This Year's theme sucks.

Fertility 2.0 - Black Rock City is a kind of Petri dish. Theme camps cling in fertile clusters to its latticework of streets, artworks tumble out of it, like pollen on the air. These nodes of interaction mutate, grow and reproduce their kind. Burning Man communities have now escaped this capsule world: our culture in a Petri dish has effloresced - it spreads across five continents. This year's art theme contemplates the tendency of any being or living system to create abundant life.

Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Foxfur » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:41 pm

Seriously? Fertility 2.0?
Most of my yawns have the yawns and the others fell asleep an hour ago.
I guess I'm not an artist as I can think of nowhere to go with that and I'm usually a pretty abstract thinker.
Maybe 2 bottles of Robitussin would get the neurons firing.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Eric » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:43 pm

trilobyte wrote:Sorry Eric, didn't realize you were struggling for confirmation. Pani was there (her 2nd year) and remembered it well.


Ah, I'm just bored and latched on to this today. Once I decide I need proof of something I can spend an entire week researching it. It's the way my brain works.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Bob » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:03 pm

Come to think of it, some people thought the theme was "Back to the Beach" based on the summer newsletter thingie.

Mysteria was in late June. We suspended the Man from the roof trusses in the SOMARTS gallery, put a small gal with a gigantic hoop skirt in a fly rig, and somehow simulated a love act. Paul Addis had helped the carpenters build and assemble the Man that year, I remember yelling at the agro little fuck to get his bare feet out of the way when they slid the Man out of the truck.

MYSTERIA: The Secret Rites of Burning Man is presented at the Somar Cultural Center as an evening of interactive theater, multi-media arts and cultural hi-jinx. This year's benefit show will feature two principle cults: The Court of Cruel Mistress Gaia, where the potent powers in the court will include the Top Banana, Merischino Cherry, Hot Tomato, Salted Cashew and his crony the Beer Nut, among other fruits and vegetables. And a pageant: The Burning Man Mythos, the ultimate fertility dance between the Warrior Sperm and the Vestal Virgin Barbies.

Somar's gallery, theater and warehouse will be combined to house dozens of Bay Area artists who have created their own interactive rites of passage that reveal a visionary secret. Some of those will include: Secret Rites of Barbie, the Revirginator, Sacred Order of the Small Appliance, Temple of Idle Worship, Esoteric Order of the Yummy Yoni, Temple of the Sacred Lollies, Mystik Krewe Satyrs, Jonestown Reunion, Cult of the Erotic, Society of Super Heroes, the Aura of Laura and Burning Man himself — all 40 ft. illuminated in neon — will be flown from the rafters above the "mysteria of the absurd."


Just like your average church pageant.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby VultureChow » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:31 pm

Foxfur wrote:Seriously? Fertility 2.0?
Most of my yawns have the yawns and the others fell asleep an hour ago.
I guess I'm not an artist as I can think of nowhere to go with that and I'm usually a pretty abstract thinker.
Maybe 2 bottles of Robitussin would get the neurons firing.
Ffffft, ding.


I'm going to start making these:

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Then I gotta find a pattern for a giant crochet vagina.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:36 am

FUTILITY 2.0

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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Dr. Pyro » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:43 am

This is a shining example as to why I always ignore the stupid theme.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Foxfur » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:48 am

I just shriveled.

Vulturechow, how cool would it be to make tukes to look like them for burners to wear on a climbing wall with crochetcrotchzilla awaiting them at the top? Two tube slides back down would make for a good finale. Especially if the burners landed by slamming into each other thus representing cutthroat competition.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby ygmir » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:52 am

Foxfur wrote:I just shriveled.

Vulturechow, how cool would it be to make tukes to look like them for burners to wear on a climbing wall with crochetcrotchzilla awaiting them at the top? Two tube slides back down would make for a good finale. Especially if the burners landed by slamming into each other thus representing cutthroat competition.
I just woke up hence the fuzzy idea...



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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby wh..sh » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:53 am

Fertility does not stop with reproduction, it also means
"The property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth"

This is inline with earth's exploding population and last year's growth in Burning man attendance. I don't think it's a stupid theme at all :|
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:30 am

Well, you can just go away because the rest of us don't like it one little bit.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:36 am

Fertility 1.0 had its moments. Had the opportunity to gift a friend of mine a box of pubic hair.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Foxfur » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:13 am

Bob wrote:Fertility 1.0 had its moments. Had the opportunity to gift a friend of mine a box of pubic hair.

When woven into one of those smoky sage bundles it will cleanse the area of hippies.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby wh..sh » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:17 am

oneeyeddick wrote:Well, you can just go away because the rest of us don't like it one little bit.


