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Suggest a Theme for Burning Seed 2019

With the thoughts of Ancient Future still in our recent memories, it is time to launch the theme naming process for Burning Seed 2019.

Each year, Burning Seed has a unique theme which helps guide the artwork, inspiration, theme camps, events and costumes you see on The Paddock. Sometimes the theme is abstract or conceptual as with Imagine Nation (2015), Revolution (2017) and Ancient Future (2018). At other times they are a little more specific such as with Deep Space in 2016 (aka the burn that we must not speak of) and Deeper Space in 2017.

So now it's your turn. We want to hear what you think the theme should be for Burning Seed 2019. It could be something that represents the uniqueness of the land we hold our event on or something that brings inspiration to your costumes - you are only limited by your creativity!

It should be obvious, but we will say this anyway - any themes deemed as offensive - namely sexist, racist, misogynistic, transphobic, vulgar or homophobic, will not be included in the process.

Here are the dates you need to know:

  • 29th October (today!) - theme suggestions open
  • 11th November - theme suggestions close
  • 12th November - shortlist will be released with an online poll you to vote on your favourites
  • 22nd November - poll closes

The top 5 theme suggestions based on your votes will then be discussed and voted on at the Burning Seed Summit on 24th November, and the theme will be picked for 2019! We will officially announce the theme shortly afterwards!

So what are you waiting for? To suggest your theme - click here! For some inspiration, check out the images below for previous Burning Seed themes.

Burn Bright )'(

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Utility Kinetic Insect crawling onto a paddock near you

Hold on to your britches, and strap on your cups because Burning Seed is just around the corner. Here at the ARTery we couldn’t be more excited about this years outstanding art collection. One amazing creation is the Utility Kinetic Insect, manifested by the massive communal effort of the Melbourne Make Mob, lead by Callan Morgan. We caught up with Callan to learn more about this outstanding piece.

The Utility Kinetic Insect, or UKI for short, is part art installation, part mobile DJ stage, and part robotic insect. The entire sculpture has been mounted onto a 4-wheel drive frame, allowing its mutant form to move around the paddock. UKI creates a micro environment of immediacy and participation as she slowly crawls along leading a procession of dancing fans moths.

Humans swarm to its hypnotic lights

 

This interactive piece is a combination of art and technology. Mechanic meets organic in the robotic exoskeleton. The kinetic legs and wings move independently, powered by electric actuators. UKI’s wings have been fitted with stunning LED arrays and the lighting is synchronised to the dynamic sound system within the body.

UKI was inspired by the resilient biological life in the harsh Australian outback.

Callan has a background in circus; including building props and rigging events. He assisted with a few large burner art pieces before deciding to start his own collaboration: The Make Mob, a collection of artists, designers, and technical experts who radically fuse art and technology. They started in 2016 with UKI being the first collaborative project.

 

UKI is a love-child born of passion, purpose, perseverance, and giving it a red hot go. Building and touring this art piece has taught the group a plethora of new skills which they are keen to apply to future creations. We hear that these may be botanical in nature, and include solar panelling!

 

Callan and his team were originally awarded an Art Grant for UKI back in 2016. Unfortunately for everyone that was a soggier year than most! But the team were not deterred. They pushed ahead with making UKI and took her to Burning Man in 2017. UKI has also scuttled her way into the Oregon Global Eclipse Festival (2017), White Night celebrations in Melbourne and Ballarat (2018), and even across to Tassie for a steampunk convention (2018). We are thrilled to finally meet UKI at Seed this year.

 

UKI Collaborators:

  • Callan Morgan – Project Lead / Lead creative
  • Benjamin Coppel – Lighting Lead
  • Justin Maynard & Fin liam Ominal – Lighting
  • Chris Mock – Electronics
  • Ravi Bessabava – Software
  • Jim Moynihan & Gareth Burnell – Sound

 

The Make Mob strive to produce original and collaborative works that benefit communities and the environment. You can check out more on their Facebook page.

Interested in Applying for Art Grants or Registering your Art? Check out all the details here.

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The ARTery needs YOU!

“There is a yet unnamed art movement that may prove to be of some significance, and Burning Man is close to its centre. It often manifests itself as circus, ritual, and spectacle. It is a movement away from a dialogue between an individual artist and a sophisticated audience, and towards collaboration amongst a big, wild, free and diverse community. It is a rejection of spoon-fed corporate culture and an affirmation of the homemade, the idiosyncratic, the personal. It is profoundly democratic. It is radically inclusive, it is a difficult challenge and it is beckoning.” Larnie Fox, 1997

There is no doubt art is fundamental to the Burning Seed experience, and in order to have art, we need an ARTery department.  The ARTery promotes community and art, chooses and places art at Seed, and assists artists through the process of creating their visions.

