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Artifactual Inteligencia

(Un fuego dentro de la instilación de Timeless)

For Burning Man 2018, themed I Robot, a familiar cast of massive, carved wooden characters returned to the magical Black Rock City. These are the only playa artifacts known to survive their own burn. This is a collection of metaphysically attuned wooden artifacts, all having achieved metamorphosis by Fire Inside, over the course of a decade, in BRC. To unravel the story, participants are invited to begin at artifact #1 and follow the numbered postings as the monuments ascend toward The Temple.

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Tuesday evening, star apprentice and crew lead, Joseph “Joey” Stanton captures a flame from the sacred cauldron at Center Camp; carries it across the playa to Timeless. At sunset the burning ritual ensues, celebrated with a troop of outstanding fire dancers. Timeless directs participants using an array of copper tubes, spritzer bottles and bellows. And this is how we cast our spell that night, into the very sculpture that started it all: Reign of Anarchy. (See below.)

Esta instalación de arte, Artifactual Intelligence, tiene un desencadenante metafísico llamado Fire Inside; el misterioso y antiguo estilo de combustión redescubierto por Timeless y los aprendices del Maestro del Fuego. Un susurro de la playa misma, la técnica de quemar al revés se ha convertido en un ritual que aprovecha la tierra, el viento, el fuego, el agua y el espíritu. Mezclada con el aliento de Burners, esta potente bebida da como resultado talismanes duraderos; cada uno encargado de una misión propia.

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Dirty Santa- Fire Spinning with Instilla

The burn is mesmerizing, even by Fire Inside, standards, with Tibetan chanting thinly audible over the din of the playa. Glassy-eyed people watch in silence the curious sight, a few sob for no apparent reason or say things they don’t know the origin of, insights had, hearts fill with glee! Hugs abound. Not knowing the true source of the spell, most thank the Fire Meister deeply but it’s the Fire Inside doing work.


Este nuevo talismán, humeante y haciendo tictac, tiene la tarea de ampliar el alcance de Liberty para afrontar el desafío de la Inteligencia Artificial. Sí, incluso mientras nos esforzamos por comprender la IA. Liberty responsabiliza al poder, pero ¿podrá contrarrestar la robótica vinculada a la IA, en un medio propenso a fuerzas nefastas?

Enlightened cultures of forgotten times had powerful technologies too. They also had impossible structures and artworks that naturally align their civilization’s values over the amnesia of time. And just maybe ... so do we…


That narrative of postings read as follows:

Artefacto #1

Reinado de la anarquía...

Comenzó como Nexus, una inocente escultura de la Estatua de la Libertad (al estilo) de 10 pies diseñada para Green Man, 2007, justo al lado de los orinales portátiles a las 3:00. Aún en proceso de talla, ella fue la pieza central de la instalación, América iluminando al mundo... otra vez. Ella fue atacada mediante un incendio provocado el mismo año y también el Hombre.

Un Burner indignado publicó fotografías de la escultura devastada, el tráiler de exhibición del artista, andamios y herramientas de tallado, luego alguien publicó sobre ello en el JRS y los amables Burners pronto donaron unos 5.000 dólares, pidiendo sólo que Timeless regresara a BRC. con más arte. Esos útiles Burners deben estar felices por lo que pasó después...


Ese incendio provocado en Liberty provocó mucho más que madera. Encendió una pasión que impulsa la instalación de arte itinerante y en evolución del artista, que trata sobre la antigüedad extrema y las esperanzas para el futuro de la Libertad.

Artifact #2

Hand of Order…

Arrived, also still in progress, at just about the stage Anarchy had been silenced, just in time for


American Dream, 2008, again by the porta-potties. The artist climbed his scaffold, fired his chainsaw and resumed carving. Now she stood on a massive stump pedestal, alongside “Order” and that installation was titled The Choice. Doused for days with lamp oil, Timeless lit his fire, intending a retirement burn. Glorious flames ensued but by morning the lady had refused to consume -- but the stump she stood on was almost gone! Both lay smoldering, side-by-side....


