"Neil Shister's book skillfully traces the evolution of Burning Man and provides rare insights into how this cultural phenomenon is changing the world." Michael Mikel, founding board member of the Burning Man Project
Written from Neil Shister’s perspective as a journalist, student of American culture, and six-time participant in Burning Man, Radical Ritual presents the event as vitally, historically important. Shister contends that Burning Man is a significant player in the avant-garde, forging new social paradigms as liberal democracy unravels. Burning Man’s contribution to this new order is postmodern, a fusion of sixties humanism with state-of-the-art Silicon Valley wizardry.
Shister is not alone in his opinion. In 2018, the Smithsonian dedicated its entire Renwick Gallery, located next door to the White House, to an exhibition of Burning Man art and culture. The festival intertwines conservative and progressive ideas. On one hand it is a celebration of self-reliance, personal accountability, and individual freedom; on the other hand it is based on strong values of inclusion, consensual decision making, and centered, collaborative endeavor.
In a wonderful mix of narrative storytelling and reportage, Radical Ritual discusses how Burning Man has impacted the art world, disaster relief, urban renewal, the utilization of renewable energy, and even the corporate governance of Google. The story concludes with the sudden death in April 2018 of Larry Harvey, now renowned as the philosophical epicenter of the movement.
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Table of ContentsPart I: In the Beginning
Chapter 1: The Creation Myth
Chapter 2: Gravitational Waves
Chapter 3: "A New Moment to Gather"
Part II: Chaos and Control: The Burning Man Experience
Chapter 4: One Man's Burn
Chapter 5: "On Our Best Days We're Finders"
Part III: Burning Man's Utopian Vision
Chapter 7: Art as a Trojan Horse
Chapter 8: Re-Sourcing Civic Engagement
Chapter 9: "All That Is Fixed and Fundamental In Human Nature"
Epilogue: Scarcity and Abundance