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2022/08/28 Burning Man 2022, Waking Dreams
π 2022-08-28 00:00 in Bm
Like the previous years, it was a lot of work to process/fix/sort all the pictures and write this summary report (Around 3500 pictures, trimmed down to 2684, and 478 selected as the better ones sorted in different categories, 216 are in this page because I'm not good at picking :) ). All pictures are geotagged, so you can click on them to see where they were.
As a way to say thanks if you enjoy the report, share it with your fellow burners, or friends who might be interested in burning man.
If you'd like to see reports from previous years, you can go to my main BM page, and especially if you don't know burning man, you should read my 2002 page which has more of an introduction.

If you'd like to use my pictures in a commercial setting, drop me a line to discuss and I can give you full resolution pictures (marc<at>merlins.org).
If you'd like to say thanks with cash, please donate money to one of the many camps and art installations that are often out of pocket after burning man. If you don't know which one, please donate to Opulent Temple: https://www.opulenttemple.org

Summary:

  • Flight and Airport (summary in this page) or open a tab to Flight and Airport (picture album)
  • Black Rock City (summary in this page) or open a tab to Black Rock City (google photos) Black Rock City (local picture album)
  • Art (summary in this page) or open a tab to Art (google photos) Art (local picture album)
  • Camps (summary in this page) or open a tab to Camps (google photos) Camps (local picture album)
  • People (summary in this page) or open a tab to People (google photos) People (local picture album)
  • Fire (summary in this page) or open a tab to Vehicles (google photos) Vehicles (local picture album)
  • Vehicles (summary in this page) or open a tab to Fire (google photos) Fire (local picture album)
  • The Man (summary in this page) or open a tab to The Man (google photos) The Man (local picture album)
  • Temple (summary in this page) or open a tab to Temple (google photos) Temple (local picture album)
  • Conclusion
  • Tips
  • Thanks
  • Despite the very warm weather every day, I went out biking every waking hour, and barely managed to bike every street this year! That said, all in all I only biked 150 miles/240km, which is less than some other years, go figure...



    This is had been 3 years since last burning man, I had time to upgrade my LED outfit to a 4 times larger 128x192 pixels. If you're interested, I wrote this page on version 5 of my LED outfit and if you'd like to know even more I've written a full article about my different LED outfits over the last 7 years, why and how.

    Glad to be back
    Glad to be back

    This year, I didn't bring back my 4096 neopixel matrix, it had been too damaged by playa dust and it felt too unreliable as a result. Instead I brought a new RGBPanel display that is equivalent to my wearable outfit, but with bigger pixels. See this page Putting some P5 64x32 Azerone Panels To Good Use, a Big 128x192 Matrix for build details. It looked like this:

    I wrapped it up carefully to avoid playa dust damage
    I wrapped it up carefully to avoid playa dust damage



    Anyway, let's get on with the pictures:

    Black Rock City

    Easy and unevenful flight:



    thank you to the lovely airport volunteer who helped us tie down the plane
    thank you to the lovely airport volunteer who helped us tie down the plane

    Flight pictures here.

    Another year, another Burning Man with its infrastructure:

    Center Camp:





    The post offices were always fun to see:


    Hillarious that they show you how to fill a postcard for those who never have :)
    Hillarious that they show you how to fill a postcard for those who never have :)


    Also a passport office this time around:


    Lost and found was super well organized:


    pictures of all the phones returned
    pictures of all the phones returned


    shoes, clothes, and water bottles just went in bins
    shoes, clothes, and water bottles just went in bins

    and thanks for those who helped direct traffic through the hundreds of intersections by adding red lights :)
    and thanks for those who helped direct traffic through the hundreds of intersections by adding red lights :)

    Like each year, thanks to our lamp lighters:



    And yes, weather was tough this year, lost of dust storms, one was severe and lasted most of the day:



    but with my trusty GPS, it was easy to get to places even with 0 vis, which I had to do several times:


    But the weather, sunsets, and sunrises are beautiful:








    Some people were even camping in deep playa to avoid the crowds:



    BMorg even nicely put a few porta potties for them :)
    BMorg even nicely put a few porta potties for them :)

    Another marked change was the amount of drones, I think there were 3 different teams this year:






    Art

    Glad to be back to enjoy a bunch of art on the playa:




    great to see art at sunrise
    great to see art at sunrise

    Sunset is always magical:






    and given the temperatures, it was a lot more fun to see art at night:



    comfort and joy was beautiful
    comfort and joy was beautiful










    Good to see Paraluna again
    Good to see Paraluna again








    Very cool to see a movie theatre in deep playa:




    A cool change is burning man that has been helping some art installations by providing solar power and batteries to avoid generators:


    Camps

    Like last years, we stayed at Dustfish. I tried to improve our solar system for this year, and managed to make just enough to power all our electronics: my power hungry flashlights, and LED outfit, soldering iron, and laptop:




