Welcome to the Alchemy 2016 Art Blogs! New articles will be rolling out highlighting the art funded by the community and counting down the days until the burn at The Little Big Jam on October 13 - 17.
- Burning Picket Fences
- Hammock City
- The Music Post
- Smoke Bath Experience
- Self Care Kittens
- The Altar of Lactose
- Mausoleum of Sophia
- Sky Writings
- The Steffigy
- Camp Twig & Berries
- Survey Flags
- Livin' La Pita Loca
- Torch & Blade
- The Lesser Key of Solomon
- Decay-dence: Composting with Worms
- Yum Yum's Delivery Service
- Letters from Home
- Destination Station
- Disco Fish Jr & The Narwhal
Ooo Ooo Ooo Ooo
Stayin’ alive. Stayin’ alive.
Swimming through the burn, bringing the party along for the ride, here come Been Stewart’s funded project Disco Fish Jr pulled by Cross Pollination project The Narwhal.
Having been thwarted by the MudBeast of Alchemy, The Narwhal will be making its long awaited appearance at this year’s burn. Its seen some other regional burns, but its ready to come home to the folks that funded its birth. This Art Car is actually a modified scooter modeled after that majestic sea creature that shares its name. It pulls a cart with an inflatable sculpture called Disco Fish Jr made to look like a deep sea angler fish. A bubble machine, disco ball, smoke machine, lasers, and a 120W PA System are packed into this oceanic party on wheels. Want to see it in action? Check out this video!
When its docked at camp Broken Drum, the Disco Fish will be powering Poi Painter, a project funded last Alchemy and created by artist Brad Short. While Brad won’t be able to attend Alchemy, Been wants to be sure to thank him and Melissa Hebin for their hard work and skills that got The Narwhal and Disco Fish Jr completed. The Theme Camp Organizers of Broken Drum, Serendipity and Kaptain Lawless, were also integral in getting the projects to the burn by volunteering a trailer for transport.
The spontaneous spirit of the burn goings on are part of what feeds Been’s love of the events. Earlier this year at regional event PreHeat, there was a brief impromptu disco dance party turned parade following The Narwhal. He’s hoping to spark more such happenings at Alchemy.
For Been, the artists at his camp, and many others burners, the ability to have your creative vision supported and funded by a community who is just as excited about it as the artist is makes for a priceless and precious experience. If you’ve got a sketch on a napkin, then you can get it funded and see your inspiration become reality. Even better, then you get share all that with such an amazing community!
What is all this Funded Art versus Cross Pollination grant stuff? Well, Funded Art are original projects or they may be previously built but need a huge overhaul. Cross Pollination grants are for already established art projects that just need a little maintenance or travel expenses covered. Cross Poll isn’t only for projects funded previously through Alchemy. Any already existing projects qualifies.
So if you’ve ever had a spark of an idea, jot it down! There’s a whole community ready to support you! This Alchemy, check out the funded projects. They will be marked throughout the event with special signs. Maps with projects marked will be located at Connexus. You can also get an upclose look at them with other artsy minded burners during the Art Strolls on Friday and Saturday. Check the Pocket Guide once its released for more information or go by Connexus once you’re onsite for details.
Gates open in one week! See you at Home!
Step right up and prepare yourself for adventure!
Ever just feel a little lost? Maybe there’s too many things going on and the choice is overwhelming, maybe you just aren’t sure how to find the awesome happenings, maybe you’re a newbie and don’t have anyone to show you the ropes, or maybe, just maybe, you just have a sense of humor and adventure. Well, the Destination Station by artist Christa Wood is for you!
Built to look like a bus stop and adorned with the words ‘Take Me With You,’ this project will be hanging out in the Art Garden. The idea is that a burner can sit at the Station and another burner will pick them up for a little exploration from a different perspective. Art cars are encouraged to use this as a drop off or pickup point.
Inspired by the Buddy Benches that have popped up in schools, Christa really wanted to created a place that wayward burners could come to make new friends and find different ways to participate in this big crazy event called Alchemy. Its her way of giving back to the community that has provided her a creative outlet and workshop. Christa would like to give a shout out to Skyler and Michelle for their support. You may recognize them from their own funded project, The Altar of Lactose.
In just a few days, volunteers will be pouring into Little Big Jam to kick off Build Weekend. They’ll be working hard to get the burn ready for everyone by the time gates open on Thursday at 10:00am.
A few reminders and important info:
Due to the new parking situation, participants will not be allowed to return to their vehicle during the event. Emergency permission can be granted, but everyone should be sure they have everything they need before parking. If you are concerned about charging your phone, there will be camps providing some access to charging stations like Camp Ra.
