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Disorient Department of Architecture and Survey
Cell lead: The Eye
Disorient Discord channel: Urban Plan

Every year, over the course of several months, we collaboratively design the Urban Plan of our camp at Burning Man. This plan becomes the framework for Disorient on the Playa.

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"XO" (2023)

Camp location: TBA
Camp dimensions: TBA
Number of campers: TBA

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- CoSign front and center.
- Low Shade-inspired shade structure TBD about 1500 sqft. Needs to be 100% shade (no sunlight coming through). Possibility of AC. Protected indoor space for Disorient Talks, meetings, downtempo, art installations...
- 300 watt lasers shooting horizontally above camp with 45 degree mirrors to go vertical at frontage.
- "XO" Square Shade for camping tents. Possibility of 100% shade with second layer under orange tarps. XO deserves a second year without the orange noise of other orange items (tarps between containers and Club House) so the satellite image is even stronger.
- 100% shade tarp with metal rope support between containers.

"The Other Side" (2022)

Camp location: Esplanade and 6:30
Camp dimensions: 200 ft. x 400 ft.
2022 Black Rock City Plan
Number of campers: 238

"Let the party resume :-)" -Ice Cream

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- Move Well
- Reposition kitchen
- Place Vadim’s truck in front
- Place lasers
- Add electrical info on one view
- Add Solar panels


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- Color codes for squares: orange: tents, yellow: space reserved for corridors and production (no tent), blue, kitchen
- The 400' long yellow line is the fire lane that we share with two neighboring camps
- Red circle is safety radius around generator
- Added identifying letters to Square Shade quadrants
- Added identifiers on containers
- Moved Well closer to kitchen for 50’ hose water delivery
- Reserved access for water delivery/pumping for kitchen and showers
- Removed containers not coming to D22
- Added/moved tents/hex
- Club House: deeper sides, dining booths, Zero Gs, small stage etc.
- Refined O of XO
- Added production and corridors (yellow square shade on drawing)
- Resized IN and OUT Signs on ACW front
- Reconfigured BBQ area with 30’x20’ shade
- Removed DIY tent
- Added safety cones including Sofy's
- Added guest art car in ACW (used Got Kirin as space holder)

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- Space for 45 RVs
- Moved fire lane (yellow) now shared with Burners Without Border
- New Square Shade "XO" configuration
- Kitchen 20'x30' (blue)
- Dining 30'x30' (pink) connected to Club House
- Tightened Esp@6:30 corner
- New line of containers distributed throughout camp easier for placement
- Alternate 20'x20' camping (yellow) with container content (orange) between containers
- New CoSign dimensions
- Added GeoTem Spire

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- Added ACW

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- Reintroducing gravity

"Quantum Two" (2021)


"Quantum" (2020)

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- Removed gravity

"Shuttlecock" (2019)

Camp location: Esplanade and 2:20
Camp dimensions: 175' x 400' = 70000 sq. ft.
Campers: TBC

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- Reorganized frontage to carve out more space for CCCP

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- Relocate generator as requested by Petrol
- Updated pallet racks heights
- Placed potties (pink container)
- Reconfigured Square Shades

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- Recast camp from scratch due to BM Placement
- Kitchen/water - blue on this drawing
- Production - yellow on this drawing
- Tents - orange
- Fire-lane / service road - red
- Club House (the pentagon) now also used as lounge/dining

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- Moved art cars to front
- Placed speakers
- Lounge in pink
- Kitchen in blue
- Added curtain walls to Club House
- Added LED scoreboard
- Moved DJ booth back
- Removed some Square Shades

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- Changed overall length from 450' to 400' as requested by BM placement and shuffled a few items to make it work
- Added Leo container
- Added Dang Gang containers
- Added Cabana
- Added Sofy's piece
- Added Converse All Star art car
- Added 36 Square Shades to fill central space as requested by placement. Total 194. Probably 70-80 too many.

