Scenes from Wasteland, the annual Mad Max tribute event in the Mojave desert


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/29/scenes-from-wasteland-the-ann.html


#2

They are just going to lull people into thinking this is just harmless geeks playing in the desert, until they raid Burningman one year, robbing everyone of their money, water, and drugs.


#3

Looks like good clean fun.


#4

Will it last long enough for someone to finally get a pig-manure-powered electric generator running one year?


#5

“There has been too much violence, too much pain. None here are without sin, but I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Leave the interactive sculptures, the performances, the art cars and the whole compound, and I spare your lives. Just walk away. I will give you safe passage in the wasteland. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror. I await your answer. You have one full day to decide.” ~ The Humungus


#6

I suspect some of those cars might not be street-legal.


#7

Not frivolous…no, not at all…

…But I’m still waiting for the Pink Flamingos tribute festival to catch on.


#8

If they can get past Perimeter.

Have you ever hung with the boys and girls of Perimeter? They don’t just act this shit out, they actually hunt people. for real.

Also, I can’t help but wonder if a bunch of the DeathGuild folks are also at the heart of Wasteland - it sure looks like the same Thunderdome, the volunteer shifts have an oddly familiar feel, California city is the same drive time from San Francisco as Gerlach, and they don’t do this on the more obvious choice of labor weekend.

Which would be awesome if true.


#9

I have to go. I just have to.


#10

I was expecting to see a mad max 2 era max complete with interceptor so i am disappoint but max has always been the least interesting part of that series anyway. As an aside - they’re currently showing the first 3 films on tv and the jump from first film to second is quite alarming, must’ve been a shock going into the cinema at the time if you’d seen the first one. How much time has passed? 10 years? It went from some semblance of civilisation to absolutely none at all. I know the look of the first one was due to lack of budget. Then there’s the theory that max in fury road is the mute kid with the metal boomerang…


#11

The Feral Kid is the narrator.

As for me, I grew to manhood and in the fullness of time I became the leader, the Chief of the Great Northern Tribe. And the Road Warrior? That was the last we ever saw of him. He lives now only in my memories.

Doesn’t sound like Fury Road Max.


#12

The Mad Max / Max Rockatanksy character is better understood as a mythological figure shared by disparate groups in the “wasteland,” spread across space and time.

Max isn’t a foundational historical figure like Christopher Columbus or Daniel Boon.

Max is a mythical archetype like Achilles or King Arthjur who might once have existed but whose origins are lost in time. Notice that each of four movies has a distincnt narrator who is far more connected to her/his own unique setting than to Max.

The Max figure is a savior figure each of these groups needs to tell their own stories and cohere.

This narrative stance also relieves George Miller and his script writers of many continuity burdens that, say, the producers of Star Trek, Star Wars, or Game of Thrones have to take seriously.


#13

I know but it’s fun to speculate even though miller has dismissed the theory. But he likes it. Continuity isn’t the strongest of that franchise as bizmail_public very neatly points out.


#14

[quote=“bizmail_public, post:12, topic:86483”]
Notice that each of four movies has a distincnt narrator who is far more connected to her/his own unique setting than to Max.[/quote]

Except the first film i believe, it has no narrator but i agree with the rest and very nicely explained it is as well. So yeah, he might have existed or he might just be a myth to frame their own stories hence my point that max is always the least interesting part. Which is what made it so hilarious when the manbabies of the internet threw such a hissy fit in response to fury road, perceiving that max had somehow been emasculated. It made me wonder if they’d ever even seen the originals.


#15

Good eye. From a photo caption:

Fighters tangle in the Thunderdome, built by a tribe known as Death Guild. The Thunderdome originated at Burning Man nearly 20 years ago and was adopted by Wasteland.


#16

YET! Give it time.


#17

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