Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IIIIIIIIIIII ––––– Foreword and Farewell ––––– IIIIIIIIIIII



Foreword 2017

Most of the week, the heat was oppressive until the evening which gave us warm nights, superb for sleeping under the stars
The wind was barely there except for a Tuesday dust storm that brought kilos of dust on everyone
The kindness and smiles on all faces for most of the week
All the camp designers super excited to talk about minute details of their camps, priceless
A washboard "axle-killer" exodus road on Tuesday post-burn
Bikes as MOOP
One unstable burner changed the nature of burns to come
The Tree of Ténéré, The Temple, Incendia dome at night, Ilumina, Rabid Transit (with soundtrack), Abraxas Thursday morning, Solipmission (the black cube), The Glorious Gastronomic Galactic Griddle for random playa dinners, Sextant (Torrey), the fireworks for Man's burn, the tears of joy being able to live these precious moments.







Farewell

After 21 burns and 10 years blogging it's time to call it quit.

This blog was created to be more reactive than my old pages
going back to 1996 and with the hope to inspire and grow
a community of like-minded participants building a functioning city
in an inhospitable environment while having fun, mostly.

Within the years I posted thousands of images of camps, structures,
along with hundreds of reliable links, which was an exhausting labor of love,
my ethereal gift to the community.

The Golden Rebar Award was created to highlight the innovative
or most surprising shelters that I considered as important
as the various art installations all along the playa.

My secret fantasy was to have an informal and zany ceremony were I could give away the physical Golden Rebar Awards.

Instead of that, I made a book.

2 years were spent on  Research / Writing / Editing / Design and Layout (which paid off with a 2017 Graphic Design Award) / Production and Problem Solving /
The result was a burner worthy book with a tactile cloth cover and blind embossing, packed with info, data, tips and, most of all, a very large visual spectrum of our vernacular architecture.


One year was spent on a worldwide promotional campaign with stellar results: features on CNN, Wired, Wallpaper (of all!!), Architectural Digest and more (not too bad for a Frenchman working alone from a tiny San Francisco bedroom)


From around the world 289 buyers daringly purchased this self-reliant project.


This dismal performance resulted in several drastic personal changes.


As for the commodification debate, the goal was with the profit,
to publish limited edition books of two talented playa photographers.

Instead of working on this exciting project, I am looking, now,
for international movers to cheaply and sheepishly
regroup and recoup overseas,
time to burn the page.

Unable to keep a sales structure and book cases in storage,
by respect for my daring 289 buyers, the remaining books (850)
will be terminated (Baker beach style) at the end of the year
without any Black Friday, French tickler Sunday or Tutu Tuesday.

In fact because I am doing  a "Whatever Day Promo" where I am
adding to every order a long gone book from my botanical past,
a very nice stocking stuffer!

The good news is: there will be one less photographer on the playa
and one less overwhelming blog to read.
my mood

Without further ado I am pleased to bring you, again, a visual overload
of the many faces of my / yours / our city with 300+ images

Due to the ever-changing nature of the city and its large area, it is impossible to capture all the interesting and new structures that were in the desert, I am sorry if I missed your dwelling, nothing works has planned: c'est la vie!


Shortcuts:
Golden Rebars: this page
Street Views: camps
Art Installations, beautiful burners, camp Déjà View: here

For the previous years, I let you find out how to get there.

Soundtrack loop: LCD, Chrissy, Sons, Mayan




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Welcome to Black Rock City 2017


Golden Rebar for keeping up 
with Buckminster Fuller


Black Lotus Society Camp with true geodesic sphere of 24' diameter 





Golden Rebar for Serene Scene


Serene is the least word you would associate Black Rock City with.
Weathered burners know this place, so I will not mention it in a vain attempt to keep it as is,
an oasis of silence
Octayurts in the Mindfield
Sometimes there is a fine line between an art installation and a camp





There goes the Neighborhood Golden Rebar


Suburbia Camp 2017 once again brought tongue-in-cheek and joie de vivre with its white picket fences, plywood mansions, mailboxes, astroturf and traffic lights




Golden Rebar for Zipping around the Box



David Braun, lead and designer of camp Naked Heart Camp,
tired of using year after year expensive bi-directional tape to slowly assemble hexayurts,
came up with an innovative way to accelerate the building process.
He connects the insulation panels with zippers pasted
with insignia cloth, an adhesive backed cloth used
for emergency sail repair, and sets up the yurt in 7mn
Although expensive at first, this investment can be recuperate
(hopefully) with several years of usage. 






