This is a video at Burning Man in 2013, showing the simple method we used to wash over 200 people’s feet at our Christian Science camp.
This year we’re planning on washing over 1,000 people’s feet. We’ll also be offering Christian Science prayer / treatment for anyone who requests it at our camp, along with three metaphysical talks by John Tyler, CSB, hosted at Sacred Spaces (4&Gold) and Center Camp. If you’re going to Burning Man this year, look for us in the Isfahan and 9:15 neighborhood. We’re looking forward to washing your dusty feet!
A warm thank you again to everyone who has helped us in any way this year. Our hearts are filled to the brim with gratitude.
Fujiko Signs, C.S.B. gave a 50 minute Christian Science lecture at the 2013 Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada titled “Love without limit, Life without fear”. The talk was delivered at the Red Lightning Camp main stage.
To commidify oneself (or to be commidified) is to be easily measurable, rankable, and knowable. Burners, who come out of a capitalist counter-cultural context, tend to think of that in economic terms – and that’s certainly true. The term “commodity” means something that is bought and sold. But the process of commodification – of turning something into a product suitable for purchase – also has everything to do with social class, with big data, with the quantified self, and with the kind of psychology that seeks to make us all simpler and shallower rather than deeper and more complex.
When we commodify we seek to make others, and ourselves, more like things, and less like human beings. “Decommodification,” then, is to reverse this process. To make the world and the people in it more unique, more priceless, more human.
We are not objects, you and I. We are not apps, we are not code, we are not commodities. Nothing that we are can truly be bought or sold, and we are more important than things. The principle of Decomodification is a reminder of that, and a challenge to bring that insight into our lives.
Michael shot and edited this video of our group’s sharing presentation with the families in Reno who supported our 2013 trip. We were still covered in playa dust and everything was still fresh in our minds.
This is a sweet time-lapse video of the building of Burning Man in 2013 up through the burning of the Man itself. Amazing to think about how we were some of those little dots of light scurrying around at night sometimes. 🙂
This video captures Burning Man 2013 from an elevation of 5495 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City. Old Razorback, aka Trego Peak, provides a unique vista of this incredible annual event. Climbing to the peak of Old Razorback has become a challenging and rewarding tradition for our team. This is a view that most will never experience in person. It is our passion to share it with the world through the lens of a camera. Climbing 1,888 feet in less than a mile over steep, unstable mountainside is a dangerous and exhilarating mission. This year we deployed cameras during the build week, capturing the growth of the city and ending it the night of the burn. We express gratitude to the family and friends that joined us for this epic climb. We could not do it alone. Many thanks to our team this year: Mark Phipps, John Phipps, Dallon Phipps, Kevin Johnson & Meghan Johnson. We also offer heartfelt thanks to OpenOptics (Inspired Flight) and Dusty Nix for designing such an incredible sound score for this year’s rendition (inspiredflightmusic.com, dustynix.com).
Some great shots of Burning Man 2013 taken from the sky. We couldn’t quite find our camp in these shots, but it gives a good perspective of the overall layout of Burning Man. Our photos will be coming soon!
We took our central shade column and spinnaker to the Berkeley Marina to test how it would all come together and hold up in the face of wind. We discovered that it was probably not going to work to use it. Being designed to catch wind, it was hard to stabilize, and was very loud and noisy, not the environment we’re looking to create. We may still install it on the playa as an art project though! 🙂
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