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67 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Tex Allen and NFT’s for Burners
Super Suz spoke with Tex Allen back in 2019 and he’s back. This time, his new project is his TTITD website for NFT’s that features honoraria artists and helps them fund new projects and earn income for their existing art. “Patronage IS Participation!” is Tex's new mantra. A portion of the NFT purchases will go towards a donation to Burning Man Project as well. This is an independent website and group of artists who’ve stepped up and taken leadership in the new digital artspace. Four months of work comes together soon and those who are curious will get to see what becomes of burner NFT’s when TTITD launches in late June, 2021. Links associated to the podcast: The NFT website Photograph by Cat Foshee. Intro music from Alkaline Podcast, Episode 18 featuring Laser Rot [Shangri-Lawless]. Find it on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
78 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Personal Space At BRC
7-year burner, Matthew Shapard, aka Shap, is a San Diego based burner who has created several wearable performance art pieces to bring out to Black Rock City as well as his local Regional. His camp “Yes, And” hosts performance space and serves cheesy treats at San Diego’s regional YOUtopia. His recent project, Personal Space, is something that is very relevant for us today with our six feet or more perimeter space that each of us is trying to live with every day. We talk about what it was like for Shap to keep a personal space at Burning Man, which was Shap not giving consent for anyone to enter his circle of personal space throughout the whole time he wears the ring. What was that like? Shap also reminds us that we don’t have to “go big” to participate by bringing art to Burning Man and the regionals. Lastly, Shap advocates how we can help out San Diego Collaborative Arts which is their local Project 501(c)3. Photography by Scott Ketcham Intro music is by Mikey High Jinks [Movement of Jah People] on Alkaline Podcast, episode A006 Links Associated to this Podcast: San Diego Collaborative Arts: www.Sdcap.org Burning Man Calendar: https://marketplace.burningman.org/
76 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Eric Steven Rankin, the Keymaster
Meet the Keymaster. Have you ever wondered if aliens or dimensional beings ever visited Burning Man? I have. My guest, Eric Steven Rankin, first became interested in the possibility of other worlds and dimensions in the 1970’s. This led him to his work on Sonic Geometry, which is his theory and study of geometric symmetry found throughout our universe in physical space and sound. Eric is also a burner. We’ll hear several of his burner stories including his “close encounters” of the Playa kind. Did you know that some of his material is found in the graphic art of this year’s Burning Man poster? By the way, the Multiverse poster is a fundraising opportunity for Burning Man. Find it at the Burning Man website. Nicole Bloss, the artist of that poster, is a guest of my podcast. She talked about Eric in our recorded conversation and then she introduced me to him. Links associated to this podcast: Sonic Geometry website Keymaster’s local Southern California radio show, Awakening Code, recordings Burning Man’s Multiverse Poster (Buy one and support Burning Man) Burning Man Art Speaks video series Photography by Eric Steven Rankin Intro music by DJ Kafa [Movement of Jah People] on Alkaline Podcast, episode A049
56 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
What’s Justin Katz Up To Now?
Justin Katz aka Paradox has golden fingers that have touched many Bay Area burners and we don’t even know it. He gets things done and makes things happen. Sometimes he’s center stage and sometimes he’s behind the scenes. He’s the founder of PARADOX Media and The Edwardian Ball, member of longtime Bay Area bands Rosin Coven and Dr. Abacus, and works for Burning Man Project as an Executive Producer and co-lead of the San Francisco Community Events Team. Thinking about how we were asking for collaboration, connection and experiences, something recently sparked and led to him taking on a leadership role in Burning Man’s new online portal for virtual and global events, Kindling. What is it, how do we use it and what is it going to do for us in 2020 and beyond? Links associated to this podcast: https://kindling.burningman.org https://burningman.org https://paradox-media.com https://edwardianball.com Photography by Marco Sanchez Intro music by DJ Celeste of San Francisco
69 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Professor Pickle Talks About Camp Envy
Super Suz and Professor Pickle explore Camp Envy, the "largest theme camp NOT on playa”. As the burner community shifts to a socially-distanced online experience this year, we are all now in Camp Envy. Since 2009, CE has been a welcome online home to burners who aren't able to attend the annual gathering in Black Rock City. CE is populated by veteran burners and burner curious all looking for a way to connect and radically express themselves during the Burning Man webcast. Links associated to this podcast: Envy Website Camp Envy Sound Stage Information Page Camp Envy Facebook Group Camp Envy Slack Chat Camp Envy on Twitter Camp Envy Information Page Intro music by Paul Knox on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 057 Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
68 minutes | Jun 27, 2020
DJ Celeste Taps into Virtual Reality
DJ Celeste Lear, music producer and visual artist, first went to Burning Man in 1999. She has a deep love for art, music, community and rave culture. She brought her family to the playa, and a brought large-scale, metal sculpture for 9 years. She has performed there as a music producer & DJ. This last year, she has been exploring various disciplines in the high tech world of VR to continue to bring self expression as an artist and DJ to the digital playa and beyond. Links Associated with this podcast www.djcelestelear.com www.twitch.tv/djceleste https://www.facebook.com/djcelestelear Video footage of DJ Celeste building 3D stages in VR DJ Celeste at BURN2 Burnal Equinox, 2020 Photograph by Jeff Cable www.jeffcable.com
66 minutes | May 22, 2020
BRC is on Hold. Now What Do We Do?
