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Community design labs: theme & logo

Like everything we do at Burning Seed, what you see is what we make – together. And in honour of this collaborative spirit, we’ve banished the word competition from our lexicon and developed Community Design Labs instead.

These labs will be opportunities throughout the year to bring your dreams and designs to life by helping to create  — and choose — the design for a range of Burning Seed projects. Anyone can submit a design and wherever possible we will involve the community in shortlisting them with the help of online voting tools.

And this year we need your help not only with the theme — Revolution — but a new logo for Burning Seed. We’ll also be looking at you  — yes, YOU — to design our Effigy and Temple for 2015. There’s also a rumble in the radio jungle, we hear, with Red Earth Radio also looking for a logo. Stay tuned!

Check out our new participation portal for these Community Design Labs. Here you’ll find details on submissions and a place to upload your designs.

 

 

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Burning Seed 2015 theme and dates announced

You guys threw your theme ideas into the fire and out of the flames rose… Revolution! Yup. The theme for Burning Seed 2015 will be Revolution, so get those creative juices flowing over the chrissy break because we’ve got dates for you too. Drum roll please…

Burning Seed 2015 will take place again at Matong State Forest from Wednesday 30 September to Monday 5 October.

You might have noticed that we’re finishing a day earlier than the 2014 event, and pack-down is the main reason for this change. With the bulk of participants leaving the event on Sunday or Monday, and the pack-down process not able to start until Tuesday, we have struggled to retain enough community crew to help with this last big heave-ho task.

But never fear: we won’t be hustling you off the site as soon as Monday hits. We will start packing down community services such as rangers, info centre, ice and toilets from midday, and you will still have 24 hours to leave Red Earth City. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a theme idea and used our new Town Hall Social voting tool to create the shortlist. Stay tuned for the chance to create next year’s theme design.

Revolution

Revolution – a word so often charged with the bloody, ideological fury of a group seeking to overturn the prevailing
powers or structures as fast as their critical mass will allow.

But the power of Burning Seed’s revolution is not in rapid overthrow or raised fist. Its power is in the depth of motion
and change, and drawn from the love and evolution that live within the word itself.

Revolution is the constant, circular return to the beginning, the omega of the old and the alpha of the new. It is the
panorama of new vistas and experiences emerging on the horizon of each new rotation of our world.

And as Burning Seed takes its sixth spin around the sun, the event and its ten principles continue to provide a pivotal
point for those seeking a (r)evolution in how we all live, love, work and play together.

Our revolution is both an act of humanity and one of fire. It scorches the earth and tears itself open for the sapling of change,
from the deeply personal to the greater social fabric of our growing community. It awakens the heart and flies the spirit like an ensign. Revolution15 is our incendiary phoenix.

 

What does Revolution mean to you? How do you associate it with Burning Seed? Share your (brief) thoughts with us and we’ll turn them into a crowdcloud of your words and phrases, as well as signage for the 2015 event site. Share your ideas here.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

Pic by Randy Brophy
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Census and summit: looking to the future

On November 28 & 29, Burning Seed Team Leads and 2ICS gathered in Melbourne for their annual review of the event: what worked, what didn’t work so well, and solutions for next year.

Each team prepared an AfterBurn report for the summit, where they also had a chance to talk about their team’s efforts and problems this year, followed by a friendly grilling from the rest of the troops.

The summit was also a chance to address some of the key issues raised by the community via our annual census: we asked, you answered, and we listened. The biggest issues involved toilets, noise, art, consent and the ten principles. Check out what the census told us about our community and the issues raised, as well as the responses and actions that the teams will take.

More details will also be available in the Burning Seed AfterBurn report and individual team AfterBurn reports, which will be published on the Burning Seed website at the end of March. There will also be a further chance for your feedback.

And at the end of another big year, there are both achievements and room for improvements. Because, be it team lead, community crew member, theme camp organiser, artist or participant, we are all learning on this crazy magic-carpet ride of an experiment: how to work together to nourish and evolve our radically participatory, collaborative and gifting event and community. 

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Seedtech — keeping you in the loop

The 2015 Burning Seed theme was a chance to road test an online voting tool, which was gifted to us by a Burner and community-engagement honcho, Keren Flavell. This kind of tool will be the first of many opportunities for you to better vote, engage, give feedback or just stay in the loop with Burning Seed.

While we would love to be able to sit around the Paddock with you all and chew the fat about our co-created Seed adventure, we all spend a large amount of time apart, online and only in contact with our closer community of Burner friends.

We’re therefore keen to develop more platforms like Town Hall Social so that our community can keep up the conversation about the past, present and future of Seed, even when we’re all apart.

For the 2015 Burning Seed theme, the community was able to help shortlist the top five theme choices with the help of Town Hall Social. This allowed them to rank their favourites while also seeing the overall community results in real time. In the new year, we plan to utilise this tool for more community voting around the theme design and a new logo for Burning Seed. 

