Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – August 2013

In This Issue:

  • The Temple for Christchurch – Support this project!
  • Save the Date: The Artumnal Gathering – November 23, 2013
  • BRAF at Burning Man
  • Urbanauts: Sean Orlando + Rebar
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Great Wall of Oakland
    • The Music Box of New Orleans
    • Cardboardia of Moscow

The Temple for Christchurch

Our New Zealand friends report that the remarkable community-healing art installation, The Temple for Christchurch, is almost a reality!

The piece will be open to public viewing on September 1 (This is the actual day The Man burns in Black Rock City, as New Zealand is a day ahead) and will remain on view until September 14, at the site of the old Convention Centre on Peterborough St. It will then be relocated and set alight on September 21, at the Motukarara Racecourse.

The Temple’s design is based on the seismic waveforms recorded during the major earthquake on February 22, 2011, that badly damaged the city of Christchurch. Photo documentation of the Temple’s construction can be found here.

The project’s organizers have launched an online auction at and they’re auctioning some pretty cool things! You could win the chance to be the person who sets the Temple on fire or win an amazing solid silver model of the Temple.

Solid silver model of the Temple for Christchurch made by Roy at Canterbury Jewellers.

Solid silver model of the Temple for Christchurch made by Roy at Canterbury Jewellers.

A “Fun-Raising” event to coincide with the auctions is also planned.

For more information visit


The 7TH Annual Artumnal Gathering

Before you know it, BRAF’s big holiday year-end bash will be here! Mark your calendars, as tickets for the fabulous gala go on sale Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bently Reserve
400 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA  94111

The crowd at the 2008 Artumnal Gathering, photo by Nick Winterhalter

The crowd at the 2008 Artumnal Gathering, photo by Nick Winterhalter


We’re going to Burning Man!

Once again, Burning Man outreach and affiliate groups (Burners Without Borders, The Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock Solar, The Burning Man Project and The Burning Man Regional Network) are joining forces to create a unified presence at Burning Man: the “Everywhere” pavilion. We Are Everywhere!

We will be located at the intersection of the Center Camp outer ring (Rod’s Road), 6:30, and the Esplanade.

Together, the outreach groups will also host interactive activities, art projects, events and gatherings, all geared toward kindling ideas and generating momentum for off-playa, after-Burning Man outreach efforts.

Join us at one of our on-playa events!

Everywhere Pavilion Opening Celebration

The Everywhere Pavilion houses The Burning Man Project, The Black Rock Arts Foundation, Burners Without Borders, Black Rock Solar, and the Burning Man Regional Network on playa. Join us all for a convivial celebration of the ways Burning Man culture is reaching out into the wider world during the rest of the year.

Monday, August 26, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BRAF On-Playa Mixer

BRAF Members, supporters and lovers of art, everywhere: join us for our annual cocktail party! Mingle with BRAF artists and Board Members and learn about our many off-playa projects and programs.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please visit BRAF any day of the week to learn more about recent projects and future endeavors, and to add to our community-created art installation. We will be lounging in the shade from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., conspiring to bring interactive art to communities beyond the playa.

BRAF Grant Q & A Drop-In Sessions
Stop by and ask anything you’d like to know about our off-playa art grants!

Monday, August 26, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Our opening reception party in 2011, with the Front Porch!

Our opening reception party in 2011, with the Front Porch!


Artist Update: Urbanauts – Sean Orlando + Rebar

San Francisco’s de Young Museum commissioned their digital media fellow to interview Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore (co-founder of Rebar) about the fascinating “hidden systems” revealed in Urbanauts, the urban exploration project that merges fieldwork with installation.



Grantee Updates


2013 Grantee – The Great Wall of Oakland


Just imagine projecting your work onto the 100’x100′ urban screen that is the Great Wall of Oakland!  Don’t miss your chance through this BRAF supported project, we / customize the Great Wall of Oakland, a collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California.

On Friday, September 6, 2013 from 3:00 -7:00 pm ANYONE will be able to create a stop motion animation using the computers inside the Rover, OMCA’s tricked-out art bus that will be parked on West Grand in front of the Great Wall. It usually takes about twenty minutes to create an animation and no experience is necessary to use the computer programs available inside the Rover. As the sun sets and the entire city pours out onto the streets for Oakland’s First Friday events, the stop motion animations created earlier in the day will be projected larger than life onto the Great Wall for all 20,000 attendees!

By September 6, Burning Man will be a receding dream, but creating site-specific artwork in Oakland is still a reality. Join in on the fun!


2010 Grantee – The Music Box

A new vision and new collaborators!

The team behind The Music Box in New Orleans has so much to report. They have been hard at work behind the scenes preparing for the next phase of the Dithyrambalina, their musical architecture project.

Much of this year has been spent working with artists, musicians, architects and community members to evolve a new vision for the future Dithyrambalina. A new coalition is forming, consisting of amazing community partners whose talent, knowledge, and skills will greatly enrich this project. New partners include the New Orleans Guild of Master Craftsmen, who will be collaborating on a musical house with the project’s team of artists. The Guild members will use centuries-old traditional building arts techniques to imbue the structure with the legacies of generations of the legendary artisans who built New Orleans.

On the international front, an exciting collaboration with Ukrainian performers was forged with the first Dithyrambalina Outpost, created in Kiev, Ukraine as part of a US State Department initiative. More Outposts to come will share the vision for musical architecture and the spirit of New Orleans with new audiences and collaborators around the world.

Finally, The Music Box Gate has been acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art. The project organizers are thrilled this memory from The Music Box will remain in the city, especially as It features Swoon’s Thalassa on salvaged wood from the same Creole cottage that the The Music Box re-imagined.

Watch this wonderful new film about The Music Box, now!



2009 Grantee – Cardboardia

Mayya Lobova, the International Project Manager for Moscow’s Cardboardia, would like to alert the BRAF community to her organization’s internship program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and more information can be found at

Get involved with this flourishing project! Is there nothing the Cardboardia crew can’t do?

Complete Cardboard design internship


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