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- Badminton court with official lines and net
- Club House, a shaded pentagonal communal space behind the Sign-On-Wheels includes bar, DJ booth and many sofas
- Badminton court lights (for nocturnal games) provided by Sign-On-Wheels and additional fixtures
- Shuttlecock Sign made of wood
- Small Disorient Sign in back of camp
- DIY Sign (6' x 17') hand painted on canvas/PET
- A-Trium (including Duke's and JBB's) next to new Alpha/Omega cell (with 4 containers) in back of camp
- 158 Square Shades

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- Fleshed-out radial design
- Added Signs, RVs, generator, containers
- Several pallet rack options for hinges
- Placed DIS|CO installation
- New container config for alpha an omega
- 158 Square Shade total. That's probably too many.

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- Create a unique tighter center to develop interactive offerings as a camp. Interactive offerings are all placed inside the Pentagon, facing toward the center, much like shops on a village plaza
- One of the 5 fingers could be the shaded entrance to the Pentagon bringing people in from the outside
- Intertwine pallet racks and Square Shades. In this example pallet racks are used as the "hinge" that connects Square Shades together.
- Other than a pentagon, we could use hexagon or heptagon. Specific design and proportions for both pallet rack and Square Shades TBD.

"Pod Mahal" (2018)

Camp location: 3:30 and Gort
Camp dimensions: 250' x 500'
Campers: 236

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- Updated Pod Mahal
- Added Helios on Chand Baori
- Multiple minor updates

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- Updated A-Trium
- Created Container Placement map

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- Updated Chand Baori and Pod Mahal (Freeman 20180704)
- Added Chand Baori ground anchors
- Added grey water tanks by kitchen and showers
- Added Andrew S's container
- Added Drop
- Added Amber's dome
- Color-coded Kitchen (ultra-violet) and Lounge (pink)
- Updated A-Trium (A-Train 20180702)
- Adjusted number of RVs
- Moved Well to Lounge
- Resized camp to 250'x500'
- Moved D14 Sign above DJ

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- Reduced Pod Mahal (provided by Freeman)
- Reconfigured "U" made of 10'x10' Square Shades
- Moved generator back on axis
- Added support structure for DIS and ORI of Mobile Sign
- Added 2014 Sign (Maybe use additional verticals as support? Freeman?)

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- Updated 10'x10' Square Shades
- Moved A-Trium
- Removed gas storage
- Camp dimensions more legible
- Resized Mobile Sign 2018

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- Testing Larry's Hat design to honor Larry Harvey (Simas's idea and hat design). 154x 10'x10' Square Shades and 130x 10'x10' Square Shades respectively

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- Added shade sails on Chand Baori
- Updated Duke's placement
- Added Dis|Co space
- Updated Square Shades layout
- Added 2018 DIS ORI ENT Sign
- Added ENT art car
- Added Urn
- Moved generator

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- Randy P's new piece
- Temple of Incompletion (Geodesic Temple 2018)
- Containers moved closer to frontage
- Chand Baori connects with Pod Mahal (Freeman's new structure)
- Requested by CPR: 60% less 10'x10' Square Shades than in 2017 (from 118 to 72)

"The D" (2017)

Camp location: Esplanade and 2:30 (requested 4:30, 3:00, 7:30)
Camp dimensions: 300' x 400'
Campers: 213


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- Updated Disorient Sign
- Updated Duke's Cell
- Added Luke's container
- Added Angel Queen
- Added Jael's sculpture
- Added solar array
- Added descriptions of containers

UP without RVs for Disorient Placement

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- Updated Chand Baori
- Added Yahel's setup
- Added anchor points
- Updated Duke's Cell layout

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- Added ArtCarDocks (final design/dimensions TBA)
- Added new Disorient container
- Reconfigured Duke's

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- Placed Temple of Forbidden Symmetry at 100' from camp as required by BM Artery
- Fine-tuned vehicles placement
- Moved Hut of GlamTech Warrior
- Cosmetic changes: Class B and C RVs, plywood

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- Added Temple of Forbidden Symmetry
- Rendered plan view for Muvment

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- Added Gon Kirin art car (Disorient Hong Kong)
- Added flammable storage in back of camp (second red circle)
- Cosmetic changes: Class A RVs, painted containers

