Zeezicht 2


Burning man... een modern dionysisch ritueel

Burning manElk jaar komen in de woestijn van Black Rock Desert zo'n 50.000 mensen samen. In korte tijd tijd bouwen ze een dorp met gerecycleerd materiaal. Een experimentele gemeenschap waarin zelfexpressie op de voorgrond staat. Hoogte- en tevens eindpunt van deze week is het verbranden van een torenhoge man. Een symbolisch en ritueel offer.

‘There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual's contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.'

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