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2015 Stop-Motion Animation [Update]

Thanks to Peter Ruprecht of Ruprecht Studios for putting together another amazing stop-motion animation. Music by The Scumfrog. Peter created this from more than 22,000 still photographs that he took this year. He says:

“I left it full length so people can use it as a set they listen to by Scumfrog and have visual eye candy behind it”

Enjoy…

Apparently the YouTube one works better on mobile:


 

[Update 10/25/15 11:43pm]

This video has got a lot of Likes and Shares on Facebook, but has drawn a small amount of criticism here and there. Some Burnier-Than-Thous complained that the people in it are too good looking and not dusty enough. I mean, really? That’s next on the Ban list, hot people? Well, according to burningman.com for the last few years they have been actively trying to get fewer celebrities to attend. That hasn’t really worked out very well, given The Simpsons, Katy Perry, Oprah and Dr Phil. So who could they want to ban next…?

The idea that the way to make Burning Man better is to promote uglier Burners sounds ludicrous to me. But some seem to feel very earnest about it.

Anyway, here is a response from the artist:

…its sad to see yet another comment disparaging the “art” being created about experiences on the playa…i believe i have an opinion about this piece that merits attention..since this is the video I created. … i am going to use that liberty and write …well until i feel i have written enough of a response to yet ANOTHER unfounded statement by righteous people…

Lets get a few things cleared up here…as far as the video goes…THERE IS FAR MORE TIME TO EVERYTHING OTHER THAN PEOPLE POSING THAN ANYTHING ELSE….but now that you have attacked me by attacking what i have made i feel inclined to respond…AS a photographer that is known for taking photos at Burning Man, my work and my motives have been challenged and scrutinized many times over the years. Any negativity I have received over the years was continually due to the “type of woman or man” I would display in my photographs.

I have been accused of only photographing beautiful people. That all had to come to an end as I started to make my “Playa Gift Photo Shoots” for anyone to come and be photographed more publicly known.

I have gone out of my way to “give back” and give ANYONE the ability to come and be photographed under studio lights on the playa in the hopes that they take home a treasured memory that captures them in a nicer light than their cell phones will allow.

I have also NEVER said no to anyone who has asked for a photo and asked for my email other than RUDE people.

Beautiful girls or boys are NOT the problem. Uneducated, uninspired, lazy, entitled, conformist and mean people are the problem. To tell anyone to mind their behavior at burning man because it might be misconstrued since they are pretty is LUDICROUS. The only thing we have to curb are MEAN, shallow, entitled attitudes but some times worse…RIGHTEOUS ATTITUDES.

And the BEST thing we can do is inspire those people to become better people. Maybe teach one of these “wallflowers” YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT that they can create art, that it is liberating to be inspired. I feel much more sorry for the “wallflower” that doesn’t “Get” burning man than the “average looking” person that gets it and is sharing in the playa magic.

Human Beauty has been idolized since the DAWN of man. Were the greeks and romans wrong to sculpt the way they did. Should Michael angelo have made the david look fat? Should the venus demilo be regarded as an affront on our Burning Man Culture because its proportioned in an aesthetically pleasing manner?
Simply preposterous.

I think everyone should stop worrying SOOOO MUCH about the people around them and focus on their own shortcomings and work on those.

WE ALL HAVE them.

The righteous judgment should be sidelined and if critique is to be made, make it specifically on the issue, NOT on the generalizations that lump people into groups like “the beautiful people” or the “ugly people”

Make the groups something that can be representative of your interactions with them. The nice people, the inclusive people, the inquisitive people, the shallow people, the mean people, the entitled people.

AND THEN DO YOUR BEST TO HELP THOSE LATTER TRY AND GET IT!

