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From 2015-08-14

This year’s theme is about mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic show that takes the form of an old­fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three essential questions: within our media­saturated world, where products and people, consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the trickster, who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theaters of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labeled chumps and suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear, as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny and the fool.

With great glee and inspired excitement, we announce the upcoming BURN2: Carnival of Mirrors. The event will take place October 17-­25, 2015, culminating in the Burning of the Man on the 24th and the Temple Burn on the 25th. In this season of preparation, the annual plot sale opens, along with the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp Applications. This year we will gift MORE free plots in the Plot Lottery! And prices for the plot sale are LOWER!


All the information you need about the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp application forms are found in the links.  Read all the information on the form including the builder guidelines and Ten Principles before you submit your application.


You can purchase a plot for BURN2 at the kiosks on the playa. In the spirit of the theme, your receipt will be in the form of a wearable mask. Prices are as follows, and we are happy to note the prices are lower than last year:

  • L$2500 = 512sqm 117 LI
  • L$5000 = 1024sqm, 234 LI
  • L$10000 = 2048sqm, 468LI
  • L$20000 = 4096sqm, 936LI

Builder guidelines are also available – playa aesthetics mirroring the Black Rock Desert are in effect for this event.

Think about the mirrors, masks, mazes and mergers, let the word “Carnival” evoke inspiration in your creative mind, then come, participate, in this fiercely fun and fiery fiesta!