Cover photo image of Reclaim by Roland Petalvar, Mosaic 2014
DATES: September 29 to October 2, 2016
LOCATION: Reclaim, 33850 McCumber Road, Rutland, Ohio 45775
D E S C R I P T I O N
Mosaic Experiment is a four day all-ages camping event based on the culture and principles of Burning Man. Mosaic is a collaborative gathering of community organized and fueled by volunteers. An official Burning Man regional event, Mosaic is an interactive experience that is everything that you make it, and nothing that you might expect it to be.
With respect to the 10 Principles of Burning Man, Mosaic Experiment incorporates principles including Leave No Trace (there are no trash cans, so you’ll have to pick up after yourself and pack your trash out with you), Decommodification and Radical Self Reliance (there are no vendors, so you’ll have to bring enough food, water, and whatever else you need to survive for four days.)
Mosaic Experiment 2016 takes place at Reclaim, a former strip-mine in Rutland, Ohio. This land is dedicated to reclaiming, foresting, and supporting the natural environment. Reclaim is centered in a larger preserve owned by United Plant Savers who use the land to grow medicinal and endangered plants. Reclaim’s landowner has worked hard to heal this former strip-mine, and as stewards of our environment, Mosaic Experiment focuses special effort on minimum impact and Leave No Trace.
P R I N C I P L E S
As an official regional event of the Burning Man Network, Mosaic Experiment employs the same 10 principles as Burning Man.
RADICAL INCLUSION: Anyone may be a part of Mosaic Experiment. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
GIFTING: Mosaic Experiment is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
DECOMMODIFICATION: In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
RADICAL SELF-RELIANCE: Mosaic Experiment encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
RADICAL SELF-EXPRESSION: Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
COMMUNAL EFFORT: Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
LEAVE NO TRACE: Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
PARTICIPATION: Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. Everyone is invited to volunteer. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
IMMEDIACY: Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
D I R E C T I O N S
The address for Reclaim is: 33850 McCumber Road, Rutland, Ohio 45775
GPS signal can be spotty the closer you get the event. Please print out directions and have them with you. A map and directions can be found here. A few miles out of Reclaim entrance there will be a few signs along the road with “family reunion” on them. If you see those, you are headed in the right direction. The entry will have a Mosaic Experiment sign.
T I C K E T I N G
You must have a ticket and valid government ID to attend Mosaic Experiment. No one will be allowed entry without a valid ID. All participants must sign a waiver of liability to enter the event.
Mosaic Experiment is an all-ages event. For children under 18, be prepared to show proof of age and guardianship. All minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian or have a signed waiver from their guardian. Copy of birth certificates are the best way to show proof of age. Emergency contact information will be required for all minors when providing waiver information at the gate.
BUY TICKETS HERE: http://mosaicexperiment2016.bpt.me/
Adult (13 and over) tickets: $75 plus Brown Paper Ticket fees
Child (12 and under) tickets are no cost to participants as a gift to the community. However, a child ticket must be registered/”purchased” through Brown Paper Tickets in the same way that adult tickets are purchased.
THERE ARE NO GATE SALES. Online ticket sales end at midnight September 24, 2016 or when tickets have sold out, whichever comes first. If you show up without a ticket, you will be turned away.
Upon entering the grounds, you will be asked for a ticket and ID to gain admission. Brown Paper Tickets gives you the option of printing tickets yourself, or having a physical ticket mailed to you. If you show up without a ticket or proof of ticket purchase and ID, you will be turned away.
TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! The only exception is event cancellation.
TICKET TRANSFERS/RESELLING: Tickets may be resold through the Brown Paper Tickets network. If you need to sell or transfer a ticket, you must do so through the ticket vendor. Once your ticket has been transferred, we will receive notice of the transaction. Beware when buying a ticket from an individual. Only the first occurrence of a ticket code will be honored at the gate. We take no responsibility for tickets sold outside of Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com.) We recommend calling Brown Paper Tickets on the phone to facilitate transfers at 1-800-838-3006.
