The Burning Finns

Burning Man’s connection with Finland’s Aalto University began in 2014 when Anssi Laurilla, a student at the Aalto Design Factory, a space that facilitates interdisciplinary projects in arts, design, engineering, and business, came up with the idea to bring a student-designed and built interactive art project to Black Rock City. The structure “Pike of Mana”…

The Burning Finns

The Burning Finns

Burning Man’s connection with Finland’s Aalto University began in 2014 when Anssi Laurilla, a student at the Aalto Design Factory, a space that facilitates interdisciplinary projects in arts, design, engineering, and business, came up with the idea to bring a student-designed and built interactive art project to Black Rock City. The structure “Pike of Mana” delighted Black Rock City participants on playa in 2015. In 2016, Aalto supported the “Koulu on Fire” project, bringing the “Koulu School” peer-learning concept to the Man Base. Originally developed by a Helsinki think tank, the Koulu concept empowers participants to teach a lesson on a topic of their choosing – an idea that resonates with Burning Man’s culture of peer learning. After field-testing at the Burning Man event, the concept was brought to post-earthquake Nepal and the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. In 2017, the Finnish crew brought another innovative art project to the playa, “Space on Fire,” which turned satellite data signals into art in a structure called the “Cosmic Egg.”

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