This year, we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre, wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services.
Anyone may pose as 'merchant' here, and anyone may play a 'customer', but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this 'marketplace' will be one's interaction with a fellow being.
Our desert inn will also be a scene of luxury and cultivated ease. An apron of fine carpets will spread out beneath the shade of portals that surround a courtyard. Here, travel-wearied pilgrims may relax, inventing pastimes as they watch the whirling world go by.
Workers of great wonders will be welcome here; fakirs, dancers, sadhus, seers and potentates will throng through this performance space, like figures that adorn the fabric of a silk brocade. The sounds of finger cymbals, chimes, and music of acoustic instruments will fill the air.
By night, bathed in the lambent glow of lanterns gently swaying overhead, fire spinners will perform around the Burning Man. This year's Man will rise directly from the desert floor and tower many stories high. Its massive torso will evoke a tiered pagoda; its ornate head will be a lamp that welcomes people home.
Bystanders become participants; participants share in the burning, spinning cacophony on the virtual Playa.
Some of the artists and builders of Caravansary are sharing descriptions of their builds this year. We want to pass this information on to you to enrich your experience on the playa. Let them take youon their Silk Road to Caravansary 2014. Join us on the playa and see all of the over 140 builds this year.
Caro Fayray, UK, email@example.com
A place for weary travelers to rest and refresh. Eat, sample the wares, wash, sleep, talk. Wander to the top and dream awhile then return to your travels renewed
Arabic night club/ Music lounge
Modeled after todays Arabic night clubs where Dj's perform. A mix of Harem & hookah lounge atmosphere... up for some belly dancing anyone?
Cienega Soon, Southern California, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Petrichor The Smell of Rain. The fluid that the Greeks believed flowed through the veins of their gods to the earth. 2014 Burning Man was met with this amazing scent.
(Discord) Temba Resident, BC Canada
On the Edg of Chaos
An interactive display that shows a depiction from the some what normal to breaking into chaos. It also features a small photo gallery, a camp with a fire, and free gifts.
Contrasts between desert and water, physical and non physical, timeless and modernity.
Music and dance have, throughout the centuries, been two of the primal forces in creating community, sharing ideas, and responding and contributing to the world around us. The Roguery camp brings entertainment and wonder to the Playa with groundbreaking dance revues, live musical acts, and DJs from around the world, all set in a lush oasis to sooth the body and mind. Join us in celebration of the human spirit!
Fearchar ''Buck'' Enoch (fearchar.enoch) USA, west of the Mississippi
Decovansary rises above the hot playa with Persian rugs, searchlights, and a fully functioning porta-potty with hand-sanitizing station. The tower is loosely inspired by that of Gateway House, London, and the floor plan is loosely based on those of some real-life caravansaries. The central courtyard welcomes the traveler with alcoves to the sides containing original artwork and other treats. Some of the art is from my "Accidentals" series, where I make art out of accidental cellphone photos.
Peli Dieterle, The Netherlands
Gobi Lake Valley
A Mongolian yurt, an old gypsy van and a small teepee make up this camping site.
Ninah Puchkina and ubkat Ormega (Big City Orchestra), Bay Area (SF/Oakland CA-USA), email@example.com
An immersive audio-visual adaptation of the original composition written by Albert Ketèlbey (1920) created for BURN2 2014 "CARAVANSARY by Ninah Puchkina & ubkat Ormega (Big City Orchestra)
The camel drivers gradually approach the market. The cries of beggars for “baksheesh” are heard amid the bustle. The beautiful princess enters carried by her servants. She stays to watch the jugglers and snake charmer. The Caliph passes through the market and interrupts the entertainment. The beggars are heard again. The princess prepares to depart and the caravan resumes its journey. The themes of the princess and the camel drivers are heard faintly in the distance and the market-place becomes deserted.
Timothy McTaggart TX
Camp Dust Thou
Although I still name my build Camp Dust Thou (a tradition after my virgin burn at one of the dustiest Burning Man Festivals two years ago) I have basically attempted to build a sarai as I rember seeing them as a kid when we lived overseas. This is pretty much four walls with a gate such as would be out in the middle of nowhere in Afghanistan. It's pretty basic but probably in much better condition than a real sarai would be in.. I've kept my flamingos though, figuring they'd be appropriate for the whimsical bit of gaudiness that Afghans are known for. The DJ stuff, lights etc (I hope I can do a set or two) would be unlikey to occur though, and would have been rapidly pilfered.