In 2009, for Evolution, “Order” returned, completed with finish, standing untethered in her own pedestal, a sculpture in itself called The Pyre. By now the artworks were being shared in Default … and so the wandering installation had a name: Liberty (R)evolution.  


In 2015, for Carnival of Mirrors, Timeless’ requested his artworks be placed close as possible to the Temple. The installation was called Smoke and Mirrors. After many smaller burns, Timeless and crew ignited a fire in her heart, like what he had seen happen to Anarchy’s stump, the fire that had consumed it from the inside out.

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Artifact #3


Arrived and was consecrated on playa for Cargo Cult, 2013. The wooden cauldron cracked with Fire Inside so hot, and always helpful Burners found a way to participate on their own; either blowing through tubes or spritzing at Timeless’ instruct.


As well, the ceremonial aspects of the burn were revealing themselves. When else can anyone experience a whole tree sharing its life force. We began to notice that observers felt compelled to kneel, bow, genuflect before our fires inside the wood. Some danced or sang, some hugged the sculptures, cool to the touch despite the blistering fire inside...


People often seemed shocked by the things they would say or even think about... Just who were these gods that showed us these fire tricks? The same ones lit a fire inside humanity too called passion. Their teachings liberated us from ignorance and showed us the way to civilization … a way called Liberty...

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Artefacto #4

Vigilancia Anunnaki…

Fue compartido y cometido por Fire Inside para Cargo Cult, 2013. Espalda con espalda, dos monumentos ardieron a las 2:00 y Esplanade ese año.


La gran Esfinge de Egipto mira hacia atrás, antes del reinicio actual de la civilización, más allá de las inundaciones, los impactos, los terremotos, antes de las edades de hielo, cuando los dioses del espacio encendieron un fuego dentro de la humanidad para liberarnos de la ignorancia. Incluso nos dieron una herramienta para mantener en sintonía nuestra libertad, un ideal que llamamos Libertad.


Fire Inside arde mucho más que cualquier hoguera y durante mucho más tiempo. Algunas personas informan que se les abre un espacio interior, más profundo que una quemadura convencional, más parecido a una quemadura en el Templo pero más duradero...


Artifact #5

Unification Theory…

Was closest to the Temple of any artworks for Smoke and Mirrors. She burned there too, a practice burn for Hand of Order. This sculpture is one of six similar works that make up “The Guardians of Liberty” and they always attend Timeless’ themed installation.


The artist felt guidance that night, compelled to employ the burns that make talismen, each charged with a mission of its own. We did not know how but participants, with water were showed us the way. It happens with their juju. Timeless began to feel a sort of spark leap a gap when the water overcame the fire.


Timeless decided with that burn that the Temple was the destination. Not content to just burn outside, we believe that someday we will perform a consecration inside the Temple...

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Artifact #6

Promethean Passion…


Was consecrated by Fire Inside for Radical Ritual, closer to the Temple burn barrier than any art on-palya in 2018. Now a powerful ritual inspired by that very god of fire who liberated humanity by teaching us to burn. This Minuteman, all caught up in revolution; a wisp of a towering man, like Liberty itself, leaps the chasm to true enlightenment.


Liberty (R)evolution is now some 15 monuments strong, some still in progress or waiting to burn. Six are owned by private investors who leave them with Timeless and his apprentices to maintain them through Burning events and long-term community sharings -- thereby seasoning their value.


This investment model, is called “Fundiversify” and has its own chapter in our Philosophical Center’s ebook, “Building a Renaissance in Your Backyard”. The innovative investment model, like Liberty (R)evolution and Fire Inside interact, to pass the flame of Liberty to a new generation by way of the freedom loving Burning Community.


Stay tuned...

Background (Commission wood carvings):

Contact the artist: Matthew “Timeless” Welter / Tel: (775) 230-1718 

Location and mailing: 19163 Scotts Flat rd. Nevada City, CA 95959

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