Hammock Reactor (previously Hammock Flower)

Salon Leobard

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  • Summary

    The Hammock Reactor is simultaneously a performance space and chillout zone. Bring your hammock and hang out in the "Hammock Reactor" while some good music is playing, or watch someone perform on the center-stage.

    Full description of concept

    How can we provide a chillout space for a maximum of hammocks with a minimum of material? In 2017, we are building a new art/camp/stage to solve this riddle: the “Hammock Reactor”. It consists of two parts: an outer upper rim in about 2.5 meter height with about 12m diameter. An inner 6-meter high tower with a 4-meter diameter stage.

    Borderlings will be able to hang up to 24 hammocks between the outer ring and the inner tower. You will have a length of about 4 meters for your hammock, and will directly view the center stage from your hammock. The hammocks will point from the center to outside.

    Borderlings will be able to perform on the stage in the center of the tower. There will be designated times for performing. When not used as stage in the afternoons, all are still welcome to hang out and rest in the rest of the Reactor!

    The stage will have 4-meter diameter, lightning on top, and a sound system. Artists will be able to bring their own music for their performance. The stage will also feature a sturdy hookup point 3.5m above the stage which can be used for aerial art.

    The experience of performing on this stage will be unique: you are surrounded 360 degrees with your audience. The audience will hang out by hanging their hammocks into the open space.

    Tarps will be strung between the inner tower and the outer rim to provide sun and rain protection. The top of the tower will be off limits for Borderlings for safety reasons, which will be indicated with signs.

    An epic light installation is planned to illuminate the “Hammock Reactor” at night.

    About the group/Artist

    Here's us building a prototype! https://goo.gl/photos/Zdoo8ntsHUn3EjSG6
    Salon Leobard – the "Tickling Zoo for the Artist Within" – is a participatory Salon coming together Saturdays every few weeks in Vienna. Inspired by the Viennese and Parisian art salons of the 1920’s, we meet to create art, fun, and connection. Since our founding in 2013, we like to participate at Burns in style: we created the “Salon Leobard” Chillout area for Vienna Burning Ball, Mindburn, and Spark; we built the 12-meter Pirate Ship “Miss Inspiration” for Spark 2015 & 2016 in Austria which featured a 5-meter high aerial arts hookup point / swing, and an upper deck.

    Team and plan

    Planning for the Salon Leobard Camp / Hammock Reactor installation at Borderland started in August 2016. We began designing and testing the materials in November 2016. We built the outer ring of the camp in a 1:3 scale model as art installation for the Vienna Burning Ball, which was on 4th of February. Part of the material used at the Vienna Burning Ball will be reused for Borderland to save costs and foster re-use between multiple burns/decoms. We discussed the structural integrity with an architect and a master carpenter, buddies of ours. Plans are 80% finished, building started. April - June 2016 is building time.

    To transport the art from Vienna/Austria to Boesdal, we designed the structure to be easily transportable. Inherent in the design, an intelligent buildup/teardown process was included that lets us use the inner mechanics of the structure to twist/raise both the tower and the outer rim of the reactor without the need for ladders or scaffolding, reducing our transport and carbon footprint.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    The Hammock Reactor art piece is 100% deconstructable and reusable.

    Budget overview

    The Hammock Reactor is designed to be reusable, so much of the funds (and hearts) will go into something we hope to bring to Borderlands again!

    Hammock Reactor Materials (wood beams, metal cables, screws and bolts, tarps): 3.350€
    Lighting and Effects: 1000€
    Transport from Austria: 500€

    Total: 4.850€

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    Bring your hammock and hang out in the Reactor with us. Bring acoustic instruments and join our jam sessions. Get in touch with us to perform on our stage (spastic@rangers.org). Join us for buildup and teardown, where we need many hands. Give hearts to our dream :)!
    UPDATE - we may have room for 1-5 people! We are looking for people who love building big stuff out of wood and iron and who have experience doing so. We are a family-atmosphere camp of seasoned burners and like trustable, self-reliable folks. Write to leobard@burners.at saying how many you are, what drives you, where you are from, and what you can contribute.

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


    • Do you need electricity from the grid? Yes. Music, stage lighting, projectors, camp lighting, projector/beamer, all adds up to 1300W max peak draw, generally at nighttime. In case we cannot get enough power from the grid we plan to use a noise-damped generator for parts of our electrical needs.

    • Will there be light? We want to have nice visual effects on our Hammock Reactor. Our current idea is to use LED stripes to illuminate the wooden struts of the reactor. Depending on the DJ or stage performance, the LED animations may either be random effects or be synchronized to the music played. Projection mappings might be possible if we are be able to provide projectors and have enough power. Also, we have some LED projectors for slides to project still images.

    • Will anything burn? Nothing is planned to burn.

    • What is your audio footprint? We will have soft ambient / chill out / meditation music during the day with occassional live downtempo electronic/acoustic music sets during the day. Soundlevel will be generally low. we plan to throw a party with house music on one day 8pm-11pm

    • Forces of nature Two natural forces can be dangerous to the construction: (1) a moderate gale tearing on our tarps. (2) 24 hippies having a gangbang in the hammocks. We designed the Hammock Reactor to withstand both forces. To ensure safety against the wind, we have placement in the lower area of Boesdal. When the wind raises, we plan to take down the tarps and tie them around the center tower. Steel Cables tied into the ground, tower, and ring will hold the overall structure sturdy.

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