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Like Art? Like Media? Well then, you’ll LOVE Artedia!!!!

The Paddock is the place where great art comes alive at Burning Seed but it needs three key ingredients to make that happen... 

First, it needs people to make the art - and boy are we lucky to have so much AMAZING talent among us!

Second, art needs an audience (or does it? maybe that's another blog entirely...) and we are double lucky to have some fantastic media professionals expected to participate in Deep Space this year to capture the art and the experience (with CONSENT of course!) on camera and film for all eternity!!!

Third? Well if you like art and/or if you like media then YOU are the vital third ingredient to make 2016 the YEAR OF THE BEST ART AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE EVER KNOWN AT RED EARTH CITY!!!

Be an ARTedia Concierge...!

ARTedia is that special place on the Paddock where Art, Artists and Media can collide, collaborate, and cook up kooky projects and ideas. Our onsite Art and Media space - ARTedia (geddit?) is looking for art lovers to be a part of the magic onsite, and media gurus who love talking shop to help crew the desk and work with our artist and media cohort.

Concierge positions for ARTedia have two VERY IMPORTANT jobs - from the ARTery side it involves meeting and greeting artists and making sure they're registered properly onsite. From a media perspective, the concierge will be the touchpoint for accredited media onsite to check in and register.

 
Shifty
 
Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours, running from Sunday before the event to Monday 3 Oct between 10am and 4pm each day - if you're onsite early please come hang in a comfortable tent for a half day and lend a hand. We need to fill between 30 and 40 shifts over the course of the week so we really need people who are keen to participate and commit to a couple of shifts of AWESOME at Artedia.
 
Register NOW!
 
To put your hand up please register as community crew and tick the Artedia/Artery checkbox and here's a more detailed description of the ARTedia concierge role if you need more info.
 
See you on the Paddock!!!
Artedia: The happiest marriage on the Paddock

Artedia: The happiest marriage on the Paddock

Artedia: Helping Your Find Your Way

Artedia: Helping you find the way

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Need To Know: Gate Crew at Seed

by ZUUL

Gate… the final frontier....

Well actually the Gate Keepers are the first people you’ll see when arriving at Burning Seed. We’re the crew of sarcastic, sometimes rude (but always fun) burners who are wearing pink hi-vis and ensure your safe entry into the Burn. Definitely the best crew on the Paddock, you should get involved.

Better this year

2016 sees Gate continue to improve on what was a pretty tight operation last year. Thanks to our friends at DPI the road around the Gate House has been widened so we can process vehicles more quickly and get you on your way.

We’ll also be using smartphones to scan your tickets which is one of the many benefits of our new ticketing system. In addition to checking tickets and IDs we also make sure that you are being Radically Self Reliant and have sufficient water for your time on the Paddock.

Finally we take a look through your car searching for a cold beer (plus stowaways, guns and fireworks - don’t bring those, just the beer). While we’re doing all this please just sit in your car. We don’t hug people at Gate so there’s no need for you to get out. You can do that round the corner when you get to Greeters.

Help Gate Help You

To make things easy for the Gate crew PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your ticket and ID ready when you arrive at the Gate House!! You’ve probably had hundreds of kilometres to get it sorted out and there is nothing worse than holding up a long queue because your ticket is in your other pants, which are packed under your esky, behind the tent.

Whilst we don’t require you to print your ticket this year we still strongly encourage you to do so as we see many cases of people’s phones dying or having no reception so they can’t access their ticket online. Just print it out.

Opening Hours and Pass Outs

Gate opens at midday on Wednesday 28th September. Don’t arrive before then, you’ll be turned away. Our full opening hours are available on the Burning Seed website. If you accidentally turn up when we’re closed then you’ll need to find yourself somewhere else to camp for the night until we open again in the morning.

One of our other tasks is handling pass-outs which were first introduced last year. We firmly believe that you get the best experience at a burn by fully immersing yourself in the experience and not popping out to the nearest town for a packet of ciggies, some extra food or the always tempting shower.

Once again be Self Reliant and bring everything you need with you when you arrive - if you do run out of something then ask your neighbours first before jumping in the car. If you do absolutely need to leave the site then we’ll take $20 from you for the privilege which goes to the great team at Red Earth Ecology.

Be nice to the Gate crew when you arrive. We don’t promise to be nice in return but you’ll certainly enjoy the ride.