But our tooltime doesn’t stop there. Each year, we run our annual census with the help of Amelia Loye (yay Bubbles) and her generous gift of a full licence for Survey Gizmo. This year, we’ve also heard your questions and sent the answers right back atcha’ with the help of Slideshare. Our 2013 Effigy and identity Survey also received a lot of interest.

Stay tuned for more feedback frenzy when we publish the Burning Seed 2014 AfterBurn report at the end of January. In the new year, we will also create another opportunity for you to share your further thoughts and suggestions for the consent issue.

With so much techie talent in our community, we’re keen to hear what further tool tips you have for crowdgenerating ideas, taking the pulse of the community and just generally having a yak. Friends, Burners, countrymen and women, lend us your ideas!

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Town Halls: building our local communities

Sydney and Melbourne have kicked off regular Town Hall meetings, with the first Sydney one held on November 12 and Melbourne meeting on November 13. Both cities plan to hold these meetings quarterly.

The Town Halls and our exploration of online tools are part of an ongoing dedication to providing more opportunities for a little more conversation and a lot more action within the community! These platforms are not just aimed at the Burning Seed event, but are a springboard for moving beyond the Paddock, building our local communities and creating other Burner initiatives.

Sydney Town Hall
The two regional contacts Jayman and Neilo led the Town Hall with three main objectives:

    • Demystify and create clarity between a Burning Man local community and events such as Burning Seed/Blazing Swan.
    • Explain how the proposed changes to the Australian original legal entity are seeking to align with this.
    • Discuss how to own your Sydney Burning Man community.

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Rather than setting an agenda, the two Regional Contact hosts, Jodi York and Justin Mcghee, came to the meeting with cards and markers so that participants could write down topics they wished to discuss.  Some of these were specifically related to Burning Seed, but efforts were made to ground the discussion in the Melbourne community.  Discussion topics included:

    • cultivating a consent and LNT culture at our events — our culture is very precious to us, and protecting it is *everyone’s* responsibility
    • the relationship between Melbourne Burner Community, Burning Seed, Red Earth City pty ltd, and Burning Man Australia (which remains confusing to many participants)
    • identifying financial priorities of the Melbourne community, including possible local art grants and collaborating with like-minded events like Figment
    • creating space for new projects like Burners without Borders and other innovations —get in touch with your RC or with Burning Man Australia, put in a proposal for things you’d like to see, and we’ll see how we can support you!
    • supporting our friends in Tasmania (who now have a dedicated FB page!)
    • sourcing information on and participating in the ongoing conversation about the future of Burning Man in Australia.
Pic by Onur Ka
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Crucible art project – your chance to build fire/light art

Flame Effects Australia is building an art project as part of White Night Melbourne on 21 February 2015 – and YOU could be part of it too.

‘The Crucible’ will consist of several metal sculptures of varying sizes and intricacy, some with flames and others lit with spotlights, EL wire etc. The details are still hush hush  —  we don’t want to spoil the surprise — but this is an amazing opportunity to work together with other Burners and fire lovers to produce a public installation piece.

Flame Effects Australia is looking for every kind of volunteer: from fabricators, welders, plumbers, sparkys and fire-safety experts to web designers, graphic designers, marketing gurus, photographers, people to feed the crew, volunteers on the night — and things we can’t even think of right now.

Yep sign me up!

To volunteer, please register here or contact Stephanie for more information at flameeffectsautralia@gmail.com.

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Melbourne workshop: learn to build fire art

Ever thought about making big or even little fire art? Now is your chance to learn from some of the world’s best!

Stephanie aka serious is hosting Dave X and Propanic from Burning Man US for a two-day Melbourne workshop from May 23-24. This class is great for the beginner fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”.

During the course, you’ll learn basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel-based flame effects into your work. You will also get a full-day of hands-on experience fabricating, plumbing and firing off a group-made project.

The course costs $250 for both days, and we also have 10 low-income scholarships available for $200, sponsored by Burning Man Australia (Red Earth City Pty Ltd).

I’m interested, what do I do next?

  • Register for the workshop here
  • For more information, check out the Facebook event or email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com

Wanna see even more fire art built?

There will also be a fundraiser on Saturday night, May 23, in Brunswick. ‘Burn On’ will help raise money to launch Flame Effects Australia, a new not-for-profit that will focus on community-based fire art. Join the event here. They need volunteers, stall holders, performers and bartenders for the event, so please email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com if you can help out!

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Dreamers, Doers and Decoms

Yeah, the 2014 fires of Burning Man and Burning Seed may be in ashes, but the phoenix well and truly rose once more as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide communities rocked their cities with Decompressions in November/December.

At a Decompression, Burners gather to celebrate the recent Burn and to fan the flames of inspiration, creativity and community in our lives back home. More than just a party, a Decom encompasses the ten principles and re-creates a mini Burn environment, perpetuating the culture that thrives both in Black Rock City, Nevada, and our very own Red Earth City. And just like a Burn, it is run by the community for the community – and that means YOU too!

