September 25! NEW DATE!!! October 3
This deadline is to ensure that your art will be listed on the official Engulf Map and to make sure your placement makes sense. If you’re last minute in your decision to bring art to Engulf that’s OK, but please tell us as soon as possible. If you show up at Engulf with art that you want publicly placed and have not contacted us, please ask for the Art AF when you arrive at the gate. That person will help you out. And possibly lead you astray as well… maybe, or at least at first or demand a good joke in return… You get the idea. Telling us beforehand helps us out a lot!!! Thank you.
Engulf is an experiment in community and community building. Art makes Engulf special and everyone is encouraged to register a piece. We believe that art helps to bring our community together in unique ways: artists and builders working together, art that gives voice to and helps shape the Engulf experience, and art helps gather people on the swampy playa.
We challenge you to create something that will inspire, engage, question, puzzle, amuse, seduce, and otherwise influence the citizens of Engulf. Interactive art is our particular obsession. Interactive work convenes society around itself. It generates roles. It provokes actions. It transforms participants into active contributors to a creative process.
Engulf also believes in the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits of using reclaimed, non-toxic, and found materials, especially driftwood and fallwood.
The challenges to creating art for a burn are many. You must consider the physical conditions, the time commitment, and the logistics of transporting tools, building materials, and equipment to Lazy B Ranch. You should also consider the environment Engulf itself will create.
All of these challenges are aspects of the medium in which you are working, so plan carefully and be patient. Your creation may not happen in precisely the way you envision it, but that’s okay. The struggle to adapt and to survive is an essential part of this experience and can lead to unexpected discoveries, both about you and your art.
Whatever you decide is your artistic contribution, anyone making a commitment to creating art at Engulf must take responsibility for all aspects of that creation. From filling out the art installation registration form, participating in a dialogue with us, protecting your art, to cleanup accountability, every aspect of creating art must be taken seriously.
Artwork must be sufficiently secured against high winds and intense weather conditions that can arise at Lazy B Ranch. If you use guy/guide wires they must be flagged.
Artwork must be sufficiently illuminated at night, including rebar, guy/guide wires and any other part of the installation that somebody could crash into. This includes lighting your build materials before you finish creating your art installation. Note that it’s a darn good idea to use something that cannot be stolen or removed.
The LLC has the right to prohibit the erection or request the dismantling of any art work or structure that it deems unsafe or otherwise inappropriate and/or prohibit attendees from climbing on any art or structure.
Camping is not allowed at any art installation.
You will start with a clean blank canvas. And that is the way you should leave it. Everything you bring to create MUST BE REMOVED. Nothing, absolutely nothing, should be left at your art site or camp when you leave. Cleaning up and Leaving No Trace are paramount. As citizens of Engulf we are held to a higher standard.
After you fill out the art installation registration form (coming soon!) (due September 15), someone from our Art Team will be contacting you, ready to help and assist you. We need as much information as you can possibly give us, including a description and diagrams of your piece. Participating in a dialogue with you about your artwork will enable us to help make your art experience the best it can be.