Burning Man founder Crimson Rose continues her tour of urban art conferences, this time appearing on a panel at the International Sculpture Center Conference in New Orleans. Here’s what she had to say about her visit:
I saw that the theme for this years ISC’s Conference, now in its 24th year was Sculpture, Culture & Community. I knew that Burning Man needed to be involved and successfully applied for a panel called “Ignite the Art Spirit through Interactive Community Collaboration:”
“Interactive Community Collaboration is the context for creativity that blurs the distinction between audience and art form. People are transformed from spectator to participant and are given permission to become active contributors to a creative process. Gifting the experience of interactive art to a community is a way that is inclusive rather than exclusive, that permits spontaneous and immediate opportunities to interact with the art and to create ritual around such engagement.”
I was joined on the panel by David Best, the great sculptor who created the Temple at Burning Man, Sean Orlando from Five Tone Crane Arts Group, and Delaney Martin of New Orleans Airlift. We discussed the ideal vessel or receptacle for allowing interactive collaboration to flourish — be it Black Rock City or a public square in New Orleans — as well as the art of setting your art on fire, a practice of impermanence that’s far from the norm in the art world.
While in New Orleans, we also had an opportunity to take a tour of the Public Art of the City, which I truly enjoyed.