Participants

Throughout the years, many different people have become a part of the Silicon Village community. Some have returned each year, some are new to the community, and they all bring something to Burning Man that helps make it something special.

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Playa Scrabble Alphabet – Gidget

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  • Bagelfather
    has been attending Burning Man for five years and is returning for his sixth year. This will be his fourth year with Silicon Village and is the current mayor (2015). Bagelfather has been on leadership for three years, he has been the stage manager, and a power ranger.
  • Breaker (aka David)
    • Helped with supporting the Shulgins in their caravan – 2007 & 2008 (Shift Happens camp)
    • Dream Quilt project – 2008
      I created the leaping dolphins after being taught to use a plasma cutter in Gidgets garage
    • Construct and dismantle Anat’s Love Camp – 2009

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  • Cha Cha
    • Merkin Fashion ShowPerformance Art:
      • Merkin Fashion Show – organizer (2013) participant (2011-12)
      • Joyism Instant Playa Weddings – assistant and officiator (2012-13)
      • cruise the waveJoyism Deep Playa Art Tours – assistant (2012)
      • Rogue Greeter – volunteer (2012)
      • Mohammed’s Mini Martini & Erotica Bar – server (2014)
    • Art Projects:
      • “The Wave” (Santa Cruz regional project) – financial contributor and builder (2014)
      • Joy Boy n Cha ChaJoyism art car – assistant and contributor (2011-14)
      • Joyism Tree – assistant and transport (2011-14)
      • Titanic bow – assistant and transport (2012)
      • Cha ChaSpinning Heart – assistant (2012)
      • Rupert’s “SV Woman” – assistant and preparation (2011-12)
      • Inside a CA Teenager’s Brain – preparation of base (2011)
    • Silicon Village Service:
      • Organized Silicon Village swag – poker chip necklaces (2012)
      • Assisted with Village flagging (2011)
      • Joyism Moop Maven (2013)
      • Participated in Power Ranger training (2015)
  • Cool Daniel
    • Mayor of Silicon Village – 2011

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  • Dazzle!
    • Build the bowling alley and do yurt tours (2011 -2012)
    • work at ARTery (2006 -2012)
    • ART tours (2009-2011)
    • Leave No Trace trainer (2006 – present)
    • presenter at Prepare for the Playa (2011)
    • lead of the fundraising team for the East Bay CORE project (2011)
    • lead of the fundraising team for the East Bay CORE project (2012)
    • Hosted a post event Trojan Horse Fundraising event (2012)
    • Contributing builder on Serpent Mother (2007) and Fire in the belly (2008)
  • Diane
    • Worked few bartending shifts at HOTD – 2010 (1st Burn)
    • Volunteered at Decom in commissary – 2011
    • Participated in 2 day-long decor making for Center Camp @ BM HDQ – 2011
    • Gave presentation on Radical Inclusion in Schools for the 1st Annual Black Rock City Educators Consortium at BRC – 2011
    • Enjoyed doing 2-3 4 hour Heart-On shifts – 2011
    • volunteering for Burnal EQ – 2011

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  • Easy
    • Been to burning man 4 times since 2005 all with Silicon Village
    • Painted the original bartop for the original 5 elements lounge
    • Been a Center Camp cafe wall artist every year attended
    • Worked Arctica ice sales
    • Hope to go this year with my daughter for her first time, she is an artist also!

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  • Furry Chris
    • Setup/teardown of camp structures such as HOTD shade and bartops, tower/arch/woman, Illumilodie dome, 5-elements pavilion, playatech furniture, etc
    • Joyism/Squirreltopia flagging
    • Joyism art car setup/teardown (tower, canopy, skirt, lights)
    • Happy Endings art car repairs (tires, electrical, seats) and load/unload to trailer.
    • Camp truck unloading/loading
    • Spun fire in front of the Man on burn night 2005 as part of a choreographed routine with the South Bay Fire Monkeys
    • Protector of Wizard’s Pagoda in 2004 with Glow Girl
    • Helped build Homouroboros in Oakland
    • Docent for Homouroboros in San Jose 2009
    • Photographer, contribute loads of well-edited pictures and videos to Rupert’s DVDs. I’ve had an album listed in the JRS

