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Dust and Illusions: A Film Review

Posted: October 16, 2010 in art, the burn

On Thursday night, I went to a screening of Olivier Bonin’s documentary on Burning Man, Dust and Illusions.

This was at Cinema 21 in Portland, Oregon, one of the only independent movie theaters in the state. The showing was at 9pm. The line — which wrapped around the block in both directions — was sprinkled with not a few blinky lights and furry costumes. An Amazonian woman in green fluorescent fishnets tore my ticket.



Favorite Art from Metropolis

Posted: October 9, 2010 in art, Burning Man 2010

I don’t know how Metropolis compared to past years — it was my first year — but the art blew me away.

Below are photos and brief descriptions of some of my favorites.


Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane (photo by Michael Holden)


Bliss Dance. This was one of the most jaw-dropping things I saw at Burning Man, period. I could go on and on about the Belle of the Ball — how animated she was, what a powerful magnetic force her mere presence exerted, how she oriented me no matter where I was on the playa, how she changed at night; this was sculpture at its finest. I have barely seen anything as impressive in the Default World, and I have been to the Uffizi, the Met, and MoMa.