Island is an art project for Burning
Man 2002, to be held August 26 to September 1 in Black Rock
Inspiration Island theme camp features a giant flower garden, once
used as a sacred ritual site by the legendary Bamboodu tribe. In
the center of the garden is a recently excavated Mind Shaft, occupied
by a giant octopus. Once worshipped as an oracle by the Bamboodus,
this remarkable creature is still alive, and can inspire modern
seekers as it did in ancient times.
visitors will be invited to ask the oracle for inspiration, as well
as give inspiration to others, through the age-old Babmboodu Inspiration
Ritual. The results will be posted in our Big Book of Inspirations,
to be published on the web in fall 2002. Be sure to sign-up
here to get it by email. For a sneak preview, check out our First
Book of Inspirations, collected at the recent Burning Man Launch
Party in Esprit Park.
Island is presented by The
Mind Shaft Society, an unprofessional anthropological association
devoted to the study of consensual hallucination rituals. Distinguished
members include Dr.
Fabio, Dr. Really,
Dr. Matisse, Dr. Rheingold and other media juggernauts. We are pleased
to share our findings from Inspiration Island, which reveal in full
detail the remarkable story of the advanced Bamboodu civilization.
For the full story, check our press release.
See also Dr. Really's fascinating play-by-play documentation of
the Inspiration Island Excavation
Last year, our
Burning Man Camp featured an abandoned Mind Shaft where participants
were invited to undo bad ideas from their past. Over a thousand
people wrote up and expiated past mistakes, which were posted in
our Big Book of Bad Ideas. The Mind Shaft featured the giant skeleton
of Mr. Bones, a greedy gold minor who paid with his life for his
bad ideas. Our Little
Book of Bad Ideas is posted online.
For more info,
please visit the Mind
Shaft Society Official Site. Our group email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.