Directed Registration for Otherworld 2024
Otherworld 2024 returns Thursday June 6th to Monday June 10th. Early access is available from the 4th or 5th.

This form is for registering your project and ensuring you get

  • sent your placement form,
  • get early access details, 
  • directed tickets 
  • other info.
Who should fill this out:
  • theme camps
  • art projects
  • Sound stages (required)
  • fire effects (required)
  • mutant vehicles (required)
  • others?
Even if you don't need directed tickets, please register anyway - it helps significantly with planning. All projects should register, but fire effects, mutant vehicles and sound stages must.

Volunteering instead and looking for volunteer ticket information?  Sign up for volunteering here: 
Volunteer Signup Form

Completing this Directed Registration indicates to that you plan on bringing your project to Otherworld this year. This is not an application; it is your registration!

After you complete this form, you can edit your responses and will receive a copy of your answers by email.

The FAQ is at the bottom of this form. Please start there if you have questions. If you have further questions, please contact us at otherworld@kindlearts.ca. 

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Email *
What is your first and last name? *
What is the name of your Project/Art installation/Theme Camp/Activity? *
Project Co-Lead First & Last Name
Co-Lead Email
What are you Registering?  *
Pick whatever you are registering here.

See the FAQ for information about villages.

Please provide a one line description of your project (less than 42 characters) *
This may end up in the WWW guide
Describe your project, briefly *
We're mostly looking to understand roughly what it is and for details that production should know. You'll be asked for more detail by placement or other teams.
Does your project include fire effects? *
Fire Safety will reach out. Fire effects must be coordinated with the Fire Safety Team.
Does your project require structural inspection? *
Let us know if your project will involve a structure that would endanger someone if it collapsed, has instability, or that is intended to be climbable.
Sound
We ask about sound here because we really want to know what folks are asking for space to set up loud stages as early in the process as possible.

Working with the venue on sound is the best way to ensure we can have variety in stages and flexibility to have late night stages. This is a community-wide effort aimed at protecting the diversity and awesomeness of music at Otherworld.

Losing the venue's confidence in ability to manage sound would be catastrophic for everyone, because the original conditions were "no more than two stages and all stages off by midnight." The venue isn't being unreasonable here; the venue's neighbours can enforce the noise covenant on the property and shutter the venue's ability to host sound stages at all, so this is a top-of-mind concern.

We'll email and connect with all camps that need loud sound ahead of placing them. Expect to have more detailed questions from production.
Amplified Sound & Large PA Systems
Important note: 

Due to noise restrictions on the site, we have limited sites suitable for late night high-volume sound, and almost all of these have already been assigned to existing or returning stages.

There is still some space for day stages and stages that run until midnight.

There are a few spaces for stages that run until 2 AM, and very few spaces that can run until 5 AM.

This includes large mutant vehicles that plan to have loud sound. Please assume that until you've spoken to placement and gotten your area sorted that you will probably have to make changes and modifications to anything described here.


Is this your first year pitching a camp or a stage?

Please consider scoping your idea as a smaller stage or theme camp with music. Most successful and long-lived stages began as smaller spaces, often in a theme camp, styled as a pub or gathering spot style with good noise mitigation.

It's a lot easier to grow something (even for the same year) than it is to pitch something big the community doesn't have capacity for and have to remove items.


Are you loud?
Clear selection
Loud Sound: What time would you like to start?
put N/A here if you are not particularly loud
Loud Sound: What time would you stop?
Safety
We ask about safety here so we know what attention to pay to your project.
Does your project have any other element that could pose a safety concern? Briefly describe, if so. *
For example: has uncovered sharps, is literally an angle grinder strapped to a chain, involves a trebuchet, plans to be a swimming pool.
Directed Tickets
Kindle Arts Memberships and Directed Tickets
The next question asks about Directed Tickets required for your project.  

Those eligible to purchase Directed Tickets include:

-  project lead and co-lead 
-  project's setup & tear down crew,
-  participants with volunteer shifts at the camp, including performers
-  everyone who contributed substantial time to the project

Please keep in mind that some of your team may already have a Ticket reserved for them through other volunteer work.

To understand more about Kindle Arts Membership:  
How many Directed Tickets should we set aside for you and your team?
Take an approximate guess, we can always chat about exact numbers later.
Placement Advisory
We'll ask you below if you need your project to be Placed and  talk about what it means to have placement.
Placement
The Placement team reserves space for Theme & Support Camps and Art Projects.