No gray water dumping will be allowed. Due to the number of people on a small piece of land and at the request of the property owners, everyone is expected to treat their wastewater as MOOP and pack it out with them.
Perimeter will be handled differently this year. Burners will be seated in rows for the Effigy burn. Please bring a camp chair for your comfort. There will be no standing near the perimeter.
See everyone next week! Happy Burn!
What will your burn self have to say to your future you?
There you could be, living your default life months after the
burn. One day you go check your mail and BAM there’s a Letter From Home courtesy of artist Brian. Funded and designed by the community, there will be thousands of postcards available in 6 variations. Folks can come by camp Ra! to fill one out. Brian will collect them and within 8 months after the burn, they will be mailed out.
Giving back and building community has always been dear to Brian’s heart. Did you love that Temple last Alchemy? Brian and the Camp Ra crew put that beauty together. Build weekends and tear down are his favorite times because that’s when you can really get to know folks without all the extra bustle.
When asked what advice this veteran burner has for virgins, he recommended reading those 10 principles and taking them to heart. Leave No Trace is a great one to start on first because its not so hard to leave a place better than you found it. Also, make sure you sit down in the porta potties. No one wants to have to use the toilet in your mess.
He encourages first timers to enjoy their experience and explore. Don’t feel the need to overcommit yourself. Instead find a team that makes you feel passionate about volunteering and dedicate time for them. Not sure where to start? Honestly, you can start anywhere! LNT’s MOOP fairies and the Greeters station are great starting points because they’re pretty intuitive and you get to meet so many people! Rangers and Tranquility Base offer training and always pair you up with an experienced volunteer. Want to check out the opportunities but aren’t sure where to start? Onsite, the Connexus tent is your information point for goings on and sign-up for shifts.
While you’re at Camp Ra, check out their Cross Pollination projects, Tintinnabulum (formerly the Chimes of Silent Hill) and the Chandelier. What is that and how is it different from the regularly funded art? The Cross Poll grants are for projects that already exist, but they need a little maintenance or travel expenses. Some projects have been Funded Art before, some were independently funded or came from other burns.
We’re not all filthy hippies!
Veterans of our Georgia burns might be missing those lovely showers we had onsite at Cherokee Farms. Never fear, Isaac Logsdon is here with his funded art project Infinishower.
This ingenious idea is a closed system shower that includes its own 6-stage mechanical and chemical filtration. How clean is it? So clean that sciencey tests proved it safer than the drinking water available in some areas. There will be charts illustrating the test data. Three shower heads will be going at all times throughout the burn. To further reduce the potential waste water, there is a drying platform available where dripped water will evaporate. You’ll find the Infinishower located at Camp Business Casual.
There are a few basic rules that will help this project operate and keep everyone happy.
1. To use the shower, all you need to do is bring a gallon of water to contribute to the reservoir. This gallon accounts for any water that will be lost due to evaporation and being carried out on your wet bodies/hair when you’re done.
2. Only organic soap/shampoos in the shower please. That means Broner’s, Honest Company, Paya Organics, etc. The natural chemicals in organic soaps are much easier for the filter to grab and trap which means it will run for longer before it needs cleaning and maintenance.
3. NO PEEING IN THE SHOWER. Yeah, we all do it once in awhile, it’s easy and convenient to take a quick leak while showering. No matter how much filtering is being done, you’re still essentially peeing on your own heads. Please save it for the porta-potties.
4. No Puking in the shower. This will lead to a shutdown of the shower and require a thorough cleaning of the filtration system before it could reopen. Isaac has better things to do during his burn.
5. No more than 6 people (2 per head) on the shower platform at once. If there are several heavier people on it at once then probably only 3-person max at that time. No one wants to collapse the entire structure on everyone. It would be painful.
6. No Sex in the shower. The concern is for the stability of the shower itself. Let’s not rock it around and cause the system to break or collapse. Visit the shower to get yourself clean beforehand or to wash the nasty off after.
Remember that this burn has a zero gray water policy! All wastewater is considered MOOP. You must be able to collect it and take it with you when you leave the property. This is for practical reasons considering the sheer number of people on a small piece of land and by request of the property owners.
Hate the new gray water policy? Miss a place with showers? Good! Then step up! We’re still looking for good land options for next year’s burns. Find options, help with the committee, and/or jump into leadership! Without more effort from more volunteers, our burns cannot happen!!!
Prepare thine tastebuds
The Yum Yum is coming back!
