It’s a busy time for everyone as we hurtle towards Deep Space, but it’s especially busy for the amazing artists working on their projects for Burning Seed 2016 and the ARTery teamthat support them.
Register your ART
If you are thinking of bringing art to display on the open paddock you must register with the ARTery before 19 August... click here for more details.
Do you have any flame effects or open fire including a burn barrel or candles as part of your art or your camp?
You must apply with the FART (Fire Art Response Team) for permission to burn, details here, deadline for applications is 17 August.
Tough Decisions on Grants
The ARTery received a lot of amazing applications for the large and small grants. The Art Grant Selection Committee had several long meetings (and a lot of prep to read all the submissions!) before deciding on this year’s recipients.
We are pleased to announce the following six projects who received large grants, click on their names for more details about their crew, project (unless they are keeping it hush-hush in order to surprise you!) and ways you can support them (there are lots of awesome fundraisers coming up!)
Astral Arbor by the THINGkers Collective (Melbourne, link not yet available)
The beautiful brains behind Splash Mansion are set to revolutionize the way Theme Camps manage their water on the Paddock... Trash Mansionite Professor Johnny Breakwell is not just a pretty face. That brilliant mind of his has been working overtime on ways to:
make it wetter down there on the Paddock,
help Theme Camps Leave No Trace AND
give back to the local community in Matong and surrounds!
Making a Splash
In 2013 he created Splash Mansion: “It got me out from behind the bar at Trash”, says Johnny, “and for the cost of an hour or two each day it meant we got showers, kept cool and had some awesome fun.
“Splash grew bigger in 2014/15 and we ended up doing daily water runs - it made me think about how much water we were going through, not just our camp but others too,” he says.
Then at Seed in 2015 Johnny met Rowan Kos and these two legends got talking about water. Rowan suggested the idea of setting up a collective group of Theme Camps to better manage the supply of water to camps at Seed.
Skip to 2016 and welcome to the fruit of that conversation…. The Watershed.
This by burners, for burners, not for profit collective comprises a willing coalition on a mission to mutually obtain and distribute quality water to Theme Camps at the lowest possible price.
“This is a fantastic social enterprise,” says Johnny. “The Watershed is facilitating the purchase of a bulk amount of water for Theme Camps - something like 20,000 litres - from farmers local to the Burning Seed site at Matong.
“The farmers will donate their time and use their water licenses to sell us the water, and any profits they make after their costs are covered will go to support the local school in Ganmain.
“These little schools make a big difference in the community - any dollars we can raise make a big difference to these kids,” he says.
How it Works
Johnny says The Watershed is owned by Theme Camps that join the collective as members.
“The members are currently Splash, Sunset Island, Trash Mansion, Dirty Birds, Detox, Casbah and The Brink.
“These and potentially other Member Theme Camps will pay in advance for a water cube of 1000 litres - the cube will be delivered to them on site during set-up, and a water tanker will come by and fill it up. The empty cube will be picked up from the camp at the end of the event.
“The Watershed will bring a lot more drinking water into Theme Camps and also make a serious environmental impact on site - for instance by minimising waste packaging from water containers - no more taking empty cartons full of air home - and reducing the number of journeys needed for water runs during the event.
“But there are many other benefits - if Theme Camps know they’ll have water delivered on site they’ll have more cargo space for Theme Arts and it also gives them scope to gift more drinking water and nautical activities.
“Importantly - this is NOT about free water on the Paddock. The Watershed is only working with member Theme Camps, not individual participants. Everyone outside our Member Theme Camps will still be required to bring the necessary amount of water they need to survive for the week. This is just about providing
Making the Infrastructure Pozible
Johnny says that with stronger interest from other Theme Camps, funding is now needed to buy the water container infrastructure.
“Without some initial funding the Watershed may have to limit further memberships and have less impact than we might do in this first year.
“Each one of the 1000L water cubes we’ll use for distribution of the water to Theme Camps will cost about $80 to $100 and the Watershed crew will also need radios and cleaning products to sanitize the cubes,” says Johnny.
“We’re offering some sweet water-based perks for anyone who wants to donate from $1 to $10 or more - and every dollar counts to help us get this fantastic project off the ground," says Johnny.
by Sir Andy (with some words/help from the legendary Prof. Johnny Breakwell)
Do you have the quiet strength to be a Temple Guardian at Burning Seed?
