Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IIIIIIIIIIII ––––– Foreword and Farewell ––––– IIIIIIIIIIII



Foreword 2017

Most of the week, the heat was oppressive until the evening which gave us warm nights, superb for sleeping under the stars
The wind was barely there except for a Tuesday dust storm that brought kilos of dust on everyone
The kindness and smiles on all faces for most of the week
All the camp designers super excited to talk about minute details of their camps, priceless
A washboard "axle-killer" exodus road on Tuesday post-burn
Bikes as MOOP
One unstable burner changed the nature of burns to come
The Tree of Ténéré, The Temple, Incendia dome at night, Ilumina, Rabid Transit (with soundtrack), Abraxas Thursday morning, Solipmission (the black cube), The Glorious Gastronomic Galactic Griddle for random playa dinners, Sextant (Torrey), the fireworks for Man's burn, the tears of joy being able to live these precious moments.







Farewell

After 21 burns and 10 years blogging it's time to call it quit.

This blog was created to be more reactive than my old pages
going back to 1996 and with the hope to inspire and grow
a community of like-minded participants building a functioning city
in an inhospitable environment while having fun, mostly.

Within the years I posted thousands of images of camps, structures,
along with hundreds of reliable links, which was an exhausting labor of love,
my ethereal gift to the community.

The Golden Rebar Award was created to highlight the innovative
or most surprising shelters that I considered as important
as the various art installations all along the playa.

My secret fantasy was to have an informal and zany ceremony were I could give away the physical Golden Rebar Awards.

Instead of that, I made a book.

2 years were spent on  Research / Writing / Editing / Design and Layout (which paid off with a 2017 Graphic Design Award) / Production and Problem Solving /
The result was a burner worthy book with a tactile cloth cover and blind embossing, packed with info, data, tips and, most of all, a very large visual spectrum of our vernacular architecture.


One year was spent on a worldwide promotional campaign with stellar results: features on CNN, Wired, Wallpaper (of all!!), Architectural Digest and more (not too bad for a Frenchman working alone from a tiny San Francisco bedroom)


From around the world 289 buyers daringly purchased this self-reliant project.


This dismal performance resulted in several drastic personal changes.


As for the commodification debate, the goal was with the profit,
to publish limited edition books of two talented playa photographers.

Instead of working on this exciting project, I am looking, now,
for international movers to cheaply and sheepishly
regroup and recoup overseas.
Time to burn the page.

Unable to keep a sales structure and book cases in storage,
by respect for my daring 289 buyers, the remaining books (850)
will be terminated (Baker beach style) at the end of the year
without any Black Friday, French tickler Sunday or Tutu Tuesday.

The good news is: there will be one less photographer on the playa
and one less overwhelming blog to read.
My feelings

Without further ado I am pleased to bring you, again, a visual overload
of the many faces of my / yours / our city with 300+ images

Due to the ever-changing nature of the city and its large area, it is impossible to capture all the interesting and new structures that were in the desert, I am sorry if I missed your dwelling, nothing works has planned: c'est la vie!


Shortcuts:
Golden Rebars: this page
Street Views: camps
Art Installations, beautiful burners, camp Déjà View: here

For the previous years, I let you find out how to get there.

Soundtrack loop: LCD, Chrissy, Sons, Mayan




For a slideshow experience with higher resolution
double-click any image



Welcome to Black Rock City 2017


Golden Rebar for keeping up 
with Buckminster Fuller


Black Lotus Society Camp with true geodesic sphere of 24' diameter 





Golden Rebar for Serene Scene


Serene is the least word you would associate Black Rock City with.
Weathered burners know this place, so I will not mention it in a vain attempt to keep it as is,
an oasis of silence
Octayurts in the Mindfield
Sometimes there is a fine line between an art installation and a camp





There goes the Neighborhood Golden Rebar


Suburbia Camp 2017 once again brought tongue-in-cheek and joie de vivre with its white picket fences, plywood mansions, mailboxes, astroturf and traffic lights




Golden Rebar for Zipping around the Box



David Braun, lead and designer of camp Naked Heart Camp,
tired of using year after year expensive bi-directional tape to slowly assemble hexayurts,
came up with an innovative way to accelerate the building process.
He connects the insulation panels with zippers pasted
with insignia cloth, an adhesive backed cloth used
for emergency sail repair, and sets up the yurt in 7mn
Although expensive at first, this investment can be recuperate
(hopefully) with several years of usage. 






