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August 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm #8973worldismyoysterMember
I’m going to Burning Man at the end of the month before moving to Chengdu. Are there any burners out here?August 6, 2012 at 6:44 am #19911
Damn, I’m jealous that you’re going to burning man! I’ve never been myself but have been to many regional events between NYC and Washington D.C. and in SF. There is a asian regional burners page, but most of the China burners seem to be in Beijing or Shanghai. That being said, there is still some like minded people in Chengdu, a few fire performers, lots of musicians, and the occasional psychonaut.
Have fun in BRC, feel free to reach out when you get to Chengdu!August 7, 2012 at 3:10 am #19921
I’ve met a handful of Burners in Chengdu, they are definitely around!August 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm #20054
I’m going to be at the burn this year and then leave straight for Chengdu. Let me know if you want to get in touch!August 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm #20083BillyMember
Are you asking to meet people who smoke the good stuff in Chengdu? Many here, bro. Many. Chengdu is a hippie city.August 20, 2012 at 2:25 am #20092
I think he’s referring to this..August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm #20118BillyMember
I don’t get why he’d want to meet someone (in China) who went to a big art show in the Nevada desert? To share photos? I’m reading between the lines. 😉August 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm #20129worldismyoysterMember
I’m moving to Chengdu after attending Burning Man this year so I thought it would be cool to meet-up with some Sichuan burners. As it turns out I’ll probably have a couple brews with Brent on the Playa (aka one of the most amazing places on earth)August 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm #20141
Definitely the coolest place on earth- have you gone before?August 21, 2012 at 3:03 am #20160Quote:I don’t get why he’d want to meet someone (in China) who went to a big art show in the Nevada desert? To share photos? I’m reading between the lines. 😉
In addition to the event, being a burner encompasses adopting certain traditions and beliefs. It’s kind of like a giant collective.September 3, 2012 at 8:10 am #20503
2012 looked like another amazing year. There are some great pictures posted here on Daily Mail.September 3, 2012 at 10:23 am #20513
It was an excellent burn, it definitely put me in the right headspace for moving to China. And here I am now in my dorm at Southwest University of Nationalities. People in Chengdu are just as friendly and welcoming as those 60,000 in Black Rock City.
Is anyone interested in meeting up? I’ve seen some of the city and would love to start making connections!September 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm #20518Ye MingParticipant
Are you part of the USAC program at Uni of nationalities? Im staying in the dorms of SW uni of minorities/nationalities. The one with the hotel underneath, are u too?September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm #20519Chengdu PeteParticipantQuote:It was an excellent burn, it definitely put me in the right headspace for moving to China.
Not sure how you can related excessive freedom of expression to a country and city where there is not much of it and everybody is extremely money focused (sucks to be poor in China after all).September 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm #20522
@Pete, I learned a metaphor at Burning Man: at all times in life you have shit on your shoe and an ice cream cone in your hand. Some people choose to focus on the shit on their foot and they’ll even go up to you and say, “look at this shit.. look how bad it smells.” And then some people choose to focus on the ice cream… they’ll even share it with you and show you how great it tastes: “check out the wonderful flavor of this ice cream!”
A lot of things suck in a lot of places. A lot of things are awesome in a lot of places. I choose to look at the awesome.
@Ye Ming USAC, yes!September 4, 2012 at 2:16 am #20524Quote:at all times in life you have shit on your shoe and an ice cream cone in your hand. Some people choose to focus on the shit on their foot and they’ll even go up to you and say, “look at this shit.. look how bad it smells.” And then some people choose to focus on the ice cream… they’ll even share it with you and show you how great it tastes: “check out the wonderful flavor of this ice cream!”
That is a brilliant realization.September 4, 2012 at 6:47 am #20533Quote:Is anyone interested in meeting up? I’ve seen some of the city and would love to start making connections!
Sent you a PMSeptember 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm #20549
Some more amazing photos from Chinese-American Peikwen Cheng.Quote:An escape from daily life can be found next week at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. Photographer Peikwen Cheng has attended and photographed the event nine times since 2000.
Cheng’s ongoing “Lost and Found” series draws from his experience of “losing the ability to dream and then refinding it,” he said.
When he first visited Burning Man, it allowed him to reflect and channel his efforts to photography. He went there for adventure, he said, and to be engulfed in a creative environment. He left refreshed and inspired.
Each year that he has returned, he continues to work on his project. His first year was about experimenting with photography. Over 10 years, a clear direction developed for him, he said.
While tens of thousands attend the event, Cheng captures just a few of the participants in his surreal, dreamlike photographs. Grabbing his gear and heading out during a sandstorm when everyone else retreats gives his images a unique feeling. Many of his subjects look lost.
“That was the feeling I wanted in the pictures,” he said. In fact, sometimes Cheng got lost himself as he wandered around the prehistoric lake bed.
But “I like to get lost,” he said.
The experience is different every year, which keeps him coming back.
According to the Burning Man website, the event is “an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.”
“The takeaway is inspiration,” Cheng said.September 5, 2012 at 2:25 am #20553
I shared the photos Burning Man photos that Justin posted above with colleagues yesterday and one of them had an interesting reply. “We have the same thing in Xichang”.
Obviously it’s not the same thing, but it is an interesting discovery. It’s an Yi Minority torch festival which takes place every year in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou for 3 days. Here’s the Baidu Baike entry for it (Chinese wikipedia) and some photos:Quote:Some more amazing photos from Chinese-American Peikwen Cheng.
That looks magical. I feel like I’m in an altered state just looking at these photos.September 5, 2012 at 2:29 am #20554Quote:Yi Minority torch festival
Too bad this happened in June, it would have made a great weekend trip!
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