Today's assignment: Read today's Placement Announce #9. Note a lot of discussion about interactivity from the placers. They don't place everyone that applies for a nice close in convenient camping spot:
-- Don't Forget Your Camp Name...
-- Interactivity + Proportional Size = Placement
-- Proper Gate Etiquette: Fancy Website Edition!
-- Jungo? No!-no!
-- You Can Feed the Artists: Rites of Cabbage
Simple, quick reminder: you will speed a reply -- on the wings of Mercury --
if you include your Camp Name in the subject lines of all emails to
INSIDE THE MIND OF A PLACER
By tonight you should receive individualized notification whether you are placed
or not, and if you are, where? First we wanted to share some of our thought
process behind making placement decisions.
What do placers really think, and how can this help you?
Bigger is not better: especially when an increase in the size of the camp
does not see a proportional increase in interactivity for participants.
Our reserved area for Theme Camps and Villages at BRC are finite. Placing 10
smaller theme camps is much easier than placing 10 very large camps. There
is a higher likelihood of a more interactive area with the 10 smaller camps.
When we look at camps that are becoming larger and requesting more space,
we really look at the what the interactivity is and if the size request seems
to be justified.
Collaboration = Village
We at Burning Man love collaboration. Villages also have a limit on how big
they can be, so again the smaller the camps within the village the more
camps that can get together and share resources. This truly is the model for
collaboration, as it is very difficult for the placement team to accommodate
numerous requests from individual camps that wish to share borders, and yet
are not a village. In essence those requests create a "camp" that becomes
too big to place.
Interactivity- Completed Questionnaires - Proportional Sizes = Placement -
If we have the room!
Our team reads each and every questionnaire. We look at each and every camp
plan. We are getting a sense of what the trends are and how to approach our
job each year to help create a vital - functioning- fun city when our event
begins, after all we only have a week! If some camps are not placed,
generally it is because it is not a good fit. Keep in mind when completing a
questionnaire - that the interactivity, completeness of questionnaires, and
the proportional size are by far the highest priorities on our lists.
Here's a link to some important tips on what to expect at the Gate when arriving
at Black Rock City and how to make the process go as smoothly as possible for
you - now with interactive FAQ and a diagram illustrating Exodus "pulsing"
JUNGO ROAD DRIVING ADVISORY
Those of you driving to Gerlach through Humboldt County, please be advised: do not take JUNGO ROAD. Jungo Road is the dirt road from Winnemucca to Gerlach, also known as "High Road", and as Nevada Road #2048. Humboldt Roads and Service have asked us to advise you not to take this road unless you want to get stuck. The road is dirt, cared for only once a year (in early spring) and is a notorious RV/Car trap. Please take other roads that are better cared for and paved, such as I-80w through Winnemucca. From Winnemucca, drive on I-80w for 132 miles, then you will see signs for Wadsworth/Pyramid Lake. Take a right onto Highway 447 and travel 68 miles north until reaching Gerlach. It will take you 3.5 hours without traffic, but just imagine how much time a busted flat on JUNGO will cost you. Travel safe! I-80 will get you to the playa!
Attention Theme Camps - Soup's On, Baby!
Join with Feed the Artists in this year’s Rites of Cabbage as we feed hungry artists on the playa.
Break bread and commune with artists this year by offering a heart-felt meal to hungry and appreciative artists. You know, those hard-working, butt-busting burner artists that create wonders on the playa would just love a meal from you during setup AND/OR burn week. The gift of a nourishing meal creates community, and will make a huge impact not only on the artists, but also on YOU, their hosts. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and get to know incredible people in an intimate setting, learn about their art projects, and possibly make some new life-long friends!
Hosting meals can be done by Theme Camps or any group or individual willing and able to perform this gracious act! Yes, YOU can cook up an incredible gift by hosting some amazing artists for a meal -- it's easy, it's fun, and it's sure to be a highlight of your Burn.
Here's how it works:
1. Go to feedtheartists.net and register to host an artist group.
2. Once you register go to the invite page which can be accessed from your Theme Camps’ event page. There will be be a link that says: "Invite more artists to dinner".
3. Choose the artist(s) that you want to invite and fill in the 'dinner time' field for each day you are inviting.
4. Click “send invites” at the bottom.
Once invited, the artist(s) will receive an invitation, with your contact information, which they have to confirm. Once confirmed, you’ll receive a confirmation, with all the artist group’s contact information, and you guys can then contact each other to work out all the details.
When you arrive on-playa, check-in at the FtA camp, so that we can make sure everything is still a go. We will also have an on-playa reservation system, if you decide you want to invite additional artists or add additional nights, and we’ll be providing other support services.
If you have any questions about the site, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rites of Cabbage – Feed the Artists is taking it to a new level this year!
Last year, 50 theme camps fed over 1500
meals to grateful artists, and this year, we want to increase the number of theme camps participating to 100!!!!
We incubated FtA at Burning Man, which was the ideal setting to develop a program that strengthens community connections by bringing people together to celebrate the original art form: preparation, service, and sharing of food. The program has caught on like wildfire, and we're excited to now be fulfilling our vision of moving FtA out to the regional Burning Man events, with Transformus being the first Regional to host their own FtA program. In fact, this program has far reaching implications beyond the playa and Burning Man artist groups -- imagine Feed the Teachers, Feed the Firemen, Feed the Disaster Relief Workers -- you get the idea. Radical Collaboration at its best!!! That’s where we’re headed! And we want you all to join us!
So register and invite, today, and if you feel so inclined, please check out our online
art auction at stores.ebay.com/Feed-the-Artists, and our Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/qBgzci
Bars on the Playa, Fire-Safety Guidelines, Rewards for the Best LNT Camps and more.
- The 2011 Placement Team
Abdullah, Answergirl, Baulknaub, Big Cheese, BlackJack, Dayzee, HepKitten, The Machine, Pixel, Rascal, Retro, Rev. Bloodshot, Sacred Flame, Scar, Shadow, Sweetthang, Termeh, and WD.