UPDATE 4/24/2018: Come help Videogasm celebrate our 20th anniversary in Black Rock City! We're hoping to see as many camp alumni as possible, but space is limited! So tell us your plans as soon as possible! Haven't been able to buy tickets yet? Well... we do have a limited number of tickets for sale. Preference will be given to those who can help with camp set up, tear down or both. Also we ask that everyone in camp sign up for at least two 4 hour shifts through the week helping with camp chores, events and activities. Hope to see you all on the playa! You can contact me: Early Poppycock via facebook or using the contact email link below.
Body painters wanted! If you do body painting and are looking for a place to paint, then Videogasm is the place for you!
Have a short video or presentation you'd like to display at our Playa Theater. If you have something you'd like to show or present at our playa theater, contact us to make arrangements. We do occasionally show features as well. If you have and independently produced feature that you think would be appropiate for Burning Man drop us an email.
We're also looking for daytime interactivity. If you have any ideas for daytime activities (performance, demonstration, games, discussion, etc.) and are looking for a place to do them, Camp Videogasm could be the place for you! We offer our shade structures and a P.A. If you are in need of anything else, we will do our best to accommodate you. Please use the contact email below to discuss further.
The 48 Hour Film Project: Black Rock City
Camp Videogasm will again be host to The Black Rock City edition of The 48 Hour Film Project. Were groups of burners write, shoot and edit films over a 48 hour period to be shown at a festival on Thursday night. We'll start with a retrospective of short films produced at Burning Man in previous years and then premiere the shorts that will be produced at this years Burning Man! Please email us for more info.
Live: Rocky Horror Picture Show - Friday, 11:59pm,
Videogasm will once again be presenting The 6 Minute Players in a live version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bring a chair or blanket, pack an extra pair of fishnets and get ready to do the time warp again!
If you're interested in joining our cast or crew, please contact us!
Camp Videogasm Information
Q: What's with Camp Videogasm?
A: For the 21th straight burn Camp Videogasm will feature the Playa Theatre. Every night from dusk till at least 3am we will be showing a variety of shorts, parodies, music videos, experimental films, art films, cult films, Burning Man related videos and more.
On weekday nights we'll be doing a variety of live game shows: Burner Family Feud, Robot Jeopardy (with robot host), Match Game BM & Gong Show Karaoke all with contestants from our audience.
Camp Videogasm will again be host to The Black Rock City edition of The 48 Hour Film Project. See above for more info!
Our biggest event of the week is our Friday Midnight, Live Shadow Cast performance of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." We have preformed to crowds as large as 250 people. Susan Sarandon herself attended our 2013 show and gave us her endorsement!
“Improv Cinema”: A Mystery Science Theater style showing of a B movie science fiction film hosted by a stand up comic and featuring an open mic for audience members to provide their own commentary.
Nightly Black Rock City Gossip Show, BMZ Extra! (Hosted by Videogasm’s own Nugget and Red.) Come by and tell us your most scandalous BM gossip and you could end up on our big screens!
You Pick It Midnight Double Feature (Saturday after the burn.) We will be showing the top two vote getters in a poll of Black Rock City citizens on the Burning Man Facebook page.
Body Painting every afternoon in our public shade structure. We will have artists on hand to do the painting for you, or if you'd rather do it yourself we will provide you with paints and brushes. This year we’ll have lots of extra metallic color paints and stencils to help folks get their robot on!
Come cool off in our Misting Tent! Running daily from noon to 4pm.
Daily Themed Happy Hour at our camp bar: Disco, New Wave/Goth, Rap, Metal/Punk, Boy Bands, more TBA. We are remodeling the interior of our lounge this year and renaming it The Drunk Robot. There will be backdrops painted with robot themed graphics in florescent colors lit with black lights. We will have a LED sign behind the bar of a large winking robot head. We will also have a large flat screen monitor in the corner playing a video loop of famous pop culture robots. We’ll also have a seven foot tall robot at the front of this structure equipped with a baby monitor so it can interact with people walking by.