With most Decoms in their third year, dedicated Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide community members gathered their participant power and took their Decoms, and the broader Burner community, to a whole new level this year. Let’s hear a little from them.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

Sydney Decompression — 22 November

Sydney decomp2

There was much fun and shenanigans, which ran through to the dawn.

To everyone who helped set up and clean up, to all gate crew, to everyone behind bars, front of bars, over bars, under bars, on stage and off stage. To those who set up corners, played tunes, danced and bounced, sung and screamed, loved and let be loved. Thank you to all of you who came and had the Sydney decompression experience that was “The Burner Gallery”!

The 2014 “Burner Gallery”, which originally started in 2012, was made possible by Onur Karaozbek, Shaye Harty, Avin Jason and our beloved theme camps from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

These included Trash Mansion, Swing Dog Circus, Middle Eastern Mafia, Mint Country Club, Dirty Birds, Nargile temple, Sunday Bloody Mary, The Orphanage, Star Shitty, Alien Welcoming Committee, Coastal Bass Initiative, Sunset Island, “Tech Support”, Opti Doof Gif Room and many more art, DJs and performers.

Check out this video for 2.13 mins of pure, unexpurgated Sydney decomp sexiness and visit the Facebook event page.

Written by Onur Ka
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MelBurn Decom — 29 November

melbourne decomp2MelBurn Decomp’rs, you RULE! From start to finish, this was the best DECOMP that Melbourne has seen yet.

Seven-hundred incredible people gathered in one spot for the night, bringing together the sparkle that only our community knows how to do so well.

We served up tea and glow-light painting by Kettle Tea House, pillow fighting by Pirania, 3D Modelling, the Occulus Rift, Mint Country Club getting all minty on us, Kraken Korner, a photobooth, AWC and their kick-elf sound room, and much much more.

A fabulous time was had by all and your production team of Shane, Nick, Jess, Ali, Piro and GeminiTrix can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Flick through these pics to see more of the night. Can’t wait to join us again next year? Like our Facebook page and stay in touch.

Written by Erin Pimm

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Adelaide Decom — 13 December

adelaide decomp2Adelaide DECOMPRESSION exploded with all guns blazing in 2014.

Local Burners came together to create this event, collaborating to express a night filled with warm style, art, music and urban grunge.

Alcazar Rifle and Swing Dog Circus are the current theme camps present in SA and both helped to add a combined force of bohemian mayhem.

They showcased roving live musicians, duelling banjo and guitar beauties while spoken word and poetry was performed throughout the delightful underground basement dwelling that is “Ancient World”.

With images project onto translucent screens, the night also saw  local film-makers showcasing their talent. To add a touch of class and pizazz, we also saw a cabaret from Divine Drag Diva.  Taking it up a notch or two, “Colour Radium ” rocked out as the party gently progressed to an ultimate climatic roof-raising stomp on the dancefloor, with Scoob spinning some wicked vinyl beats, followed by some Swing Dog Gypsy Circus carnival to ride the morning home.

A wonderfully eclectic and diverse group of talent down here, all coming together to share and gift Conceptual Urban Burner Grunge while Adelaide grows stronger  and more powerful the more we fuel the fire and stoke the coals!

Fully immerse yourself in all its glorious goodness by checking out these pics

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Blog pics by Richard Rayment, Shaan Ali and David Wright

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Revised MOOP map released

MOOPdaddy has released a revised MOOP map after follow-up site visits by community members and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.  A few areas have been re-categorised as red or green-faded-to-yellow – and we have no doubt that these changes will raise some eyebrows and stir some debate.

But that’s ultimately a good thing. Burning Seed is growing fast and we need to put MOOP on the map by putting it on everyone’s radar. So, let’s turn once more to MOOPdaddy as he outlines the most recent changes:

“This year, Burning Seed welcomed its first troupe and map dedicated to monitoring and highlighting the MOOP issue. This has been a positive step forward for the event. 

However, I unfortunately released the MOOP map before all the evidence was in, which has been a resounding lesson in process for me as Leave No Trace (LNT) Lead.

So, now that all the facts are in, checked and discussed, we are releasing this revised map and an updated spreadsheet so that a more accurate and fairer result can go out to the Burning Seed community. 

The reason for this revision is rooted in the principle of accountability, which is the whole point of the map. If the map does not reflect the real situation on the ground according to the standards we have set, then the map needs to change – so change it has.

Several Green statuses are switching to red. Another camp goes from green to green-faded-to-yellow. And, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Burning Seed organisation sites are involved. 

There are also a number of new MOOP hazards noted, thanks to follow-up site visits by community members and DPI. Check out the new map to find out what this all means.

Next year, let’s all strive to truly leave NO trace.

Burn on,
MOOPdaddy

 

 

  • Download the revised map here. (To read details, open in acrobat and right-click on sticky notes.)
  • See the revised map spreadsheet here
  • Read MOOPdaddy’s procedural summary here
  • Compare the first map here