Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to get

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.

Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to get

Postby ultraaman » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:29 pm

Project ideas are now being accepted for the 2012 theme: [redacted]*

http://playaevents.burningman.com/

*This theme sucks so hard it created a quantum singularity and pulled itself out of our dimension, ergo it does not exist and as far as I'm concerned there is no theme this year.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby tamarakay » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:32 pm

It certainly isn't sparking any creativity in me, except to say thank god we got all that fixed and don't have to worry about how freaking fertile we are anymore. :shock:

*edited to add the n't cause it totally changes the whole sentence without it lol*
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Sham » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:39 pm

I have always found themes to be a very loose thing to create for on the playa. Most are ignored for the most part and people do funky things that they like. I have an idea; make your own theme and do art that surrounds that. Who would really know?
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby AbundantChoice » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:40 pm

I just hope a number of artists work around the concept as something greater than just human fertility. Soil can be fertile, a phoenix's ashes are fertile, self-replicating machines are fertile in their own way,, etc. I think it'd be more interesting to see the "2.0" aspect of it inspire people to explore alternatives to human fertility, as opposed to "we're re-using this theme"
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:41 pm

I find it peculiar that the page is there already but yet you can't register your events....yet.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Savannah » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:52 pm

That's an indicator the info might be outdated (or a placeholder, or something).

Playa Events didn't open last year until June 16th.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby tamarakay » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:10 pm

I wondered if they accidently published pages on their preview site to the main site.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:32 pm

exactly!
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:35 pm

Potatoes. And specially for Dick, Free-Range Potatoes.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:44 pm

Show me a potatoe with only one eye and I will think it's head is in the dirt.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby veleda » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:05 am

Personally I think this is the worst theme I have seen. It was bad the first time, now its just lame.

I was really hoping this year with the conversation to a nonprofit they might do something radical like let us nominate and vote for a theme.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:03 am

DEMOCRACY IS A FUCKING JOKE!

now sit down, shut up and drink the goddamn theme.


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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:21 am

I'm reserving public comment until we actually get the official announcement and post. I've been told that will be very soon, but I've heard that enough times over the last few months that I know to take that with a big grain of salt.

@veleda - the event is still owned and managed by the LLC. It will be some time before the Burning Man Project gets the keys, so to speak. It would also be a mistake to assume that non-profit status somehow makes it any more or less of a crowd-sourced democracy.
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Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:45 pm

i don't know trilobyte, i knda like the old system....shit gets done, ya know?
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:51 pm

There's always the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival as an alternative.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:24 pm

veleda wrote:Personally I think this is the worst theme I have seen.

How many people have to complain about the theme before we know it's real?

And besides, Potatoes.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:50 pm

Dick's typing with one hand. Give him a break. :)
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Bob » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:02 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:There's always the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival as an alternative.


Try substituting "Burlingame" every time you hear "Burning Man". Using the Morgan Freeman Voice might help.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby Rice » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:23 pm

This looks official to me: http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burnin ... theme.html

Not exactly on the main page, but at least it is on the Burning Man website...
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Postby nolaflamingo » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:52 am

tink atside da bax..
fertility definition by Merriam-Webster
1 a: producing or bearing fruit in great quantities :productive
b: characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination : inventive <a fertile mind> cobsolete: plentiful

2. a (1): capable of sustaining abundant plant growth <fertile soil> (2): affording abundant possibilities for growth or development <damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungi — Consumer Reports> <a fertile area for research> b: capable of growing or developing <a fertile egg> c (1): capable of producing fruit (2)of an anther: containing pollen (3): developing spores or spore-bearing organs d: capable of breeding or reproducing

3. capable of being converted into fissionable material <fertile uranium 238>

Synonyms: cornucopian, fat, fecund, fructuous, fruitful, lush, luxuriant, productive, prolific, rich
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:34 am

And for poking at the theme approaches...
Maybe the Rob Petri Dish Camp, filled with ottomans and agar agar...
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby vargaso » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:40 pm

Well, it's on the main page now, I guess it's official. Larry's theme essay is pretty half-hearted, in my opinion, he usually knocks it out of the park and crystallizes the theme pretty well. He even mentioned that artwork doesn't have to be theme-related. This is nitpicking, I know, but on top of everything else, boy, it sure seems like he's ready to hit the eject button and our little party in the desert is in for more major changes. I'm sure it will all work out in the end, it always does, what happens is meant to be simply because it happened. At any rate, it feels like ramp-up time, let's go.
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Re: Theme: as official an announcement as we are going to ge

Postby OatmealMama » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:21 am

vargaso wrote:Well, it's on the main page now, I guess it's official. Larry's theme essay is pretty half-hearted, in my opinion, he usually knocks it out of the park and crystallizes the theme pretty well. He even mentioned that artwork doesn't have to be theme-related. This is nitpicking, I know, but on top of everything else, boy, it sure seems like he's ready to hit the eject button and our little party in the desert is in for more major changes. I'm sure it will all work out in the end, it always does, what happens is meant to be simply because it happened. At any rate, it feels like ramp-up time, let's go.


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