Leondra Larsson, Florida, USA, Leondra.L@gmail.com
Camp Leo's Lair
"My Oasis" It's just a quiet and peaceful oasis in all the dust and cacophony of sounds and images. A place to sit a bit, wash, eat, and rest. Please come in and enjoy! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Gypsum/153/133/25
Telefunken Peliatropis, The New Jersey Shore, firstname.lastname@example.org
A whimsical wooden elephant and cart big enough to live in.
Tozh Taurog and Candace Kuhn, US and Canada, email@example.com
Loch Ness Camel
If you are starting out into the distant dunes, late at night, and wonder if you've seen one of them move, it may be that you have just witnessed the Loch Ness Camel. It is an elusive creature, steeped in mystery and intrigue. Some say it is a giant mythical beast, that wanders the deserts in search of its master, while carrying ancient goods of times gone by. Others insist it was a ruse by beings from beyond the stars in their ill-conceived attempt to disguise their scientific mission to gather samples of culture around the world.
Mazie Halpern, Santa Barbara, CA, MazieHalpern@gmail.com
Those that have come home today have no idea what this playa has seen. This has been my journey for 622 years, gathering messages along the way. I am here to share my experiences of hope for your family.
Myf McMahon, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Madame Myf's Hootchie Cootch Show
Recreating a popular sideshow from the heyday of the traveling carnivals. Come and sit a spell, enjoy a drink and watch the boys and girls performing (18 and over only please).
Veyot Resident, Minnesota
When we started building, I wanted a roof over my head, but Kimberly Silverblade preferred to see the stars at night. So, I made a gazebo and she surrounded it with a skyful of planets But then we did not have a good view of the Temple, so inch by inch, we moved the sky galaxy over. Would it fit on the 512 plot? Yes! And the globe represents the astrological and geometrical influences on our lives, and the bridge where we cross through it all.
Mrs. Mia Wallace, Canada
The Myth of Isis and Osiris
The myth concerns the death of Osiris, Isis search for him and the birth of Horus.
Daark Gothly, So Cal, USA, email@example.com
Arabian Horse of the Desert Bedouin
About 3500 years ago the hot-blooded Arabian Horse assumed the roll of king-maker in the east. His strength made possible the initial concepts of a Cooperative Universal Society.
Nitro Fireguard, France, firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing with Fire
“I saw dancing people in the moving shadows of a light bulb swinging in the wind. The bodies were almost still, but you could see them moving by getting closer. That was like playing with fire.” Nitro used to make dance performances and paint 'naive figures' on large plastic sheets. But that was in one of his First Lives. Now, he uses SL to travel through space and time. He cannot live without art of all forms RL and SL; he is a true creator and experiments with all techniques and forms of art for which he often (re)uses his RL artwork. Nitro is owner of an in-world gallery and his mesh art work is exhibited there permanently. For the Burning Man event he created 7 mesh animated sculpture groups placed inside a phantom maze. You can walk around and admire them as well as the photography on some walls and placed by his partner, co-owner/curator of another gallery. Oh and please don't forget to set your time to midnight and your graphics to ultra with Shadows on "Sun/Moon + Projectors. Enjoy. Nitro Fireguard
Fitheach Eun, Can Wobbit, NC, USA & Germany, email@example.com
North by Northwest Camp
Desert Market theme camp with stalls of gifts; flying carpets, genie lamps, decorative pots. Try the bellydancing.
Ray (Ray.Weyland), Minnesota
Valley of the Temple of Ra
Off in a corner of the Playa, in the land of Jade, walls of stone rise out of the sand. It is said that inside those rocks rests the Temple of Ra. But, to find it, you must first find the path through the maze of sheer cliffs. Yet, to those who succeed, a reward rests for the taking on his altar. Then, jump on a horse and ride out, Indian Jones style, back to the Playa.
Bunyolafun, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Little spaces to explore
DFM Radio Television International, online artist collective
DFM RTV INT Music, Radio & Performance Camp
A nice, relaxed hangout right in between all the action, Bar, DJ's, VJ's & Perfo's and Flying Carpet rides!
Silk Road Rest Stop
In the distance you see hundreds of colorful fractal banners floating on the wind, beckoning you to linger awhile on your Burner journey at the Silk Road Rest Stop. Listen in on the local stream at 2 p.m. every day to hear Ktahdn Vesuvino's epic Silk Road music collection, years in the building. Each day brings a new musical journey of an hour and a half. Take a banner home with you, for the memory.
