On June 16, 2012, Opulent Temple returns to Treasure Island for their biggest ever off-playa party. No Syd Gris on the line-up, otherwise it looks pretty awesome. Carl Cox, Christopher Lawrence, and Dutch – a repeat of the epic 2008 Burn night experience, one of the best nights of music I ever heard on the Playa. With the welcome addition of Distrikt, and also the Dancetronauts, who first showed up with the most bad-ass Art Car “DeepSbass” at the 2011 Burn.
Get your tickets here, and help OT put on one of the key camps that define the party…for just $25, you get:
DJ Brian Williams (Opulent Temple / Boomrock Saints)
:: Distrikt ::
:: Synergy Playground ::
Bix Cannon (Skills / Time Unlimited)
DJ Hil (Yerba Buena Disco)
:: Shiva’s Opulent Chill Lair ::
Art cars including The Dancetronauts, The Dodo Bus, The Dusty Rhino, and MANY more
ART by Rich Martin, Karen Cusolito, Vinkalmann, Debi Danger, Analogia, Rafael and MUCH more coming.
Lazers by UV99, Sound by Tim Duffin & JK, Video Mapping and Visuals by VJ4 and Viberation, Special deco by Allasara & Anon Salon, LED Wall from EPR, Inflatables, black light art, live painting, and more tba
Have an Art Car you wan to bring?, a piece of art you want to show?, interest in volunteering? vending ? Get Involved : firstname.lastname@example.org
…It will be the mother and the mack daddy of all camp fundraisers.
Along the lines of the Playadex, this is another attempt to fill the void left by the ticket lottery’s “swiss cheese” effect:
Welcome to Fertility 2.0! In an attempt to help bridge the gap between Theme Camps looking for Campers and Ticket Holders who are looking to get more involved and join a Camp, the LA League of Arts has set up two forms.
Please click on the link above that applies to you. Only one representative from your group needs to fill out the form. Once you fill out the form come back and click on one of the links below that applies to what you are looking for.
This list will be growing as people fill out the forms so check back often. Please do not edit anyone elses information but your own. If you find what you are looking for and are fulfilled, then you may remove your information from the spreadsheet.
The rumor is that BMOrg is now asking “Plug-n-Play” camps to pay them 3% of revenues. This is a similar deal to what Westfield offers their mall tenants.
To me, Plug-n-Play camping is a natural evolution of Burning Man. The event is a major logistics exercise. The more times you go through it, the better you get at logistics. After a while, some members of your camp will accumulate RVs, trailers, generators, sound systems, lights, bean bags, teepees and domes, bikes, all kinds of stuff that they can re-use AND share with their friends and camp-mates.
On a larger scale, the bigger, older, better camps like Disorient and Opulent Temple know what they are doing, they have their shit together, they pull off a major logistical exercise and deal with every drama that comes up, time and again, with few to no failures. The amount of money they charge is insignificant, in contrast to what it would cost you to have a similar level of amenity and organization in your own camp.
So, if you’re a first time Burner, or just not an expert in logistics, what is wrong with camping with people who know what they’re doing? To me this makes all the sense in the world, and if you have the option to get in with one of these camps, my advice is to go for it.
This conversation with some Plug-n-Play camp members was interesting, I am on their side and think it’s great what they’re doing. Moving Burning Man into the St Regis age and out of the Bedouin age.
For example, Playaskool had:
Their members paid dues to create a camp that was highly interactive with the festival. They built a schoolhouse and had curated classes, including the first TED at Black Rock City. They had numerous art cars, and threw a 7-hour party with international superstar DJ Lee Burridge.
Hopefully some of you were able to come and participate in our Interactive heavy schedule last year that included daily talks, classes, demonstrations in our SkoolHouse as well as hosting the first-ever TEDxBlackRockCity at our camp — an incredible venue to share some of the great voices and incredible Ideas Worth Spreading from OUR wonderful community. Or perhaps you stumbled on our Sunday Graduation party with the amazing Lee Burridge spinning for 7 hours leading up to the Temple Burn? Hundreds of people were there and the moment was, for me, sublime — We had envisioned this very party while planning Play)A(Skool, and that vision was eclipsed by the true beauty of the moment.