Some might say the Temple is the soul of a Burn - a place for quiet reflection, a place to be a human, to find and lose your emotions, to connect with yourself and with others whether friends or enemies, strangers or estranged. I reckon it’s all these things and more. That’s just my 2 cents.
The Burning Seed Temple’s cool and quiet significance on the Paddock is matched only by the heat and passion of the Effigy - in this year of Deep Space they are the Moon and Sun of our little forest Burniverse.
Whether you agree with that or not, one thing on which we might collectively nod is that the Temple is a turning point - both literally (it Burns on the last night of Seed - sob!) and figuratively... that is, we all know there’s heaps of meaning attached to the Temple for us and for those around us, it just depends where you are on that spectrum.
Evolution of the Temple
Now, turning points are pretty much Standard Operating Procedure at Burning Seed - for individual participants and for the event itself. Every year we all learn something new, we evolve right? 2015 was no exception and one of the most significant turning points came with our understanding that we all gotta do more for the Burning Sed Temple to:
communicate and educate about the Temple’s significance and meaning;
protect the space and the people who attend it.
Quiet and Introspective
The emphasis and whole intent of the Seed Temple has always been quiet and introspective - as distinct from the focus of pretty much everything else at Seed which is tipped towards self expression.
However in 2015 there was a noticeable change in atmosphere around the Temple and the Temple Burn in particular, and some incidents (graffiti on the structure, noise during the Burn) leading to valuable community discussion between newer and veteran burners about what exactly the Temple means to us as a Seed community.
As Australians we’re no strangers to the concept of holding and sharing our silence for a moment with a community. It’s a rare Aussie who hasn't experienced at least one moment of moving silence during an Anzac service for example. We know about the power of context and ritual.
Temple Guardians - Step FORWARD!
Some of you veteran Burners out there will be aware of the Temple Guardians of Black Rock Cityat the Big Burn in Nevada - this crew has been in place since 2002 and they do an awesome job of watching over the structure, listening to and engaging with those who visit, and contributing broadly to helping everyone evolve their interaction with this sacred space.
So in the grand tradition of this mighty DO-OCRACY that we call Burning Seed we’re looking to YOU to create a new volunteer crew dedicated to holding the space of the Temple, protecting the structure and those who visit.
It’s intended that the Burning Seed Temple Guardians will work on shifts to support Temple visits, protect artefacts and the space and educate about its significance. They won’t be there to make or enforce rules; rather to watch quietly and act appropriately and skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple and those in and around it.
At Black Rock City they talk in terms of “a philosophy that calls for using small pushes from a great distance. Sometimes your look, your soft words, or even just your presence is all that is required to hold the sacred space of the Temple. When we do interact with participants, we do so with love and respect. We carry the sacred space of the Temple into every interaction, using our connection with the grounded, serene space to guide and shape our interactions with participants.”
OK I’m so IN - what next?
If this sounds like you then please support the community vision for an awesome Temple Guardian crew at Burning Seed in 2016. We’re looking for a Temple Guardian Team Leadas part of the Civic Services crew. The Team Lead will be responsible for building and developing the crew ahead of the event, working with Civic Services and with the Crew Wranglers.
If you can spare a couple of hours a week pre-Seed and a few more hours a day on-site you’ll be working on key projects including recruitment, developing crew training and guidelines, and engagement with other teams including Rangers and the Fire Art Response Team (FART).
Since the earliest days of Seed we’ve had some truly amazing Temple Burns - from Rob and Kursty’s green bamboo at the original Bellingen Seed (2010) and then at Matong with Myke McQuaid’s Temple of Time (2012) and Spirit Temple (2013), Elba Garcia-Clark’s Labyrinth (2014) and Brad Ogden’s Tower of Babel (2015).
Rusty, Seed’s beloved Temple and Effigy co-ordinator, has supported burning and construction of Seed's Temple and Effigy structures from the beginning and Rusty also plays a key role in the ARTery and in the new Fire Art Response Team (FART).
