2007 Media Coverage

Week in review: Green power plays

on December 18, 2007in NYTimes.com

Speaking of experimental, the Burning Man festival also made some clean energy news this week, with the unveiling of a nonprofit the festival is supporting to bring no- or low-cost solar power to public institutions in disadvantaged or financially depressed communities in Nevada and beyond.

Can Burning Man Become a Model for Green Living?

on October 23, 2007by Matthew Taylorin PeacePower Magazine (via AlterNet)

Is Burning Man making serious efforts to green itself, or is it all a front, a form of greenwashing? How will the Burning Man experience affect burners, and will they bring it home into their lives?

Burning Man Flares Up Again In The Desert: An Unconventional Art Festival Begins Its Third Decade Of Defying Definition

on September 30, 2007by CBS News Sunday Morningin by Daniel Sieberg

Transcript of a segment by CBS’s Science Correspondent: If you can get past the crowds and the dust and even the occasional sandstorm, the experience can be, illuminating. But fire isn't the only draw at Burning Man. There is, of course, the art.

Visit to the planet art

on September 20, 2007by (automated English translation)
Rheinische Post Online (Duesseldorf
in Germany)

In the middle in the sand and wind of the desert the multicolored visitors...it seems, as if one is on another, on a fantastic planet. ..here everything is possible.

How green was Burning Man?

on September 17, 2007by Elsa Wenzelin CNET News.com

“How many real cities in which we live year-round leave such a slight footprint on any ecosystem?”

Making technology burn again

on September 7, 2007by Michael Parsonsin Times of London (UK)

“One aspect that always amazes me about the festival is the extraordinary intricacy of the things that people build there. The sheer hard work and craftsmanship on display is ...the antithesis of the beer, boobs and partay images you often see...

Amsterdam vlamt met Serpent Mother (Amsterdam flames with Serpent Mother)

on September 5, 2007by Spitsnet.nlin By Coromandel Brombacher

A year after leaving the playa, The Flaming Lotus Girls’ interactive fire art sculpture arrives at Amsterdam’s Robodock

The weirdness that is Burning Man

on September 5, 2007by Kirk Carawayin Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)

There is no way to capture an event like this in 750 words, or 7 million. ...If you could dream up the strangest things you could ever think of doing, multiply it by a thousand, and then put it into a blender, you might scratch the surface.

at Burning Man

on September 3, 2007by Jill Bauerlein The Union (Grass Valley, CA)

“...As playa dust whipped the flaps of the shade tent covering a geodesic dome, the couple said their vows. ...The families of the bride and groom traveled to the Burning Man event especially for the wedding from as far away as Michigan.”

Burning (Senior) Man: Hip oldsters marvel at Black Rock City

on September 3, 2007by Justin Bertonin San Francisco Chronicle

For Les Cole, a white-bearded 82-year-old from Colorado Springs, his trip to the desert came at the request of his daughter...‘When you see this, at this point in one's life, how can you be anything but inspired?’

Teaching green: Lessons from Burning Man 2007

on September 3, 2007by Judith Lewisin Grist.org

“The Playa cracks your mind wide open. The spectrum of reasonable behavior widens. You question old prejudices and drop useless restrictions. Your mind frees up to learn. So what better place to learn new tricks for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels?

Another Peaceful Burning Man Festival Ends In Nevada

on September 2, 2007in KRXI-TV/FoxReno.com

The crowd peaked at 48,011 at 4 p.m. Saturday, up 23 percent Jamie Thompson, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Mangement: It's been a very smooth-running event with cooperation from everybody concerned....We're pleased with how it went.

Burning Man ignited - again

on September 2, 2007by Sam Baumanin Nevada Appeal (Carson City)

Despite the hours-long whiteout that blanked this city late Friday afternoon, enthusiasm was high as first fireworks erupted from the Man, then the flames began licking up his legs. A mixed chorus of cheers and sighs climaxed as the man slowly disintegrated...”

Man's green focus raises concerns of corporate contracts

on September 2, 2007by Justin Bertonin San Francisco Chronicle

Several miles from Black Rock City... celebrants approaching Burning Man can see the wooden effigy glow bright green in the night. What they can't see from the distance is a sheet of panels 50 yards from the Man powering the ghostly glow.

On the Couch - Renee and Brettt Roncelli: Bonded at Burning Man

on September 2, 2007by Louise Rafkinin SF Chronicle

This weekend marks their sixth anniversary. They'll be back at the scene of their first meeting, this time with baby Trinity, 9 months old, as evidence of their continuing creative connection.

Burning Man art

on September 1, 2007by Kirk Carawayin Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)

Burning Man Leaves Its Mark on Tiny Gerlach, Nevada

on September 1, 2007by Eli Milchmanin Wired.com

While the annual influx of artists and RVs irritates some locals, ...everybody seems to get a kick out of the wild caravan of art projects that weaves its way down Highway 447... but aid to the town in the form of outsiders on their way to the burn is just the tip of the iceberg.

