Since not everyone gets a wristband when coming to Burning Man I will bring as many as I can and gift them to our beautiful community. Here you can read about my ideas and the design. I ask for your support by passing them out on Playa or support our lovely volunteers from Camp Mobility.
The Burning Man Wristband Art project will collaborate with Camp Mobility this year.
I always wanted my wristbands to bring people together and feel more connected. This year the lovely folks from Camp Mobility will give out wristbands. This way more interaction and experiences for abled and alternatively abled people will be created.
Please support our mission to bring people together.
This year's theme "Metamorphoses" is all about transformation. About a miraculous process that creates magnificent artworks and life-changing encounters in this entropic caleidoscope co-created by thousands of Burners on Playa.
"But how does the Burn looks like when seen from high above?" I wondered.
I started researching satellite images and drone footage of the Burn and became inspired by the structures I found [1,2,3].
Then the artwork "Love is a Riot" from Android Jones came to my mind with its masterful interplay between macro- and microcosm .
I envisioned how the metamorphoses of the Burn would form a giant mesmerizing structure - a mandala stretching from the effigy burn all the way to the deep playa.
Supporters of this project will get a wristband from me personally on Playa. You will be informed via e-mail about where to meet up. If you can't make it to the Playa this year your wristband will be mailed to you.
For all other Burners there will be several places where you can get your wristband. Please check out the table below. Times will be announced on August 22rd.
|Center Camp Art Exhibit|
(Exact location TBA)
|Mon - Sun||Anytime|
|Somewhere on Playa *||Tue - Sun||Fate decides :)|
* You can meet me and my volunteers on Playa if fate brings us together. Watch out for people wearing a sign "Burning Man Wristbands". Say hello to hear about this year's design and get your wristband.
J Michael Heider
Where the Sheep Sleep Crew
I started going to Burns in 2010, when I went to my first Burning Man. And oh boy, was I blown away - the sense of community, the open mindset, the immense wealth of creativity and - most of all - the feeling that we see each other as for who we are. Not a role, not a job, but a human being. I found my home and till this day that is the place where my heart is.
Becoming a Burner was also a personal journey for me to find out how i can contribute, of what i can bring in.
And this was my idea: At Burning Man you don't get a wristband when you enter the gates. But i like wristbands and i think other people do too. So in 2011 I started to create wristbands for Burning Man. A lot of people liked the idea so it turned into my personal art project - The Burning Man Wristband Project. Through this project I became connected with a lot of different Burner groups and artists and i started to explore the regional Burns, like AfrikaBurn.
A lot of things happened since then and now I am an active part of the community, being involved in many art projects and doing design and communication work for Burns and related events.