n°133/ Burning Man

August 2014


by Nathalie Azoulai


Created in 1986 by Larry Harvey, Burning Man festival started in California and moved up to Black Rock, Nevada, in 1990 to host more installations and more burners, up to 68 000 in 2013. Black Rock City turned into the most ephemeral crowded city of Nevada, drawing people from everywhere across Europe and Asia. The purpose is to show off and disguise oneself according to urban tribal inspirations. Burning Man mixes counter-cultural insights and the taste for community, self-expression and self-reliance. It takes its name from the burning of the wooden effigy on Saturday evening- and might have previously been inspired by a Ray Bradbury's short story- and makes its ecological wonder upon the fact that the event ends with no traces left. More and more young people want to join in though it's expensive to go and maybe to run into Larry Page or Serguei Brin, Google's cofounders, that prove that extreme rationality can match with radical irrationality. The next edition will take place from August 25 to September 1.


 Burning Man