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  • Gidget
    • Founded the south bay burning man region (originally called Burning Silicon, now called South Bay) with Skid (Mike Aquino) in 2001
      Over a 4 year period, we built the regional community to include more than 300 active burners holding 4 events, on average, every month in years 2, 3 and 4 – one large house party, one meeting/social event, one hands-on workshop, and one weekend-long beach burn every month in addition to one larger annual event hosted at a public venue once every year. Every event was radically inclusive (open to all).
    • Monthly workshops included burn barrel making, EL wire workshops, virgin fairs, costume making, playa hair and make-up and more.
    • Monthly beach burns held at Red, White and Blue north of Santa Cruz
      Typically found 200-400 attendees (depending on the time of year/weather) with all night music, bonfires, fire spinning and a variety of burner-inspired community activities held Friday to Sunday.
    • Spawned and spun out many artistic collaborations and community initiatives including Burning Silicon camp (renamed Silicon Village several years later) founded to offer an on-Playa home built on radical inclusion and radical self reliance, as well as other burning man principles
    • The Dream Quilt (2008)
      Designed and created this collaborative group art project/steel sculpture, which was placed near the foot of the man.The steel patches, designed and cut by 27 different people (taught to use a plasma cutter in my garage), are stitched together and represent the connecting of individuals into a cohesive community.The shadows, cast by the images within the patches, create a dreamy visage.Visitors can pivot and tilt the steel quilt to receive the sun and wheel the nearby bed to take the shadow. Or use the patch shadows and trace a tattoo, decorating your body to carry pieces of the dream with you throughout the playa.
    • GLotus (2009)Designed and created this steel sculpture placed near the foot of the man.GLotus combines our world – symbolized by the globe – with enlightenment – symbolized by the lotus flower.Visitors can pivot and tilt the world or the lotus flower toward the sun to view both the light and the shadow.
    • Scrabble (2009, 2010, 2011)
      Designed and created this radically inclusive experience, which included hosting several workshops in my garage each summer to help participates make their letters (including teaching each person how to solder EL wire, if they wished to learn), and onplaya “games.”The game: Imagine collecting dozens of new and old friends one night on the playa… together we go out and play Scrabble. Each of us has an EL wire letter hanging in front. We mix and mingle to make words… not like traditional Scrabble… more like fun chaos
    • Windsurf Lessons (2003 to 2011) –
      Taught windsurfing in Burning Silicon camp/Silicon Village.Lessons ideal for first time beginners
  • Glow Girl
    • Pod Leader for Squirreltopia 2011-2012
    • Pod Leader for Joyism 2006-2010
    • Hosted the Merkin Fashion Show 2007-2011
    • Hosted Trick-or-Treat on the Playa 2009
    • Co-Hosted Crude Imitation Mini-Burn 2009
    • Docent for Homouroboros in San Jose 2009
    • Host a costume-making workshop each year before Burning Man 2005-Present
    • Event Coordinator for Silicon Village 2009
    • Also assist with camp flagging, furry seating on mutant vehicles, unsolicited advice and general mayhem ;P
  • Gravity Mike
    http://www.saleski.com/

    • Horseless Carriage 2.0 – Kinetic Racer (2011)
    • Cruizin’ for a Snoozin’ – Art Car (2011)
    • All-Terrain Tiki Bar – Kinetic Racer
    • When Dove’s Fry – Fire Art

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  • JaiJai
    • Been to Burning Man twice, both with Silicon Village
    • Helped build the Temple of Transition, 2011
    • Assisted Dr. Megavolt demo, 2011
    • Coordinated presentations and workshops in the SV dome 2011:
      • hormone replacement therapy for men
      • belly dance classes
      • workshops in pleasuring our partners
    • Lead BJ Practicum, 2011
  • Jason
    • one of the core folks on the South Bay CORE project – 2011
    • wiring and lighting along with a good deal of the construction for CORE Project
    • drummed for the man burn

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  • Ken Rodkey
    • I help Kilovolt transport, setup and operate his Tesla Coils
    • Worked as a volunteer (shooter) for the video documentary called the “Love Project” – 2011
    • In both 2011 and prior years, helped prep both the Joyism and the Party Snail for the playa
    • Worked on setting up and tearing down the HotD bar and other village infrastructure
    • Helped construct Hexayuts and then helped with setup on the playa
    • Have been with Silicon Village for 6 years
    Video Frames
  • Kilivolt (Terry)

    • 2011 Playa –Performed (7) Tesla coil shows and demonstrations.
      • Provided two Tesla coils, associated equipment, generators, and  performed while wearing an arc suit.
      • Had 15 volunteers, (thank you volunteers) that worked the controls and assisted with the shows.
      • Took  arcs up to 5 feet in length  to my body.  Lit wooden sticks on fire, lit fluorescent tubes, took arcs to helmet, shoulders, and reached into the arcs with hand contact as part of my performance
    • 2010 Playa – Performed (6) Tesla coil shows with an arc suit.
      Arcs to body, head, and hands.
    • 2009 Playa – Performed  (5) Tesla coil demonstration shows.
    • Power Ranger (3 years) Assist McGyver and camp as needed. Donated spider box and wire cables to Silicon Village
    • Worked on setting up and tearing down the HotD bar and other village infrastructure.
    • Art Cars –   Worked on Party Snail.
    • Have been to Burning Man  4 years with 3 at Silicon Village.
    • Silicon Village party/meetings – Performed (5) shows with arc suit and/or Tesla coils at members homes over years.

