Deep Sea Angling at the Pleasure Garden

Our little fish Esmeralda went to a fabulous party, The Pleasure Garden, down in St Kilda on December 10th 2016.


She now lures in her prey with a new bulb replacing the flame effects for this event.


















Post Pleasure Garden she took another trip, this time to Warrandyte where Esmeralda is now hanging out at a private residence, they even decorated her up for Christmas giving her a really great festive look.











Haoma’s Vile Heat in Yarra Glen

August 21st 2016 Haoma’s Vile Heat delighted local residents celebrating at their winter carnival the Yarra Glen Festival of Light. This family friendly event included a lantern parade, a band and choirs, fairies, belly dance performances and culminated in some large firey poofs from our gorgeous beast. The kids had a blast pressing the button in the treasure chest to set her alight.

Thanks to Travis Cauchi for the great photos and the town of Yarra Glen for hosting us!



















The Art & Science Of Experience Design

I’m going to be part of a discussion hosted by the Future Music Industry Network happening Thursday July 28th 2016 at SAE in South Melbourne. If you’re interested in events where, “the overall experience was preferred over headliners” and agree that we need to, “challenge the idea that an event needs to spend hundreds of thousands on big names, and should instead invest in experience to achieve the same result for a quarter of the cost and hassle” then this talk and panel discussion is for you.  


The Event Theme is the “The Art & Science Of Experience Design” and I’ll be discussing my long time involvement with Burning Man and in particular the ARTery department as I’ve worked for both departments at the big burn in Nevada as well as leading the department here for Burning Seed and of course talking about the awesome participatory art we’ve been building with the Flame Effects Australia Crew. Registration is free, and includes networking, a keynote speaker then the panel discussion, RSVP here.


Burn On! Bingo! Fundraiser!


It’s time to get your Bingo On! and help the Flame Effects Australia crew build another flaming art project, Deep Space Astronaut, for you to enjoy at Burning Seed 2016.
Your ticket will get you entry to the craziest night of Bingo you’ve ever attended plus three bingo sheets for you to play! Our guest hosts will call out 9 rounds of Bingo putting you in the running to win some fantastic prizes we’ve lined up. Be prepared to laugh and wonder at the grandmas in the “This Is Your Grandma’s Bingo”, be titillated by the “Let’s Get Physical” round and shocked when The Cat and his pussy crew finish off with three rounds of “Dirty Bingo”. Extra bingo cards will be $2 each and we’ll have some tacky bingo accessories for sale.
Raffle tickets also on sale and you can win a ticket to the sold out Burning Seed 2016 event or other great hand crafted prizes (must be in attendance to win).
Join up with friends to share a table, come dressed to impress and flaunt your stuff.
Tickets $10 + BF in advance or $15 at the door
ticket link:
facebook event page:
Burn On Bingo Flyer


Lighting up the darkest night


The small crew of Brendan Jones and Stephanie Selig assisted by Nick Westcott brought Haoma’s Vile Heat to the Beautiful Darkness event at CERES, June 25th 2016, to celebrate a turning towards the light after the longest night of the year.


We wanted to thank all of the families and community members who came and celebrated. We hope you were able to bask in her heat and let yourself be healed and energised. We especially loved the delight of the children who came to press the button to ignite the propane flame effects. If you snapped any photos we’d love to see them, please email us.


A Year in the Life of a Sculpture

It was just one year ago that we hosted the Flame Effects for the Artist Class with Propaniac who runs Poofer Supply and Dave X from Burning Man. Over the course of two days they covered everything from the safe handling of LPG (propane), how to build a flame effect from scratch, all about gauges, electronics and even a fire extinguisher training.

On the second day we built a sculpture with an effect in one day, it went from a pile of scrap materials that participants donated to a full fire ‘poofing’ machine that got named the “Eye of Sauron” but was affectionately nicknamed “Free the Nipple”.

This effect is an accumulated LPG (propane effect) lit by a  LPG pilot that runs off a secondary tank. It is controlled by a closed-valve 12V solenoid hooked to a battery and our control panel complete with an emergency kill switch. As you can see the frame wasn’t much to look at and we also needed to raise her another meter to make it safe to display at festivals. A few of us got together and raised her up another meter.


By June we were itching to do more with her and got approved for a Small Arts Grant from Burning Seed. A small crew was formed and Brendan Jones, Sage Lian and Haig Jason spent a weeknight each week for a few months turning the Nipple into the beautiful beast “Haoma’s Vile Heat” which debuted at a regional Burning Man event, Burning Seed 2015 out in the Matong State Forest, 5 hours from Melbourne.