Ouch! You wish I would go away... but I like staying and irritating the mob by telling them that they are being unreasonable angry.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:23 am

Big difference between being an angry Dick and being a Critical Dick.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby remi » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:29 am

I don't like it.. but I will allow it to be included in the event because of the 'radical inclusion' principle (does that only apply to people, or ideas as well?..)
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby wh..sh » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:32 am

wh..sh wrote:
oneeyeddick wrote:Well, you can just go away because the rest of us don't like it one little bit.


Ouch! You wish I would go away... but I like staying and irritating the mob by telling them that they are being unreasonably angrycritical and angry
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby NessaZee » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:12 am

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found a costume!
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby SouthernExposure » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:00 pm

ygmir wrote:
Foxfur wrote:LZ? Image


SSSSPPPPPPFFFTTTTTTttt. Now that's is FURtility! Yummy.

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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:18 pm

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Time to dust off the Furrebago.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Nipple » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:23 pm

NessaZee wrote:Image


found a costume!


There was a guy in that costume here in Portland at the big burnery Halloween party. For a while he was dancing right next to me and this nice lady. She remarked "That's really gross."

So I said, "It's just an egg."
"It's not an egg..."
"Look... in my mind, it's an egg costume, a nice sunny side up fried egg, and I'll hear no more discussion on the topic."
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:55 pm

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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby tamarakay » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Eric wrote:Ooh, look. It took all fucking day, but I have solid proof, and regardless of what the website says we have "Fertility" as the 1997 theme. I was wrong. Of all people I should know better than to trust Pravda. I can't believe the heavy footwork it took to get one printed piece of confirmation.

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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby tamarakay » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:03 pm

Bob wrote:Fertility 1.0 had its moments. Had the opportunity to gift a friend of mine a box of pubic hair.


Ok, well. I take it back then. How big was this box?
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby MisaBlue » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:16 pm

Nipple wrote:I'm just glad this year's theme doesn't have the word Change, Hope, or Occupy in it.

Those three words are officially DEAD TO ME.

(This isn't a political viewpoint. I've just heard those three words so much in a political fashion that they've lost any meaning to me.)


But you know that all that three dead words are kind of present in Fertility. Lot of people are in Hope for Fertility...when it is accomplished the woman is Occupied for 9 months...and it is definitely Change to the ones life.

Sorry Nipple, I had to...I am just messing with this :twisted:
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby MisaBlue » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:22 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:This is a shining example as to why I always ignore the stupid theme.


Too late Doc, they got her...

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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:22 pm

tamarakay wrote:
Bob wrote:Fertility 1.0 had its moments. Had the opportunity to gift a friend of mine a box of pubic hair.


Ok, well. I take it back then. How big was this box?


Box? Most of it was male pubes, actually.

One of our camp's interactive elements was a shaver, and a friend happened to be decorating a vagina on wheels, so I gave him a shoebox full of it.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby tamarakay » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:33 pm

Bob wrote:
tamarakay wrote:
Bob wrote:Fertility 1.0 had its moments. Had the opportunity to gift a friend of mine a box of pubic hair.


Ok, well. I take it back then. How big was this box?


Box? Most of it was male pubes, actually.

One of our camp's interactive elements was a shaver, and a friend happened to be decorating a vagina on wheels, so I gave him a shoebox full of it.


You know what? I'm usually not the squeamish type, but that just made me shudder. Weird.
But hilarious.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Playa Fairy » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:08 pm

I've been struggling to convince people on the FB page that Fertility was the '97 theme. '97 was my first burn and after 15 straight years of partying in the desert, I've probably lost some brain cells but not enough to be confused that the theme was "Mysteria". Having someone altering the Wikipedia page didn't help. While themes were unofficial back then, I do remember seeing fertility themed artwork, costumes, and gifts.

This is just my humble opinion.....while I don't doubt that the words "Fertility 2.0" came out of Larry's mouth at Artumnal, I don't think this will be the theme. At least not in the sense that it was in '97. If the folks in the office have chosen to repeat the theme, then they really have gone wonky.

Also, I agreed, Danger Ranger would not let it slip. Yes, he posted it in his Twitter feed, his Flickr picture and his FB page but I think it's cryptic for something else.

So before I rush out and start making egg and sperm gift necklaces, I'm going to wait for official word from the office. Again, just my humble opinion.
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby bubbavic » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:44 pm

*Sigh* cue the plethora of "artists" wanting to populate the playa with statues of pregnant women/men.

I have nothing against pregnant women. I think they're great and beautiful but I see people taking the obvious route with this one. *yawn*
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Re: This Year's theme sucks.

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:23 pm

In Soviet Russia, the theme chooses Larry.
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