If you want to be guaranteed Placement with space to set up a specific project, you should note that on the next question and look out for an email from the Placement team. 

** NOTE FOR CAMP LEADS **

Camp organizers should familiarize themselves with the Burning Man Camp Placement Criteria, which Otherworld Placement Criteria may take inspiration from.

In particular, after you finish this Registration form, you should start thinking about the dimensions of your project and your specific needs for camping.

Larger projects with camps attached are the hardest to place. Camps with a record of delivering well-structured spaces, using their frontage and space efficiently and creatively, as well as camps that are quick to answer placement questions, and have clear but flexible ground plans are appreciated by Production.

There will be more detail to come from the Placement team in the coming weeks.
Do you require Placement? *
If you select YES the Placement team will follow up with you. Sound Stages will always require Placement.

We anticipate having more applicants for Placement than there is space available in 2023, so keep an eye out for communication from the Placement team. 
What happens if I don't get Placement as a camp?
There's a finite amount of land that will form the central portion of the event and, anticipating more applications than space, there will be a criteria & framework for Placement selection. As a regional, this framework will be based off the Burning Man Criteria for Placement

There are limited 2 AM sound stage spots and very limited 5 AM sound stage spots. Email us directly at info@kindlearts.ca if you have an interest in this.

You can bring your project/camp even if it is not placed, but we can't guarantee a specific location and you may need to modify your plans for what you actually set up and where it goes once on site.

You'll have to follow the posted sound policy in the area you set up in and work with your neighbors.
Other Nice Things
Registration is the primary contact point for many departments.

Here are some quick questions the team would like to know!
Would you like us to reach out to you for taking on a joint greeter shift or other volunteer opportunities?
It's okay if you have your hands full already... Joint greeter shifts can be a fun party time!
Clear selection
Would you like us to avoid mentioning your project? *
We encourage Directed Registration of all projects - but we know that some folks like to create surprises and to facilitate spontaneous moments!

If you'd like to avoid publicizing your project and have it excluded from the WWW, please let us know here. 
Big FAQ time
We sometimes get vendor applications or interesting questions folks have for us. 

Everything after this is a FAQ answer.
Kindle Arts and Otherworld - A Short Primer
For Registrants unfamiliar, Kindle Arts Society is a non-profit society that runs the Otherworld event, a regional Burning Man event.

We can be reached at otherworld@kindlearts.ca for other questions.

The purpose of Kindle Arts Society is to nurture creativity in everyone and to help kindle it into a fire of artistic self-expression.

Anyone new to the event or unfamiliar with the Kindle Arts Society should read the Society's Constitution, as well as the 10 Principles of Burning Man.

Otherworld is not a commercialized event. Goods and services cannot be sold from art projects or theme camps, and there is no vending. (The exception to this, for health and safety reasons is ice, which will be for sale at cost during the event from a designated fridge.)

Acculturation is a joint activity all members can participate in.

We look forward to seeing you in June!
Frequently Asked Questions

Who should fill out this Registration form?

Anyone bringing art or camps, to ensure they have tickets set aside for them and that we have a way to reach them for fire safety, Placement and other purposes. You can let us know if anything changes in your plans by updating this Directed Registration form after you've submitted it.


Do I have to fill out this form if I want to bring art?

"Art" is a broad project type, so let's clarify a bit more: Art that involves fire, or is climbable, or is oversized etc - anything with safety concerns - will need to be registered so yes, this form is required.

If you don't care about or require Directed Tickets, and you don't want to be in the WWW (Where - What - When Guide, the information shared with all attendees), and are okay with not having a specific place set aside for your art, then you could skip this Directed Registration form.

Rogue art is welcome at Otherworld, just have a plan to leave things cleaner than you found them. Leave no trace!



What about villages, which are collections of theme camps?

If you want a separate entry in the WWW guide for each project and for the projects to manage their directed tickets, register your projects individually in directed registration. Directed Registration is the primary contact sheet for projects coming to Otherworld.

You may note in your directed registration that your project is part of a larger village and work with Placement to be placed as a village.

Every project that is a fire effect, a stage or a mutant vehicle also has to register separately, regardless of whether they are part of a village or not.