It’s April, 2020 and we just found out that Burning Man Black Rock City, 2020 is cancelled. Now what do we do? I invited Molly Freedenberg, known as Molly Free on the Playa, to chat about what she thinks this can mean for burners. What does it mean for us burners- not only the burners who would have gone to BRC this year, but for burners all over the world? What can we do for our close-by community? It’s an International, Virtual Burn and it's a Burn in Place that can make an impact. Let’s see what we can make together! Links associated to this podcast: BURN2 (mentioned) Intro music by Masio of Mexico on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 068 Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
87 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Atticus Wolf from M0xy and Danny Beesley
Atticus Wolf, owner of M0xy in Oakland, invited Danny Beesley, founder of IDEA BUILDER Labs to talk shop. Danny helps learning institutions develop their creative spaces. Both have knowledge and experience over the years supporting artists and developing a maker space. M0xy just recently survived a fire! Both are well suited to suggest how we move forward. How do we help? How do we support the artist-community maker/creator space owners who need our help now during our economic turmoil brought about with the quarantine and Shelter-in-Place for the Bay Area and beyond? Links associated to this podcast: M0xy’s website Article about M0xy Fundraising for M0xy and M0xy some of M0xy’s fabrication IDEA BUILDERS Lab and FABLAB website Danny Beesley on another podcast Photographs by Atticus Wolf Intro music by Alkaline Podcast, Episode 65, Jason Esun of Wolfpack.
74 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Nicole Bloss, aka Alpha Pussy, has been designing for over 2 decades and burning since 2005. In 2016, Alpha was offered the commission to design the participant maps when the opportunity opened up and has designed all of them since DaVinci’s Workshop. She has helped many artists design for their projects as well. We hear her talk about her passion for design and creativity and how it plays an important part of our lives at Black Rock City and beyond. Links associated to this podcast: Alpha Pussy’s website Article about Alpha from 2017 Photography by Nicole Bloss Intro music by Dolbytall on Alkaline Podcast, Episode A058. Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
65 minutes | Jan 11, 2020
Burner Hacks with Melissa Kirk
Burner Hacks is a group on Facebook with over 23,000 members. Melissa Kirk, the group’s originator and one of the admins, has made it into a “Troll-Free Zone” with all questions valid (mostly) and radical inclusion practiced (with the exception of unnecessarily mean people). Find out how to make the best potty for your camp, the best swamp cooler and monkey hut. You can discuss ad-nauseum about the best way to stake down your tents. You’re doing it right at Burner Hacks, or you are at least trying! Note that if you are not a Facebook-type of person, you can find similar information on ePlaya Forum located on the Burning Man website. Links associated to this podcast: Facebook Burner Hacks Group Graphic Art by Melissa Kirk Photography by Michael Fox, aka BlueFox, at the Shoot Me in The Dust Photo Studio, BRCIntro music by J Key on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 024 Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
50 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Simon of the “e” Playa
Simon Gold, aka Simon of the Playa, has been attending Burning Man since 1996. Upholsterologist by day and ePlaya poster by night, Simon has been bantering with the best burners since 2007 on ePlaya, the online forum for burners to post about all things Burning Man related and a little beyond. Find plenty of open discussion there with a whole community of passionate posters. Simon talks about politics, social media and developing his voice there. At a time like this, your vote and your visual “voice” says a lot. Simon says, “Use it”! Links associated to this podcast ePlaya Graphic Art by Simon of the Playa Intro music by on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 013, Davie James. Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
118 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
The Mighty Zenith TV Show at Black Rock City