** The ARTery requires a Team Lead / 2 Co-Team Leads **

Are you the leader we need to take the reins of this essential department?

If so, you’ll work closely with the current team lead at the 2018 Burning Seed, and receive all the training, support and mentoring you need to assist you in this role.  As the Team Lead you will oversee operations, staff and all art programs including the Art Grant Selection Committee. You’ll be responsible for managing budgets and ensuring major tasks are completed.  This is a year-round role and will require an ongoing passionate commitment, and you will be well supported by a large team of dedicated people and the Curation, Arts and Culture Facilitators/Leadership Team.

To read the detailed position description, click here Ideally the selected applicant can meet and work with the team at Seed this year in an internship role, working closely with the current lead Stephanie to close out the year and attend the Summit at the end of November. If you have any questions, get in touch with Steph at artery@burningseed.com.

If you want to be involved in ARTery but are not positioned to lead it right now, we have a whole lot of roles that need filling!

On Site

  • Artist Support Services (ASS) Crew who can be onsite pre-event, you will work closely with the artists and DPI, details here. All shifts are pre-event Sunday-Tuesday. 
  • Concierge Crew who help run the ARTery department on site, with a focus on artist check-in, placement and registration, details here (limited positions available)

Year Round (starting after Seed)

  • Artist Liaison/2IC to assist ARTery team leads, involved with the Art Grant Selection Committee as both a member and an advisor. Role description here. Position can start just after Seed if mentoring is required/desired otherwise role to commence in December to prepare for 2019 grant cycle.
  • ARTery Finance Lead to interface between ARTery and finance to ensure grants are paid and documented, position description here, position to be filled by February 2019.

If any of this sounds like you, hop over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and get your application in!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

All photos by Nigel Dobson-Keefe taken at Burning Seed 2017, Matong State Forest NSW
Art (L-R) Rocket Clock by Everyday People, The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas, The Bone Tree by Chelsea Brown-Tremain, and Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keefe,

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Future of Seed: Community Consultation Report

 

In case you hadn’t heard, we have spent the last year discussing a new legal structure to run Burning Seed. This has included lots of conversations about what is most important to you for this new entity. The restructure committee has now finished its work (well, this part of its work anyway), and has produced a report discussing all that stuff.

So here it is folks – the final report, jam packed with your views and opinions.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ANCIENT FUTURE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT

The report includes all of the things that happened over the last 14 months – what we did, what we heard, what happens from here. It also includes all the data, our findings, and analysis. Also, look how pretty it is (thanks Vanessa)!

The Restructure Committee has made 11 (really great) recommendations (well, we think they’re great). These are about what entity is best, what will be in the entity’s constitution, membership, and how to facilitate these conversations in the future..

We gave the report to the Red Earth City directors for response on 12 August 2018.

From here, the Restructure Committee will begin to draft a new constitution for the entity, and will work on other related documents (these are outlined in more detail in the report). We will also be running a Q&A session at Seed. This will happen at 3pm on Saturday at Centre Camp.

We will also be sending out a draft version of the new entity’s constitution for comment in the next few months.If you want to stay in the loop please sign up to our email list on our info page (scroll down for sign up).

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email futureofseed@burningseed.com.

This report is the outcome of the countless hours put in by volunteers across the Burning Seed community. The Burning Seed Restructure committee would like to give great thanks to all contributors to the community engagement process. You’ve put us in a really great position to build this new entity thing.

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Your Loo Crew Needs You!

Some Burners like to party.  Others like to enjoy the art or attend workshops.  Many burners focus on leading crews, running their theme camps or their own brand of gifting.  But there is one thing that all burners have in common.

They all need to poo!

If you have been to Seed (or anywhere in the world) then you know what a difference it makes to your experience when toilets are clean and functional, well stocked with paper and endowed with running water.  We all love clean facilities, and that means we need a team of heroes to make it so. A team prepared to step up, and make everyone’s bathroom experiences enjoyable, relaxing, and perhaps even memorable.  As part of the Sanitation crew, you’ll ensure all the toilets are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Don’t worry, the real dirty work of sewage removal is done by the paid professionals and you will be supplied with everything you need to stay clean like our Squeaky Queen.

