2020 – Friendly Universal Telecom


Friendly Universal Telecom


Providing interactive technological telematic art for Flipside and other regional burns

This grant request is for two backbone signal repeater stations, built from mostly used parts we’ve found play nice together. These repeaters will fix two major glaring holes in our event wide network while also making the overall system easier to deploy and less maintenance. Faster deployment and better coverage means more time we can focus on the more artsy parts of F U T – the camp phones and especially the payphone booths!

Will it need power?


If it will need power, what is your power plan?

Self powered – camp generator, batteries, other camps…

Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable?


If it does incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is climbable what is your safety plan? [(Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).]

If it is on fire, moving, or climbed, we have a problem.

Have you completed any other large scale art projects? (In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?)

Been doing FUT since 2015!

How much money do you need? (Up to $575) We are looking for a thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.

$444 – repeater pole x2

If you want to upload something for the budget you can do that here:


What is your timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project?

Planning complete, creation late march over a weekend. Installation and removal with FUT team.

Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.

We would like the artists to give community workshops outside of Flipside. Do you think you have a workshop idea that could be provided to the community? If so, please tell us what it is.

How to dial a landline phone workshop

By applying for this grant you agree that if given the funds you plan to:

Work to compete your project by Flipside, Save and provide receipts of materials greater than or equal to grant amount by 07/25/20. If you do not provide this information you be disqualified from receiving a grant in the future., Complete a follow up report so we can learn

You may upload photos/recording of past projects here *You must have a Google account to do so.


We will be having the 2021 Ignition Philter fundraiser after the fall town hall (usually held in late September/ early October.) Would you be willing to bring the piece back for that event?


Have you received funding from any other entity or regional for this piece previously? If so, who and how much?

For FUT – yes, many over the years. For this specific part of FUT? no.