After a triumphant inaugural debut at Euphoria 2016, Yum Yum’s Delivery Service is ready to make your Alchemy delicious. Yum Yum or some awesome volunteers will be pulling the delivery cart around the burn. On this cart you will find a mouth watering selection of food. Some of it is prepared by Yum Yum and his crew, like his patent red pasta sauce named just after its creator: Yum Yum Sauce. Some morsels are donated by camps and burners who had a little too much extra. Stored in containers for the journey, these tidbits are awaiting some hungry patron.
By creating a way for extra and gifted food to be distributed through the burn, this project is reducing our waste and connecting burns through one of the best ways: their stomach. With support from the community, Yum Yum is aiming to provide for 50 to 80% of the burn! Some camps are already signed on to help like Camp Scheherazade, Camp Polite as Fuck, Queers Next Door, and ABC. Other funded art projects are also getting involved, like Tentacle Brothers Ramen Cart.
Do you or your camp want to get involved? Contact Yum Yum through Facebook by joining the Delivery Service group.
Even bigger than before, this Alchemy the Delivery Service will be including an additional cart just to serve the volunteers. While they work hard to help make the burn happen, they’ll have access to the wonderful edibles. That’s how much the volunteers are appreciated! Have you grabbed your shift yet? You can sign up now on the Volunteer Signup Page or onsite at the Connexus tent.
What makes these artists bring their projects back burn after burn? Connecting their creative drive to the community. Yum Yum had some stand out moments while running the Delivery Service at Euphoria. Someone from Munchkinland put apple juice in the cart and it made another burner’s day. Some Girl Scout cookies donated to the pile brought smiles to many faces throughout the burn. Every single camp and volunteer gets a huge thank you from Yum Yum and everyone else you provided for.
The worms crawl in
And the worms crawl out
They eat the MOOP
And poop dirt out
Get familiar with those slimy wonders called worms with Bettie Bullet’s Decay-dence: Composting with Worms. Bettie will have several marked buckets stationed throughout at the burn specifically to collect compostables. These collections will be used to feed worm beds and add to composting bins.
More than just fish bait, the squirmy little things are the very epitome of Leave No Trace. Around midday, come to camp Team Bad Idea to get some hands on time with the worm bin and learn more about the process from Bettie. This science fair-like project will be hosted at Team Bad Idea. Participants might be able to take home some worm castings! (psst… that means poop, but its cool. Its great for the garden!) Gloves and hand washing will be available.
She braved the Mud Beast of Alchemy 2015 through sickness, but it was Euphoria 2016 where she really found her connection to the burns. Starting out with just a couple of buckets, she connected with folks all over the event, helped keep the MOOP at bay, reduced the overall garbage produced by you filthy burners, and collected plenty of organic leavings to take back to the worms at home. Now with community support, she’s expanding. Her home base camp, TBI, has given her and the project a home. She sends special thanks to camp mate Jim for planting the seeds of making this an art project in her head and her partner Draven for not flinching at her dirty hobby.
Been kicking around your own potential art project? Got a bit of a spark you might want to submit to the Art Fundraiser? There’s several teams of folks waiting to help you make that happen at future burns! Start jotting down those notes now so you’re ready to roll come the next event.
In the meantime, come out on Friday and Saturday of Alchemy to the Art Stroll. Its a great time to see all the funded projects and mingle with some artsy minded burners! Keep an eye out for the Pocket Guide or visit Connexus once you get onsite for info about the Strolls and all the other amazing happening.
From the haze in the corner of your eye, eldritch evil creeps through the bone laden confusion. Only the brave, only the clever, only the burners can solve the mysteries before it’s too late.
Alchemy can participate in a live action game of puzzles and intrigue with Tessa Claire’s funded art project The Lesser Key of Solomon. Inspired by a horror themed text based role playing game, participants will be given quests and clues by various Non-Player Characters and checkpoints. Players will have a list of pre-written options similar to a Choose Your Adventure book. Those that brave the perils and complete their quest will be gifted etched bone swag.
Theme camps to host checkpoints and volunteers to play the part of NPCs are needed. Camps will be provided with thematic elements like piles of bones and not need to get in character. Special arm bands will mark the NPC Heralds who hold the starting points and help menus. Tessa will provide all the info you’ll need to bring this project to life. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A love of horror games like the old Silent Hill and a desire to be fully immersed in a fantastic world combined to ignite this project for Tessa. The actual story line is derived from The Ars Goetia is the first volume in a larger Grimoire, called The Lesser Key of Solomon, which catalogs the demons evoked and enslaved by King Solomon.
As vital as our inspirations are, almost no project would get off the ground without support for the artist and their vision. Helping to build this fantastic world and guide Tessa have been Quinn, Meganity, Ian, Pay Grade, and Evelyn. Huge shout out to them and every other burner who has given our community artists the guidance needed to bring such a variety of amazing pieces and productions to the burns.