WRISTBANDS: You will be given a wristband marked with a number at the gate. Wristbands will clearly identify participants as over/under age 21. This wristband must be on your wrist at all times. If you lose your wristband, return immediately to the gate to rectify. Anyone without a wristband will be asked to show their ID as proof of purchase. If you have not purchased a ticket you will be escorted from the event. Gate jumping will not be tolerated. Minors will be tagged with information regarding their guardian(s) for reunification purposes as needed.
G A T E
GATE HOURS: 10 am -10 pm EST Thursday & Friday, 10 am - 4 pm Saturday
AFTER HOURS: DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE EVENT IF GATE IS CLOSED. If you arrive after the gate has closed, you must park in the Late Arrival Area.You may camp in this area overnight as needed. YOU MAY NOT ENTER THE EVENT UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND HAVE A WRISTBAND. After-hours entry is not guaranteed. Check your directions carefully. Plan accordingly to avoid being late.
LATE ENTRY: We understand that life can be unpredictable and the best laid plans will go sideways. If you think there is a possibility that you will be arriving close to gate closing time on Thursday or Friday, reach out to one of the Gate Leads (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible with your expected time of arrival. REQUESTS FOR ENTRY AFTER GATE HOURS MAY NOT BE HONORED. You may not enter the event until you have been checked in by a Gate Lead and received a wristband. If you arrive after gate is closed you must wait with your vehicle until a Gate Lead is available to check you in. This may not be until gate opens the following morning. For safety reasons, If you are allowed access after hours you will NOT be allowed to drive into the event to set up. You will, however, be allowed to carry overnight essentials in for the night. You will return to the holding area no later than 9 a.m. to move your vehicle.There will be NO late entries allowed once gate closes at 4 p.m. Saturday. All late entries are at the discretion of the Gate Lead on call. Bribes, especially ones involving volunteering, may help your plea for late entry.
EARLY ARRIVALS: You will not be allowed into the event before 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 29 without strict written permission from Mosaic Gate Leads. Early entry will be offered to a very limited number of registered theme camp leads, registered artists, and volunteers necessary for event set-up. Contact DPW (Department of Public Works) to assist with event setup. (Dpw@mosaicexperiment.com)
IN AND OUT POLICY: General re-entry is not allowed. In the spirit of radical self-reliance, please come prepared to stay inside the event and bring everything you need to survive. Emergency exit/re-entry will be carefully reviewed per circumstance. In the very few cases emergency re-entry is allowed, you must retain your wristband and ticket confirmation to re-enter the event. If you chose to leave the event without pre-approved re-entry your wristband will be removed.
EXODUS: We all wish our time together didn’t have to end. But we need to get everyone packed up and heading home safely so that DPW and LNT can start doing what they do. We ask that you have your campsite packed up, cleaned up and all your last goodbyes and hugs completed by 2 p.m. Sunday, October 2. Please make sure that your campsite is thoroughly picked up, all your garbage, food waste and greywater leaves with you (and take it all the way home - do not dump at rest stops along the way.) Please keep it slow on the roads leaving for the safety of other departees.
P A R K I N G
The parking area for Mosaic Experiment will be clearly defined near the Gate. Unless you register your vehicle in advance as a car-based tent or camper, you are expected to park in the parking area. We encourage you to carpool if at all possible. Weather permitting, vehicles will be allowed to drive to campsites to unload. There will be clearly marked paths to follow to the camping areas. Please respect the land and do not leave the marked paths.
UNLOADING: Upon arrival, your vehicle will be tagged with your entry time. You will have 2 hours to unload and return your car to the parking area. Mosaic’s goal is to create a more intimate atmosphere without the clutter of too many cars blocking roadways and limiting camping space. Additionally, the landowner has asked we help the ecology of the place by keeping cars from parking in one place for too long, which can compress and harm the soil. Parking volunteers will follow up with participants to ensure paths and cars are clear.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to protect the land and our participants, it is possible that you may not be allowed to drive to your campsite. This could be at the specific request of the landowner, or due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather. Volunteers will be onsite to assist you, but please be prepared to get your things to and from your campsite under these circumstances. Campsites in what we lovingly call "The Back Forty" are most likely to be affected by this. Should driving be restricted, a few golf carts will be available for transporting gear to/from campsites. Bringing a collapsible cart or wagon may be a wise investment. To help ease transfer of your camp, pack everything in containers. Make sure all your gear is in some sort of container, whether tub, crate, box, bin, or other carryable and handled thing.
