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A face to launch a thousand Seeds — which one do you like?

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]e’ve been searching for a face to call our own,  and so we ran a Community Design Lab to find Seed a new logo.  And you people sure showed us! Check out the talent pool below. There are five people with a range of submissions, and we’re keen to hear your thoughts on which one you see representing Seed — now and into the future.  [bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

For further format examples of each design, click on the box at the bottom of each section.

Pedro Altuna

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Pedro Altuna logo no 3

Logo number 3

Design inspiration

This logo is about love, Interconnectedness, nature and harmony. The love element is based on a true love story which started at last years Burning Seed event!

It’s a symbol which aims to create a balance between female and male energy. Its open and playful and inspires people to be creative and thrive. I was also inspired by the original design and felt it was important to keep a relationship to this.

Due to the last-minute awareness of this project I was only able to generate a logo.. If you decide to continue working on this design I would love the opportunity to spend more time on the typography and further finalise the logo and colours.

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Lauren Massy

BS Logo V2 BS Logo Portrait

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Design inspiration

I have taken a symbolic rather than literal approach to the seed logo, as Burning Seed is means different things to different people, and as such the logo should be abstract and interpretable. Taking an organic approach, inspired by aboriginal style of painting, the logo has the seed at centre surrounded by rings representing the constant cycle of destruction (fire) and growth (seed), as well as paying homage to the natural landscape of our Australian earth.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

James Wickham

James Wickham Logo

Design inspiration

My inspiration was the fire of Australian bush that is needed to turn seeds into life. I thought the seed was the simplest icon to use for a solid icon, which fits nicely with the two yin-yang style sides, producing the shape of a flame and the shape of a gum leaf. The split in the seed symbolises the catalyst of one’s soul being burnt by the experience of the burningman experience, which causes it to grow into new life – like the Australian bush does after a bush fire. The split also forms the shape of an “S” for Seed, which is also handy!

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Ken Baird

Ken Baird logo

Design inspiration

Whilst trying to encapsulate the 10 principles, focus fell on the playa, the people and the purpose of the event. I also wanted to highlight what day vs night offers, and how the event is more than 24 hours a day – it’s 365 days per year.

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Shelley Watson

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Design inspiration

Red Earth. I wanted to represent Australia as fire in both form and colour – a continent on fire! The flame shapes also denote the different states / territories (not literally) burning together as one, with Tasmania a simple flame linking the words with the illustration. And I also wanted a link to the existing logo as I felt continuity was important – this is achieved through colour, flame and a simple lowercase typeface.

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Join the crew and role with us!!


[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]Y[/bra_dropcaps]o! Hola! 
So, we need hearts and hands and minds… and you wanna feel a greater connection with your tribe — right? Right? Well here’s your chance! Whether you build houses or websites, cook for people or cook the books, fix bodies or fix bad copy (ahem!)…

WE WANT YOU, WE WANT YOU, WE WANT YOU ON COMMUNITY CREW!

We’re six months out from the Burn and we’re recruiting for key Community Crew roles RIGHT NOW!

Our Burn has grown so much in only a short time and we need your help to create an even bigger, better, burnier Seed in 2015. So, these skill sets are always in demand: lawyers, accountants, builders, carpenters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, graphic designers, content writers, editors, web designers, project managers and event managers (phew!)

But we’re open to anyone who wants to invest time ahead of the burn, on-site or after the event. Check out these job role descriptions below and get in touch QUICK! if you’re interested to find out more:

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To register for more opportunities and to join the crew, get in touch with our Crew Wrangling team. To take a look at other roles, check out our participation portal.

GO YOU!!

Pic thanks to Shaan Ali

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Get down n dirty with Red Earth Ecology

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]C[/bra_dropcaps]ome get dirty with a bunch of Burners — nooooooo, not that kinda dirty. Cheeky! We do that all time. Nup, we’re offering you the chance to connect with Country, learn about the district’s ecosystems and build stronger ties with the local community by joining Red Earth Ecology on another biodiversity planting weekend on 1-3 May.

Red Earth Ecology is building on the momentum and success of last year’s project by organising a biodiversity planting at a property close to the Seed site. These plantings are an annual project that help strengthen the links between Burning Seed and the surrounding land and locals.

They’re looking for about 20 community members like YOU to join the crew. Help give something back to the people and place where we play, leave a positive trace, have fun and connect with other Burners towards a common goal. No, not BACON (although there will be plenty of that) – BIODIVERSITY! For a little sneaky squiz, check out the pics from last time.

This year the team will also work with skilled-up Burners to assess the Carbon footprint of Burning Seed 2015 so that we can offset our emissions accurately next year. Red Earth Ecology is also increasing its visibility this year at Seed, with MORE bush walks (which conveniently end at Red Earth Brewery during happy hour), and MORE education about the Red Earth City ecosystem online and at site.

