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Animale Instinct at Burning Man 2023

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“Animale Instinct” is an artistic composition in the form of a mural, characterized by an amalgamation of diverse fauna rendered in vibrant hues. Accompanying this visual display is a poetic narrative expounding upon the innate yearning and imperative shared by humans and animals alike, to establish meaningful connections. Symbolically, the various animal representations embody qualities of interconnectedness and resilience. Each portrait seamlessly merges with the next, harmoniously blending colors and forms. Adjacent to the artwork, an interactive element will be provided, enabling viewers to contribute their contemplations and poetic expressions to an anthology destined for presentation at Burning Man 2024. The essence of this creation lies in stimulating cogitation regarding the coexistence of animals within our shared world, highlighting the inherent likeness between their existence and our own, both propelled by intuition and the urge to forge connections. The animals' collective gaze directed squarely at the observer reinforces the concept of unification, exemplifying the attributes that fortify us and affording insight into the potency arising from engaging with the enigmatic facets of existence. The artwork impels the viewer to question the enigma surrounding our innate motivations. Participants will engage in ruminations on the forces that unite us and facilitate our connections with the animal realm, ourselves, and others. On a personal level, I aspire for this composition to instigate reflections on the intrinsic reasons behind our actions, transcending societal instruction, and the acquisition of knowledge through comparable means. Simultaneously, it seeks to evoke a shared yearning to explore the uncharted territories of our individual selves, others, and the animal kingdom. Ideally, participants will depart with their ruminations preserved upon a piece of paper, offering a snapshot of their contemplative journey for subsequent readers. This process engenders a reciprocal exchange wherein subsequent perusers question the motivations underscoring our collective, symbiotic relationship as a species alongside the animal kingdom. Let us collaborate in bringing this project to fruition at Burning Man, provoking introspection and fostering a collective consciousness centered upon interconnection and the pursuit of the unknown. The mural serves as an artistic conduit, illuminating the profound interplay between the animal kingdom and the intricate recesses of our subconscious. Symbolic representations of animals take center stage, serving as conduits for the exploration of profound psychological landscapes.


  • Douglas Read
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Alexis Unzeitig
    • $40 
    • 1 yr
  • Evan Sripuntanagoon
    • $200 
    • 1 yr
  • Molly Jennings
    • $53 
    • 1 yr
  • Dominick Palamenti
    • $20 
    • 1 yr


Portia DiPasquale
Berkeley, CA

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