Announcements will be made closer to the event regarding the status of driving on the land/to camp sites.
RV/TRAILER/CAR CAMPING: If your needs require that your RV, camper/trailer or car be at your campsite, you must register in order to obtain a parking pass. RV’s and trailers are allowed, however the space for parking may be limited depending on weather. There is no electricity to plug into and no dumping at the site, so you must make arrangements before heading out.
Registered vehicle campers are encouraged to decorate/disguise your vehicle to add to the artistry of the event. Register here for your parking pass.
DRIVING AFTER DARK: There is NO driving after dark unless it is a medical emergency and/or you have authorization and escort from Gate. There will be dozens of pedestrians in your way and they will be very hard to see at night. To protect the safety of Mosaic participants, do not drive at night without an escort walking ahead of you.
C A M P I N G
Radical Self-reliance, the principle: Mosaic Experiment encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Reclaim is a former strip-mine on top of a large hill. If you take a few steps into the woods you will see steep slopes and sudden drop offs. Please be very aware of your surroundings during the day and night, and stick to the clearings. Reclaim is centered in a larger preserve owned by United Plant Savers. This group uses the land to grow medicinal and endangered plants. You are expected to respect the grounds at all times.
Camping at Reclaim is primitive. There are no showers, no electricity and no running water available. Be sure to bring enough food and water for four days. If you are not accustomed to primitive camping, visit our website for helpful tips and useful information.
Do not cut or injure any trees or large plants onsite, or leave any rope tied around trees when you leave. Hanging things on the trees is okay, as long as the tree is not harmed in any way. This is a Leave No Trace event on the edge of a nature sanctuary. Please treat the land gently.
PORT-O-POTTIES: Port-o-potties are provided. Please be respectful to your fellow participants and do your part to keep the potties clean and in working order. Do not put anything other than single-ply toilet paper in the potties. This means NO: two-ply toilet paper, cigarette butts, baby wipes, feminine hygiene items, condoms, food items, rubber chickens, $20 bills, or event radios (just to name a few things that DON’T belong there.) If you notice a problem with the potties or a participant abusing them, please report it to a Ranger or an LNT volunteer. If you bring extra toilet paper in case portos run out, be sure to bring/use single-ply instead of the standard double-ply. This is a request from the porto company to ensure that cleaning units are not clogged. Remember: “If it doesn’t come from your body, it doesn’t belong in the potty.”
ICE: There will be daily ice runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Volunteer Hub for anyone needing to purchase ice. You will need cash on hand for each bag. Expect to pay $3 per bag (exact cost to be determined.)
SAFETY: Please prepare for rain, wind and other extreme weather. MOTHER NATURE IS UNPREDICTABLE, especially in Ohio in October. BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING. The temperature can vary from humid and hot to cold and damp at night. Layer your clothing. Bring rain gear. Bag it in plastic to keep it dry. Stock up on mylar blankets, hot hands, a good sleeping bag, and whatever else you need to stay comfortable at night. Make sure tents, shade structures and EZ-Ups are properly staked down in case of high wind. Check on your tent when the weather changes.
There are a variety of insects and arachnids in the area, so plan to keep your tent sealed up and shake out any bedding daily. Raccoons and other critters will stay away during the noisy hours, but please be mindful of where you store your trash and waste water. If you’re severely allergic to bee stings or bug bites, please take the appropriate precautions. A daily once-over check for ticks is a good idea, too.
Beware means be aware: there are plants such as stinging nettle and poison ivy in the woods. Prepare to protect yourself if you are badly allergic, know how to identify any plants that could harm you, and avoid walking through the woods.
Bring plenty of lighting (camping lanterns, flashlights, headlamps, battery or solar charged lights, LED votives, etc.) There is no electricity on site. Luckily, it’s the future (2016!) and outdoor lighting technology is readily available. Illuminate yourself at night. There will be bicycles, people, and art moving around, and they may collide with you if they cannot see you.
Our First Aid team will be on hand to assist with problems or injuries. First Aid will be clearly marked on the placement map. Reclaim is located in very rural area, so local emergency medical services has a longer response time than more populated areas. In the event you need to be evacuated, or wish to seek care, contact First Aid. We can assist with getting medical care and with getting you back into the event.
