From August 31 – September 7, 2015, I made my second trip to the annual Burning Man event in Nevada with my alma mater, the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). The CIIS Master of Fine Arts program offers the only for-credit course at Burning Man in the US (and maybe the world). Now a graduate of the program, I was invited to teach as a guest lecturer in the visual arts. Onsite, I delivered an academic lecture entitled “Deep Roots: Placing Burning Man within the History of Utopian Communities & Public Art.”
Over the course of the week I made an art photo project called “Creating Home.” Looking at three variables—landscape, flags and signs—gives us a micro look at how people create community at Burning Man. In addition to the photos on display, this work has been reimagined as a 2-minute video for the Burning Man press archives and a photo essay for the magazine CIIS Today.