P1210396My dear friend Kathy Marsh send me this from Ireland. She is taking part to the project in Londonderry:



Sacredness, Solemnity And Memory

  • 15 March 2015

Crimson Rose, co-founder of Burning Man. Tells us about the significance of ‘Temple’ projects, at Burning Man and beyond.

Sacred ritual is a very old activity — almost as ancient as humanity itself, but not quite. There was a need that came first, a feeling that drove us to ritual. We may not have even known what we were doing when we designated the first sacred space or lit the first ceremonial fire, but we just knew we needed to do it, so we did.

That’s how the ‘temple’ at Burning Man was created. Before David Best created the first one in 2000, we didn’t know what we were missing. Now the ‘temple’ feels as integral to Black Rock City as Emergency Services or the Center Camp Café, the essential infrastructure that makes our city habitable.

The ‘temple’ counterbalances the mad masquerade of our community, with sacredness, solemnity and memory.

It makes room for grief and renewal, for people to bring those heavy parts of themselves and release them. Whether through a fleeting gesture or touch, a movement or prayer, or even through writing the contents of one’s heart on the wall, the ‘temple’ incorporates the energy of everyone who passes through, and all of it is released by fire.

The ‘temple’’s role in Black Rock City remains, even as its design changes every year. But it’s also portable and flexible, as befits an institution of a transient, ephemeral desert culture whose reach is now everywhere. Summer 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Hayes Green Temple, a David Best temple of renewal in the heart of San Francisco and the template civic project for Burning Man Arts. In 2008, Best and his crew built the Temple of the American Dream in Detroit. The international community of Burners has also taken to building ‘temples’, such as the 2012 Temple for Christchurch designed by Hippathy Valentine to help that New Zealand city process the devastating 2011 earthquake there. And now, Best is teaming up with Artichoke to build a ‘temple’ in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Derry will demonstrate one of the most potent effects of the ‘temple’: unification.

By drawing people into its structure, incorporating the energy of their emotion, and releasing it all at once by burning and crumbling down, can Temple bring people together? Can people who feel different come together there and have a moment where they feel the same? Those are the questions Temple can answer, and that’s why its ashes always represent a beginning.

To find out more about these projects and others, head to http://burningman.org

– See more at: http://templederry-londonderry.com/blog/sacredness-solemnity-and-memory#sthash.ErOf4m62.dpuf

18th Street Arts Center Celebrating 25 Years

18th Street Arts Center

Celebrating 25 Years

Join us for 18th Street Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Weekend Celebration.
A Milestone so big we need two days to celebrate!

Saturday, Oct 25th
6pm – 10pm
At 18th Street Arts Center
Tickets: $125/person
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Sunday, Oct 26th
5th Annual BAM – Beer Art & Music Festival
1pm – 5pm
At 18th Street Arts Center
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To honor all that has happened on our campus over the last 25 years, on Saturday October 25, we will have a benefit art sale hosted in partnership with Saatchi Art including notable past and present 18th Street artists, historic self-guided tours, unique performance art presentations by Barbara T. Smith, Dan Kwong, and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, video art installations, and more. Not to mention musical entertainment by Angel Luis Figueroa & Los Tres Caballeros and DJ sets by artist Ofunne Obiamiwe. Also, we truly can’t forget to mention that visual artist, folk singer, and 18th Street alum Phranc will be leading the evening’s festivities.


We are excited to share the exciting full line-up of artists with you of artists for 18is25


Luciana Abait | Lita Albuquerque | Jerri Allyn | Jacki Apple | Shagha Ariannia | Elena Bajo | Michael W. Barnard | Joe Biel | Dark Bob | Nancy Buchanan | Clayton Campbell | Susanna Bixby Dakin | Laddie John Dill | Alex Donis | Barbara Drucker | Ala Ebtekar | Patricia Fernández | Yvette Gellis | Mark Steven Greenfield | Ramiro Gomez | Alexandra Grant | Paul Harryn | Asher Hartman | David Hendren | Ulysses Jenkins | Kate Johnson | Arzu Arda Kozar | Suzanne Lacy | Francisco Letelier | Nuttaphol Ma | John Malpede | Judith Margolis | Michael J. Masucci | Max Maslansky | David McDonald | Christina McPhee | Rebeca Mendez | Diane Meyer | Mike Mollett | Amitis Motevalli | Richard Newton | Warren Neidich | Eamon Ore-Giron | David Palmer | Maria Porges | Gala Porras-Kim | Tim Portlock | William Powhida | Astrid Preston | Nusra Qureshi | Vincent Ramos | Joaquin Segura | Anne Seidman | Kyungmi Shin | Julius Shulman | Denise Uyehara | Linda Vallejo | Consuelo Velasco Montoya | Suzan Woodruff | Michiko Yao

18is25 Honorary Grand Marshall

Dan Kwong, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and Barbara T. Smith

Michael Masucci, Kate Johnson, Asher Hartman, and Ulysses Jenkins

James Rojas of Place it!

October 26th, 2014 | 1-5PM

 Sunday, October 26 from 1 – 5pm, we will host the anniversary-edition of our signature fundraiser Beer Art & Music Festival(BAM). This lively afternoon festival will include unlimited tastings from over 40 specially selected craft breweries including well-known national breweries and local favorites like Smog City, Golden Road Brewery, the newly-opened Santa Monica Brew Works, and Three Weavers Brewing Co, art crash courses, the benefit art sale continues in the main gallery, local artists and organizations in residence Michael W. Barnard, Miha Štrukelj, Cheryl Walker, and Yujun Ye will have their studios open and rumor has it Claudia Borgna will be interacting in the crowd, local live music, food trucks, and more.

Don’t want to drive? There will be FREE bike valet, so cruise on down! 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica!

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310.453.3711
Fax: 310.453.4347
Email: office@18thstreet.org
Gallery: 11am-5:30pm, M-F
Office: 10am-6:00pm, M-F