This year we teamed up with artist, and our good pal, Mark William Logan as he made the trip back to Burning Man. We decided to work on a project that sticks with the Burning Man theme of "Gifting." And here is what happened:
"This was my second burn and this year I wanted to document my experience with more purpose while also gifting to the community. Last year I took polaroids and gave them to people. This year I wanted to build on that by gifting garments and telling a story through photography. The theme this year was 'Radical Ritual' and my ritual was to take pictures of strangers I had dressed in my friend's, Nine Crows, clothes.
In doing this there were two conflicting principles at play; 'Gifting' and 'Decommodification'. Two of the ten principles upon which Burning Man was founded and lives. However, the play of documenting my interactions only deepened connections and enriched the experience for everyone. Anyone who gets to experience Burning Man is incredibly fortunate and I feel it's important to share the magic by rippling the experience out into the world thereafter. Taking pictures and telling a story was my way of doing that.
There are so many misconceptions around the festival as in the last 30 years it has grown to be the largest in the world. For me it's vital to draw attention back to the core, the foundation and in this instance, the 10 principles upon which it was founded. Outlined at the end for those of you looking to dive deeper
With that all said I commandeered a golf cart and set out onto the playa.
The pictures show what happened next."
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.