Burning man to host ‘I,Robot’ themed festival in 2018
While it might be a worldwide phenomenon, with festival goers coming from far and wide to marvel at the hedonistic paradise known as Burning Man, the festival started out more than 3 decades ago, in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. Situated more than an hour’s drive from Reno, the festival has long been an oasis for droves of festival-goers, who feel the need to find a safe place where they can gather with like-minded individuals. The gathering focuses on holistic views that include 10 main principals, namely “radical” inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace.
Now bigger than ever before, the festival includes appearances by some of the world’s top DJ’s including Carl Cox, Dixon, Guy Mantzur, Maceo Plex and Major Lazer. Further appealing to an extremely diverse gathering of individuals and groups alike, Burning Man has become well known for its themed costumes and megastructures, with the 2017 Radical Ritual edition drawing up to 70,000 attendees. Past themes include DaVinci’s Workshop, Carnival of Mirrors and Caravansary.
Wasting no time, the 2018 edition of the event has already been announced, sporting a brand new the theme titled I,Robot. The theme that gets its name from Isaac Asimov’s popular sci-fi series from the 1950s. If the extremely artistic and trending social media snapshots and photo sets of past years are anything to go by, the new theme will undoubtedly be worth the wait, with fans of the event already planning the perfect costume for the event, which in some case might be nothing at all, tying in with Burning Man’s reputation for freedom and escapism. While the event makes a point of removing the individual from their daily rat race, it certainly resembles a somewhat post-apocalyptic world, where humans no longer feed on the technology that drives us apart.