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Centre camp: the gift that keeps on giving

Written by Antonia Everson

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Centre Camp to the rescue – Swing Dogs Theme Camp finds a new home for the night after winds destroy their tent.

I’m sure you’ll agree the most joyous of the ten principles to practice is GIFTING   Well, did you also know that Centre Camp is a gift to YOU?

Centre Camp is built by the people, for the people, and it’s a place where anything can happen at anytime. One of

Centre Camp’s finest moment was in 2013 when it came to the aid of Swing Dog Circus Theme Camp who were able to host their opening night party in this communal camp after losing their own camp to galeforce winds.

For the last few years, we’ve also had a talented artist, Scar Keller, toil to bring this community a bigger and better space where we can co-create anything and everything our hearts desire.

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Ro, Naomi, Scar and Terry working on decorative elements for Red Earth Info at Centre Camp

Scar is passionate about the principle of COLLABORATION and has put her heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into designing an awesome space for our community to gather and share inspiration and innovation. (And that’s why we call it Centre Camp  — together with the fact that you’ll find it in the centre of Red Earth City!).

For most of the year she is wielding power tools and cycling across Melbourne rain, hail or shine to build you and me a space to play in. During Seed you’ll find her building even more awesome shit and leaving Centre Camp to the Guardians to play

Excited? Intrigued? Wanna gift your creative hands and minds and contribute to Centre Camp 2015? Whether it’s a talk, live music, workshops or art, we’d love to help shine a light on your gift and share it with our community. Get your creative ideas flowing in to Centre Camp crew via our registration form.

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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

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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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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.
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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