2015 Boston Decompression: Saturday November 7th

Boston Decompression

This is the home of Boston Decompression!  Here you will find the latest updates and info on the decompression event as well as opportunities and ways in which you can get involved!



Boston Decompression needs a new venue and needs YOU to help find it!

RSVP to the venue search meeting

AnnounceHello burners, decompressers, community members and friends,

Every year around this time a new group of amazing, creative individuals assembles ad-hoc with the goal of planning and executing the Boston Decompression event sometime in the fall. The Boston decom cycle is beginning anew, however this year due to circumstances well outside of our control we are in need of a new venue. To find this new venue, we need your help! We need ideas, places and venues to look into and scout. There are many people in this extended community that are involved with event production and/or with places and venues which hold events in and around the city. If you have any knowledge, experience or familiarity in this area, we especially need your help!

Please consider joining a meeting to discuss and brainstorm about ideas for a new decompression venue next Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 PM. Please come! The more people we can get to join minds and focus on this challenge, the better chance we have to find a great venue that can facilitate all of the wonderful things we enjoy about decompression!

PLEASE RSVP TO JOIN THIS MEETING AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WHEN: Thursday, July 14th @ 7:30 PM

WHERE: Central Somerville location. Address will be emailed to RSVP'd attendees

WHAT: Strategize and brainstorm to find a new Boston decom venue.


Written by: FiG Categories: Organization, Announcement


Thank You Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis and also thank everyone who was involved in making this event the huge success that it was! It was an incredible night filled with joy and laughter, music and art, creativity and community. So many people stepped up to contribute their art, share a performance and volunteer their time and energy to make Mimesis happen. All of that hard work was reflected back in one truly amazing night! Thank you all so so much!

As you can imagine, planning an event like this involves many different artists, various performers, contributors of all kinds, and volunteers; it takes a lot of time and organizing effort. Typically a group assembles anew in June to begin planning the Boston Decompression event, and those planning organizers work through the summer and fall, right up to the event date and beyond. A good number of creative and courageous people are involved in this planning effort. They are dedicated, hard working and eminently capable people who volunteer their time, energy and personal skill sets to make Boston Decompression happen. But as Boston Decompression grows in size and complexity there is always room for more planning help and fresh ideas. So if you think you’d be interested in stepping up to fill a planning role for the next Boston Decompression event, we would love to have you on the planning committee! Please fill out your name and email in this linked form and we will be sure to email you around June of next year to let you know when and where the first planning meeting will take place so that you can join and get involved from the start! 


In the next week we will be sending out a link to a survey to gather more info on this year’s Decom, this will help us as we plan future events. Please respond when you you receive the email or see the link on Facebook. Your thoughts and opinions will help us immensely. 

Anyone that took photos or video at Mimesis that would like to share them with us and allow us to post some of them to our Decompression page on the Black Rock East website, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lastly, below is a list of “lost and found” items that were left at the venue. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on our Facebook page if any of the items belong to you. 

Ok, until next year, when we endeavor to do this all again!


2015 Boston Decompression Planning Committee 


Lost and Found items:

Black women’s (nautical styled) peacoat, and a scarf

Bracelet (please describe when responding)

Written by: FiG Categories: Press and PR, Announcement


Mimesis Tickets at the Door and Entry Info

The online presale tickets for Mimesis have sold out, but if you do not have a ticket, do not despair as there will be a limited number of tickets available for sale at the door. Those tickets will be $30 each (cash), on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7pm.