For more information, contact maddock.helios@gmail.com

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Seeders descend on Kiwiburn

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]K[/bra_dropcaps]iwiburn 2015: Wyrd was the hottest on record in so many ways! With daily temperatures over 30C, we were blessed to have Burning Seed’s Mint Country Club (MCC) roaming the Paddock gifting refreshing beverages to many of the 950+ participants.

The MCC joined forces with Cape Carnival, a few of whom had camped with MCC at Seed in 2014. Jayman was back too, and our hardworking Ministry of Public Works was full of Aussies too, so ‘Straya Day was a little raucous!

It’s the 12th Kiwiburn and the second at the Hunterville site, and we had the most interactive art we’ve ever seen as well as an incredible Temple, and a female Effigy for the first time. Both burns were spectacular. The busiest place during the day was ‘beachside’ by the cooling waters of the Rangitikei River and nighttime hot spots were Barrio del Chur!, Dancealot, Balrog’s Playpen and The Camp Formerly Known As F^ck Yeah!

We loved having so many of our Australian neighbours burning with us – thank you so much for making such a huge effort to be there. It warmed our hearts and goon bags. We hope to see more of you next year!

Report by Kiwiburn’s Shelley Watson
Image courtesy of Paul Chaffe

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Bright spark fuels green power possibility at Seed

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]e’re investigating the possibility of creating a centralised source of green power for theme camps, artists and core team infrastructure at Burning Seed. The Feasibility Study, below, is the first stage of dreaming a little dream with you – and it’s brought to you by one of the many bright sparks in our community.

Meet Troy Reid: keen-bean Burner, tech whizzzzzz and quarter-century veteran of the IT landscape, who works in infrastructure management. He has developed this study to assess interest and the possibility of generating central power using waste vegetable oil biofuel, with a view to using solar or wind in the future.

For a little squiz at the momentum building in standard festival world around sustainable power, have a little read of this. And if they can do it… well, we’re Burners, right?… we gotta be capable of finding a sustainable and innovative way to produce power and share the costs and benefits.

Ultimately, this feasibility study might reveal that PowerCity isn’t… well… feasible. But it will be the first of hopefully many innovative solutions that community members like Troy – and YOU – bring to the table, so we can find ways to use our pooled resources for the benefit of the collective.

Burners, countrymen and women, chuck us your ideas! And in the meantime, fill in the survey at the bottom.

So what’s this survey about?

Your survey feedback will enable us to assess interest and feasibility of centrally generating green electricity for the theme camps, art and central infrastructure of Red Earth City.

This will help us reduce generator noise and chemical pollution at the event (carbon footprint is a form of MOOP – just coz the MOOP is invisible doesn’t mean it’s not there).

Your feedback will also contribute to our other carbon footprint calculations and the potential to develop a carbon offset price per ticket sold.

Let’s talk technology

The power generation and storage plan would use an array of silenced generators in a fault-tolerant configuration fueled from Waste Vegetable Oil biodiesel  in combination with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery backup system to provide more reliable, efficient and cost-effective electricity than solutions deployed in previous years.

Building a re-usable power distribution network will also be included in the feasibility study. Current architecture under consideration by a team of industrial electricians is a 3-phase ring with periodic distribution points.

Power demands fluctuate significantly throughout the event, so the challenge is to produce just enough power to meet demand using multiple generators in various combinations so that any generator in use is always operating within its optimal efficiency range.

Generator switching will be automated through a computerised monitoring system that will engage and disengage generators automatically in response to demand. The UPS, sized to provide a 10-minute buffer under peak load conditions, will smooth out the transitions between generators and balance the supply and demand.

Interactivity

PowerCity might also incorporate an interactive multimedia visual arts installation. An array of stationary bikes with generators attached could offset diesel generators for anyone interested in generating pedal-power.

Not only will PowerCity be an elegant engineering solution and the life-blood of radical self-expression, it shall be a thing of beauty itself.

Looking to the future

The long-term goal of PowerCity is to eventually transition to electricity generated from renewable sources like wind and solar, backed by a sufficiently large power storage system; however, this is likely to be a multi-year development project guided by the growth of the event over time.

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Burner Bios — linking ticket sales to Seed know-how

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]his year we’re looking at integrating Burner Bios into the ticketing process. This means that everyone who buys a ticket would need to trip their merry way through a series of fun FAQ questions and then share some very basic details to set up a Bio. And we want to talk to you about it. 

Why create Burner Bios?

We had a large number of newbies rock up to our fast-growing patch of paddock of Paradise last year. Of course, we love us a newb and we love watching them blow their minds (and hearts) at their first Burn. But with participation our paradisical fuel, we need to make sure that everybody is aboard the self-reliance, leave-no-trace, all-the-ten-principles train.

