Calling all artists and non-artistes: grant city, baby!

Written by Fiona Smart, ARTery co-lead

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]D[/bra_dropcaps]on’t just BE art, MAKE art!  Autumn’s arrived, which means it’s time to get ready to burn some shit. Yep, it’s burning preparation season and time to pump some thought into what ART you’re going to CREATE for the Paddock.

Whether it’s sculpture, installation, fire or light art or maybe some arty farty thing we’ve never heard of, we’ve got money to burn!! (not literally) and the art grants process is now open!! Large art grants (up to $5000) close 1 June and small art grants (up to $1000) close 5 July.

And don’t be scared off if you don’t consider yourself an artiste, art grants are available to anyone with a solid, committed, creative idea. And the ARTery Team are here to help you turn that bit-of-paper idea into a Paddock reality.

Consider yourself an artist, or know an art/architecture school or two that would kill to build something for Seed? We sure want you too. Check out our handy poster, download and paint the school/college/uni halls read.

For more info on grants, go here. Or drop a line to artery@burningseed.com

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Watts next for green power survey?

Written by Troy Reid and Rhys Alconley-Jones

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]urning Seed often means different things to different people. The experience can vary from integrally connective to wildly discombobulating, and whether we’re coming apart at the seams or holding it together with sass and style often comes down to the quality of connection that we have with each other, our environment, and ourselves.

The PowerCity feasibility study aimed to explore how we connect electronically. Do we stick to our petrochemical guns; atomised campsites each with generator louder and smellier than a Trash Mansion barwoman whirring till the wee hours of the morn?  Or can we share power, quite literally, and engineer a solution both by and for the community?

While the feasibility study is ongoing, the project survey component is now concluded, and we are amped to brag about what we learnt.

The nuts & bolts 

Thanks to everyone that took time to answer the survey questions. From the 58 survey responses received in total, there was overwhelming support for the proposal and all 21 theme camp organisers, art exhibitors and team leaders responded unanimously in favour of a dedicated professional team taking responsibility for power generation and distribution, because quite frankly it is a big pain in the arse.

If it proceeds, the most favoured funding model for the proposal was an increase in the event ticket price and based on the survey data we now roughly know how much electricity we need at this year’s event. For you nerdy types here are the magical numbers:

Projected power requirements: min=30kVA | avg=50kVA | max=160kVA

Projected energy requirements: 6,440kWh (liberated from 1,800L B100 BioDiesel)

Projected CO2 production/abatement required (calculated as 2.64kg of CO2/L): 4,752kg

For those interested in how these figures were arrived at, feel free to check out both the raw survey data as well as the calculations worksheet here. 

Sexy sign-ups

The survey also invited people to register interest in becoming a part of the project implementation. Here is an impressive summary of the surprising talent within our burner community that have put their hands up:  Electrical Engineer (1); Mechanical Engineer (1); Software Engineer (1); Engineering Technician (1); Licensed Electricians (3); Solar Systems Specialist (1) and Fearless Enthusiasts (7).

With a gene pool this sexy, we feel sure that the PowerCity project could easily evolve into something that shoots electrons into your next cuddle-puddle-spank-sessions, psychedelic aerobic workouts, or whatever else you freaks are into.

EmPOWERment and principle

There have been some concerns expressed that with electricity effectively ‘outsourced’, we’ll turn into an ultra-entitled out-group, demanding kilowatts and centrelink payments with no sense of, or respect for, the principle of Self-Reliance.

While this is always a possibility, the Communal Effort principle has something to say about this too. By pooling our resources and skills together, we can emPOWER our Theme Camps and Red Earth city to provide an even greater space for self-expression. And mother nature will be pretty stoked too.

Watts next I hear you ask? Well we are still in the process of validating and costing a range of competing solutions with a view to having the feasibility study completed by the end of May. So watch this space.


Babylonika BOOM!

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]ean Bag Babylon was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met them. From these humble yet worthy origins, BBB has grown into a behemoth of beat-fuelled be-jesusness that sets a benchmark for Theme Camp awesome at Burning Seed.