Get a look at each of the funded art projects with Art Strolls on Friday and Saturday of Alchemy! Be sure to check in at Connexus when you get onsite for the times and locations for these and all the other events happening. The Pocket Guide will be rolling out soon too!
Prepare yourself for Decadence.
Begin your journey with a cleanse and a little cake.
A burn is a place to embrace immediacy, radically express yourself, and explore the myriad of opportunities to participate. Releasing those nagging little things holding you back is part of the journey. Funded artist Joey Foss is bringing a new way to do that with his project Torch & Blade.
This ritualistic cleanse starts with sacrificing that which hinders you by giving it to the guillotine called The Decimator. A very real and working model, the device is made to slice through your shyness, fear, anger, or any other symbol. These symbols can be rendered onto something material or be entirely made of your intentions. No matter how you manifest for The Decimator, safety mechanisms will be sure your fingers don’t go along with them.
After cleaving through to the next step, burners will be treated to the ancient practice of an oil bath. Inspired by Greek traditions, the oil will be applied and then scraped off to be conserved. Participants may choose to keep their oil or give it to the Eternal Torch. Olive oil will be the go to for this application, though coconut oil and a variety of scented essential oils will also be available. More than symbolic, oil cleanses have been used for centuries where modern water showers were unavailable. Bonus points if you and few oily buddies jump into playing the most hilarious game of Twister ever.
Join in the cake social! Bring cake, pie, bread, anything that’ll slice and The Decimator will get it ready to serve. Joey is working on some delicious recipes to gift. All this and a lounge area will be at Camp Scheherazade.
Fresh from your Decadent experience, the possibilities are endless. A land rolling with art, music, and amazing waits for you. This year we introduce CORE Burn, a collaborative art burn with several camps contributing pieces for it. Representing fire and rebirth, Joey’s Phoenix will be part of Scherazade’s CORE mini-effigy.
The burns calls us back time after time. For Joey, its connecting with that chosen family and taking in the libertine atmosphere all enhanced by the cacophony of energy flowing from everywhere. He sends special thanks to the Art Team and Burn Leadership for seeing the potential in his project vision, all the volunteers who make all the things possible, and his home camp of Scheherazade.
We are down to the last couple weeks before Alchemy 2016 gets under way! Already our dedicated Build Weekend volunteers are gearing up to put the burn city together. Get ready to burn and take a look through the links shared below.
Upside, inside out
We’re livin’ la pita loca!
You knew them as the Asian Food Cart that braved Alchemuddy. This year, Chas Nabi is bringing his collaborative culinary creation: Livin’ La Pita Loca. It’s a “space in which people can practice that most ancient and primal of human traditions: stuffing your face with copious amounts” of food.
There will be something there for the veggie lover and the carnivores. The menu is an experiment in Middle Eastern fusion. Burners can look forward to Galbi Beef Shawarma topped with a pickled turnip and kimchi relish and tahini and Jerk Chicken Shawarma topped with fried plantains and tzatziki. Vegetarians will find falafel sliders with a choice of available toppings. Find all this delicious Friday Night after the art burns served out of Livin’ La Pita Loca’s benevolent overlords: Tentacle Brothers Ramen Cart.
Get a feel for the land and locate that mouthwatering cart before you get there by taking a look at the Placement Map!
Remember, Burners, Radical Self Reliance says bring your own reusable plate, utensils, and cups. For other tips on what to expect this Alchemy, take a look through the newly released 2016 Survival Guide.
Let Your Burn Flag Fly!
You never know where the iconic yellow flags will pop up at this Alchemy. Funded artist Ian Elmore has been growing the vision of Survey Flags for a few burns now and is bringing them back even bigger and better with 50 brightly colored flags on towering 8 foot poles dotting the landscape.
Usually a flag is flown to symbolize or mark something specific. Not these flags. Burners will decide what they represent and where they should be placed. Its interactive and participant driven, so if you see a free one then grab it up and let it fly! The goal is for them to be a constantly changing part of Alchemy as they are moved around at the whim of the random burner. Instructions, for those that need them, will be attached to the flags and detailed on propaganda posters around the event.
These flags are like the burns themselves. They hold meaning for whomever cares to find it and they’ll mean something different for each person. For Ian, the burn is analogous to the Effigy in the beauty and release of destruction. “It is the energy trapped in the wood escaping as steam and light, the consumption of what was brought to experience its heat.” We find what we look for and often leave the richer for it.