Do you have what it takes??  If you do, you’ll be rewarded richly.  As a sanitation crew member, you’re entitled to the following perks:

  • A hot shower after each shift!!!
  • 3 meals a day during build and packdown
  • A meal and self serve snacks every day you volunteer during the event

And if that’s not enough, you’ll more than likely find yourself randomly showered with compliments, appreciation and low-level hero worship from grateful burners. Here’s some of the awesome props from our 2017 poo crew legends:

“Definitely crewing next year! Thanks. Thursday morning ghostbuster crew.  Playing techno, with flashing lights in hazard suits. Just doing my job ma'am." - Niki Wheatley

“It's really not as intense as you'd think, really just changing paper rolls and dusting off the place. And the gratitude is insane! People thank you left right and centre when you are in sanitation, you are treated like superheroes. And that's quite lovely!” – Bruno Helbert

“Was easy and it was a great team!” - Jackie Turner

Don’t let your chance to poo crew slip on through like a ghostly number 2!  To grab your position on Burning Seed Sanitation Services’ 2018 team, pop to the community crew page on our website and get in touch.

An important P.S. Even if you don’t volunteer for Sanitation, you are all poo crew!!  We love to serve but we are not your mums and maids, we are not here to deal with your MOOP and the cleanliness of our toilets is mostly up to YOU!  

 

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All about P.E.E.R and why we need you

 

Ever wondered what a P.E.E.R Ranger does on a typical shift? Are you considering sharing your important skills but don't know what is expected? Fear that a shift could be too overwhelming or emotionally taxing on you? Ranger LadySparkles interviewed one of her team members from 2017 about their experience being a specialist Ranger and here's what she said….

What called you to be a P.E.E.R Ranger?

It felt like an obvious choice. I wanted to gift my time in a way that used my strongest skills and experience. I wanted to co-create a safe and respectful space for everyone, and emotionally support anyone who needed it.

How would you describe P.E.E.R Rangers?

PEERS are all qualified and trained professionals who work in the field. It was immensely reassuring knowing that trained people would be available on site, at any hour, purely to offer psychological support to anyone in need.

 

What was your experience of being a P.E.E.R Ranger like?

I was instantly part of a larger team, all of whom were generous individuals, driven to keep the community safe and protect the environment. My shifts were mostly focused on ranger duties like trying to find a lost child, and working with other rangers to ask a person without a wristband to leave. We all looked after each other and we received a great deal of respect and gratitude for our time. There is no doubt that being a PEER Ranger was an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.

Does this sound like you? Have Questions?

What does PEER stand for?

Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response. PEER Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their friends, campmates and Red Earth Rangers.

What is expected of me?

As a PEER ranger you’ll be expected to do at least 2x4 hour shifts (or 1 graveyard shift). You’ll need to attend ranger training and PEER ranger training (both training sessions can be completed onsite) and wear the supplied uniform so you can be recognised. You may be called upon to respond to more serious incidents at the event such as assault, mental health concerns and large scale event emergencies. Although these are rare, they are possible and you must be prepared for events like these. Debriefing is available for any team member who requests it.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to an experienced and qualified Team Lead or 2ic for support with any critical incidents, and work closely with other teams such as experienced veteran rangers, dirt rangers,  sanctuary, medical and security. You’ll be provided with a dedicated team area with water, snacks and sunscreen and some extra perks for the graveyard shifts. Being a PEER ranger, you will develop your  crisis intervention skills, psychological risk assessment, responding to sexual assault and safety planning skills to your therapeutic tool kit.

What qualifications do I need?

Ideal crew members will have previous medical, mental health, psychological counselling or crisis intervention experience - although your role title will be a ‘Specialist Ranger’ or P.E.E.R Ranger. You will not be expected to operate as or even disclose your profession during your time on the paddock.  Experience in sexual assault services, telephone crisis lines, youth work, and emergency services or similar is also valuable. Get in touch to discuss your suitability.

What if this sounds like me but I didn't buy a ticket before the event sold out?

PEER Rangers have a small number of directed tickets available for people who are prepared to commit to the team. These need to be purchased by 12 September 2018 AT THE LATEST.

If you’re keen to put your skills to use, learn some new ones and help support an important and crucial team on the paddock, step up and claim your place on the PEER team here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

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Theme Camps at Burning Seed 2018

We're excited to introduce all of the official theme camps for Burning Seed 2018! A big thank you for all who applied and got their applications looking fine and in on time! All camps are listed here and are available for you to approach, support and explore. We have no doubt that they will be spending the next two months up to their necks in tools, glitter and glue. Most are all linked to their Facebook page making it easy for you to keep in touch with their fundraising efforts, needs and events. So keep in touch and given them ya Likes.