Are there Directed Tickets for production volunteers?

You bet! If you're on the Production org chart or are volunteering for a department, you have a Directed Ticket you can purchase. Your team lead will contact you to make sure you get your Directed Ticket prior to tickets going on sale. There's a link to the volunteer form, and you can also email info@kindlearts.ca for more connection.


I volunteered last year but can't this year, are there tickets reserved for me?

Yes, everyone who volunteered last year has a Directed Ticket reserved for them in their name.


Who do I contact about Placement?

owplacement@kindlearts.ca is who you should email for Placement.


Directed Ticket sale when? Public Sale when?

Ticket sales dates for both Directed Tickets and Public Sale will be announced on the Kindle Website, in email, and on social channels - so if you are not currently on the mailing list or 'following' on social media, please do so! In 2022, tickets went on sale in April. 



Are you absolutely certain I can't sell stuff?

Yes. Otherworld is a de-commodified event. There is no vending. Part of the experience is having a time where no one is trying to sell you anything. For this event, leave your business at home.


Can I bring art if this is my first time coming?

Of course! We recommend speaking with friends that have gone before to a Burning Man event that has the 10 Principles, and learning about how this community works. If you're new, let us know if you want extra advice by reaching out to our email: otherworld@kindlearts.ca.


What is the difference between the art categories?

Art installations are a structure, and at least somebody considers it art. It is often but not always unattended. It often requires Placement.

Theme camps are themed zones, that may sometimes contain other art, open to attendees and managed/staffed/run by members of the camp. Bars and chill spaces are often theme camps.

A Loud Sound Zone is any zone, including a stage or theme zone, that consistently runs powered speakers greater than 200 watts, or that consistently produces loud sound above 90 dB at 50' feet from the source. e.g, a snowmobile planted nose first in the earth and left running qualifies. If it can't be heard at a modest distance, it qualifies as an art installation or theme camp.

Mobile art is art you intend to be mobile and on the move - and does not require Placement, because it would just walk away anyway.

A Mutant Vehicle is an artistically intriguing, sufficiently altered mobile art, heavier than a human being, mobile under its own power or the power of another vehicle. For comparison: an electric tricycle is not a Mutant Vehicle. But an electric tricycle stripped to chassis and given a resin-cast body in the image of a stapler is a Mutant Vehicle.

An Activity is a scheduled event you plan to host open to attendees, and you want us to know about it - either to disclose safety items, or for getting info about adding it to the WWW (Where - What - When Guide) when that form is released.


What if my art is adults only?

It's still welcome here. Mark your contribution on this form in a way that feels appropriate to you.


Why are there limitations on sound volume?

The venue that Otherworld takes place at has rules about how loud and how late sound can go due to their zoning and agreements with neighbours. In different areas, loud sound limits vary:

- End by midnight
- End by 2 AM
- End by 5 AM

Additionally, there are directions in which we cannot point our speakers, and maximum Db limits in all areas, and some areas that will be designated as quiet zones to very quiet zones.


Can I keep running past the posted sound time?

If your large sound apparatus is offline, yes. 


I want to play mood music, is it "loud sound"?

If you cannot hear it when you leave your camp, it's not loud sound. Small portable speakers drop off in volume pretty quickly.

If you can envision being asked to turn down your music by your neighbours and not have a problem with that, you're probably not relying on loud sound and it's fine.


Kindle Arts? Otherworld? What? 

For Registrants unfamiliar, Kindle Arts Society is a non-profit society that runs the Otherworld event, a regional Burning Man event (not a festival).  The purpose of Kindle Arts Society is to nurture creativity in everyone and to help kindle it into a fire of artistic self-expression.  Anyone new to the event or unfamiliar with the Kindle Arts Society should read the Society's Constitution, as well as the 10 Principles of Burning ManOtherworld is not a commercialized event. Goods and services cannot be sold from art projects or theme camps, and there is no vending. (Ice, for health and safety reasons, will be for sale at cost during the event from a designated fridge).  Acculturation is a joint activity all members can participate in.

We can be reached at otherworld@kindlearts.ca for other questions.


Have further questions? 

Please email us at otherworld@kindlearts.ca so we can add to this FAQ. 


We want to create a great experience for everyone, and we can do that best with as much time to plan as possible knowing what to expect, so please get in touch and complete this Directed Registration form!
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