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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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Be a part of the Ancient Future ARTery Team

Are you interested in supporting the growing art culture of Burning Seed? Are you a skilled blogger? Savvy on social media? Perhaps you’re interested in helping curate and select the pieces we fund. The ARTery department is looking for a couple of new volunteers to join our year-round team. Applications for both positions will be open from April 4th to the 16th.

Position 1: Art Grant Selection Committee Member

The Art Grant Selection Committee (AGSC) meet up to three times a year via conference calls to determine the budget and recipients of Burning Seeds art grants and to select the three finalists for the Temple. We need another community member to join our team before the end of April who will participate  in the selection process for the Large Art Grants which closes May 6th. Full position description and application information here

Position 2: Art Blogger & Social Media Manager

We’re looking for a new team member to take the ARTery to the next level, promoting and sharing the amazing art and artists of Burning Seed. The Art Blogger and Social Media manager will create new and engaging blog posts and manage the social media and web presence of the ARTery department, and will work closely with the ARTery Team Lead and Artist Liaison to learn about then promote artists that receive grants from the ARTery. Please check out the position description and application information here.

 

 

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The ARTery is the heART of Burning Seed

Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe : photo by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe (2017)

 

Creativity and self-expression define and shape our collective experience of Burning Seed. At the heart of it is the ART supported by the ARTery crew who work year round to support and facilitate art at Burning Seed and beyond. The ARTery wants you to get involved and create and to help you we’ve got a series of Info Sessions, a range of grants and we’re always available to answer your questions via email.

INFO SESSIONS

Join ARTery crew Stephanie and Naomi to find out about our new E.O.I, (Expression of Interest) starter grants, small art grants (under $1,000), large art grants ($1-5,000), Kids Camp and Riverina residents art grants, how to apply and what information you’ll need to include in your application. We’ll also cover general art registration. Previous grant recipients will also be attending and if we have time we’ll host a round table discussion about building art and creating community.

Melbourne: Monday February 12th 6pm-8:30m at the Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North, RSVP here

Sydney: Sunday February 25th 6-8:30pm, Venue TBD, RSVP here.

Fire Seed by Glenn Todd : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

 

TEMPLE

Were you inspired by the stunning Temple of Crux lead by Bradley Ogden? Do you have an idea brewing and want to submit and Expression of Interest (E.O.I.) application? If so you must apply between February 12th and March 11th 2018 by 6 p.m. More information available on the process, requirements and the documents you’ll need to submit on the Temple Application Page. You can also RSVP to the Temple Application Event on Facebook if you need a reminder.

Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

NEED FUNDING? 

The ARTery has a range of funding available to you including a new Expression of Interest grant that will give artists the opportunity to apply for up to $500 to explore an idea they want to turn into a full-fledged project. We also have large grants for projects needing up to $5,000 and smaller grants for projects $1,000 and under. You can find out more details on our Art Registration and Grants Page

Key dates are listed below and if you need a reminder via facebook you can RSVP for the Large Grant Submission Event or the Small Grant Submission Event.

 

 ARTery 2018 Key Dates
Type Open Closed Announcement
Expression of Interest 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Large Grant 1-Mar-18 6-May-18 21-May-18
Small Grant 1-Mar-18 10-Jun-18 1-Jul-18
Temple EOI 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Temple Final 3 20-Mar-18 15-Apr-18 25-Apr-18
General Registration 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 N/A
Kids Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18
Riverina Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18

 

 

The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas (L) Rocket Clock by Everyday People (M), Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden (R) : photo by Patrick Meddows (2017).

Orbit – Chaos pendulum by Casnard &     Maybolt : photo by Lih Chong (2017).

Astral Arbor by THINGkers Collective : photo Darby Bicheno (2017)

Cenotaph of Arcturus by Chelsea Brown Tremain : photo by Lih Chong (2017)

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Mutant Vehicle applications now open!

By the Red Earth Department of Mutant Vehicles

The time for getting serious about transport around Red Earth City has come. As our community grows we need to make sure we have the necessary infrastructure to keep our City safe. We’re expecting more art cars in 2017 than ever before and we’re looking for participants now register their vehicles and also for volunteers to work with the REDMV team. Red Earth City is a bicycle and pedestrian-oriented city and there is no driving allowed on site once you’re through the Gate other than with a registered art car or ‘mutant vehicle’.

What is a mutant vehicle?

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorized creation that shows little or no resemblance to its original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch.” – Burning Man Department of Mutant Vehicles

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorised creation that shows little or no resemblance to their original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch. To keep the whole thing safe, all powered vehicles or human powered vehicles over 250kg for use on the Paddock need to be registered and licensed with REDMV.

Creative collaboration is at the core of the Burning Seed experience and you could do worse than to work with a crew to bring your maddest Mad Max dreams to life with a mutant vehicle. The 2017 Burning Seed theme- Deeper Space – offers some obvious inspiration but a project like this deserves your most radical expression!

What next?

The long awaited registration form is now online and the relevant information pages for mutant vehicles at Burning Seed 2017 are now ready and waiting. 

If you love art, if you love vehicles or if you just love humans and want to make sure they stay safe on the Paddock, REDMV needs YOU! We’re looking for a REDMV second-in-command (2iC) to work with the Department to create documentation, evaluate applications, liaise with vehicle operators and ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles on-site. We’re also looking for specialist REDMV crew to work with us on vehicle assessments including safety inspections, licensing and managing and enforcing safe Mutant Vehicle operation during the event. Get involved with REDMV!

