Burning Can is a recurring counter-countercultural festival-within-a-festival held near (but at least 20 feet from) Playasophy camp during Burning Man. The event has been described as a experiment in hyper-temporary community, and has attracted some of the camp's foremost artists and thinkers.
Burning Can is centered on a fire in the eponymous can, i.e. the camp burn barrel.
Proponents of the event enthuse that "the can burns every night". While this isn't literally true, it's possible to interpret this aphorism as a reminder that Burning Can is a temporary physical manifestation of the dumpster fire that burns eternal in its participants' hearts.
- 1 History
- 2 Principles
2016 to Present
The ethos of Burning Can is codified in its ten (give or take) principles. These principles seek to describe the culture of the Burning Can community, and serve as guidelines for the evolution of the event.
Burning Can strives to provide an inclusive environment for flammable things. No prerequisites exist for participation in our barrel, except flammability.
No plastics, metals, or any other material that seems like it wouldn't burn cleanly. Avoid propane tanks, camp fuel canisters, and the like.
Radical Leave No Ash
As part of the camp's broader LNT initiative, the Burning Can community seeks to contain ash and other fire-related MOOP. Maybe consider burning more wood and less paper if you've got an especially ash-prone fire.
Radical Be Careful With the Lid
It is hot and sharp. Consider wearing gloves.
Include yourself. Be present for Burning Can.
Bring one. It makes Burning Can better.
Do what you want, man.