BURN2: A Carnival of Mirrors coming to Second Life

Inside the Temple: BURN2, 2014
Inside the Temple: BURN2, 2014

BURN2 2015 will be opening its gates on Saturday 17th October, and will run through until Sunday 25th October 2015, culminating in the burning of the Man on Saturday, October 24th and the burning of the Temple on Sunday, October 25th.

The official press release describers the theme as being:

About mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic show that takes the form of an old­ fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three essential question:  within our media­ saturated world, where products and people, consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the trickster and who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theatres of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated  carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labelled chumps and  suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick  — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear,  as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny  and the fool.

BURN2 2014: The Man
BURN2 2014: The Man

The plot sale is now open, as is the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Applications. You can purchase a plot for BURN2 directly from the kiosks on the playa, with parcels priced as follows:

  • 512 sq m / 117 LI – L$2,500
  • 1024 sq m / 234 LI – L$5,000
  • 208 sq m / 468 LI – L$10,000
  • 4096 sq m / 936 LI – L$10,000

Please ensure you read all the information on an application forms, and that you also read the
Builder Guidelines and Ten Principles before you submit your application. Aesthetics mirroring the Black Rock Desert are in effect for this event.

In addition, the BURN2 organisers have opened a sim name survey, and are asking BURN2 supporters to indicate their five favourite region names from past BURN2 events. The five most popular names will then be used for the 5 additional regions for the Carnival of Mirrors. The deadline for the completion of the survey is 20:00 SLT, Thursday, August 20th, 2015.

About BURN2

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups and the only regional event allowed to burn the man.

The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

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