The Borderboard Balloon

Jakob Skote


A weather balloon of approx 4m soaring 100m or so above the festival area with a matrix of LED lights which are controlled from the ground, where everyone can draw or write their message to the festival.

Full description of concept

We think that Boesdal is a bit flat and think that we should aim higher, so we will bring a weather balloon or small blimp to the festival and with the help of helium send it far up in the sky. We want everyone to be able to write messages on this beauty so we will cover it in a matrix of LED's controlled from a computer on the ground. We have everything needed for the project except the actual balloon and the helium to lift it. Love someone and want the whole festival to know it? Looking for that gorgeous guy with the saxophone you met last night but cant remember the name of? Want to get people to your kamchatkian anal singing workshop? Look no further - here is your massive glowing blinking gleaming billboard soaring in the sky!

(This is of course a contraption that by default will travel to a multitude of other gatherings around the year.)

Team and plan

Its mainly me, Nicke Nordemar and a few of the celestians at the moment, but anyone willing to help is welcome!

Moop plan (matter out of place)

There will be no moop.

How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

Everyone can write messages on our land-bound computer that gets instantly beamed up to the balloon!

If you feel like you have technical skills that could help us or if you just want to help out please let us know!

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? A wee bit to power a computer and the LED's.

  • Will there be light? Yep, thats kinda the point.

  • Will anything burn? No, we prefer to not burn helium. :) (If there is a huge request for fireballs we could use hydrogen and do a proper hindenburg burn...just sayin)

  • What is your audio footprint? None.

  • Forces of nature Yes there is wind, which we use to our advantage! Of course we have several security lines and if one of the storms from last year comes along we bring our baby down into the safety of the pyramid.

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