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Announcing the theme design for DEEPER SPACE 2017

We are absolutely STOKED to announce the winner of the 2017 Deeper Space theme design... none other than Sarah Barber!

You may remember Sarah's work from the Deep Space 2016 design, as she was also the winner of last year's contest. We're so pleased she can have another chance to showcase her incredible work to the Seed community.

This is what Sarah had to say about her inspiration for this year's design:

"The idea is that Deep space exists not only in the sky but also in the darkest corners of the deep ocean - which seemed appropriate due to 2016 Seed's unfortunate flooding incident. This poster represents the Space In Between, the space where we come to celebrate this unique community we reside in. Where nothing and everything exists in its own little place. The design shows a diver falling out of the ocean and into the sky, then back into the ocean - as if looping on itself. It reiterates this idea with the ouroboros symbol which lies behind an upside down/flipped compass - symbolising losing yourself. I wanted to portray the idea of looping and infinity as it was as if Seed was repeating history with the new theme of Deeper Space."

Congratulations Sarah! 

And for the submissions that weren't selected, we'll be showcasing them on site at Burning Seed 2017, so make sure you check them out. 

 

 

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2017 Deeper Space Theme Design – Enter Now!

Artists, designers, doodlers, finger painters…. It’s that time again where we throw the doors open on the EVENT THEME DESIGN, for the theme of DEEPER SPACE. Every year we select a unique theme to inspire the art of the paddock and other creative collateral at Burning Seed, and we want you to create the face of the design.

What's happening -

Working with the theme of Deeper Space, we ask you to interpret the theme for the Burning Seed Community and design a poster which will be translated across the event collateral such as WWW guide, wristbands, tickets and more. Apart from the specs of the submission, the rest is completely up to you, so let your imagination run wild. Last year we had an awesome response and it was fantastic to see so many amazing interpretations of the theme, so let’s do it again!

The process -

We are running the theme design submissions a lot later this year due to complications with ticket refunds, which means we only have a month for you to submit your artwork, so let’s get cracking! Submissions are in the form of an A3 poster and working file (check out the FAQ for all the details), and the final submissions will be voted on by the Burning Seed team leads with the winner being announced on or before June 2nd. If your work does not make the final selection it will still be acknowledged - we’ll share submitted poster designs with the community on our website as well as on our social media platforms. We also plan to share the designs on-site at the event via a gallery at Centre Camp.

To enter, submit an A3 PDF of your design, but emailing it to theme2017@burningseed.com by May 21st at 6pm, along with a short paragraph on what inspired your design. Note that if you work is selected, we'll also need a working file to be sent over. 

Keen to get involved? Check out the submission details right here.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. If you have creative buddies, spread the word!

Thanks,

Burning Seed Design Team & Comms Team

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2017 Seed Art Blast Off!

2017 Burning Seed Art Blast Off!

Are you ready to go deeper? Have you strapped on your rocket booster pack? We hope so because now that we all know we’re heading to Deeper Space in 2017 it’s time to get the creative processes happening and the ARTery is here to help you make your vision blast off!

ART GRANT INFO NIGHTS & SAFETY FIST!

Earlier this year we hosted two ART GRANT INFO NIGHTS, one in Melbourne and another in Sydney. We loved engaging with the community in person (it was so nice to get off of facebook and into meatspace!) and talk about our processes, your processes, and get some fantastic feedback and suggestions from the artists and those who want to take the plunge. If you didn’t make it you can CHECK OUT THE POWERPOINT (filled with internet cats and great tips!) and email the ARTery if you have any questions. One of the big discussions that happened in both sessions was around safety and doing dangerous things and how we can expand what we do and how we do it. From this the SAFETY FI(r)ST Committee was started and we’ll be diving deep into our insurance policy, risk registers, regulations and WHS standards and sharing and discussing more with you as we get closer to the event and you tell us more about what you want to build.

ART REGISTRATION & FUNDING

For those of you who plan to build art you have two options;

  1. SELF FUNDED: you’ll still need to REGISTER ONLINE before JULY 15th, click here to go to the form, or come visit us on site to check-in and get a sweet spot on the paddock. Want to see what we ask you? Check out the general reg form questions here.
  2. GRANT FUNDING: we have two tiers of grants SMALL (under $1,000) and LARGE (between $1,001 and $5,000). Depending on how the budgets work out over the next few weeks we may also have a new larger grant of $7,500

Please go to our ART REGISTRATION PAGE for links to the application forms and the PDFs that list all the questions we ask you when you apply. You can also join our facbook events for reminders for the SMALL GRANTS, open until JUNE 25th 6pm, and LARGE GRANTS, open until MAY 28TH 6pm, deadlines.

 

TEMPLE ~ EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN!

The ARTery is also managing the TEMPLE application process this year. Expressions of Interest are now open until May 14th. You can find all the details and a link to the application on our Temple Application Page, don’t forget to join our facebook event if you need a reminder to get that application in!

 

ART GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED

Lastly the ARTery could not function without amazing volunteers. Right now we are looking for another community member to join the ART GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEE (AGSC). This dedicated team are the folks who review all of the amazing applications and select the final recipients for the Art Grants and also short-list the top three Temple designs. Please CHECK OUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION and if you are keen to join our team please HEAD TO THIS FORM and tell us a little about yourself and we’ll be in contact. Applications close MAY 7th and informal interviews will happen the following week.

 

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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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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/