Once again, we bring our unique style of winter hilarity to the playa, with snow and ice covering the dusty ground and Burners’ visions of the season scattered around. Santalarity is BURN2’s decommodification event, the antithesis of the typical rushed holiday season focused on profits and buying, on unrealistic expectations and joy found in aisle three.
Instead we ask, “What’s in the Box?” What do we want to give? We invite you to come to the playa, to observe artists’ interpretations of these questions, to ice skate, dance, drum and be present when we Burn the Box. Before the Box is burned messages left by visitors to the playa will be read, which shall express what they would like to give. To give without expectation of return. To give for the pure joy of giving.
Santalarity will be a 24-hour event, opening on Saturday, 13th December at 10:00 AM SLT/PST. The Lamplighters will kick off the event with an initial drumming. The Box will Burn on the 13th at 12:00 PM SLT/PST and again at 8:00 PM SLT/PST.
DJs and live performers interested in participating during the event can sign up using the form at http://burn2.org/santalarityperformance2014 and if there are questions about performance scheduling, contact BURN2 Performance Lead Larree Quixote inworld.
This year, we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre, wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services.
Anyone may pose as 'merchant' here, and anyone may play a 'customer', but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this 'marketplace' will be one's interaction with a fellow being.
Our desert inn will also be a scene of luxury and cultivated ease. An apron of fine carpets will spread out beneath the shade of portals that surround a courtyard. Here, travel-wearied pilgrims may relax, inventing pastimes as they watch the whirling world go by.
Workers of great wonders will be welcome here; fakirs, dancers, sadhus, seers and potentates will throng through this performance space, like figures that adorn the fabric of a silk brocade. The sounds of finger cymbals, chimes, and music of acoustic instruments will fill the air.
By night, bathed in the lambent glow of lanterns gently swaying overhead, fire spinners will perform around the Burning Man. This year's Man will rise directly from the desert floor and tower many stories high. Its massive torso will evoke a tiered pagoda; its ornate head will be a lamp that welcomes people home.
Bystanders become participants; participants share in the burning, spinning cacophony on the virtual Playa.
Welcome to CONCEPTION 2014! Check out the Performance Schedule (top right) Check out the Artist Build Description (below)
Conception - a time to celebrate beginnings, and a time to celebrate the future, whether it is that of Burning Man, our experience with it, or the people we have and will come to know through it. How did we find these crazy folk we call Burners, how did we become Burners, and do we see a future Burning bright?
Sometimes it is good to look back at where we came from, so we can see how far we have come. A long, long, long, long, long time ago where we live now, looked much like our moon. So as we look back at the start of the flame this year, let's do it under the stars on a landscape just waiting to come to life.
And so we call to the creators, builders and artists of Second Life: Bring this barren playascape to life. Ancient meteor showers pockmarked the playa full of craters - claim one (choose a size ranging from 28m to 36m in diameter), then conceive, build, and enliven this landscape. Will you create a past, present or future in your crater?
Some craters will overlap - make your Communal Effort, finding new friends by getting close. Recycling bits of past builds is encouraged if you choose to look back. We love recycling! Perhaps you'll show where we are now, the present. For the future, give us some Radical Self-Expression! Make something new in your crater, something 'out there,' 'far out there', far into the future. Where are we headed? Or, what is headed here?
Announcing the winners of the CONCEPTION, 2014 plots for artists and builders!
All our artists and builders have been working hard to create the BURN2 Playa into a moonscape! There's lots to do and see on this moon! This is a week long event. Performances are going on daily so come by often and celebrate, participate and get to know BURN2 burners. See you there!
If you would like to volunteer at this event, please use see our Volunteer page for more information.