The Shipyard Returns

Last May, I wrote about the City of Berkeley closing down The Shipyard. A communal workspace for artists and alternative techies, The Shipyard was organized by Jim Mason; it was built as stacks of shipping containers. After the shutdown notice came, members of The Shipyard dispersed to other locations in the East Bay.

Now, after months and months of negotiations with the city, and various changes to the site, Jim has announced the re-opening The Shipyard on March 1st. He’s calling it “The Shipyard, Version 2.0” with a “creative diy power hacking agenda.” Jim re-envisions the Shipyard as a center for art and energy.” He asks: “What, in short, would power look like if it was art?”

welding shipyard

In an email to Shipyard supporters, Jim writes:

I am interested in what happens when the arena of exploration for
creative work and play is not “art” in its traditional forms, but
rather the broad and loosely defined particulars of power generation
and conversion. What if the point of interacting with energy
machinery and processes is not solely for maximum efficiency and
minimum price, but rather to contend other needs and desires, as well
as other systems of valuation.

Jim welcomes input and ideas as he begins to shape “this little industrial shangri-la.” If you’re reading this on Saturday, stop by The Shipyard for a BBQ at 2pm.

Photograph courtesy of Jess Hobbs.

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