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- Frontage: Chand Baori by Disorient India
- New shower design by Disorient India
- The D: 118x 10'x10' square shade (we have enough hardware for this config)

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- Frontage: Chand Baori by Disorient India
- New shower design by Disorient India
- The D: 216x 10'x10' square shade (we would need to acquire more hardware for this config)

"Croissant" (2016)

Camp location: Esplanade and 4:00
Camp dimensions: 300'x400'
Campers: n/a
Moop map: green and two small yellow spots

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- Reconfigured Croissant layout from 21/17 to 19/15 with 108x 10'x10' square shade
- Added Duke's Cell (container, tents, RVs)
- Added Well in center arch of Croissant
- Moved RVs to make room for kitchen access in Croissant facing generator
- Added HRC container
- Added square shade behind Teatro for water bar
- Reorganized a few elements


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- Updated Dome (discussed with Leo and Johan)
- Added Well (PB and HRH)
- Added HRC container
- Extended GeoTem to wider frontage (discussed with Trammel)
- Rotated GeoTem (discussed with Trammel)
- Painted Nautilus!!

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"Crescent" (2015)

Camp location: Esplanade and 8:00
Camp dimensions: 350'x400' (over 170,000 sq. ft. including BRC curve distortion)
Campers: N/A

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- created Casbah
- moved frontage 10' back


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- Major update of Crescent to 21/17/126 configuration
- updated Duke's
- finalized NYC containers
- added A'Tuin
- added Shark Fin
- added Disengage Lounge (4 red 10'x10' by the kitchen)
- added Camp HQ (pink 10'x10')
- added HRH's quarters (16' hex and pink 21' RV) by Hut of GlamTech Warrior
- added more RVs
- added Tool Container
- updated showers and containers
- added 5 hexayurts
- updated Teatro
- updated Asterix

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- updated Teatro
- updated BTL to 30'x50'
- updated Asterix
- added Duke's
- added more RVs
- added Smile
- added Dex
- moved showers
- moved Enzo

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- updated frontage includes:
. 10x 14' uprights
. 3x 21' uprights
. 6x 7' uprights

Version 20150717

- updated Bedouin Tech Lounge design

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- added anchor point for BM DPW (blue columns)
- added power distribution boxes (green columns)
- added new tool container
- clean-up

Version 20150707

- changed layout to Crescent using pixelated circle direction
- added NYC containers
- added cars and art cars
- added GeoTem Asterix
- added Bedouin Tech lounge (center)

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The Well is the main source of potable water for campers and a central object in the Stadium. The water tank is protected from the sun and refilled by truck regularly. The bottom of the water tank rests on pallet racks 3 feet above ground so no pump is needed. The top level of the Well is a shaded chill platform.

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Stadium references:
Panathenaic Stadium (Athens, Greece)

"The Gold Bug" (2014)

Camp location: Esplanade @ 2:15
Camp dimensions: 300'x400'
Campers: 328

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- Replaced Sled Sign with Pornj Picket Fence
- Added navigation and safety inside Arch
- Added 2 Service Lanes (yellow)
- Placed 7 Hex yurts
- Placed DEX
- 43 RVs
- Added triangular tarps to shade structures
- Added Pod Mahal

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"Pyramid" (2013)

Camp location: 2:45 x Esplanade
Camp dimensions (feet): 300x400
Campers: 292

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1 Camp HQ
2-5 Tents
6-7 Dining Room
8-12 Tents
13 AirShipOne Base
14-20 Tents
21 Kitchen
22 Camp Water
23-30 Tents
31 Hut of the GlamTech Warrior
32-43 RVs
44 Entrance Duke's
45 Allison's Container #1
46 Duke's
47 Olivier's
48 Allison's Container #2
49 Kitchen Truck #1
50 Kitchen Truck #2
51 Disorient Container #1
52 Disorient Container #2
53 Camp Showers
54-86 RVs
87-88 Output
89 Camp Generator
90 Disorient Dome
91 Pyramid
92 Drop on GeoTem Container
93 AirShipOne
94 Nautilus
95 Allison's Art Car
96 Brian's Art Car
97 Car Park North
98 Car Park South