 

GATE LIFE

Gate House: The beatings WILL continue until morale improves...

Queues: Improvements expected this year...

Queues: Improvements expected this year...

Not evil: Gate Lead Zuul and 2iC Psy

Not evil: Gate Lead Zuul and 2iC Psy

 

 

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New Members for Burning Seed Town Council!!

Recently we announced vacancies for the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC).  The BSTC is in place as an interim group to support the Burning Seed event Team Leads and facilitate the process for a new stand-alone Burning Seed legal entity.  

It’s important to note that the BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen as playing an equally important role in producing an extraordinary event for all of us.

We were all very pleased with the response from the community and the high calibre of the five candidates who nominated themselves.  

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment of the candidates by the existing BSTC members.

After careful consideration of all the candidates, we are pleased to announce two new Town Councillors who are proposed to join the BSTC.

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi is a founding member of the Middle Eastern Mafia theme camp at Burning Seed since 2013 and an active member of the Melbourne burner community.

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd, who might be known to many people through involvement with the Alien Welcoming Committee (AWC) theme camp since the early beginnings of Burning Seed in Matong and is also an active member of the Wagga Wagga and Canberra burner communities.

In addition to the BSTC roles that were available, we have also offered Susanne Parris the opportunity to support the BSTC with essential administration activities such as minutes, scheduling meetings, tracking agreed actions and facilitating comms with Team Leads through a Secretariat role.  

Suzanne is an active member of the Sydney burner community and has also been a passionate participant at Seed since 2014.

Our congratulations to Susanne, Ali and Rennie and we look forward to working with all the other candidates in the future.  

We will be on-boarding the new BSTC members over the coming weeks.  We are very excited to have their new energy and particularly look forward to having three of the seven current BSTC members actively involved in representing theme camps at Burning Seed.

Burn Bright!

Victoria, Shaye, Neil, Phil and Jayman - Burning Seed Town Councillors

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Susanne Parris

Susanne Parris

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Acknowledging Country

by Niki and Pete (Wiradjuri mob)

I would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Wiradjuri nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

The Matong State Forest is Wiradjuri country, and here at Burning Seed we recognize the privilege of  being able to build our experimental community each year on this beautiful site. We feel we should not ignore the existence and ownership of this land by Aboriginal people before European settlement and acknowledge the history within the ritual of 'Welcome to Country', the ceremony performed each year at Red Earth City to formally launch the event.

Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country

‘Welcome to Country’ is an important ceremony by Aboriginal people and it helps non-Indigenous people recognize Aboriginal culture and history and make connections with country. With Welcome to Country, Elders pay respect to custodians past and present as well as Elders past and present.

Before European settlement, despite the absence of fences or visible borders, Aboriginal groups had clear boundaries separating their country from that of other groups. Crossing into another group’s country required a request for permission to enter. When that permission was granted the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage

Spiritually, this is showing respect for the country and the custodians who are responsible for taking care of the country where we live… So what our custodians are doing is trying to give respect back into the country.

Respecting Tradition

It was the tradition of Aboriginals that when strangers came into their particular country to hunt or to gather, or to just pass through on their way to other places, that the host Aboriginals would go out to welcome them. When they met, there would be the formalities of greeting. Part of the ceremony of welcome would be the men sitting around and talking men’s business (share knowledge and lore) whilst the host women would take the visiting women and children to a women’s site to talk women’s business.

When this was completed, the two groups would join again and the men would trade and hunt for kangaroo, goannas or bush turkey - and the women would prepare an area for eating and would gather firewood and berries, fruit, nuts and lily roots for a meal.

Dancing, Singing, Leaving No Trace (sound familiar!?)

Then the ceremonies, the corroborees dancing would commence, the singing songs around the fire could well go on, not only all night, but sometimes for many nights in a row. Each with a message within their own stories. Men, women and children all taking part. Whilst during the day, the visiting tribe would be taken and shown the sites of significance and be told the stories of the spirit of the land they would be passing.

In this way, the hosts believed that by the end of formalities, when the strangers were ready to move on they would not be considered not strangers but friends who now had the spirit of the country in their heart. They believed that once the spirit of the land was in their hearts, then those people would never damage the land they would love it and care for it like those whose home country it was…

History

A Welcome to Country is about Aboriginal people acknowledging the past, and looking to the future. It is often delivered by an Aboriginal person who has themselves been the victim of government policies.

