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Building Burning Man
The Official Journal of the Burning Man Project - Summer 1999 Newsletter

Community Notes
by Maid Marian

Get involved in the community. You'll find many opportunities below. We have found that the most far-reaching and convenient forms of communication are email and our website.

Burning Man is a volunteer-based event. There are many volunteer roles before, during and after our event. If you have further questions, after reviewing the opportunities below, please visit the (old) Volunteer section of our web site, email: volunteers(at)burningman(dot)com or call our hotline.

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makeup by NAMBLA the Clown
Black Rock Gazette
Work on the only daily paper in Black Rock City. We are looking for: experienced writers, skilled layout artists, Mac technicians, photographers with digital cameras, editors and runners. Please email us at: brgazette(at)burningman(dot)com or check the website for more information.

Are you interested in spirituality, theatricality, civic service and ritual? Are you new to Burning Man and would you like to perform a prominent public role in the life of our city? Come and join us as we light the streets of Black Rock City each evening. Email: lamplighters(at)burningman(dot)com and check out Lamplighters on the website in the volunteer section.

The Black Rock Rangers help create the core support infrastructure for our community. They are the mediators of public safety and providers of information. Rangers are communicators, medics, firefighters, and concerned citizens. Black Rock City functions very effectively as a self-governing entity and the Black Rock Rangers are community leaders who live and work throughout the city to ensure our collective survival. We are a growing city and the team will expand for 1999. We encourage you to communicate with the Rangers (rangers(at)burningman(dot)com) or visit the website and fill out an application.

Do you have what it takes to be a Greeter? Greeters are the face of the event and form a newcomer's first impression of Black Rock City. Our mission is to orient and educate arriving citizens while spreading wit, whimsy and infectious enthusiasm all over carloads of people. Greeters explain Leave No Trace principles, clarify Community (Burning Man style), and answer all questions in offbeat yet helpful ways. They are the one opportunity for the organizers — meaning ALL of us! — to communicate person to person with every participant.

To make all this happen, we need knowledgeable and dependable volunteers. All potential Greeters must have attended Burning Man at least twice, be grounded and reliable, and have excellent communication skills, and the ability to relate to all kinds of people. You may contact Dante at: greeters(at)burningman(dot)com. Greeters are a powerful influence at our event. As the welcoming face and voice of Burning Man in 1999, hundreds of people will never forget you.

Earth Guardians
Join our growing community of environmental activists working with the Bureau of Land Management to protect the Black Rock Desert. Earth Guardians work during the event to monitor our city and the surrounding desert. Throughout the year they are involved in many conservation projects. A training to become an official BLM volunteer will be held in Gerlach on the weekend of April 24-25. A Leave No Trace train-the-trainer course will follow on May 21-23. Want to know more? Email earthguardians(at)burningman(dot)com. You MUST reserve a spot to be considered for either class.

Build Our City
If you are available at least two weeks ahead of time to help build Black Rock City, and you have carpentry or construction skills, please contact our Department of Public Works. This work can be strenuous and conditions are challenging. The fellowship is phenomenal. Contact the men and women who create our city at: site(at)burningman(dot)com.

Ride Share
If you need a ride, or have room for people in your vehicle, please resource in any of the following ways: 1) connect with your regional contact; 2) call 415.TO.FLAME; 3) leave a message on the "ride share" bulletin board on our web site.

On The Playa, at Burning Man

Sculpture by Maggie Hallinan
photo by Pete Slinglan
Theme Camps
Theme camps are live-in interactive art installations. You are invited to create your own fantasy and share it with your fellow citizens.

The process and requirements for registering a theme camp have changed this year, reflecting the needs of our expanding community. Fill out the theme camp questionnaire on the website by May 1st if you'd like placement along Mercury (the esplanade which fronts our city). We will NOT be placing all theme camps this year, however sections of our city will be reserved for those theme camps that arrive before Wednesday noon. Visit the web site and fill out a registration form. Further questions can be left on the hotline or sent to themecamps(at)burningman(dot)com.