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"Quetzalcoatl" (2012)

Camp location: 3:30 x Esplanade
Camp dimensions (feet): 300x400
Campers: 314

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- Placed trucks in back-end.
- Placed Big B's art car
- Placed Freeman's quarters
- Relocated EyePod, Spider and A-Train's setup
- Updated Cyclops
- Relocated spider boxes
- General clean-up
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Cyclops version 20120802
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- Reorganized back-end. Created back-end plaza with numbering system for placement
1. Dex staging/Output NYC
2. Wayne and Blackbird staging/Output Philly
3. LA truck/Output LA
4. Open
5. Generator and gas storage#1
6. Generator and gas storage#1
7. Generator and gas storage#1
8. Recycling
9. GeoTem Container/bathroom
10. Evaporation ponds
11. Tools Container, Portapotties, showers
12. Gas storage #2
13-20. Camping
- Placed generator
- Placed EyePod, Gon Ki Rin, Spider and A-Train's tents
- Updated Cyclops
- Relocated spider boxes
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- Reorganized back-end
- Added vehicles
- Added Cyclops (Leo's pieces, Halo, Drop, 3rd container, pallet rack, etc.)
- HQ placement
- Relocated PSL
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- Red: RVs
- Green: tents
- Dome #1
- Dome #3
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"Geodesic" (2011)

Camp location: 2:00 & Esplanade, BRC
Camp dimensions (feet): 300 x 400
Campers: 280

Geodesic Temple "GAX" (GeoTem04 Arena Hexa), Disorient's modular sculpture, is located on the Playa, as an extension of the camp.

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- GeoTem generator
- Funktion One speaker stacks
- Funktion One amp rack
- Aug 22 container layout (green dots)
- Aug 22 GeoTem village layout (green dots)
- Remove foof lounge
- Move Pornjstar Lounge to 3:00 just inside the RV ring
- Add Drop guy lines
- Add Drop shade structure in corner (pink bastard-like)
- Show Nautilus near generator
- Recycling sorting behind 2nd container
- OUTPUT staging area in back of camp
- Potential large evap pond in back of camp
- Small kitchen Dome is now the carport, backed up to back of dome.
- Dome is now 12', everything should be referenced this way.
- Take out walking streets at 3' and 9'
- Jan's pink bastard at 7:30'
- Take out OH's on entrance of camp
- Add Ocean's Trash fence to 2'(road) side (how does rv pumping work with this fence? -eye)

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- Added Balloon Team. Esplanade opposite side of Drop;
- Extended back "slices" of Pornj Plaza for LA and SF;
- Moved Opium Den;
- Placed Foof lounge (green);
- Added two walking streets at 3 and 9 o'clock;
- Added Disorient Spa to edge of Pornj Plaza next to 3'oclock slice (blue);
- Placed Showers and Portopotties between Containers;
- Resized shade structures to 10'x20';
- Placed reconfigured ACW Sign;
- Placed Firmament 2.
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"Total Camp" (2010)

Camp location: 2:15 & Esplanade, BRC
Camp dimensions (feet): 320 x 400 (128,000 sq. ft.)
Campers: 250
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Disorient's Urban Plan evolves year after year building on experience gained from previous years and from lessons learned by looking at the plan of Black Rock City. In 2010, the vacuous center of Black Rock City inspires us to relocate the Disorient Dome in the outskirt of Pornj Plaza. Two main reasons for this change: 1. Open-up the center of Pornj Plaza to help energy flow and facilitate visual communication; 2. Place the Dome in a more central location within the camp so no camper feels that the camp's social center is too far. In Black Rock City terms, the Dome becomes Disorient's Center Camp. Two large paths, one on each side of the Dome, connect the front to the back of the camp. Kitchen area is behind the dome on the axis of the camp. In the center of Pornj Plaza: the Disorient Urn which should be used constantly to burn all camp's burnables.

