Register Theme Camps, Art Projects, Artified Vehicles, and Events for 2018

Time to Register!

Before you register your theme camp, art piece, event, art car or mutant vehicle, read the survival guide, especially if your art/camp has amplified sound, flame effects, lasers, etc. Really, though- just read your survival guide regardless of what you are bringing. It’s important.

To register a theme camp, art project, art car, mutant vehicle or event, you must be logged into on the “Secure” part of the site. After you’re logged in, you’ll see options to register or view existing registrations

Theme Camp Registration

Is OPEN! Closes Apr. 1st at 11:59pm CST (No joke!)

Theme Camp FAQ

Art Registration

Is Open! Closes Apr 15th at 11:59pm CST

Burnable Art– If you were hoping to burn your art piece at the event, please make sure you fully understand your responsibilities. Before you register your piece, read through the Burnable Art page on the website:

Art Project Support- If you are looking for resources to help make your art project a reality (financial support, more hands to make a thing go, space to build a thing) check out some of the available resources to support art.


Art Stuff- Want to keep up on what’s new in Pyropolis Art? Classes, meetings, meet ups, community opportunities, artist spotlights…keep an eye on the haps with the art blog.


Art Car Registration and Events Registration

Is Open! Closes May 17th 11:59pm CST

Department of Mutant Vehicles- if you want to get around the Pecan Playa on wheels, make sure you understand your responsibilities.


Have any questions or concerns?

Theme Camp Registration- Email the Theme Camp Liaison at

Need to talk about Art, Art Car, Mutant Vehicle or Event Registration? Email

Ignition Philter Art Grant Application is Open Until March 4th, 2018

photo provided by stephy


Does your project need a little assistance to get moving? The community run organization Ignition Philter might be able to help.

The Ignition Philter application is now open! Come get your money for your Flipside bound art project. The application will close on March 4th.

Wondering what Ignition Philter is? Learn a little about this org here, and check out their website.

Need some other or additional support? Check out these resources.

Happy arting!

Art Cars 101 For the Mutant Vehicle Curious

photo provided by stephy

Soooo…thinkin’ about building an art car? Already have a full fleet of fabulous and want to share your brain with other passionate folk? Mutant Vehicle curious, and would love to lend a hand on someone else’s project? Just lookin’ to learn a little more about mobile art? This event is for you, no matter your level of skill- all we need is your enthusiasm.
The fabulous Kaleb will be leading a little talk and Q&A to get us started. We’ll also talk about what “makes” an art car and/or mutant vehicle, guidelines for use at Flipside, and why that string of rope lights on your Jeep just might not be cutting it.
If you would like to share something with the group, let us know! Sharing brains is sexy.   We’ve got the conference room at the warehouse reserved from 7pm-8pm Wednesday February 21st. Haven’t visited Lloyd the Warehouse? The address is 3106 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758.
Please RSVP on the Facebook Event page:
BYOB, come talk art and as always, don’t forget, everything at Lloyd is a Leave No Trace event.
See you soon!

Art Project Resources

photo provided by stephy

Making art can be hard- doing it all on your own sometimes proves impossible. We understand that some projects could use a little support. Here are a couple of resources that you may want to consider tapping into.

Ignition Philter

A new organization has been created in the community called Ignition Philter, which will be working on offering art grants for community projects heading to Flipside. You can learn a little more about this independent organization here. Email them directly to learn how your project could be considered for a grant, or if you would like to be a part of the art jury.

Project Support Page

This page was created to list projects that are looking for various types of support, to make their project successfully land at Burning Flipside. Maybe all you need is a few hands to set up and tear down? Perhaps your project requires community participation and you’d like to tap into art enthusiasts to make the thing go? You might have a fundraising page set up and you are looking for more people to help make your dream a reality. You could even be looking for someone who knows how to use a tool or could give advice on building a thing- this is a great place to look for assistance.

photo provided by stephy

This page serves as a shareable community bulletin board, helping participants know what projects could use support to make them go. Who doesn’t like more art?!

Please note that projects listed on this page are expected to be at this year’s event. If this is a personal project that you don’t intend to bring to the event, please do not submit a request to be included to keep space open for those that are.

Do make sure to register your art project when art registration opens. Art Registration should be open around February 15th, 2018 and will close at 11:59pm CST April 15th, 2018.

If you would like your project to be listed on the Project Support Page, complete and submit the form. Be sure to include links (to your project site page, fundraising page) if you are seeking financial contributions. Once your submission has been approved, your project will be listed on the page.

We highly encourage community members to share this link to help spread the word that some great projects could use a little help. Let’s get more art to Pyropolis!