First Aid also has maps to the nearest emergency department and to the closest 24 hour pharmacy with addresses and phone numbers. If you have a medical condition, consider alerting your camp mates as to what it is, what to expect, and what to do. Please feel free to stop by First Aid to say hello and we can put you on our radar!
Be self-reliant and bring your inhalers, allergy meds, and the medications which you only take once in awhile. If you have an EpiPen, bring it! Bring a basic first-aid kit so you don't have to hoof it to First Aid for minor things. If you are hypoglycemic, carry snacks or juice. Bring sports drinks to replace your electrolytes - water isn't enough! Bring an extra pair of glasses, batteries for machines, and good shoes as most places aren't good to walk bare foot. Be be prepared for poison ivy, bees, ticks, and chiggers. Stay out of the woods surrounding Reclaim, because there are dangerous drop offs!
PLEASE NOTE: If you leave due to medical necessity, you must retain your wristband and ticket confirmation to re-enter the event. If you chose to leave the event without pre-approved re-entry, your wristband will be removed. Please go through First Aid.
F I R E
PROPANE FLAME EFFECTS: Propane flame effects are not allowed at Mosaic. For future events, we are doing everything we can to legally allow people to bring them to the event. If you wish to bring propane flame effects, please contact the Fire Art Safety Team at email@example.com for the latest policy update.
CAMPFIRES: DO NOT CREATE ANY UNAUTHORIZED FIRE PITS. Use of an unauthorized fire pit may be grounds for ejection from the event. Burn barrels and portable fire pits must be elevated off the ground so as not to leave a burn scar. DO NOT LEAVE A BURN SCAR. There is a communal bonfire pit near the stage for any participant to utilize.
All campfires must be registered. Fill out this form to register your campfire.
1. All campfires must be registered with the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) prior to the event.
2. Campfires must be built in previously established fire circles or above ground fire pits and burn barrels to minimize our burn scar footprint and keep us safe.
3. Do not leave fires unattended. All unattended campfires will be extinguished. Leaving a fire unattended is grounds for removal from the event. This includes all unattended flames (candles, tiki torches, lanterns, etc).
4. Do not cut or collect deadfall from the woods and surrounding areas.
5. Due to Emerald Ash Borer, NO OUTSIDE FIREWOOD IS PERMITTED.
6. Do not burn items on the Prohibited Burn Materials list.
FIREWOOD INCLUDED FOR ALL: Reclaim’s landowner prefers that all firewood be purchased from one approved source, and that no firewood be brought into Reclaim from across state lines (for environmental reasons). This presents a challenge to the spirit of Decommodification. Mosaic Experiment has budgeted to provide firewood for all participants for 2016. Firewood will be freely available for pickup onsite to all campers with registered campfires. We strongly suggest bringing a cart to transport firewood to your campsite. If you suspect your camp’s firewood needs will borrow greatly from the community supply, please make arrangements in advance with our LLC to purchase bulk firewood: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULED BURNS: The effigy burn will occur at sundown on Saturday night. A temple burn is scheduled for sunrise on Sunday morning.
SMALL ART BURN: Participants will be allowed to burn their small art projects after the temple burn on Sunday until 10 a.m. Artwork must be portable and easily added to smoldering ashes of the temple. Participants are strongly encouraged to place their art on wooden pallets, which can then be lifted onto the fire with poles. The ashes will be hot, so plan accordingly. REMEMBER, you may not burn items on the Prohibited Burn Materials list.
FIRE SPINNING: Individuals spinning fire and using other such fire flow toys are strongly encouraged to obtain personal liability insurance to cover any potential injuries.
Check in: All fire spinners must check in at one of the daily safety meetings/prop checks. You must bring all of your props to this meeting. Fire spinners who have attended this meeting will have a wristband. You must have this wristband to spin fire.
Fire spinning is allowed anywhere on site as long as you have a designated safety and are at least 25 feet away from any tent. No ground fires. Please spin off before spinning and use a spin off can if it is appropriate for your prop.