The ring of tents that defines Pornj Plaza is made of 10'x10' and 10'x15' pop-up tents. If you are thinking of purchasing a new shade structure for your camping area we recommend those Pink popup gazebos.jpg. Use these keywords to find them. If you have requested RV service, you are responsible for keeping the back of your RV accessible to the service trucks. This means don't let other campers park their car or put their tent in a way that would make access impossible to the service trucks.

The Art Car Wash, Disorient's 60ft x 30ft x 15ft interactive art installation is located on the Playa, in front of the camp.

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- 3D model: Disorient_up20100801.skp
- Updated size from 250'x350' to 300'x400'
- Enlarged Pornj Plaza diameter from 82' to 100'
- Enlarged tent ring around Pornj Plaza to 35' thick
- Moved the Dome accordingly which places it almost exactly in the center of camp
- 20'x400' access road on each side of camp for RV service and general camp navigation
- Created car park along new access roads
- Echo Chamber (2:00 side back corner: 4 RVs + canopy)
- Space Pirates (Pornj Plaza 2:30 side next to Dome)
- Containers (20' apart, 50' from A street on camp axis)
- Reserved space for container unload
- Hut of the GlamTech Warrior (2:00 side center Pornj Plaza)
- 4 Porta potties (next to the showers)
- Shade for water tank
- Tejawe's camp (center back: 6 trucks + canopy)
- Placed ACW
- Placed Diamonds in frontage[1]
- Placed front fence made of small Disorient signs

Next version:
- Mutant Vehicles (DEX, Gon Kirin, Deb's, Nautilus)

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- 3D model: Disorient_up20100520.skp
- replaced kitchen tents following Thunderstick's specs
- added generator
- added showers
- added water tank
- added pink EZ-UP tents in camping area
- created paths on both sides of the Dome for better camp flow

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Additional resources: Camp elements from 3D warehouse

"Evolver" (2009)

Camp location: 4:30 & Esplanade, BRC
Camp dimensions (feet): 150 x 350 (52,500 sq. ft.)
Number of campers: 149
Number of RVs: TBA
3D model of the camp: Disorient2009_up.skp
Additional resources: Camp elements from 3D warehouse

Inspired by 2008's Urban Plan, Evolver is a radially distributed camp layout. From the center to the outside, elements of Evolver are: Disorient Dome, Orange Plaza, Pink Shaded area and large vehicles (RVs and buses).

Version 20090806:
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- resized camp to fit 150'x350' assigned dimensions
- updated Art Car Wash
- placed Kitchen (Blue water tank)
- placed Containers
- placed Generator
- placed DDPW truck

The pink rectangles on the urban plan represent shade structures made of Aluminet, inspired by Lowroad and Jan's shade structures. The circle closest to the Dome is defined by a series of flag poles. Each corner of shade closest to the Dome can be connected to a flag pole. The other corners of each shade structure can be attached to the large vehicles. Central support for each shade structure is provided by poles between 8' and 12' tall made of 1" electrical conduit topped with a tennis ball so the fabric does not rip. Disorient will provide shade material and flag poles. Flag poles will be installed by the Disorient Outpost during the survey. It will be campers' responsibility to install the shade structure for their respective area as they arrive in camp. Campers are also encouraged to design and fabricate new flags. Suggested dimensions of flags: 3' wide x 6' tall.

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"Mandala" (2008)

Camp location: 4:00 & Dart, BRC (Google map)
Camp dimensions (feet): 200 x 300
Number of campers: 170
Number of RVs: 27
Camp motto: DV8
3D model of the camp: File:Disorient2008 up.skp
Last comments/requests to be taken into account for potential changes to urban plan must be posted on this thread by August 3rd, 2008

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- modified plan to fit 200'x300' lot dimensions;
- added "Dome" mutant vehicle;
- campers in rvs need to make sure their water tanks remain accessible to service trucks. every rv, especially the ones located away from the streets should help with this by not letting other campers block access;
- tent area extends under rv shades and between rv pods.

