Man Theme Camp Questionnaire:
INSPIRATION ISLAND - Mind Shaft Society
1.Are you a Theme Camp or a Village?
us the name of your Theme Camp or Village. Please limit the number
of characters to 34:
3. Is this a
"Floating World" Theme Camp?
4.Would you like your camp to be listed or unlisted on the public
like your camp to be listed or unlisted on the website?
6.Where would you like your project to be located, ideally:
NON-ESPLANADE (ideally NEAR Esplanade)
7.How many people
will be camping with you?
8.What day do
you anticipate you will arrive on the playa?
SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH
9.Please describe as clearly as you can, in as much detail as you
need, what your project entails including the visual impact / appearance
of your camp and all prominent physical features. Please save the
history and philosophy for the next question.
Island features a giant flower garden, once used as ancient ritual
site by Islander tribes. The garden flourishes around the island's
volcano, which features a huge painting of a native god. At the
base of the volcano is a recently excavated Mind Shaft, occupied
by a giant octopus. Once worshipped as an oracle by the Islanders,
this remarkable creature is still alive, and can inspire modern
visitors as it did in ancient times.
visitors will be invited to submit questions to the oracle, as well
as help solve other people's questions, in an age-old Inspiration
Ritual. The results will be posted in our Big Book of Inspirations.
A Little Book of Inspirations will also be emailed to all participants
and published on the web in fall 2002.
description, diagrams and press release, check our planning site:
What does your project include?
Holes dug in the playa
10.Feel free to describe your camp concept and goals in this space.
THE MIND SHAFT
The Mind Shaft
Society is pleased to share its findings from Inspiration Island,
which reveals in full detail the remarkable story of the island's
advanced civilization. Ancient artifacts recently unearthed suggest
the Islanders had developed a powerful evolutionary ritual, held
in their Earthly Garden of Delights. The Mind Shaft Society has
restored this sacred site so that Burning Man visitors may benefit
from its inspirational power.
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 at:
The Mind Shaft
Society is an unprofessional anthropological association devoted
to the study of consensual hallucination rituals. Distinguished
members include Art Police founder "Are We Really", Senior
Anthropologist Dr. Fabio Florio, Chief Gardener Matisse Enzer, Dr.
Howard Rheingold and other Bay Area media juggernauts.
For more info
on the Mind Shaft Society, please visit our official site:
11.Do you have any other spatial needs that require additional area
beyond your camp boundaries?
theme camp have sound amplification?
If yes, please
describe your placement request concerning Large-Scale Sound Art
and whether you should be placed in that area or not.
WE PLAN TO USE
A SMALL SOUND SYSTEM TO AMPLIFY THE ORACLE'S VOICE, WITH BACKGROUND
SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC.
WE DO NOT NEED
TO BE IN LARGE-SCALE SOUND ART.
If yes, do you plan to schedule any big-name djs or performers?
(if any) generators will you bring?
14.Are you building
15.Estimate the approximate space your project will need:
(a typical space is 50' x 200' fitting 15 people comfortably).
150 FEET WIDE
BY 150 FEET DEEP (ABOUT 22,500 SQUARE FEET), PREFERRABLY LOCATED
AT A CORNER INTERSECTION, 1 BLOCK FROM ESPLANADE
the *interactivity* aspect of your project:
(Please check all that apply.)
Action for Reward
EXHIBIT IS OPEN BOTH Day Time and Night Time
Of course you
don't fit into just a few boxes! Please tell us what you're planning
invited to join the Inspiration Ritual in the Mind Shaft. There,
you can consult the Octopus Oracle to receive inspiration, as well
as inspire others.
write their burning questions on blank Inspiration Cards, which
will then be filled with inspired responses from other participants.
The results will be posted in our Big Book of Inspirations (a Little
Book of Inspirations will also be emailed to all participants and
posted on the web in fall 2002).
To join the
Inspiration Ritual, simply follow these 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Write
Pick a blank Inspiration Card, and write your burning question in
the top part of the form (include your email address to receive
a digital copy of the Book of Inspirations).
Step 2: Post
Show your Inspiration Card to the Oracle. Then clip it to one of
the lines hanging from the ceiling. The Mind Shaft's great spirits
will soon provide the inspiration you seek.
Step 3: Solve
In return for his advice, the Oracle wishes you to help him solve
someone else's question. Check the hanging lines to read other people's
unsolved questions. Pick one that inspires you. Write down your
inspiration in the bottom part of the card.
Step 4: Post
Show your solved Inspiration Card to the Oracle and ring the bell.
Then drop the card in the solutions box. The Oracle will review
it and a Mind Shaft attendant will post the final results in the
Book of Inspirations. Enjoy the uplifting feeling of shared wisdom.
large vehicles (RVs, trucks) do you expect to have?
burn your project?
YES, PARTS OF
THE EXHIBIT WILL BE BURNED.
20.Will you be storing or using any hazardous or flammable liquids
other than for personal camping use? (This information is needed
for fire prevention only. It is confidential.)
21.Will you be storing or using any hazardous or flammable liquids
in containers greater than 5 gallons for any purpose at all (including
personal camping use)?
22.Will you be storing or using any pressurized gas in any container
of any size?
be storing or using pyrotechnics of any type including, but not
limited to, black powder, ground effect fireworks, air burst fireworks,
other projectile or missile devices, flame pots, liquid fuel bombs,
or any other explosive?
art project involve the use of fire in any form at all, including
illumination? (Burning Man's definition of pyrotechnics: Arts or
presentation involving the use of Fire, Hazardous Materials, Explosives,
Projectiles or Pressurized gasses including air.)
25.Please list any groups you'd like to be placed near:
(This is not guaranteed. But we aim to please!)
HUMAN CARCASS WASH
(as long as they are 1 block from Esplanade)
BY THE OCEAN
26.Please list any groups you DO NOT wish to be placed near:
27.Please list any special needs or comments below:
WE WOULD PREFER
TO BE LOCATED AT A CORNER INTERSECTION, ABOUT 1 BLOCK FROM ESPLANADE.
BEING NO MORE
THAN ONE BLOCK FROM THE ESPLANADE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR PARTNERS
AT PLAYA AIR TO LAND THEIR REGULAR FLIGHTS TO INSPIRATION ISLAND.
A map or plan
for each project complete with dimensions in feet must be sent to
us by July 1st. Please enter the URL for the map/plan here (Do not
PLANS AND MAPS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE AT THIS URL:
Or, include it in an email with the URL in the subject line. Or
draw it on a plain piece of paper, complete with dimensions in feet
and mail it to the following address:
Burning Man / Theme Camps
P O Box 88468
San Francisco, CA 94188-4688
email URL for Theme Camps to: email@example.com
If you wish to have a description of your Theme Camp appear on the
Burning Man website, include it in the space below. Please limit
your description to two sentences.
ASK YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS TO THE OCTOPUS ORACLE. INSPIRE OR GET
INSPIRED IN THE MIND SHAFT'S GIANT FLOWER GARDEN.
Remember, this is our voice to the world so think about what you
write! (Any material is subject to review and editing. It will appear
website within 2 weeks of submission.)
Please try to give us the correct URL now. Changes to the web address
at a later date are difficult.
HERE IS OUR PUBLIC URL FOR INSPIRATION ISLAND: