CMU School of Drama

Friday, July 14, 2017

How Burning Man Helped the Arts Community Collaborate and Evolve I first attended Burning Man in the late ‘90s. In the early years of the festival, most projects were still being built during the event, so I was able to participate with a group of people building and burning art. Collaborative art was something I explored before, but discovering a whole culture and festival focused on it changed my art practice entirely. The process of making artwork together was beyond something I alone could envision. It took the group to complete the process. I was hooked.

1 comment:

Sophie Nakai said...

I think collaborative art is really important. In Palo Alto, there are these sculptures made of reeds that are in front of the main library. About once a month, volunteers can go and help replenish the reeds and make sure the grass growing on them has not damaged the structure. Burning Man is obviously a much larger scale version of this, but I like the idea of incorporating everyone to make a large piece, even if they may not be the most skilled. I've never heard of Flaming Lotus Girls, but I think that the idea is very cool and that it's mission of art creating community is very important. I personally think that the world is very boring without art and that art is necessary to create a well rounded person. So the organization working with that mission is something I think is necessary and timeless.