All fire spinners must have a safety. This safety must be trained as a safety. Do not just find a sober person and give them a towel. There can be two (2) fire spinners for every one (1) safety. Please use Duvetyne, not wet towels. It is also requested that all camps that wish to have fire spinners have a fire extinguisher on hand. The only type of fire extinguisher you can ever use on a person is a water fire extinguisher. All other fire extinguishers are to be used on material items only!
You must be wearing fire safe apparel to spin fire and to safety. This means cotton, wool, leather, silk or being nude. NEVER spin fire wearing faux fur or polyesters/spun plastic fabrics.
It is a wonderful gift that we can spin fire at Mosaic Experiment. Please keep it that way by self-policing. If you see something dangerous say something and/or find a ranger/fire conclave lead. Intentionally spinning fire unsafely or without spinning wristband may be grounds for removal from the event.
FIRE SAFETIES: If you would like to be a fire safety, a brief safety class will be given following prop check ins.
Fire Conclave is the gathering of fire spinners and artists that perform before the burning of the effigy. Fire Conclave is open to everyone. Please sign up for conclave here. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. Conclave will meet before the effigy burns. To make this more coherent and look less like a fire jam, it is requested that everyone wear white. Please bring fuel.
Since designated safeties will be stationed during the performance, training for fire spinning safeties will be given before conclave.
L E A V E N O T R A C E
The principle: “Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.”
Mosaic Experiment is a LEAVE NO TRACE event. There are NO trash cans provided by the event. Each participant must remove all items they brought with them, including ALL trash they produce and gray water, when they leave the site. Make a plan for how you will handle your trash and recycling at your camp, bring trash bags, and clean up after yourself, and respect the land.
Mosaic Experiment follows the 7 principles of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, as follows:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Each participant also keeps Reclaim litter-free by picking up any Matter Out Of Place (M.O.O.P.) that they encounter during the event. Keep a small M.O.O.P. bag with you to pick up stray litter. Smokers, bring a portable ashtray (altoid tins are great for this) and do not ash or drop your butts on the ground. It is every participant’s commitment to Leave No Trace.
GREYWATER: What is greywater? “Greywater” is in between drinking water and “black water,” which requires a septic waste system for disposal. Gray water ranges from ice-melt in coolers to shower water with soaps, cosmetics, and debris, to kitchen waste like dishwater, toothpaste, and saliva. Gray water from ice melting in coolers is okay to dump on the ground. Water with chemicals, large food debris, human waste, etc. is not. The physical environment is more permissive than the desert playa of Burning Man, but we strive to treat Reclaim with extra care. Please prepare to pack gray water with food, chemicals, etc, out with you. Empty plastic cat litter containers with screw on lids are good for this purpose.
How can I reduce my greywater? (Adapted from the Burning Man survival guide) The easiest greywater to dispose of is the greywater you don’t produce. If you bring less water, you will use less; but bring at least a gallon and a half per day per person, mostly for drinking. Use waterless disinfectant lotion (available at drugstores) to sanitize your hands before you handle food. For dish or bath soap, go eco-friendly with Campsuds. For general cleaning, try Dr. Bronner’s. In your kitchen area, set up a low-volume water spray over a basin, for dishwashing and hand cleaning. A personal spray bottle is a good starting point. You’ll need remarkably little water to wash up with. Save up your cooler’s ice-melt water to refill your solar shower bag. When you shower, first get wet and turn the water off; then soap up and scrub down, then turn the water back on to rinse off. Or shower with a friend, and trade off controlling and directing the water supply. Hard core: take a sponge bath instead. It’s possible to wash your body clean with a pint of water, soap and a washrag.
FOOD WASTE: People often think that if it’s organic, it’s okay to toss into the treeline. This is not the case. If you brought it with you, pack it back out. This includes apple cores, banana peels, the shells from sunflower seeds and pistachios--all things that have been left behind in the past. The food and waste you leave behind can be disruptive to the natural ecosystem. Please be respectful and take it with you when you leave.
FIREWOOD ASH: If you burn firewood (in an elevated burn barrel or portable fire pit) for heat, pack the firewood ash out with you.
