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date: 19 June 2019

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In north-western Nevada, USA, the Burning Man festival organizers and participants build and then remove all traces of a city that holds upwards of 50,000 participants (as of 2011). The city is built in August each year, fully occupied for one week, and then removed completely over the course of the following month. Using traditional archaeological methods along with ethnographic approaches and participant observation, the project has explored the construction and inhabitation of this city before, during, and after its use. This project focuses on the materiality of Burning Man, aiming to examine the material dimensions of the festival and its significance for those who create, reside in, and deconstruct Black Rock City, a temporary and, ultimately, ephemeral site.

Keywords: festival, temporary, Burning Man, materiality, ephemeral, city

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