And now the folks at BBB have brought their dome’s atmos and vibe to Melbourne with a new club night — the Babylon Boutique — capturing the intimate, colourful and friendly nature of one of Seed’s most loved and iconic Theme Camps. Best of all, it has a VERY late/early license (6am). Melbourne.just.got.cool.

Babylon Boutique debuted on Saturday 9 May at the Korova Milk Bar with two floors chock a block full of Paddock favourites and new faces. The BBBers are all pretty chuffed, with BBB G (aka Sam Gibbard) taking time out from his hectic theme campery to say: We’re very happy with how it went — always brilliant to bring a bit of Burning Man culture to the CBD.”

For those who missed out this time around, don’t despair!! The Babylon Boutique are hoping to make this a regular night in Melbs, supporting BBB fundraising efforts and helping those coolest of Theme Camp cats throw free and effing awesome parties at Seed and other events around Australia, spreading the Burner vibe like it’s butter on hot toast.

For more info and receive your next invite, join their BBB Facebook group.


Our theme design is here — congrats to all

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]M[/bra_dropcaps]eet the face of our Revolutionary theme this year. Madeline Snow’s design was chosen from four other designs that were submitted as part of our Community Design Labs. It will grace the cover of our guides, Facebook pages, wristbands, stickers and other design collateral.

At a Burn, what you see is what you make and we’ve developed the Community Design Labs as a way to tap into the talents of our creative community melting pot. The theme itself — Revolution — was also selected from a pooling of community ideas and a shortlisting through one of our Seedtech tools – Town Hall Social. To see what else is created via this portal, check out the page here.

Thanks to all those who shared their Revolutionary ideas. You can have a look at them here and we’ll also have them on display at Centre Camp during the event.

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Burners on a mission? No WAY!!!!??

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]Y[/bra_dropcaps]es way. Meet the Beneficent Burners. You don’t even have to be able to pronounce it to be a part of it. This beautiful crew of like-minded and inspired Sydney Burners not only have the passion, love, intelligence and creativity to bring burner culture into the wider world but they have the looks to go with it. They are all so pretty!

Energy and love — Yeah!

Tristen Tan, a founder member of the Beneficent Burners based in a secret location somewhere in Sydney says the ultimate goal is to cultivate the energy, love, compassion and fun that we get from the Burning Man community and do some freakin’ good with it.

“Since we set the group up in January we’ve run three workshops and grown to about 60 members,” says Tristen. “Last year’s Seed was my first ever Burn event – I found my people and knew instantly there was more I could do to bring the vibe of burner culture out into the world.

“The incredible mix of talent and passion of those who turned up to our first meet-up in January proved me right – there was something very beautiful sprouting here and I couldn’t possibly be more proud to be a part of it.

“We have our next meet-up mid April in Sydney – it’s an organic and really social thing, not super formal or process driven – but we do wanna get things done.”

2015 projects

The Beneficent Burners are looking to complete two major projects in 2015, potentially one focused on community and one on the environment. Smaller beneficent side-adventures are encouraged via the new network that you can find AND JOIN on Facebook.

If you are keen to get something going then post on the group or get in touch with any of the Beneficent Burners you have met to make it happen.

Can you feel that? It’s your love bone wanting to find out more. Visit Beneficent Burners at https://www.facebook.com/groups/beneficentburnerssydney/


Humans of Seed — meet the 2015 team

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]ehind the Burning Seed scenes, the year is off and running. Team Leads kicked off the year in January with the first of their monthly meetings, where they have been talking task-lists, timelines (and a whole lotta shit) together. Team Leads and 2ICs are community members who gift their time year round to collaborate, create and maintain the systems and infrastructure that support the event and help our culture flourish beyond the Paddock.

However, they often beaver away behind the scenes without many realising who they are — or what they do. So let’s put the face to the function and the people back in the picture by meeting some of the Team Leads and their trusty 2ICS (that’s Mr or Mz second-in-command to you) for 2015.


