Popular music camp White Ocean vandalized at Burning Man
70,000 people descend upon Black Rock City each year for Burning Man, guided to a desert solace where tenets include radical self-expression, community, and trust of one’s fellow attendees.
Unfortunately, this trust was marred Wednesday evening at the 2016 edition of the festival when the popular music camp, White Ocean, was brutally vandalized by an unknown group of “hooligans.” As described by camp organizers, electrical lines were cut, potable water was dumped all over the floor, trailer doors were glued shut, and “most of the camping infrastructure” fell victim to the perpetrators’ doings.
Some speculate this behavior was catalyzed by growing tensions between traditional Burner camps, and “plug-and-play” camps such as White Ocean, which sometimes pack on amenities for their crews which others have felt go against other core principles of the gathering such as self-reliance and “leave no trace.”
Regardless of what some might feel, actions like this are selfish and even lower than the ones by such camps that are receiving backlash — there are surely more ways to come to a peaceful compromise rather than attempting to destroy a part of Burning Man altogether.
White Ocean’s tenure at the Playa began in 2013, yet quickly built a name for itself with its artful stage designs and top-notch electronic acts primarily representing underground trance, progressive, and tech. Artists this year include Jamie Jones, Behrouz, Bedouin, and of course Hernan Cattaneo for one of his famed sunrise sets.
Photo credit: White Ocean