Burning Man Pictures
of the asteroid Burn, Black Rock sector, performing an explosive ritual
Click on the image for more Burning Man Pictures, Nevada nebula.
Man Photos: Centre Camp | Playa | Pyrocussion | Night | Mutants | The Burn
Log, Starship RV Fatimama, 9:4:2005
are now leaving the asteroid Burn in quadrant 3 of the Nevada nebula.
We believe we may have been permanently altered by our experiences
on this planetoid and are consequently going into voluntary isolation
until the effects of our exposure to these life forms have been stabilised,
analysed and reconstructed.
Geography: Burn is small, perhaps only 10 cu. miles, and proximity
to its sun has baked the asteroid into a hard, white, alkali mass.
The Burner's small city was known in 2005 as Psyche, but the name
Due to the inhospitable climate, poor soil condition and frequent
dust storms nothing grows and there are no life forms present other
than a race of mutant humans that live a short, strange, hard but
extra terrestrial psychologist conjectures that Burn’s inhabitants,
known as Burners, are descendants of the HipE Tribe that left Earth’s
San Francisco launch point on the Starship Freedom in the 1960’s
and disappeared off NASA’s screens in the mid 1970s.
Burners exhibit remarkably similar traits to the original HipEs, including
a love of self expression, sensuality, bodily freedom, loud music,
outrageous garb, spirituality, individuality, mind expanding substances,
non-conformism, sharing, caring, and lots of hugging.
They dislike any formal establishment, particularly political, military
and religious, including their own governing body, BMorg, but save
their greatest disgust for distant Earth’s Fat Controllers.
Burner’s temporary town, Psyche - actually a collection of ready-for-lift-off
space ships and scout craft - is vaguely organised in a crescent,
with curved avenues named Amnesia, Bipolar, Catharsis, Delirium and
so on up to Hysteria, and straight boulevards that run from 2pm to
10pm and point at the iconic Burning Man, in the centre of the large
and more-or-less empty ‘Playa’ (plaza).
Starship Fatimama docked at Delirium and 5:30.
have, due to harsh conditions combined with technological progress,
developed some unique non-human characteristics.
They depend primarily on liquids - water, caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine,
lemonade and ice are the only products on sale, everything else has
to be ‘gifted’.
outdoor wear includes masks, goggles and big furry boots to deal with
alkali storms, though some Burners sport tribal outfits, and others
nothing at all except umbrellas.
have an inordinate love of EL wire, LEDs and fire, and decorate their
mutant ground vehicles accordingly, each to his own, no two alike.
Only moderately impressive by day, Psyche comes alive with twisting,
kaleidoscopic colour and heavy, pounding tribal rhythms after dark.
a total absence of other stimulation such as Earth’s TV, radio,
cell phones or internet access, Burners spend their evenings embedded
in cushion-packed, thumping geodesic domes or large, thumping, two
story MVs (mutant vehicles) that slowly cruise the Playa, spouting
flame, trance and strange herbal odours. The fastest MV seen was a
20ft neon snail.
favoured music is Pyrocussion, a heavy, breathy boom caused by exploding
propane, and groups such as the Moth Killers drum on wires that open
propane tubes, blasting out sound and flame with the same breath.
are fundamentally relaxed, friendly, generous and peace-loving, though
the exception proved the rule. Fatimama’s psychology officer
was attacked by a giant penis on one occasion in the Centre Camp,
but with great presence of mind showed no fear, and in fact gave a
stunning facsimile of enjoyment, thus defusing an inherently dangerous
situation. See Exhibit A, Burning
The Mad Max tribe, located beside the Thunder Dome, wear replicas
of Prophet Mel’s road warrior kit, and drive gothic, pumped
up MVs with massive propane jets that throw out huge gouts of flame,
usually upwards, but not always, so space travellers learn to keep
a good distance from these chariots of fire.
In fact, the entry visa to Burn states categorically that by visiting
the asteroid travellers accept the risk of death or serious injury.
Irrational Geographic Society, who are primarily involved in stuffed
animal mutation, sometimes hold group hugs with the Billion Bunny
Group, but nobody knows how many Bunnies make it back home afterwards.
The Bunnies suffer picketing by the Carrot Liberation Front who interrupt
mating rituals with cries of ‘down with the furry oppressors!’
Santa Claus Tribe, on the other hand, decry sex but believe in marching
and zen chanting:
“What do we want?”
“When do we want it?”
Tits believe that naked, painted, female chests and massed mutant
two-wheelers are the way of the future. Fatimama’s contingent
explored this tribe and will continue to give it our fully underwired
provided erotic tickling, G spot workshops and apparently possess
a sacred Orgasmatron that we have been unable to verify due to limited
Camp offers chilled underwear to passersby, with enthusiastic fittings.
groups ranged from - Image Node, Asylum Village, Ascension Tribe,
Cirque Berserk to the Sacred Space on the Corner of Uranus, The Enlightened
Beings of Leisure and many, many more.
recognise the value to the Solar System of Burn’s social structure,
zero commerce and trash ethic, mutual support system and free condoms
for all. We trust that Earth's governing bodies will take note of
the inarguable success and eco-care of this type of self-supporting
Burn study is now complete and the work of SS Fatimama is done. We
will return - if we are able to locate that elusive hyperspace portal
SS Fatimama, September
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