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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
2:09 am
I just found out that Google Earth has a hi-res photo of 2006 Burning Man. It's so good you can see the Shadow Chamber perfectly.

Black Rock City
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The Shadow Chamber (the orange structure near the center of the pic.
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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
3:19 pm
As of yesterday there is a new community in LJ
for fans of Miguel de Cervantes
and William Shakespeare
and most especially for fans of both geniuses.

Join and let's get the discussion going. :)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
11:17 am
Of possible interest to Temple volunteers?
Sorry for the short notice, but I thought some of you working on the Temple this year may appreciate this, or find it inspiring. (If it's not cool to post it, Eric/Chassy, just pull it, I understand.)

"Shrinking Cities" presentation and discussion

Feb. 1, 2007 - 5:00 pm
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor MI 48104

From the U-M SOAD Distinguished Visitors Series press release: "On the day before the international exhibition Shrinking Cities, opens at both MOCAD and Cranbrook, a panel of creative practitioners discuss art in Detroit and the Shrinking Cities project, moderated by Detroit artist and MOCAD curator, Mitch Cope. Shrinking Cities was initiated in 2002, when Germany's Federal Cultural Foundation, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, commissioned teams in Detroit (USA), Manchester/Liverpool (Britain), Ivanovo (Russia), and Halle/Leipzig (Germany) to investigate and document why and how these urban areas were shrinking in population and business. In the resulting exhibition, artists, architects, filmmakers, journalists, culture experts, and sociologists reveal and illuminate the changing
realities of these cities, toward developing better approaches to contemporary urban issues."


Thursday, January 11th, 2007
6:10 pm
The Detoit Temple of the American Dream
The Detroit Temple of the American Dream

I posted yesterday about the Temple of the American Dream project. For those of you who are not on the main MI_BM list here is a little bit about it.

A large part of the Michigan Burning Man Community is taking part in creating a Temple to the American Dream in Detroit. This project is in collaborating with David Best, The Black Rock Arts Foundation, Detroit Blight Busters as well as other Burners from around the country. The Detroit Dream Project hopes to complete the temple in May 2007. We land, storage, a planning board, nation wide support, David Best designing the Temple and brining out his crew to help us build it. Here is what we need:

* Steel! If you have leads on sources for donated steel, let us know! All grades are welcome, and if there is a large enough amount we could travel to get it. Donations will be tax deductible.

* Volunteers! If you would like to become in any aspect of this project, from grant writing and welding to baking cup cakes to feed workers and local school children, we would love your involvement. Kurt (kurt(at)braindancestudios.com) can get you on the Detroit Dream Project planning website.

* Donations! Right now we are trying to reach $5,000 in pledges over the next several weeks. We plan to take this amount to show corporations and grant agencies that we have early support behind us. If you would like to pledge a donation of any amount you can contact me or Becca (becca(at)spitbubbles.com). Your donation will be tax deductible.

If you are interested in more info on this project, read the letter from the Michigan Regional Rep below.

Thank you,


I'm working on writing up grant blurbs today as part of the search
for funding to build our crazy little temple with David Best here in
Detroit. I just watched this video about Blight Busters featuring
John George and Chazz (their resident artist and future burner) for
the third or so time. I heard a few phrases that made me realize
that Michigan Burners, this project and Blight Busters are a pretty
darn good fit. I'm really happy we're building both a temple on
their property and potentially a great long term collaboration.

Some of the stuff I heard from the video that sounded like burners
to me --
We're about stabalizing and revitalizing.
We want to heal this community and bring people together.
You've got to be crazy to believe you can do this, especially here.
When you decide you're going to do it you find a way to do it. The
resources come in.

So... for those of you who are curious about why we're partnering
with Motor City Blight Busters on the temple project I'd encourage
you to take 3 minutes to watch the first part of this video, and if
you've got the time, watch the full 9 minutes:

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=2Fn5x7US3IQ

Then, when you're inspired, please feel free to jump on board the
temple project!

