Thursday, August 30, 2007

burning it at both ends

okay, so I've been nutso busy lately, but it's been good despite that.

but it turns out that I'm not the only one that's been burning it at both ends - yes, so has the burning man operation.

i think the whole thing is so funny - what a great piece of conceptual art. people that think he did something wrong are missing the whole point of burning man. to me the question of what is the purpose of burning man if the man is burnt already is incredible.

i wonder what will happen in light of the charges given that it's supposed to be burned anyway and that the entire premise of the gathering is a non-monetary event celebrating creation and destruction.

bolsinga said it best when he said "now I don't have to go"

burning man has always been a weird subject for me - joe winston invited me out to help with filming his never happened third burning man documentary back in the late 90s. Watching how the organization's old guard exploded/imploded/grossed out during that time period made me pretty sure the point was not the point any more (if it ever was). Similarly the dispute over creative commons issues related to the burning man name and image as logo has been likewise pretty enlightening.

I've no personal experience, but from Joe's first film trip to burning man in 1995 John Law always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders. I only learned recently that's he's part of laughing squid.


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