Our story

Why support Burning Stories by sharing your expectations before and stories after your Black Rock City adventure? Our project is intended to 1) generate scientific knowledge about the Burning Man community and 2) help the community further flourish by collecting stories that will be shared back to the community.

Burning Stories has its roots in Aalto University, Finland. The story began 2015 when the first Finnish Burning Man project, Aalto on Fire was done. It was a pike with Finnish traditional instrument kantele inside it. The support from Aalto Design Factory brought the community ways of working and thematics of Teal-leadership in the projects. The project in 2016 was Koulu The School, a low infrastructure peer-learning platform. After piloting the concept in Black Rock City, Finn Church aid adopted the initiative and currently the platform has been piloted in Nepal and Jordan. During 2017, the community-driven project was called Space on Fire. The project group from Finland traveled to Black Rock City and built a 120m2 parametrically designed pavilion with the support of Nordic Borderland community. Installation had a satellite ground station installed on it, which picked up data from space and projected it inside the installation via sounds and landscape. Visitors could also send their messages to space. Currently the piloted architectural structure is being used to build a school in Turku, Finland.

What has the scientific community already gained from the Burning Man projects? The multidisciplinary projects have been inclusive to Aalto university´s ecosystem, combining insights from multiple scientific communities and disciplines including architecture, space engineering, music and management sciences.

As the community grew, academic interest in the phenomenon got foothold in the Aalto University School of Business and the Burning Stories project was launched early 2018. Burning Stories is an academic project housed within Aalto University and follows the principles of sound academic research. The project collaborates with, but is independent from, the Burning Man organization and Black Rock City Census project. Burning Stories is not connected to any funding bodies, which makes us an agile and flexible team.

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Egg at night - Tommi Mäntysalo
[Space on Fire project / Cosmic Egg installation 2017, by Tommi Mäntysalo]