A time-lapse video of the 2011 Burning Man festival has been released. The five-minute film is shot from a hill over the annual event, showing the large dust storms of the desert days and bright, multi-colored lights of the night-time parties.
The video can probably speak for itself, but to clarify, From Dust to Dust covers five weeks of activity in the patch of Nevada desert known as Black Rock, including weeks of preparation, the building of The Temple, night time revelry and finally, the burning of the temple and the clean up.
The video was produced by Matthew Goodman and edited by Peretz Partensky. The sound track, which is well worth listening to, was done by Sharps / Saedos Records.
The 25th Burning Man Festival came to an end on Sept. 3, 2011. Nearly 50,000 people gathered at Black Rock's playa, where they lived, partied and celebrated community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification and revelry for a week.
The theme for this year's Burning Man was Rites of Passage. The event, which used to be free cost, $360, with tickets going for as high as $1000 on Stub Hub.
Every year, both the artistic central temple and the giant effigy, which are burned at the end of the festival, are the centers of Burning Man. This year, the Temple of Transition, a 120 foot tall, multi-building structure that resembles an alien church, was at the center of the temporary city in the desert.
What we call 'The Temple' is a collective Idea, a Feeling, an Aura projected from the Participants onto the blank template of the building itself. It is therefore our mission to create the Temple as an empty, yet simultaneously beautiful, inspiring, and supportive vessel, that gently suggests & enables Participants to both feel & interact with it's intangible essence, International Arts Megacrew said on Kickstarter.