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funding + event history?

Post by mike/gomonk+ » Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:10 pm

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from what i've been able to find out about funding and
grants from the bmorg, they first started giving out
grants and funding projects in 1996 (with helco and pepe),
which happened to be my first year out there.

my question is:
if there were no grants or funding from 1990 until 1996,
did burningman suck during those years? : )

just curious .
glad to see borg2 happening --
the new energy is much welcomed

cheers!

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Post by Bob » Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:17 pm

I don't think you can leave out the Man and its base, or such things as sound stages, the spires, or the Cafe in that history.
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Post by mike/gomonk+ » Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:35 pm

. . .
I don't think you can leave out the Man and its base, or such things as sound stages, the spires, or the Cafe in that history.
well, the man is a given.

what were the spires?

for whatever reason, some people consider these the "golden years" of
burningman, whatever that means. were there large-scale art projects
1990-1996? or was it more about the tripiness of being in the desert?
or . . .


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Post by Shinxy » Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:09 pm

I think it was just a lot more unregulated. I've heard about kinky sex parties, art cars zooming across the playa at 100mph+, shooting guns, mad drugs. No structure. Just art, desert, fire, and chaos.

Of course I could be wrong.
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see for yourself:

Post by Anthony Bondi » Wed Dec 08, 2004 9:17 pm

Humble efforts to record the flavor of Bman '94, and forward for awhile are online at <http://lvtv.com/thirdivan> The tricky editting suite for the early vids was a stacked couple of VHS players, with a spoken "1001" count to precisely time the cuts. From humble beginnings...

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Post by mike/gomonk+ » Wed Dec 08, 2004 10:24 pm

I think it was just a lot more unregulated. I've heard about kinky sex parties, art cars zooming across the playa at 100mph+, shooting guns, mad drugs. No structure. Just art, desert, fire, and chaos.
yes, i'm sure it was a little chaotic.

i was more interested in what are the real roots of
burningman = 1990-1996.....
before there was such a thing as "funding" and "grants".


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Post by Bob » Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:48 am

Spires, first built in '93 (see timeline.

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Taking the bait

Post by Anthony Bondi » Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:24 pm

I'll stand correction but those mountains look suspiciously close to the spires for a photo from the years when BRC was staged on the main playa.

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Post by Bob » Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:47 pm

Couldn't find any earlier photos on a quick search, but I thought it was a good one to illustrate how they can be considered art by themselves. Larry designed the first ones, which we call the "grand spires", which get rebuilt and dupicated as needed. Later designs built to accommodate the larger city and the Esplanade were simplified for economy, but retain the main features.
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Dope Old-School Videos

Post by Jordan 10-E » Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:26 pm

Anthony, thank you so much for the video links! Truly a wealth of sight and sound and thought.
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Post by the_iconoclast » Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:53 pm

mike/gomonk+ wrote:
I think it was just a lot more unregulated. I've heard about kinky sex parties, art cars zooming across the playa at 100mph+, shooting guns, mad drugs. No structure. Just art, desert, fire, and chaos.
yes, i'm sure it was a little chaotic.

i was more interested in what are the real roots of
burningman = 1990-1996.....
before there was such a thing as "funding" and "grants".


m/gm+
"This is Burning Man", by Brian Doherty, provides one person's take on the roots. Having no first-hand knowledge of the facts - it seems well researched by a person who is a burner. From that book one can gather that it started with a simple beach burn that attacted crowds. Later the Cacophony Society of San Francisco got involved and it evolved. Initially, it was a gathering of SF artisits and ne'er do wells who just went to the desert to create an environment that bred individual creativity in an unrestrained way. Things started to get official when its size started to require infrastructure and when BLM started to take notice of the "freakson the playa". Permits started to be required, etc. A few individuals created an LLC. It appears that once structure was implemented and cash flow was actually kept track of that the grant idea was formed to off-set some, not all,of the costs to the artists. Originally, from what I gather, entire camps were set ablaze. Due to the increased population on the Playa, rulesand guidelines were drawn up to satisfy BLM requests.

Disclaimer: None of the above is even close to first-hand knowledge and is taken from the book mentioned.

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