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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: 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:

  • 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:

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:

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: (Tickets)

Happy Travels,


Written by: They Categories: Ticketing, Announcement


Burn Adventure Photos Needed for Slideshow Project

Send us your burn photos!

Did you take photos while out on adventure at burn events this year?

We are asking fellow explorers to contribute photo documentation of the adventures that were had at the various burns of this past year. Like last year, contributed photos will be compiled and arranged by our trusty guide Pretzel into the 2014 Decompression Photo Slideshow Project to be presented at THE LOST CITY. Photos may be from Burning Man itself or from one of the various regional burns like Firefly, Playa del Fuego, Frostburn, Transformus, or other related event. So rustle up those pictures and send them to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Look for the slideshow at THE LOST CITY on Saturday, November 8th.

To get tickets to the event go here:


Written by: FiG Categories: Participate


THE LOST CITY | 2014 Art and Music Announcement!

Purchase Passage Straight Away!

THE LOST CITY | 2014 Art and Music Announcement!

Just four days remain until Boston Decompression 2014: THE LOST CITY! Buy your ticket here:

On Thursday Boston Magazine will be publishing an article featuring the Boston Decompression event happening this weekend!  It is very important that you beat the rush and buy your tickets before 8am Thursday.

Once you have your ticket, get ready to explore the frontiers of sound with these performers:

  • DJ Funktor (San Francisco/Decadent Oasis, fresh off the Unimog)
  • vinyl blight (Farewell(?) set from Boston’s dirtiest son)
  • DAT Bounce (GeishaComplex and Simex combine)
  • Phibonacci
  • Parzer x Lychee (Virtuality B2B)
  • Jeff Mission (Immersive video installation A/V set)
  • DJ Gary Carlow
  • Rob Ticho (Hailing from Burlington, VT)
  • Lucid Gamma
  • Dick Winter
  • Augur (Debut DJ set from Kate Van Rees)

In accordance with our civic ideals, THE LOST CITY is proud to have the talented women of our City performing in half of all the musical acts this year!

Plus, enjoy a density of visual delights unlike any other urban art environment. Experience again for the first time Boston's two big Burning Man 2014 installations, up close and personal: THE LOST CITY will feature 20 of the original 52 feet of Doug Ruuska & crew’s Cosmic Praise, Black Rock City 2014’s 6:00 keyhole centerpiece, and from deep playa, one hundred percent of the surviving ruins that are Arcus Clade Triumphum - The Arch of Triumph and Disaster by Helen McCarthy and the A.C.T. team.

THE LOST CITY will also feature a new video-drenched dance space from Jeff Mission and Video Bleep; an interactive photo booth by Al Conant; new and never-before-seen pieces from Finn McCool, Nathan Lachenmeyer, Sadiya Carr, Theresa Silver, Adam Brandon, Diana Levy, Kye Ball, and Sean Manton; as well as returning favorites from Ecco Pierce, Max Eskin, Brian Neltner, The Totenkitten Empire, Camp Lamp, Ground is Lava, and many more!

Get your ticket to THE LOST CITY here:



Written by: They Categories: Ticketing


What's your favorite "Lost City" tale or legend?

Tis All Hallow’s Eve!  Today I thought I’d enlighten you all with tale from the most ancient Pedia of all Wiki’s to help inspire you for this weekend’s Lost City: 

Helike was an ancient Greek city that sank at night in the winter of 373 BCE. The city was thought to be legend until the turn of this century, when it was rediscovered in the Helike Delta (I’m surprised no one thought to look there). 

In 1995 a building was excavated in an area, now known as the Klonis site, and a large Roman building with standing walls was brought to light. The city itself was officially rediscovered in 2001 buried in an ancient lagoon.

Fascinating no? It makes you wonder what other mysteries are hiding just beneath the surface.  Find out November the 8th, and be sure to purchase passage straight away: - you are not going to want to miss this.

Happy Travels,


Written by: They


Your Guide to our Lost City - They

Good Day fellow explorers. I am a world famous explorer you do not know. I’ve been summoned here by the council of Black Rock East to be your guide as we bide our time until this temporary Lost City comes to pass. You can call me They.

I’ve been to all 4 corners of this world and seen many a strange and wonderful thing. I am enlivened about the prospect of a temporary Lost City emerging, from the depths of your imaginations, that will only exist in history for 1 night.

To follow along the entire journey, learn more about the plethora of unique sights and sounds that will emerge on the night of November 8th, 2014, be sure to follow us here, and on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, its of the utmost imperative you purchase passage into the city before there isn’t any room for you to participate.  

Happy Travels,


Written by: They Categories: Announcement


We need YOU to Volunteer at Decompression 2014!

It will take many to build The Lost City

Boston is building The Lost City on November 8th and we need you to get down and dirty to help make it happen!

Help make this Boston's biggest and best Decompression. No matter who you are or what your skills may be—or how much time you may have—you can play an integral part in making this event an unbelievable success. 

We want YOU! If you're interested in participating in one or more of the below roles, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out this form and our friendly Volunteer Wranglers will get you sorted.

Set up:

Help us transform “Who's On First?” into The Lost City. This includes preparing and decorating the venue, unloading the art and gear trucks, as well as potentially assisting artists in setting up their installations. Transformation of the space will be an all-day affair, so every hand helps. (Time commitment: 3 hours or more prior to the event)


It's not just a "Burning Man" event because of those 10 Principles or all those eye-popping costumes. It's because everyone who enters Boston Decompression is welcomed with open arms—literally. Ok, hugs are entirely optional but if you want to play an active role in ensuring all participants feel as if they truly belong from the time they walk in, you will absolutely love being a Greeter. (Time commitment: 1 hour during the event)


If you love arranging the food on your plate or just like to play with your food, this job is for you. Our snack buffet table will feed carnivores and herbivores throughout the night, and we need individuals to help not only with setup, but replenishment throughout the evening. (Time commitment: 1–2 hours before event, or a 2 hour maintenance shift during the event)

Strike / Leave No Trace:

We set up and we break down—and leave everything better than we found it. Beginning at 1AM in the alley and in the garage, we need many organized hands to help take down all decor and installations, as well as heavy lifting hands to reload the art truck. Boston Decompression is a Leave No Trace event, so we also need hands to do MOOP/trash sweeps during breakdown. (Time commitment: 2-3 hours after the event)

Art Truck Load In - Friday evening:

Art Truck Unload - Sunday:

You love moving heavy things and you enjoy working up a sweat, but you can load and unload objects into a truck with the finesse of a world-class puzzle master. Help Friday evening, Sunday, or both days and party in between. Load in and unload will be at several stops in Boston and Somerville, so having your own transportation or a ride is necessary. (Time commitment: 2-4 hours on Friday evening, 2 hours on Sunday)

Fill out this form to get started!

Thanks for being awesome!

The Boston Decompression Volunteer Wranglers



Written by: FiG Categories: Volunteer, Participate, Announcement


New Boston Decompression "The Lost City" Logo

New Boston Decompression

This excellent logo for The Lost City was created by local artist Andrea Huber! Thanks Andrea!

Written by: FiG Categories: Press and PR, Art, Announcement

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