Was I a "Burner?" It was an important question to me. Even
though I had been to the Burning Man festival before, there were people
who had attended many more times than me. They were Burners. They
had the right to call themselves Burners. I had only attended twice...
did I have the street cred to call myself a Burner? I thought of a World
War II movie... It was the one where the troops are getting ready to land
on a beach. One of the recruits is nervous, and the sargent says something
like, "Hey, the moment you step on that beach, you'll be a veteran!" I
though of that and decided, Yeah, I'm a Burner.
The art theme for 2005 was "Psyche: The Conscious, the
Subconscious and the Unconscious," and they looked for artwork that explored
various aspects of psychology: "self-expression, self-reflection and the
unconscious power of dreams." Radical self-expression was what Burning
Man was all about. The very nature of the festival pushes everything to
the extreme, which just makes it harder to explain to non-burners. Ultimately,
a person has to experience it to fully understand it. --Kinda like... life.
My road to Burning Man and back: 3,922 miles in 13 days.
|All original content (c)opyright 2005 by Tim Frayser