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My first-ever pumpkin!

My first-ever pumpkin!

This weekend I experienced my second Halloween, or my third if you count accompanying my host-sisters as they went trick-or-treating when I was on exchange in Spokane, Washington, when I was 16. And,  indeed, until moving here last year that was what I thought Halloween was: kids systematically hitting strangers up for candy, in violation of the rule we’re all taught when we’re young.

But it turns out it’s much, much more than that. In fact, it’s possibly the biggest party night of the year, up there with New Years Eve. And it’s certainly not just kids – big kids of all ages get dressed up and boogie down. You see superheros and fairies and Spartans and ninja’s and computers walking down the street, or rocking out on the dance floor at every bar in town. An entire country attending one big costume party.

Now admitedly my perspective might be skewered here by the fact that the two Halloweens I’ve been here have fallen on Friday and Saturday. If I’m here in a year or two I’ll be able to see how much of the manic energy carried into Sunday and Monday nights, or transfers to the nearest weekend night. But there’s something adorable and exciting about so many adults dressing up; it creates a sense of fun and play which is very immersive.

The Burning Man community figured this out a long time ago of course, so I find myself dressing thematically on an unusually-common basis currently. The weekend was a kaleidoscopic blur of people, colour, music and movement, filled with smiling faces and, of course, a spectacular variety of outfits. It was, as they say, a good time, with an energy in the air way beyond an average weekend, a sense of performative abandon which is perhaps only possible when you are wearing a costume.

You can see photos from TechArts: A Spooky Union, the party we attended on Saturday night, here.

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I’ve been meaning to write up my Burning Man experiences but it’s harder to do than it sounds. Meanwhile, let me just update you on my excitement to see Infected Mushroom at Burning Man. And boy was my excitement fulfilled; it was one of the most adrenalating, annihilating, wildly surreal dance music experiences of my life. Infected Mushroom were set left on a stage with a projector screen behind them, two lasers arching overhead and a flamethrower directly in front of us throwing jets of fire thirty feet up as ten thousand people stomped and shook and screamed their passion into the night air. It was dance music at its best, as a return to a more tribal state, a giving of yourself to the ancient human pleasure of pounding the earth with our feet, finding unity in repetitive music and motions. It was madness, glorious madness.

Here’s the video I took. The sound quality is awful but hopefully you get a sense of the setting. Check out the fire at 2:36.

Here’s another good vid of them playing Cities of the Future, one of my favourite Infected Mushroom tracks and very apt for the setting:

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