S O U N D
Civic Responsibility, the principle: We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
SOUND POLICY: The placement of sound camps at Reclaim is carefully chosen (considering topography, forested perimeter, landscape) to maintain a pleasant experience for the sound camps, surrounding campers, other theme camps, and most notably: neighbors surrounding the event venue. Nightly sound limits are an effort to minimize sound complaints and maintain the sustainability of the event and community relationships. Please do your part to burn responsibly. Do it for Mosaic’s future.
Who does the Sound Policy pertain to?: Sound policies are for ANY participant, art installation, or theme camp employing any amplified sound system (1 to 10000W) or loud musical instruments. Mosaic has set a maximum of four large sound camps this year. Only these four camps will be allowed louder sound limits. Any other theme camps or participants employing amplified sound or acoustic instruments will be subject to quieter sound limits.
All sound installations, large or small, will require a permit to be issued at Gate. Please let our Gate staff know you have a sound installation so you can receive the appropriate permit.
Generators: Generators can be significant sources of noise. All generators must have a sound baffle to reduce sound emissions. Check out these ideas to create a sound baffle.
What are the event sound guidelines? No matter the time of day, sound from any size audio installation should generate no more than 90 decibels of sound at 40 feet from center camp.
At night, there are specific times to reduce volume levels as a courtesy to neighboring properties.
NIGHTLY VOLUME TURN DOWN TIMES:
Friday: 3 AM
Saturday: 3 AM
***Bass turn down and volume restrictions expire the following mornings at 10 a.m. Friday to Sunday***
BASS AND VOLUME TURN DOWN POLICY: Large Sound Camps All subwoofers will be turned off and turn volume down such that 90 decibels are registered at 40 feet from camp center.
BASS AND VOLUME TURN DOWN POLICY: All other sound For any other sound (amplified or otherwise), all subwoofers will be turned off and turn volume down such that 50 decibels are registers at 40 feet from camp/installation center.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT LEAVE AMPLIFIED SOUND UNATTENDED. In order to maintain a pleasant atmosphere for ALL participants and our surrounding community, the Sound Squad reserves the right to turn down or mute any unattended sound installation that violates the published sound policy.
How will amplified sound policy be regulated on-site? Our friendly Sound Squad will monitor sound systems, using an iOS based decibel meter, SPLnFFT, which has been tested by other regional burns in the community and has been found to be highly accurate. We recommend you use this app to be sure your sound installation complies with the sound policies. Remember that these are helpful volunteers, tasked with keeping our event sustainable, and we ask that you please work with them. Violations will be logged against your sound permit, and repeated violations or non-compliance with turn down requests made by a badged Sound Squad member will be grounds for sound shut-off for that camp for the duration of the event. Repeated failures to comply with sound policy will be grounds for removal from the event.
C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E L I N E S & V A L U E S
Communal Effort, the principle: Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
PARTICIPATE: The key ingredient to making Mosaic Experiment a successful event is for everyone to PARTICIPATE! Another principle of Burning Man is gifting. Gifting can be an act of service, or may take the form of art, swag, food, or more. What will you make? What will you share? How will you delight, or confuse, or amuse others? We are all here together, building a city, and sharing with each other a little of who we are. If you don’t know what you want to share, or want to help the event in addition to what you already plan, here are some ways to get involved:
VOLUNTEER: You can participate by volunteering with one of our teams, from Greeters and Gate to First Aid, Earth Guardians, Rangers, Department of Public Works (DPW), TACO (Transit Authority and Car Organization), Sound Squad, Fire Safety and Volunteer Coordination. Give a few hours of your time to making the event run smoothly. To sign up, visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THEME CAMPS: Theme camps and villages are the interactive core of Burning Man events. An ideal theme camp should create a visually or audially stimulating presence and provide a communal space or other opportunity for interaction. Theme camps are meant to welcome the greater community into a communal space, so welcoming and inviting signs and appearance is important.
Registered Theme Camps will have a reserved space for them based on their needs and requests. Please complete the theme camp placement form to register.
ART INSTALLATIONS: What is art? You decide! Everyone is encouraged to create art at Mosaic, from small and portable to large sculptural pieces, and performance art to interactive games. Art is a wonderful way to deepen your participation with the community. With that in mind, please consider the safety of fellow participants when designing your art. Signs can help people know how to interact with your art - for example, can they climb on it? Is it okay to write/paint on it? Be clear about your intentions and the community will follow.
