August 2013

This one night at Burning Man: Brian Doherty, Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel walk into a theater..

Burning Man poster by Simon DelaPlaya After a false start with a wallet of Canadian currency and without my VIP contact, I returned to the San Francisco theatre, Z Space the night of July 23 to attend Burning Man –an evening of conversation between Larry Harvey, Michael Mikel and Brian Doherty. My thwarted early entrance was auspicious. Turning the corner to the venue for a second time, I immediately sighted Brian Doherty, casually leaning on the San Francisco theatre’s walking ramp railing. Working my way into the revolving group ... {read more}

Photo Essay: FIGMENT Chicago

Whitney Grant, FIGMENT JXN with her additionto the “Rock Poetry” FIGMENT Chicago project Last weekend a merry mess of amazing artists, neighbors, families, friends, ex-lovers and people gathered at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory for the first ever FIGMENT Chicago. As the producer of FIGMENT Geelong and a former Chicago resident, I went along to celebrate this awesome and beautiful convergence. FIGMENT is a participatory arts event like no other – devoid of money or corporate sponsorship, FIGMENT is free and ... {read more}

KiwiBurn: A Participant-Created Festival

As I prepare to go to Burning Man, I’m sharing a paper I wrote on the first Burning Man event I went to this year, KiwiBurn, the New Zealand Regional. Celebrating it’s tenth anniversary, the longest running Regional Burning Man event was excellent inspiration for pursuing the realities of a participant-created event.   KiwiBurn: A Participant-Created Festival – Event Producer’s Dream or Nightmare?   This case study is intended for event producers and participants who may consider an alternative framework for event ... {read more}

Thomas Jefferson: the first Cultural Sustainability geek?

“I am certainly not an advocate for for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, ... {read more}

Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation and Authenticity

I’m getting a presentation on cultural authenticity in cultural event programming together for a conference in ten days and I’m revisiting some thoughts of the past year. ——————————— My mom is white, my step dad is full-blooded Yakima Indian and I spent a lot of time growing up on the Indian reservation in Washington. My mom got really into Native culture, as she must have to be embedded in her husband’s family. Growing up with this culture was a major ... {read more}