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Miriam Fathalla (aka Norm)
Greeters Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Gummy candy
Describe your signature look at Seed Half cocked
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow, I used to worry about things that really don’t need to be worried about. And I’m really glad we eventually found Grant, but should we take him to see his grandmother (as he is insisting) with his face painted like that?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i wholeheartedly believe in our responsibilities to one another and to be as bright and illuminating as possible.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’10’]Sparks - Centre Camp Team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Moltenmetal Sparks
Centre Camp Team Lead
Year on team: First

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Copious quantities of Hugs!
Describe your signature look at Seed Industrial steampunk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? These are my kind of humans!
Why are you involved with Seed? To inspire others to be the best they can be![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Victoria Vickery_DPI

Victoria Vickery (aka Tech Support)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Socks and spare shoes
Describe your signature look at Seed Ridiculous
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? That was a lot of work
Why are you involved with Seed? The rewards for giving are beyond measure.  The happiest moments of my life have involved watching others enjoy what I created for them. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rusty - effigy team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Rusty Kilpatrick
Effigy Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Portaloos
Describe your signature look at Seed Mostly some sort of work clothes, maybe with some of the punk style I have been wearing for 40 years.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? This is almost up to the same level of community care and participation and art of the Earth Dream events (SA), which I worked on for three years from 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? The ethics are the closest I have found to mine outside of any event just supporting social justice and environmental protests. Plus it is a great social experiment that I am very interested in seeing how far it can go and what useful things we can get out of it to make this a better world to live in.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Carly Truscott - Crew Wranglers

Carly Truscott
Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs. Lots of hugs.
Describe your signature look at Seed Still in gestation
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  I saw my place in the world differently, my priorities shifted and I wanted to keep that feeling of peace. I found my tribe.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I’m just in it for the hugs. I also love this community and want to facilitate the growth of burner culture in any way I can.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]James Maddock Leave No Trace_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

James Maddock (aka MoopDaddy)

Leave No Trace Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My fake snakeskin vest. It’s a trademark
Describe your signature look at Seed. Matrix Mad Max crossover thing
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wait… what happened?
Why are you involved with Seed? I love watching people take ideas most people would call crazy and turning them into what Burners would revel in calling normal. I love my normal![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rangers - Ninja Rick_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round
Richard Chong (aka Ninja Rick)
Rangers 2IC
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My torch and walking stick
Describe your signature look at Seed? Easy sunday morning in my PJs
What were some of your first thoughts after your first Burn?  Wow when is the next one and how do I get involved??
Why are you involved with Seed? Because Seed is a world of possibilities waiting to happen


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Jane Lyons (aka Lioness)
Comms Team Lead
Year on team: fifth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My Kamp Krew, parasols and skelecat bag
Describe your signature look at Seed vintage vamp goes bush, with a dash of circus quirk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I’m in love. Who knew people could be so authentic, audacious and generally fuckin’ amazing? I’m gonna get me some more of that.
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I believe in the power of one and the power of the collective to make a difference in both individual lives and the world at large.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]jayman_theme camp team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Jarred Taylor (aka Jayman)
Theme Camp Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Unicorns, bunnies and sparkle ponies
Describe your signature look at Seed Homeless tramp
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow! Everyone I ever wanted to hang out with is all in one place!
Why are you involved with Seed? I drank too much kool aid and Larry told me to do it. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Sabina Crew Wranglers_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Sabina Nowak
Co Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Antihistamines and insect repellent
Describe your signature look at Seed Comfortable-Chic
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Feeling High on the love.  I arrived knowing one person and left with lots of new kindred spirits.
Why are you involved with Seed? I love the Principles, the sense of community and the love. [bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’10’]

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Bear (aka Mark von Behrens)
Rangers Team Lead
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My badass/amazing team of Rangers who gift their time to this community to keep things safe and funning (sic) smoothly.  I treasure each and every one of these beautiful motherfuckers – even if I’m not great at showing it.
Describe your signature look at Seed  beardy and skirty.  Radios are the perfect accessory for every outfit.
What were your first thoughts after your very Burn? “My life will never be the same.”  And, “Fuck yeah I can dance!”
Why are you involved with Seed?  Promoting and growing the Burner ethos and culture is one of the best contributions I can make to society. And it’s fulfilling and fun as hell, too.[bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’20’]Thomas Snow Theme Camps 2IC_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round