“The first year in Bellingen we knew the green bamboo was going to be hard to burn, and the large embers tend to fly quite a distance," says Rusty. "That’s not such a big deal with a small group of people but we saw the same thing happen with last year’s Effigy - so bamboo is now banned for all the big burns at Seed,” he says.
Every year, each designer/builder/artist/architect has had new and fresh challenges to face - from finding the inspiration for their design, to budgeting, finding enough crew, accessing/learning the skills to create the structure, dealing with the elements during the build and ensuring a safe and successful - and awe inspiring! - Burn that Leaves-No-Trace.
Myke McQuaid says in the early days at Matong, with the budgets very tight, the size and scale of the Temple Burn was more modest than we can expect now.
“I did the temple in 2012 and 2013," says Myke. "Both years the wood came from a local neighbor near Matong and was made from cyprus. The first year was roughly 76 sticks of wood of various sizes and a few sheets of plywood for gussets.
“My strategy was always 4 builders in 4 days or it's probably too large a project. That was early days though and the budget was tiny so it fit. Nowadays you need lots more crew and lots more time.
“Whatever the budget, make sure you’re clear upfront on the deal with the organisers - in terms of supply of power/fuel/lights/food/security/site prep/ what happens during the burn and after. Also expect 50% of your volunteers to go AWOL!”
Myke's 2012 'Temple of Time'
Elba's 'Labyrinth' design from 2014
Myke was working with budgets of just under $950 in 2012 and around $1300 in 2012/13 while Brad Ogden’s Temple of Babel came in (on budget) at $15k last year. As the Temple has evolved so has the time/crew/material needed to build it.
“Last year we had 6-8 crew at any given stage for prefabrication, 8-10 crew on-site (15 involved over the course of the project) and the whole thing took approximately 120 hours on build/prefab + 20 odd hours of designing,” says Brad.
“In terms of wood and other materials we used 783 linear meters of 100x50, 40.8 linear meters of 150x50, a 6 metre 300x300 (that was shaped down into a 260mm hexagon)... there was about 1500 batton screws (492 in the 6 supporting legs alone), a few fistfuls of nails and a few star pickets.
“In terms of the build, pre-fabrication can take a lot of the stress of building on-site out of the equation but be careful when pre-fabbing with rough sawn timber... shrinkage is real.”
Expect the unexpected
One rule of thumb that both Brad and Myke say all designers/builders need to consider…. expected the unexpected and be prepared to make compromises on site.
“From the very earliest phase you need to think about how this thing will Burn,” says Brad. “For instance, in hindsight, we should have put a little more work into weakening the central post. It should have been obvious that once one of the sides was gone it would have fallen over. I expected it to stay upright a little longer than it did.
“Also, no-one anticipated the amount of embers being thrown off by the thin ply skin. We normally work with thicker ply, but we had to compromise getting the laser cutting quote down to an acceptable level.”
“You have to think of the end at the beginning,” says Myke. “Like, how is this thing going to burn? Density is good - it allows for a good heat build up. In 2012 we had trouble getting it lit fully because it was so open but in 2013 - now that was the burn I was looking for!"
Safety is of course the most critical consideration for any Temple builder/burner.
“In 2015 we introduced the Fire Art Response Team to tighten up our safety procedures and to facilitate smoother burning in and around the Paddock, particularly at the main Burns,” says Rusty.
“I like the Burns when the crowd has to move back more because of the heat of the fire - they get to feel the power of the Burn and this only adds to the experience and to the understanding and respect for fire and what we do for a big Burn like the Temple.
“Weakening - or making cuts in the timber to ensure a smooth Burn - is a very important consideration with the generally thick timber of the main support structure. You have a big safety circle with the Temple Burn for most of the day before you burn, so you can be bold with the weakening cuts and with your liquid and solid fuel loading.”
Learn from the Burn
“It’s always great to learn something new,” says Myke. “I’m a mechanical engineer, a veteran burner, handy with tools but in 2012 when we had 90km winds on-site and the Temple started listing a guy came over to help me and taught me a trick I hadn’t known before to stables it.”
Brad says design and build skills are important but not everything.
“I’ve got basic carpentry skills, I’m self-taught on Sketch-Up, I have a rudimentary understanding of engineering/physics and some project management experience - but you don’t need to know everything - there are heaps of people involved who are ready to offer help and advice.