Gloriana Maertens, West Coast, USA
See What the Bellydancer Does on Her Day Off
A shady oasis with artwork that explores the boundaries between worlds: the play of textures, light, and shadow, and how colors affect mood and emotion.
Molly Montale, USA
A Splinter in Time
A celebration of 1960's poster art.
SeanMcPherson Senior, Kentucky, United States
Playa Summer Camp
Come enjoy our divingboard and pool, relax under the monkeyhut, nap in the tent, or take a load off in our trailer or rocking chairs!
Xiija Resident, Buttermilk Paneceke, and Miss Suzanne Super Sweet (super.suz) from Oakland, California USA, email@example.com, also Xilja and Buttermilk Panecek
The Alien Siege Machine
The Alien Siege Machine is a real life art build Burning Man by artist Dan Fox and his crew of builders and fund raisers. Taking 18 tons of wood and building over 40 feet into the air on the playa is an amazing feat. We took his mock-up that he used for his fundraising campaign. We made that into The Alien Siege Machine using Blender. This build deserves exploring, both on the virtual playa and on the internet. You'll see it in the hearts of Caravansary burners and out into the internet's ethos as it burned gloriously at Burning Man. Be sure to find and read Dr. Murray's diary next to his R.V.. Watch him on his ufology channel and see what mysteries he has found. Super Suz hopes that more Burning Man artists who make up 3-D renditions of their real-life, playa builds will consider bringing the models to BURN2. Come present on our playa and let us play with your builds. We'll help you.
People, places and events echo through time and space. Coalescing into form, thought, memory and Art. Does our past impact our future or is the future creating our past? Wander through our sculpture garden gallery and let the artwork of SkyCat Ranger engage your mind. Walk through the temple borne of our memories, tribute to our pasts and futures. Join us every SL night (repeating every 4 hours) for the temple's show where we offer up our memories and dreams to the sky by way of dance, color and flame.
Miss Suzanne Super Sweet (super.suz), Oakland, California USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fortunes in The Dust
I was going to make a fortune telling machine when I decided to tell you ways to make your own real fortunes in your own lives. Find the techniques that have proven to bring more happiness to people. And there's no self-help package to send away for and buy. Just click on the pictures and learn.
World's Most Frustrating Simple Game
All games have a Goal, and something that prevents you from easily reaching that Goal. You must plan ahead to reach your Goals in Life, and you must plan ahead to reach the Goal in this Puzzle Game. Wrong moves in the past hurts your chances in the future. It's all about planning ahead, and envisioning how moves you make now affect what opportunities are available to you in the future. Technical Details: To make this game really satisfying, I knew it needed good data; so great effort went in to generating the levels for the game. I used a technique called "Evolutionary Computation" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_computing ) which is a sub-category of Artificial Intelligence that is literally based on Darwin's theory of Evolution; where the strongest survive, seeding the next generation with small random mutations. The "pressure" that Darwin talked about is provided by a heuristic function that grades each set of game data on things like; number of winning paths versus losing paths, length of shortest winning path, and minimum number of board pieces that must be moved to win.
Silkroute Homage in 2D
Shows the ancient trade route between Venice and Dunhuang (China), which was the exchange route of silk, herbs and spices, medical and architectural innovations and philosophical ideas. Venice shows the St. Marks Square. Turkey/Persia with there dancing Dervish founded by Mevlana Rumi who wrote poems in farsi, arabic and turkish. Gobi desert Dunhuang a oasis, important junction and trade center also famous for there Buddhist caves.
Center of Eternity
A visualization of a trinitarian creation of Light, Life & Love.
TheDove Rhode & UltraViolet Alter
Red Earth Oasis Burn2
They journeyed a while and knew the day was waning, and the suns heat was cooling as they saw the Oasis on the horizon. Making their way on the sands shifting before them, they arrived at the deep blue pool for a rest, long over due. The sound of the rich water soothing flow, brought the sunset of meditation for the clan. Settling down for the restful night..the fire was lit. The calming pool of the Oasis overcame the day's burdens! The circle of healing and comfort unfolded in the sunset of meditations. Aho
Miko Kuramoto, New York City, USA, email@example.com
Simple psy garden with glowing mushrooms, pumpkins and flora.