Oh yeah one other thing pretty much everyone I photographed close up. Is a personal friend. And I know and see them off of the playa. So you are right it’s not representative of the playa. It’s MY experience on the playa with my real friends. And honestly you DONT know them to judge them. And quite frankly you shouldn’t judge at all. But you have already passed judgement of this piece as having to conform into some form of a documentary. For you to be ok with it this video HAS to include some arbitrary group of strangers Iso that includes some arbitrary 98% For you to deem it worthy of existing. Guess what. It’s not a documentary. It never was. It was simply my burn experience through my camera. No one asked you to like it And as a matter of fact you are welcome to hate it. Hate it because it sucks. Hate it because the photos are terrible. Hate it because you hate my point of view. But please spare me the tired argument that it’s not authentic or real because it doesn’t include he people YOU want to see in it and only your concept is authentic. And the saddest thing of all is if all you saw are hot girls.

You missed the best parts of the video. Which are the sunsets. For your own piece of mind. Here is what I wrote about those and what they mean to me:

I am often asked what my favorite part of burning man is. I try and explain to people, that, while it is an amazing party, my favorite times have been during the blessings the universe has sent me while completely ALONE on the playa.
There have been several moments now over the years when i have felt a bolt of electricity curse through my body, knock the wind out of me, and reduce me to my knees shuddering pools of tears.
Bringing me to the realization that i am in the presence of UNIVERSAL LOVE, GOD, ENERGY, HUMANITY, NOTHING, EVERYTHING, you take your pick, BUT, there is something out there definitely palpable and communicating with us.
I am a photographer and every year i find myself in a situation where i look at what is happening in front of me and via nature, not our LEDs or music or sounds or parties or friends, but nature’s simple beauty knocking me over and bringing me to tears.
While i sat looking at the sky, it was all i could do but lift my camera through the tears i shed for the beauty that was presented to me and snap a few shots. I looked around during this sunset expecting to see ALL of burning manas professionals out there with tripods getting FAR better representations of GOD painting the skies for us, and once again i found my self COMPLETELY ALONE. OFF of the 10 o’clock side at the trash fence.
This was on wednesday at the end of the dust storms, and it was me and one jester looking like completely naked german woman maybe of 60 years. She was jumping up and down in circles thanking the heavens laughing hysterically and drawing a circle in the ground which she sat in and kissed the playa. While she looked completely out of her mind, she looked at me ran up and wiped the tears of of my face, so i realized that there was really no difference between laughter and crying. Both opposite ends of the spectrum on a circle touching each other.
We both sat there in complete silence in her circle and i kissed the playa with her, reminded that the universe provides FAR more than we can create by ourselves. For there is no BY OUR SELVES. we are within the universe and the universe is with us. Neither exists without the other. This photo is dedicated the the stange german woman who helped me raise my camera and shoot some of my favorite photos of the burn. Here are two…ill post more as i get to them and give them the love and attention they deserve
Thank you wherever and whoever you are!

2014 Golden Rebar Awards

Every year, This Is Black Rock City presents the “Golden Rebar Awards” to camps that show innovative architecture. This year, there were some truly spectacular winners. Philippe Glade says:

This year, 2014 (my 18th burn), the streets of BRC were bursting with either small or huge shelters as well as makeshift or well planned camps. It was the year of the connectors, several designers came up with metal, wood or acetate resin nodes, resulting in easy to pack and assemble structures.
 
The city became more than ever a vibrant laboratory for daring creators looking in different directions to solve the equation of a simply built, extremely resistant, not too expensive and easy to haul shelter.
 
Because they are not mentioned on any maps I have to explore relentlessly all the streets of my dusty city in search of the diamond in the rough. 
 
The result of this urban exploration is this blog and these Golden Rebars  that, hopefully, with discernment and a bit of zaniness I award on the merits of creativity, design and architectural breakthrough.
See the full list here.

Some highlights:

Cloud Extruded by Frannie Marchese

Golden Rebar for Creativity
Using cut strips of insulation panels, the same used to build hexayurts,
Frannie spent 5 days preparing her shelter that was setup on the playa in
2 hours.

The ubiquitous markings of the insulation panels were painted over and coded for fast installation

She even had a marine toilet connected to a grey water tank.

 

The Playa Painted Lady

Golden Rebar for Whimsicality

Three story high with a top deck, this house could easily be found in pre-war Vienna, Europe.