Burner Profiles are coming to Burning Seed this month (April)….
2016 tickets will go on sale next month (mid May)...
To buy a ticket you need a Burner Profile...
No Profile=No Ticket...
Go on, what's this about?
Tickets for Burning Seed sold out in 2015. We expect tickets to sell out again in 2016. We're introducing improvements to the ticketing process to help us better prepare this year, to learn more about our community and reduce the risks we saw after tickets sold out last year (scamming, scalping).
A major innovation will be the introduction of ‘Burner Profiles’.
What are Burner Profiles?
If you've been to Burning Man, AfrikaBurn, or MidBurn in Israel you'll already be familiar with Burner Profiles (follow the links to find out more about Profiles at those events). Burn events use Profiles to help the flow of information collected from participants for ticket sales and for registrations (theme camps, art, mutant vehicles, events etc.).
The Burner Profile process can also help participants, particularly those new to a Burn, better understand what they heck they are getting into. Along with basic Profile information - name, email - there’s a few simple questions aimed at getting participants to think about the 10 Principles and what they mean.
Reducing the risk of scalping and scamming.
At Burning Seed in 2016, Burner Profiles will tie you - the purchaser - to your ticket. If you don’t have a Burner Profile you cannot purchase a ticket. This makes it much harder (though unfortunately not impossible) to scalp or scam tickets.
No Profile = No Ticket.
This is really important - if you don’t have a Profile you cannot buy a ticket for Burning Seed in 2016. If you want a ticket you MUST complete a Burner Profile. While completing a Profile does not guarantee you a ticket, you will need to have one already completed to be able to purchase a ticket when they go on sale in mid May. Even if you buy a ticket later this year from someone who doesn't need theirs anymore, YOU WILL STILL NEED A BURNER PROFILE in order to USE that ticket.
What kind of info does the Profile require?
Burner Profiles require basically the same information asked for in previous years when you've bought a ticket...
Scammed: The scammers and scalpers were out in force when Seed tickets sold out last year...
Paddock name (optional)
State & country (note: we will ask for your full address when you buy a ticket but this will NOT be stored in your Burner Profile)
.... PLUS a couple of additional demographic questions similar to those we ask each year in the Census.
How many Burning Seed events attended?
How many Nevada/other regional burns attended?
We will retain this information which means you only need to complete your Burner Profile ONCE (you may need to update your Profile in future years).
In addition to the Burner Profile, you'll need to complete a short questionnaire about your knowledge and understanding of the 10 Principles, how you heard about Seed and how you plan to contribute in 2016. The information you provide here will not be retained beyond 2016 but it will help us get a much better understanding this year of ticket buyers' level of engagement with Burning Seed.
What will you do with the info in the Profile?
In 2016, the information you provide in your Burner profile will be linked to your ticket - as in... you need a Profile to buy a ticket.
In FUTURE YEARS the plan is to link the Profiles to tickets AND other registrations - Art grants, Theme Camps, Events, Mutant Vehicles - as in... you'll need a Profile to buy a ticket AND apply for a grant, register an event and so on.
Mid April - Burner Profiles GO LIVE - look out for announcements in the coming days on the Burning Seed websiteand on Facebook. You can complete your Profile anytime, but we're expecting tickets to sell quickly in 2016... We'd strongly suggest you complete your Profile before…..
Mid May - when tickets will go on sale. Look out for announcements about the ticket sale date, price etc very soon.
If you haven’t already LIKED our official Facebook page go do it now to stay in touch.
Please also help us by letting your friends and frenemies know they will need to complete their Profiles before tickets go on sale to be in with a chance of securing a ticket. Can't stress this enough folks - the earlier you complete your Profile, the more prepared you’ll be.
How much are tickets? How many tickets will be available?
We’re in the process (in April) of setting our budget for 2016 and we’re not yet in a position to finalise the ticket price until those budgets are agreed. This information will be made available over the next few weeks.
As with previous years there will be more tickets made available but there will also be a cap. Tickets for the event are capped for a range of reasons. Ideally everyone who attends Burning Seed will do their bit, but last year we had just 8% of participants give their time to Community Crew. We need more Crew to support the infrastructure to accommodate more participants. Burner Profiles will really help with early assessment of how many volunteer crew we can expect in 2016.
