Fire art - where the action is! At your party!


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  • Summary

    More fire art at the Borderland - and where the action is! A larger fire cannon than I can carry, mounted on a mini steampunk art car built on the base of an electric wheelchair, enabling the fire art to be where the action is, not only at a fixed place.

    Full description of yer concept

    The proposal is a self propelled larger fire cannon, mounted on a steampunk themed, LED encrusted small electric vehicle, built on one or two (depending on budget) re-used electric wheelchairs/other electric vehicle. The electric microArtCar will carry batteries, fire cannon, propane bottle and fire extinguishing equipment. It will (probably) not carry people - it will just carry all the very heavy stuff, at walking pace.

    This will enable bigger fire art - where YOU all are, not locked to a specific, sometimes underpopulated, physical location.
    There should be more fire art at Borderland. There were a few nice pieces last year, but they suffer from limitations:
    A nice piece on its own dance floor was often underpopulated, because the party was somewhere else
    My own small fire cannon I can carry is 1) small and 2) so heavy (including propane bottle) that I can only take it out max 2 hours every other evening.

    All photos are of actual fire cannons I/illutron have built.

    Is this eco friendly? Fire art is not really that eco friendly, but is nothing compared to transportation or the embodied energy in materials.
    The amount of fuel used during the whole Borderland will be equivalent to
    Driving a truck 50km
    The embodied energy in building 5m2 of wooden structure (wood wall with wood frame)

    Built in safety measures include:

    While moving:
    Only moves at human-like pace, with human operator. Lit with LEDs so people don't walk into it.

    While firing:
    Safety by design (nozzle pointing upwards at height)
    Propane amount well under the legal limit
    Operator always present
    Safety interlock for capsize - will not fire if nozzle is not pointing upwards

    Fire safety plan:
    Operator enforces safe distance to humans vertically and horizontally before firing
    Operator enforces safe distance to flammable materials vertically and horizontally before firing
    Fire extinguishers on board
    Extra water on board
    Normal rules re distance to tents observed

    About the crew / artist

    Nicolas is part of the nonprofit interactive art group illutron and builds large scale interactive installations at Burning Man, Roskilde Festival, Smukfest and many more.

    How can other Borderlings co-create with you?

    Yes, if you live near Copenhagen/Roskilde and want to help you are welcome.

    What is this?

    Hey friend! Welcome to the virtual drawing board of The Borderland. This is the place where we prototype the projects we'll realise during the week in the quarry.

    Dream crew




    • Do you need electricity from the grid? How much in Watts? Very little - 40-80W just to charge the wheelchair batteries

    • Will there be light? Yes, very much so. Lots of light from fire, and LED light for decoration and safety while driving (slowly) around.

    • Will anything BURN? There are definitely safety issues with fire art. I do this a lot and know what I am doing. Safety measures include: Safety by design (nozzle pointing upwards at height); Propane amount well under the legal limit; operator always present; keyswitch; safety interlock for capsize; fire extinguishers on board. While moving: only moves at human-like pace, with human operator. Lit with LEDs so people don't walk into it.

    • What is your audio footprint? Can make loud whoosh or bang, level can be adjusted down to zero noise to suit environment. Am fine with not using it near sensitive areas and not using it after a certain time.

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