Gangnam Style – Dancetronauts at LA Decompression

The crazy Korean star Psy’s dancing “Gangnam Style” has swept the globe; so cheesy it’s sort of cool. Like, half a billion views on YouTube in 3 months cool. Which certainly puts “let’s have a Kiki at Burning Man” to shame. Why should Burners miss out on all the Gangnam fun? Here’s some video of the Dancetrohotties getting down to a remix of it at the LA Decompression. Please support Dancetronauts in their quest to repair their spaceship.


The Secular Pilgrimage Destination of the New World?

We’ve done a few stories now on the occult and spiritual undertones of Burning Man. And also presented the atheist’s perspective. Now we’ve come across an investigation of the numerology and geographical alignments of Black Rock City. Fans of the Da Vinci code, or anyone with an interest in sacred patterns, will be surprised to find some of the connections.

The reason I’m writing about Burning Man is because I looked at it in Google Earth and was amazed that this annual pilgrimage site in a remote desert occurs within a temporary urban design called Black Rock City (BRC) that appears to be a magical diagram. It was designed by the late Rod Garrett who was an architect.

Although Burning Man may appear to many to be laid out as a circle, it is in fact in the middle of a giant pentagram, with the “Black Rock City” part taking up exactly 66.6% of the area of the circle which sits inside the pentagon.

The shape of this 2/3’s circle is identical to something from the Kabbalah called Yetzirah, the World of Formation.

Geographically, the city is aligned to point to a famous Cathedral in Europe.

I noticed that the central axis of BRC leads directly to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This is significant because the Cathedral there has been a major pilgrimage destination since the 9th century. Over 100,000 Catholic pilgrims still travel to Santiago de Compostela each year from all over the world. Is Burning Man aligned to become the secular pilgrimage destination of the new world?

In the 9th century a hermit named Pelagius was guided to the place by a falling star and the etymology of “Compostela” is a corruption of Campus Stellae or “Field of Stars.”

Before the Catholic religion existed, the Celts made what was later known as Santiago de Compostela the place where souls of the dead gathered to follow the Sun across the Western sea.

It is also on the same latitude as New York’s Central Park, and aligned to a Guggenheim/Rothschild museum there.

In fact the precise center of Black Rock City has the same latitude (40°46’58.48″N) as the center of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the edge of Central Park.

…I overlaid the image of BRC over the Guggenheim to scale and maintained the same orientation. The comparison has several geometric points of agreement with the edge of the pentagon paralleling the edge of what Mark Gray has dubbed Man-Aton (Manhattan). BRC itself touches the opposite edge along the East River. Center Camp of BRC is overlaid immediately adjacent to the Met and its Temple of Dendur where I discovered an alignment in Secrets In Plain Sight – Volume 1 and Cleopatra’s Needle which is discussed in Volume 2.


This skylight at the Guggenheim NY resonates with the Sun and the Man

There is another, massive art work on the Playa, near Burning Man – an “Apollonian Net” created by artist Jim Denevan in 2009:

The area of Burning Man is 25,920 square meters – the exact number of a “Great Year” solar system cycle, also known as “The Precession of the Equinoxes”.

5 Things Cities can Learn from Burning Man

This short documentary from Time Video is quite interesting. I like Larry Harvey’s point that they’ve eliminated cars from the  city, although his description of Art Cars as “mass transit” is a bit of a stretch.

In summary, the 5 lessons are:

  1. Eliminate cars.
  2. Make people self-reliant, so you don’t have to pick up their trash.
  3. Rethink commerce, build things together.
  4. Use shame, to foster virtue.
  5. When the going gets tough, bring in the artists.

I would love to see some city in the world deciding it’s going to do all of that, and see what happens. Other lessons cities could learn from Burning Man are “let everyone run around naked and party their asses off”, or “encourage private citizens to fund free entertainment”…both of which would be much easier to implement than “rethink commerce” or “make everyone responsible for leaving no trace”.