Scotto - - 2017

Burning Man - A Week of Radical Self Expression

'Burning Man is an Adult Playland', a 29-Hour a day party for a week; A Globally Charged Community in the desert of Northern Nevada.

'You can vacation in say Jamaica and see things that millions have seen before you and millions will see after you...Or you can trek yourself & stuff to BRC and see things that will only be available for one week to see'

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 Dust Devils - A Burning Man Movie

The movie Dust Devils available for purchase from the Burning Man Marketplace;  is another favorite in my Burning Man movie collection. Here are my favorite quotes from the film.

I think that one reason thousands of people are ready to endure survival conditions in a remote place and the risk of their life is because their desperate, certainly driven to find something they can belong to.  
We offer them the opportunity to be what all those ads offer, be yourself, except the ads offer them a product as a substitute for that experience, we offer them the real thing, then we offer them communal belonging and that what the white people don't have.  
But if there were real coverage of blacks and Hispanics in America, it would be apparent that they have a cultural wealth that white people don't have. So why would you if you had that, if you have a community so vital that it produces rap music, why would you travel thousands of miles to a desert to hang out with a bunch of white people.  
We are all misfits and outcasts, freaks and rebels and we are using this to find and create our own families, our soul families.  
I came a few years ago and found it a very powerful experience, a fabulous experiment in community and just terrifically liberating. It's great to be able to go somewhere and where a suit for once. You get all kinds of views, it is good to know there are limits to tolerance even at Burning Man.  
I think everyone who comes goes thru a judgmental stage, first they are blown away by it, often they are overawed by it and they want to hide or go home. Then they come out the other side and throw themselves into it, throw off their clothes and have exciting adventures, do naked Tia Chi on the Playa and all that stuff.  
Then they become so into being open and liberated that they start shouting abuse at the cops who are only doing their job, or at a guy dressed in a business suit and you go thru this weird intolerance stage, its great to be free and liberated, its evil to be uptight. Then they get past that stage and then you realize that you cannot have a community that leaves out the flawed humanity.  
Its all very well loving Gay people, loving transgendered people and love guys with piercing, oh their so nice, but love a real estate guy now that's the fucking test.  
I think by the end of it everybody realizes I am an artist, wow I thought I was a real estate guy, I am an artistic real estate guy. Because here people have the time and the space to find out what they really enjoy. - Author of Juno & Juliet  
It's being able to step out of society for a week or so and get out of the real world and live somewhere where things aren't commercial, you do not have to get up and go to work in the morning and you don't have to answer the phone, you don't have to turn on the TV, you get up and hang out with your friends, get coffee, loose track of time, do whatever you want, you get to step away from the normal stress of life.  
We are going to party tonight, the next day, the day after that, and the day after that. Every time I leave Burning Man, I am exhausted and tired and fed up but then the next week I start making plans to come again.  
I come to Burning Man because I fit in, I'm a jerk like all of these people here. Some kind of semi-maniacal idiot with questionable intelligence, I came here doing all kinds of crazy stuff cause it fit right in, it was freakin fun.  
Burning Man organizers say that there is not a profit being made and weather or not that is true I cannot say, but who gives a fuck.  
This is all about gifts, the art, the theme camps are gifts and in particular we said you should produce these things to give to anyone, its radically inclusive. It's not enough to do a neat vanity project, make them accessible to everyone a benefactor to the whole community.
This city 3/4 of the people are actively involved in creating it.
Culture is based on emulation, look what they did, gosh I could do that, I could add onto that, I could do something greater. We all want to do that, we should want to do that. It's you don't imagine you can do something until you see an example of it.  
This is so inspiring, you see people with the most amazing shit that they thought of, it makes you think why don't I explore what amazing shit I have inside me.