Lloyd The Warehouse

Needing some space to build a thing? This community run year-round warehouse space may be just the thing to get you going! Contact a warehouse manager to discuss logistics, space, guidelines of use, and availability. Check out the Lloyd the Warehouse page for more information. Need tools?! We gots tools. So many tools. Use this resource and make magic happen. This is also a great place to meet with other artists in the community and share knowledge, ask for help, and general awesomeness.





Art Grants: Introducing Ignition Philter

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As you may have heard, a new independent organization has been formed that is collecting contributions to provide art grants for projects going to Flipside. You will see an opportunity to contribute when you register for tickets this year. Here are some details from the director, XTC:


What is Ignition Philter?

While completing your ticket request (due January 29th! Details can be found on the Burning Flipside ticket page) you may have noticed that you have the opportunity to donate to Ignition Philter, LLC. Who is that?  We are a new organization which is working to provide art grants to our Flipside artists. Following in the fine footsteps of the Art Garden and Tinderbox, we are here to help there be more art at Flipside.

Did you know picking a name is hard?

noun: ignition

the action of setting something on fire or starting to burn.

noun: phil·ter

a drink supposed to arouse love and desire for a particular person in the drinker; a love potion.

Art isn’t free, and the Burning Flipside LLC doesn’t use ticket money to directly fund independent art projects. Ticket money is used to cover operational expenses for the event and community resources such as funding the year-round warehouse to help facilitate the creation of art. So that’s where we step in! The Flipside patrons will give money to Ignition Philter, and we will be working to get that into the hands of Flipside artists. We plan to have the application for the art grants open in February. Keep an eye out on how to register your art for placement with Burning Flipside- art registration will be open from mid-February to April 15th. Then in March we will convene an art jury to pick the winners of the art grants. Then in May at Flipside, more art!

If you are interested in receiving a grant, keep your eyes peeled  for more information soon. If you are interested in being on the art jury, please email us at and we will also be accepting juror queries at Town Hall. Let’s art!

Time To Submit Your Effigy Proposals!

Photo By: Stephanie Vyborny

Effigy Proposal Letters of Interest are due 11:59pm CST November 26th, 2017!

Dreaming of DaFT

Although the city of Pyropolis is an annual, yet temporary, experiment there are some things Flipizens can count on year after year. Ecstatic greeters provide some hilarious hospitality. Pancake filled Rangers are happy to help. Ice is cool (and they’ll help make sure to keep your supplies cool, too). Then, there’s the centerpiece of the city: the Effigy. The best-known collaborative art piece that is supported by, built by, and burned down by the community. Each year, former effigy leads come together late in the year and pour over effigy proposal submissions in order to choose the most promising proposal.  

So, what’s it take to become the Design and Fabrication Team (DaFT) Lead for Flipside?

Over the years, we’ve had many outstanding, creative DaFT leads. The effigy design proposed, although hugely important, is just a part of the selection process. Would-be DaFT leads need to demonstrate an understanding of how to make a project go, working within the budget, at least some basic project management skills (or have the team resources to keep the project flowing), and leadership skills. And they need to demonstrate that they work well with others. DaFTies who choose to sign up to help make your design a reality need to be supported well—they need an awesome DaFT lead partner to make the magic happen.

Please have a look at the Effigy Proposal Guidelines from previous years in order to familiarize yourself with the responsibilities of being DaFT lead and the process in general. Under the new two-step process, the guidelines are a bit different (see the message below from the DSC), but this should give you a good idea of what to expect throughout the process.

Effigy Proposal Submission Time

The process starts with submitting a letter of interest. Not sure what should be included? This is where the DaFT Selection Committee (DSC) has got your back. Email them at with questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out- this entire process (all the way through to scraping ashes off the effigy field post event) is community driven and collaborative. They want you to succeed. They want your proposals! There are folk on that list who will be happy to help you flesh out your awesome ideas.

Details straight from the DSC below- let’s see some art!

Burning Flipside needs an EFFIGY!

If you have a strong opinion or a grand vision about what Pyropolis
should build and burn in ‘018, and you’ve got the time, crew, and plan
for how to do it, now’s the time to tell us!

This year, though, we’re doing things a little bit differently. There
will be two rounds for the effigy proposals. Read closely for all the

First we are calling for letters of interest. If you want to put
together an effigy proposal, create a basic outline of that proposal
and submit it to us. Once we have received the letters of interest, we
will then begin the second round, where the interested parties will be
given more information and asked to produce fully fleshed-out effigy

Your letter of interest is due by 11:59 pm on Nov. 26st!
(Those who make the second round will be informed of the date their
final proposals are due.)

Being a DaFT lead means you’re responsible for designing the effigy
and leading the build team to create the Flipside Effigy, both during
pre-event and on-site. You don’t necessarily need to be a professional
engineer, architect, or carpenter. However, these skills certainly
help. We suggest you seek advice from experienced builders and project
leaders, should you need assistance or advice. It’s a challenge, but
don’t be scared! Be a rockstar! Lead DaFT!