We want every one who wants to be a part of this to join in! Kurt
(kurt(at)braindance studios.com) or Monkey (becca(at)spitbubbl es.com)
can get you on the Detroit Dream Project planning website.

A number of us will also be reporting out to this list with key info
and specific chances to get involved as they come up.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
9:25 pm
The Quixotic Project is on hold this year, but . . .
The Quixotic Project is on Hold this Year, but . . .

Originally, the Quixotic Project was going to:

* Put a call out for projects to help write grants for and back with fundraisers. The best contender so far was Evol and Makk's Emerald City idea (I'm still cringing at having to postpone it!)

* Change our structure to become more inclusive and democratic.

* Throw a fundraiser like Theatre Noir called "IT CAME FROM PLANET B!!!" A retro 50's space themed party at Theatre Bizarre. This has the backing for both Ken and John (the creator of TB). This idea will be back!

However, for several reasons, we have decided to put all this on hold.

The main reason is so that it gives everyone a chance to focus 100% on the Temple of the American Dream without distractions, and then recover afterwards!

The Temple is an amazing concept, and is a rare opportunity to work side by side with David Best, his crew, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the Flaming Lotus Girls, Blight Busters and all the other Burners that are likely to come in to help from across the Midwest, and the rest of the country. If you haven't been to a meeting yet, come out just once and you will be hooked!

Still, if you have an small Art Instillation idea for Burning Man 2007 and would like help writing the grant, get in touch. If it is something Quixoticy we can put it out on the list, help you write the grant, and get you so backing out on the playa. Modest ideas only please! The Quixotic Project will be back in force next year.

Remember, the grant deadline for Burning Man Art Instillations is February 15th!
Friday, October 20th, 2006
12:14 pm
Quixotic Rocks at Clean Up!
*For those of you that haven't been to Burning Man, cleaning up, leaving no trace or environmental impact is a big deal, and what allows this festival of 40,000 people to continue to happen on public land.*

Judging from this post by Sputnik - http://pics.livejournal.com/sputnik/pic/000p4yrr - we, the Shadow Chamber, over on the right hand side of 5:00 and Esplanade, left one of the few "green" areas on the Esplanade!

You all Rock! Thank you!

Monday, August 14th, 2006
2:32 pm
Our Location at Burning Man 06
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You will be able to find the Shadow Chamber at the corner of 5:00 and Esplanade.
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
2:49 pm
Theatre Noir
Theatre Noir went wonderfully. I'm still too tired and busy to do a proper write up now, I promise I will get to it.

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More pics here:

And keep checking back at the myspace pictures will be added all week and I expect video to be up in the next couple weeks.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
3:56 am
Discounted Theatre Noir tickets are on sale now!

Tickets will be $30 at the door, $20 pre-sale online.

Only 500 tickets at the $20 price, after that you must pay full price at the door.
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Theatre Noir is being held at the infamous Theatre Bizarre, Detroit.

Performances By:


What is Theatre Noir?
Imagine a Film Noir (ranging from Maltese Falcon, to Sin City and Bound)set on the grounds of an run down and twisted carnival. Think seduction, fire, sex, fashion, fire, music, burlesque, cabaret, style, gangsters, bondage, devious criminal, fedoras, sideshow acts, garters, freaks, juggling, loose morals and fast times -- you'll start to get an idea. Costumes of all sorts encouraged, from tongue in cheek to elegant and sleek.

This is a fundraiser for the Shadow Chamber, which is going to the Burning Man Festival this August 2006.
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
9:28 pm
Partial Lineup for Theatre Noir Confirmed!


Tickets will be on sale in about a week.

What is Theatre Noir?

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Imagine a Film Noir (ranging from Maltese Falcon, to Sin City and Bound)set on the grounds of an run down and twisted carnival. Think seduction, fire, sex, fashion, fire, music, burlesque, cabaret, style, gangsters, bondage, devious criminal, fedoras, sideshow acts, garters, freaks, juggling, loose morals and fast times -- you'll start to get an idea. Costumes of all sorts encouraged, from tongue in cheek to elegant and sleek.