Everyone is expected to respect fellow participants and their creations. Remember consent in every interaction you have. Your neighbor’s way of expressing themselves may not be your preference, but you must respect their right to do so. Do not burn, poke, prod, deface, vandalize, lift, push or damage any art installation or the effigy. Want to get your art installation a spot on the placement map? Register your art installation here.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH: People of all ages are welcome and encouraged at Mosaic Experiment! Remember: you are responsible for the welfare of the minors in your care at all times. All minors will receive a wristband at the gate with their guardian’s information. Failure to adequately supervise minors in your care will result in immediate ejection without exception or recourse. Minors should not be separated from guardians or left unsupervised at any time. Be aware that some activities at Mosaic Experiment might be very adult–specific. As a parent or guardian, It is your responsibility to determine what situations to expose your minors to.
ART CARS, MUTANT VEHICLES AND BIKES: No art cars or mutant vehicles (vehicles modified into art) are permitted on the land per landowner request.
Bikes are welcome and work well since the grounds are flat. However, keep in mind the Leave No Trace principles: if there is a lot of rain, using bikes on wet ground can leave a huge impact, and possibly flip your bike. But if it’s sunny and dry - get crafty and make your bike something special to share! Since there are no paved trails or roads on the land, wide tires (like mountain bike tires) are highly encouraged.
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY PROHIBITED: Mosaic Experiment, as an organization, respects all local, state and federal laws. Underage drinking is strictly forbidden. Underage participants will be identified by a uniquely colored wristband. The organization does not condone the sale, use, or promotion of illegal drugs. The same laws that apply on Main Street, USA also apply to public areas of our events. The same laws that apply at your house behind a closed door also apply to your zipped up tent. Everybody bears responsibility for their actions and the expectation is that we will all work together to ensure group safety.
Participants found contributing to minors, problem drug users and dealers, or any illegal activities that are brought to organizers attention will be escorted out of the event.
NO VENDING: There is no vending permitted at Mosaic. One of our principles is Decommodification, defined: “In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.”
VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Video and pictures may be taken for personal use only, and ONLY with permission of the person being photographed. Commercial use is not permitted. Practice gaining permission before recording or taking images of people. Consent is a cornerstone of our culture, and you are expected to get consent from anyone you photograph prior to taking photos. Remember, consent to take a photo DOES NOT IMPLY consent to post photo online.
NUDITY: Nudity is permitted on site. Keep in mind there will be children at the event, and have a bit of courtesy in what you do in very public spaces.
PETS: Pets are not allowed at Mosaic, with the exception of licensed service animals. Service animals must be kept on a leash and not separated from the owner.
RANGER INVOLVEMENT: Rangers are non-confrontational mediators to help ensure the collective well-being of the community. By encouraging and facilitating communication, the Rangers promote awareness of potential hazards and try to reduce tensions. They address situations within our community that might otherwise require outside intervention. Rangers are emphatically not the police or a security organization and have no power to enforce. Rangers exist to find solutions to make things better for everyone. If you have a question, are troubled by something or need a hand, please visit the Volunteer Hub to access our Ranger support system.
FIREARMS PROHIBITED: Firearms are BANNED at Mosaic. Those discovered with firearms at the event will be escorted out of the event.
FIREWORKS PROHIBITED: The use of fireworks or explosives at the event site (aside from the registered effigy) are prohibited.
LASERS: Handheld lasers are not permitted at Mosaic Experiment. In recent years, lasers have become stronger and so powerful that even the handheld ones can easily do permanent damage, even at long distances. Do not bring them. For more information on the history of lasers at Burning Man, read the official Burning Man stance here. If you have questions regarding the use of mounted lasers on an art piece, or at theme/sound camps, please contact the organizers.
THE PASSWORD IS BACK TO THE FUTURE
CONGRATULATIONS, you’ve made it all the way through the Mosaic Experiment Survival Guide! Now is the time to get to work preparing to camp, making art, brainstorming your gifts to the community, and dreaming burny dreams. Remember: Mosaic Experiment is what happens when we all show up.
See you on the strip-mine playa!