community with unlimited talent, energy and creativity. Right now there is a lot of building going on in backyards, supplies being ordered and other general arty awesomeness.

Please join our NEW Facebook Page  because we’ll be posting details about some of the projects over the few weeks to get you excited about what’s coming to the Paddock.

Bringing Art?

If you’re bringing art and planning to put up an installation at Burning Seed, we want to hear about it! It doesn’t matter if your piece is big or small — if it’s on the open paddock and not in a Theme Camp please make sure you register with the ARTery to get your spot on the map.

You only have a few days to do this — 31 August is the deadline. You can register here.  All art pieces must have a Leave No Trace plan, be well lit at night (even if it’s small please light it for safety so things don’t go bump) and if fire is involved you absolutely need approval from the Fire Art Response Team (fart@burningseed.com). If you have any questions, please email us at artery@burningseed.com.

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Get your wriggle on for the Artery Parade on Friday

This year the ARTery will share a new space with the Media team: we’re calling Artedia (get it?). ARTery crew will be at Artedia from 11am to 3pm Wed to Sat during the event to answer any questions and to register your project. Drop by anytime (even after hours) to see our new large art map and read up on the installations around the Paddock.

On Friday night we’re hosting an Art Parade from 4-5pm. Join us for a walking art tour and learn about many of the pieces that have been created for your delight — costumes are highly encouraged!

You can find full details here . While you’re at it please like our new NEW Facebook Page and stay in touch with all things ART at Seed.

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Inside scoop on MOOP

Written by MoopDaddy

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Mr Pineapple and his MOOPy escapades after last year’s Burning Seed.

So you think you know your MOOP, huh? Well, after last year’s sweeps of the Burning Seed site, we have some news for you.

Just because those mandarin peels and fire ash are biodegradable doesn’t mean you can throw them on the ground. And yep, plants need water, but that doesn’t mean you can tip out any liquid you like. And while your shit don’t stink, that doesn’t mean you can take a dump in the woods.

Here’s why…

We asked Steve at NSW State Forestry to provide us with best-practice guidelines on all of these issues and this is what he told us.

The habitat at Matong State Forest is a semi-arid, low-nutrient type. This means the local plants have adapted to thrive in this half-barren environment. When extra nutrients are added to the soil, weeds take over and choke out the indigenous plant life. This in turn affects the indigenous insects, birds, lizards and other animals.

So whether you bury it or not, any food waste or compostable material is MOOP — and so is fire ash. The high concentration of potassium in wood ash is perfect fertiliser for flowering weeds. They love the stuff. So if you bring it or burn it at Burning Seed, you must take it with you when you leave.

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Use phosphate-free soap and shampoo in your showers.

Grey water can also create the same problems as food waste. If you tip out washing water that has detergent in it, the phosphate in most commercial soaps feeds the hungry weeds.

Steve advises that we can allow 10 litres per person per day run off, as long as the soap we use is phosphate-free.

Phosphate-free soap includes any castille soap or “camping soap” from an outdoor store, which you can use to wash pots, pans, pants and people. Just ensure the water doesn’t run off where people are walking or driving to avoid a mucky mess.

But it’s no go with the poop. Poop is MOOP! You’re not doing the local plants any favours by burying your excrement in the woods. 

The weeds will be the ones loving your brown stuff. And so will the flies who will find it, breed and be there to greet us again next year at the same time, rubbing their front legs together gleefully. So use the porta potties — that’s what they are there for, and take the rest of the MOOP with you when you go!

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Sex and our city — discover the key to all our needs

At Burning Seed, we’re super keen to build a space where people can create, explore, discover, connect, transform and express themselves as openly, safely and respectfully as they can — whenever, wherever and with whomever they choose. And that means sex too.

Yep, we’re gonna talk about sex and the big C.

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Say cheeeeeeese – body banquets at Burning Seed 2014.

Why? Because consent is the key to creating a space for both no and yes..yes…oh god, YES! And in this petri-dish of possibility called Seed, that means evvvvvvvvvvverrrrbody gets what they want or need — commonly known as a win-win-win-win-win-win-win situation.

To understand consent’s winsome ways, I hit Rog up for some of his wise words. Say hello to Rog. “Hello Rog!”

Rog is a manager of a Melbourne sex-positive workshop venue, professional counsellor, co-founder of the peace-keeping initiative, ‘Pt’chang’,  at Confest, and one of the people helping to serve up the fantastic body banquets at Burning Seed last year. (Now THAT was a cheese and fruit platter!)

I chinwagged with him about consent’s ambidextrous role; its importance for Seed as the new kid on the experimental block; the dangers of focusing on the fear factor; and what Seed can learn from the sex positive community.

According to Rog, consent is the ultimate multi-tasker. “On the one hand, consent is a safety, protection mechanism, and on the other hand, consent is an enhancement, expansion tool.”

And these tools are crucial to the development and evolution of Burning Seed as an experimental space.

