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Burning Man - 2006

Fear & Hope

"Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none. We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, many a one, which we seem to have ascended;there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward out of sight ... Ghostlike, we glide through nature, and should not know our place again."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We take comfort in the notion that we have a past to guide us, but we reinterpret history every day according to what happens in the present. The future, too, is a projection of our hopes and fears in what is called the here and now. But even what we term the here and now is largely an imaginary place and time. If we say that now exists exactly now, we already speak of the past. We are caught in a temporal slipstream, a state of perpetual flux. The present really narrows down into the thinnest slice of time. It is no wider than the span of a reflexive arc, that moment when the heart says to the mind: so shall it be. This year's art theme will allow us to explore how we create futurity. Express what you most hope for in the future! Express what you most fear! The Burning Man, as heartbeat of our city, will be made to rise and fall upon this tidal flow of our emotions and imagination.

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Theme Details

Theme Camps

Art Installations

Survival Guide

City Map - PolyParadise location marked

Moop Map

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Commentary

Black Rock City Map

Photo Index

Time Exposures

Complaints

The Sherman Memorial Animation

The Human Carcass Wash Sign

Hey, I'm Published

Button Art

Black Rock City From Space