Each of us builds this event. From Org level leadership to onsite volunteer shifts to theme camp organizing to art and beyond, it is all a tiny part of what makes our community. Without each and every volunteer volunteering in their own ways, none of this is possible. So far, we’ve managed an awesome 64% of the onsite shifts filled! If you’ve got your ticket and haven’t snatched up your shift, jump over to the Volunteer Signup Page.
THE GATES OPEN IN JUST 17 DAYS!!!
Twist your taste buds up and treat yourself to a decadent experience!
Nick and his crew will be bringing a flavorful adventure with his funded art project Camp Twig & Berries! They’ll have a culinary smorgasbord available to explore the effects of the Miracle Berry. These all natural, non-narcotic tidbits are produced by the plant Synsepalum dulcificum and contain the protein miraculin that flips how your tongue interrupts flavors. Sour and tart become savory and sweet. The tastings will be lead by a theatrical introduction and surrounded by original art.
This is the latest incarnation of last year’s Epiflavourous Wonder Emporium. Those who braved Alchemuddy may have wondered into this palate teasing wonderland. Blown away from their experience and the overwhelming positive feedback, the artists want to keep growing it. Part evolving entertainment, part culinary exploration, a little radical self expression with a liberal dash of immediacy and participation, each visit will find something new for the brave burner. Never be afraid to try something new or to give something you’re not a fan of another chance. Under the effects of these berries, even your most hated food could become delicious!
No matter how muddy, sweltering, frigid, or bug ridden the burn is, we all have those memories that always make us smile. Like that one time at Alchemuddy where one of Nick’s campmate wrote ‘Life’ on a yellow rain jacket and gifted out lemons. Or how much he and his camp LOVED the delicious food at Tentacle Brothers Ramen Shop (which is also coming back to this Alchemy!)
Alchemy is less than a month away now!! From theme camps and art projects to Ranger shifts and Burn Perimeter, it’ll be as awesome as we make it. Make the Burns Great Again!
A soul that embraced the world.
A friend sorely missed.
A life to celebrate!
Stefanie Roberts was the smiling face we’d look for. She was always in the thick of it all, planning, arting, laughing. Her dedication and hard work lifted up any team she was on and she made it her mission to jump on all the teams, not only for our Georgia burns but for other regional events and groups like Flux. Stefanie was a key ingredient in evolving our Art Team and building our Effigies.
And then the unthinkable happened. At the end of this Euphoria 2016, the world lost a beautiful light and Stefanie had to continue her journey where none of us could follow.
Devastated and confused, our community has been reeling ever since and many of us will carry her in our hearts as we push on using her example as inspiration. In the this spirit, funded artist Scott created the Steffigy. It’s a collection of several mini projects created by the teams and camps that loved Stefanie. These projects will be placed into a burnable platform and we will say our final goodbyes as it goes up in flames at midnight on Saturday after the main Effigy burn.
Would you like to honor Stefanie by helping to build a part of the Steffigy? For opportunities to get hands on building or to create a design, contact Scott by emailing email@example.com or catching him on Facebook. There’s a Facebook planning group that he can invite you to connect with the other artists and attend build days. If you want to help onsite with setting the project up or want to spin fire in the Steffigy Conclave, let him know.
Scott first met Stefanie at Euphoria 2014. It was her first time at our burn, the friend she was coming with had backed out last minute so she showed up alone, and immediately jumped right in with both feet. She’d barely settled in before already grabbing up a first aid volunteer shift. That set the tone for everything she ever did. Action Hippy incarnate.
A few months ago, friends and family got together to have a small burn in honor of Stefanie. DJ Bouncyhouse, who created many an Effigy set including the one that played during the burn at Euphoria where Stefanie lit the fire, made a playlist for that memorial and has shared it on Soundcloud. Bouncyhouse gave us permission to share that with you. Click here for her Steffigy Set. If possible, it may also be played when Scott burns his project.
We as a community we share a connection that delves deeply into each one of us. Stefanie Roberts made our community stronger for her presence. For her, for ourselves, we must pick up her legacy and keep the torch burning bright.
A personal message from Scott in honor of his friend, Stefanie:
"In our subculture, a fire is our means of celebration. For celebration of life. For celebration of love. In this case, for saying goodbye to someone that has passed on.
We are burners.
We now say goodbye to a legendary burner named Stefanie Roberts. What does it take to be a legendary burner? We as a culture try our best to abide by a set of principles. For a burner to be known as legendary, they must abide by those principles not only at gatherings but in their day to day lives. Stefanie lived that life.
She stood most by the principles of participation, civic responsibility, communal effort and gifting. We, as a culture, seldom see a burner that is more motivated than she was. To assist with others, to inspire others to motivate and to do whatever is needed for her community. She was generous with her art and with her time given to others.
As for another principle: Leave No Trace. She lived up to the principle in a way that far surpassed most. In the physical form, no trace was ever left. In a spiritual form, she left the kind of trace every burner should strive to leave. She left a trace in our minds and on our hearts. She left her mark on our organization that will never be forgotten.
So today, we burn. In celebration of her life, in celebration of her love, in celebration of the love we had for her.
Today be burn."
Going up the spirit in the sky
That’s where these flags gonna go
When we burn
When we burn and they release the balloon
Gonna see it all at Alchemy real soon
(bonus points if you sang along)
From across our globe throughout history, peoples have sent their prayers, well wishes, and meditations up into the vast sky that stretches above us all. Funded artist Elegant will be tapping into that connection to present her project Sky Writings. A creation station will be available with decorative cotton flags ready for your art or message to be scrawled on them and then attached to the cloudbuster helium balloon that will carry them aloft. At the end of the burn, these flags will be placed in the Temple to send up these good vibes with the smoke.
Elegant is the Theme Camp Organizer for Camp Sacred & Profane. You may remember that’s also the camp hosting another Funded Art Project: The Smoke Bath Experience. They’re also home to the 12-Step Meetings and are part of the Soul Village along with Camp 3 Old Men who bring their Labyrinth for a meditative journey.
Having been gifted tickets by Noel Robertson and Logan Wolf, Alchemuddy (Alchemy 2015) was Elegant’s very first burn though she’d explored alternative gatherings before. Inspired by the creativity, community spirit, and passion she found there, she jumped into her second burn with her very first funded art project.
Heading into this Decadent burn, embrace Immediacy, Communal Effort, Radical Self Expression, and Participation. There are over 30 funded art projects coming! Registration for Placement is open now and Placement Parliament reports that that 76 Theme Camps and 41 Art Projects have already been registered! Want to make sure your project has a great location and gets on the map so burners can find it? Go Fill Out The Placement Form by 11:59pm TOMORROW September 15th.
Need to get in touch with Art Team? firstname.lastname@example.org
They summoned Cthulhu to roam the fields gifting madness in 2014.
They travelled with The Apple Prince to defeat the Mud Beast of Alchemy 2015.
Now they gather to explore the divinity of Sophia.
The Nameless City presents The Mausoleum of Sophia, large structure built to encompass a main atrium and four parts housing two interactive art areas, an intricate entrance, and a soundproof room emulating space. Adorned with tributes to the gnostic goddess Sophia built from their own interpretations, burners are invited to delve into and connect with this beautiful altar to knowledge, life, mystery, and art.
Who is Sophia? Nameless describes her as "According to one Gnostic myth the shaping of the material world was the result of Sophia, who was often described as an emanation of eternal light, an "immaculate mirror of God's activity," and as "the spouse of the Lord." Through her desire to "know the Father", she was cast out of the Pleroma (the gnostic heaven) and her desire gave birth to the God who created the material world. Although she was eventually restored to the Pleroma, bits of her divinity remain in the material world."
Our community is full of seekers. We seek an embrace of our freedom to be an individual. We seek the thrill of shared passion in art and experiences. We seek to learn more about the dynamics of personal responsibility and communal action. This is a community that supports such a plethora of expression and gifting. All of these pieces build the wonder that brings amazing burners like the performers of The Nameless City to the Georgia burns. We are the core of the 10 principles.
This has been a trying year for our burn community. We saw what we could do together when braving Alchemuddy. Dedicated volunteers are the heart and bones of us. Without that, the life’s blood is gone and we cease. The community needs you to grab up just one or two volunteer shifts, if you have your ticket secured. Check out all the opportunities on the Volunteer Sign-up Page. We’re still on the lookout for land to host next year’s events. If you have a possibility for us to check out, please Fill Out This Form. Find other ways to assist on the Land Search Committee page. Future team and event leads or board positions need folks ready to learn how the burns really work. Explore the teams and find out more about how to lead them on the Team page.
Let us all Unite!
Come one, come all, and pay homage to the Cheesy Goodness!
Artists Michelle and Skyler are returning with their funded project The Altar of Lactose. Lucky parishioners will recall their delicious cheesy supplications from last year’s Alchemy. Decadent gooey pimento, swiss, brie, havarti, and more slathered on tasty toasted tidbits were gifted out during their culinary art by Center Camp.
This year will bring a new Altar and even more culinary wonder lead by the performances of artist and High Priest Skyler. Elder Michelle, madam of the brownie brothel and former Taco Cart chef, provides the culinary expertise behind the altar. A few recipes you may look forward to swearing your allegiance to include spinach artichoke and a sweet funfetti concoction. If you became an Acolyte during the Battle of the Mud Beast of Alchemy, they look forward to continuing the Good Works with you. New supplicants are welcomed with open, cheesy arms.
