« Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. »
— Arthur C. Clarke
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert to build an ephemeral citycalled Black Rock City ! Many artists are invited to create wonderful installations, amazing sculptures, artitic performance or firework piece of Art ! Each time, the event creativity is really amazing- each year with a new theme !
Burning Man 2013 Poster Event
illustration by D.A. of Black Rock (aka Dominic Tinio)
« Who is John Frum ? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, « Bob. » His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going.
This story begins in Melanesia during World War II. Thousands of American GIs suddenly descended on this South Sea island chain, bearing with them unimaginable riches: magical foodstuffs that never spoiled, inconceivable power sources. Just as abruptly the troops departed, leaving only broken, rusted Jeeps, crumpled beer cans, and the memory of Spam. To the astonished eyes of the natives, this was a miraculous occurrence, and they yearned for the return of abundance. Accordingly, they built totemic sky-craft in an attempt to summon back these Visitors and their legendary leader, the man the Melanesians called John Frum. They had formed a Cargo Cult.
This Myth of Return is no less relevant today. To put this in a modern context, what if your electricity went dead and stayed that way — would you know how to make the current flow again? Can you fix your car if it breaks down, or build yourself a new one? Like the islanders, most of us are many steps removed from the Cargo that entirely shapes our lives. We don’t know how it’s made, where it’s made, or how it works; all we can do is look beyond the sky and pray for magic that will keep consumption flowing. » — Theme by Larry Harvey, text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum
Pavilion design by Lewis Zaumeyer, illustration by Andrew Johnstone
You can also see these impressive photographies in « ULTRASCOPE »
Or for french reader, this previous Post is an introduction to this awsome event « Brûler l’Homme pour le réinventer »