Naked Heart Camp hexayurt zipped panels detail with Insignia cloth





Golden Rebar for Upping the Ante


James "Heavy Metal" Erd (kilt) and Torrey "Sarge" Smith with their penetrator at Sextant camp

When you have a 1200' long Zipline at the top of a 75-foot tower (with a bar for 10 intrepid burners) on top of a 27-foot dome facing giant 4 Million Volt twin Tesla Coils, you need some heavy-duty anchorage. 

In their non-stop journey for pushing the envelope of extreme fun 
while complying with the highest standard of security, 
James Erd and Torrey Smith are testing diverse screw anchors. 

So far, they are successfully using the PE-26 Penetrator that has a limited lifespan before failing in shear during multiple installations and removals.

They took matter into their own hands to manufacture an Earth anchor that has an unlimited lifespan and can be easily installed with handheld impact wrenches.
The Penetrator is a 1.75" x 36" 17-4 Stainless Steel screw 
machined by James in the Sextant shop at m0xy Oakland 
on a Monarch 61 lathe.
17-4 Stainless Steel is many times stronger than the 304 Stainless in a fork. It is used in Aircraft landing gear and Medical Devices.

Torrey, keep making engineering sexy!






Golden Rebar for Fighting Burner Warming


Once again lost in the city, looking for a camp a I never found, these two tents caught my eyes.
Similar to hundreds around, somehow I had to stop and look closely at the reflective fabric.

Serendipitously, Sean Davis, veteran burner / creator / designer of the tents came out one of them and started a conversation.
Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign he was able to manufacture his No Bake Tents with a double layer of heat reflection fabric topped by a vent to disperse rising warm air.






No Bake Tent Designer Sean Davis is a Tall burner and while that day the heat was oppressive, being inside the tent, in the afternoon, was instant relief.





Overdue Golden Rebar for Ball Connectors



For participants looking to build a more organic dome with wood sticks, Chris Jordan, Mike Paisley and David Brickwood designed the easy to assemble Hubs connectors
It's fascinating to see the development of an idea from prototype to fully founded product, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign

This is a fun way to build rapidly, small 2V and 3V domes without going through the tedious metalworking associated with dome making.





Clever packaging 






Dome made with Hubs connectors




In the spirit of bringing more info while doing research on the Hubs connectors, 
we found the Geohubs connectors for domes made with pvc tubing 






Disclaimer before torching this blog

As a photographer crisscrossing the city around the clock to document in earnest its colourful diversity, I meet participants coming from all walks of life enduring the same harsh environment of the desert in multiple fashions which is the essence of my work and makes it exciting.
My 14 faithful readers know that my goal is to give a vision of the city
as realistic as possible without restriction or prejudice
Also my friends and neighbours know the ultra-spartan living conditions in my camp, Déjà View, which is the opposite of the following camp
My purpose by featuring it is by no means to enable them let alone to make them the face of BRC

But when a camp brings a clearly defined good natured state of mind with the goal to build a sustainable and reusable structure that is aesthetic and effective, I must acknowledge it 

Coming from Mexico, using 6-years-old bamboo grown in Chiapas with a clever system of plates and connectors designed in CAD, laser cut and also manufactured in Mexico, these structure were tested for 100 mph winds.

The project was led and manufactured by Javier Diaque (Causa.mx)
and designed in collaboration with Luisa Correa (Bambuterra),
Veronica Correa (Kaltia) and Xavier Hierro (Precoor)

Superb



Golden Rebar for Sustainable Design


 Camp 2017






The chill Space structure is called by designer Javier Diaque, "Bichos" (bug or insect in Spanish)







 The other Bichos for the dance Space






Camp geometry






Camp communal space structure







Inside the chill space, the hot air rises through the opening with the low frequency mandala keystone





The Nest, chill space, is a two layered structure with a shade cloth fabric on top of an inner structure made of bamboo panels, it works!






The custom-made bottom plate connector







Bamboo installation with pentagonal connector






Corner connectors for bamboo beams











Wednesday, October 25, 2017

–––––––––––––– Street Views 2017 ––––––––––––




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Black Rock City 2017 Camps




There are so many camps at Black Rock City that it is sensible to make 
your camp visible from afar with some signage to attract participants 
and act as a landmark to find your way back deep into the night 
while bringing a strong identity to your camp



Celtic Chaos Camp 2017






Camp Fuck Yeah  where size matters





Camp Boring with its moveable sign






Camp Fuck 
Sometimes signage can be discret, even subtle






The Secret Gentlemen Club (G) Camp with flags and a white Zome created by Rob Bell






Mental Dental Camp provided everything for the buccal hygiene of the neighbours






Camp Wouwou 2017 with visible art and super friendly Swiss participants






Baker Beach's Man Camp sports a sign made of driftwood gathered on the birthplace of the event.  






