Despite the lingering event uncertainty, Burning Man has announced the theme for their 2021 edition: Terra Incógnita.
Derived from the Latin phrase “terra incognita,” which translates to “unknown land,” the metaphoric meaning exists in an unexplored space. According to the Burning Man Journal, “This year’s Burning Man theme is an invitation to emerge from our collective isolation, to explore the unfamiliar contours of a changed world, and to reimagine ourselves, our community, and our culture in ways that might not have been possible before this period of plague and pause.”
This year’s concept harkens back to Black Rock Desert in 1990, when the event organizers had no idea what they might find on their journey of creative discovery. In recapturing that open mindset, Terra Incógnita has potential to surprise and amaze all over again from a new perspective. It is exactly that which organizers shared in a statement: “It is in that spirit that we propose it as a watchword for this new age of exploration, fueled not by dreams of conquest but by a passion to rediscover ourselves – and each other – in a radically altered psychic and social landscape.”
Posted a month ago, Burning Man’s most recent update revealed that there are “too many unknowns” to determine whether a 2021 Black Rock City gathering will actually happen. Read the post here and watch this space for updates.