Burning Man 2018 took place from August 26 to September 3, 2018 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants joined in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.

Burning Man is an unusual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.

2018 Art Theme was I, Robot. 
I, Robot, first published in 1950, is a collection of short science fiction stories by author Isaac Asimov.

It is perhaps most famous for the three essential laws embedded deep in every robot’s positronic brain.
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
— Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
This year Burning Man Festival invited participants to use their native genius to create expressive robots of all kinds.
This year Burning Man Festival invited participants to use their native genius to create expressive robots of all kinds. This was a science fiction theme. As always, any work of art by anyone, regardless of our theme, was welcome at the Burning Man event. 

Asimov, like philosophers before him, naturally assumed that there could be no true morality without emotion. This battle between the qualitative and the quantitative, between human consciousness and abstract calculation, isn’t easily resolved, but one thing does seem certain: nobody likes an angry robot.


Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. 

by: Arthur Mamou-Mani
from: London, United Kingdom
year: 2018

Inspired by NASA’s Project Echo, the ORB by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange was an inflatable structure to levitate above the playa.

by: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange, and I, Orbot
from: Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark
year: 2018
Baba Yaya’s House
by: Jessi Sprocket Janusee and Baba Yaga’s Book Club
from: Reno, NV
year: 2018

This year’s art theme focused on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all from mindless labor?  Everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the Human-Machine Interface.


In a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?