Additionally, on-line presale tickets are transferrable until the code is scanned. There are always some people who due to illness or other reasons have extra tickets for sale (and sometimes to gift.) Check the event page on Facebook often for those posting with tickets to sell or gift - https://www.facebook.com/events/806302776133567/818283791602132/
Bring your Eventbrite bar code (print out or on your mobile) along with your ID: 21+ state driver's license, ID card, or passport. Your ID will be checked at the door and you must be 21+ for entry.
***More MIMESIS information***
The veil lifts at 7pm, and there's sure to be a clowder of copycats in the garage and alley until closing at 1am. The inside saloon will be open until 2am.
MIMESIS takes place at Who’s on First on 19 Yawkey Way in Boston. The nearest T station is Kenmore, on the Green Line.
Parking your carriage - There is a lot on Brookline Avenue that charges $10 for the day.
The night begins at 7pm when Liz V will lead an all-levels yoga class on the dance floor to get you and your counterparts limber for a night of dancing! Bring a yoga mat if you can. Also at 7pm - Matt S teaches a devil sticks flow art workshop in the Art Alley!
We may be experiencing a cloudy evening with temperatures in the low 50s. Have your signature coat or cloak with you. If you choose, coat racks (unsupervised) will be provided.
Come as yourself or as someone else, dress to express the you on a parallel plane.
An assortment of snack food will be provided with a host of vegetarian options. All items will be labeled and readable.
Alternately, should your reflection seek refreshment, we are happy to announce our house cocktail "Mimosis" (orange juice, vodka, and soda) available for $5. Also a variety of draft and bottled beers of domestic and import variety will be available, as well as a special $5 can of beer.
This is a double experience for all to enjoy. Please be kind to the art.
Consent! Want to take a picture? Want to touch someone? Consent seals the deal!
And lastly, we would LOVE to have your helping hands. Boston Decompression is a participatory event, and in grand Burner tradition we are still seeking volunteers, especially for break-down - talk to one of the Volunteer Coordinators during the evening or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for break-down or other shifts.
Until then fellow parrots and parodies!

Written by: FiG Categories: Ticketing, Announcement


Mimesis Music Time Slots and Opening Events

Mimesis Music Time-slots:

The Original Bar Main Stage:

7 - 8 Progressions

8 - 9 Single White Female

9 - 10 Lychee

10 - 11 Keith Mattar

11 - 12 Anya

12 - 1 Artemis

1 - 2 Dat Bounce



The Real Garage Main Stage:

8 - 9 Owen Williams

9 - 10 Deki

10 - 11 Catalyst

11 - 12 Citron

12 - 1 Jeff Mission



12 - 1 Jeff Mission



Opening Events

Shortly after the doors open at 7 PM, Liz V will be leading a yoga session on the Bar room dance floor, and Matt Storer will be teaching a flow arts workshop using devil sticks in the Art Alley! So get there early!

Categories: Music, Announcement


Mimesis Presale Tickets are SOLD OUT

But there will be limited door sales

Sold OutPresale tickets to Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis have SOLD OUT! However, if you did not get a presale ticket there is still a way for you (or someone like you) to attend. There will be a limited number of tickets sold at the door for $30 each. So please get there early to get one. Doors are at 7 PM!

Categories: Ticketing, Announcement


Mimesis: Lineup, Tickets, Performances and More


Greetings Persons and Clones,

We want to take a moment to tell you about some of the great music, performances and experiences that will be happening at Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis! However, before anything else we must implore that you go get your tickets to Mimesis right now because online ticket sales are on pace to sell out well before this weekend! If you don’t get a ticket online, your only chance will be to get one of up to 100 tickets at the door that will be sold on a first-come first-served basis for $30. So avoid that situation and buy your $20 ticket online RIGHT NOW at this address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-decompression-2015-mimesis-tickets-18986075864

If you’re looking for a way to participate in Mimesis, we are still in need of a few more volunteers in some crucial areas including break-down/strike team, and also greeters. If you’d like to volunteer for one of these teams, or in any other capacity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and our volunteer coordinator will set you up.

Additionally, we are looking for a few more VJ’s willing to contribute their digital visual art to Mimesis. Scheduling for VJ’s is happening right now, so if you’d like to be included please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, we need your Burning Man and regional burn photos! (think Firefly, Nectar, T’fus, etc.) We will be curating a slideshow of photos taken over the past year on some of the closed circuit TV panels around the venue, and we would love to include YOUR photos. Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have them included.

Ok, now on to some of the fun stuff that will be at Mimesis! We are excited to announce the lineup of DJ and music acts that will be performing: (in no particular order)



Owen Williams





Dat Bounce

Jeff Mission

Single White Female


Also, new this year, for the first time we will be opening the night with a guided yoga session and a flow arts workshop! So please come at 7 PM as the doors open to get the evening started off right with yoga led by Liz Vequist in the main dancefloor area, and a flow art workshop in the Art Alley and learn how to use devil sticks with Matt Storer!

We will have additional interactive performances happening throughout the night including UV reactive body painting and a unique chance to take home your very own piece of petrified bat guano!

All of this and we haven’t even yet talked about all of the art that will be there! Don’t waste another moment, get you ticket to Mimesis now and we will see you, or someone like you, on Saturday!

