Unconscious

Our 2005 theme explores psychology: self-expression, self-reflection and the unconscious power of dreams. Discuss.

Unconscious

Postby Guest » Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:25 pm

I'm thinking most people are going to go with this one.
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Postby Killbuck » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:05 pm

They damn well better!!

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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:45 am

And the simplest and purest way to go with it?

Leave everything till the last minute and then throw it together. That will bring out your unconscious concerns!
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Postby Rian Jackson » Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:40 am

no, just drink and drug yourself unconscious the entire week.
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Postby stuart » Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:54 am

brilliant. I finally have a positive way to interpret this years theme.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:57 am

Dang, if someone can get a copy of that old Peter Fonda/Bruce Dern movie "The Trip". . .

Dang, I'd be happy if someone just strung together all the drug/dream sequences from The Simpsons.
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Postby Ranger Genius » Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:28 pm

How about a marathon screening of Altered States?
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Postby safetythird » Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:24 pm

I said it before and I'll say it again.

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Postby PurpleKoosh » Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:24 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Dang, I'd be happy if someone just strung together all the drug/dream sequences from The Simpsons.

...with the acid trip from "Beavis and Butthead Do America" thrown in for good measure.
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Postby geekster » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:04 pm

I thought of a few mind-fuck things that could fall into this category, but all the ideas I came up with might dowse someone's burn. I have come to the conclusion that the things that we react to unconsciosly and powerfully are usually associated with danger or fear. A very softly played recording of a hurt child calling for help, for example, could be very powerful but get people upset and cause powerful emotions if someone has recently experianced a tragedy involving something like that so I am not sure I could do it. Same with the sound of squeeling wheels and a crash out of nowhere in the middle of the night.

In other words, everything I can think of that might cause a strong involuntary response might also trigger very stong unpleasant feelings from people that might have experianced such things in real life and I really don't want to cause pain to anyone. Possibly scare the shit out of them, yeah, but I don't want to trigger any PTSD in anyone.

Basically what I am looking for are limbic system responses without a lot of angst. Any ideas? I think the it thing I am going to do will be pleasing for people that get it but I would rather go even further.
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Olfactory

Postby Mister Jellyfish Mister » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:13 pm

Hey, Geekster. Don't they say that olfactory stimulation has the deepest and most direct contact with the subconscious/unconscious? What if we got some blower fans and a bunch of perfume samples and see how many people walk in looking for their mother or ex-girlfriend?

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Postby geekster » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:17 pm

Yeah, I thought of that ... that's why I want to fire up a shipload of bacon and coffee one morning on the playa. Camp coffee, you know, where you boil the wanter and dump the coffee right in. Coffee and bacon are pretty powerful.

I also thought of perfumes too but the ones that smell really good are also really expensive.

Looks like my it project is gonna cost me about $2K ... fuuuuck.
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Postby Mister Jellyfish Mister » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:49 pm

Yeah. Those are great smells in the morning. Do you think they would wake people up that are starting to get sleepy at midnight or so? As for cheap perfume, I only choose to remember the slutty girlfriends anyway :lol:
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Postby Mister Jellyfish Mister » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:55 pm

Olfactory costume idea inspired by the movie "Harold and Maude":

Plastic hose draped around my body attached to breathing mask which is offered to all those that inquire. "What distant memories does this odor represent for you?" Other end of hose discretely shoved up my ass.
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Postby unjonharley » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:50 pm

PurpleKoosh wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Dang, I'd be happy if someone just strung together all the drug/dream sequences from The Simpsons.

...with the acid trip from "Beavis and Butthead Do America" thrown in for good measure.


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Postby unjonharley » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:59 pm

Ranger Genius wrote:How about a marathon screening of Altered States?


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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:07 am

OF course, someone's gonna be doing something with those lab rats from Pinky and the Brain. But what?
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Postby Dusty Mcgee » Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:45 am

Cryptofish wrote"And the simplest and purest way to go with it?

Leave everything till the last minute and then throw it together. That will bring out your unconscious concerns!"

......what would make that different than all the other years?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:43 am

Absolutely nothing, to be sure.
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Pleasant Limbic Responses

Postby illusiongirl » Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:48 pm

geekster wrote:Basically what I am looking for are limbic system responses without a lot of angst. Any ideas? I think the it thing I am going to do will be pleasing for people that get it but I would rather go even further.


yeah, go for stuff babies dig: Heartbeats. Breathing. Laughing. Touch. Music. Etc. There's plenty of info out there on limbic development in infants & it's all quite pleasant. It's not snarky or hip, but it will prevent people from coming to your camp & going fetal...

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:54 pm

Jack Rabbit Speaks wrote:Larry Harvey Introduces 2005's Art Theme thusly:

"A number of possible art themes were considered this year, and many
contenders fell by the wayside. These include the perennial Swiss
theme that we keep canned and on the shelf for use in an emergency
(banking, chocolate, precision watches, obsessive tidiness, political
neutrality). Another theme considered and discarded was "The Good Old
Days", a retro concept that commemorated the founding of our city.
Recreation would consist of dragging folks around on tarps attached to
pickup trucks. But some of us -- who actually recall the good old
days-remembered that there wasn't any art at Burning Man in 1990.

Instead, our art theme in 2005 will be entitled "Psyche". For further
explanation, please go to:
http://www.burningman.com/themecamps_in ... theme.html

It's been a lot of fun conceptualizing this year's theme. We hope that
you'll enjoy it-- and find some way to participate. You now have a
head start!"


There, that clarifies things.
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Postby regynalonglank » Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:28 pm

i am SO excited that we're gonna be able to turn the freakin man. i so hope i can get through that maze to get up there, cuz that is gonna be rad!
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Postby bullD » Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:00 pm

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Postby Badger » Sun Feb 13, 2005 7:33 pm

Not sure if this fits into the Turning Man for theme based discussion but thought I'd bring this up...

Bill Viola is an artist who works primarily in video. His works are dwell very much on the psyche, unconscious and sub-conscious. His installations usually take up an entire room or two with many of them being projected on large screens. His last show The Passions was at the National Gallery in London and was pretty big hit. Folks looking for a theme specific project might consider heading over to his web site http://www.billviola.com/ or follow the Google rabbit hole by doing a search for 'Bill Viola' and checking out the various works he's come up with over the years. Pretty interesting stuff.
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Postby Badger » Sun Feb 13, 2005 7:34 pm

Of course this is a suggestion for inspirational purposes only.
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Re: Pleasant Limbic Responses

Postby geekster » Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:50 pm

illusiongirl wrote:
geekster wrote:Basically what I am looking for are limbic system responses without a lot of angst. Any ideas? I think the it thing I am going to do will be pleasing for people that get it but I would rather go even further.


yeah, go for stuff babies dig: Heartbeats. Breathing. Laughing. Touch. Music. Etc. There's plenty of info out there on limbic development in infants & it's all quite pleasant. It's not snarky or hip, but it will prevent people from coming to your camp & going fetal...

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So I guess my idea for 200 Watts of the background music from the shower scene from Psycho at 3:00 AM is out?
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Postby geekster » Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:54 pm

Actually, the more I think about that, the more I like the idea of some soundtrack material from some classic horror flick that has no dialog, aside from possibly some shreiking. Maybe something from The Birds ... or Jaws ... there were plenty of scenes where there was no actual dialog but you can tell by the background music and noises what was going on. Maybe toss one in from Deep Throat just to keep people off balance.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, anyone?
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