Some Great Quotes

Growing Up

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” (Mark Twain)

Freeing the Self

When we speak about creating a new culture at the leading edge, beyond the status quo that we are embedded in, we don’t necessarily know what it is supposed to look like. That’s understandable—after all, it has not yet emerged. And we don’t need to have a completely clear picture of where we are going. What we do need to know is what it means to disembed the self from that which is inhibiting its potential for vertical ascent. And as we free ourselves, in the midst of ascending, we will begin to see where it is that we are going. What is necessary, first and foremost, is to free the self to make this heroic journey. (Andrew Cohen)

“Bebop was about change, about evolution. It wasn’t about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change”.(Miles Davis)

“Imagination is more important than Knowledge”
(Albert Einstein)

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”  (Albert Einstein)

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Lightning in a Bottle 2011

Another Dazzling Earth-Friendly Dope Summer Art & Music Festival (w/Camping!)

Pre-Sale Tix Mon, Feb 28

Now that I have locked down my tickets for Burning Man (see my post from January 31),  the annual festival in Black Rock City, NV, and what I and at least 100,000 others humans consider to be the most creative event that humans have happening on this planet, it’s time to plan for another DOPE festival at the end of May: Lightning in a Bottle put on by the Do Lab crew from LA.

Lightning in a Bottle Festival - 2011 Poster

Lightning in a Bottle Festival - 2011 Poster

And you KNOW the Ladies of KeepITight LOVE US some ART, MUSIC, & SUSTAINABILITY!!!

Also this festival was recently awarded an *OUTSTANDING* Greener Festival Award!

They had a stage last year at Coachella if you were there (see below).

Do Lab Stage at Coachella 2010

Do Lab Stage at Coachella 2010

Anyway I went to LIB last year and camped out for 4 days. It was pretty much the most well-organized, enjoyable, and tree-shaded festival I have ever been to! They even had FREE WATER STATIONS available to everyone there. There were amazing artists, 3 excellent stages of glitch, dubstep, breaks, house and all kinds of tasty beats, including Middle Eastern Music, funk, and various electronica. Performers included: Nosaj Thing, Stephan Jacobs, MartyParty, Mimosa, Vibesquad, Lucent Dossier, Jupit3r, Daddy Kev & Nobody, Eliot Lipp, Heyoka, & Daedelus….

There were AMAZING artist painting live under the trees, as well as some of the coolest art installations and sculptures I have ever seen. The vendor’s section was amazing… oh and they had trapeze artists, belly dancers and fire-artists.

They even had a HUGE (I’m talking 100s of feet) Earth Harp!! So tasteful and elegant too… It’s kind of like a smaller-scale version of Burning Man, but with Trees & Water!

My favorite stop on the walk up the hill from the stages to the campgrounds was the huge TUB that my friends drove out there.

 

Dr. Bronner's Foam Tub (aka Foamo Arigato!)

Dr. Bronner's Foam Tub (aka Foamo Arigato!)

It was sponsored by the grandson of Dr. Bronner’s soap (link) and featured Dr. Bronner’s minty foam soap and a rinse (about 15 foam tubes and 15 shower heads coming out of the walls of this massive Tub! Since it was the only shower for about 1000s of folks, it was a hotspot indeed!

The Bamboo Stage (one of 3 stages) at LIB 2010

The Bamboo Stage (one of 3 stages) at LIB 2010

 

DJ Red Sonya on the Boogie Stage, LIB 2010

DJ Red Sonya on the Boogie Stage, LIB 2010

Anyway, check out the links. Lightning in a Bottle is May 28-30 and will be taking place about 30 minutes NorthEast of Laguna Beach in Cali. EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE for 24 Hours ONLY on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 @7am! Scoop them UP (& don’t forget your Parking Pass)! You will NOT be disappointed. The music, art, art, installations, and just pure RAW culture will make your summer! Promise!