    I had 2 sets of solar panels as input, and a meter to show how much power I used
    I had 2 sets of solar panels as input, and a meter to show how much power I used

    our camp had a big generator though, but happy I didn't need to plug into it
    our camp had a big generator though, but happy I didn't need to plug into it

    it was good to power art like this one
    it was good to power art like this one

    and my art piece which I wrapped carefully to avoid playa damage
    and my art piece which I wrapped carefully to avoid playa damage



    Despite high temperatures every day (100F/37C), and dust storms on some days, I managed to go see every camp and bike every single street. Here are random pictures of camps:












    Lots of camps offering food as always, thank you to everyone:





    Night camp pictures:









    One night was the Illuminaughty LED party:






    Then, we have the sound camps. So happy to see so many camps offering lots of music.
    I made 3 different pages on these:

  • Burning Man Trance Night on BAAAHS Art Car with Alvin Ko/Parzival, Karin Bash - Dave Dresden - Afik Cohen/Aphexcx
  • Burning Man Anjunabeats Trance Night With Spencer Brown, Paavo from Above and Beyond, and Dave Dresden
  • Burning Man Anjunabeats Trance Night With Spencer Brown, Paavo from Above and Beyond, and Dave Dresden
  • People

    As each year, people pictures:

    it was fun to wear my outfit at BM of course, plenty of poeple liked it :)
    it was fun to wear my outfit at BM of course, plenty of poeple liked it :)

    didn't see as much wearable LED, but found this
    didn't see as much wearable LED, but found this



    really nice to have Rick Doblin again for an update on MAPS' research
    really nice to have Rick Doblin again for an update on MAPS' research

    the people you randomly find: I biked by a camp that offered to fix your bike lights with a soldering iron, and it was no one other than Bunnie Huang, famous hardware hacker
    the people you randomly find: I biked by a camp that offered to fix your bike lights with a soldering iron, and it was no one other than Bunnie Huang, famous hardware hacker

    also cool to run into Louis Beaudoin, who wrote the RGBPanel library for the previous version of my outfit
    also cool to run into Louis Beaudoin, who wrote the RGBPanel library for the previous version of my outfit

    It was fun to go see the Billion Bunny March and Bunnies vs Carrots:








    Fire

    Outside of the big fire, there are plenty of other ones, and some are quite impressive too:

    Fire Planning:




    Nice to see fire dancers as always:



    Due to weather and art this year, there were fewer pieces of art that burnt before saturday, but saw a few:






    Vehicles

    As usual, I enjoyed all the crazy vehicles, art carts, and bike-like constructions :)














    Lovely cuttlefish:


    Mayan Warrior was awesome as always:




    As well as Pulpo:



    And my friends' BAAAHS sheep art car:



    Lots of other random vehicles:

    nice plate
    nice plate


    there is a nice shuttle system now linked to the burner express
    there is a nice shuttle system now linked to the burner express

    Another fun sight is the sea of bikes at night:




    Some very cool bike lights:

    The Man










    For this year, thanks to my friend Afik, I tried something different, and watched the burn from an art car. Unfortuantely the angle wasn't perfect, and it was hard to get good shots of the fire dancers, but it was still interesting:









    Then it was time to go see the see the fire close-up:



    And the fun part is going around the circle of art cars:

    nice to see the nice folks who were nice enough to feed us
    nice to see the nice folks who were nice enough to feed us



    Temple

    The temple was super nice this year, fun to take a few pictures:












    Always great and difficult to see inside:







    And this year, I stayed for the temple burn:







    Conclusion

    It was interesting to stay the last day for the temple burn, definitely a low key day, and then it was time to fly home. Very glad to see the exodus line from the sky, and not be in it:


    Well, that was 12th burn after a 3 year wait. It was probably the toughest weather-wise, and maybe missing a few things compared to usual, but still, it was so glad to be back.

    I hope you enjoyed this report. Feel free to say thanks to me by simply sharing it with your friends, and see you on the playa in the future (or you'll see me at night with my lights).

    Tips

  • My 2002 report has a bit more of an introduction: http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2002
  • My 2014 has more up to date tips, have a look at them: http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2014/#Tips
  • http://www.burningman.com/media/doc/preparation/tip_sheets/bm08_tipsheet.pdf
  • http://overyonderlust.com/must-know-burning-man-tips-for-newbies
  • http://sfist.com/2012/08/27/bay_area_burners_bestow_burning_man.php
  • http://www.anybodyburns.com/bmhintstips.htm
  • Thanks

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to burning man by:
  • Opulent Temple for the great music camp and nights, as well as BAAAHS for the great art car and lovely trance.
  • designing/bringing/building art installations, as well as art cars
  • building camps that were offering music, drinks, fries, crepes, brownies magic or not :), or anything else
  • volunteering anywhere
  • sharing with others in any other way. This page was my way to share back with you, please share and enjoy :)
  • If you want to say thank you, please donate to Opulent Temple which is entirely self funded. If you can make a financial contribution, please do. You can also buy Merch Here

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