- A Border Control Checkpoint to Enter Your Own
Thank you very much for making Checkpoint
DreamYourTopia. It really moved me, and before I visited
(on Thursday?) I had not really connected with the
American Dream theme.
VistorQuotes - Burning Man 2008
I didn't get a passport because I had a strange moving
experience while filling out the form. I realized that I
did not want my dream. Operating from the definition of
dream as "a story I tell you I want to be true", I had
this idea that our dreams are tragically flawed because
they are products of our selves, which I also believe
are tragically flawed. Reality is more perfect,
surprising, and satisfying than our dream might ever be.
For example, in my wildest dreams, I could not have
imagines burning man and all of it's amazingness; the
reality is so much more shocking and wonderful!
That's just one thought. I regret not finishing the
passport application process, but you changed my burn,
and provoked ideas, which was worth it.
I'd been reading your blog in advance of the Burn, and
was ecstatic to encounter your Dream in person! Clearly
there were much sweat, love, and dreams that went into
the building of DreamYourTopia, and I wanted to make
sure to let you know that your efforts did not go
without a deep level of appreciation :)
Your creation was by far the MOST interactive and
participatory project I have encountered in my meager
few Burns. I cherish my passport, pictures, and memories
of my encounter with your exhibit, and tried to convince
several of my campmates that they were missing out until
they'd paid a visit to your camp. My question to you:
Will you bring the Dream back to BRC in 2009??
this was positively the shittiest installation I've ever
visited in all my visits to the playa. oh sure, the
passport that I never got looked pretty and all. good
job, bitches. the beef I have is with the dude bro who
was on dudie that night. this cow behind me starts shit
for no reason other than the fact that she was a self
hater, and then starts crying to the dude bro, as if
we're in kindergarten. then with no information to go on
he sided with her and tried to reprimand me by getting
up in my face with his magaphone...why? because I have a
penis. I truly hope your sharty poop shoot of a dream
moops up the playa next year so I can take a dump on it.
HELLO Checkpoint DreamYourTopia! Greetings from the
D.L.A.! (Dream Liberation Army!)
We came upon your beautiful and thought provoking art
piece one night as innocent immigrants, looking for an
opportunity to live our dreams. Instead, we were brought
in and prosecuted! Forced to fill out every ridiculous
question on your forms!
When one of our clan completed the sheet she was still
denied after being brought into your interrogation room!
We decided that we must take matters into out own hands!
This is America! People are fighting and dying everyday
to protect our Freedom and our way of life! Who are you
to tell us that we cannot enter DreamYourTopia?!
So we rallied some troops and sent a spy in to scope out
the situation. She notified us when she passed through
your security and then BAM! we stormed your gates!
We tried to keep collateral damage low, but you know how
I must say, we did not anticipate such heavy resistance!
Your guards were strong, but our weapons managed to get
us in to shout "YOU ARE FREE TO DREAM! THIS IS AMERICA!
YOU DON"T HAVE TO HAVE THEIR PERMISSION!"
It is unfortunate that such violence resulted;) But let
me make our message to you clear:Thank you for being
good sports and giving us something so moving that it
prompted us to "go to battle!"
Dreamyourtopia was one of the highlights
of our Burn. Amazing!! We stumbled across it on what was
probably the first night it was open (Sat or Sunday), as
work was still going on around us inside the compound.
Not knowing exactly what it was, and having heard that
there was a camp giving out free waterboarding
experiences (!) we walked up and asked if this was where
we got the free waterboarding. I think that was perhaps
the first true test of the staff's poker faces...the
bunny guy wants to be waterboarded... Laughing ! We were
given applications, which were simultaneously hilarious,
sinister, and thought provoking. It took us about 10
min. to completely fill out the form/s, and another 5
mins or so of interrogation before we were finally
issued visitor's visas/passports and script--coolest
keepsakes I've ever been gifted at the burn--and allowed
through. sigh of relief... the promised dreamland is at
hand!). Our time at the bar was stellar. It was like a
mini decompression in itself. Absolutely incredible.
As the week went by, it was great to hear the stories of
our campmates who found the checkpoint on their own. One
group was standing in line about to receive their
applications when a woman behind them ("staff" perhaps?)
leaned in and whispered: "You people are too nice. I am
going to tell the authorities that you are terrorists!!"
My friend Shari was scared.... but then she concocted a
plan... when they got to the front of the line she told
the guard that the woman behind her was bragging that
she was a drug mule, was carrying top-grade Afghani/00,
and should be given a cavity search ASAP! Shocked
THANK YOU ALL FOR AN EPIC, ENTERTAINING, THOUGHT/DREAM
The Checkpoint was one of my favorite installations. I
got my passport Monday night/Tuesday morning after the
dust storm when you all were still working.
I came back Friday with my new gal. Two people said
"fuck this!" and stomped off while she was doing the
paperwork. When she got it finished I stepped up with my
passport and a Clif bar. "I am sponsoring this young
lady. I already have a passport."
As soon as the guard finished eating we bypassed the
whole line (he did make her draw a self portrait.)
Personally I am trying to put the same answers in the
physical and dream world parts of the form so I say "Mr.
Dadara, Tear down this wall."
I now have to go hang my head in shame for paraphrasing