If you are new to Seed this year or not affiliated with a camp but want to join, a lot of these camps have thrown open their borders and are welcoming in the new, the lost, even the polycamperous, and have registered to Adopt–A-Burgin. You can find the full list of camps here: http://burningseed.com/adopt-burgin/

If aren't looking to join a camp but think you might like to collaborate on an event or use a camps space, that might be possible too. Lots of camps are happy to host additional events during their down time. There’s a list of those camps here: http://burningseed.com/share-a-space/

Just a reminder to all camps:

  • Grant and placement allocations will be coming out very soon
  • Please get your MOU and safety forms into us ASAP and don't leave it to the last minute!
  • The What, Where, When guide event submissions are open for a few more weeks! Ensure you get your events in before the deadline. Start working with your neighbours to make your events shine. http://burningseed.com/guides-forms/

Thanks again to all the camps for their efforts, passion and creativity, and lets all get behind them all and fill their spaces with ya faces☺

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P.E.E.R 2iC Announcement

LadySparkles, P.E.E.R Team Lead is pleased to introduce and welcome James aka Rakkar to the role of P.E.E.R 2iC.

Rakkar stumbled across Burning Seed in 2014, and got himself a Seed tattoo a few days after getting back to Sydney from that first burn. 'How did they imagine and organise an event so packed with so much trashiness, camping, community, joy & creativity' - he pondered after his first event.  He decided he wanted to get more involved in creating the weird magic he witnessed a few years prior, so as the years rolled by he joined the Ranger Team, upped his gifting game, lent a hand to theme camps and nudged people in the default world - “Have you thought about coming to Seed? It isn’t a cult, but you should join us!” He is worried that this enthusiasm will one day result in his parents coming to Seed and he may have to be more selective in his displays of trashiness. Each one teach one -right?

In the default world Rakkar is a qualified Social Worker with a background in sexual health, substance use and general crisis work. He attempted to join P.E.E.R rangers in 2016, but we all remember how that Seed ended up. He was more successful in 2017 and in 2018 he will be supporting the P.E.E.R Rangers as 2iC - as well as the other dedicated volunteers who make the paddock as safe as can be. LadySparkles is excited to welcome Rakkar to the leadership team and is confident that his skills, passion and sense of humour will fit right in.

What is a Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response Ranger?

For those who don’t know - a P.E.E.R Ranger is a specialist branch of Red Earth Rangers who work alongside Rangers. They are trained and qualified to deal with more serious incidents at Burning Seed such as emotional and psychological crises. Whether it be attending to a distressed parent of a lost child, helping someone through an emotional situation or more infrequently responding to an assault, P.E.E.R Rangers are available to listen, support you and help you get your mind and spirit back to the event as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have skills and experience in counselling, crisis work, mental health or sexual assault response, the P.E.E.R Team encourage your application to join their team of rockstars. Training is onsite and shifts are only 4 hours. For more info or to apply please click on link below:

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

 

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Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)

That's right folks, there are no longer any adult tickets available to Burning Seed: Ancient Future on Quicket.

However if you left it too late, don't despair! Our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) going live at 6pm on August 3rd to resell tickets and purchase any if you missed out. And yes, you still need to have a Burner Profile complete to purchase a ticket via STEP. 

What is STEP?

STEP is where people who want to sell their tickets are matched with people who want to buy tickets and the whole process is administered by Quicket. Sellers put their ticket up for sale on STEP (face value) and people who want to buy tickets register their details through STEP. Buyers are on a first come first serve basis - so the sooner you sign up for STEP, the sooner you could be matched with a ticket. Once a buyer is matched with a seller, they have 48 hours to complete the transaction before it is offered to the next buyer in line.

SOME THINGS TO NOTE:

  • If you are buying through STEP you have 48 hours to complete the purchase once you are allocated a ticket
  • If you are selling through STEP you will be refunded the face value of the ticket ($195) but not the booking fee
  • Only adult tickets are bought and sold through STEP. Kids and youth tickets are still available on the main Quicket page right here.

If you have any questions, don't forget you can email ticketing@burningseed.com for help.

See you on The Paddock!

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FART IS RECRUITING!

What's all this talk about FART? At Burning Seed we love a good acronym, but all childish jokes aside, FART is Burning Seed's Fire Art Response Team. In other words, the FART is Burning Seed's fire department. We patrol the site and assist external agencies should things not go right. And now, we are on the hunt for some humans wishing to join the team!

We are after two types of humans: Those with Fire Fighting experience and those without (but wishing to learn).

But really, what does FART actually do?
FART provides rapid first aid fire response to fires that may break out - either in the bush or malfunctioning equipment/installations. FART also provides rapid response attack/confine during major art burns.

What is involved?
FART shifts are 12 hours long, during which time you will be patrolling the site in our vehicles, checking on permitted burn barrels and art fires, and generally providing a state of readiness for the worst case scenario.

If this sounds like something you can do/would like to do then apply via this link (even if you are a returning volunteer): https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2276_burningseedregistration2018

We look forward to having you on our team!
Rusty & Hot Wire

Photo by Shaan R. Ali