Fire Dancers, Steampunk Tree House and More

on September 1, 2007by Lane Harwellin Wired.com

Photo Galleries
additional galleries here

Flames, Art Cars and Discos

on September 1, 2007by Lane Harwellin Wired.Com (Photo Galleries)

Cancer survivors fuel hope at the Black Rock Desert

on August 31, 2007by Carla Roccapriorein Reno Gazette-Journal

Cancer survivors and their friends at the 22nd annual Burning Man festival banded together for an evening walk in the Black Rock Desert to celebrate life and to let cancer sufferers know not all is lost.

Doing the Big Rig Jig on the Playa

on August 31, 2007by Brian Dohertyin Wired.com

Two 18-wheeler oil rigs smash into each other at Burning Man to represent the precariousness and danger of the oil economy in a piece called Big Rig Jig. But it's a surreal truck crash.

Preparing the playa - Behind the scenes with those who construct Black Rock City and the Burning Man event

on August 31, 2007by Ryan Salmin Sierra (NV) Sun

Long before the Black Rock Desert becomes home to one of the nation’s largest art festivals, artists, carpenters and welders have been sweating the bone-dry desert heat, setting the stage for Burning Man.

The Man Rises Anew, Ready for His Next Date With the Inferno

on August 30, 2007by Eli Milchmanin Wired.com

Surrounded by a ring of jubilant burners and vigilant Black Rock Rangers, workers from the Black Rock City Department of Public Works fulfilled the promise to have the Man ready for Saturday's regularly scheduled burn.

“Burning Man” Structure Is Burned Early

on August 29, 2007in CBS News/AP

The early-morning fire scorched about 85 percent of the structure... Event engineers decided it would be best to dismantle it and rebuild a less elaborate version, accomplishing in two days what normally takes weeks.

Burners come from other continents

on August 29, 2007by Carla Roccapriorein Reno Gazette-Journal

Traveling from other continents to attend the Burning Man counterculture arts festival can be trickier for them than for those who live locally. ...‘We don't have any big events like this in France ...Burning Man is divine chaos.’

Burning Festival, when Wall Street meets the freak

on August 29, 2007by (automated English translation)
Il Sole 24 Ore (Milan
in Italy) by Serena Danna

Some material from the Aug. 27 Conde Naste Portfolio article (below) for an Italian audience, but with greater emphasis on California involvement punning the name of the Chippewa tripe to describe Silicon Valley’s Chipways

Burning Man Structure Is Burned Early

on August 29, 2007in CBS News/AP

The early-morning fire scorched about 85 percent of the structure... Event engineers decided it would be best to dismantle it and rebuild a less elaborate version, accomplishing in two days what normally takes weeks.

Crude Awakening Arises at Burning Man

on August 29, 2007by Brian Dohertyin Wired.com

The brains behind the tallest structure ever built at Burning Man plan to produce the tallest fire ever seen at the event as well -- a 1,000-foot column of flame. ...Its creators hope this massive flame will send a powerful message about the oil economy.

Rath Yatra of Lord Krishna at the world famous Burning Man festival in Nevada desert

on August 28, 2007in AsianTribune.com

Devotees of eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Hindu deity, will host Camp Krishna. Features include temporary, full-fledged temple with life-size deities, a wedding, and procession of the Rath Yatra chariot for Lord Jagannatha (imported from Vancouver) ...The Rath Yatra will be held on all seven days... ending on Janmashtmi (Krishna's birthday)

Burners think green, prepare for the playa

on August 27, 2007by Carla Roccapriorein Reno Gazette-Journal

In addition to solar panels powering the pavilion at the base of the man... Burners who are concerned about the impact they'll have on the environment...will have several options this year to ‘green their burn.’

Greening the Burn

on August 27, 2007by Jeremy Faludiin World Changing.org

Burning Man is well known as the best party on the planet. What's equally true but less well known is that it is the largest Leave No Trace event on the planet as well ...If you think the Burning Man organization is jumping on the green-is-hip bandwagon, you're wrong.

NASA Goddard Scientist Treks to the Burning Man Festival

on August 27, 2007in NASA.gov

Dr. Betsy Pugel participated in Burning Man as a science liaison. She works as a physicist and electrical engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (includes links to podcasts and transcripts of Burning Man Information Radio shows she hosted)

Rath Yatra to be held in middle of Nevada desert

on August 27, 2007in Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India)

Devotees of eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Hindu deity, will host Camp Krishna. Features include temporary, full-fledged temple with life-size deities, a wedding, and procession of the Rath Yatra chariot for Lord Jagannatha (imported from Vancouver) ...The Rath Yatra will be held on all seven days... ending on Janmashtmi (Krishna's birthday)

The Man Goes to Burning Man

on August 27, 2007by Conde Nast Portfolioin by Andrea Chalupa

‘The business folks who go (albeit anonymously, in the spirit of the event) say they get something out of this nonhierarchical, open-society environment ...exactly the opposite of the Wall Street and hedge fund worlds.