Pod 1: 11 Gary Rabkin (L), 12 Dina Kaplan (L), 13 Sunwoo (L), 14 Rabbi Mintz (L)
Pod 2: 21 Allison (L), 22 Pincus (L), 23 Huggie (L), 24 Tejawe (Truck)
Pod 3: 31 Whiteout (L), 32 Circe & Elizabeth (M), 33 Jonny B Bad (L), 34 Devo (M)
Pod 4: 41 Jaygo&5ie (L), 42 Ky & JJ (Van), 43 PB&J (L), 44 Bads’ (Van)
Pod 5: 51 Yves Behar (L), 52 Eyepod (Van), 53 Leo (L)
Pod 6: 61 Mullens (L), Lenoci 62 (L), 63 Muvment (L)
Pod 7: 71 Alpha (L), 72 Charlie (L), 73 Haddock (XL), 74 Derek (L)
Periphery: 81-85 extra space, 86 Reda, 87 Gearbox, 88 Yukon, 89 Layton

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- added RV numbers for personal placement;
- moved Containers and Drop to camp entrance;
- added Jan's and Lowroad's shade structures at camp entrance;
- added EyePod;
- added extra RVs at the corners of the Mandala;
- added generator and showers;
- added kitchen location.

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- added exploded view of layout:
- Dome Plaza for load-in and load-out, no parking any time except Dex;
- Orange Ring for communal structures and art;
- Pink Ring for individual tents;
- Outside Pink Ring for RV and cars;
- added second row of Delta Shades;
- changed RVs' shades to pink;
- refined the layout.

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"Sign on Wheels" (2007)

Camp location: 8:30 and Esplanade
Camp dimensions (feet): 170 x 365
Number of campers: 100-150 (projected), 187 (actual)
Number of RVs: 32
Camp motto: Live Green. Burn Pornj
Last comments/requests for potential changes to urban plan must be made in this thread by August 3rd, 2007

This year, our new addition to the Disorient Express is the Rex, a 60 ft. long accordion bus. Between the Rex and the Dex, the Disorient Express is now about 90 feet long. This allows us, for the first time, to put the entire Disorient Sign on wheels.

"Our interest in creating the large Disorient sign for the first time in 2004 was to see from how far away a word could be and still be legible. Could it be read from across the playa? We found that the answer is certainly yes. We added sequencing to the sign so that at times it was legible and at others abstract. For me, the word and concept are tied closely to my first night ever at Burning Man in 1994 when I got profoundly lost and disoriented. I had to relearn to navigate in this new space. That process of breaking down and building up is essential to what the event is for me. In 2005 we put the 'DIS' on our first art vehicle and left the 'ORIENT' at home. In 2006 'ORI' travelled and 'DIS ENT' stayed at home. This year, we want to continue this play by putting the entire sign on 2 vehicles and creating several other letters of varying scales mounted in front of camp, on rickshaws, vehicles, etc. with the goal of completely breaking the monolith. I guess the underlying point of all of this is to encourage people to think twice about their beacons and navigational aids, both on the playa and in a larger context beyond the event." (Leo Villareal)

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When the Disorient Express is not parked in front of the camp, a series of Delta Shade structures (designed and tested by Disorienters in 2006) creates a 100 ft. long lounge that is the interface between our camp and the Esplanade. Several large artworks including HiFiDreams by Spot, Bracelet by AKAirways, 8 Point Display (a set of horizontal wires on which participants can add or remove fluorescent 1 foot square pixels. Through these actions, letters and low resolution images can be created) and 3 Letters on Wheels (a triangular piece with various low resolution letters attached. Visitors can spin the piece around to change the letter) are installed in front and on the side of the Delta Shades. The lights inside the lounge are sequenced by Leo Villareal. These gestures welcome people's participation in the very definition of the camp.

During the day, we are presenting a large immersive sculpture, the Diamond, in front of camp, which measures 15'x15'x12', is covered by a mix of sequins, white fabric, and LEDs, acting as a screen to present time lapse movies (made on Playa) at night. Inside is a cozy and AC'd inflatable lounge with a breathing inflatable light sculpture by Anakin Koenig hanging from the ceiling. Lofted on top will be two of our Zero-G couches for relaxing and looking out over the expanse of the central playa.