Naked Heart Camp hexayurt zipped panels detail with Insignia cloth





Golden Rebar for Upping the Ante


James "Heavy Metal" Erd (kilt) and Torrey "Sarge" Smith with their penetrator at Sextant camp

When you have a 1200' long Zipline at the top of a 75-foot tower (with a bar for 10 intrepid burners) on top of a 27-foot dome facing giant 4 Million Volt twin Tesla Coils, you need some heavy-duty anchorage. 

In their non-stop journey for pushing the envelope of extreme fun 
while complying with the highest standard of security, 
James Erd and Torrey Smith are testing diverse screw anchors. 

So far, they are successfully using the PE-26 Penetrator that has a limited lifespan before failing in shear during multiple installations and removals.

They took matter into their own hands to manufacture an Earth anchor that has an unlimited lifespan and can be easily installed with handheld impact wrenches.
The Penetrator is a 1.75" x 36" 17-4 Stainless Steel screw 
machined by James in the Sextant shop at m0xy Oakland 
on a Monarch 61 lathe.
17-4 Stainless Steel is many times stronger than the 304 Stainless in a fork. It is used in Aircraft landing gear and Medical Devices.

Torrey, keep making engineering sexy!






Golden Rebar for Fighting Burner Warming


Once again lost in the city, looking for a camp a I never found, these two tents caught my eyes.
Similar to hundreds around, somehow I had to stop and look closely at the reflective fabric.

Serendipitously, Sean Davis, veteran burner / creator / designer of the tents came out one of them and started a conversation.
Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign he was able to manufacture his No Bake Tents with a double layer of heat reflection fabric topped by a vent to disperse rising warm air.






No Bake Tent Designer Sean Davis is a Tall burner and while that day the heat was oppressive, being inside the tent, in the afternoon, was instant relief.





Overdue Golden Rebar for Ball Connectors



For participants looking to build a more organic dome with wood sticks, Chris Jordan, Mike Paisley and David Brickwood designed the easy to assemble Hubs connectors
It's fascinating to see the development of an idea from prototype to fully founded product, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign

This is a fun way to build rapidly, small 2V and 3V domes without going through the tedious metalworking associated with dome making.





Clever packaging 






Dome made with Hubs connectors




In the spirit of bringing more info while doing research on the Hubs connectors, 
we found the Geohubs connectors for domes made with pvc tubing 






Disclaimer before torching this blog

As a photographer crisscrossing the city around the clock to document in earnest its colourful diversity, I meet participants coming from all walks of life enduring the same harsh environment of the desert in multiple fashions which is the essence of my work and makes it exciting.
My 14 faithful readers know that my goal is to give a vision of the city
as realistic as possible without restriction or prejudice
Also my friends and neighbours know the ultra-spartan living conditions in my camp, Déjà View, which is the opposite of the following camp
My purpose by featuring it is by no means to enable them let alone to make them the face of BRC

But when a camp brings a clearly defined good natured state of mind with the goal to build a sustainable and reusable structure that is aesthetic and effective, I must acknowledge it 

Coming from Mexico, using 6-years-old bamboo grown in Chiapas with a clever system of plates and connectors designed in CAD, laser cut and also manufactured in Mexico, these structure were tested for 100 mph winds.

The project was led and manufactured by Javier Diaque (Causa.mx)
and designed in collaboration with Luisa Correa (Bambuterra),
Veronica Correa (Kaltia) and Xavier Hierro (Precoor)

Superb



Golden Rebar for Sustainable Design


 Camp 2017






The chill Space structure is called by designer Javier Diaque, "Bichos" (bug or insect in Spanish)







 The other Bichos for the dance Space






Camp geometry






Camp communal space structure







Inside the chill space, the hot air rises through the opening with the low frequency mandala keystone





The Nest, chill space, is a two layered structure with a shade cloth fabric on top of an inner structure made of bamboo panels, it works!






The custom-made bottom plate connector







Bamboo installation with pentagonal connector






Corner connectors for bamboo beams











1 comment:

Unknown said...

Philippe, Sextant is eternally grateful for the recognition you give us and all the others who go to the desert in search of something more than the rat race.

I myself am in an introspective period about how much of myself I have left to give. I think it's not a zero sum game. I am trying to find the identity for Sextant 2018. I know now that it can't be forced.

There's more yet to do, but a lot of it is off Playa. I think it's time to test the veracity of our community and see if it can contribute to the World.

Torrey
"Sarge"
Ever your even-keeled friend (at least part of that is true!)