Spots Scattered on the Wall

Have you ever watched light flow like water? Have you ever seen a dancer fly, gliding on a wall of silk hundreds of feet above the ground? Have you ever lived in a world where people treat themselves as works of art, using each moment to shine externally as they do internally?

We live in a world of wonders. A place where anything you imagine can happen. If you dream it, you can create it. Design is only limited by time. Take the time to design your world and you can create limitless wonders and dreams. Treat the world as if it will still be here tomorrow and make something that matters.

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Firebird Rising: Phase 1 – Funding

Dearest Burner Community,

It is with extreme pleasure that I have the opportunity to present you with Firebird Rising. I am so excited that this show will be coming into existence. It’s struck a spark within me.

Firebird RisingDo you remember the first time you saw the Playa at night? That sense of overwhelming wonder and amazement. A place ripe with beauty and magic! Lights and sound cascading into the air of the world to create a physical pulse of something truly alive and deeply right. Travelers that were never truly strangers would pass and look you in the eyes and smile, because you are beautiful! What’s that shining light in the distance? Is it art? Is it a person? Whatever it is, it’s where you need to be and oh Oh! The journey there will be quite delightful! Let’s hop a ship and gift a story. Dance and tumble and laugh and breathe! Scream ‘I am!’ and hug your neighbor.

Do you remember the first time you came upon the Temple? Reading the lives of humanity. Learning their stories. The silence. The sound of fifty thousand whispers and the intricate weave of healing. A cry of joy from the masses at sunrise, just for the shear sake of greeting the sun. The warmth of the fire on your face as you say goodbye for yet another year.

Do you remember the first time you rounded the final corner and saw the city of Black Rock? The size and shape of a city centered around one lone figure, visited by all who attend. Do you remember your first burn? Hundreds of individual fires igniting at once to create a shared experience of something amazing. The rushing excitement as we all lit up as one and celebrated our existence!

Dearest Burners, we have created a new culture, something wonderful, worth living for. We have created a culture that has no physical boundaries, no religious requirements, and is open and available to all who wish to participate.

It’s time to gift another slice of our culture to the default world. Firebird Rising is that gift. Combining light, sound, visual effects, theater, puppetry, projection mapping, aerial dancing, fire, stilts and more all choreographed to original musical pieces interlaced with Stravinsky’s Firebird, Firebird Rising is going to be an inspiration to all it touches.

It needs some help in getting off the ground. As of this writing, Firebird Rising has raised $7,000 of the $25,000 that it needs to come into existence. Please, take five minutes out of your day and watch the video below. Be inspired. Contribute if you can and if you can’t, please help us spread the word of Firebird Rising by sharing the Indiegogo campaign and the video. We have less than one week left to meet our goal.

Thank you,

Nate Caretaker

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Dancing With Excitement

The Weekend

Ah! And how! Life throws so many things at me sometimes, both good and bad. My weekend was amazingly jam-packed with life! I managed to; work for a client and get their website up and running, go to a barbecue, help host and promote a very successful event at my work, go to a friend’s welcome home party, learn coding, dance at a new and fantastic venue, and go to my work’s holiday party.

Capacity and Desire DanceI always love meeting and sharing new experiences with people. The new venue that I danced in wasn’t like any place that I have danced before! It was located in what looked like an office building in the heart of downtown Seattle. You had to go down a side street, into an unmarked door, up some stairs, and then hang a random left. Boom! Out of nowhere there was a place packed with art, instruments, drinks, dancing, sound, and Burners. Take an old fashioned, gate-closing service elevator to the second floor and you’d see an open gallery populated with more dancers and art.

It was on this second floor that I got to perform. I danced! I don’t know what was up with me that night but I was really feeling the music. Aerial practice is helping me learn a whole new range of movements. After my performance, I had people coming up to thank me for putting on a show. Ah ah! I must be doing something right. It feels good to see people inspired by my movements! I’d like to thank Matt Freedman of Matt Freedman Photography for the great photo he took of me while I was dancing.

The camp, that threw the event, was made up of some of the most wonderful loving and kind people that I have had the pleasure to be around. I’ll definitely be looking them up during Burning Man 2013.

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Capacity and Desire FXSpeaking of Burning Man 2013, who’s excited for the new Cargo Cult theme?! I’m going to be developing a space man and alien costume for the event. I’ll be using the FX Prosthetic and Electronic Fashion Design books that just came in the mail to help me.

This week I’ll be; learning more coding with Python, working on client’s web sites, designing a costume for Bootie Seattle’s event next weekend, Aerial practice, learning makeup design, working on a new Burning Man Project and Burner’s Without Borders charity and art project, and working on my photography!

Burning Man 2012 Fertility 2.0

The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the music, the sun, the night, the Man, the Temple, the art, and the Human Connection. Such wonderful beauty! Such inspirational creativity! All of this, summed up into two words: ‘Best Burn’… So far ;).

Burning Man 2012, Fertility 2.0 was one of the best experiences of my young life. Things went right this year.

First, I would like to thank and acknowledge all of the amazing new Burners that came out to the 2012 Burn. You all are amazing people. You all stepped up and created new art, new experiences, and reinforced the integrity of the Burner Culture (something that is constantly being questioned by veteran Burners). I am impressed. I’m also inspired.

The art out at this year’s Burn was epic, as always. Large roving structures caressed the Playa with sound systems to rival any club in the Default world. Burners danced into the night, only to be greeted with a communal cheer as the sun crested Black Rock City’s surrounding mountains. The Man’s interior was a honeycomb of human interaction and delight and the Temple was the most spiritual place on the planet, if but for a moment. Ah! Lessons in the Temporary.

We build the city and we Burn it down. It is our ritual. In many instances, it is our life. Poetry of the soul, and I can’t wait to do it all over again. Burning Man is the one place, the one thing, in this world that I can always get my hopes up for and NEVER be disappointed. What a strange thing we have created!

I will tell many of the stories of this Burn in the coming weeks. For now, I would like to share some helpful advice about life after the Burn.

Decompression.

1) Don’t quit your day job/don’t make any super-important life changing decisions for a minimum of 3 weeks. 2 months is better. We’re all wound up like tops when we come back from the Burn. It happens every year. Decompression parties/events happen for a reason. Take some time to gain perspective on life and the default world, then go from there.

2) Write it down. Everything that you are feeling and thinking in your head. Get it on paper and start sorting it out. You just lived in a place of 54K people for a week. You developed new relationships and reaffirmed old ones. Feelings of loneliness are natural. A friend put it really well when he said “I’ve never been so inspired, charged, pumped, and incredibly lonely and lost all at the same time.” This is natural. How do you exist in the default after so much sensory input? *Suggestion: Sleep over parties and nap time with friends… it helps.*

3) Bring it home. Don’t stop being inspired. That gigantic ship that you climbed, that dome you danced in, that art you Burned, all of it was created by someone. Don’t start thinking in limitations. This community is amazing. If you have an amazing idea, get on it and get your friends to help. If you don’t have friends, hit up your regional. If you don’t know your regional (Check the Burning Man site), email me. I’m always down to talk ideas and inspiration. Also, you don’t have to stop living the Burner culture off of the Playa. Bring the Human Connection home and start teaching others how to interact on a meaningful, day to day basis. You don’t have to have gone to Burning Man anymore to be a Burner.

4) Start planning. Next year is coming up fast. Get on it.

5) Never go to the Burn without some sort of goal. If you just ‘go’ to Burning Man ‘just because’, you may not have as good of a time. The Playa provides and Burner Magic is in the air.

I’ll be posting more later. For now, work on re-entry and be happy! The world is an amazing place!