We have new custom made (and architecturally beautiful) 100 foot long shade structure that can accommodate a large crowd lounging and lying in zero gravity couches and a sound system and stage for live music and events. At night, the shade structure has an elaborate led sculpture which displays a light show of my creation. We have a bar, kitchen and roaming hospitality (such as Turks and Cocos, a decorated cart that serves delicious tropical drinks) to service our lounge areas. Our goal is to create a very inviting, comfortable and great looking space for people to come and hang out it. It is not a crazy booming party but a place for us to be hosts and to give and take care of guests.

Pornj Lane, Disorient's central street, is the axis of the camp. Campers set-up their living space on both sides of Pornj Lane which fosters community through visual interconnection and immediate interaction.

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Changes include:
- Adjustment of delta shades (design and layout) in camp frontage;
- Larger delta shades' front become pixels for light installation by leo;
- 3 new delta shades (with 24'x3' table) and existing carport for kitchen;
- Additional individual delta shades elsewhere in camp;
- Spot's projector (pink column) pointing at back of leo's rv;
- Generator (safety area in red) and bio-diesel 250 gallon tank relocated;
- New frontage object: 3 letters sculpture on wheels in front of camp;
- Space for material, shade for shop next to containers;
- Some model enhancements.

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Changes include:
- Extension of delta shades to the other side of Pornj Lane.

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Disorient camp at NYC Decom (2007)

Disorient on the Lawn: This is not Croquet
Welcome. Disorient on the Lawn is a sculpture garden inflated and streched to the sound of deep bass, and downtempo grooves. We are temporary. You may bring a blanket only to find that you are moved to dance. You may come to dance only to find that you have stopped to stare at the lights. Welcome to Disorient.

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Disorient's presence at NYC Decom 2007 is a small version of Disorient's camp on the Playa. It is an outdoor installation (90'x60') on the grass with music and includes:
- Delta Shades - Length: 25' Height: 8' Width: 10' Weight: 120 lbs. - Ground penetration: four 1 ft. stakes
- Jan's White Shade - Length: 22' Height: 8' Width: 15' Weight: 80 lbs. - Ground penetration: six 1 ft. stakes
- Lowroad's Penta Shade - Length: 7' Height: 7' Width: 7' Weight: 70 lbs. - Ground penetration: none
- Bracelet by AKAirways - Length: 22' Height: 22' Width: 6' Weight: 160 lbs. - Ground penetration: six 1 ft. stakes
- Disorient's Small Sign - Length: 13' Height: 1' Width: 3" Weight: 60 lbs. - Ground penetration: none
- Disorient's Mackie sound system and DJ set-up - Length: 12' Height: 3' Width: 3' Weight: 100 lbs. - Ground penetration: none

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Disorient on the Lawn
NYC Decom 2007

3:00pm Rumble (live electronic set)
4:30 Dwan (belly dancing)
5:00 Spiral Blaster (live electronic set)
6:30 DJ Scientific (dj set)
8:00 The Solstice Project (belly dancing)
8:30 Friartuck (dj set)
10:00 TBA (ambient dj set)

Installation schedule:
10am pick-up rental van
10:30am Load van at Leo's(?) and The Eye's
11:15am Get wood for Delta Shades at Home Depot (50-10 Northern Boulevard)
12noon Unload van at Queens Museum and start installation
3pm Event starts
2am Start packing
4am Load van and return to Manhattan

Bring warm clothes!!

Previous years:

"Pornj Lane and the Deconstructed Sign" (2006)

Camp location: Esplanade & 8 O'clock, BRC
Camp dimensions (feet): 170 x 260
Number of campers: 130
Camp motto: Love and Licks in 2006

Pornj Lane gets its name from the pink and orange shade structures that Disorienters install for private and public spaces on both sides of the street. It is 40 feet wide at its center.
Every group of camper is encouraged the create and assemble its own Pornj shade structure. If everyone on Pornj Lane provides shade for their personal space, the camp will be cooler and more welcoming. Assembling a personal shade structure should be the first thing that every DOer works on upon arrival.