The best part of the burn is the chance to unplug from the default world, embrace your creativity and indulge in alternative ideas. Building these events is a community wide endeavor. Bring your art! Bring your passion! Embrace Radical Self-Expression and Immediacy!
And May the Lactose be with You!
Need to reach the Art Team? email@example.com
There’s some adorable helpful coming your way at this Alchemy!
So much to do! So many folks to see! Did you get by that camp serving BBQ? Oh have you seen the Effigy yet? A friend of mine is getting burn married in a few hours. When was my Ranger shift? Hey these random folks just started impromptu pickle backs! There’s this amazing art project you’ve got to see just over that way.
And lost among all that is the most important thing: Self-Care. It can be easy to forget to refill your water bottle or get the rest you need. Funded artist Lily Kay’s project the Self-Care Kittens will be there to help you distracted hippies take care of yourself and enjoy the burn! Each kitten volunteer will be stocked with plenty of hugs and easy to dispense, non-moopy basics. They aren’t trying to fly in the face of Radical Self-Reliance, but instead to help it along by educating and caring for their community. To quote the artist:
1) "Self-care isn't selfish. You can't take care of anyone else unless you've first taken care of yourself."
2) "The greatest gift you can give to anyone is the gift of relief."
WANT TO BE A KITTEN? Lily Kay is looking for volunteers to make the rounds during the day and also on Friday and Saturday nights. Contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Inspired by their desire to make sure everyone is having a good time, Lily Kay professed to never having ‘properly volunteered.’ BUT they cooked hot meals for folks and helped get people and their things back to their vehicles during Alchemuddy. I’m here to tell Lily Kay and every other burner who stepped up that YOU ARE MADE OF AWESOME! That was a hard burn and we all pulled together. That community spirit was the absolute best thing about Alchemy 2015.
And we still need your help! Our volunteer numbers are critically low. If you’ve secured your ticket, pop on over to the Volunteer Page to snatch up a shift or two. We can’t have these events without your dedication.
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“We must always walk a path that honors others' views and teachings without sacrificing their customs or our own.”
~ Smoke Bath Experience artist, Archer
Across the fields this Alchemy, you’ll find a cornucopia of camps and structures to delight any adventurer. To those that travel the path to Camp Sacred & Profane, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Smoke Bath Experience.
This structure will be part of Soul Village along with Camp 3 Old Men, who has been inviting travellers to traverse their labyrinth for many burns now. Archer has planned to completely cover the Smoke Bath to retain the smoke and decorated inside with Moroccan lights and painted murals. Revitalize, meditate, center yourself as herbal smoke wafts from the terracotta brazier. Different herbs will be used at different times. Please see the bottom of this post for schedule and information about the herbs used. Arabs in Sudan, the Himba tribe in north-western Namibia, First Nations people in the Americas, Nordic people of Finland, and many others have used similar techniques.. They all have common objectives: a ritual cleansing for the mind, body, and soul.
Smoke Bath Experience will be Archer’s first forays into Funded Art. He brings with him the inspiration of his personal path as an independent eclectic shaman and the rituals of our ancient ancestors. His first burn was the infamous Alchemuddy. Even with all the rain, Archer saw a community come alive with passion and wanted to bring his own to the burn.
Want to dive into the burns? Volunteering is my favorite way to meet other burners and figure out how things work around the event. If you’ve got your ticket, CLICK HERE to grab up a shift or two. Not sure what to do? No problem. There’s training and guidance provided by your appreciative Team Leads. Everything that we do is done by hours of volunteer effort. All of our events are made possible by burners like you!
Smoke Bath Experience Schedule
7:13 am – 8:15 am
7:13 am – 8:15 am
11:00 am - Noon
11:00 am - Noon
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lavender (women only)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lavender (men only)
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sage is known to have healing properties and the power of intention and spiritual connection. The burning of Sage assists with healing and clearing. It aids to restore, balance, detach unhealthy attachments, and to raise and attract higher energies.
JUNIPER & CEDAR
Cedar and Juniper are medicines of protection. They can help to detox the body, act as an antiseptic, and is an helpful insect repellant. Juniper and cedar are designed to ward off negativity as well as to purge such negative energies. And promote spiritual growth.
The healing properties that are aligned with lavender are sedating, calming, balancing and supportive as it has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Lavender has powers of protection and cleansing. Lavender brings a positive energy, opens the heart chakra and calms the mind
Rosemary brings about mental clarity and calmness by allowing one to ’let go’ of any negative thoughts/programs that have been hanging on. It is believed to provide good luck, prevents theft, protection, purification, release, and prevent nightmares
Mugwort is associated with divination and lucid dreaming and has a unique ability to stimulate dreams. It is said to enhance astral projection and other altered states of consciousness. Mugwort can ease painful menstruation and the onset of menopause but should NOT BE USED by pregnant women.
