Burning Man, the weekly art and cultural event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, boasts of the principle of "radical inclusion". However, this may no longer apply to exclusive camps for wealthy attendees who offer luxurious amenities while polluting the environment.
In a blog entry this weekend titled "Cultural Course Correcting," Marian Goodell, CEO of Burning Man, unveiled a number of changes to the ticket sales and placement of the Camp for Burning Man 2019 to be held in August and by attendees much praise. And for the first time in the history of the event she has publicly refused an entire camp.
The name of this camp was Humano the Tribe, one of the so-called "turnkey" or "plug and play" camps that provide roll-up attendants with pre-made pads and personal "Sherpas". Some participants have compared the presence of Humano with the Fyre Festival ̵
A Pricelist for the Humano in Burning Man 2018 Camp, obtained from Mashable, shows the accommodation from $ 25,000 for a 160 m² single bedouin tent with mini bar and air conditioning. The prices for a "Moon Village" with two bedrooms, a private bath and a "Super Power AC" are up to $ 100,000. There is also a "tribal fee" of $ 2,000, the cost of the "inauguration".
To put this into perspective, the price of a Burning Man ticket starts at $ 190 for low-income entrants and ends at $ 1,200, a voluntary price for those who can afford it. "Home Sales" tickets are $ 425. The average personal income of participants in 2017, the last year for which census data is available, was $ 60,000.
In recent years, however, there has been a boom in wealthy participants, especially from Silicon Valley. For years, the debate has raged over whether turnkey camps should be allowed and to what extent the rich "participate" rather than "watch" (viewers are a big burning man-no-no).
Humano, with its Facebook and Instagram pages full of models in basic Burner clothing and a camp layout that does not seem to be inviting to neighbors, seems to be the poster boy for everything the old-school Burners do have made a mistake the event.
Humano did not respond to a comment. The camp's founders have reportedly told the Burning Man organization that the price list is the work of a third-party concierger, raising its own exorbitant fees. However, the price list document appears to have been drafted on behalf of Humano's co-founder and restaurant investor, Santiago Gomez.
In any case, it was not the outrageous price list that was responsible for inviting Humano. It was the camp's ignorance of the most sacred Burning Man principle: Leave no trace.
Goodell described the camp as a "resource burden" with several environmental cites by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owning the country on which Burning Man is located and several complaints from neighboring camps at the 2018 event.
What However, she did not mention that the camp literally ran toilet water.
These private restrooms were designed to save $ 100,000 guests from the indignation of the event's many public porta potties. However, according to Burning Man sources, Humano arrived with PVC pipes improperly connected to the toilets. Instead of fixing the problem with the right plumbing fixtures available in Reno within a 90-kilometer radius, Humano simply glued the pipes with tape.
This led to euphemistically known as black water water seeped onto the Playa. This is about as dangerous to your health as possible. Ironically, Humano's booklet had promised a "green theme camp" with a workshop on waste.
The camp also had problems keeping its gray water after washing, and failed to clean the dance floor of garbage for a few days after the organization had inspected it and asked for it.
Burning Man takes the garbage so seriously that every year he produces a "MOOP [matter out of place] card" intended to embarrass camps that even leave a bottle cap. It is not a spoiler for the unpublished map of 2018, which states that the location of Humano is the deepest red.
The hits continue. The Humano booklet claimed that private chefs would focus on "raw and organic ingredients" from "local farms," even though there are no farms in the Black Rock Desert. It is said that his art vehicle, the "Tribe Car," returned from a "year-long hibernation". That was because Burning Man's own DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles) had banned a number of violations the previous year.
A long reddit thread dedicated to Humano instructs various camp neighbors to accuse them of "ruining multiple blocks" of MOOP and leaving supporters in areas destined for other camps. It is also alleged that Humano's packages were designed to accompany several female models.
Mashable also showed unfulfilled claims for reimbursements from Humano participants over $ 130,000 paid for a stay in a luxury RV and did not get what they expected.
And all this may just be the tip of the iceberg of bad camps. "There are a dozen other camps that have been sent warnings," wrote Goodell.
It remains to be seen if the organization can control the worst excesses of such groups before they destroy the host organism.