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The Burning Man Festival is a weeklong spasm of radical self-expression held annually just before Labor Day since 1986. In late August 2003, more than 33,000 participants converged in Nevada's Black Rock Desert for this counterculture event staged as an experiment in temporary community.

The participants gather to rid themselves of the conventional structures of their life and to "sample" the alternatives in hundreds of theme camps. The climax of the festival comes when attendees erupt into cheers and applause at the burning of a forty-foot-tall human effigy described as "part pre-technological idol and part post-technological puppet."

AfterBurn contributor Erik Davis writes of the festival, "Ironic and blasphemous, intoxicated and lewd, Burning Man's ADD theater of the absurd might even be said to embody the slap-happy nihilism of postmodern culture itself."

CounterCulture series editor David Farber summarizes the significance of the event: "[Burning Man is] spiritual discovery, utopian experiment, artistic spectacle, participatory democracy, do-it-yourself anarchism, and communitarian adventure." AfterBurn features ten essayists each addressing a specific aspect of the festival, from the recruitment and management of volunteers, to the artistic and cultural context of the modern conception of Utopia.

Both Lee Gilmore and Mark Van Proyen have attended Burning Man annually since 1996.

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Whether it is hailed as a staircase to heaven or condemned as a mall of the weird, the Burning Man Festival has been a source of discussion and debate since its inception in 1986. Set as an anti- commercialism alternative temporary community, the festival has attracted up to 30,000 seekers of cultural, artistic and spiritual enlightenment, and these nine critical reviews offer up some of the reasons they faithfully attend. The essays describe the cults that have formed around the Burning Man Festival, the factors of ritual, pilgrimage and transformation that attract them, the festival as an ethnographic experience of the self, the business end of a cultural experience, volunteerism, art cars, utopias and social sculpture, the surreal, and community memory. Of course there are photographs of the festival and its participants, along with visuals of the alternate realities offered.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Whether it is hailed as a staircase to heaven or condemned as a mall of the weird, the Burning Man Festival has been a source of discussion and debate since its inception in 1986. Set as an anti- commercialism alternative temporary community, the festival has attracted up to 30,000 seekers of cultural, artistic and spiritual enlightenment, and these nine critical reviews offer up some of the reasons they faithfully attend. The essays describe the cults that have formed around the Burning Man Festival, the factors of ritual, pilgrimage and transformation that attract them, the festival as an ethnographic experience of the self, the business end of a cultural experience, volunteerism, art cars, utopias and social sculpture, the surreal, and community memory. Of course there are photographs of the festival and its participants, along with visuals of the alternate realities offered. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Stories of the counterculture event that brings together thousands each year for a weeklong spasm of self-expression in the Nevada desert.

About the Author

Lee Gilmore received her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and teaches at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Mark Van Proyen is associate professor of art history, painting, and digital media at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826333995
Author:
Gilmore
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Author:
Gilmore, Lee M.
Author:
Chen, Katherine
Author:
Mark Van Proyen
Author:
David, Erik
Author:
Van Proyen, Mark
Author:
Gilmore, Lee
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Americana
Subject:
Performance art
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Performance art -- Nevada -- Black Rock Desert.
Subject:
Black Rock Desert (Nev.)
Subject:
American Studies; Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
American studies
Subject:
Sociology - General
Series:
Counterculture
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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