About the Atlas

Burning Man is a magical place that gets the best of human creativity and collaboration to flourish. To further understand what makes this magic happen, we are creating the first ever Black Rock Atlas - a map of the social patterns and networks that exist on the playa.

To do this, we are tracking the decentralized journey of a multitude of vessels through the gift economy of Burning Man with GPS technology and generative photography. Sparked by the Six Degrees of Separation experiment, the Burning Man Census, and A Moment in Time, the Atlas will explore new ways of community interaction, storytelling, and data visualization.

Click Join Us to get involved in the project, read more on the Burning Man Journal, and stay tuned for when the Atlas is revealed to the world after the 2018 Burning Man!

If you found a vessel and would like to return it, or have some stories about the experiment you would like to share, please Contact Us!

Thanks!

If you found a vessel and would like to return it, or have some stories about the experiment you would like to share, please Contact Us!

Thank You!

Your participation in the Black Rock Atlas is a key reason of its success. You can find updates on the project here, get in touch with us here, and take a follow-up survey to help us improve here.

If you found a vessel and would like to return it, or have some stories about the experiment you would like to share, please Contact Us!




Team

The Black Rock Atlas Team is a team of artists, designers and researchers based out of the Scalable Cooperation group at the MIT Media Lab. We are fascinated with questions about how groups of people come together to solve large-scale, difficult problems - and in particular how people can use technology and design to aid in their problem solving.

The team is comprised of Ziv Epstein, Micah Epstein, Christian Almenar, Matt Groh, Niccolo Pescetelli, Esteban Moro, Nick Obradovich, Manuel Cebrian and Iyad Rahwan.

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