One clear, premeditated goal at BurningMan 99 was to parodize and prankify the BM power eilte relentlessly. BurningMan has become a corporate entity, and is no longer the benign creative gathering it once was. Larry Harvey is the man with the monopoly in the desert, an artsy Bill gates, if you will. The chilling tactics of client control & manipulation are the same, the same 'applications barrier to entry', the same grinning
'FUCK YOU if you don't like it, there's no alternative'
hidden behind pleasant logos and soothing rhetoric.Our antics revolved around portraying BM as such. From an operative in Australia came some wonderful stickers for playa distribution-
"The easiest way to discredit ANYONE these days would be to associate them with Microsoft."