This is a fundraiser for the Shadow Chamber, which is going to the Burning Man Festival this August 2006.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
10:31 pm
Theatre Noir
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Information for Theatre Noir can be found at:
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
11:34 am
Announcing Theatre Noir
Get out your calendars kiddies, we have a date for Detroit’s big Burning Man style party and it’s going to be at Theatre Bizarre. www.theatrebizarre.com/photos/

We are looking at July 22nd as the date to host the Shadow Chamber Fundraiser.

The theme? How do you take something designed for Halloween, add Burners and move it into July? How does this sound? . . . A Film Noir set in an abandoned broken down carnival, that isn’t so abandoned.

Film Noir is style, danger, tension, and sex. The stark lighting, black and white the tension of opposites fits beautifully with the concept of the Shadow Chamber project. And Theatre Bizarre is the ultimate broken down carnival.

Costumes are encouraged! So if Carney is your thing - perfect, if you like a fine cut suit and a fedora worn with a tilt -excellent, and if you’re a woman who likes to wear garters and stockings with a seam up the back of the leg . . . well, that could be worth all the effort for the party right there. . .

Think carnival, think hardboiled pulp fiction, think 1950’s, think high class, think red light, think Dashiell Hammett, think David Lynch, think Scooby Do (I can’t believe it! It was old man Smithers all along!) . . . and a range from seedy to classy; from tongue in cheek to elegant and sleek.

Theatre Bizarre has drawn crowds of 1,800 people in a night. We are going to cap attendance at 500 to keep the vibe right. There will be a pre-publicity window to purchase lower price tickets for friends of the Shadow Chamber project. More details in a few weeks.

Want to help out? Know of acts and bands that fit the theme? Contact me.

Monday, October 3rd, 2005
1:08 am
Next year's project: The Shadow Chamber
Still on a buzz from the windmills, Jeremy and I unveiled our plans for next years Burning Man instillation at the Detroit Decompression Party last night.

The Quixotic Team Presents:

The Shadow Chamber
An Instillation Project for Burning Man 2006

Imaging a coming upon a 16’ cube in the deep desert at night. It has a shifting glow coming from inside it’s ornately cut walls. Flickering light is playing off the outside walls of this chamber from the spinning miniature cube lanterns that surround it is such a way that the wall of the chamber appear to shift on their own.

As you walk around this structure you notice a triangular shaft stretching away from one of the walls that has a door made out of heavy black cloth. You enter this hallway and pass through it into the inside of the chamber.

Inside of the middle of this room is another spinning cube. This carved box is the only light source and as is spins it casts twisting shadows all around you onto smooth blank walls painted only with the alternating darkness and light from the spinning box. Music from gently turning chimes and unseen speakers are the only noise you can hear. You take a seat and watch the shadows live out their lives on the walls around you.

More complex Shadow Machines and the Burning of the Chamber . . .Collapse )

We had fun last night burning a crude but effective 5'x5' prototype of the Chamber over the bonfire. Using flares to project crisp and vivid shadows worked perfectly and when the cube finally aught fire while spinning it looked wonderful.

In addition of the prototype of the Chamber we had a working model of the shadow box that spins the shadows inside the Chamber. This also worked great and even in it's simple form created surprisingly strange and hypnotic effects on the white walls of the tents.

I'm excited to get started on the real thing!
1:07 am
This weekends after Burning Man Shindig
Our Burning Man Decomp Party was wonderful.

With no advertising it was nearly as large as Quixotica was this summer, about 150 people compared to 180.

With 5 dj’s, the fire spinning, Chaos’ Burlesque Shows, our burning of the prototype Shadow Box, cyfar’s Flame thrower, Videogasm, Camp Happy Hour, Our Shadow Box tent and display, Gavin’s light show, movies and projections in the dojo, the chill room and the Black Plague Bus (w/ Jacuzzi) this was a huge change from last years party which was Fire Spinning, huge bar care of Ubercarny, and 50 cool people sitting around a campfire.