It is the mission of a village to provide a public home for fellow citizens of Black Rock City. The purpose of a village is not simply to be with friends or share domestic arrangements. It is to work with other villagers on a project that will connect you with hundreds of other participants. Like a theme camp or an artwork, a village is a gift that you contribute to our city. A village is self-expressive, a village helps others, and a village should be fun. In taking responsibility for a village you enter the ranks of the founders and organizers of Burning Man and Black Rock City. You should expect to work very hard, play very hard and experience an immense satisfaction. Do you belong to a large and well-organized group? Would you like to take responsibility for a prominent public space in Black Rock City? If you think you have what it takes to form a village, contact: villages(at)burningman(dot)com.

Art Installations
If you are creating an art installation and would like to give it prime visibility, please give us some information about what you are planning. Either visit our web site or email: installations(at)burningman(dot)com or leave a message on the hot line.

If you are creating art that fits into this year's art theme and would like to locate your work within the Wheel of Time, contact: art(at)burningman(dot)com.

Clean Up
You are responsible for cleaning up the remains of your camp, art installation and burn. No trace — no food, no tent stakes, no embers or ashes — should be left on the playa. Disappearing is part of the art: the finale of your performance at Burning Man. Questions about how this works can go to: cleanup(at)burningman(dot)com. LEAVE NO TRACE.

Meet the dominatrix of domesticity and the new can crusher at this year's bigger and better recycle camp, located in Center Camp. Last years effort was a great success, but this year we want to do so much more. Help the environment & help the recycle team: There is lots of room for growth and new help, so email: recycle(at)burning-man(dot)com.

Desert Fire Rituals
Do you like to play with fire? Are you good at it? Join the Fire Conclave. We are looking for drummers and fire performers. Help feed and tend the flame that lights the Man at our fire cauldron in Central Camp. Would you like to perform at the cauldron or on Saturday night at our Burn? Contact Crimson Rose: crimson(at)burningman(dot)com.

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Kids Camp & Generator Free Zone
These are two specialty areas. The first, Kids Camp, is set aside for families to camp together, close to the action, but away from all (or some) of the noise. Questions? Contact sweetpea(at)burningman(dot)com.

Generator Free Zone is a place to enjoy or experiment with solar-powered, wind-generated, alternative energy resources without the annoying hum of gas-powered generators TOO nearby. Questions? Contact sweetpea(at)burningman(dot)com.

Main Stage
Once again we will NOT have a main stage (this time, we're not kidding). We have, however, created a web-based bulletin board to assist in connecting groups with one another.

Year Round Events

Special Events
Are you putting on a Burning Man-related event before or after Burning Man? Do you want it listed on our calendar of events? Let's see if we can help you. Post it in the calendar section of our web site, and email morninglori(at)burningman(dot)com for inclusion in other areas.

Town Meeting
The Black Rock City Town Meeting, held at SOMARTS on Saturday, April 10th, 12pm-5pm, is our annual Burning Man potluck and volunteer opportunity. This is the gathering where you can find out what's new for 1999 with Larry Harvey's "State of the Man" address, and the place to meet organizers and other volunteers. Take this great opportunity and help make Burning Man 1999 happen by volunteering in an area that interests you.

Bring food for the potluck. Located at SOMARTS, 934 Brannan Street, between 8th and 9th, San Francisco. Specific questions should be directed to: hramazon(at)burningman(dot)com

"The heat of the fire still burns in your heart long after the embers have died."

Beach Burns
On the last Saturday of every month we gather on the beach to rekindle the fire that still burns in all of us. Help build the energy that will carry us through to the desert.

Bring your body for dancing, your drums to pound, something for the fire. Come to: Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Great Highway between Fulton & Lincoln Blvd, Stairwell #28. Beachfront parking closes at 10 pm. Use adjacent streets.

We are looking for Fire Performers, Musicians, Torch Bearers, Fire Tenders & anyone else who would like to help with fire activities throughout Burning Man 1999. If you can't make it to the Beach Burns or live a distance away and would still like to be part of our city/desert activities, please contact Crimson Rose: performance(at)burningman(dot)com.

Flambé Lounge
Flambé Lounge is a semi-monthly San Francisco gathering of like-minded artists, eccentrics and other PARTICIPANTS. The Flambé Lounge is a way to connect and to stay connected; to share Black Rock City photos and videos and stories and to inspire new ones. It is one way that Burning Man creates community year round; it is an unbridled salon of dreamers, planners and creative movers and shakers; it is a venue to showcase your art or theme camp ideas for Burning Man 1999, to learn what others are working on, to begin preparing for action, and to shape not only Black Rock City, but your immediate experience.