Our Elders do the Welcome to Country as an act of generosity. These are the same people who have had their children taken away, or been removed themselves. They’re the same people who had their wages stolen by successive governments. They’re the same people who had their ancestors’ remains raided by grave robbers. They’re the same people who were disposed from their lands and forced on to missions and reserves.

And yet despite all of these terrible events and the horrendous treatment by so many parliaments, these very same people are still prepared to say ‘welcome’ to the very people who in some cases have presided over the oppression.

We encourage everyone to come along and join in to the ceremonies, to be welcomed, feel loved and pay our respects to Country. Still today we all have Knowledge to share for a better future.

Niki and Pete 

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015 (photo: Ryan McRobb)

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)

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The Balloon to the Moon from the Paddock!

So who are The Fire Flower crew? We are a team of Melbourne creatives who design and create interactive spaces and sculptures that encourage patrons to play, explore and dream. Using recycled and locally sourced materials as well as bright and playful decor, we provide spaces for festival goers to escape reality. If you were at Rainbow Serpent Festival in 2015 and encountered the huge colourful flower installation, and found your way into Pollen Heaven, otherwise know as the ball pit (!), then you have experienced the crew namesake Fire Flower creation!
 
BTM1 Balloon to Moon Sketch
 
 
Our core crew for the Seed build are a mix of Burners (USA & Seed) and Virgin Burners (yay!); Rohan Mitchell, Marian Mazz Marsden, Jeremy Jez Ankers, Grace Pilcher and Emily Em Anderson (see the photos to meet the crew). Between us there's a wealth of years of experience (and hours and hours of creativity, design, sweat, communication rollercoasters, patience & perserverance!) in creating outdoor installations, shade structures, decor & art, and events management for festivals, doofs and parties.
 
Our Seed project is Balloon to the Moon -  an intergalactic hot air balloon playground that's landed in the paddock. However, challenging perspective, it lies sideways along the ground. Hmmm quirky...!
In the Balloon's basket, the curious explorer will find an intimate peculiar chill space along with various items left behind by the missing Balloon explorers.  Where did they go? What happened to them? Your investigation leads you onwards through the stratosphere and into the Balloon itself... and so I leave the story here to let the adventure be yours to discover. Though for radical self reliance sake, pack your space suit. Journey well, my friends!
 
Balloon to the Moon is our playful take on the Deep Space theme and we invite you to bring your curiosity and wonder as you interact, play & explore the installation.
 
We are so grateful to Burning Seed for their support of our project. With a Burning Seed art grant, along with your support and the community support of our fundraising adventures, we have the opportunity to 'make real' our fantastical, whimsical, intergalactical Balloon installation, which is our ultimate Gift back to you and the Burning Seed community!! We wish you great joy, excitement & happiness while you play & interact with Balloon to the Moon!
 
And beyond Seed, where will the Balloon fly to next? Well, the main frameworks of Balloon to the Moon and all our installation structures are modular. Modular is the key! and therefore we have the flexibilty to dream up infinite possibilities and then morph our existing kit and decor into new & exciting creations. So you will see the Balloon to the Moon again however it will most likely be as a completely different installation!! Build the same installation twice?? pphhhffff! where's the fun & challenge in that! 😉 
 
If you're interested in helping with the prep work and/or the onsite build of Balloon to the Moon then get in touch with us throughhttps://www.facebook.com/TheFireFlower/
 
See you on the dancefloor this Saturday at 'Electric Dreams' and then in the paddock at Seed!
 
Rock on! 🙂

BTM3 Mazz hot air ballon

BTM7 Rohan got balls

BTM5 Grace Clouds

BTM6 Ro Jezz truck Balls

The Fire Flower crew are the creators of the Balloon to the Moon' installation for Seed 2016, and to help make it become a reality our 'Electric Dreams' Fundraiser is happening THIS Saturday 6th August at 24 Moons in Northcote, Melbourne. Woohoo!
So step out of the winter chill and onto our dreamy dance floor for a night full of funky house beats and a lineup of entertainment that will have you floating on cloud nine; awesome DJ's, decor, visuals, burlesque, circus arts, Drag Queen Benign Girl, live body painting by Living Colours and ...a BALL PIT!! 
Weird and wonderful wardrobe is vigorously encouraged so be sure to get your electric glad rags on and live out your wildest dream... and hey, make the effort as there’'ll be a stack of free drinks to win for those who tickle our pickle!
You gotta be there! 🙂
 