Dusty Frogz Camp 2017 with la Tour Eiffel, was the place of a big French community with free flowing Pastis and existentialist conversations






Hotel California Camp built with the space cubes and nodes engineered by artist Gregg Fleishman and Scott Mahoney of Lost Hotel fame
This design is called Düxel by camp designer and lead Matthias Wagner






Canadian Corner Camp with flags






Camp Do More Now with Dive Bar which brought its own sub






7 Siren's Cove Camp with its crow's nest






BangTribe Camp 2017 with a self-explanatory sign






Swing City Camp 2017








InapproPirates Camp 2017






Distrikt with the Zonohedral Domes of Rob Bell in an a rarely seen empty moment 







Distrikt  2017 in full action in the evening 






Camp Zero Fucks 







Badlands Bordello Camp 
A facade makes it easy to identify the camp and anchor the neighbourhood 






Western 






Twisted Swan Celtic Pub Camp conceals its unappealing carports with a facade






Orgy Dome camp is very disappointing, it should be renamed The Orgy Carports






Playa Choir Dome is a real 5V dome






Playa Choir rehearsal






Incendia 5V Dome with 4V satellite domes was a fantastic place at night with flames on the top and inside the ceiling and around the DJ booth, the place to be at night.






Incendia Dome 2017 connectors






Celtic Chaos suspended dome is not OSHA 






Camp Fat Cramp or Whatever 2017




The use of parachute for cover is not for the faint of heart unless you come up 
with the right solution as presented in the following exemples



The Hammock Hangout Camp triple layer parachute 






The Soularium at Naked Heart Camp, an extremely well run camp, its manual should be an inspiration for any big size camp if not every camp






Inside The Soularium, the well taut parachute is supported by 8 reconverted irrigation pipes, the aerodynamic shape make every storm a breeze







Naked Heart Camp communal shade with irrigation pipes and ventilated dome 







Inside the ventilated Dome of Naked Heart Camp 




As in the default world a portal defines your space, makes it inviting 
and sets the tone of your theme camp, plus good fences make good neighbours




Dante's Infurno portal






Dante's Infurno camp 2017







Camp with trash fence looking toward the Selenite Range 






Camp Steep Tea Bar with portal 






Camp Corny 2017






Caravan of Light Camp 2017 with portal






Caravan of Light Camp with many Bell tents 






Mayan Warrior Camp with Alien Buffalo Tents






Tension tent with Shiftpods for Serendipitea Camp 






Chainsaw MargaritaGuys Camp 2017 with a Lotus Belle tent






Starstage Canopy







Eskimo pop-up ice fishing shelter, inspiration(?) and cheap option to the Shiftpod






Bill Moss Optimum 350 tent for Jellyfish Camp at Alternative Energy Zone Village
Every year I try to shoot this unique tent.






Campground tents with The Hammock Hangout camp 






Desert Living with stretch fabric and tennis balls






Anahasana Village Aluminet shade structure 2017






Anahasana Village Aluminet shade structure inside 2017






Camp What is Your Sign? Inside 2017






Camp What is Your Sign? 2017 
This lovely camp helped neighbours making new street signs 
to replace the signs that were stolen for souvenirs






Camp Things That Swing 2017 with their bucky domes






Camp Things That Swing inside






Camp Things That Swing 2017 inside a bucky dome with a new fabric






Inside a Caïdal Tent, it used to be in Maroc the tent for the dignitaries






Camp Ibiza with Caïdal tents and Camouflage net






Camp Serendipitea 2017 with camouflage for its communal space
It's worth noting the use of flags to keep the camp off the street corner thus leaving enough visibility at the intersection and also preventing people cutting corners to come too close to the camp 
A clever spatial organisation






Camp Serendipitea Lounge 2017 nice comfy shade







Camp Serendipitea D.J. booth with foliage 2017

We are craving for green, herb, grass, tree (see the enormous success of the Tree of Ténéré installation) so, anything that brings the soothing effect of nature in this arid environment even totally fake, is effective. More camps every year






Camp Serendipitea inside with trees 






Galactic Jungle camp with colourful Palm trees







The Kashbah Lounge with tension tents and palm trees at 2:00






Green Forest Mutant Vehicle 






Burner Buddies Camp front yard






Burner Buddies camp 2017 with RV's






Curb appeal of a Plug and Play Camp 2017






RV's 2017






Truck of Pathogen Trackers camp 2017






Pathogen Trackers Camp in dust storm 






D.I.Y. Teardrop camper 





T@B Teardrop camper with shade






Unicorn VW bus at VW Bus Camp 2017






Splittie VW bus at VW Bus Camp 





RV or art Installation?






