Ephemerisle 2009

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Ephemerisle 2009
"Apocaisle" - Photo credit: Danger Ranger
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The first Ephemerisle was held on October 2-4th, and located just SE of where Disappointment Slough (which extends to Paradise Point Marina) meets the main channel, as seen on this Google Map.

The event was sponsored & run by The Seasteading Institute, with central platforms built by Chicken John Rinaldi and his hard-working crew, who built a work boat and crane for the operation. The goal was to promote the cultural concept of seasteading - the construction of autonomous floating nation-states in a hands-on and accessible way.

The event amassed 9 houseboats and a community*built platform anchored to the shore. A variety of art projects were funded by TSI. The event attracted media attention and was the subject of a documentary by Stanford Film Master's student Jason Sussberg.12345.

Perhaps most importantly, it was successful enough to lead to community interest and growth in future years.

Inspiration and planning

Patri's thoughts about creating a festival starting back in 2001 are still up on his website.

Among other things, it contains his comparison of Ephemerisle vs. Burning Man.

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In 2001, Patri wasn't sure how much he liked the name, but thought "Ephemerisle will do for now".

Art Projects

Achievement Lounge

"Achievement Lounge"

People who reached the end of the path to the Achievement Lounge got free beer. Then they had to try to get back.

Details at http://nasu-dengaku.livejournal.com/232720.html

Artist: Matt Bell



Apocaisle was an impressively large two-story pirate boat.

Creators include Paul Bohm and many others



Floating flowers with nighttime lights.

Artist: Anja Ulfeldt

Floating Swing

Floating Swing, Ephemerisle 2009.

The floating swing was one of the interactive toys.

Artist: Dav Yaginuma

Ripple Theater

Ripple Theater

The Ripple Theater used the ripples in the water as an analog ray-tracer to create trippy visual effects from a projector's image. People dancing on platforms nearby created ripples in time with the music, which then created synced visuals on the screen.

Details at http://nasu-dengaku.livejournal.com/232033.html

Here's Matt Bell's blog post on Ephemerisle 2009 with pictures of all the art projects that year: http://nasu-dengaku.livejournal.com/236560.html

Artist: Matt Bell

Turtle Boat

Turtle Boat, Ephemerisle 2009.

Artist: Unknown



Participant Reports