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Burning Man Festival

Burning Man Festival

"Burning Man" (English) (literally - "burning man") - an annual eight-day event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert (eng. Black Rock Desert) (USA, Nevada). The festival begins on the last Monday of August, at zero o'clock one minute. The last day falls on Labor Day, an official holiday celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of September, a day off for most organizations. The climax occurs on Saturday after sunset, when a huge wooden statue of a man is burned.

It all started in 1986, when several friends burned a 9-foot wooden human figure. This spontaneous act has become a tradition and has gained momentum. The festival has become a major artistic attraction of Nevada, a place where you can independently touch the art and freedom.

During the festival, circulation of money is completely prohibited on its territory, as well as movement in public transport - except for bicycles and mobile installations. After the termination in the territory there should not remain anything that would remind of it. Participants argue that there is no close event in the world in terms of energy.

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) '( - emblem of the Burning Man festival

The organizers themselves define the event as an experiment to create a radical self-expression community, while relying solely on themselves (eng. Radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance). For a week in the desert are established works of modern art, often fantastic forms. Some of them are burned by the creators before the end of Burning Man. There drive hundreds of "mutated" cars (eng. Mutant vehicles) of the most incredible appearance, many participants go in costumes of characters of art, animals, objects, and so on. Artists who come to the desert give performances, various dances are popular.

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Organizers call for active participation in the festival.

DJs work on several dance floors around the clock. At the same time, each participant is responsible for his life support (food, water, protection from heat, wind, cold, place to sleep, etc.) and cleaning the desert from any traces of his stay; all this must be taken care of in advance.

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Burning a wooden figure symbolizing a man at the Burning Man festival

The first burning of a small wooden man was in 1986, then on one of the beaches of San Francisco, a small group of friends. Subsequently, the circle of participants expanded and moved to its current location in the desert in the state of Nevada. In 2015, 70 thousand people participated in the festival.

Principles of the festival

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Visiting the event as an observer is not approved.

The Burning Man festival does not have one dedicated goal of its conduct. To a greater extent the festival is created by the burners themselves (English burners) - ordinary participants who are called upon to express community, art (in the form of so-called installations), absurdity, decommodification (English decommodification) and general fun. Organizers call for active participation in the festival, attending the event as an observer is not approved.

Declared 10 basic principles:

  1. Radical inclusion
  2. Donation
  3. Decommodification
  4. Radical self sufficiency
  5. Radical expression
  6. Community efforts
  7. A responsibility
  8. Do not leave a trace
  9. Participation
  10. Here and now

Russian participants

In 2013, for the first time in the history of the festival, a creative group from Russia received a grant for the construction of an art object. The team, mainly consisting of the builders of the “Empty Hills” festival, built the installation “Cradle of MIR” (“The Cradle of the World”), which became one of the key objects of Burning Man - 2013.

Festival statistics

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Satellite image of the festival area in 2005
Year Theme Number of participants
1986 no subject 20
1987 no subject 80
1988 no subject 150—200
1989 no subject > 300
1990 no subject 500
1991 no subject 250
1992 no subject 600
1993 no subject 1 thousand
1994 no subject 2 thous.
1995 Good and Evil ( Good and Evil ) 4 thousand
1996 The Inferno 8 thousand
1997 Fertility 10 thousand
1998 Nebulous Entity 15 thousand
1999 Wheel of Time ( Wheel of Time ) 23 thousand
2000 The Body 25,400
2001 Seven Ages ( Seven Ages ) 25,659
2002 The Floating World ( Floating World ) 28,979
2003 Beyond Belief (Beyond Belief) 30,586
2004 The Vault of Heaven 35,664
2005 Psyche - The Conscious, Subconscious & Unconscious
( Mind - Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious )
35,567
2006 Hope and Fear: The Future ( Hope and Fear: Future ) 38,989
2007 The Green Man ( Green Man ) 47 366
2008 American Dream ( American Dream ) 49 599
2009 Evolution 43 435
2010 Metropolis ( Capital ) 50 504
2011 Rites of Passage ( Rites ) 53 963
2012 Fertility 2.0 ( Fertility 2.0 ) 52 385
2013 Cargo Cult (Cargo Cult) 68,000
2014 Caravansary ( Caravanserai ) 65,000
2015 Carnival of Mirrors 70,000

People

Tens of thousands of representatives of varied arts, from ordinary artists and musicians to avant-garde designers, sculptors and experimental architects, come to the world of round-the-clock performances, installations and nomadic galleries. And they all look very unusual.

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Art

Burning Man can not be imagined without his fantastic sculptures, which are lined up before the festival in the territory set aside for action. Each sculpture is symbolic and reflects the spirit of the holiday itself. But everything is inconstant, therefore, without exception, works of art are burned under processions, concerts of famous musicians and DJs.

One of the main sculptures of Burning Man 2014 "Embrace"

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Sculpture "Invisible", Burning Man 2014

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Sculpture "Heart"

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Sculpture "Temple of the Sun", Burning Man 2014

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Installation "Silk Road", Burning Man 2014

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The main figure of the festival - the burning man

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Mobile installation "Mayan warrior"

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Mobile sculptures at Burning Man 2014

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Installation at Burning Man 2013

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Art objects at the festival Burning Man 2012

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Sculpture "Eternal Return", Burning Man 2014

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Installation "Super-pool", Burning Man 2014

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Sculpture "Dance", Burning Man 2010

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Sculpture "Truth and Beauty"

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