On Saturday night in Black Rock City, The Man burns every year. On Sunday night in The Future, a pregnant Mother will burn right where he stood, to mourn the loss of her unborn child. Please help her at www.fireinbelly.com
Every pregnancy involves a woman’s greatest hopes and fears, and 20% of all first pregnancies in the US are lost pre-birth. It happened to me. No one knows why, and we have no rituals in our culture to process that grief. “Fire in the Belly” was born so we can all release this pain in a ritualistic catharsis for everyone that has ever lost a child, or hoped for one, or feared for one.
The installation will consist of an extremely pregnant woman flanked by pagodas containing a child’s nursery (hope) and a doctor’s waiting room (fear) – the same pagodas that adorned the SF Precom stage. It will all be Playatech on steroids - giant 3D plywood puzzles with no fasteners in sight. All surfaces will be whitewashed for purity and writing messages, and the pagodas will contain simple altars for offerings and solemn ceremonies.
On Sunday, we hope to move the entire installation to where The Man stood, though some fear it cannot be done. As you return to BRC from the Temple embers, fire will ignite from The Mother’s womb to consume the installation, releasing the sorrows and fears of all parents to the heavens.
Please participate in a big wood installation and burn that will bring tears and cheers to so many in our midst that need closure. Fire in the Belly is sure to be the hottest miscarriage in history, and we still need team members, lots of blacklights, and another thousand bucks to buy wood. So, if you've ever hoped or feared for a child, please participate somehow, and/or gift whatever you can - we've got a ton of art to build soon, so instead of fundraising we'd rather offer psychic tickets to catharsis at www.fireinbelly.com
. We promise to process participants’ hopes and fears about parenting more powerfully than any therapist ever dreamed.
Leaving no trace of her anguish as The Man did before her, The Mother will free us all to begin the magic of creating another child. Please help her…