What’s in the Box? be a part of Santalarity and find out!

SantalaritySantalarity, the BURN2 seasonal event, will this year kick-off at 10:00 SLT on Saturday, December 13th ans run for 24 hours.

Santalarity is BURN2’s antithesis of the typical  rushed holiday season focused on profits and buying, on unrealistic expectations and joy found in aisle 3.

So reads the event’s press release, which continues:

Instead we ask, “What’s in the box?” What do we want to give? We invite you to come to the playa, to observe artists’ interpretations of these questions; to skate, dance, drum and be present when we Burn the Box. Before the Box is burned,  messages left by visitors to the playa will be read, which will express what they would like to give. To give without expectation of return. To give for the pure joy of giving.

The event itself will start with an initial drumming by the Lamplighters. The Box will burn twice during the event, at 12:00 noon SLT and again at 20:00 SLT.

Artists and builders wishing to participate in Santalarity by building to the theme of What’s in the Box.  Land plots are free, and applications should be made via the What’s in the Box application form.

DJs and live performers who would like to participate in the event are invited to submit their details through the Santalarity Performer sign-up form. Questions about performance scheduling should be addressed to the BURN2 Performance Lead, Larree Quixote in-world.

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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BURN2 Caravansary

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BURN2 Caravansary – Daark Gothly’s celebration of the Arabian horse

BURN2 2014 opened its gates on Saturday, October 18th and will run through until Sunday October 28th.

As with previous years, the festival is spread across six regions, all in the familiar desert look, surrounded by sandy hills that add to the atmosphere and give more of a feel that the event is connected with the real life Burning Man festival.

The theme for this year is “caravansary”, with the press release on the festival noting:

This year, we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre, wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services.

Anyone may pose as ‘merchant’ here, and anyone may play a ‘customer’, but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this ‘marketplace’ will be one’s interaction with a fellow being.

BURN2 Caravansary - inside the Temple
BURN2 Caravansary – inside the Temple

There are the usual features for the event waiting to be found and experienced. These include the huge, hanger-like bulk of the Temple (set to burn twice on Sunday, October 26th at noon and 20:00 SLT), within which sits an intricate display of light, colour and statues, and before which stand images of Temples past; and the equally huge figure of the Man, awaiting his turn to burn on Saturday, October 25th, again at noon and 20:00 SLT.  There will also be the familiar and much-loved Lamp Lighters Processions twice daily (11:00 and 19:00 SLT most days), and the familiar mix of entertainments throughout.

Across the Playa, many of the builds have entered fully into the theme, offering tented shade, rich rugs, and places to sit and rest, much as traders on the great Asian trade routes may once have camped around the caravansaries to be found along their way and shared one another’s hospitality. Others are more whimsical in nature  – such as the Loch Nest Camel; Nessie with a hump, you might say…

You can find your way around the Playa on foot – just follow the grid tracks. If you prefer, you can hop aboard one of the tour balloons and drift around the regions; and if you feel particularly daring, you could grab a ride from one of the DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles!) rezzers (look for the red signs).

To find out more about the inspiration behind builds and artwork in the Playa, check of the BURN2 website for descriptions. You can also use the Schedule page on the website to quickly see what is going on throughout the festival, and identify those events you’d like to attend.

BURN2 Caravansary - The Man
BURN2 Caravansary – the Man

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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BURN2: Conception announced

logoJune 22nd-29th will mark BURN2: Conception, a time to celebrate the past, present and future. The e-mail press release announcing the event reads in part:

Sometimes it is good to look back at where we came from, so we can see how far we have come. A long, long, long, long, long time ago, where we live now looked much like our Moon. So as we look back at the start of the flame this year, let’s do it under the stars on a landscape just waiting to come to life.

The BURN2 team go on to extend an open invitation to artists and builders to apply for a place on the cratered playa, a reflection of this image of a young and new Earth, and create a vision of the past or the present or the future and help to bring the barren landscape to life.

Available craters range from 28 to 32 metres in diameter, and some overlap with one another to encourage people to develop communal builds, whether they know each other or are meeting for the first time. For those looking back, the recycling of parts of old builds seen in the playa is encouraged. Those looking to the future are encouraged to think “far out” into the future and to where we may be heading – or what may already be out there, heading our way …

Those wishing to participate in BURN2: Conception, are invited to read the Builder’s Guidelines and then, complete the application form. All applications my be submitted no later than Friday May 16th, 2014.

BURN"'s own magnificent desolation: awaiting artists and builders
BURN”‘s own magnificent desolation: awaiting artists and builders

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.

BURN2 2014 Burnal Equinox builders and artists announced

burnalOn the 19th February, the Burn2 team announced the names of the builders and artists selected for the 2014 Burnal Equinox, which will take place between Friday March 28th and Sunday March 30th inclusive in the playa regions.

The title of the event is Hotter Than Air, and the setting is the distant future where, to escape a toxin-ravaged Earth, the people have taken to the sky, building their homes beneath balloons filed with a mixture of the very toxins that poisoned the planet mixed with playa dust to create a lighter-than-air substance called Fairy Dust. In this multi-platform, multi-level environment, the people celebrate a renewal of life every Spring, decorating their balloons and platforms, travelling between them in fantastical lighter-than-air machines.

The builders and artists, selected by draw, who will help visualise this aerial setting and bring it to life are, together with the themes of their builds:

  • Annevonlinz – Latin expressions
  • Aurora Mycano – Fractal Recovery Sphere
  • Chic Aeon – Silent Contemplation
  • Cinnamon Ghoststar – Sky Garden #1
  • Ginger Lorakeet – Inside Art
  • Giovanna Cerise – Graden Glass
  • Herbie Haven – Weather Balloon
  • Instincta – Burning Ice
  • Krummis Blessed – Post Apocalypso
  • maddomxc Umino – Immortal Sculptures in the Universe
  • mongoflex – idk Yes Sorry …
  • polkamatic feller –  Burn The Past
  • Qwark Allen – Detox
  • Rogue Desmoulins – Air Brûlée
  • sirhc DeSantis – Just a Bar
  • Slatan Dryke – Yonder
  • St3m Resident – Keys to Fly
  • Veyot resident – Memories of Home
  • Yman juran – Universe of Love

Hotter Than air opens to the public on Friday March 28th, at midday SLT, and continues through until 22:00 SLT on Sunday March 30th, 2014.

BURN2 announces the 2014 Burnal Equinox

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The BURN2 team have announced the 2014 Burnal Equinox, which will take place between Friday March 28th and Sunday March 30th inclusive in the playa regions, and are inviting people to participate.

The title of the event is Hotter Than Air, and it is accompanied by a novel backstory, which reads in part:

At a time far into our future, the earth has been devastated by a multitude of scourges: harsh climate change, pollution, famine, and war. The playa is one of the last inhabitable places on earth, but toxic fumes cover the ground and rise to 100 meters. The only safe living environment is above the toxic gas at ground levels as the playa’s winds help purify the air at this altitude. Passing through this toxic ground zone is possible, but long-term exposure can be fatal.

One redeeming factor of the toxin is that when it is captured, placed into a balloon and mixed with the correct proportion of playa dust, it takes on the form of a very powerful, lighter-than-air gas.  A single five-meter balloon can lift thousands of pounds into the air.  The gaseous concoction has been fondly named Fairy Dust.

So it is that the people in this far distant future have built a city in the sky – platforms suspended beneath great balloons filled with Fairy Dust, the empty air between them bridged by fantastical lighter-than-air machines. And in this multi-platform, multi-level environment, the people celebrate a renewal of life every spring, decorating their balloons and platforms.

In keeping with this theme, the BURN2 committee invite people to submit an application for one of their 32x32x40 platform spaces in the skies over the playa, where they can design and build their own lifting balloon and platform and be a part of the celebrations. Visitor to the event will be able to move between the platforms in transport balloons available on each platform (rezzers will be supplied to successful build applicants), adding to the flavour of the theme throughout the weekend.

Successful applicants will be asked to build a balloon and platform with a land impact no higher than 400, within a 32×32 metre area between 100 metres and 275 metres altitude, and no taller than 40 metres from base to top. Balloons can take any form, so long as they fit within the 32x32x40 area. Please refer to the Builder’s Guidelines for further information on requirements, limitation and suggestions for builds.

With the exception of the Welcome Area and Gerlach town, all builds for the celebration will be in the sky, including the Centre Camp, Lamplighters Village, and this year’s Burn Area, making this a truly individual celebration.

The closing date for applications is Monday February 17th, 2014.