Organs played by fire, harps played by wind, the whispers of hopes, dreams and secrets--the Portal is participatory art for Burning Man.
UPDATE: While we are 100% funded, we appreciate any additional funding you can contribute toward our original goal of $8500. We also want to let you know a special turn of events that happened at our last harp work party: We have decided to dedicate the Portal to the memory of long-time burner, Tom Kennedy, whose brother is on our team and has been instrumental in the design of the wind harps. Tom Kennedy apparently is the guy who brought the first art car to the playa, and his brother is a long-time friend and collaborator of the Portal creators. He will be attending the burn for the first time this year, with his 16 year-old son, who is also helping us build the Portal. Obviously, dedicating the Portal to Tom is very meaningful to them, and we hope it will be to lots of other burners who knew Tom as well. -- The Portal, officially known as the "Aeolian Pyrophonic Hall and Whispering Wall" is a sound installation that will grace the Black Rock Desert in early September. Partially funded by the Burning Man organization through their honorarium grant program, our group needs additional funds to help bring this project to life on the playa. Any money above our goal helps us add more notes to the fire organ.
The Portal is a lacy structure that hosts continuous sound installation - harps played by the wind (and also by participants), a whispering wall, where the citizens of Black Rock City may write their hopes, secrets and dreams onto a scroll that is whispered into a microphone inside the hall. The whispers are repeated at random throughout the week on a network of hidden speakers.
The Portal will host nightly performances of stilt walkers and musicians playing an organ that is powered by fire. A wash of flame licks the edges of each organ tube, and participants join in the fun by pulling on dangling levers that rush a jet of burning propane into each tube, creating eerie, musical sounds.
The fire organs are scheduled to appear at other art festivals before and after the burn. The Portal structure will be burnt at the end of the week of the Burning Man festival, in a grand ritual performance involving stilt walkers in costumes that match the structure. The scroll from the whispering wall will be ceremoniously burnt at the temple burn on Sunday evening.
Our grant from Burning Man pays for most of the materials we need to build our structure. But there are other expenses involved in pulling off the project well. We need to add money to our budget to help pay for lighting to make the project visible, beautiful and safe at night, additional fuel for the fire organ performances, the costs of transporting our project and tools to the playa, materials to make the costumes for our final performance, and additional pipes and valves for the organ, which have proven to be more expensive than we anticipated.
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Jun 14, 2010 - Jul 19, 2010
Pledge $5 or more
Your name on the Portal Plaque thanking our sponsors, also translated into an alien tongue.
Pledge $10 or more
Your name on the onsite Portal Plaque thanking our sponsors, plus: Receive a print of the Portal poem with a beautiful 4 color picture of the Portal model (or the Portal itself, if you can wait 'til after the event).
Pledge $20 or more
All of the above, plus a link to a download of the DVD of our project, once complete! The video will be produced by October 2010.
Pledge $35 or more
All of the above, plus a DVD of the movie, and a commemorative Portal sticker.
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above, plus your very own piece of the whispering wall in the form of a wish, hope or dream recorded into a tiny device by one of our team members.
Pledge $100 or more
Mention on our plaque, the Portal movie, plus a certified version of our Portal team t-shirt. The t-shirt includes a beautiful graphic of the Portal structure, and our team slogan. You too, can be a part of the team that made the Portal!
Pledge $250 or more
Mention on our plaque, the Portal movie, a recorded wish hope or dream, plus a Portal Mug with a beautiful colored rim. Great for drinking hot drinks on the playa.
Pledge $500 or more
A customized Portal Sigg water bottle, so that you can stay hydrated on the long desert days, plus all rewards $100 and below. Special mention on the Portal Plaque as a project sponsor.
Pledge $750 or more
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Take home one of the wind harps from the Portal, along with the $500 level reward. Your chance to own a real, playa-dust coated piece of the Portal!
Pledge $1,000 or more
All of the above, plus an exclusive tour of the Portal. Get yourself to the playa, and we'll take you on an evening tour of the fire organ so that you can play with our musicians.
Pledge $1,500 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
All of the above, plus a ticket to Burning Man. Yes, you heard that correctly, a ticket to Burning Man. While supplies last.
Pledge $5,000 or more
All of the above, plus a special place in our final performance during the burning of the Portal. Be a rock star on the playa, and take home the costume we make for you!!
Pledge $5,000 or more
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Alternatively, you could own a FIRE ORGAN from the Portal. That's right, take home a piece of flaming art history! Your donation will also make the Fire Organ more awesome, so it is a double win!! Plus a t-shirt, mug and stickers. While supplies last.