“Consent as a safety, protection mechanism is crucial because Seed creates an environment of freedom and opportunity where people are exploring themselves, willing to take risks and go over their edges,” Rog says.

“However, it all happens in the broader context of our larger culture. All of the difficult and challenging behaviours around sex are still at play. So what you wind up with potentially is people with their guard down but still in a risky cultural context.”

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Up close and personal. Photo by Shaan Ali

But according to Rog, consent is also essential for the transformational possibilities of sex and the Red Earth City.

“There are a lot of people ready to have new experiences and learn new things about themselves,  and one of the things people look for are more sexual experiences,” says Rog. “In terms of getting what you want, becoming empowered and having some really interesting experiences, there is an opportunity to say, ‘well here’s an amazing tool that will take you to some amazing spots’.”

What makes it such an amazing tool? Well, basically Elvis got it wrong. A little less conversation, a little more action? Pfft! More like: a little more conversation, a lot more action.

“There is a model out there that says we should magically know how to touch each other and magically progress in a direction that is good for us. I think that works for a small percentage of people a small percentage of the time. For the rest of us, we benefit a lot from a bit of dialogue and communication about how we like to be touched or what we’re looking for or how far we would like things to go,” says Rog.

“So when you start to do it like that, you start to get into the detail about what you’re after, and you very quickly arrive at something which is far far better than what would have happened if you had just turned off the lights and hoped for the best.”

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Best cuddle EVA. Photo by Shaan Ali

According to Rog, the consent conversation between individuals, and within the broader community, can help lay the breadcrumbs for people to find their way out of the dark, and discover a more enhanced sex life and relationship life.

Unfortunately, our community conversations often place too much emphasis on protection over empowerment and passion. And if you’ve spent any time on social media lately, it can sometimes seem as if there is a potential predator on every Seed corner and we need to wo-man the ramparts against the baying hounds. Winter is coming. Winter is coming!

What’s the problem with framing consent just in terms of protection, and particularly protection of women?

“I think sometimes we can get so caught up in all the things that are wrong about sex that we start to become sex negative. You can develop a dynamic where people are so scared of violating each other, even though they have the best of intention, that the place becomes a battleground rather than playground,” says Rog.

“Obviously, the ‘no’ or ‘don’t’ message is crucial, but if we don’t also use our ‘yes’ and ‘please do this’ messages, then things don’t really improve.”

And it doesn’t do women any favours either.

“There’s a tendency to not trust that women are powerful, empowered people. And when we constantly look at how the situation negatively impacts women, we’re not giving a lot of credit or seeing their power,” he says.

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Temple of Surrender at Seed 2012. Photo by Onur Ka

So with sex on the Seed agenda and the need to both empower and protect, where can we look for inspiration and role models?

One of answers: the sex positive community and, in particular, the kink community — whether you like to walk on the wild side or prefer your vanilla with only a little extra sprinkle on top.

“The sex positive community, and in particular the kink community, have done incredibly good work on how to put these ideas into practice. The reason being that when you get into more nuanced and specialised areas of sex play, you can’t just dive into an activity and hope for the best.  Safety mechanisms need to be much more elaborate sometimes,” says Rog.

“These communities are also a shining example of how to use basic consent tools to take you to an amazing level of complexity. The self-expression within the sex positive and kink community can be profound – miles away from the norm. And that’s basically thanks to these consent tools.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Centre camp: the gift that keeps on giving

Written by Gipsy Nia

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Centre Camp to the rescue – Swing Dogs Theme Camp finds a new home for the night after winds destroy their tent.

I’m sure you’ll agree the most joyous of the ten principles to practice is GIFTING   Well, did you also know that Centre Camp is a gift to YOU?

Centre Camp is built by the people, for the people, and it’s a place where anything can happen at anytime. One of

Centre Camp’s finest moment was in 2013 when it came to the aid of Swing Dog Circus Theme Camp who were able to host their opening night party in this communal camp after losing their own camp to galeforce winds.

For the last few years, we’ve also had a talented artist, Scar Keller, toil to bring this community a bigger and better space where we can co-create anything and everything our hearts desire.

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Ro, Naomi, Scar and Terry working on decorative elements for Red Earth Info at Centre Camp

Scar is passionate about the principle of COLLABORATION and has put her heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into designing an awesome space for our community to gather and share inspiration and innovation. (And that’s why we call it Centre Camp  — together with the fact that you’ll find it in the centre of Red Earth City!).

For most of the year she is wielding power tools and cycling across Melbourne rain, hail or shine to build you and me a space to play in. During Seed you’ll find her building even more awesome shit and leaving Centre Camp to the Guardians to play

Excited? Intrigued? Wanna gift your creative hands and minds and contribute to Centre Camp 2015? Whether it’s a talk, live music, workshops or art, we’d love to help shine a light on your gift and share it with our community. Get your creative ideas flowing in to Centre Camp crew via our registration form.

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