Thomas Snow (aka Pretty boy)
Co-Theme Camp Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  All the sparkly people
Describe your signature look at Seed  Show stopping
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  There is no way I’m ever going to get all this dust out of all those places
Why are you involved with Seed?  I enjoy contributing in a constructive and meaningful way to a global movement that has so inspired me. And for the unicorns. Definitely the unicorns.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Jodi Rivet

Finance Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Comfy shoes, outrageous eyelashes, and my camelback full of random supplies
Describe your signature look at Seed conversation-starting.  I love it when they start with someone approaching saying ‘I could never…’ and end with someone walking away feeling empowered to do just that thing.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? The scope of my imagination and sense of possibility was restored after so many years of ‘straight’ culture. I’ve been taking them back and inviting others to do the same since 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? To enable art and transformation. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Shaye Harty (aka President)
Admin Team Lead and event coordinator
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My faux fur jacket because it keeps me super warm and fancy at FreezingSeed.
Describe your signature look at Seed Costumiforms and smirks. Maybe a smize or two.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Holy shit, there’s a whole bunch of other people like me?!?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I have been burning ever since 2005 when my mind was first blown in black rock city, and I think regionals are where the real magic happens these days.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Justin McGhee_ARTery
Justin Mcghee (aka The Captain)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My hip bag
Describe your signature look at Seed Smart but casual
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Anything is possible
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i want to be a part of this magical experiment.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Sir Andy - Comms 2ic_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Andy Parkinson (aka SirAndy)
Comms Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Jenn, my sunglasses, my mug, Red Earth Radio, and Mint Country Club (of course).
Describe your signature look at Seed More Bin-Bag Babylon than Bean Bag, and less Trash Mansion more Trash Monsoon.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? It will be better next year.
Why are you involved with Seed? I can neither imagine or remember not being involved.

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Phil Smart (aka Sherpa)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  My family, pewter mug and head torch. Oh, and it’s become apparent that a pushbike is also essential.
Describe your signature look at Seed Somewhat random.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I was thinking about what to do/bring the following year, and realising that my life would never be the same again.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I felt like the only Burner in the village, coming back to Oz after my first few Burns, as not too many people knew about Burning Man then. I just knew I wanted to be part of planting the seed here and believe that what we are doing is important and transformative, as well as lots of fun![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’5′]Fiona Smart_ARTery
Fiona Smart (aka Paw Paw)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Weed and ratchet straps
Describe your signature look at Seed. Stealth veteran burner
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Amazed that the spirit of the playa was there. Excited about the future. Keen-ness to get the event to the Australian desert 
Why are you involved with Seed? My burn experience adds potency to the newbie event. The spirit of getting involved is at the core of BM.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rhianna Hobbs _Crew Wrangler2IC

Rhianna Hobbs
Crew Wrangling Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs
Describe your signature look at Seed. Shiny, sparkly and all things rainbow
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? “I have just discovered the reason I was put on this earth”, after my first Burning Man
Why are you involved with Seed? I have been burning for a number of years at Black Rock City and wanted to take my participation to the next level, closer to home [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

















The big wrap: 2014 AfterBurn report

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]I[/bra_dropcaps]t’s here! Da big wrap! Every year, our dedicated Team Leads and Crew get together post-Seed to review the event — what went well, what didn’t go so well, and recommendations for how we can make the next year even better!

Each Team develops a detailed report and we’ve summarised them all here in this handy, er… summary. You’ll find pdfs the full Team AfterBurn reports below.

You — the community — make Seed what it is. We’ve seen huge growth at Seed in a relatively short time, and it’s your engagement — your creativity, your passion and active participation — will help to make sure that, as a community, we manage that growth in a sustainable way.

Take a look at the AfterBurn summary, take a deeper look through the full reports and let us know how you want to get involved in helping to make the good stuff better, helping to fix what didn’t work so well last year, and helping to implement recommendations identified for 2015.

Let’s do this!!

Note: To read the flipbook, press the magnifying class under the book and it will allow you to zoom in and read the text. To return to the layout view, just press the magnifying glass again.

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Individual team reports

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Art and Theme Camp applications are a go!

Annnnnnnnddddd we’re off! Art grants and Theme Camp applications have opened, so let those creative urges rip!

