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In Dust We Trust: A Narrative Journey into the Communal Heart of Public Art at the Burning Man Festival

Abstract The Burning Man Festival, a free-spirited yet highly sophisticated social experiment celebrating "radical self expression and radical self reliance" is well-known for its large-scale and highly interactive public art installations. For twenty-five years, Burners (as festival participants are called) have been creating and displaying amazing works of art for the annual event, which currently takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. In the desert, Burners build a temporary city, appropriate the open space to serve as their "tabula rasa" or "blank canvas," and unleash their creative potential in the name of "active participation" and social civility. In the process, they produce public art on a sca... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Stewart, Karen Ann (Author) / Goodall, Jr., Harold (Advisor) / Margolis, Eric (Advisor) / Tracy, Sarah J (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Burning Man / Creative Non-Fiction / Narrative / Photography / Visual Ethnography
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 314 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Communication 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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