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  • Manea
    • Silicon Village Contributions:
      • 2008 Fire Safety Coordinator
      • 2009 – 2011 Treasurer & Registrar
      • 2013 & 2014 Mayor and Temple Guardian Shift Lead
      • 2015 Co-Stage Manager and Temple Guardian Shift Lead
      • 2014 – current Pod Leader for the Wandering Maenads
    • Other BMorg Volunteerism:
      • Playa Info Volunteer since 2008 and currently a Volunteer Coordinator for Playa Info
      • Temple Guardian
  • MilkMaid (Teri)
    • Silicon Village Contributions:
      Milk Maid - Lampshade Brigade

      MilkMaid – Lampshade Brigade Member

      • HOT D Bartender shifts – coupla nights/days – booze & juice organizing & MOOPing – 2010 (1st Burn)
      • Heartonian – Member of Heart-On! Pod 2011-2015
        • UnScruz 2014-2015
        • Burnal Equinox 2012
      • Helped paint Party Snail & picture cut-outs pre 2011 Burn
      • Truck Driving Team Member 2012 & 2014
      • Lampshade Brigade Member
      • Participated in and cleaned up fundraising parties @ Moose Lodge
      • PAudiotron volunteer 2013
      • Playa Scrabble Letter Participant – 2011 on Playa & 2015 at UnScruz
      • 2014-2015 Silicon Village MOOP Maven
      • 2012-2015 Silicon Village Greeter Shift Organizer
      • 2012-2015 Silicon Village Webmistress & Leadership Team Member
    • Other BurningMan Volunteerism:
      • Center Camp Volunteer – 2011-2014
      • Helped clean up Esprit Park pre 2012 Burn
      • Commissary Volunteer at Burnal Equinox 2012
      • Temple Guardian 2014
  • Mist’R Cool
    • Have Attended Burning Man (2003-2014)
    • Run Mist’R Cool Camp.  Interactive Projects include:
      • Created and manned Mister Mist’R – the misting booth experience (2005-2014)
      • The Cool Mist Experience – Automated misting booth (2013-2014)
      • Created and manned Mister Orgasm – a new type of external vibrator for Goddesses (2008-2012)
      • Cool Vibes – a new type of external vibrator for Goddesses
      • The Sign – An walking tour ending in Personal Discovery
      • Mist’R Cool’s Zipper: 150 foot long Zip-line through a computer controlled lighted tunnel.
      • Mist’R Cool Camp’s Caravansary:  Courtyard surrounded by a Bedouin tent, a Bar, a 10 foot brass dance Pole, and a 30 foot high custom Aerial Acrobatics rig, Dancing, Performances and Lessons.
      • Cool Wind Art Car:  Inflatable lighted balloon art.  Tree with crows nest and hanging seats.
    • Host of Silicon Village meetings/parties (2010-2014)
    • Helped build the South Bay CORE’s effigy (2011)

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  • Power Ho
    • Flagging Silicon Village – 2007 to 2011
    • Silicon Village Power Ranger