Theme Camp applications

Our illustrious Theme Camp team is keen to see more of last year’s mash-up mayhem, with theatrical camps, food stops, healing spaces, chill pads and acoustic stages rounding out our city’s onnz, oonz, oonz soundscape. This year, applications will close on July 1 so there is more time to plan our cityscape.

Key dates:
  • April 2: Theme Camp applications open
  • July 1: Theme Camp applications close

For handy tips and how-tos, check out our online Theme Camp guide. Wanna yak with a Theme Camp sparkle pony? Drop them line at themecamps@burningseed.com

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Our team has shown a whole lotta art this year by bringing grant applications forward by a month and increasing the grants – awhhhh, aren’t they great?  Now you have more time and mula to share that idea – big or small.

When it comes to the latter, don’t sweat the small stuff – just have a go. At a Burn, you don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to make art – we are all the art and soul of this creative enterprise.

And for those thinking big this year, we’re keen to have more of you onboard too. Our intrepid ARTery teamsters are here to support you by assessing your submissions and helping you realise them. They will also allocate grants during the submission period, rather than waiting till the end of the application process to let people know whether they were successful.

This year, small art grants are up to $1000 and large art grants are up to $5000.

Small art grant application dates:
  • April 2: small art grant applications open
  • July 5: small art grant applications close
  • August 2: all small art grants are finalised
Large art grant application dates:
  • April 2: large art grant applications open
  • June 1: large art grant applications close
  • April 1 – June 28: the ARTery team works with each artist to assess and help realise feasible art works. Art grants will be allocated throughout this period.
  • June 28: all large art grants are finalised

Please note that if you apply for an art grant, you don’t have to fill out an art registration form as well. The art registration form is only for those who are bringing art but not applying for grants.

Apply for your art grant here


Bigger, better, burnier!

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]U[/bra_dropcaps]m, so, like are you sitting down? So, Australia’s THIRD annual Burn for 2015 has just been named. The community has voted, and the 2015 Queensland Burn will be known as MODIFYRE!!!

The Burner community in Downunderland has seen phenomenal growth in recent years, and the Burner cultural calendar is sure looking pretty, with Blazing Swan in WA this week, Queensland’s Modifyre planned for early July and Burning Seed lighting up NSW in October.

Hang on — Precon?

You’re right! It only seems like a few weeks since the inaugural Queensland burn — PreConception — which was held last year at the Yarramalong camping grounds in Charlwood, 14-17 November.

The Burn brought 105 people together for a pretty intense gig, which you can read all about in the Preconception AfterBurn Report. And some of it continues to live on in the Phage, PreConception’s combined Effigy/Temple. You can see the Phage at Modifyre, thanks to the safety-conscious cats in the Queensland Fire Service, who imposed a totes fire ban on the night the structure was set to go blazy.

Check out these pix from the event. There’s just not enough time in the year for all that fun to go around….

Our Queensland cousins are now calling for creative hands and minds to contribute to the 2015 event. Whether it’s costumes, Theme Camps, workshops or art, get your creative oonz on at Modifyre — and keep your July diary clear.

More details and a website on Modifyre are coming soon! To join the crew, contact crewformodifyre@gmail.com


Bear essentials


[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]urning Seed’s very own Rangers Team Lead Bear made his mark (er, lolz because his real name is Mark) on Canberra’s Art, Not Apart Festival in March with a massive climbable sculpture — KAOTIKA — built with six tonnes of railway sleepers.

When he’s not being awesome at Seed, Bear is a Canberra-based geographer, carpenter and artist. His agent says he is “most comfortable working with his hands and body to create physical objects he can touch, feel, navigate through or around, manipulate and otherwise interact with”. Respeck for that agent.

Check out his monolithic timber sculpture made from railroad sleepers and towering four metres above the Nishi Gallery in the John Avery Gardens.

We love you Bear and we’re proud of you!

Keep an eye on the Canberra Burners for other creative endeavours coming to Seed.

Do you wanna be like Bear? Or nothing like him? You can do both by getting your own creative arty juices flowing our way and soaking us with your talent via Artery or with a Theme Camp!

Applications have just opened for both Theme Camp rego and art grants.