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and on the Burning Seed website later in April for the announcement that the Burner Profiles have gone live. You'll have a few weeks to complete your Burner Profile (it only takes a few minutes) before tickets go on sale in mid May.
If you have any questions - any questions at all - before, during or after the process of completing your Burner Profile - please email: email@example.com
In October 2013 I went on a spontaneous adventure to discover Burning Seed, Australia’s biggest regional Burning Man event – it turned into the adventure of a lifetime. As I stood with a small group of friends and saw my first sunset drop behind the Matong horizon, little could I imagine that two years later I would be dancing alongside 1500 Burners joyfully sharing that same view, with my best mates playing tunes in a theme camp experience WE MADE!
I’ll give you the moral of this story right up front: if you have a vision and a shared passion among friends you CAN create something really, really special. Burning Seed provides a blank canvas for you to live your creative dream AND have a positive impact on people’s lives. For me it’s been utterly life changing and one of my most rewarding experiences to date.
The message that led to Sunset…’Bail if it’s rubbish’ As if!!
Discovering Burning Seed
I initially knew nothing about Burning Seed. I stumbled across the Seed website researching a potential trip to Burning Man in the United States. I must have liked the Facebook page because two weeks out from the event I saw the post saying Burning Seed was happening.
So my comrade Murray and I took the plunge. I’m sure we all remember our first time driving out past Wagga Wagga towards Matong State Forest, heading into the unknown. That straight road passing the beautiful fields of yellow flowers, tunes pumping in the car with a wonderful sense of freedom and anticipation…getting close but seeing no signs of life and wondering if this Burning Seed thing actually existed?
What we discovered that first time captivated us. The spirit of gifting and openness. The absence of rules and the wonderful mix of people. And oh those sunsets!!! Pure chance saw us camping near the fence line with front row seats for that special moment at the end of the day. A time for reflection and anticipation for the night ahead. Thanks to Mother Nature, the seed for the vision that inspired Sunset Island was planted at that very moment.
Hatching the Plan
So, after a great Burn, we planned to return in 2014. Our initial plan was for a renegade sound camp so we asked Burning Seed if we could set up a sound system in our campsite. They said “why don’t you set up a theme camp?”
I was going to wait for another a year to make sure we had enough people, enough crew to make it viable but the prospect of actually being on the map was compelling. Our group had always loved organising parties in natural environments and I had the vision for a sunset party to enhance the experience at Seed.
My two good friends Shane and Steve (Electric Zeus) were first on board. Shane had played sunsets in Ibiza and Steve is the quintessential party host – plus Steve’s brother Martin (who could make just about anything!) was immediately into the idea of coming the next year and setting up a camp.
We voted on names but “Sunset Island” seemed kind of obvious – we were all inspired by visions of stunning sunsets you normally see from an island over the ocean. Beyond Murray and me, the team quickly grew with a wonderful mix of talents. Zoe – a brand strategist and creative – worked with us help us understand what Sunset Island meant to us and to those that would come? From the outset it was a fantastically creative process such a joy to share this experience with friends.
Our DJ talent grew as we spread the word and, along with Captain Peacock’s (now famous) punch and our fake palm trees we created at our first fundraising party, we had the makings of a theme camp. We raised enough money at that party to hire a truck, buy materials and supply the ingredients for a plentiful supply of punch on the Paddock.
Martin was instrumental in envisioning the set-up of Sunset Island and getting materials cheaply. There are many people who made it happen that first– you know who you are. And so we packed up the truck and off we all went! Thanks to Captain (Steve) Peacock for capturing our preparation for that first year on video – take a look!
Challenges of Getting Bigger
We’re into our third year now, growing and as enthusiastic as ever – but that growth brings its issues. It’s easier to fill fundraisers parties but communication and decision making becomes more challenging. We also saw a bit of burn out in 2015. So in 2016 we’re focusing on spreading the load, with team leaders responsible for each aspect of the camp. We’ve already locked in both our fundraising venues ahead of time allowing us to focus our energies on making these experiences, and of course our time at Seed 2016, the best ever.
Jasper – that Sunset thing was a really, REALLY good idea!