Don’t wait till it’s too late! The DaFT (Design and Fabrication Team)
Selection Committee is here to help! Prior to the deadline, feel free
to show (one or all of) us what you’ve got! Pick our brains! We’re all
ex-DaFT leads, so we’ll be able to give you real insight into how to
(or not to) build, delegate, lift, bolt, screw, nail, cut, ShopBot,
beat-to-fit, transport, budget, burn, and otherwise DO the effigy

       Contact us at:

From all of us at the DSC, happy designing!


Fall Town Hall and Art: Event Theme Selection

Time To Talk Flipside 2018

Our artistic participation is often driven by the theme that was selected the September before the event. Maybe we choose costumes inspired by the theme, or worked on a project influenced by it. Theme camp events and décor are often driven by the theme. For many people, the event’s theme is a central focal point. Even the effigy design is based off of the theme. So, where does this theme come from? Our theme selection process is as old as the event itself…

The First Regional Event

In 1998, Burning Man Texas became the first Burning Man regional event. Originally created in order to help support the Burning Man event during a financial crisis, Burning Man Texas quickly took on a life of its own and Burning Flipside was born. In the past 20 years, many regionals have sprung up across the state, the nation, and the globe. Each event is different and each event is special. One of the unique features of Burning Flipside is the way that the event theme selection is addressed. Unlike many other events, the “Nevada Regional” included, where a board or committee carefully selects the theme, the theme for each year’s Flipside is voted on by the community during Fall Town Hall.

Being Part of the Magic

How does the community get to participate? During Fall Town Hall, people pitch themes and the community votes. Anyone can suggest a theme- if you feel strongly about a theme, presenting the theme on site and pushing the theme online prior to the event is helpful. You are encouraged to sign in to the secure part of the Burning Flipside website and register your theme proposal. Being that we tend to be a community that values shenanigans and the ridiculous, the voting process is often chaotic. You may notice people try to vote multiple times, with varying degrees of success. “Bribery” is not unusual. Embracing the mayhem and silliness is not a bad idea. Eventually, maybe halfway through Town Hall, the votes are tallied by the AAR, LLC and the winning theme is announced.

What Makes a Good Theme?

Who am I, or you, to judge? Every theme has wild supporters and rabid detractors and that’s okay. Check out the themes we’ve had in the past and think about what sings to your soul. If the theme means anything to you, be involved.

Is The Theme Important?

That’s up to the individual. You may hate the theme that was voted in, choose to ignore it, and still have all the fun anyway. You may love the theme, base all your plans around it, and still have all the fun anyway. It’s up to you. If you hated last year’s theme, present something “better.” Get a group together, be silly, have fun, help make the magic happen. For many, the theme is very important and the process of community participation is cherished.

How To Be Involved

Fall Town Hall is held at the warehouse every September. The 2017 Fall Town Hall will be held on September, 23rd. Tailgating starts at 12:30, the meeting starts at 2:34pm. Whether you’re there to present, to vote, to get event updates, to see our people, your presence is appreciated and encouraged. And don’t forget to have fun!


Art Registration is Closed

Art Registration is now closed! Thanks to everyone who has participated. If you’d like to see a listing of art projects that have been registered, please log in to the website and visit If your art project is Flipside bound and you are looking for people or money to help make it go, OR you are looking for projects to support, check out If you need to update your information on the form, email Thanks for playing!

Sven Camps In Parking

Meet Sven

Sven and I have been together for over two years.  We’ve been to Flipside together twice and really enjoyed our time together there.  But.  Sven doesn’t camp with me.  Because, Sven is a car.  And cars camp in parking, not in the city.

Sven’s job is to get me there safely and while some other cars will get dressed up for the event, Sven is demure, and doesn’t like costumes.  Sven is no mutant vehicle.  So Sven spends the event with the other cars not dressed for the event, in parking.  He tells me that he has fun in parking, and enjoys the companionship of the other cars (Sven spends a lot of time at home alone with my junk in the garage).  

If there ever comes a time where I need Sven to camp in at Flipside, I know that he will appreciate being off the road, and covered.  Maybe even in something decorative.  Because, although Sven is shy and reserved, he knows that we are in this together and he will take one for Pyropolis and wear a costume, for me.  For us.

Because this city we build is not like other cities, where all the cars hangout in front of the houses.  This city is for people.  It’s for art.  It’s for the Flipiziens.  It’s for leaving the real world for something better.  There’s just not enough room for shy and reserved cars in our city, when we want to fill it with awesome.

Cars camp in Parking.  People camp in Pyropolis.  

-Ste. Michelle

(Need more info? Of course you do- go read your survival guide)