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/806302776133567/

P.S. - Keep up to date on our growing list of imposters and counterfeit ticketers! http://www.blackrockeast.com/index.php/item/mimesis-counterfeits-and-impostors

Written by: FiG Categories: Performance Art, Ticketing, Volunteer, Music, Interactive Art, Art, Announcement



Ticketing Fraud!ATTENTION all those attending Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis! We have just received confirmation that a group of imposters are selling counterfeit tickets to Mimesis! Please be wary when purchasing any physical ticket from any individual claiming to be an official representative of Boston Decompression: Mimesis. These fraudulent tickets may appear totally legit at first view, but in many cases they are actually counterfeit replicas of the real thing. If you suspect that you might be in possession of a counterfeit ticket, we urge you to please take a photo of yourself with the questionable ticket and SEND YOUR PHOTO TO US at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will use your photo to verify the authenticity of the ticket and also confirm the real identity of the individual who bought the ticket. NOTE: If your ticket is found to be counterfeit, or you yourself are confirmed to be an imposter we will repost your photo on our website and event pages to warn others! Don’t let this happen to you!



We first became aware of a potential counterfeit operation when Homeland Security tipped us off to some strange online activity originating out of Cuba. After having an individual send us an authentication photo we realized we were dealing with a real fraud. However, it wasn’t until we got another confirmed case, this time right in the metro-Boston area involving a counterfeit ticket in the possession of a cat, that we realized we may have a much bigger problem on our hands. We need your photos to help us determine the size and scale of this counterfeit-imposter operation, so please send us your photo!

Photo identification of these first two confirmed imposters can be seen at the following link on our website, and additional photos sent to us will be posted there. Please take a look, as these photos may help you in determining the true originals from the inauthentic as we go forward:


Please get your tickets to Mimesis NOW, and beware of imitations and impostors!

Click here for Facebook event page

Written by: FiG Categories: Ticketing, Participate, Announcement


Call for Participation in "Mimesis!"

Contribute Art, Music Performance, Volunteering, more!

Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis will be a night of art, music, performance and experience, both surreal and unreal. Decompression is an all-volunteer effort; to make this event a success we need YOU and an army of your clones to build, design, fabricate, play, perform, set up and create. There are many ways you can help; please review the diverse variants in participation below. Let’s make Mimesis a reflection of the best in all of us!

Call For Art and Deco

If you would like to bring an art piece or a theme-based deco project, please fill out this form for the Art committee to get your art/deco piece placed at Mimesis. Note, there will be an venue visit/walk-through on Tuesday, October 13th, at 7:30 PM. Please consider coming to check out the space and visualize how your piece will fit: Art Submission Form

Call for Music

If you or your band would like to play or perform music (this includes DJing) please fill out this form to have the Music committee review and evaluate your submission. All submissions will need to include a link to an online demo or mix to be reviewed. Please do this now, as music submission will need to close by Sunday October 18th so that we can put together a lineup: Music Submission Form

Call for Performances

If you’d like to do a non-music (non-band, non-DJ) performance then please email your idea to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Performance committee will be in touch to help make your performance at Mimesis a reality.

Call for Volunteers

If you’d like to help make Mimesis happen by volunteering to do one of the many jobs and tasks required to make this all volunteer effort happen, good for you (!) and please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, phone number, when you would be able to volunteer (setup, breakdown, during the event, day before, day after), and what, if any, special skills you may have that would be helpful.

Call for Skill Share

Would you like to teach a class and kick off our evening with some reflective learning? They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Help others hone their skills by teaching a class in yoga, flow arts, or perhaps something so clever we haven't thought of it yet. Classes will take place the first hour of the event. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss potential sharing sessions.

Other Participation or Contribution

If you’d like to participate or contribute to Mimesis in a way that you feel does not fit into one of the above categories, please email your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ticketing Soon

An announcement about the opening of ticket sales will be coming very soon!


Written by: FiG Categories: Volunteer, Participate, Announcement


2015 Art Theme: "Mimesis"



noun: mimesis

  1. imitation, in particular.
    • representation or imitation of the real world in art and literature.
    • the deliberate imitation of the behavior of one group of people by another as a factor in social change.

Mimesis is a natural and cultural phenomena. It is a duality: primary and duplicate, authentic and replica, original and remix, real and more real?  In ancient times Aristotle and Plato argued about Mimesis, specifically as it relates to Art as Imitation. In our modern Internet age we may find ourselves cultivating online dopplegangers – Identity as Imitation - this is cultural Mimesis in action. A phenomena as adept in our digital world as the natural world.