Thank you for joining us at Sunset Island and making it such a wonderful experience. Words can’t describe that special moment when the Sun hits the horizon and brings on the incredible vibe and energy created by all of you. Thank you to all the theme camps which drove their art cars into Sunset Island on the Friday night last year to add to the experience – we look forward to seeing you again this year. And thanks to those responsible for the pancake stall that randomly set up on the fence line last year at Sunset Island. That was a lovely surprise. Please come back!
Want to Get Involved With Sunset Island?
We are looking to expand our team across all aspects of running our theme camp. So let us know what you’re passionate about and skills you think you can lend a hand with from construction to Paddock decorations to cooking! Or maybe you want to run an afternoon workshop? Join Our FB Community Group or message me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can link you in with the appropriate team leader. You could also come meet us at our fundraisers this year:
We’ll also be doing a Burning Man themed fundraiser for those that cannot make it to Burning Man – 27th August @ The Jam Gallery Bondi Junction – SAVE THE DATE!
And Finally…. Six Tips For Creating a Successful (And Fun) Theme Camp!
So I’ll wrap up with a few lessons I’ve picked up along the way. I hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own theme camp. I cannot even begin to explain how much fun and how rewarding it’s been for everyone at Sunset Island.
Find the niche that you and your mates are passionate about. It’s the shared passion that makes the cool shit happen. ‘Sunset’ made it easy for people to find us!
Bring the right mix of skills together. If you’re lucky you’ll have the skills you need in your group. If there’s a gap, put it out there and try and attract the right people.
Designate a leader and functional leadership roles based on what people are best at (and most passionate about). New people can join the team that best aligns with their passions.
Lock in fundraising venues way ahead of time. This eliminates a whole load of stress and enables the focus on the fun creative stuff.
Let the 10 Principles guide decisions not personal opinions.
Collaborate with other theme camps. It’s an incredible mutually supportive network.
Interested in making art at Burning Seed this year? Sure you are!!
We’ve seen some AMAZING installations – large and small – grace our little forest playground over the years…. from awesome ‘stand-and-look’ pieces to ‘get-right-in-there-and-interact!’
All art projects that are set up on the Paddock need to register with Red Earth City’s ARTery Department.
The ARTery works with anyone bringing art to Burning Seed and supports art at the event through art grants and artist services.
How to Register
ARTery registration forms for art on the Paddock in 2016 go live April 1 (no fooling!) and to help prospective artists navigate the process there’s heaps of info on the website about registration, policy, grants and more.
Getting an Art Grant
OK so you’ve had an AMAZING idea but you need additional funds to help you bring your vision to life? We got this – the ARTery Department offers two levels of grants for artists:
There are a few things to bear in mind before you apply for a grant… like ARTery will not finance 100% of any proposal – rather encourages artists to gift, and find alternative ways to fundraise the amount they require.
Grants are also mainly for approved materials for construction of artwork – for instance wood, fixtures and fittings, fabric, paint etc. Grants are NOT provided for ‘labour’, Burning Seed tickets or personal travel expenses.
Applications for both grants also open April 1 2016. The deadline for large grants is May 15 and small grant applications close June 19 at 6pm.
We had a record number of submissions to our Design Lab for the 2016 DEEP SPACE theme design! Now, the amazing quality of all the entries made the job of selecting a design hella tough for our Team Leads, but they’ve only gone and picked one!! Check out the awesome design they selected below….
Sarah Barber – a graphic designer and hot glue-gun user extraordinaire, originally from New Zealand but now based in Sydney – submitted the selected design which was a hot favorite from the outset. We loved the cool, clean lines, pulling the sophistication of Art Deco into the galaxy – just beautiful! Ornamentation meets sacred geometry. In Sarah’s own words:
“The idea is that the moon is a mirror into our soul and thoughts. To look upon the moon and gaze up to the sky helps us to find meaning in our ponderings. The lines represent a blueprint of architecture (temple) and the coloured squares are windows looking past the lines into one’s thoughts and reflections. The image below the moon is from last years burn of people around the fire at temple burn, howling at the sky to let their inhibitions and fears rise up into the universe making them truly free. The watercolour top part of the image represents art and creativity.”
Beautiful! And that photo of you howlers included in Sarah’s design is of course courtesy of the outstanding Ryan McRobbfrom his collection of work from Burning Seed 2015.
