SEPTEMBER 2009

BURNING MAN, BLACK ROCK CITY



Mark Mack and his UCLA students survived harsh and exciting days in the desert at the annual Burning Man Festival. The amazing, yet indescribable festival is both an architectural and lifestyle experience with an instant city of 50,000 individuals, themed camps, art installations, sandstorms, music, all with a strict 'leave no trace' principal responsibility.

The independent studio of 20 students arranged 3256 test tubes of soft glowing liquids over the desert floor, swaying and swarming in the winds. The nightly glow was generated by solar powered black light LED's and attracted many visitors both day and night.

Besides being an academic exercise this was also an experience in an alternative lifestyle and dwelling. Our camp was mostly tents arranged around a generous open space where cooking and socializing took place. Performances, DJ driven electronic dance music, and observing the different costumes and non clothing alternatives took up most of our waking hours after the work on the installation was complete. It was an all action week spent among the many non-conforming and good times seeking people.



09/14/2009



BURNING DA' MAN

BURNING DA' MAN

BURNING DA' MAN

DRY AND HAPPY

DRY AND HAPPY

DRY AND HAPPY

THE STUDENTS' INSTALLATION

THE STUDENTS' INSTALLATION

THE STUDENTS' INSTALLATION