As we approach the moment when nights and days are of equal length, on the point of a season change, that moment, suspended, is a moment of balance achieved only twice a year.
In that brief pause when the flint is struck and flame ignites, just before the inspiration takes form - it is there that every creative spark has this potential and it is what we celebrate at Burnal Equinox. The balance in everything, the moment of change. All sorts of possibilities become apparent, all avenues laid out before, and in that suspended moment is the balance we celebrate.
We are one part of this balance, YOU are the other part. Come and walk into the creative space on the playa to share your interpretation of BALANCE. Use your creative energy, whether you bring music, or make it, build a thing of beauty or burn it! Achieve that balance with us! As with music there needs be dance, with community there need be people. We are here but we need YOU here, too. So what can you do?
Welcome people who wander in, great them with delight and a sense of good fun. If you enjoy meeting people, come and be a greeter. It's one of the easiest things to do and a great way to meet people and learn what BURN2 is all about. Light that spark with your friendly Burner greetings.
Bring music and performance, stir up the playa dust a bit! Bring the sounds to entice people to nod their heads, tap their foot, even to stand and dance! Music is said to soothe the savage beast, but it can also have inspiring beats. Show us how - bring your spark of music as a DJ or live performer.
So many possibilities, such potential, lies in a clean piece of playa. You have it within you, now let the dream take form through prim, sculpt and mesh, with texture and colour and motion - create what is not possible in the real world, to express your vision of BALANCE. Sign up and build and create works of art for the joy of it.
Consider becoming a part of the Artcar Preservation Association at BURN2 - create an Art Car to be used at Burnal Equinox and other BURN2 events. Build the art car to theme - come to classes, get a kit, and see what you can create! Contact Larree Quixote inworld via IM or notecard for details.
Even as participants, there are no bystanders at BURN2.
There are a few set events we have each year on the playa and we are coming up to the first for this year. The following is a little bit of poetry you may like to add some more stanzas to, as a way to show what things would interest you in the event. The best rhyming couplets of 9 syllables will be added on, and maybe read on stage at some point.
The Equinox is fast approaching and balanced eggs are good for poaching Artists old, and especially new Answer the call, come Home we want you Opposites make for level scales Let imaginations weave their tales A time for community once more Friends come together step to the fore...
For those wanting some further details of Equinox on the playa this year, here we go:
DATES: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of March
WINNING THEME: “Balance”
Equinox is the time when the day and night are of equal length, it is also the start of both Spring and Autumn. In the virtual world we can mix all things together, so we can have bats flying down to sip the nectar from the new spring flowers in the daytime, or autumn leaves transforming into butterflies at night. As always our only limitation is our imagination.
The really important bit: We want YOU.
Builders, experienced or new and barely able to place a block (we have people to help you learn to build).
Artists of all kinds photographers, painters, builders, poets, dancers, DJ's, musicians, designers, and ideasmen, show us what you have, and be part of it all.
This year we are trying hard to take all into account, welcome all time zones and all parts of the globe. With this in mind we like to remember that while Equinox is when day and night are in equal measure, it is also both Spring and Autumn/Fall at the same time with the Northern and Southern hemispheres. So what does Balance mean to you? Don't just give us your ideas (although at least that is good too), but join in and help make some of them happen. In the spirit of balance, experienced and inexperienced, long standing members and brand new additions to the community are welcome and encouraged to take a part.
If you have an idea, want to help, or offer yourself on the altar of.... hmm, don't think we are allowed to do that one, anyway, contact us. Send a note with any details of how you would like to be a part, or add to the poem to Huntress Catteneo, iSkye Silverweb, or any team member you know and feel comfortable with that can present for you.
If you missed the Burning of the Man during our BURN2 Caravansary event in October, you have two more opportunities to see it - this time in a low lag, music-filled setting with fellow Skin Burners - on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 12 PM SLT and 8 PM SLT.
No one is a bystander; everyone is included in the spectacle. You will be invited to dance, interact, and BE a part of the experience.
The playa will be closed to the public. Attendees will be asked to demonstrate compliance with the following lag reduction criteria during the pre-Burn check-in process:
Remove all HUDs, attached items, AOs. The built-in animation overriders in viewers like Firestorm are permitted.
Remove scripted objects and worn items such as mesh eyes or hair or clothing.
Reduce Avatar Render Weight to 1000 or less (or, in some viewers, Avatar Rendering Cost to 1). Wear a creative, colourful skin or system clothing.
The goal is to be as low-lag as possible for oneself and for others in attendance, by wearing only skins and perhaps system clothing. By doing this we can have the best possible experience of the Burn. Be radical and creative! Free skins will be available, contributed by many artists and fellow Burners.
After passing the check-in process, avatars will be invited into the BURN2 SKIN BURN group and teleported to the Burn site on the playa to join fellow Burners in the event.
The BURN2 Check-in area will be open and closed at the following times on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
For the 12:00 PM SLT Burn, open 9:00 AM SLT, close 11:30 AM SLT. For the 8:00 PM SLT Burn, open 5:00 PM SLT, close 7:30 PM SLT.
Watch this space on Saturday, November 8th to get the location of the BURN2 SKIN BURN check-in area.
What an amazing week of builds, performances, volunteering and community! Thank you to all the burners who came out to enjoy Octoburn, Caravansary, 2014. Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted to make things run smoothly. Now is the time to provide your feedback. Let us know what did and did not work this year.
CLICK HERE for the Participant Survey. Thanks for your time!
Caravansary, 2014 is open for viewing for the rest of the week. Please come out and see some of the builds that remain up.