- Volunteer Sign Up Schedule – signing up before Saguaro Man is encouraged! You can volunteer at the event too.
- Grant Funded Art Form ~ (closed Feb. 11th)
- Non-funded Art Registration – closes April 19th
- Theme Camp Registration – closes April 9th
- Mutant Vehicle Registration– closes April 19th
- Flame Effect Registration – closes April 19th
- Sticker Contest! – accepting stickers until April 3rd. Voting will be shortly after that
- Low Income Ticket Application
- Center Camp Events
- Who, What, Where, When – closes April 13th
- Work Weekend ~ will take place April 12-14
- The Info Center contains all forms along with supporting guidelines and other good info
The theme for Saguaro Man, 2024, Magical Chaos, is inspired by the idea of chaos magic, which thrives on juxtaposition, challenges preconceived notions, embraces the unknown, and finds meaning in the midst of disorder. Yes, by becoming curiouser and curiouser!
Magical Chaos is an invitation to explore the boundaries of imagination, to find meaning embedded in the intricate tapestry of chaos and enchantment. Within magical chaos, there is dynamic fusion of mystical elements and disorder, where the unpredictable interplay of charm and mayhem creates a vibrant and otherworldly experience. It embodies the idea that within apparent disorder, there’s a magical order waiting to be discovered, encouraging participants to embrace the unexpected, celebrate the unpredictable, and find beauty in the apparent randomness of chaos through artistic expression.
The default world is full of contradictions. We are a wild population, 8 billion animals, 99% Chimpanzees, full of chaos and energy and disorganized order, experiencing the world through distorted and smudged looking glasses, scared by magical monsters, inspired by imaginary heroes, wise and ignorant, talented and clumsy, earnestly nonchalant, ambisinistrously ambidextrous.
Things become more curious as we sit down to travel fast, listen to books, intimately chat via satellite, reminisce about fiction, wallow in profound absurdities and absurd profundities, distracted by irrelevant impulses, steering and following the current throughout the ephemeral permanence we call a lifetime, and maintain communal hallucinations. If the verbose silence is deafening, wear ear plugs to hear better. Saguaro Man is magical chaos. “I’ll be right back” is foiled by unexpected interactions, cosmic coincidences, aesthetic revelations, and that’s how we like it.
Magical Chaos is an invitation to break free from the chains of routine and dive headfirst into the turbulent sea of artistic expression, where every wave and ripple tells a story waiting to be uncovered. So, embrace the chaos, and let it flow through your creative veins like a powerful elixir. In the realm of Chaos Magic, “the untamed becomes the extraordinary, the unpredictable becomes the source of inspiration, and the artist becomes the magician of their own artistic destiny. Surrender to the chaos, for within its wild depths you may find the most mesmerizing magic.” – paraphrased from Austin Osman Spare
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
– Albert Einstein
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
– Carl Jung
“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions”
– Robert Anton Wilson
“Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols … Art tells gorgeous lies that come true.”
― Hakim Bey, TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone
Saguaro Man is an annual collaborative celebration of large scale art, music, performance art, and interactive participation. This event is created by AZ Burners for AZ Burners to bring the culture of Burning Man and Black Rock City to the great state of Arizona.
General Map of the 2023 event
The Art Map 2023
Theme Camps 2023
Please read and abide by the 11 Principles of AZ Burners (the 10 of Burning Man + Consent)
Saguaro Man runs on volunteers … here’s how to get involved!
Code of Conduct
We’re going to have a blast but we expect you to behave as a human. Consent is very important, as is general respect for others.