The 2022 Theme
“It is a signature aspect of Burning Man culture that we transform our dreams into actions in the world. Not just an inner transformation but an externalization of that vision, bending the arc of reality toward the fantastic and bringing the world along for the ride.”
~Stuart Mangrum, Cacophonist, Director of the Philosophical Center, “Burning Man 2022: Waking Dreams,” Burning Man Journal (Burning since 1993)
HUMANITY’S COLLECTIVE DREAM BECAME BRIGHTER BECAUSE OF YOU.
Burning Man’s 2022 theme, Waking Dreams, explored the transformative power of dreams, and celebrated the dreamers who channel this potent energy in eye-opening, often surrealistic, sometimes life-changing ways.
Some say during the pause we all forgot, just a little, how to be Burners in the world. Perhaps we remembered a whole lot harder; we remembered why we do this, and why we care so damn much about something that, from the outside, can look like a very complicated hobby.
After so much time apart, we brought our dreams to life and lit them up for one another and the world, evoking a timeless moment of sublime cacophony.
“Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.”~ BLACK ELK
“The essence of the desert is that you are free to create your own world, your own visionary reality.”
~Larry Harvey, Digerati are unlikely celebrants of a primitivist conflagration in the Nevada desert, The New York Times, 1997