One person’s garbage is another’s music!
You can make music with just about anything and funded artist Corey Anne is here to prove it with her project The Music Post. She’s creating a modular structure out of PVC that will feature unconventional items to play on. Recycled things like bicycle wheels, pots, pans, cardboard tubes, and more will be mounted on the frame. Some of it will even be interchangeable, allowing adventurous burners to swap out musical options.
Wanting to create an interactive piece for all ages, some friends helped her make bucket drums, rainsticks, and other homemade musical oddments for To The Moon burn in Tennessee this past summer. Now Corey Anne wants to ramp it up with bigger and odder elements.
This isn’t Corey Anne’s first round at the Funded Art rodeo. Last year 2014 funded artist Joy Ogozelec entrusted her with the JAM project. Joy’s Art Machine was a vending machine that dispensed gifts. For Alchemy 2015, Meadowlark Serendipity built the electronics and helped along with Christa S. to get it running onsite. The MudBeast of Alchemy did its best to devour their efforts and dampen their spirit, but this artist triumphantly returns with new inspirations! JAM may be retired for now, but The Music Post is coming to Alchemy!
To any artist who might be thinking about a funded art project, Corey Anne says DO THE THING! It’s a great way to stretch your creativity and meet some of the best people at the burns! Want to check out the art and chat up the artists a bit? The Funded Art will be marked throughout the burn with signs. You can also jump in on the guided Art Strolls at the burn. Catch those either on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00pm OR Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
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Pull up a Hammock and stay awhile!
Roaming around the pine woods at Euphoria 2016, burners discovered Annika’s funded art project Hammock City chilling in the trees. Colorful swaths created a space for folks to chill and notebooks gave them a creative way to memorialize it. From poems to drawings to musings, the notebooks were filled by burners inspired by the moment.
This Alchemy 2016, it's a new property to explore and Annika has new dreams for a bigger better Hammock City! Not only will there be MORE hammocks added, but she’s building up the art too by adding more notebooks, art classes, art opportunities, lights, and space to flow. Would you like to help set up this project or teach a class? Annika is looking for folks to lead art, flow, yoga, hoop, or other activities. You can get in contact with her via Facebook message or email email@example.com. She also needs folks to volunteer their watchful eyes. Special hammocks with mosquito netting will be avilable for those dedicated souls.
Now sometimes people radically gift themselves things that aren’t theirs to gift. This unfortunately happened at Euphoria with some of the hammocks and other items like an LED light curtain.
Shame on those bad burners. SHAME!
Let’s not ruin everyone’s good time by being petty thieves. These items and other things around the burn are for everyone’s enjoyment and belong to the artist that brought them. No one can be free to express themselves if they feel like some overly entitled sparkle pony is going to run off with it. Practice one of the unspoken principles: Radically Don’t Steal Shit.
If you happen to have accidentally given one of those hammocks a home, Annika would be glad to reunite it with its family in Hammock City with no questions asked.
The countdown to Alchemy is ticking away! Did you get your ticket? The official sales are all done, but you can hit up the Ticket & Rideshare Group to find those coveted invites. If you’ve got your ticket secured, then pop on over to the Volunteer page to pick up a shift or two. Remember, we’re an all volunteer ran event and can’t make it happen without you.
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NEVER GIVE UP!
ART ALL THE THINGS!
Geek is at it again with the return of his Funded Art Project: Burning Picket Fences!
Just like at the spring burn, Burning Picket Fences will feature an arting area set up with all the things you’ll need to decorate a picket sign made of posterboard. You’ll also get the chance to participate at the mobile Propaganda Discorporated, which will bring the supplies around the property to let everyone practice some Immediacy. Any and all creative expression with your humor, politics, theme camp events, public service announcements, tender sentiments, trippy drawings, and more is welcome! Not really coming up with anything, but still want to make something awesome? Geek will be collecting lists of other messages the Org would like to get out there and artists are invited to help make that happen. The signs will be planted in the Protest Garden there at the creation station. On Saturday afternoon, we can grab up a sign and cry out your slogans in a parade which will end at the Effigy. Then the signs will be placed in the Effigy for burning later that evening.
This Alchemy will see 33 Funded Art Projects and 7 returning Cross Pollination projects. To get the latest blogs and news updates, be sure to sign up for the Alchemist Newsletter and stay tuned to the Facebook Group.
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