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Flambé Lounge is a forum for people who have experienced Burning Man before, as well as those who are thinking about going for the first time. It is an opportunity to speak with new as well as veteran participants and organizers. Find potential collaborators, or volunteer in areas that interest you! It is time you set aside to meet friends and begin planning your theme camp, art installation, performance, ritual, or other means of personal expression — whether your plans are for the desert or your own backyard... and it just so happens to be one of the most unusual "parties" you'll ever attend!

Come early and join us for: Participation * Creation * Information * Communication * Jubilation * and Libation. Visit our web site or call the hotline for dates, times and locations. Questions about bringing an installation to a Flambé Lounge should be directed to: flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com.

Our Website, on the Internet

The E-playa is the Burning Man internet bulletin board area. From this section of the web site you can connect and resource with others.

Need help finishing your project for Burning Man? Want to hook up with a theme camp or ask questions of others in your region? Are you in a band looking for a stage? Make your own connections through our resources; check out the E-playa on the web site. Post your question, project, needs, or skills.

Email-based newsletter
If you aren't already hooked into The Jack Rabbit Speaks, please send an email to: bman-announce-request(at)burningman(dot)com with the word "subscribe" in the body of your message. Jack Rabbit provides timely information about the event, what to bring, political issues, useful URLs. If you are not on the internet, please call us and we'll put you on the mailing list so you can receive future editions of this newsletter via the U.S. Mail.

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If you have received this newsletter via a medium other than the U.S. Mail (e.g. friends, coffee shop, or an event) and would like to stay connected, please leave your mailing address and/or email address on our hotline in the "mailing list" message box. Net capable? email: snailmail(at)burningman(dot)com.

Important Items to Remember

  • Commerce
    There is no vending of products or food at Burning Man. This is an experiment in community dedicated to radical self expression and radical self reliance. Please bring all you need to survive.
  • Leave No Trace
    Burning Man supports the pack-it-in pack-it-out philosophy of the Leave No Trace organization. Numerous participants have already gone through LNT training. More than just good outdoors ethics, LNT living is art; and it has always been a part of Burning Man. As an experiment in conscious living, be aware of your potential refuse as you pack to come to the playa. Leave product packaging at home. Don't bring lots of small water bottles: one, refillable, is more sensible. Use an empty milk carton or other sealable container for leftover food/compost/garbage. Smokers: bring a container for your butts.
  • Media
    Burning Man welcomes all forms of media. However, we ask that print, photographic, video and film media contact Burning Man in advance. We ask all media groups to connect upon arrival with our team at the Media Mecca in Center Camp. Commercial use of images taken at Burning Man is strictly prohibited without permission of Burning Man. Questions can be left on the hotline, or sent to press(at)burningman(dot)com. Visit the Press Here section of the web site for extensive information.
  • Photo, Media & Art Archive
    Burning Man is organizing a growing photo, media and art archive. We have images, videos, short stories, media stories, posters, hand made prints, drawings, stickers and other unique items. They all document the event's uniqueness and historical development. We are grateful for the ongoing contributions from the community. Contact: archive(at)burningman(dot)com, call the hotline or mail: Burning Man, P. O. Box 420572, San Francisco, CA 94142-0572
  • Airport
    Aviators wishing to fly in to Burning Man must contact our airport coordination team at: aviators(at)burningman(dot)com. There will be an airstrip in 1999, but all pilots must commit to sharing responsibility for its maintenance. Please contact Lissa Shoun (through the hotline or e-mail above) if you are interested in flying in to the event.

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    You will be well served to bring a bicycle. There are no repair services at the event, so please bring supplies to keep your bike in working order.
  • Hot Springs
    In 1999 local hot springs will again NOT be accessible during the event. This is mandated by our BLM permit. Please respect the land surrounding the Black Rock Desert.
  • Day Passes
    There are NO day passes to Burning Man.
  • Tickets
    Tickets are available by the mail, from TicketWeb, at Flambé Lounge and other San Francisco events, in Reno at The Melting Pot, 1002 South Wells Ave., Reno, NV. 89502 (open Mon. - Sat. 11:00 am - 6:30 pm). Contact: partiserv(at)burningman(dot)com or the hotline for specific answers.