New décor discussion

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Discuss the new décor ideas!

From the last meeting we have:

  • Gas mask totem pole
  • Absurdly re-purposed power plant console

Poll Created Thu 22 Oct 2015 12:45AM

Apply for an art grant from Melb Decom for the totem pole Closed Fri 23 Oct 2015 5:09AM

As discussed in the meeting yesterday, Melb Decom have offered art grants for anyone who can complete an art piece in time for the upcoming decom party.

The totem pole idea is most achievable, we have the gas masks, we just need to attach them to a pole and put some lights in them.

This will also make excellent décor for the Halloween party if we can complete it this weekend.

If you're down for helping, we'll be working on it this Saturday at the Footscray Maker Lab.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 4 RM AW JR AB
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 8 PF NS DF TB DB FK CB J

4 of 12 people have voted (33%)


Rory McMahon
Thu 22 Oct 2015 12:46AM

It's the most achievable, let's do it! - I'll put some lights in it.


Andrw Waugh
Thu 22 Oct 2015 5:36AM

Fook Yeah


Ariane Bingham
Fri 23 Oct 2015 2:22AM

I'm keen for this. I just spoke to Becky and she is too. What time sat to get this rolling? I'm available until 2. What equipment is needed?


Jeffrey Reinten Thu 22 Oct 2015 2:38AM

Can somebody post an image of the masks, pretty please.


Nicole Scherer Thu 22 Oct 2015 3:33AM

OK. I'm onboard with the Gas mask totem pole, but I don't think I can do Sat, maybe Sun...and we should get Becky on board with this. Not sure if she's been invited to this Loomio thing.


Andrw Waugh Thu 22 Oct 2015 4:37AM


Andrw Waugh Thu 22 Oct 2015 4:38AM


Jeffrey Reinten Thu 22 Oct 2015 6:14AM



Andrw Waugh Thu 22 Oct 2015 9:40AM

First contact made


Andrw Waugh Thu 22 Oct 2015 9:41AM


Jeffrey Reinten Fri 23 Oct 2015 1:22AM

@andrwwaugh @enervatix @nicolescherer
So this weekend for totem poles and scrap yard excursion?


Nicole Scherer Fri 23 Oct 2015 1:35AM

I can't this weekend as mentioned. Sorry, guys. Maybe Sunday - but it's a maybe...


Andrw Waugh Fri 23 Oct 2015 1:40AM

Rory's got a thing on this sunday.

He's exhibiting stuff at a maker faire


Rory McMahon Fri 23 Oct 2015 6:25AM

I'll be down at the maker lab from around 10am on Saturday morning.


Jeffrey Reinten Fri 23 Oct 2015 7:34AM

Can I come?


Ariane Bingham Fri 23 Oct 2015 9:15AM

Of course @jeffreyreinten !! Many hands make light work! See you there! 😃


Ariane Bingham Fri 23 Oct 2015 9:16AM

Do we need to bring anything from home for this? What materials will be used/needed for totem pole?


Andrw Waugh Fri 23 Oct 2015 9:51AM

Another proposal (at some point)

Badass looking DJ table.
Currently we use a trestle table with some fabric on it.
It's ok. It keeps decks off the floor.

But it's a central focal point.
Why not make it look awesome?


Andrw Waugh Fri 23 Oct 2015 10:00AM

Alternatively (or additionally)
a facade that integrates with the dome geometry.

An interesting looking lower section under the DJ window and an interesting upper section with the words "the brink" illuminated in some way.

Ideas from other theme camps include:
-EL wire can make a poor mans neon sign (like "Trash Mansion")
-addressable LEDs doing simulated fire like CocoPocoLoco
-Alien Welcoming Committee had an led matrix that also said upcoming djs and their set times (Rory has some screens like this we just haven't learnt how to program them yet)
-snake pit just had a back lit sign, but it was effective.

Other ideas is making it out of metal (this is now overlapping with my other archway idea)


Andrw Waugh Sat 24 Oct 2015 9:47AM


Andrw Waugh Sat 24 Oct 2015 9:51AM

Just going to lentils now for food then Jeff and Tam are calling it a day

Rory has to program it.
Will have lasers doing a chase pattern, some addressable led rings and there's a few EL wire outputs on the same controller so he can do EL chases

I'm thinking I'll attach the last 5 or so masks tonight after dinner 😊


Andrw Waugh Sat 24 Oct 2015 9:54AM

Here's us holding the rest of the small masks in place

The big ones (whole head) masks didn't really work

So thinking we can either wear some or hang them from other poles in a shade structure to help tie the whole thing together thematically.

Will prettify it etc

It has masks all the way around it pointing in all directions

Prioritised putting masks higher up at heights people can see

Need to come up with a way to decorate knee height and below

Maybe tubing or something


Andrw Waugh Sat 24 Oct 2015 11:21AM

Anyone happen to own a low wattage smoke machine?

It'd be cool to drill big holes in this and pump smoke through it...


Andrw Waugh Sat 24 Oct 2015 1:39PM

Still need to send an email to decom with a proper proposal - so far only communication we've had is verbally with me and a quick facebook convo (screencapped above)

If we get the grant then it'd be good to just buy one and build it in there.

