BLACK! Asé – A Black Burner Project for Burning Man 2022

BLACK! Asé – Debuting at Burning Man 2022

Help us bring a new art project called “BLACK! Asé” to Burning Man, featuring 30ft sculptures of Black Burners. The artist, Erin Douglas, started the Black Burner Project in 2018, dedicated to capturing images of people of colour at Burning Man.

Erin is in the vanguard of female Black artists who are bringing big energy and intention to the event. BLACK Asé is made up of three, thirty foot images of Black Burners with scaffolding erected behind each to create a shady gathering space in the open playa. Talks, teas, toasts and other events both curated and spontaneous will occur here.

Asé is an African Yoruba word of affirmation meaning Amen, so it is, or it shall be. It is the power to create that which you speak. The power to make things happen and produce change, and also refers to the spiritual life and energy force that flows through all things.” – Erin Douglas

Please support Erin and help make this amazing project happen.

BLACK! Asé IndieGoGo Campaign


We Are From Dust was created to support Burning Man artists, by exhibiting their work in public places, and to showcase large scale participatory art away from the desert. We are mindful that not everyone gets TTITD, talk less of hanging out in the desert, but it’s acceptable to conclude that the art experience has changed many of our lives, minds, and made a positive contribution to our society.

We’ve spent the past two years, during the pandemic, pondering how to address the needs of aspiring artists, and came up with a project called Art Barr None, which is to support new artists in their pursuit to exhibit at Burning Man, and “BLACK! Asé” by Erin Douglas is our first project.

WAFDust Podcast “Museum of No Spectators” with Absinthia – Co-Lead

Museum of Spectators

In the world of Burning Man what should a museum represent? How should it entice the audience into experience the art, and how different will it be from other museums? 

One project that will answer some of these questions is the Museum of No Spectators. It started as a virtual project, and will be one of a few pieces from the virtual burn that will be built for Burning Man 2022.

We chat with Absinthia, co-lead of the project to find out how the experience will offer participants a chance to take centre stage at the museum.

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WAFDust Podcast 16 – “The Colour of Black Rock” – Erin Douglas, Black Burner Project

“The Colour Of Black Rock”

Erin Douglas, Black Burner Project

WAFDust Podcast #16

In WAFDust podcast #16 we chat with Erin Douglas, creator of the Black Burner Project about her experiences as a person of colour at Burning Man.

She explains the inspiration behind the project, how a visit to Black Rock City can change lives, and her determination to document the event in a way that shows it is a safe place for her community.

Black Burner Project

Crossing Continents #1 – WAFDust Podcast with Anssi Laurila – Artist and Finnish Regional Contact

Crossing Continents #1

 Anssi Laurila
Artist, Finnish Regional Contact

WAFDust Podcast #11

Crossing Continents is a series of  talks with artists and collaborators who have not only travelled to Black Rock City, but have set up regional outposts in their respective countries.

Our first guest is artist and Finnish Regional Contact,  Anssi Laurila, part of a team who have injected a cultural slant to everything they’ve exhibited at Burning Man, ranging from folklore, education, and even a traditional sauna.

Anssi talks about the fruitful world of concepting projects in Helsinki, being inspired by the International Space Station, and how the collaborative nature of the Burning scene helped birth his first art project.

WAFDust – Managing Art In The Multiverse 2020

We’re excited to announce that We Are From Dust is collaborating with Burning Man Project to manage and place virtual art installations in several of the Universes that will constitute Black Rock City 2020, at this year’s virtual Burn, aka The Multiverse.

In a recent post on the Burning Man Journal, Burning Man Project revealed:

“[T]here are to be eight virtual Universes and the standalone Temple experience in the 2020 Burning Man Multiverse — each independently produced by members of the Burning Man community who have demonstrated their commitment to the 10 Principles.”

While each of these worlds offers a unique and different slice of the Burning Man experience, WAFD will be supporting all of them in their quest to include art from Burning Mans past.

For further information visit the Burning Man Kindling to explore the different Universes in more depth, and to learn how you can participate and co-create.


“This Is Burning Man” – WAFDust Podcast with Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty

“This Is Burning Man
Brian Doherty

WAFDust Podcast #07

In WAFDust Podcast #7, Yomi Ayeni is in conversation with journalist Brian Doherty, author of “This Is Burning Man’.

Brian talks about the early years in the desert, his experiences at the pivotal 1996 burn, and some of the fundamental reasons why the event had no choice but to evolve.

We look at the juxtaposition and impact of hosting Burning Man art outside the desert, and the role and mission of We Are From Dust.

This is WAFDust Podcast 07

Projects referenced in this podcast

Photo credit: George Post

“The Mayan Fusion” WAFDust Podcast with Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, Artist and Creator of Mayan Warrior

In WAFDust Podcast #5  – “The Mayan Fusion”, Yomi Ayeni chats with Pablo Gonzalez Vargas about the crossover between Mayan culture, sacred geometry, and gifting.

Pablo gives an insight into the science behind Ilumina, his 2017 Burning Man installation, how group meditation is used to trigger the light show, and connect with the earth’s coherence.

This is WAFDust Podcast 05

Projects referenced in this podcast

“Natural Highs” WAFDust Podcast with Benjamin Langholz, Creator of Stone 27

In WAFDust Podcast #4  – “Natural Highs”, Katie Eldridge chats with Benjamin Langholz, an artist with a keen fascination for creating emotional experiences through his large format installations.

Langholz discusses his path from working in the tech industry to world travel, self discovery and the art of Japanese bondage, Kinbaku.

Benjamin is currently creating several new projects at his new studio in Berlin.

This is WAFDust Podcast 04

Projects referenced in this podcast

“Art Matters” – WAFDust Podcast 01 with Paige Tashner, creator of Purr Pods

“Art Matters”
with Paige Tashner

WAFDust Podcast #01

Welcome to WAFDust the official We Are From Dust podcast. A few years ago, a team of us decided that interactive and participatory art was a pillar in our community, so we formed our non-profit to showcase the transformative power of participatory art in public places and spaces.

In this our first podcast Paige Tashner, creator of Purr Pods, talks about her life as an artist, how creating a mobile cupcake for Burning Man led to winning  two Honoraria Awards,  her love of cats, the skill exchange associated with creating art in the burner community, and her work with We Are From Dust.

This is WAFDust Podcast 01

Projects referenced in this podcast