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  • Ramona MayHem
    • Currently living in the Forest Fringe of Cascadia in Central WA–otherwise can bRamonae seen chasing whales or observing for somewhere warm.
    • 2015 marks my tenth year @ BM
    • Camp Mystic (2007-2011)
    • Have attended 2006-2015 helping organize and/or participate with Camp Mystic, VW Camp, Boogie Universal, & Silicon Village.
    • Queen BeeQueen Bee of the BuzzInn (2012-15) serving lemony/cranberry ice water, raw honey samples, live DJ house, pollinator education, bee-ngo, spelling bee, & waggle dance.Ramona MayHem
    • 6 years volunteering with Center Camp Cafe as a barista, cashier, runner/helper
    • 3rd year volunteer with Gate, Perimeter, & Exodus
    • Participated in several art projects, most notably the “Human-Alien-Smiley-Face” where over 200 people gathered to make a face with photo taken from satellite as it flew over BRC
  • Ready
    • 1st burn-took it all in-volunteered at Post Office – 2001
    • Assistant Librarian BRC Book Mobile and reading room – 2002 to 2007
    • Art Project- “THE END”, 1st year as a BRC Ranger and Green Dot – 2008
    • Green Dot Ranger 2009 to 2010
    • Volunteered as a lead carpenter with the Temple as they were trying finish before the Gate opened – 2011
  • Ryan Johnson
    • Created Metro-A-Go-Go Ultra Mini Ultra Lounge – 2010, Solo Theme Camp with 1 other Burner – 2010
      • 16′ 2-Story Hex Structure.
      • Regular Dance nights, Giveaways, Airbrush Artist, Cocktails, & Light Show
    • Co-Pod Leader Illumelodie Pod – 2011
      • Built 30′ Geodesic Dome with State of the art laser and sound system, Dance poles and activities, Re-Built 16′ 2 Story Hex Structure
      • 60′ Dormitory for Campers of pod (10 of which with Burgins in 2011)
      • Camp Bar with drinks and activities, Airbrushing & Body Art with 5 Artists
      • BRHS Prom Dance/Light Show, Eros Tangere Erotic Massage Performance
    • 2011 C.O.R.E: East Bay Burners
      • Promotional Video for Participants and Kickstarter, Special Paint FX for CORE structure On-Playa Event Video
  • Rupert “Project Boy/Joy Lord”
    • Mayor of Silicon Village 2012
    • Joyism Tree 2010, 2011, & 2012
    • Joyism Art Car 2005 – 2012

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  • Sound Man
    • Burning Man Volunteer & Silicon Village Participant
      • Center Camp Stage gear god and sound tech (2006-9, 2012)
      • Silicon Village & Pod Setup and Take Down (2004-15)
      • Greeter volunteer (2008-2009, 2014)
      • Playa Info volunteer (2007)
    • Audio/Visual Interactive Art
      • Whatever Sign mobile lighted Caltrans-style sign (2011-12), Silicon Village event messaging (e.g., “Affirmation Zone”), & On-playa interactive sign making/re-lettering
      • Burning Opera (at Teatro ZinZanni’s) A/V crew member (2010)
      • Interactive LED: hat, suit, wizard staff, DNA helix, & sperm (2005-09)
      • Dream Quilt patch and assembly contributor (2009)
      • The Sounds of Burning Man CD (2003)
      • BRCPO tattoos (2002), burn barrel (2005), PlayaTech (2007)
      • El-wire playa art: floating bubbles (2002)
      • PAudiotron port-a-potty audio experience (2013-14)
      • Cruz the Wave audio (2014)
      • Plug and Play Board (2015) [Facebook Page]
    • Performance Interactive Art
      • The Virgin Affirmation Zone village-based street art (2011-12)
      • BoRoCop, enforcer of BM 10 principles playa-wide (2010)
      • Whatever Booth interactive space (2004-7, 10)
      • Poi spinning (fire/LED/image) on playa & at village events (2009-15)
      • Playa Scrabble participant and letter wrangler (2009-11)
      • BRC Post Office mail delivery and window interaction (2001-03)
      • Other performance art: playa fishing (2002), Critical Tits line adoration (2005-06)
    • Art Cars
      • Dual seated electric art tricycle/taxi (2011-15)
      • Snail Art Car financial and volunteer contributor (2010-14)
      • Joyism Art Car operating expense contributor (2008-14)
      • Saints & Sinners Art Car DEVO DNA Labs redecoration (2009)
      • Saints & Sinners Art Car volunteer, including playa audio art tours (2006-09)

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  • Thumper
    • Visual/Performance Interactive Art
      • Virgin Affirmation Zone participant (2011-12)
      • Playa Scrabble participant (2009-11)
      • BoRoCop costume design and support crew (2010)
      • Poi spinning (fire/LED) on playa & at village events (2009-10)
      • Dream Quilt patch contributor (2009)
    • Burning Man Volunteer & Silicon Village Participant
      • Silicon Village wide MOOP patrol; daily pickup & virgin LNT education (2009-12)
      • Playa Info volunteer (2011-12)
      • Center Camp Stage manager (2009)
    • Art Cars
      • Snail Art Car financial and volunteer contributor (2010-12)
      • Joyism Art Car operating expense contributor (2008-12)
      • Saints & Sinners Art Car DEVO DNA Labs redecoration (2009)

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  • Wristy
    • Playa Info (Day Manager)
    • Flagging and Layout of Silicon Village – 2007 to 2011

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