Sarah Barber – Deep Space Designer and Pickle Bar operative
Sarah is a two-time participant at Burning Seed but is yet to attend KiwiBurn and Burning Man. You may even recognize Sarah from the Bloody Mary Sundays, serving Bloody Marys in the mornings around the various theme camps at Seed last year? Re-imagined in 2016 as Camp Lazertits, look out for Sarah and a few of the LazerTits camp riding across the Paddock in their new and awesome mobile BubbleStitch Bar!
“Each time I come back I always find such joy and amazement in the people that I meet in this community. Everyone gives in their own beautiful way and welcomes one another with open arms. It is a breath of fresh air seeing so much creativity, self expressionism and environmental awareness all in one glowing hub found in a tiny red forest in the middle of nowhere. It has changed my way of thinking, and the memories shared have stayed with me on tough days in the rat race. I am truly grateful to have found such a supportive, free-thinking community of people. Burn Bright you mad mad wonderful creatures.”
We had 18 entries all up, a fantastic response to our call out for designs which was open from 22 January to 22 February. The Burning Seed Team Leads were presented with all the artwork, numbered so as to retain anonymity, and asked to rank their first, second and third choice. Each choice was given a value – 3 points for first, 2 for second and 1 for third – and once all the votes were cast the points were added. The selected design – Sarah’s design – was the one with most points.
What will the design be used for?
Sarah’s design will be used to create all the main Burning Seed 2016 event collateral, including:
I wanna use this DEEP SPACE image! How do I get a copy?
You’re welcome to download the poster(765kb portrait version, this is great for the screen saver on your phone!) and/or the banner(456kb landscape version, great for Facebook) if you want to use them. Alternatively, right click on the images displayed here to save them to your desktop. If you want to do more (say you want to use the design elements for your theme camp or artwork etc) and need to contact us for the files/fonts then email email@example.com your request.
Want to get involved in our next Design Lab? We’ll be opening submissions SOON for the design of the 2016 Temple! Go and LIKE our Facebook Page to stay in touch.
Burning Seed – it’s a pretty magical place for sure.. but is it a religious experience? A new ritual? (photo: Noma Kim Photography)
by Dokktor Wonderlust
I was fortunate enough to experience Seed 2015 as a ‘burgin’. I am by trade an anthropologist and a couple of days into the experience, a veteran of five years asked for my professional opinion.
My answer was that participation in ritual is an essential part of being human. As the established rituals of the default world lose their meaning and cease to offer us the sense of community they may once have, new rituals like Burning Seed are needed to reflect the values of our changing world.
Language, Religion and Ritual
My experience of Burning Seed brought to mind the work of Roy Rappaport, an anthropologist who spent his career studying ritual in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.
Rappaport says that language is what makes us human, it allows us to conceptualize things beyond our physical existence and therefore reflect on the nature of our own existence – it facilitates our consciousness.
The human mind has endless capacity to imagine, an our minds are open to infinite possibilities – heaven and hell, angels and demons, wookies and even unicorns (if we must).
However, this same ability allows us to lie and deceive. So how can anyone, much less a society, know what to believe and what to reject? This is a moral question, and Rappaport argues that the answer humans came up with was religion, and the rituals that accompany it.
Ritual is a Community Experience
Ritual prevents language from descending into meaninglessness because unlike mere words, the performance of ritual is considered trustworthy. This is because the meaning of ritual is not determined by one individual performer but, rather, by the participating culture at large – that sounds a bit like Burning Seed to me.
Rappaport argues that ritual is necessary in order to allow one to transcend individuality and participate in communitas – ‘the revelation of the hidden oneness of all things’ – which is beyond the grasp of any one individual and beyond what can be expressed in words.
The Ten Principles
Burning Seed is not one person, and in performing the ritual of Burning Seed we create a society guided by the our cultural fundamentals – the Ten Principles. These are the values that guide the society of Red Earth City.
Another world is possible. In my fluorescent-lit hub of daily wage slavery it is easy to lose sight of this. In the performance of the ritual of Burning Seed we create a more desirable society.
