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The big wrap: 2014 AfterBurn report

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]I[/bra_dropcaps]t’s here! Da big wrap! Every year, our dedicated Team Leads and Crew get together post-Seed to review the event — what went well, what didn’t go so well, and recommendations for how we can make the next year even better!

Each Team develops a detailed report and we’ve summarised them all here in this handy, er… summary. You’ll find pdfs the full Team AfterBurn reports below.

You — the community — make Seed what it is. We’ve seen huge growth at Seed in a relatively short time, and it’s your engagement — your creativity, your passion and active participation — will help to make sure that, as a community, we manage that growth in a sustainable way.

Take a look at the AfterBurn summary, take a deeper look through the full reports and let us know how you want to get involved in helping to make the good stuff better, helping to fix what didn’t work so well last year, and helping to implement recommendations identified for 2015.

Let’s do this!!

Note: To read the flipbook, press the magnifying class under the book and it will allow you to zoom in and read the text. To return to the layout view, just press the magnifying glass again.

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Individual team reports

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Art and Theme Camp applications are a go!

Annnnnnnnddddd we’re off! Art grants and Theme Camp applications have opened, so let those creative urges rip!

Theme Camp applications

Our illustrious Theme Camp team is keen to see more of last year’s mash-up mayhem, with theatrical camps, food stops, healing spaces, chill pads and acoustic stages rounding out our city’s onnz, oonz, oonz soundscape. This year, applications will close on July 1 so there is more time to plan our cityscape.

Key dates:
  • April 2: Theme Camp applications open
  • July 1: Theme Camp applications close

For handy tips and how-tos, check out our online Theme Camp guide. Wanna yak with a Theme Camp sparkle pony? Drop them line at themecamps@burningseed.com

Register your Theme Camp here. [bra_divider height=’10’][bra_divider height=’10’]Art grant applications

Our team has shown a whole lotta art this year by bringing grant applications forward by a month and increasing the grants – awhhhh, aren’t they great?  Now you have more time and mula to share that idea – big or small.

When it comes to the latter, don’t sweat the small stuff – just have a go. At a Burn, you don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to make art – we are all the art and soul of this creative enterprise.

And for those thinking big this year, we’re keen to have more of you onboard too. Our intrepid ARTery teamsters are here to support you by assessing your submissions and helping you realise them. They will also allocate grants during the submission period, rather than waiting till the end of the application process to let people know whether they were successful.

This year, small art grants are up to $1000 and large art grants are up to $5000.

Small art grant application dates:
  • April 2: small art grant applications open
  • July 5: small art grant applications close
  • August 2: all small art grants are finalised
Large art grant application dates:
  • April 2: large art grant applications open
  • June 1: large art grant applications close
  • April 1 – June 28: the ARTery team works with each artist to assess and help realise feasible art works. Art grants will be allocated throughout this period.
  • June 28: all large art grants are finalised

Please note that if you apply for an art grant, you don’t have to fill out an art registration form as well. The art registration form is only for those who are bringing art but not applying for grants.

Apply for your art grant here

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Bigger, better, burnier!

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]U[/bra_dropcaps]m, so, like are you sitting down? So, Australia’s THIRD annual Burn for 2015 has just been named. The community has voted, and the 2015 Queensland Burn will be known as MODIFYRE!!!

The Burner community in Downunderland has seen phenomenal growth in recent years, and the Burner cultural calendar is sure looking pretty, with Blazing Swan in WA this week, Queensland’s Modifyre planned for early July and Burning Seed lighting up NSW in October.

Hang on — Precon?

You’re right! It only seems like a few weeks since the inaugural Queensland burn — PreConception — which was held last year at the Yarramalong camping grounds in Charlwood, 14-17 November.

The Burn brought 105 people together for a pretty intense gig, which you can read all about in the Preconception AfterBurn Report. And some of it continues to live on in the Phage, PreConception’s combined Effigy/Temple. You can see the Phage at Modifyre, thanks to the safety-conscious cats in the Queensland Fire Service, who imposed a totes fire ban on the night the structure was set to go blazy.

Check out these pix from the event. There’s just not enough time in the year for all that fun to go around….

Our Queensland cousins are now calling for creative hands and minds to contribute to the 2015 event. Whether it’s costumes, Theme Camps, workshops or art, get your creative oonz on at Modifyre — and keep your July diary clear.

More details and a website on Modifyre are coming soon! To join the crew, contact crewformodifyre@gmail.com

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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

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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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Feeling the Burn as Seed brings it home

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]L[/bra_dropcaps]ast month we posted about Christina Broza, a 50-year-old American ex-war vet now turned keen Burner, who shared her playa transformation story with us. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Nevada to experience those special moments at a Burn or feel the reverberations in your life after it’s finished.

Our 2014 census has revealed that many of you are feeling the same way about Seed, with stories of connection, authenticity, spiritual moments, hope, joy and… yes… what we would call life-changing experiences. We’ve collected a few of these tales in a diary for you to enjoy and, perhaps, empathise with. (For those crusties and snarkies amongst us, consider it an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your softer side —  god/goddess/pick-your-deity forbid.)

This diary highlights yet again that Seed is much more than just a party or any ol’ festival. It is a space and place that has become our own petri-dish of possibility: add a little of this, a dash of that, a load more of them, shake and watch what happens.

Got a story to tell? Share it with us below in the comments section. [responsive-flipbook id=”imagine:nation_diary”]

 

 

 

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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

We take your privacy seriously, and are committed to keeping your information private and confidential. We will not share it with any third party.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

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