More info on the fundraiser at: https://www.facebook.com/events/139178599838796/  
 
 
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Coming Soon to The Paddock: Astral Arbour

By Kelly Zephyr 

The Astral Arbour is a deep-space alien landscape which pulses, inspires and grows. The central sculpture is a surreal tree of life. Her generous leaves and elongated branches create a large semi-enclosed chill space where festival go-ers can explore, find shelter from the sun, or delve into cuddle-puddle narnia.

She is created primarily out of steel tubing and fabric, is several meters high and six meters wide. Within the tree is a glowing core, and each of her five branches culminate in a graceful buttress-root inspired cocooning basket.

The concept grew from a desire to create an intimate deep-space place that recognises growth, landscapes and beauty are part of both this and other worlds.

This sculpture space is proudly presented by the THINGkers collective. We are a crew of tinkerers, welders, designers and makers. The build team includes Darby Bicheno, Terry Stevens, Naomi Faith Smith, Hannah Pallot, Kelly Zephyr, Rohan Mitchell, and an awesome crew of supporters.

We warmly invite you into the space and possibilities of the Astral Arbour landscape. Rest, spoon, play, look out and up, or meditate. Allow the Astral Arbour to feed your needs.
Follow our build on https://www.facebook.com/THINGkersCollective

AstralArbor02Original concept sketches

AstralArbor01

Hard at work at NORM Artist Warehouse in Coburg

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Don’t tell me how to party!

by Leash

Participation is a many flavoured thing.

“Burner” celebrations of all kinds, including seed, hinge on ten common principles. Written by Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey in 2004 as a guide for the newly-formed Regional Network (now including Burning Seed), these principles were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

You’ve maybe seen these principles shellacked in blogs like this or this  or lambasted/defended, perhaps both in equal measure by the same culprits at times at a burner shenanigan or online in the Badlands that is Burning Facebook (such an ADHD, masochist, shadow projection riddled narcissist, and smart ass playground but still so enticing, somewhat like childhood scab eating).

Moving back away from questionable standards (I’m a bit gross) to clearly established and shared ones: the Burner principles...  one of the big kickers is Participation.

In full, as Sir Larry (dunno if he’s a Sir actually but he is fucking rich and probably lives in a castle now, or a totally lush bedsit in Silicon Valley) put it:

“Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.”

Action is the fundamental part of this. Like healthy love, burning is a doing thing. It’s not about just being there, or having been there, it’s not about how you feel about it in your piney little whingey heart. It’s about what you practically do to take part in a burn, to actively engage in it.

Practical is individual though. Deeply personal. By old Lazza’s measure, if we’re engaging in an action that opens the heart with the intention of transformative change, well, participation is what we are doing. This could be any of:

  • Working year round as a team lead of some kind in back end organisation
  • Contributing to organising the logistics of a theme camp
  • Giving a bunch of people free shrugs
  • Dusting people as a wandering troupe of French maids
  • Spritzing people with water as a wandering troupe of French mermaids
  • Setting up a magical relaxation ground of hammocks on the edge of the prettiest sunset view on the Red Earth, because you are a wonderful genius
  • Taking on a ranger, gate, greeter, temple guardian, moop troupe, etc. whatever shift you feel like volunteering
  • Smiling at everyone you meet
  • Smiling at no one you meet
  • Being hilariously charming company
  • Being authentically however you actually are at any point in time, as an enabling mirror to help foster authenticity in others
  • Teaching people how to hula
  • Dancing
  • Playing a DJ set (even though we may not know or worship who you are, yo)
  • Hilariously taking the piss out of others for your own amusement
  • Standing up for others to help defuse nonsense because it feels good
  • Being warm, generous and loving
  • Picking up MOOP wherever you can
  • Cooking something nice to gift for other people
  • Sharing ideas and ways of relating that are expansive and contribute to positive transformation
  • Having a great time of whatever kind you feel like, throwing your back into the fun, eating up Red Earth City with great appetite and gusto
  • Being kind to yourself and others when they aren’t up for that authentically, being real
  • Having a mild and gentle introspective time of being present to yourself and the moment
  • Challenging whatever closed hearted messaging or behaviour you have the energy for on some Facebook group platform when not behaving like a closed hearted dick
  • Writing Burning Seed documentation or hack blogs instead of depressing Dr Seuss rhyming poetry about love, the end of the world or redemption of the trajectory of humankind, or endless Facebook statuses or comments (Ok this is getting a bit too deeply personal… 😉
  • Whatever you like, so long as you are being open hearted and contributing in some way towards transformative change.

