what i'm suggesting, though, is that aside from enjoying other peoples art, i'd like to find ways to encourage everyone to follow their own vision. like you did with the wife carrying contest. like the skynyrd boys did with the brcc. or david best and the temple. or like the "free mayonaise" sign off the esplanade. it doesn't have to be huge, but it should be something that came out of your own head, rather than piggybacking on someone elses trip.
Trey, I'm really glad you said this. I may in fact print it out.
This might be "drift" from the official topic, and this is totally personal: I'm not making any statement about BM, the event, or any of the people or anything else. Mainly I'm pontificating for my own personal benefit, so anyone not interested inlistening to my whine, please, skip this an continue on the the next post.
I've been struggling a long time with this, even before I ever went to BM or even heard of it. I really feel like I don't "fit in" with the "core values" or whatever because I sincerely feel that I have nothing original to add that "came out of my own head." Even the event I helped organize this year, although it went, IMO, very well and was the best time I had the entire week, was a spin-off and continuation of an event from last year.
I feel really frustrated in regard to BM and in my own life right now that I feel like I have nothing that comes from my own head. Part of it, i know, is amplified just becuase of where I am in my life right now, but part of it never goes away. And you can't just force an idea to come out of your head--not only it it most always fruitless, sometimes it even comes out worse.
A friend of mine mentioned that maybe I'm trying to think too "big<" as in a big awe-inspiring project or theme camp or whatnot--I'm really not. If "free mayonaise" came to be, rest assured I'd hit the ground running. I really feel like I have nothing of my own to share with any community and say, "here, i did this for you" or "I made this becuase it's beautiful" or whatever. But it is sometimes even more frustrating to be around so many creative people, big and small ideas and projects. This is why I sometimes feel I don't "qualify" to be a burner. So I guess to tie it all in, I'd say that creating and sharing something out of your own head is, I think, a core value.
Sorry about the post length; it probably didn't even end up making any sense but I just felt like blabbering.