Hello Australian Burners,
This is Iris from the Burning Man Regional Network.
It's been wonderful to see how the Australian community has grown over the years. We're seen strong evidence of Australia's strength through Burning Seed and are excited to hear how the community has been bubbling up around your country. Regional Contacts Phil Smart (Sherpa), Richard Martin (King Richard) and David Cake (Strange Dave) and Robin Macpherson (A Human) have been supporting the Oz Burner community. We'd love to enhance the reach and the effectiveness of the Australia Regional Contact team through the addition of more Burning Man Regional Contacts to help nurture and support local initiatives. We realise that Australia is a vast country. We are in particular inviting Burners, who live in areas where we haven't had much locally-based Regional Contact support, to apply. Are you interested in serving? We're calling on YOU to consider applying.
WHAT IS A REGIONAL CONTACT?
Regional Contacts volunteer year-round to support and nurture community initiatives and to maintain contact with Burning Man. and with the Regional Network in over 120 cities in 28 countries. Could this be YOU? We invite you to read on to learn more about the Burning Man Regional Contact role. For more information on the Regional Contact role and our intake process, visit these links on the Regionals section of our Burning Man website:
Learn about the process of Becoming a Regional Contact
Read the Regional Contact Criteria and Expectations
Regional Contact Letter of Understanding
All the best,
Iris and the Regional Contact Selection Committee
Australia's regional Burning Man event 2013
We Burned !!!
IN THE NEWS - OVER NEW ZEALAND WAY
Temple for Christchurch conceptual rendering
Inspired by the ritual of Burning Man’s temples, and a recipient of a 2012 Black Rock Arts Foundation grant, the Temple for Christchurch will serve as a sacred space where people can leave mementos and write on its walls before witnessing its eventual burning. The intention is to help residents of Christchurch reflect upon and come to terms with the aftermath of the disaster.
Artist Hippathy Valentine designed the Temple as an architectural interpretation of the Richter scale waveforms that were created by the earthquake itself — and it symbolically stands 6.3 meters in height at its peak. Fittingly, it’s being constructed on one of the many empty demolition sites that now are common in Christchurch. Its modular design allows the structure to be taken apart and reconstructed in the New Zealand countryside, where it will be burned.
Burning Man Australia was formed around 2001 as a collaboration between The Burning Man Project and the first Australian Burning Man regional contact. Its the name given to cover the Australian footprint for the Burning Man region which is overseen by the Australian Burning Man Project's regional contacts.
About The Burning Man Project
The primary purpose of The Burning Man Project is to uphold and manifest the values described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man, specifically:
- Radical Inclusion
- Radical Self-reliance
- Radical Self-expression
- Communal Effort
- Civic Responsibility
- Leaving No Trace
“Burning Man” is understood not as an event, but as referring to a way of life lived consistently with these Ten Principles. The Burning Man Project provides infrastructural tools and frameworks that will allow people to apply the Ten Principles in many communities and spheres of endeavor.
Mission + Vision of The Burning Man Project
The mission of the Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life. The survival and elaboration of this culture depend upon a cultivated capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
The Burning Man Project will bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and cultural engagement.
Australian Burning Man regional contacts
The following 4 regional contacts have been appointed by the The Burning Man Project to cover the Australian footprint for the Burning Man region.
- Robin Macpherson (A Human) - Cairns
- Phil Smart (Sherpa) - Sydney / Newcastle
- Richard Martin (King Richard) - Melbourne
- David Cake (Strange Dave) - Perth
Burning Seed has emerged in recent years to become the annual Australian regional Burning Man event.
Dedicated to the creative arts, community, radical self-expression and radical self reliance. The community exists and grows through communal effort, is commercial free, reliant on the participation of community members to achieve its needs, goals and dreams.
The experience of positive interaction and ‘Radical Inclusion’ grows through the existence of 'Gifting' referred to by some as a ‘Gift Economy’.
Burning Seed is a direct extension to the core principles of Burning Man as defined by the Ten Principles and the wider philosophy of Burning Man.
Every member of the community is strongly encouraged to participate! Participation and immersion in the event allows for connections to form and grow and for community to flourish.
Taking place from Midday Wed 2th Oct - Midday Tue 8th October 2013.
The main Effigy will burn on Saturday Night 5th October.
We are peased to announce that Burning Seed is returning again to Matong State Forest, in Wiradjuri Country, Southern New South Wales (NSW).
Burners Without Borders
Every summer Burning Man participants (aka Burners) meet in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to re-engage with our community, and to celebrate shared values of radical self-expression and self-reliance. We celebrate the power of community, honor the importance of art, and enjoy the immediacy of experience. Then we leave - without a trace of our having been there.
But that experience and those values don't get left behind in the desert. They inform who we are, and how we interact with the larger world around us. Burners Without Borders (BWB) is a manifestation of what can happen when we take our values off the playa and out into the rest of the world.
Burners Without Borders (BWB) coalesced from a spontaneous, collective instinct to meet gaping needs where existing societal systems were clearly failing...
Following the 2005 Burning Man event, several participants headed south into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to help people rebuild their devastated communities. As the volunteer numbers grew, they focused their initial efforts on rebuilding a destroyed Vietnamese temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. After several months, that job done, they moved to another needy Mississippi community, Pearlington, to continue to work hard -- gifting their time -- to help those in need. Over the course of eight months, BWB volunteers gifted over $1 million dollars worth of reconstruction and debris removal to the residents of Mississippi.
Since that time, BWB has emerged as a community led, grassroots group that addresses gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing.
Red Earth Arts Foundation
Coming soon - watch this space !!!