Anyway, the take home I’d like to sign off with is, as this blog is titled, get stuck in, check your intentions, but don’t let anyone tell you how to party.

#notevenOnur #especiallynotme

Peace out, Leash.

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The Art of Deep Space…

It’s a busy time for everyone as we hurtle towards Deep Space, but it’s especially busy for the amazing artists working on their projects for Burning Seed 2016 and the ARTery team that support them.

Register your ART

If you are thinking of bringing art to display on the open paddock you must register with the ARTery before 19 August... click here for more details.

Do you have any flame effects or open fire including a burn barrel or candles as part of your art or your camp?

You must apply with the FART (Fire Art Response Team) for permission to burn, details here, deadline for applications is 17 August.

Tough Decisions on Grants

The ARTery received a lot of amazing applications for the large and small grants. The Art Grant Selection Committee had several long meetings (and a lot of prep to read all the submissions!) before deciding on this year’s recipients.

We are pleased to announce the following six projects who received large grants, click on their names for more details about their crew, project (unless they are keeping it hush-hush in order to surprise you!) and ways you can support them (there are lots of awesome fundraisers coming up!)

Announcements about all Small Art Grant recipients will be made available in the coming weeks, including more info about other events the ARTery will be hosting at Burning Seed.

Join the Crew

Want to join our team? We’re looking for fun and fantastic folks who want to support our on-site work with the artists, head over to the Join The Crew Page and sign up!

Want to help artists out with their projects or need help as an artists, join the ASS (Artist Support Services) group on Facebook.

Art on the Paddock: Deep Space Astronaut

Deep Space Astronaut by the Flame Effects Australia Crew

Art on the Paddock: UKI

UKI by the Make Mob

Art on the Paddock: The Reeds

The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas and Burak Ayanoglu

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Financials for 2014 and 2015

Hey folks! We're pleased to give you the final wrap on the numbers for 2015 (including a comparison to the numbers for 2014).  

These update the earlier forecast you may have seen in the 2015 Afterburn Summary (3MB download) and provide the latest overview on where your ticket monies go each year. Big thanks to finance Queen Caroline Brosnan and design legend Lauren Massy for the numbers/design on this report which you can also download as a PDF.

As always, we’d really love to hear your feedback on the finances and indeed on any aspect of the event - send your ideas and questions to feedback@burningseed.com or visit the website for details if you want to contact specific teams direct.

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PEER Rangers & a New Seed Sanctuary

By Jacqueline LadySparkles 

A message from your friendly PEER Rangers!

For all of those who don't know who we are, we are an arm of the Red Earth Rangers with specialist skills and experience in dealing in difficult emotional and stressful situations during the event. PEER stands for Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response. We provide crisis intervention to members of Red Earth City during times of distress to help a participant return to the event safely and with improved clarity. It was developed as a pro-active, rather than reactive initiative for all citizens of Red Earth City.

With LESS THAN 100 DAYS  to go before the gates open, you will be receiving regular updates from the PEERs and Red Earth Rangers over the coming weeks to help you understand our role on the paddock, in case you need a Ranger at the event.

The PEER Rangers love communication and we believe that it's the best lubrication, especially when used in intimate relationships.  Check out this awesome video on what healthy communication looks like in romantic relationships.

(Seeing healthy communication between fellow burners - whether on or off the paddock, get the PEERs and Rangers juices flowing with excitement.)

RANGER PEER PURPLE

New Sanctuary Space at Seed 

This year, Burning Seed is introducing a new safe space, designed to provide somewhere for participants to chill out and process any difficult experiences. Keep an eye out for more info on the new Sanctuary space, as we will be putting out a community call out for volunteers for this space too.

If you would like to join the awesome Red Earth Rangers or the PEER Rangers this year, please sign up at our Community Crew page.