The Circular Photo Exhibition
Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement. Is Burning Man the world’s most ambitious art programme?
Every year, Burning Man creates and destroys a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert. Black Rock City is shaped like an enormous wheel and the center is called the Playa, with eight different segments and an open space on one end. For the past 33 years, artists, spiritual seekers, and, as of late, billionaires shell out hundreds of dollars on transportation, food, and 1960s faux-fur coats to join on the decommodified gift economy.
Burning Man began as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986 when Larry Harvey, Jerry James and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco and burned an 2.5 m tall wooden man as well as a smaller wooden dog.
In order to truly understand the nine-day gathering of 70,000 people, you probably just have to go!
Larry Harvey started Burning Man in 1986 with a friend, Jerry James, as a celebration of the summer solstice and for catharsis after a breakup. “I had a heartbreak,” he said in a speech in 1997. “I had a midlife crisis.” Harvey and James gathered a group of friends and burned an effigy on San Francisco’s Baker Beach. The burning man never symbolized any particular thing, but it was an annual event until 1990, when the authorities shut down the original happening. Harvey was influenced by Lewis Hyde’s 1979 book, “The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property,” and argued that the purpose of exchange should be to form connection and foster creativity rather than a mere transfer of goods.
Larry Harvey died last year, at the age of seventy, after having a stroke on April 4, 2018
The Photo Exhibition
Burning Man is full of social services that are “universal,” which makes the Playa a level playing field. The hundreds of workshops, art pieces, and curated experiences throughout the week are free to anyone who chooses to participate, and your experience is bound not by the money in your wallet but what you can contribute to the group. The art at the festival is either commissioned by Burning Man, or donated, and every year there are contributions from dozens of artists.
The Circular Photo Exhibition
A select handful of Burning Man Photos from another Burning Man event from another continent will be displayed. Lets show and inspire the Burners from AfrikaBurn how MidBurn party on the Playa and show on Burning Seed how fantastic Black Rock City is. The goal is to link the different communities and create contacts among the citizens of the different temporary cities.
AfrikaBurn is an official Burning Man regional event, held annually in the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa. Midburn is a 6-day event held in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. Burning Japan is an event inspired by Burning Man. Burning Seed is Australia's regional "Burning Man" event.
Never-before-seen photographs reveal how this temporary experimental different cities came to be and how it continues to evolve into a global and connected movement.
The site-specific photo display structure fills several walls with giant photos 2.60 x 1.6 meters from “other” Burns. Protecting the giant photos from the sun during the day and lighten up during the night.
The Time Machine
Burners will have the possibility to leave a video message to another Burning Man specific event.
The citizens of the different Playa’s: “Burners, those who always felt like they was looking at the world from the outside.”
Mutant Vehicle and Art at the different Playa’s: