Robot Heart and Burning Man appear for the first time in New York City

A young man with dwarf ears and a pink beard without a shirt dances to the music. A crowd of people sipped Liquid Death, a new water brand marketed at festivals, as they swayed, swayed, and started conversations with strangers. Spectators sat on the grassy hills watching the picturesque scenery with plots. In the corner, a woman experienced a “sensory experience” chair, wearing a virtual reality headset while her high-tech chair vibrated vigorously. Candy-scented clouds travel from the vape to the mouth to the air.

Welcome to the heart of the robot. Organized by the Robot Heart Foundation, which describes itself as “a group of dreamers and doers,” these parties typically lean toward a counter-culture collective brand of fun, and typically take place in the Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during Burning Man festivals.

However, on this occasion, the foundation was celebrating its inaugural event in New York City, billed as Fare Forward, at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Joy was a tad more dominant in his new urban suburbs. Police officers monitored the venue, and all action started at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and ended promptly at 10pm – an acceptable bedtime.

This two-day relationship, on April 30 and May 1, was a return to glory, in a sense. The pandemic put a harsh pause on Robot Heart, which debuted in 2008, just as it did at the much larger Burning Man Festival. The loss was deeply felt among the “burners” (ardent festival-goers).

This gathering has grown into a refuge for a diverse crowd that includes creative nomads, Bushwick art artists and Silicon Valley tech heads. At every event, the 1972 “Mad Max” architecture Bristol bus equipped with loudspeakers, called the “Robot Heart Art Bus”, exploded groups of famous DJs

The sun-soaked reprieves were founded and led by outside scientist George Muller, better known as “Geo,” who died unexpectedly last year of a cerebral aneurysm. This month’s festival was the first Robot Heart event to be held since his death, and attendees have launched in part in his honor.

The spirit of democracy and equality pervaded the dance floor. The corpses were pressed close to each other as strangers came into contact. Every once in a while, someone might spot an old friend they met in Burning Man and shout hello. When it got dark, colorful LED lights slithered into the crowd and pieces of clothing were scattered all over the floor. Kisses were exchanged here and there.

And there was plenty to do in the VIP section, accessible via tickets. Guests ordered giant plates of sushi (ranging from $200 to $1,500). A tent is set up for meditation and tarot card readings.

This robot heart may not have captured the full festival experience that many of the attendees had been so eagerly anticipating. That summer will come, when Burning Man returns to the much-anticipated Black Rock. But after a two-year hiatus in the festival’s life, the weekend served an important purpose that reflects much of this year’s events: slowly getting back to normal.

age: 36

from: Washington DC and New York City

I heard you’re the star of a pageant.

She placed second in the Miss USA pageant in 2012.

congratulations. what are you doing now?

I work in blockchain at a company founded by the person behind Ethereum.

What brings you here today?

Today is a celebration of life. Robot Heart is one of the most popular campsites in Burning Man. If you go to Burning Man, you know Robot Heart.

How many times have you been to Burning Man?

This will be my fifth year. But my first year on a flight from the airport, I found a plot, pitched a tent and lived in the desert for a week on my own.

did you make friends

Yes sure. It’s truly a trip for yourself, whether you’re camping or not. It completely changed my life.

What did you learn from this experience?

You are really learning what you need to learn at that specific moment. At the time, I was really dealing with loneliness. And to be alone. So I was on my own for a whole week! I finally learned to be okay with being on my own. It has now shown a huge community here and elsewhere.

Do you still feel lonely?

No, I found myself. The catalyst was Burning Man.

age: 63

Job: Writer and businessman

from: Miami Beach, Florida.

Tell me about your clothes.

Today’s poster was Walter Mercado’s encounter with Endora from the movie Bewitched. It is a daily drag. This is not party wear – I look like that every day. I’ve never packed for a faster and more joyful trip.

Where are some of the pieces?

Bag and sunglasses by Gucci. The ostrich sweater is Zac Posen. The ring is Alexander McQueen. Cowboy suede boots that my cousin in Texas bought me for. vintage socks. Vintage Napier necklace, probably from the mid-1970s. Tom Ford Beauty makeup.

Is it fair to assume you’re a huge fan of vintage clothes?

Yeah. You’ve exceeded your saved searches on eBay. They won’t let me put it on anymore!

What is the number on it?

Something like 150, I think.

What is the power of fashion for you?

It is about expressing yourself. But in order to express yourself, you have to know yourself. In order to know yourself, you must love yourself. I know myself very well

ages: 41 and 45

Job: Musicians who perform like brilliant blacks.

Tell me about your clothes.

Manchildblack: These are our later offerings, in fact. We were performing today and we had a completely different band. But this is our casual post-performance look. We offer you purity with white.

Did your outfits match on stage, too?

Manchildblack: Yeah. It was multicolored.

Monsta: And tight!

where do you live

Manchildblack: Planet Brooklyn. We are currently located in the Republic of Bed-Stuy. However, we will be traveling to the magical land of Flatbush very soon.

Tell me about your musical style.

Manchildblack: We call ourselves “Afro-electro-disco baddies.”

Monsta: They range from home funk, disco, techno, and a bit of punk thrown in there.

What are some of the upcoming shows that you are excited to present?

Manchildblack: Lisbon, Portugal! We will celebrate with pride there.

age: 36

What does “Dominatrix dinner” mean?

I’m all about spoiling you with food, love, permission, and pleasure.

Tell me about your clothes.

If you take the word “compersion” – which is about loving other people who are loving and pleasing – and put it in a kaleidoscope scene, then you take hot pink. ta da! It’s an explosion of fun.

ages: 60 and 44

what do you work?

dew: I am a surgeon.

Tell me about your clothes.

dew: It’s from our wardrobe. And it’s bigger than our regular wardrobe!

Kiki: I wanted something shimmering. Something flashing in the sun while dancing.

What brings you here today?

dew: Go back to back with these people. We’ve been going to Burning Man for over 10 years. It’s like a family reunion for us. Throughout the pandemic and everything, we haven’t been able to see our friends. You know, people who go to Burning Man love masks, but we suck at social distancing. We love hugs.

Do festivals play a big role in your marriage?

dew: Not festivals in general. They are certain festivals and certain events. A lot of our friends like to dress up. It’s the most amazing parties with amazing people we happen to meet in the desert.

age: “ageless”

Job: Designer

Well, tell me about your horse brace.

My genetic lineage, according to 23andMe, apparently came from a group in Africa that settled 2,000 years ago and takes care of horses. So maybe that’s why I was drawn to her. I have horses in many colors and I match them with my outfit. But I only take them out to places where they will be accepted, like here.

Does he have a name?


How long did it take to prepare?

Not long. I had to dress the horse and some of my friends too.

age: 34

what do you work?

I have a fashion store here in New York City. Where did you get this outfit?

What is it called?

Harmonia New York.

Tell me about your clothes.

I tell a story about happiness, fluidity, and celebration of the cause of life, which is why we are all here today. We are here to be happy, to express ourselves. This outfit is the awakening of spring.

Do you often go to Burning Man and other festivals?

Yes, I have been gone for five years. I am also a DJ playing after party.

Did you make any new friends today?

I actually know a lot of people here from Burning Man. So there was a lot of catching up. I also have a baby, so I was busy at home with him before that. Now the babysitter is watching him.