Lounge music and Karaoke in our shade structure throughout the afternoon till dark. We’ll also be adding some Karaoke variations including Robot Karaoke (using a robot voice changer) and Gong Show Karaoke.
A giant version of the 70's tabletop game skittle bowling (regulation bowling pins and ball)
Oversize tetherball. (Hoppity Hop attached to a 10’ pole)
Giant Desk Ball Pendulum (8’ x 10’ x 6’ frame with five 2’ diameter balls) The structure will be lit with multi colored led’s and black lights.
An oversized version of the Simon electronic game from the 80’s will be built into our robot greeter’s chest.
Touch our Robot Balls in the correct order and get an audiovisual surprise. A series of touch sensitive metal balls on poles that trigger lights and tones. The proper sequence will activate a Close Encounters inspired light show.
Q: Why should I camp with you?
A: You live in the greater Philadelphia or Metro Detroit area, and need a way to get your stuff out to Black Rock City. You yourself are a Video Artist, or have an interest in video art. You have some strange, offensive, arty, fill in your own adjective here, video that you'd like to show ( DVD, Flash, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Quicktime or Windows Media formats are acceptable). We are part of Snowflake Village a group of campers coming primarily from the snow belt of the eastern half of the United States, but we've had folks from all around the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Eastern Europe, China and Japan camp with us throughout the years. Being part of an established village (Snowflake Village, est: 2000) gives us prime frontage on Burning Man's main drag. We've done this kind of thing before. We have lots of stuff that will make your stay in Black Rock City more enjoyable. See Below...
The Truck - A 24' panel truck, the foundation of the whole camp. It will serve as storage, as well as, our main video control center while on the playa.
Shade Structures / Playa Theater - We will be constructing a 20' x 30' structure covered with silver and mesh tarps as our main public shade structure / playa theatre. In addition to the main structure, we will have a 20' x 30' structure that will serve as an additional chill space, dinning area, and our camp kitchen.
Big Screen Video Projection - We have two 8' x 10' rear projection video screens facing the street for night time viewing of video "art".
PA/Sound/Lights -Andy Wing and myself will be providing these. Andy will again be providing his large PA, and it will be used to supply sound for our large open air video screens. I will be bringing a smaller PA that will be used primarily for daytime activities requiring sound in the front public structure. We will have 2 or 3 hand held mics available if needed. As well as a spotlight on 6' tower to light preformances after dark.
Generator - We'll have a main generator (actually two 2000 watt generators running in tandum) for the sound, lights and video projectors which will run mainly at night, and a third 2000 watter which will run during the day to power the mister, a smaller daytime PA, and to charge batteries.
Camp Kitchen - There will be 20' x 30' camp kitchen / dining room / chill space equipped with a two burner propane stove, cast iron cookware, basic cooking utensils, coffee pot, sink (with water), prep area, and 4 large 120 quart coolers, available for use by all camp members. In addition to the Camp Kitchen, there will be a village wide Pot Luck Dinner. If possible, please try to prepare a dish that the whole village can enjoy. The *Village-wide* Annual Snowball Gala Reception (potluck) is Friday time TBA.
Enclosed Shower - There will be a private shower available for use by all of our camp members. We are also adding a grey water tank this year wich will do away with the evap pond and the associated mess.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Camp dues will be $200 per person. This includes use of the above items plus 2 gallons of water per day and ice for your cooler. We are planning to add one camp meal per day, a brunch details TBA. In the past people have taken it upon themselves to cook a meal (usually a dinner) for the camp. If anyone would be interested in doing this let me know. We'll be sure to round you up some help from your campmates.
NOTE: Transportation of cargo on the 24' panel truck in NOT INCLUDED! For more info see... www.videogasm.com/bigoletruck
Q: Who/where do I make payment to?
A: You can either use PayPal...
The account to make payment to is: email@example.com
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