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Flame effects — it’s a gas, gas, gas

flameThe artistic evolution of our community means that the first pilot light of flame-effect artworks seen on the Paddock last year has turned into a veritable roar of creative fire for this year’s event.

And while we all love to joke about safety third in the Burner community, when it comes to playing with fire on the Paddock we bump safety up to pole position to ensure we take care of our temporary home on the Paddock, the more permanent home of our neighbours and our community. Third-degree burns ain’t no barrel of laughs.

So if you are planning to incorporate flame effects into your art, mutant vehicle/art car or Theme Camp, you need to register with our fabulously fresh on the block — though perhaps not in name —  Fire Art Response Team (FART). Registration closes 1 September 2015.

FireartBut what exactly do we mean by flame effects? Flame Effects are devices that use pressurized LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) gas to make visible fire, either in the form of gentle flames in a table or fire pit (AKA Static Effects), or big bursts in a “poofer” style effect (AKA Dynamic Effects).

All flame effect devices will have to be a certified gas appliance. A member of FART will need to inspect the device and issue a burn permit.

To register, email fart@burningseed.com and our teamsters will send you a burn permit application form, infopack and compliance guidelines. Once you’re on site, you will be required to pass a compliance assessment before being issued with your burn permit.

Want to know about other firey features at Seed? Go here for more information on burn barrels, art Burns, camping stoves and fire twirling.

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The art of flamin’ success

Flame Effect class 2015

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]H[/bra_dropcaps]ow do you know when you’ve built a spectacularly flame-worthy piece of art? Its postscript includes flashing blue lights and shiny red engines checking out what you’ve done.

And that’s exactly what happened at the Flame Effects for Artists course, run on May 23/24 by the new not-for Profit arts organisation Flame Effects Australia and attended by 40 Burners and general fire nuts from all over the country.

At the end of the two-day workshop at Footscray Makers Lab, the Melbourne Fire Shamans class of 2015 had gathered around to see their graduation project in action.

Built for a hodge podge of metal bits dragged in students, the “Eye of Sauron” or (Free the Nipple) let off a mighty roar of flames when the first person hit the control box button (also built by the students). A quick succession of button pushers means there were many very very happy little pyros roaring and phwoaring for 45 mins or so.

Sated and bathing in post-flame coital bliss, students were quietly milling around when the fire engine lights appeared down the side of the street. Woopsie!

But all’s well that ended well, and the engines departed again after a brief chat with key organisers, including Dave X and Propaniac who came out from Burning Man to run the course.

Dave X has been the Fire Art Safety Team manager for all fire art on playa for the more than 10 years and Propaniac is both part of FAST  and the Chief Inspector for the Nevada Board for the Regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

They also shared pics and tips to drive home the safety message: no safety third here. Creating flame effects and fire art = magic and fun for everyone. Carelessness and fried body parts = not the best look or way to make friends.Aka two shit-hot, experienced fire artists, who spent the first day leading students through valves and hoses and density and pressure and gas and and…

After a day full of nuts & bolts, the second day involved splitting the 40 students in three groups: one to build the electronic control box, one to create and plumb the accumulator (the bit that emits those short sharp bursts of gas for the flame effect) and the third to fabricate the structure.

Check out the pics below to see what the class created, and stay tuned to see a burst of flame effect art at Burning Seed this year. 

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All in day’s (ok, two days’) work: fabrication team builds….control box team takes everyone through the to do list…and thar she blows!

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Burning question: what the bloody hell are ya?

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]S[/bra_dropcaps]eedmania has hit, and amongst those newbies aquiver with the agony and ecstasy of losing their Burn virginity, the take-home prize for most-asked questions are: What is Burning Seed? What’s the line up? Can I get a free ticket if I volunteer? And if it’s not a music festival, what do you do there?

Why these questions? Well, the reality is that most people’s default is set to standard festival world. But we are not a festival; we’re a BurnAnd at a Burn – whether it’s Burning Seed, Burning Man or any other regional – the question is not what do I get for my ticket, but who can I be, how can I give, what can I create, how can I take part and what the fuck will happen to me this time?

A Burn is…

…your neighbours dropping by to feed you icecream and hugs for breakfast

…an afternoon spent in a wild west saloon, dancing in a bar-top chorus line with glowing, happy people

…a solitary explore that turns into an all-night social safari

…turning around at a Theme Camp bar and catching the eye of a woman whose man is going down on her – right there and then

…a big, burly, bearded man rocking a wedding dress and a crash helmet

…drawing your own lines in the sand, and then finding yourself on the other side of them

…a bacchanalian feast where Caesar lives to die another day and everyone chows down on roast pig

…careening round a brightly lit paddock on a pimped-out mower and brandishing a parasol

…the pied-piper call of a mobile pizza oven sharing cheesy joy wherever it goes

…the constant kindness of no longer strangers

…weeks of working till dawn to bring a giant temple to life in the desert

…watching that temple burn a week later, inscribed with people’s dreams and pain, and surrounded by thousands watching the release

…a last supper in a forest nook: a Sri Lankan feast shared by almost the entire event who now feel like family

…moments so raw and connected you feel that you might burst from the intensity

…longing to finish the event pack down but not wanting to go home either

…D) all of the above and much much more…

The Ten Principles, Theme Camps and art might maketh the Seed, but ultimately you will find the magic and spice of a Burn in the spaces between – in that inexplicable synergy between you and whatever person, group, event or experience is happening at that moment. 

And ultimately a Burn is yours. 

This is a taste of my Burns. For the crusties amongst us, how ‘bout yours? And for those about to dive into their first, what will yours bring?

Pic thanks to Onur Ka

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Calling all artists and non-artistes: grant city, baby!

Written by Fiona Smart, ARTery co-lead

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]D[/bra_dropcaps]on’t just BE art, MAKE art!  Autumn’s arrived, which means it’s time to get ready to burn some shit. Yep, it’s burning preparation season and time to pump some thought into what ART you’re going to CREATE for the Paddock.

Whether it’s sculpture, installation, fire or light art or maybe some arty farty thing we’ve never heard of, we’ve got money to burn!! (not literally) and the art grants process is now open!! Large art grants (up to $5000) close 1 June and small art grants (up to $1000) close 5 July.

And don’t be scared off if you don’t consider yourself an artiste, art grants are available to anyone with a solid, committed, creative idea. And the ARTery Team are here to help you turn that bit-of-paper idea into a Paddock reality.

Consider yourself an artist, or know an art/architecture school or two that would kill to build something for Seed? We sure want you too. Check out our handy poster, download and paint the school/college/uni halls read.

For more info on grants, go here. Or drop a line to artery@burningseed.com

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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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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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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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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

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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