Reno exhibition highlights range of Burning Man outfits

on August 26, 2007by Sylvia Rubinin San Francisco Examiner

Photographer Geoffrey Nelson: “I wanted to isolate the outfits against a white background and do more of a classic study. I also wanted to capture their inner happiness, the sense of joy everyone seems to have up there..” (includes link to Exhibit Photos)

Burning Man Festival (photo gallery)

on August 23, 2007in Boston Globe by AFP/AP

The sun rises over "the Man" in Gerlach, Nevada, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, on opening day of the Burning Man Festival.

Bay Area Group Building Dancing Robot

on August 19, 2007by Richard Hartin KGO-TV (ABC-San Francisco)

Throughout the Bay Area artists are rushing to finish performance projects in time for the annual desert event. One of those groups is building a GPS ballet... This robot was born to dance.

Burning Man festival takes on greenish glow

on August 19, 2007by Andrew Stelzerin St. Petersburg Times

Although it's difficult to hear above the roar of flame throwers, 24-hour nightclubs, power generators and assorted portable discos rolling across the desert, the question inevitably comes up. Isn't that stuff they're burning toxic?” This year, Burning Man is trying to address that criticism.

Burning Man grows up

on July 20, 2007by Business 2.0 Magazine, by Chris Taylorin Senior Editor

America's biggest counterculture jamboree is... trying to leverage its brand and save the planet -- by (gasp!) inviting corporate participants.... Some executives were slow to understand exactly what kind of event they were dealing with.

Magic Airport

on July 16, 2007by Chad Slatteryin Airspacemag.com

“Watch the Burning Man revelers pull an airport out of the desert…then make it disappear.
An article on airspacemag.com about Burning Man's airport and the unique pilots who fly into it.

Hot-and-heavy sculpture gets artists warmed up: Enormous flame-breathing creations at Fire Arts Festival are prelude to Burning Man

on July 13, 2007by San Francisco Chroniclein Meredith May

More than 400 fire sculptors, dancers and musicians gathered for the seventh annual Fire Arts Festival in San Francisco. Many artists who showcased at the festival were also test-firing the sculptures they plan to bring to the annual Burning Man festival.

Burning to Play

on July 5, 2007by San Francisco Chroniclein By Lisa Hix

Interactive Arson, a Burning Man camp, are busy twiddling with their installation out on the back patio... This is Dance Dance Immolation, a pyromaniac spin on an arcade favorite: Play the dancing game, and when you screw up, you get shot with flames.

Burning Man: Fact & Fiction

on June 25, 2007by Scott G (the G-Man)in eNewsChannel.com

Every year, media coverage of Burning Man gets it wrong. Scott G presents many myth-busting details about the annual celebration held the week before Labor Day on the Playa of Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

Scorched Nuts: Trying to Recreate the Wonder of Burning Man

on June 15, 2007by Kevin Warwickin Cincinnati City Beat

“The regional Ohio ‘burn,’ known as Scorched Nuts, takes place this week in College Corner, Ohio, about 45 minutes north of Cincinnati.

Just for the neck of it: Project shows that a man's reach should exceed his giraffe.

on June 3, 2007by Gary Warthin Nctimes.com

A smoke alarm salesman, inspired by the art cars at Burning Man, builds a 17 ft. tall walking and glowing robotic giraffe.

Shipyard, City Struggle to Reach Compromise

on June 1, 2007by Richard Brennemanin Berkeleydailyplanet.com

Berkeley's shipyard closing affects artists including those currently working on Mecabolic, the trash-to-energy system “that
was to have been a central feature of this year's Burning Man festival in Nevada

The Greening of Burning Man (Podcast)

on May 20, 2007by Meaghan O’Neillin Treehugger.com Radio

“O’Neill talks with Burning Man’s Environmental Manager Tom Price about green tech on the playa, Burners Without Borders, and Black Rock City as a sustainable microcosm

Burning Man takes on Green Tech

on May 7, 2007by Daniel Terdimanin CNET News.com

“If you head to Burning Man this summer and see an 80-foot slug belching plumes of fire as it inches across the desert, don't worry: it's not an environmental disaster.

Yuri's Night: Burning Man meets NASA

on April 14, 2007by CNET News.comin by Daniel Terdiman

an all-night science fair cum dance party cum aviation festival... several of the very first exhibits, set amid the giant NASA hangars, were pieces that had been created originally for Burning Man.

Beach Blazes Make Comeback

on March 22, 2007by San Francisco Chroniclein Chuck Squatriglia

Burning Man artists create 12 fire pits to be installed on Ocean Beach, allowing tradition to resume.

Fire starter

on March 15, 2007by Reno News and Reviewin by Chad Sorg

Controlled Burn performs fire arts in Reno, and is working on The Shiva Vista Project, an art installation (that) will boast 20 towers breathing fire and be easily visible for many miles across the playa when it comes to Burning Man in 2008.

The mystery of La Contessa

on February 15, 2007in Reno News and Review

La Contessa was a Spanish galleon... built around a school bus, designed to trawl the Burning Man festival... where it became perhaps the most iconic and surreal art piece in the event's history