 

The Pallet Palace

Golden Rebar for Repurposing

A frame of recycled 2×4 held the walls made of used pallets
Other use of pallets

Red Lightning Camp

Golden Rebar for Best Camp Design

This superb camp was designed and built by GuildWorks, founded by Mar C. Ricketts, who by serendipity was featured in my book (now sold-out) with his poetic installation Flight of the Future Seed in 2006.
This architect of the air also designed last year golden rebar winner for best camp design Sacred Spaces Village.

Check out the rest at thisisblackrockcity

Video

2014 Trey Ratcliff Photos

Photographer Trey Ratcliff, from Queenstown, New Zealand, has created a slideshow of his photos from Caravansary. Trey describes how he made the video at his Stuck in Customs blog. He is one of the most popular photographers in the world, with 263,716 followers on Facebook.

 

7 Notable Designs

Interior Design has some highlights from 2014.


 

Words from http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/detail/36380-7-design-highlights-at-burning-man-2014

 

Burning Man is a giant canvas…It’s easy to see why this grand experiment of pure creation, stripped of capital gain, is a mecca for many designers. We spoke to seven who say experiencing a creative environment with over 70,000 people fuels great intention of purpose and enormous amounts of positivity. Add fire, they say, and it is beyond words.

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1. Anne Staveley and Jill Sutherland partnered in creating “The Wheel of Fortune” through their surrealist photography of Tarot. Staveley describes her burning man lessons as “tools of aweness” and the “power of possibility.” She and Sutherland spoke of this project in terms of “risk taking,” saying it awarded them “full freedom and opportunity to create on an open canvas.” It was a great opportunity to be resourceful with budget and recycled materials especially solar panels, they report. They’re even inspired to apply solar power to their professional projects.

 

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Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone – a reference to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?

2. Serge Beaulieu quit his job before coming to Burning Man to complete the art project “HYBYCOZO”with co-creator Yelena Filipchuk. For him, creating at the burn means “no limitations—reach as high as you can,” he says, and taking risks to develop the “DIY hands-on approach” that he was craving professionally. Beaulieu spoke of the great rewards of “making something enjoyable and satisfying for others,” and left excited by the use of technology like laser cutting, as well as sacred geometry.

 

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3. Kirsten Berg created “IN-Visible”, inspired by Burner Kate Raudenbush’s monumental sculptures. Berg “dared herself” to learn the necessary skills on her own. Her work is kinetic in a quiet manner, with both a feminine softness yet a daring strength and integrity of construction. In creating for Burning Man, Berg developed artistic confidence, resourcefulness and adaptability. Understanding the physical context and learning from others is key to her projects’ successes, she says.

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4. Perry Freeze and Gloria Lamb imagined a multi-sensory experience with “Inspireality Palace.” From its inception, their design intent included what they term a “conscious interactivity.” “Burning Man art produces a rare direct interaction with artists,” says Freeze. “As a result, we’ve found a desire to introduce greater interactivity into our work.” Their project was a secretive interior space with a shingled exterior constructed of repurposed materials. At night, a limed oak radial floor pattern, with its beachlike quality, gave way to a vertical surround of projected images.

 

 

5. Kristen Dandalides is head of design for camp “Cirque Gitane,” a whimsical gypsy circus that travels all over the world. Her interior compositions felt part Royal and part Out of Africa. There is specialness to this kind of extravagance in the most unlikely of places—a barren desert. Silver platters and oversized carpets seem like props within a cacophony of circus-themed design elements.

 

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6. Joey Rubin, a design lead for the “Lost Hotel” and “Sinbad’s Oasis” camps, described using different iterations of the same living “cubes.” Elements such as custom bed frames and linens were constructed of hardware and cloth, with much of these and other materials repurposed and constructed in 10 weeks. His process was one of “resourcefulness and adaptability,” he says, especially when designing two theme camps at the same time.

 

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7. Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg, artists of “The Pyramid of Flaming LOVE,” incorporated interactive fire in continuing their beloved word series constructed of perforated metal letters. Burning man taught her “to think big and out of the box and to work with a team,” Kimpton says. Twelve years later, she has built eight installations with crews of up to 60 people.