Burning Man, the annual art show-counterculture celebration-Utopian playground held out in the Nevada desert, is a notoriously anti-commercialist affair. The event, which runs from August 25 to September 1, only sells water and coffee; everything else must be brought to — and later removed from — individually set-up camps. Goods are exchanged on a “gifting” system.
While Burning Man is built on principles of decommodification, participation, radical self-reliance and radical self-expression, all of that radicalism can get costly. And what better way is there to celebrate inclusion than by paying one’s way to Black Rock City by communal funding?
Here’s how a few Tilters are using Crowdtilt to make their Burning Man experience even more awesome.
- Build A Mutant Vehicle – Justin.tv and Exec founder Justin Kan set up a Crowdtilt to help pay for Titanic’s End, a.k.a. the world’s first mobile iceberg mutant vehicle.
- Pay for Booze - Crunklantis Sea Monkey campaign organizer Travis Moore is raising funds to pay for his theme camp’s ice, meals, alcoholic beverages, and more. Extra funds will go toward a DJ booth and art gallery.
- Split Transportation Costs – With his AC Invades Burning Man campaign, Jared Heyman is asking pals to split the cost of a Cruise America RV.
- Get Jiggy With It – The Camp Beaverton folks are raising funds to purchase a 36-foot geodesic dome.
- Build a Giant Blender – The Gender Blender collective is crowdfunding to pay for a giant blender called Engender A Blender, a “10 foot life size blender that you can actually walk into and blend your gender.” The idea behind the uber-appliance is that it will be a nexus of collaborative work, where the art is your gender at the moment.
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