Global Activation Calls
GLOBAL ACTIVATION CALLS
Burning Man Project’s Global Activation Call Series highlights community projects and invites conversations to inspire activation.
Supporting Artists in Dynamic Times
How are artists showing up in unique ways to respond to both COVID-19 and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement? Joe Meschede, Civic Arts Coordinator, interviews Rbhu Engineering founders Ali Lahijanian and Selinda Martinez (CA), and founder of BUILDING 180, Meredith Winner (CA) in search of answers to that question.
Public Art From The Ground Up
Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of public art and wondered how it got there? Marie Partridge shares her insights into how developing the right physical and invisible infrastructure enables artists and community stakeholders to bring installations to public spaces. Maria is the executive director of Artech, founder of the Reno Playa Art Park, and a Black Rock City art project manager.
From Here to There: Bringing Art Around the World
We discuss the challenges and excitement of bringing art across international borders. Mexico-based artist Marianela Fuentes shares her experience touring ‘Ichiro’ across the USA. The founders of Foldhaus Collective artist group, Joerg Student and Jesse Silver, talk about bringing their installations to the UAE. This call contains a lot of practical information delivered with some great storytelling.
Responding to Needs, Responding to Change
Burners are often inspired by their experiences at BRC and Regional Events to take the ethos of Burning Man into the “default world”. We speak with Burners addressing local needs amidst the challenges of COVID-19.
Lorraine Tanner, Director of ‘AfrikaBurn’, presents the ‘The Dignity Project’, a collaboration between AfrikaBurn and the local public improvement district to provide crisis sanitation for street-based communities in Cape Town. Stephanie Vyborny and Michelle De France from Austin, Texas’ regional event Burning Flipside present on ‘The Burner Art Safari’, a socially-distanced, fully participatory, art-tour experience.
Lasting Community, Temporary Space
Burner Embassy Berlin founders, Katharina Hagg (a.k.a. MokKa) and Holger Weßels (a.k.a. Owl), discuss the formation and organization of the Burner Embassy Berlin community space in Germany. We look at how city development and urban design practices can integrate Burning Man’s 10 Principles to support resilient and transformative communities.
Running for Political Office
What if the government was a lot more like Burning Man? How do the 10 Principles inform participation in the democratic process? Does Black Rock City inspire people to become politicians? Self-described Burners, Alexis Hill (NV), Aura Vasquez (CA), and Sarah Lannarone (OR), share their experience running for political office.
Working with Civic Institutions
Have you ever felt your project could benefit from a civic partnership? This conversation focuses on strategies and advice for working with government systems, from local city offices to federal institutions. Aleta Lee (CA), Dominic Kiraly (DC), and Heather Deal (BC) share their expertise on how to navigate the bureaucratic processes to bring public projects to fruition.
Year One Report- Environmental Sustainability Roadmap
Burning Man staff and community members take a deep dive into Burning Man Project’s 2020 Sustainability Roadmap highlighting what we’ve accomplished in our first year. We focus on the three main goals: Handle Waste Ecologically, Be Regenerative, and Become Carbon Negative. The discussion examines what we set out to do, what has been done, and what is next.
Getting Dirty with Regenerative Networks
There are networks in our own backyards focused on the core elements of bringing our environment back into balance. In this call, we hear from regenerative leaders in the field on how to directly engage in positive environmental impact anywhere in the world.
Speakers: Josh Whiton, founder of MakeSoil, Ryan Rising, co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network (PAN), John D Liu (founder) and Asleigh Brown (camp coordinator) of Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC).
Prototyping a Sustainable Future: LAGI 2020 Design Challenge Results
Burning Man Project partnered with the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) to create the Fly Ranch design challenge-here’s your chance to learn what’s happened. ‘LAGI 2020’ called for installations based on living in-sync with nature, by focusing on the infrastructure areas of food, power, water, shelter, and waste. The founders of LAGI, advisors, jurors, and the ten most voted projects share their reflections and advice. Additional Project & Speaker Resources.
2021 Sustainability Report: Year Two Update
In this discussion with Burning Man staff and community members, we look at where we’ve come as a community and organization two years into our 10-year Environmental Sustainability Roadmap. This update is meant to be transparent, provide opportunities for feedback, inspire action, and offer a connection point for others doing similar work. We focus on our three goals: Handle Waste Ecologically, Be Regenerative, and Become Carbon Negative.
A Love Letter to Small Events
This panel explores the impacts and value of small-scale events. Together, we look at the function, design, and merits of “small and local” events, and how they can be hybridized with virtual experiences for greater reach and inclusion. Hosted by Benson Ho, this call features Allisu Gerlach (IL), Hampus Lindblad (DE), and Athena Demos (CA).
The Future of Co-Created Events?
As we look to the future of co-created events, we ask: what will the new normal look like? We discuss recent solutions and approaches communities are taking for COVID-era gatherings in the spirit of Burning Man’s 10 Principles.
Speakers: Argentina Regional Contact and founder of ‘No Al Deprecamp TV’ Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Roizman and Mariano Rodriguez Ribas (Argentina). VP of ‘Ignition NorthWest’ arts nonprofit and Seattle Regional Contact, Tara ‘Mockingbird’ Fischer (WA) and the former head of technology for Burning Man Project, Heather ‘CameraGirl’ Gallagher (CA).
Storytelling with Youth
Won’t someone think of the children? We look at engaging young people with interactive art and storytelling through two past Global Art Grant projects. We are joined by Molly Allis of The Storytelling Machine, and Owen Lowery of The Digital Sideshow. We explore how their work fosters creativity, connection, and imagination in young people, while examining how artists adjust to an ever-shifting economic and opportunity landscape to produce meaningful experiences.
Healing through Collaboration
Burning Man Global Arts Grantee, Heal Her Project, shares how creativity and collaboration can be used for healing at both individual, and community levels. Heal Her Project founders, Lena Chen, Suzan Lemont, and Zarahlena Frohwitter talk about what brought them to this work, and their rituals and ceremonies.
Heal Her Project is a participatory expressive arts initiative and global movement for the collective healing and prevention of sexual/gender-based violence. This project creates rituals for transformative storytelling, consciousness-raising, and empathetic listening. This call does not contain any descriptions of violence, but does acknowledge and discuss its impacts.
Trauma Resources // Social Media @healherproject