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Saturday, August 23, 2014

XUZA Art Car: "The Grand Chariot of Zerzura Camp" - 2014 Burning Man

By Onnoleigh Sweetman,
contributing writer and editor

XUZA is a two level interactive art car, designed to carry close to 40 passengers on many journeys throughout Burning Man. XUZA is also a mobile sound installation and will be hosting many amazing DJ's and vocalists at various locations around the playa

Warriors of the dust. That's what I call the men and women that sacrifice their time, sometimes sanity, and pocket their pocket books to create the over the top, mind blowing art structures and art vehicles that grace the dusty lands of the Black Rock Desert each year. While some participant’s biggest concern might be which pink boot covers to choose from, Mike Ceragioli and his dedicated team, spent the duration of the summer skipping the local parties and working diligently to the wee hours of the morning and beyond to build and fund the luscious and incredible XUZA Art Car. A feat not to go unnoticed in my book. Mike, (whom I first met on his pink party bus on the way to EDC 2013), is the founder of Camp Zerzura and the XUZA Art Car.

At first meeting with Mike, you can sense a deep respect for Burning Man and what I call the sacred art of bringing community together. With each conversation, and each meeting, I have observed that Mike finds his happiness in what he can gift to the playa and community rather than what he can take from it. Also added to the mix is XUZA Musical Director and DJ Brett Rubin. Rubin, a well revered electronic mixing artist and producer from Chicago and now local to Las Vegas, has been gracing the dusty desert with his reverent beats for many years and has the XUZA packed with a full lineup of what will surely be an interactive art car experience that will not be forgotten.

XUZA DJ Lineup for the Week!


Xuza Art car
Departing from 10 and B
the Maiden Voyage
11pm-sunrise Brett Rubin and Friends

Xuza ArtCar
Open Playa
Loading from 5 o'clock and esplanade at midnight
12:30am King
1:30 am Metaphase
3:00am Nathaniel Knows
4:00am Corduroy Xavier
5:00am L Boogie

Xuza Art Car
Xuza and Nuclear Dream Party
stationary at Nuclear Dream 4 O'clock 1000 ft from Man
9:00pm Time Protocol
10:00pm Well Groomed
11:00pm Genisis
12:30am Krista Richards & Boolean live
1:30am Revolvr
3:00am Donald Glaude
4:30am Fyasko aka Scotty Boy
5:30am Travisty (Sunrise)

Xuza Art Car
Near the temple for sunset
2:30pm Andy Elis
4:00pm Sunset with the Wulfpack

Nuclear Dream burn 1000 ft from Man at 4 O'clock
8:00pm Kelly Kellum
9:00pm Dustin Sheridan
10:30pm Inphinity

SPECIAL PLAYA PARTY for Cirque Gitane Camp!
12:00am Black Boots
1:30am Erik Lobe
3:00am Elike
4:00am Chaos
5:00am Evan Casey (Sunrise)

Xuza Art Car
Open Playa/ near video mapped skull
10:00pm Michael Carman
11:00pm Littlefoot
12:00am Lisa Rose
1:00am Erik Lobe
2:30am Havok
3:30am Jonboy
4:30am David Sol
5:30 Eli Sopcich (Sunrise)

Xuza Art Car
Burn Night around 8 o'clock
8:00pm Jamie Schwabl (Preburn)
9:00pm Brett Rubin ft. Violin Girl (BURN)
10:30pm Trent Cantrelle + Brett Rubin (Post Burn)
12:30am Fabian Campos
2:00am Kedd Cook
3:30am Hon Solo
5:00am JSun (sunrise)

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