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.
Too often performance means the accomplishment of a given task measured. Here, performance means creation. Presenting feats of creativity to and with the audience.
Through workshops the masters and apprentices meet. By teaching and actively taking part we share our expertise and knowledge to others. But by teaching we also learn ourselves.
To celebrate the life and to relieve the stress levels produced by the rat race, the raw expression of music and dance are paramount for successful decompression.
You are welcome to join Decompression just as you are, and you are free to contribute in just the shape of form that you feel comfortable with. Creativity is not a performance sport. No one will rate you, no one will demand anything from you.
We encourage you all to contribute in your own way to this magnificent experience. It could be an interactive art project, DJ-ing, music performance, free hugs, a trolley for give away smoothies, an army of friendly drones, improvised performances or just a silent place to meditate.
SUBMIT YOUR CREATION
There is limited floorspace at Decompression and so workshops and installations must be reserved in advance and are subject to placement.
More info soon!
We aim to give as much of the money gathered from tickets back to the community in the form of art grants as possible. 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.
More information about the process for grant application will be released soon.
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. Even the DJs, 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.
But we wouldn't consider it as a payment, but rather as an investment in the common dream, because as much of the money will be given back as possible in the form of grants to those who create the program.
GET YOUR TICKET
In the spirit of equality, we require all attendees to buy a ticket with the same, flat price. Ticket price TBA.
(Watch this space for a link to purchase tickets)
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.
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 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.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
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.
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.
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
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.
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.