Much of Burner culture tends to acculturate those who don’t know or misunderstand what occurs on the playa. Black rock city is a temporal zone with a permanence in hearts and minds. This change leads us to create our own representations of these memories beyond photos, with regional events and actions. We duplicate Burning Man culture and effect a social wave of radical creativity and acceptance. Contradicting literary scholar of his day, Oscar Wilde, who wrote – “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.  Which do you prefer the real or the unreal? Has today’s technology made them virtually interchangeable? Do we create anew or are we continuously recreating?  

Join us on Saturday November 7th, 2015, as we explore the abstract and the concrete. Come as you are, or as someone who is something else… bring art, music, talk. Let’s create a commotion - a night of situations that move our feet and our souls – let’s make the moment art.

Calls for Art, Music, Performance, Volunteering and involvement of so many different kinds will be rolling out shortly! Ticket sales will open on October 7th, $20 online, $30 at the door. Please stay tuned to these channels!

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Call For Art Grant Proposal Submissions!

Submissions Now Open!

Due to the success of last year’s Boston Decompression, The Lost City, we are happy to announce that Boston Decompression will again be offering art grants! Last year, we were able to help fund 8 unique interactive art projects that appeared at The Lost City. The total funds contributed to art grants in 2014 were close to $3,000. We are so excited and happy to be able to give back and support art in this community again in 2015!

If you would like to apply for a grant to fund materials and costs to bring a new or existing project or performance to Boston Decompression in 2015, please fill out the online application form below with the details of your proposal. The grants committee will be considering proposals for new as well as existing works of interactive visual and performance art in any medium. Work that is responsive to this year's theme (which will be announced very soon) or helps to transform the space will be given priority consideration. Grants can be up to $500 and will primarily fund the materials and consumables costs for artwork and performance and, potentially, transportation costs for art coming from outside the Boston area. (The Decompression Art Committee will work with Boston area artists to arrange shared transportation for local projects.)

Here is the timeline for the art grants process:

  • Art Grant Submissions Open - Now!

  • Art Grant Submissions Due - Thursday, September 17th, by 11:59 PM.

  • Art Grant Recipients Notified of Their Selection - Friday, September 25th, at noon.

  • Following the return of the signed Grant Contract, the first 75% of granted funds is paid out over - Saturday, September 26th through Saturday, October 3rd.

  • Complete the funded project for Boston Decompression 2015 - Saturday, November 7th!

  • After successful presentation of the project at Decompression, and the grantee has provided documentation of the project at Decompression, the remaining 25% of grant funds will be disbursed - by Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

If you are the recipient of an art grant, you will receive 75-percent of your grant amount upon confirmation and return of the signed contract. Funds will be transferred to the recipient via Paypal or check. The remaining 25-percent of the grant amount will be delivered to the recipient within two weeks of the 2015 Decompression event in which the funded project has been featured and/or contributed, pending documentation of the grant-funded project.


Online Art Grant Submission Application:


Please note, this form is intended only for applying for an art grant.  A general “Call for Art” and participation will be announced around the second week of September. There will be a venue visit and walkthrough opportunity in September.

If there are any concerns, comments or questions about this process please send us a message at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Art Grants Committee

Written by: FiG Categories: Interactive Art, Announcement


Boston Decompression 2015 - Save the Date!

Saturday, November 7th

EXCITING NEWS! We are very happy  to announce that the date of Boston Decompression 2015 will be Saturday, November 7th! We are also extremely excited to be returning to the same venue that has given us so much over the past few years, Who’s On First!

But wait, there’s more…

Due in part to the great success of last year’s Decompression event, we are excited (oh so excited!) to announce that we are once again able to offer art grants to facilitate art that will appear at Boston Decompression 2015! Further announcements regarding the art grant submission timeline and this year’s art theme are on their way. Stay tuned to these channels!


The 2015 Boston Decompression Planning Committee

Boston Decom 2015, Saturday November 7th

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Boston Decompression 2015 - It’s ON!

Come Help Plan It!


Hello Decompressors!

Every year in the fall, an event happens in Boston that merges art with culture, strives to showcase raw creativity and puts an emphasis on interactivity and experience. Yes, it is time once again to begin planning for Boston Decompression 2015! The Decompression project is made from many hands and we are in need of volunteers willing to help plan the event and see their ideas come to life!

Do you have an opinion, idea or direction you would like to see incorporated into the Boston Decompression event? Come to our first planning meeting and let us all know! Get in on the ground floor of planning for this year’s event and see all of our work and creativity come together at Boston Decompression in the fall.


We need planners! Creative and dependable persons who want to see this event fully realized and can put in the time and effort to see it through from start to finish. We need all sizes and stripes of volunteers, from supporters to leaders!


Tuesday July 7th @ 7:30 PM (note: this is two days after Firefly, so get the rest you need!)


The meeting will take place in a central Somerville location. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you are coming to the meeting. Address and transportation info, including parking, will be emailed to you.

OK, now let’s go make a Boston Decompression event together!!


The crazies over at Black Rock East!

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Are you ready for THE LOST CITY?

Last minute details!

Explorers - the day is nigh! Soon, we shall gird and equip ourselves for the perilous journey ahead.  A few important things to remember before you make your way into THE LOST CITY:

  • The journey begins at Who’s on First, 19 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. Nearest T station will be Kenmore, on the Green Line

  • Bring a jacket or coat for exploration of outdoor space. Current weather predictions say it may get below 40-degrees (F). Coat racks (unsupervised) will be provided

  • Doors open at 7pm, the outside area (garage and alley) close at 1am, the inside bar/club area will close at 2 am

  • Bring your ticket - either in print or on your phone

  • Bring your ID: 21+ state Driving license, ID card or Passport

There will be a limited number of tickets available for sale at the door. Those tickets will be $25 each, first come first served.

Additionally, remember that your pre-sale ticket is transferable if you would like it to be passed to another traveler, but only up until it is scanned at the door.

Should you seek refreshment, we are happy to announce that there will be a $5 grapefruit-vodka and tonic cocktail as well as all draft beer will be $5!

And lastly, but not least, we would LOVE to have your helping hands. Boston Decom 2014 is a participatory event, and in grand Burner tradition, we are still seeking volunteers. Please go here: http://ow.ly/E0mmr or get in touch at the event.

See you among the ruins!

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Essential Info, Music and VJs of The Lost City

Good day fellow Explorers!  It’s They, here again to deliver some up-to-the-minute information on what to expect on this final leg of our journey. What an exciting time this is, for tomorrow, we enter THE LOST CITY!

Immediately upon entering we shall encounter first-hand a wondrous musical culture. Drums, rhythm, melody and harmony and a particularly enchanting delight known as bass, all delivered by some very gifted denizens. I have obtained a copy of the musical proceedings for the evening to show you here:

Indoor Bar/Club Stage (open 7pm - 2am)

7-8 Dick Winter

8-9 Augur

9-10 Keith Mattar

10-11 vinyl blight

11-12 Rob Ticho

12-1 DJ Funktor

1-2 DJ Gary Carlow

Garage Stage (open 8pm - 1am)

8-9 Parzer x Lychee

9-10 Lucid Gamma

10-11 Phibonacci

11-12 DAT Bounce

12-1 Jeff Mission

To complement these aural delights, each music performer will be accompanied by a very talented practitioner of the digital visual arts, known as a VJ. This wonderful band of artists shall include HallucinoJen, Theresa Silver, Parzer, Dewb, Chooch and Jeff Mission!

Now there are some formalities I have been asked to relay to you here:

  • Bring your ticket (printed paper copy or on your phone) - Still in need of a ticket? Go here: bit.ly/lostcitydecom

  • Bring an ID to prove you are 21+: Massachusetts license, ID card or passport

  • Bring a jacket, it may get down to 40-degrees at night. There will be an unsupervised coat rack available

  • The city opens at 7pm and closes again at 2am, come early to experience it fully!

  • The location is within “Who’s on First?” at 9 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

  • The nearest T station is Kenmore on the Green line

I must say once again that in order to enter THE LOST CITY you will need to purchase passage in the form of a ticket. I have been told there are still some online tickets currently available, but that may not be the case shortly, so I must implore that you go straight away now and obtain your ticket here: bit.ly/lostcitydecom

My sources tell me preparations for entering THE LOST CITY continue at all points around this region and we can expect at least one more communication before our time comes to pass. A most exciting time, very exciting indeed!

Happy Travels,


Written by: They Categories: Announcement


New Explorers on the Search for THE LOST CITY!

Good Day fellow explorers. The time of our temporary city draws near, very soon THE LOST CITY will be FOUND! ...but it seems that we are not alone in our search. A publication called Boston Magazine has come out with an article this very morn, rife with clues. See for yourself: http://ow.ly/DVBlo

Time is very much of the essence now as our adventures escalate. Please, secure your passage now while there is still time to do so: bit.ly/lostcitydecom (Tickets)

Happy Travels,


Written by: They Categories: Ticketing, Announcement

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