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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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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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From whale to wish list — dream a little Seed with me


Our info requests often involve the help-line banalities of the obvious: “Where do I buy tickets?” (on the website you just visited, under tickets*), or “Tell me about Burning Seed” (have you met our website? The one you just visited to send the info request?*).

But sometimes we receive messages that not only make my day but remind me why I Burn. They also remind me to retain the faith in the specialness of what we are creating together at Burning Seed — despite the sometimes bumpy ride of growth, community and this radically participatory experiment.

Our most recent message also underlines the fact that other people are getting wind of our special little something too.

Meet Christine, a 50-year-old disabled military veteran from New Mexico, USA, who wrote to us via the Seed website. Her dream? To save up and make it to Burning Seed next year. After asking her if I could share her story with all of you, this is what she wrote back:

“Yes, my story is kind of funny and sad too…

I was a typical conservative Christian-type American. I served in the army during Desert Storm in the early ’90s,
and 
came from a strict Catholic background. One day I just “woke up” and felt it was all wrong and ridiculous:
none of this working hard and doing the right thing was making my life better, and the Christian male god isn’t
nice to females.

So, I left it all, turned to paganism and Wicca, left the conservative world behind…at age 48 mind you. I felt my
life had been wasted in religious and conservative hate and fear, like my parents, who it did nothing for
(American conservativism).

I was watching YouTube one winter night and came across a Burning Man video. A group built a giant whale art
car… and I got angry! It is not fair! I work hard every day, and these hippies can go out to a desert and build a whale
for no reason. Why can’t I do stuff like that??…why can’t I? Why can’t I? What is stopping me? Me…duh! Go find
your whale, Christine…

So, I found some Burners. They didn’t know what to think of this old conservative broad (I still looked and acted
conservative, not knowing any other way), but they let me hang around, and I got to attend a gay Burner wedding
(I was so glad for the invite, I felt like I had a new family), a regional burn, then the big burn in Nevada. And I got
to perform; someone started the first Burning Man classical orchestra and I play violin.

I cannot say enough how much it has changed my life! I regret that I am not young anymore and, as a disabled vet,
burning was physically tough, but I love it, love my new family, and look forward to more Burns — with Australia
on my dream list!”

Christine’s message is a reminder that Burning Seed brings together people from disparate tribes, all walks of life and far-flung countries too. It is this diversity — along with the inclusion and acceptance of it  — that makes our event so special.

Welcome to our little patch of Paddock paradise, Christine.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

*No newbie was harmed in the making of this blog

 

 

 

 

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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

red earth radio

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.

 

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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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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.

You can read the notes here Sydney Burning Man Community Town Hall[bra_divider height=’10’]Melbourne Town Hall

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.