I’ve been to Burning Man 9 times. Always part of small camps (8 – 15 people), and always gone with good friends. We avoid having group meals, or anything scheduled. No judgement on folks that like that stuff… just found that it doesn’t work well with how we like to go. One of the things I love about BM is the chance to completely cut loose of any sense of responsibilities and the chance to leave any time-checking devices at home. Basically maximizing the ability to have completely spontaneous decisions for a week.
That being said, our camp has been stepping up our game through these last years. We started squeezing fuck-tons oforanges at camp, and then biking around to deliver ice-cold-fresh-squeezed OJ to unsuspecting people. It’s been great… even though it’s work.
We’re now considering applying to get some art on playa…. have an idea we’re pretty darn psyched about, but also feeling a little trepidatious about the following:
- The added work load of getting something up on playa: Totally understand and embrace the amount of work going to BM requires, but we want to make sure we’re being as realistic as possible when it comes to additional work. Also, it this concern obviously is impacted by the size and complexity of the art.
The potential impact on spontaneity: I was BMs art installation section on their site, and saw that you’re required to do daily moop checks, as well as lighting checks each day.
Any other stuff we’re just not familiar with because we’ve never done this before.
Also, what is the process generally? I was looking for info on early arrival and all that… do you get early arrival passes? If so, how many? Does it depend on how many people need to help get the art up? Can you take stuff down on Saturday vs. Sunday? Couldn’t find anything about this on BM’s site.
Thank you very much in advance for your replies.