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Burning Man Festival

Burning Man Festival

"Burning Man" (Eng.) (Literally translated - "burning man") - an annual eight-day event taking place in the Black Rock Desert (Eng. Black Rock Desert) (USA, Nevada). The festival begins on the last Monday of August, at zero hours one minute. The last day falls on Labor Day, an official holiday celebrated in the USA on the first Monday of September, a day off for most organizations. The climax takes place 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 action has become a tradition and has gained momentum. The festival has become the main creative attraction of Nevada, a place where you can touch art and freedom on your own.

During the festival, money circulation and transportation are completely prohibited on its territory - bicycles and mobile installations are the exception. After graduation, nothing should remain on the territory that would remind of him. Participants argue that there is no close event in the world on energy.

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) '( - emblem of the Burning Man festival

The organizers themselves define the event as an experiment to create a community of radical self-expression, while relying entirely on themselves (English radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance). For a week in the desert, works of contemporary art, often of fantastic shapes, are set. Some of them are burned by the creators before the end of "Burning Man". Hundreds of "mutated" vehicles (Eng. Mutant vehicles) of the most incredible appearance drive there, many participants go in costumes of characters of art, animals, objects and so on. Artists who came 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, a place to sleep, etc.) and cleaning the desert from any signs of his stay; all this must be taken care of in advance.

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

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

Festival principles

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Attendance as an observer is not approved

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

10 basic principles are declared:

  1. Radical inclusion
  2. Giving
  3. Decommodification
  4. Radical self-sufficiency
  5. Radical expression
  6. Community efforts
  7. Responsibility
  8. Do Not Leave a Trail
  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 festival “Empty Hills”, built the installation “Cradle of MIR” (“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 Topic Number of participants
1986 no subject twenty
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 thousand
1995 Good and Evil ( Good and Evil ) 4 thousand
1996 The Inferno ( Inferno ) 8 thousand
1997 Fertility ( Fertility ) 10 thousand
1998 Nebulous Entity 15 thousand
1999 Wheel of Time 23 thousand
2000 The body 25,400
2001 Seven Ages ( Seven Centuries ) 25,659
2002 The Floating World 28 979
2003 Beyond Belief ( Beyond Faith ) 30,586
2004 The Vault of Heaven ( Sky ) 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 47,366
2008 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 68,000
2014 Caravansary ( Caravanserai ) 65,000
2015 Carnival of Mirrors 70,000

People

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

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Art

Burning Man cannot be imagined without his fantastic sculptures, which line up before the start of the festival in the territory allotted for action. Each sculpture is symbolic and reflects the spirit of the holiday itself. But everything is inconsistent, therefore, without exception, all works of art are burned for processions, concerts of famous musicians and DJs.

One of the main sculptures of Burning Man 2014 “Hugs”

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Invisible sculpture, 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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Silk Road installation, Burning Man 2014

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The main figure of the festival - 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 Burning Man 2012 festival

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Sculpture "Eternal Return", Burning Man 2014

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Super Pool Installation, Burning Man 2014

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Sculpture "Dance", Burning Man 2010

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Sculpture "Truth and Beauty"

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