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Description - AfterBurn by Lee Gilmore

The Burning Man Festival is a weeklong spasm of radical self-expression held annually just before Labour Day since 1986. In late August 2003, more than 33,000 participants converged in Nevada's Black Rock Desert for this counterculture event staged as an experiment in temporary community. The participants gather to rid themselves of the conventional structures of their life and to 'sample' the alternatives in hundreds of theme camps. The climax of the festival comes when attendees erupt into cheers and applause at the burning of a forty-foot-tall human effigy described as 'part pre-technological idol and part post-technological puppet'. Both Lee Gilmore and Mark Van Proyen have attended Burning Man annually since 1996.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826333995
ISBN-10: 0826333990
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 221
Imprint: University of New Mexico Press
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lee Gilmore

Lee Gilmore received her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and teaches at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Mark Van Proyen is associate professor of art history, painting, and digital media at the San Francisco Art Institute.