So, in answer to my friend’s question, humans need ritual and as the established rituals of Christianity and Capitalism cease to reflect our values or serve our needs new rituals must be invented. I believe Burning Seed is one of these…
I lost my burginity in 2014, turning up to Burning Seed ImagiNation with so much crap it took two trips from Sydney to fit my kid in. I didn’t know anybody and my little girl had no idea that her mum was a dooflord in the olden days. I had never put up a pup-tent let alone the eight-man monster I now call the Taj Mahal, which was to be our home in unknown territory for the next week.
I discovered Burning Seed while “researching” how to do Burning Man. I noticed the ‘regional’ tab and thought “maybe there’s a burn in Asia…wait, what? Burning Seed in Wagga Wagga?!“.
There’s nothing really that can prepare you for the experience of a Burn, you have to just brace yourself and get in it. But we’ve all been there. We’ve all been first timers. We’ve all been Burner Virgins or ‘Burgins’ and the majority of participants are prepared to help each of you through this experience.
So you may hear a lot of arguments about Burns not being festivals or doofs. They are “events”, “gatherings”, “celebrations” and the words used by some cause a great deal of consternation to others at times. The truth is they are all of those things depending on your own perception and more importantly what you make of it.
So what differentiates Burning Seed from a vapid party tribe at a commercial festival (and you are allowed to do that in your spare time too by the way)? The Burning Man project, of which Burning Seed is officially a part, is based on some key values known as “the Ten Principles of Burning Man” – Go ahead and take a look but don’t be gone too long now!
When you are new, the online chatter around a Burn can be bewildering. The information available on the website is brilliant but it is all created by volunteers, and it is always a work in progress. If you are at least mindful of the Ten Principles, everything goes chaotically smoothly or it also doesn’t. It will be more fun than you can conjure by yourself and believe it or not you might even grow as a person.
At AfrikaBurn and other regionals around the world an “11th Principle” is making the rounds – Each One, Teach One. In the spirit of EOTO, I present to you my “Ten Principles for Dummies”. Nobody does this the same way and few practice it perfectly. All of this is corruptible, corrupted and ultimately meaningless in the best possible way. The Principles are the recipe and we all add our own spice….
THE TEN PRINCIPLES: FOR DUMMIES
1. Wear What Makes You Happy
If you want to be a fish, a robot, a dressage champion or a human that is entirely OK with almost everyone. If and when someone calls you out for some random faux-pas only they understand, all you need to do is listen to their point of view and change your behaviour if they have moved you to do so or carry on as you see fit. Similarly with your words, you can say whatever you want but that doesn’t mean the community will take your crap. The scum always rises to the top to be skimmed off…well no, that didn’t come out right at all…see how easy it is? NEXT!
2. Don’t Sell Shit To Other Burners.
Unless someone consents to being sold shit in places like Burner Classifieds or down a dark alley, leave your business cards at home. Yes money is a reality, and yes you need resources to burn bright but do not spruik, sell or buy at a Burn or on Burner forums or stolen email lists from fundraisers (this includes drugs, parties, sunglasses, shamanic actualization. The only exception is ice…made from water).
3. Paddle Your Own Canoe
Don’t be a Drainbow. The community functions best when nobody has to waste valuable love/art-making/dancing/learning/cuddling/slapshotting time getting other people’s shit together. Conditions can be really difficult at times so prepare well to joyfully participate in the miseries of Burning.
4. Muck In
If something needs doing, do it. If you can’t do it alone find other do-ers to help and amazing things happen. Do not place orders for your dreams to come true.
5. You Are a Citizen (be a good one)
Don’t believe the titles, nobody is your boss here. You and you alone are responsible for your actions and their impact on your community.
6. No One Gets Left Out
….(but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like you)
7. Muck Out
Do not leave anything you brought with you behind, with the exception of the things you silently and respectfully release in the Temple.
8. The Power of Now
The days go by fast and they are never repeated. Don’t hesitate.
9. Get Amongst It
…but if someone else is part of your cunning plan, ask them first.
10. Plan to Give More Than You Decide to Take.
So now you know the Ten Principles (for Dummies). If you need to do this one more time…print it, record it or whack it on a T-shirt. Most of all take this lesson to heart. The Principles are the light that gets through the cracks, the cracked, and the crackpots alike and which makes even the dim ones shine.
With love from Havoc… “Magis Chaos. Narratio Glorificata.”