Of course what really makes these events is the people. My regret is between working on the Shadow Box and my nasty blood sugar crash I didn’t get a chance to really hang out with people until about 2 am. My apologies to faya99, lmfdevilwoman and nicinevin who left before I was really free to hang out.

It was great to meet evillittleblue newly from Toledo by way of Cali (who’s shoulder I hope is doing much better)!

Rox and I were lucky enough to have travelingstar come out from Chi-town to crash with us. Her energy is always and inspiration and her fire spinning and hooping last night was some of the best I’ve seen. If you happen to be in Vegas this Halloween she’s co-producing an insane party this Halloween. It’s almost enough to tempt me away from my studies . . . if we can’t make it out, at least there’s the Chicago decomp Nov 12.

chassy was in from NCY. We also had a good number of people out Toledo. The word is we have a really solid community out here in Detroit, and from everything I can tell it just keeps getting bigger and stronger.

People were coming up to me all night with the projects they want to take out to Burning Man this year. We are very close to having our Non-profit, SPARC, up and running. SPARC is a way of solidifying what we are doing out here, building grant money and resources form both Burning Man and local projects, throwing events and parties, co-op artist space, performance space, event and party venues and so on.

I really excited to be part of all of this, the energy in Detroit and throughout the whole Chicago to Toronto corridor keeps getting better and better.

I’ll see if I can’t scare up some pictures of this weekends festivities in the next couple of days.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
12:44 am
Third Wave –-- Mills, Monsters, and the Burn
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Hockett - Blades

This section include pictures by Sean Sullivan, Jeremy Hockett and myself.

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The Monsters Inside the MillsCollapse )

The Mills at NightCollapse )

The BattleCollapse )

The BurnCollapse )
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
1:38 am
2nd Wave of Pictures -- The Quixotic Crew
What follows are many of the members camp La Macha. We're still missing photos of some people and I will add them as they come in.

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Hockett – Sunset

The Trip OutCollapse )

In CampCollapse )

Setting UpCollapse )

Monster PracticeCollapse )

Clean UpCollapse )

Going HomeCollapse )

Just got some really nice photo's of the Mills and the Burn in and I should have them up tomorrow night.
Monday, September 19th, 2005
4:34 pm
Windmill Video
The first video of the windmill burn by Mary Jane and Amaretto is now up at Mac.com’s iMovie Theater. Give it a second to load, it’s a 16 minute movie. That’s edited form the 30- 40 minutes it actually took the mills to burn.

The mills are lit 1/3 of the way into the movie.

There is at least more video coming from a higher resolution camera. Look for it in the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
12:20 am
The first wave of pictures
This has taken awhile because none of these pictures are mine, I’ve complied them from camp mates and friends. I’ve added the name of the photographer after each picture, though many of the titles are mine for the sake of organization.

More are still coming, and I’ll get my own pictures up early next week. Hopefully camp photos becuase a dozen key people don't show up in these at all.

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The Mills During the DayCollapse )

The Mills at NightCollapse )

The BurnCollapse )
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
1:05 am
So we’re back from Burning Man.

Luckily the Quixotic Project, in the end, did not live up to it’s name. The windmills were astounding, and the burn, beautiful. The crew was amazing, and, so on, and so on.

I am utterly amazed that my body took the abuse I put it through for the last two weeks, I’ve never pushed it through so much on so little.

I’ve had experiences that I will be digesting for months. I didn’t think anything could surpass my first year out there, but this one was on an entirely different level. I am blown away, I am exhausted.

When I can find some words, I’ll write them down.

There will be pictures and video soon.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
11:38 am
From cyfar
Moses is giving massages in the truck stop. We just passed the arch
of Nebraska and a whole bunch of gas from the previous experience with
Los Brothers hairy waitress...

Everything is running smooth. Will talk more soon.

Good luck to everyone that's flying.
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