Raw Creativity at its Finest

Burning Man Art Car Boombox

Although Coachella has become a mecca for music-lovers and a status symbol for music-makers, I tend to like the festivals that are considered more DIY, and where you might find the modern steam-punk variation of a cool carnie creating some of the most-cutting edge art technology [that probably glows and spits propane-powered fire!]. Two weeks ago, I spent a few hours waiting in a virtual “queue” for my Burning Man Festival tickets. Whether I go or not this year, I decided to buy my tickets early as the festival participants are multiplying exponentially each year. I miraculously scored a set of first-tier priced tickets @$210 each (plus fees), but not without some legal hacking. Tickets went live for Burning Man at 10am on Tuesday, January 19, and even though I had my browser set to refresh right when the clock hit 10am PST, I was still #2767 in line! The first three pricing tiers of 27,000 tickets sold out in 8 hours!!! There were major technical difficulties for all, which is understandable as there were like tens of 1000s of people all trying to hit the same site/server and refreshing it over and over. Things will get glitchy!

Considering that last year’s Burning Man festival had approximately 51,000 participants and for a week became the 5th largest city in the state of Nevada, this was not a suprise. Supposedly, the US government studies the logistics of how everyone manages to avoid total chaos and keep the peace. It’s pretty amazing!

Burning Man 2010 - Black Rock City, NV

OK, so here is  a little Burning Man history lesson. The first one was held in 1986 at Baker Beach in San Fran, in honor of the Summer Solstice. There were about 20 participants and they burned a “wooden man” that was about 8 feet tall, while playing music and partying. In 1990 with 800 participants in Baker Beach, burning is banned so they find a spot in the Nevada desert to “burn the Man” with about 90 participants there. After a few years, its popularity grew to where it eventually found a home in an ancient lake-bed about 3 hours northeast of Reno, NV. It is in the middle of NOWHERE! Like is said, this year there were 51,000 humans at their creative best that trek out to this event, while the man stood 104ft tall. The central temporary buildings with the most stories and detail tend to be “the Man” and the “Temple” (a place where you  honor the sacred in all, where all religions and beliefs collide.

The Temple of Burning Man in 2008 - 3 stories, spiral staircases. Wow!

Black Rock City has become mecca for large-scale, kinetic and interactive ART, creativity and technology in harsh conditions!  A lot of the art at Burning Man becomes large-scale Public Art in cities all over the globe!

An entire global subculture of “Burners” has formed around those that have trekked to this festival. And trust me, it is not for the weak of heart. There are some pretty harsh conditions, that include dust-storms, strong winds, and well you pretty much bring ALL of your own survival gear: water, food, clothes, shelter, your own bike and of course anything that glows. This massive city spans about 5 miles across and it is called a “Leave No Trace” event. Meaning you take out all of your own garbage. So why go if you have to wear a dust-mask, goggles, and rough it with no showers for a week (unless your camp builds their own like mine!) Because the large-scale creativity that happens there is mind-blowing. Check out some examples:

Bliss Dance – 40 foot metal sculpture that lit up at night

Tetropolis Camp - aka 8 story Tetris Sculpture

Dragon Fire-Breathing Metal Art Car (one of the 100s of cars)

Local Burners getting some Ice

Duck Art Car (2008) - 2 buses long - $2million project

So, in conclusion, one of my favorite elements of the Burning Man family is the branch of philanthropy that has emerged from the festival. This year they donated $159,850 back to the community! Another arm of the organization is the Black Rock Arts Foundation, which funds community activist interactive art for local communities all over the world. They focus on Interactivity, Community, Education & Activism, four things we hold dear here at .keepItTight. !

Although the BRAF Grant Cycle for the community art has passed, if you have an idea for some type of large-scale art to create in the Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man Festival Art Grant deadline is TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 1st! So I am finishing up MY grant app today (more on that in a future post).

In the spirit of all the creative, large-scale, kinetic, fire-breathing, moving light sculpture ideas that are being submitted today to the planners behing the biggest festival on the planet, I as: What can YOU imagine? Because nothing is Impossible, people! Dream BIG and Keep It Tight!

The Man

Burning Man & a Big Mechanical Hand (photo by Tristan Savatier)