And despite the large amount of info available last year, there were many reports of first-timers not knowing their fun from their FAQS –  MOOPing, issues with consent, Participation and self-reliance? Never heard of it, to name but a few. “We need more education!” many of you also cried in the 2014 census.

So, we’ve been talking to other regionals about this wee problem that many of us are facing: Burns growing up very fast under the spotlight and cache of the Burning Man name, and at a time when the mothership is turning away tens of thousands of people from its dusty, pearly gates. It’s a time when the I’ve-alway-wanted-to-go-to-Burning Man newbie is king — or at least a large part of the coterie.

For regionals like AfrikaBurn, which now numbers around 10,000 this year and faces its own delicate balancing act of Burn vs desert rave (insert Doof for us), Burner profiles have proven a useful way to ensure that people actually engage with relevant Burner information.

How would Bios make a difference?

Everybody will have to pass through this Bio-making point to get their ticket, and that means everyone will need to engage with a certain level of information needed to create, maintain and take part in our Burnerverse. 

For example, to set up your Bio you will need to answer a range of fun FAQ multiple-choice questions covering all the Burning Seed 101s: Did you know you gotta bring your own shit, owright? Yes, that means water too. And what does P stand for? Nooooo… it doesn’t mean just parrrrrrrrty. It stands for participate – and it stands for YOU.

Once your Bio is set up, you will also be required to download the Survival Guide as part of the process and be redirected to options for participating.

It won’t be a perfect system – ‘cause if you want to just tick, tick, tick to get through, there’s not much we can do about it. But we can ensure that many, many more people are made aware of the fact that a Burn is all up to YOU – and that means them too!

What information would Bios retain?

We will collect as little as possible and not much more than what you already share with the ticket company. We will ask your name – real or playa/paddock – your email address, your number of previous Burns, and the way you might want to participate. (This last question is less about info retention than redirection (aka gentle nudge) towards options for getting involved).

Privacy

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So talk to us. We’d like to hear your thoughts too. Click here to write your own ideas or support the ones that other people have shared.

 Banner pic thanks to Onur Ka

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BMA Radio goes beta

BMAR1 (1)All your ears are belong to us!

Burning Man Australia Radio (BMAR) hit the digital sound waves last month with a Beta site that is now begging for your creative lubrication… YES people! This is a call out for community content!!!

We want spoken word shows, DJ sets, live recordings and more – check out our early guidelines on the FB page and send your content to redearthradio@gmail.com. We’re also making sexy plans for BMAR’s first live on-site broadcast for 2015 to come to your ears direct from Blazing Swan (April 1 – 7) – aural pleasure like you never knew!!

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Call to care action — Matong Burner needs our support

10997176_782903998446092_4429033221212887762_o[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]rian Jones is a much-loved Matong local and Burner who has been an enthusiastic and vital support person for Seed, donating his time, heavy machinery and good will from the get go! Now he needs our support too.

At the start of this year, Brian developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a very rare auto-immune reaction following a throat infection, which causes rapid paralysis. Within a week he went from working 14-hour days on the farm to not being able to walk at all, nor use his hands. With daily physio the recovery time is between six months to two years on average.

Brian has been at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital since the new year, first in intensive care and now the rehab unit. He is recovering at a best-case scenario pace, and his mental and emotional health are strong. He’s focused, determined and positive. Even so, he is likely to be in hospital for several more months, re-learning how to walk.

Let’s help him to stay positive and feel connected to our community. If you can find some spare time, please send Brian a letter, card, drawing, distraction, words of encouragement, or something else that you can think of. Thanks!

The Address:

Brian Jones
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
Rehab Unit
PO Box 159
Wagga Wagga
NSW 2650

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Local crew bring Burning Man to Melbourne

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]L[/bra_dropcaps]ocal Burner crew fired up Melbourne streets on February 21 with a blast of Burning Man art and heart at the annual White Night event. The 17-strong kick-arse crew created a 14-metre long, fire-breathing metal dragon and fire forest, which not only enthralled the crowds but made the front page of The Sunday Age and Herald Sun too.  

Led by Steph Selig and Sean Diamond, The Crucible project also proved to be a prime example of Burner can-do, with nine of the crew having never welded previously – or worked on large-scale metal art.

The idea came to life when Steph, a Melbourne-based member of the San Francisco art collective Flaming Lotus Girls and a Seeder, approached White Night about doing a fire piece for the all-night event. 

Meanwhile, the event organisers were keen to realise another dragon by Melbourne artist Sean Diamond, who had not previously incorporated fire into his sculptures. Add a local pyrotechnical company, Howard & Sons, and a bunch of keen-bean Burners into the mix and, hey presto, a collaboration was born!

Steph’s highlight? “Creating something so big and unleashing a little bit of Burning Man on Melbourne, and having the support of the city and Andrew Walsh (White Night artistic director) behind us the whole way. And empowering nine women to learn to weld was pretty awesome.”

And what about those who went all Flashdance and wielded their metal magic for the first time? Meet three of the women behind the welding mask.

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Clair Richards

Why did you join the project? I liked the idea of being part of a team that was creating something amazing, and, at the same time, learning how to work with metal and weld.

What was the highlight? Meeting other people working on the project and working with a group of highly creative and fun individuals. Seeing the final piece in action and watching people’s reactions was of course also wonderful.[/one_third] [one_third]diia_150

Diia Bourke

Why did you join the project?  It was actually a New Years Resolution of mine to do something challenging and artistic, after going to Burning Seed for the first time in 2014, seeing some amazing art installation, following Burning Man on Instagram and getting inspired by the art.

What was the highlight? Apart from seeing the amazing dragon in its glory, the people I got to work with. Everyone was supportive of ideas and everyone pitched in. Steph and Sean were amazing group leaders. They allowed us to find our own way but also helped a lot.[/one_third][one_third_last]anna_150

Anna Truong

Why did you join the project? The biggest reason was to increase my knowledge in lighting design and expose my skills in the public realm where most of my industry colleagues can see my work.  

What was the highlight? Hearing the gasps of awe and wonder of the audience during White Night.  It really made the hard work and effort with the tiny details for lighting and fire effects worth it, and I will cherish this memory for a very long time.[/one_third_last]

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So what next for the Crucible crew? They plan to plumb the dragon themselves to create propane flame effects and to bring their creation to Seed (huzzah!). The project has also spawned a few individual metal projects, which will also be appearing at Seed (Double huzzah!).

Wanna make cool fire shit too? Flame Effects Australia will be running a fire art course in May. Check out the details here. To see more pics from the build, installation and tear down, visit Flame Effects Austalia’s Flickr.

Cover pic by Kai O’Yang

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Burning Man Australia Radio set to hit net

Plans are underway for an online broadcast of Burner tunes, chat and other audiolicious content via Burning Man Australia Radio (BMAR). BMAR is, and will be, a fantastic example of the potential we have for collaborative and creative endeavour in this community.

Fresh and flushed from the success of the inaugural Red Earth Radio live broadcast at this year’s Burning Seed, those ‘fellas with faces for radio’ — Hotwire, SirAndy and Matt Stone — have joined forces with a formidable and highly experienced on-air talent — Sea Ansley — to build a new platform for community engagement, creativity and information in the form of a 24/7/365 online radio site.

BMAR will run throughout the year with music and DJ sets, interviews and other content from the Aussie Burner community, with live broadcasts via Red Earth Radio at Burning Seed and Blazing Swan, and events such as Decompressions, Theme Camp fundraisers etc.

Sowing the Seed

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The concept of an Aussie Burner radio became a reality when legendary Burner Hotwire bought some basic kit for a broadcast at Seed 2014, and threw the idea out to the community.

Red Earth Radio, Burning Seed’s on-site broadcast station, was born under a marquee, on a trestle table, next to the ice truck.

Hotwire, SirAndy of Man, Si and Matt Stone hosted a daily show throughout Seed, attracting, cajoling and dragging in a variety of guests to interview.

Making (air)waves

Participants (who had a radio and knew the frequency) heard from medical guru Dimmer, cool dudes Duncan and Andrew, veteran burner Hey-you, now-not-so-shy Eric Doriean AKA Snorky, the super surreal Kitty and Ian, who was obsessed with SirAndy’s relationship with his parents. 

Other guests included centre camp guardian Sparks, beatboxer Sacha Fawkes, legendary cabbie Joseph F Smith, Red Earth Radio’s heavenly fragranced weather consultant Frenchie Mercury (aka Steve Pollet), and the ubiquitous Jay Man.

Some of the best kicks from the radio show came from it’s connection to the ten principles, of course. Immediacy, radical inclusion, communal effort, radical self-expression, participation, civic responsibility (yes, there were public service announcements!), gifting — these were all present in the experience. It also underlined how the Burner community can be a  safe playground for any kind of crazy idea — no matter how much experience or equipment you have, so long as you have energy and excitement, you have all you need to make it happen.

Intertubes ahoy!

The boys are working closely with Burning Man Australia to develop the BMAR project and will have more to talk about come early 2015. They’re keen to hear from the community about your interest in getting involved — whether you wanna host a show, play your music, or help out on the technical stuff, BMAR wants to hear from you.

For now, drop by our Facebook page, register your interest and check out some of the content from this year’s Seed.