Meet sTeVe Knauf, of The Mighty Zenith. It’s not just a big TV. It’s a big TV set that drives around BRC and looks just like a 1974 Zenith TV console. The 13 by 10 by 10 foot art car is a roving performance stage. When it’s at Black Rock City, the producers encourage everyone to join in on what may be a talk show one night, a game show another night, and a live stage in the daytime. The producers have a motto that drives the show. It’s “You be the content”. Fantastic! Note that the end of the podcast is about 30 minutes talk about DIY plastics reuse on and off the playa. Links associated with this podcast Updates: The Mighty Zenith on Facebook Archived: The Big TV website Photographs by Julia Bowerbank and sTeaVe TV Intro Music by Black Velveteen of the Airpusher Collective on Alkaline Podcast Episode A061
69 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
The Fergusons Are Penniless in 2019
The Fergusons met on the playa and married in 2012. Ever since, they have been developing their love of making playa art together and with their beloved friends. The Fergusons are well known for their over-sized, penny-covered art sculptures and their earlier-years Heart of the City series of metal sculptures. This year, the Fergusons are going penniless and Mrs Ferguson will tell you what they are currently producing for BRC, 2019. It’s every bit as tactile as the pennies and the Fergusons still want you to go ahead and touch their art. Where else can you go touch their art? Find out from this podcast. Links associated with this podcast The Ferguson’s Website Mr and Mrs. Ferguson’s Art on Facebook More about Be or Not To Be The story of Penny The Goose Video by Mrs. Ferguson Burning Man Project video about their Las Fallas artist exchange, filmed by Mrs Ferguson Photography by David Hill Photography Artist Rendering by Mrs Ferguson Intro music by DJ Knotty Boy, episode 66 of Alkaline found on Burner Podcast. Listen to the whole set here.
57 minutes | Jul 19, 2019
The Folly at BRC, 2019
Imagine a Victorian, shanty village with a clock tower, shop fronts, bridges and a windmill cobbled together and made from salvaged wood the team has scavenged from all over the Bay Area. The Folly “seaside” village will come alive with BRC residents. Bring your buccaneer, pirate and steampunk outfit and frolic at the Folly enjoying entertainment on the stage and exploring its nooks and crannies. Or just come as you are at Black Rock City and frolic. Meet several members of the build team, including Designer and Build Lead, Dave Kean, recorded live at their build site at American Steel Studios in Oakland, California. Links associated with this podcast The Folly - website Fundraiser link Fundrazr: fundrazr.com/thefollybrc Donate the website when the fundraiser is over The Folly on Facebook and Instagram. Flux Foundation And I Built It With My Vagina Logo design by GoGaux.Design Art rendering by Chris Lander and Luiza Souza Photograph by Veronika Larchankava Team members in the podcast Dave Kean, Designer and Build Lead Veronika Larchankava, Project Manager Andrew Pederson, Finish Carpenter Steph Shipman, aka And I Built It With My Vagina, Finish Carpenter Paul Franke, aka Sparklepony Paul, Engineer
58 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Play Time with Playascape at Black Rock City, 2019
Playascape is an art project coming to Black Rock City, 2019 that will be an amphitheater, gathering place and place to play on the playa. It’s designed by Artist and Architect Alex Haw. Meet fellow collaborator, Col Sturge, from a recording of a live conversation on Shouting Fire burner radio. The conversation included design, inspiration and execution. They shared about proposed performance show plans and how burners can get involved both on and off playa. Links associated to this podcast: Playascape Recent article on Playascape Alex Haw. Designer Col Sturge, Collaborator and AKA DJ Sturge The Scumfrog was at the recent London fundraiser DJ and featured ShoutingFire.com Listen to the full sets from the DJ's Scumfrog set DJ Sturge set Art project renderings by designer, Alex Haw
62 minutes | Jun 28, 2019
Talking to God at Black Rock City
Talk to God Phone Booth Is an art installation that started at Black Rock City, in 2002. You may have seen the booth on the Esplanade. Is it fate and destiny that operates the telephone booth? Miles Eastman, who now oversees the project, thinks it's both. He’s taken the project to various places outside of BRC, shared it with different camps in BRC, and recently updated the look of the telephone booths. Miles also shares his heartwarming story about his mother who went to BRC once before her passing. Miles is donating her white picket fence to a camp so she’ll get to go back in her own special way. http://mileseastman.com https://www.facebook.com/talktogodphonebooth/ Photography by Super Suz and Miles Eastman Intro music by Eric de Guzman Alkaline Podcast, Episode 063. Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