$37 from dj city 500watts


if anyone sees any lower wattage units also going for cheaper then post a link

Rory can modify it to have a timer function by hooking a relay up to the remote input and interfacing it with a microcontroller.


The Baron Mon 26 Oct 2015 3:20AM

I bought a couple of old metal jerry cans at a garage sale a little while ago. Fits the theme and also has utility!!


Jeffrey Reinten Mon 26 Oct 2015 3:48AM

Could you put a picture of the jerrys in the concept reference thread?


Andrw Waugh Mon 26 Oct 2015 3:27AM

Yay :)


Andrw Waugh Wed 28 Oct 2015 2:22AM

ok, I'm writing the email to decom

just want to confirm our costs:

Metal $65
Gas Masks $140
Smoke Machine $37
LEDs, Arduino, Lasers ??


Dan Fardon Thu 29 Oct 2015 10:03PM

can't really quote the gas masks as EC already covered that cost for us.... :P cheeky


Andrw Waugh Wed 28 Oct 2015 2:29AM

Hey Shane,

We're keen to take you up on that art grant idea you were floating.

As there's limited time before the event, and to ensure it was feasible in the time frame, we've actually already started constructing it on the weekend and it's looking really good.

The idea is a post apocalyptic totem pole built out of gas masks.
It'll have illumination built into it and it will work as a standalone piece or to decorate one of the central poles in our shade structure (partly paid for by decom - thank you again!).

We want to run addressable LEDs controlled by an arduino microcontroller inside it which Rory has started on.

Rory's also started sequencing some red lasers (pointing at steep angles up or down to avoid eyes) that will be integrated into it as well.

We also plan to integrate a small smoke machine into the base of it, so the gas masks will emanate smoke.

Construction is already underway, we're hoping we can use it for our halloween events this weekend and for the decom party.

Metal $65
Gas Masks $140
Smoke Machine $37
LEDs, Arduino, Lasers ??


Rory McMahon Wed 28 Oct 2015 6:06AM

The neopixel rings with current us dollar conversion are worth $98 for 2 little ones and 1 medium sized one
Lasers I don't recall, only a few bucks each I think
Arduino mega is about $15
8+ individual addressable pixels, $22


Andrw Waugh Wed 28 Oct 2015 7:31AM


that's $377 in total.

I'll ask for that and see what they say I guess


Andrw Waugh Wed 28 Oct 2015 11:03PM


Andrw Waugh Wed 28 Oct 2015 11:03PM

We're a go :)


Andrw Waugh Fri 30 Oct 2015 4:06AM

well, we got paid for it

put it towards the DMF marquee :)


Andrw Waugh Fri 30 Oct 2015 4:06AM

didn't realise..


Andrw Waugh Tue 3 Nov 2015 3:01PM

Borrowing a ring shaped LED panels that can go around the totem at decom from our friend Rory Stallard who runs RawLight. He owes us a few favours from helping him out with labour at some of his gigs and lending him some of our lights a few times.

They're a quarter of a ring each - so you can make a circle with 4 of them. They have built in patterns or they can be DMX'd

We may be able to borrow a few lights from him for Earthcore too, felt there wasn't enough decent static lights at seed for lighting decor, entrance way and other shit around camp


Andrw Waugh Tue 3 Nov 2015 3:02PM

Any ways, I've seen this ring light around a tree on auto in his front yard and it looked sick

I think it will be great with the totem

Less people will trip over it than if we had it surrounded by our led Pars


Jeffrey Reinten Wed 2 Dec 2015 11:26PM

Two new ideas:
1) cosmic digital doof wizard. A creepy mannequin dressed as a dilapidated techno tree wizard or perhaps a dilapidated priest. The head could be an old cathode ray TV. This website (http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/) generates random new age bullshit. The screen could scroll the text and/or a text to voice generator could read it in a creep voice.

Kind of like a post apocalyptic wasteland church.

Maybe you could confess to it, hit a button and it'd generate a penance.

2) sensory surgical chair. An old dentists chair with a surgical tray, lights and mirrors around it. On the surgical tray is a selection of brutal surgical tools modified to give interesting sensations. Like a bone saw with the serrations replaced with a rubber comb or a low speed drill with light whipping attachment on it.


Jeffrey Reinten Wed 2 Dec 2015 11:28PM



Andrw Waugh Thu 3 Dec 2015 12:32AM


Love em


Rory McMahon Thu 3 Dec 2015 12:44AM

Godamn I love your ideas Jeff, so good!


Ariane Bingham Thu 3 Dec 2015 2:05AM

haha- i love the chair! i like that its interactive!


Fyodor Krasniy Thu 3 Dec 2015 3:54AM

Waterguns need to be painted rusty!
So grab me anything that we activelly use, and ill paint em up!


Dan Fardon Thu 3 Dec 2015 5:04AM

A dummy with it's head stuck in a mircowave... could use plasma-ball to animate inside of microwave.... A LA "Smokem' if you Got 'em"