Ill Vill

Though I’m not camping with Illumination Village at Burning Man this year, I am good friends with many people in the camp. Reading this internal announcement, I thought “Wow, that’s pretty cool.”


THE ILLUMINATION VILLAGE — IMPORTANT INFORMATION ____________________________________________________

Camping with Illumination Village in 2007

In 2007, we’ve got great plans for Illumination Village. This year, like last, we’re asking for $50 from each camper. If $50 still seems cheap, we’d gladly put whatever additional funds you can contribute to good use.

I’ve requested Esplanade and 3:00-5:00 placement next door to The Devil’s Workshop and Day Spa, and it looks like we’ll be good, if the little birdie I’ve heard from is accurate. Burningman was impressed with how the Village looked and felt last year, they seem excited about the submitted 2007 plans. 2007 will be a lot like last year, with a tight, organized layout, art up front, interactive stuff on the esplanade. We’ll have a lot of big fire projects across from the village entry on the playa side, and Dr. HiHor has been working on a new village entry gate that incorporates propane.

For our space, I’ve requested a single 300′ frontage by 250′ side road spot. This would be slightly larger than our frontage last year, but without the back annex; I think we’ll need that frontage to fit all the projects we have going on. Ill Vill will be providing power 24/7, have showers of some fashion, and will even have some swanky metal medallions for villagers.

Some of the attractions slated for 2007 include:
Neverwas and their Steam exhibit
Body Wash?
Big Beds and Tea House (fingers crossed) Technomania Circus’ Black Light Theater Satan’s Calliope Pyrocussion/Mothtrap Dragons of Eden (good luck Lucy) Boom Cookie Bizarro Saguaro Giant Swingset FLG Encore Piece Cardboard Houses Keyhole Sculpture Garden Pink Pleasure Palace Aguamala bar Shelter Skelter (Mycol Hudgin’s awesome Buddha fire bus!) Upside Down S’s T-shirt shack Bead Workshop

Some of the team members of Mechabolic, SWARM and Celtic Forest will be in camp as well.

Here’s the text for our village that will appear in the printed guide:

2007 is The Illumination Village’s 13th anniversary on the playa.
The Illumination Village is an active, driven community of dedicated artists, technologists and hardcore fans of fire. We’re a powerful force on the playa; building, supporting and burning some of the best and biggest art the playa has ever seen. The Illumination Village is old school fire, steam punks, mad science, anachronistic power generation, neon, electricity and sculpture that’s interactive and entertaining. We bring fuel, we bring energy, we bring art, and we light up the night. We stoke the flames, mixing fire and steel, keeping your body warm at night, and your eyes twinkling with the reflections of combustion.

Weekend Arrivals :: 12:01 AM 8/25 — 11:59 PM 8/26
The short list for arrival before Friday the 24th has been closed and I’m expecting final approval of that list of 7 names soon. For weekend arrival between 12:01AM Saturday the 25th and 11:59PM Sunday the 26th, I’ve requested 40 slots. I’ll be able to confirm the number by July 30th. Once the number’s been approved, I’ll be supply passes based on whether you really need to be there early, if there are more requests than passes.

Paying your camping fee
You can use the Paypal account below to send us your camping fees.
Please include your name, a phone number or email contact point and the names of anyone else that you’re paying for. Remember, its $50/per camper.



If you do not have Paypal, you can send us a check; send me email for details:: steve at thinkcooper dat com.

2007 Illumination Village Website
The Illumination Village website will go live online in the next few days, at the As soon as the placement team confirms our location and space size, I’ll start assembling and posting a PDF of the most up to date map there. Once the site is ready for primetime, I’ll post the actual link here on the list.

For reference, here’s a link to the 2006 Ill Vill website:

We need your help NOW!
Your camping fee contribution is about supporting a village that you love, that you care about, that you’re a part of. We’re all proud of being a piece of the village’s legacy, now’s the time turn that pride into a contribution that gives Illumination Village the freedom to evolve to next level. Let’s build a healthy community that provides its members with a playa home that’s a blast to be a part of, that’s powerful, vibrant, alive and full of fire.

Please send your camping fees now!


– Your mayors –

Jessica, Karen and Steve

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