Her next adventure took her to The Town, a small community based music and arts event in the Strathbogie Ranges over Easter Weekend April 2015. She delighted the crowd, illuminating and warming the dance floor each ‘poof’ that was fired off.

Hamoa will make her next appearance at Beautiful Darkness a winter solstice event happening June 25th 2016 at CERES in Brunswick East, Melbourne.





Deep Sea Angling Thank Yous!

Taking our latest sculpture Deep Sea Angling to Burning Seed 2015 in the Matong State Forest in NSW was a resounding success.

DSA fire horizontal Nigel Dobson Keefe

We had big poofs going for three nights, celebrated Friday night with a pop up party with the MoarSauce bus and DJ Deep Dreamerz,went large on burn night and had a great Temple burn with the best location for viewing it. Check out more photos on our Flickr page here and if you took photos please let us know by emailing us.

Check out a video of Stephanie setting up Esmeralda with the help of our new friend Nigel from Adelaide.

We’d like to thank the following folks for their support both financial and physical!

  • Burning Seed Artery Department
  • Melburners
  • Nick Westcott for being my rock and support and putting up with the fish in our yard!
  • Haig Jason for amazing support building the flame effect
  • Toby “Wintermute” Corkindale for making Esmeralda sparkle and shine with programmed LEDs
  • Rory McMahon, always listening and advising plus let me steal
  • Nigel Dobson-Keefe for on site help and amazing photographs
  • Ian Eichelberger visiting from Taiwan but taking time to bend and scrape metal with me
  • Eddie Fantastik & Jess Hogg for teeth cutting assistance
  • Terry Stevens for the last minute extended POL fitting
  • Sage Lian & Brendan Jones for rocking the flame effect project next to me, Haoma’s Vile Heat
  • Cowboy, Karl and DPI for heavy machinery and Eagle Rock
  • Katie Westcott and Max Miller for their design work and Pozible video, couldn’t have done it without  you!

and to all these folks for their Pozible contributions, thank you!

  • Evan Xen Ochren
  • Brigid Morgan
  • Tal Roberts
  • Theresa Winters
  • Rohan Mitchell
  • Irma De Jong
  • Shane Kilcullen
  • Jodi York
  • Erin Pimm
  • Tamsin Young
  • Rory McMachon
  • Eddie Fantastic
  • Chris Tselpi
  • Kerrie Duke
  • Anne Truong
  • Rowan Costs
  • Linda Callan
  • Melissa Boyle
  • Michael Altschul
  • Naomi
  • Sonia Jones
  • Gail Masri
  • Sharon Selig
  • Duncan Owen
  • Krista Kilian
  • Ed Hsu
  • Michael Bunn
  • Evatt Hawkes
  • Sage Lian
  • Jessica Ewing
  • Timothy Westcott
  • Katherine Kay
  • Daryl Francisco
  • Eleanor Lindberg
  • The Captain
  • Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi
  • Kamin Andresen
  • Liz & Mark Westcott
  • Catherine & Les Bohm
  • Michael Bock
  • Scott Selig
  • Lisa Randall

thank you

Pop Up Poof Party!

We’ll be hosting a party at Burning Seed Friday October 2nd from 6-8pm to celebrate the two flame effects pieces being built by crew from Flame Effects Australia. Join the Moarsauce Institute Bus at the Deep Sea Angling and Haoma’s Vile Heat art projects wearing your fire-y finest and be prepared to boogie!

You can find the invite on facebook and if you’re up for making art and more poofs! happen please consider donating to our Pozible Campaign for Deep Sea Angling.

I like big poofs horizontal

Build the fish!

I made a timelapse video of the first three days of the build which is taking place in our backyard. As you can see the structure is starting to take form, I’ve been doing a lot of cutting, bending and shaping of the metal. So far the most challenging part has been working on the central structural beam. Because I want to be able to take the anglerfish apart and split it into front and back sections I’ve had to mirror the curves that I’m making for the front and back supports with two different pieces of metal. In order to attach them together I’m making  metal tabs from flat bar cutting them into smaller 40mm section and then drilling holes through the tabs to fit bolts.  All of this is taking quite a bit of time but I’m enjoying it and I’ve been very thankful for the few weeks that I spent working on Xylogphage with the Flaming Lotus Girls because I got a lot of experience working with a scale model, bending and unbending metal to help fabricate the curved roots that were also designed to be split apart.

You can support this project by visiting my Pozible page!