46 minutes | May 31, 2019
Our Temple for 2019- The Temple of Direction
For many burners, going to the temple at BRC to honor their ancestors is one of the most important traditions of Burning Man. Meet several people, including the lead architect and designer, Geordie Van Der Bosch, who are a part of the temple build. With an elegant, open design, Geordie and his team will give us four entrances and lots of enclosed space. The temple will collaborate with at least four art / design groups to bring in lanterns, light and even seating to the temple. Hear Geordi and three members of his build crew, Michelle Leigh, 10-year-old Quinton, and Sorin Kim, who talk about how they are involved and how you can get involved too. Photography by Leori Gill Photography Art renderings by Georgie Van Der Bosch Links associated to this podcast: Fundraiser for Temple of Direction Website and where to donate from there Temple of Direction on Facebook Temple of Direction on Instagram Intro music by Black Velveteen of the Airpusher Collective Alkaline Podcast, episode number A056 Find it at Burner Podcast and Burner Podcast Soundcloud channel.
65 minutes | May 16, 2019
Gwen and Josh, Partners in Art
Gwen and Josh met at The Generator in Reno, NV and soon after identified as partners in art. They are two of three artists that were granted Honorariums in the state of Nevada for 2019. They sat down to talk to about their art inspiration, philosophy and even about art and money. Both artists are bringing their art out to Black Rock City this year. After listening to this podcast, when you see their art at BRC, now you’ll know about the artists and their inspiration. Links associated to this podcast: The Hairy Potter's website Gwen and Josh Artist Partners Facebook page Campaign Funding for Josh Vaile’s art installation at BRC, 2019 Quality of Life Facebook page Photography and art renderings by Josh Vaile Intro music by Britton of Reverbia on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 060. Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
71 minutes | Apr 21, 2019
The Inner Sun Project at Black Rock City, 2019
Nathan Altman lead the Temple Build in 2015. In 2016, he managed Black Rock City Dept of Public Works / DPW. In 2017, he was the lead for Man Build. In 2018, he ran for U.S. Senator of Illinois. In 2019, is bringing out The Inner Sun Project to Black Rock City and it’s one of the larger projects on the Playa this year. Nathan, aka Mary Poppins, wants your hand in the project. Literally. He hopes to have over 100k metal hands on the walls of this 100-foot art project and he tells you how to get involved in this podcast. Mary Poppins and his team are preparing to open-source all of their project management planning documents as templates for others to use with their art projects. At the end, hear how you can help share your feedback to on the BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement which is in a draft form and open for public feedback with a deadline of April 29, 2019. Links associated to this podcast Inner Sun Project on Facebook Inner Sun Project Nathan Altman’s website Photography by M. Fox Intro music by LiquorBox on Alkaline Podcast, Episode 062. Find the complete set on the Burner Podcast Soundcloud Channel.
64 minutes | Apr 6, 2019
David Normal Brings Cathenge to Black Rock City, 2019
David Normal started out going to Burning Man in 1994. Back then, he was attracted to Burning Man because of the participatory and alternative culture. He’s still around! This year, he is bringing Cathenge. Think of it like a Cat Temple with tall elegant, mystical cat statues he calls "Catoliths" that make up a temple of love energy. David talks about how you can participate. He also talks about the development of his art in his earlier years including involvement in the punk rock and performance-art scenes in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Links associated to this podcast http://cathenge.com http://davidnormal.net Cathenge on Facebook Photography and art renderings by David Normal Intro music by Black Velveteen of Airpusher Collective on Alkaline Podcast, episode 061.
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