Our gifts to the Burning Man community not only included these incredible events, but we also shared 8 different art cars in our camp including Shaggadelica – the big furry bus, Shagillac, Christina (the 70ft boat), The Scorpion, BalanceVille, FishTank I and II, and others. One of our campers created the now viral video called, “Home” — which hopefully you’ve seen? Images of Burning Man that were featured in many global media outlets from a number of famous Burner photographers — yes — they too are from Play)A(Skool
Play)A(Skool started from organizing their volunteer plan. A lot of people were spending their efforts on developing art work and art cars through the year off the Playa. When they arrived, they wanted to come with an RV, plug it into an existing structure, and have the pumping, power and water ready to go. They asked around from experienced Burners and what they wanted, and what had worked for them in the past.
So part of the Burner culture community to Burning Man, is how to efficiently run a whole camp without anyone missing out.
Some other comments from the discussion video…
Terry Schoop – Black Rock City Community Services Manager. “Burning Man has a tradition of camps who provide opulent services for participants.”
Jon La Grace aka Headmaster Janus: :“We missed the whole vendor pass thing – in the theme camp guide, it says you have to have it, we also needed certification from the Nevada State Department of Health, because we were serving food to more than 120 people.”
Table Nectar Catering, Andy Tanehill and Kimberly Morabito – in their everyday business, deal with project management and catering issues.
We build 2 camps – [one for the guests and] a crew camp, separate comissary, our own chill zone, bar; we create community within that zone, and a support network; we are service providers in an environment that is diametrically opposed to providing service. Every camp we’ve been involved with has shown up in the green zone, we’ve prepared for it and know what to expect. The people in our crew are Burners, who are involved in other projects out there.
The issue of “Plug and Play” directly affects gate, placement team, DPW (heavy equipment operators, safety concerns), restoration crew. Suppliers to the camp are not necessarily participants, they need to get in and out quickly without dealing with Exodus issues. When the party is over, workers may be there for a week or more trying to make that Moop Map Green
I’ll let Headmaster Janus have the last word:
We are a camp of 200 of the most incredible, giving, wonderful, dedicated Burners who come from all over the world for a week in the desert — to fill our creative well, to let go, to demonstrate a craft or realize a dream. For some it’s about building art and art cars and participating in conversations about how to bring these incredible gifts back to the default world. I’m proud of our Plug and Play camp and campers as I think we exemplify the creative spring and the fabric of Burning Man. I think we are a model community in many ways — and therefore really hope to continue the conversation about what Plug and Play means
Congratulations to Tomorrowland, the European dance festival which just won the award for Best Music Event in the World at the IDMA Awards, International Dance Music Awards, held during the WMC, Winter Electronic Music Conference in Miami.
Check out this comment from Burner Peace over at the BMorg Blog. Well said:
In any movement, there are 10% believers and 90% hangers on. The 90% are there because they believe participation bestows some level of cool on them, some illusion of being on the inside. Ironically those people here who are complaining most loudly about the ticket situation and the P&P camps probably think they are in the 10% because they hold some fundamentalist attachment to the letter of the law regarding the 10 principles. In the words of Jesus (yes I’m going there!) “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”, in other words the principles were put in place to serve the community and provide a framework for creating an ever growing, ever changing city. It is inevitable the principles, when interpreted literally, will come up against reality. At that point you can keep to the letter of the principles and let the event collapse under its own weight, or you can look to find creative solutions using the principles as a guide rather than a limitation. I’ve seen what fundamentalism does to well meaning religious people, and I’d rather not see that happen to Burners. In a broken world, I see creativity as our only hope for salvation (is that dramatic enough) and it is the spirit of creativity that needs to be preserved here. Comodification can kill creativity when those providing the money want to control the outcome, or when the recipient of the patronage feels they must cater to the patron. On the other hand most great art has been produced under a patronage system. Very little is bad in itself, it is how something is used that makes it beneficial or destructive. Those who hold a fundamentalist view of the principles believe they are part of the 10% of true believers, but in fact they care more about their own experience than they do the soul of the event. And let’s face it, the event is the community. Yes Burners do a lot of good in the default world, but the event (happening) is the center around which the community forms. If the center does not hold, the community will not be a community. The changes happening now are natural to a growing civilization. We are seeing 1000s of years of human development play out in microcosm over a few decades. It is to be expected that the problems of the default world would infect Burning Man eventually. Great! Now is when the real work begins. How do we deal with these problems creatively? You can say you’re a Burner, hold the principles tightly to your chest, and walk away now that things are getting really hard, or you can be a Burner and participate in creative solutions.