2020 – The Portable Porthole Portal Project


The Portable Porthole Portal Project


We’re creating small, sneaky art pieces designed to be unique, interactive, and unpredictable. We are recruiting artists to participate in creating their own portable porthole portals with the following requirements: They must be portable, they must have a porthole.

Will it need power?


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

Due to the portability requirements, batteries are the most likely source of power. Though it’s up to the individual artist, they could come up with more interesting ways of powering, or not require power at all. The two prototype portable porthole portals used battery powered lights.

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).]

Each individual artist will determine whether their piece will incorporate these elements. Most likely moving parts will be the main element, and that would be the portholes and their cases, which I would consider low-risk from a safety perspective. We will work with anyone who wants a portable porthole portal with fire to make sure they are safe.

We also have a plan to make a porthole portal for the effigy (still in the works) which would be the only likely burnable portal. .

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?)

Our art is small, and we have developed some prototypes. We will be relying on individual artists to bring what they can to the project, so they will have to know their capabilities and we will help support

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.

We are looking for a grant of $200 to help artists acquire portholes. This would cover the cost of 5 8″ portholes (or partial costs of portholes for more artists). (example porthole:

Most of the materials to create a simple porthole portal are easy to come by and inexpensive, except the portholes themselves. While alternatives to traditional portholes are available, articulating portholes make the art more immersive and tacitly satisfying to interact with.

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?

Our project portable and each individual artist will be responsible for planning, creating, transporting, installing (walking around with) and removing the art from the event this year. We will be scheduling meet-ups to work together during scheduled art nights at Lloyd.

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.

I would love to give a workshop on budgets and spreadsheets!

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?

No. We self-funded the prototype of the the project at FreezerBurn this year.