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The Sign is broken-down into 3 groups DIS - ORI - 6NT.
The ORI part of the sign hangs on one side of the DEX.
When the DEX is not in camp, the Sign reads: DIS6NT

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3D (Sketchup) file of Disorient 2006 Urban Plan: up1.skp
Dex modelling by DanOfMystery

"Main Street" (2005)

Camp location: Esplanade & 8 O'clock
Camp dimensions (feet): 130 x 365
Number of campers: 110
Camp motto: Tighter and Brighter

In 2005 Di5orient is putting a lot of resources into an art project on wheels: the Di5orient Express. Inspired by the theme of Burning Man 2005, this mobile unit will be the subconscious of Di5orient to be newly experienced and discovered. It will take Di5orient art, sound and dreams to the deep playa and will come back to camp only to let travellers regain consciousness.

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THE SIGN (Esplanade frontage)
Disorient camp is simplified and "unplugged." The public area of the camp is where we keep the Di5orient Express. It can also accomodate other mutant vehicles such as Nemo's Nautilus. In order to make the camp a quiet and soothing place for campers and for our neighbors the public party area of the camp (including some art and sound installations) is on and around the Di5orient Express which means that Di5orient will often entertain publicly out on the Playa, away from the camp.

Our Esplanade frontage (the Sign) will be the connecting point between the Di5orient Express and the Di5orient camp, between our conscious and our subconscious. It will be a place of meeting and exchange, of arrivals and departures and will provide sitting for travelers. Our Esplanade frontage will be the gate to the Di5orient community. This frontage will also be a place where we will give away costumes (with help of our neighbors Kostume Kult) and eventually invite new friends into the private part of the camp: Main Street.

Yellow vehicles are covered with mylar

The private area of the camp, behind the Sign, is organized around the curved "Disorient Main Street." The simple urban plan allows Disorienters to self-organize individually and collaboratively around a single connector.

"Main street is the generic name (and sometimes the official name) of the business street of a small town in the United States and Canada. "Main Street," or the interests of small businessmen, is sometimes contrasted with "Wall Street," the interests of corporate capitalism." (Wikipedia.com)

Disorient's Main Street is exactly that. It is a place where everyone meets and where paths cross. It is the common ground where social interaction happens. Main Street allows for everyone to be at the same level, connected to the same string. In UP3, everyone plugs into Main Street making it the link between every camper. Main Street is your connection to every other Disorienter.

One advantage of central spacial distribution is that Disorienters can be placed on a first come first served basis. There is no need for reserved spots as we are all connected to the same area. The camp will grow organically guided by the two curved lines that define Main Street. The tents and rvs and cars that you can see around Main Street on UP3 are intentionally not defined. They were placed arbitrarily to give a sense of what could be there.


Main Street should stay open to everyone. All structure should be removed from Main Street after any event. Kitchen, showers, lounges will be terriffic, along with tents and rvs as elements that define Main Street but might defy its purpose if placed right in the middle. One of the multiple functions of Main Street will be to move vehicles in and out of the camp.

A shade installation is going to cover parts of Main Street and the Lounge. If every camper on the side of Main Street provides shade for his/her personal space, the entire camp will feel cooler and more welcoming. Assembling a personal shade structure should be the first thing that every DOer works on upon arrival. Campers should note that the area west of Steve-O's shade installation (along 8:00) will be protected from morning sun.


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BRC 2005 map
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Contextual Map v.2
Kostume Kult Map

"Large Sound" (2004)

Camp location: 10 O'Clock between Venus and Mercury
Camp dimensions (feet): 200 x 380
Number of campers: 180


"Dandelion" (2003)

Camp Location: Esplanade + 10 O'Clock (corner)

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"Esplanade" (2002)

Camp Size: 200' x 300'
Location: Esplanade + 255 degree

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BRC location 1997-2007

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