14.–15.12.2018

Art

We want to make art again an interactive, participatory and shared experience of creative expression. Community-driven, inclusive and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture.

Photo: Mari Mur

Performances

Too often performance means the accomplishment of a given task measured against preset known standards of accuracy, completeness, cost, and speed. Here, performance means creating. Presenting works of art to and with the audience.

Decompression is a co-created event by everyone. The primary focus is to bring together people to participate and expressive themselves in a safe and open environment, allowing everyone to decompress the weight of everyday life.

Decompression in not just a party hosted and organised by a few individuals. It is an event that brings together the community to co-create and participate. This space becomes an immersive experience of art, performances, music and workshops.

Helsinki Decompression is a regional Burning Man event in Finland, and allows you to experience the Burning Man culture and embrace the principles. Together, You, I and we will co-create and participate in an immersive experience that will allow us to re-think and re-create our everyday reality.

Workshops

Not just passively listening to a lecture or a presentation, but rather actively taking part. Through workshops the masters and apprentices meet. By teaching we share our expertise and knowledge to others. But by teaching we also learn ourselves.

Music

To celebrate the life and to decompress the stress levels produced by the rat race, the music and dancing will be a paramount for successful stress relief.

Photo: Mari Mur

Participate

First of all, creativity is not a performance sport. No one will rate you, no one will demand anything from you. You are welcome just as you are, and you are free to contribute in just the shape of form that you feel comfortable with.

We encourage you all to contribute in your own way to this magnificent experience. It could be an interactive art project, DJing, music performance, free hugs, a trolley for give away smoothies, an army of friendly drones, improvised performances or just a silent place to meditate. Big or small, all ideas are welcome!

Tickets

The event is about equality and inclusiveness. Everyone is a co-creator and makes the event possible. For this reason, everyone has to purchase a ticket. Yes even the dj's, performers, organisers and artists buy a ticket. The money from the ticket sales are used to cover the cost of hosting the event and given back to the community in the form of art grants. In the spirit of equality, we require everyone to buy a ticket with the price of 35 euros.

But we wouldn't consider it as a payment, but rather as an investment in the common dream, because most of the money will be given back in the form of grants to those who create program.

Art Grants

We aim to give as much of the money gathered from tickets back to the community in the form of art grants. Art grants are a financial support that each creation can apply for. This might cover some of the expenses, but be prepared to handle your own budget.

Not all creations will be granted financial support.

Program

TO BE UPDATED.

The Ten Principles

Burning Man has established ten guidelines over which it has built the Burning Man culture. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception. Helsinki Decompression will be built over these fundamental principles.

Gifting


Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Participation


Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Radical Self-Expression


Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Radical Self-Reliance


Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Decommodification


In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Civic Responsibility


We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Radical Inclusion


Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Communal Effort


Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Leaving No Trace


Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Immediacy


Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

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Cirko

Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki