History and Nowadays
The Burning Man festival dates way back to 1986 when its co-founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James burned a 9-foot wooden man on the San Francisco beach on the summer solstice. Ever since the festival transformed and even formulated 10 guidelines, which state that everyone can join the community and inspire themselves as well as the others. One of the most important principles of the festival and its events is the absence of commercial profit: no advertisement, no sponsors, no imposing. Instead, the festival shifts focus to art and creativity, sharing impressions and experiences.
In May 2018, Ukraine hosted an official event as a part of the festival — Precompression Pre-Party, which took place at the VDNG Expocenter of Ukraine and gathered more than 500 people. This year’s festival topic is Artificial Intelligence, which logically corresponds to the 2018 Burning Man’s theme — “I, Robot”.
Burning Man 2018 Highlights
Galaxia temple by Arthur Mamou-Mani, which was burned at the end of the festival, was another notable art piece. Shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky, it was inspired by the superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. The heart of Galaxia was a giant 3D printed mandala. The temple served as a mourning place, and Burning Man’s founder Larry Harvey was commemorated there as well.
One of the most Instagrammable installations at this year's event, Baba Yaga’s House seems to have emerged from the traditional Slavic fairytales and sprinkled with steampunk elements. The project by Jessi Sprocket Janusee and Baba Yaga's Book Club allowed the boldest and the brightest to ascend the stairs and meet the old witch that, according to the fairytale, lived in the house.
Ukrainian Art Installations
Burning Man 2018 hosted Ukrainian camp as well — the country’s burners were represented by two projects, Time To Say Goodbye and Ai.tlants, referring to the present and future accordingly.
We hope to see more Ukrainian projects on the next year’s Burning Man.
Photo sources: dezeen.com, aitlants.worlak.com, oleksiysai.com, @midhubid, @trevorburnzy, cover photo by @annastrupinskaya. All images belong to their right authors.