Opulent Temple has “The Gift” for you

Opulent Temple, the longest running large scale sound and art camp at Burning Man, is unveiling a new DJ booth at Burning Man this year! . The new booth will be called ‘Armagan’, which means ‘the gift’ in Turkish. The concept fits in nicely with this year’s theme: a reference to the caravansaries along the Silk Road which ran through Turkey, allowing the exchange of treasures among different cultures. Since 2003, Opulent Temple has given the Burning Man community the gift of a “space for sacred dance to world-class music”. 

ARMAGAN, The Gift, O-Pod 3.0

For this project, OT’s artists and fabricators are partnering with Sean Orlando of the Five Ton Crane art collective who built the Gothic Raygun Rocketship, and Orion Fredericks of Fata Morgana fame. It will be a 3.0 version of the iconic O-Pod that will take our familiar aesthetic but add different design elements, Steampunk nuances, enhanced flame-effect cannons and special lighting.

The video also shows a new interactive piece we’re calling “Salome’s Chamber”, a contained “dance box”, where dancers at Opulent Temple must perform their own version of the “Dance of the Seven Veils”. This raised platform is connected to electronics that measure dance steps. When a certain number of steps are achieved, participants will see a light go from red to green on a control panel that then allows them to control the fire poofer effect on the booth. After a duration of time, it goes inactive again and the dancing must be started all over again to re-charge the poofer.

Every year, Opulent Temple is created as a forum for peak experience, community development, and inspiration in the hopes it will serve as a road map for what’s possible in the so called “default world”. It’s not just about partying. Social change will not happen without all of us doing our part to elevate our collective spiritual center of gravity. It’s our responsibility to nudge our own evolution to catch up with the outpaced growth of technology without the soul getting left behind. Through the years Opulent Temple has hosted an array of amazing talent in the dance music world. They have become part of the community and played for free for at Burning Man because they believe in our vision, and because we give them an amazing platform for an unforgettable night. This includes such varied names as Carl Cox, Bassnectar, Tiesto, Infected Mushroom live, Armin Van Buuren, The Crystal Method, Aphrodite, Christopher Lawrence, Sharam from Deep Dish, Stanton Warriors, Elite Force, Meat Katie, Lee Coombs, DJ Dan and many, many other talented artists. We can’t wait to tell you who will be playing inside Armagan in 2014!