Desert Truck 






Artic Fox Camper. This couple mailed postcards to the default world






Airstream at Trailer Park 






Burnstream Point Lighthouse mutant vehicle by Bruce Reuser at Airstream Camp 2017
The beam of the lighthouse, DCB-36 beacon, in service since 1933, is supposedly visible from 100 miles away, 







The Purple Gypsy trailer, a BRC staple for years 






Yellow Gypsy trailer, please bring more of them






747 Big Imagination has landed







747 Big Imagination custom made carpet






747 Big Imagination Frequently Higher Club






747 Big Imagination inside the hull that hosted several parties






Deep Jungle Love, the longest Monkey Hut in the world!






Inside the soothing Deep Jungle Love hut






Epic Camp 2017
Check out what they did with their containers to help the Santa Rosa fire victims






Epic Camp with Epic Spaces upcycled contenairs 2017







Containers as art along the Esplanade 





A container can make a nice bedroom with all the amenities
On the left check out the clothes organizer





I guess orange was the transition




Comfort and Joy Village 2017






Comfort and Joy Village flags 2017






Having Fun with Swings 






Skinny Kitty Teahouse and Lounge 2017 saddle shape






Ice Pyrates Camp 2017 giant inflatable structure






Inside Ice Pyrates Camp they were partying hard, so funny






P3 Oasis Camp  wood frame






Rest Structure 2017






Palette Palace Camp, made of...palettes, great upcycling






Palette Palace Camp inside 






Leopard Lounge and Spa Camp made of pop-up shelters 
with top vents to release wind pressure.
Being a recurrent camp associated with the VW Bus camp, 
they trust these shelters.






Pinkee's Truck Stop Camp Ynot, made of pink pop-up shelters
A bicycle pump was under the blow sign






Pop-up Shelters with pink flamingos garden
Any strong color brings life in a sterile environment 






Monkey Hut with a canopy made of a net and knotted pieces of colorful fabric






Monkey Hut inside






Monkey Hut colorful detail top






Camp Crooked in the Mindfield 2017






Camp at K@9:45
Is it the home of the Lost Tea Party by Alex Wright with Wreckage International?






Philly Phreak Show Camp






Pink Mammoth in construction 






Paradise Motel camp with the Airpusher mutant vehicle in the background







Standing Rock Camp at BRC 






Standing Rock Camp with Red Lightning Village 






Standing Rock Camp canopy 






Disorient Camp Orange canopy 






Star Star Camp 2017






Star Star Camp canopy 






The Hangry Bishop Camp 






Circle J Inconvenience Store camp packed with fake brands






Circle J Inconvenience store camp MOOP Station 






Pele's Fire Camp







Camp XTR-LAB designed by students of the Columbia University School of Architecture led by professor - architect Christoph Kumpusch







Camp XTR-LAB structure







P.V.C. pipes structure of the Embassy Camp 








The Embassy at Camp Reverbia








Kamp Kimono







Burning Love Project Camp







Snow White Camouflage 







Monkey Hut with a white tarp is a departure from the ubiquitous grey tarp







Nacho Campo with Delta Canopy held nightly Lucha Libre in a nearby ring







Superb Zome made of insulation panels 2017






Yurticorn at the Unicorner 2017






Yurtopia at Space Camp 2017






The several modules of the Yurtopia at Space Camp






Nearodesic Polyhedron Quad Dome, a large zero-waste structure
developed by Edmund Harriss on a query made by Vinay Gupta






Inside the Nearodesic Polyhedron Quad Dome






The Church of Insubordination an another variation with insulation panels






Red Rocket Camp 2017






The Wastlanders Camp with Atomic Café 






Reiki Camp with driftwood 






Platybus Camp at first I thought it was a Daft Punk rehearsal






Saga Camp 2017 an A-frrame with burlap



Tickled Mink camp with a Geometry Dome






A Van Brink / Lerner Geometry Dome with Flower Truck at Sunset 






The Hang-out Camp 2017






Hammock time






Cleu Camp in construction with Old Razorback Mountain






Beats Boutique Camp 






Heavy Equipment as art






PlayAlchemist Camp 2017 Pyramid in construction






PlayAlchemist Camp Pyramid inside construction






PlayAlchemist Camp Pyramid






The Outback Camp with Granite Range at Sunset 






Houphoria Camp 2017






Houphoria Camp at night






Destiny Lounge 3D Camp







Red Lightning Camp






Radiance 5V Dome designed by Light at Play led by Yona Appletree with 200 Light Guide Panels







Incendia 5V Dome the brainchild of Cory Glenn was the hottest place on Playa
at night with its fire-taming ceiling heaters







5V Dome in deconstruction






Celtic Chaos Camp at night






Rabid Transit by Duane Flatmo and crew
To get the full experience of the tremendous fire/light show that they put on check out its soundtrack






The Playground at night 2@D








PlayAlchimist Pyramid on Esplanade





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