Artstead Boat Project

The Relentless Karaoke Show Boat for Ephemerisle 2013! Many thanks to to the loyal crew and of course everybody who performed atop the boat. What a weekend!

New engine installed!

New engine installed!

We spent a lovely afternoon removing rust and painting the boat in preparation for winter. There’s nothing like boat ownership to show you how quickly nature can reclaim the things we build. Fortunately we had a sizable crew to grind off all the rust and get the primer and paint applied before sunset. Can’t wait for those long summer days!

Photography by Kelly C Gallamore 

The Relentless Artstead Campout in Locke, CA (November 4th Weekend)

Time: Friday, November 4 at 5:00pm - November 6 at 7:00pm Location: Locke, Walnut Grove, CA 95690 

We’re excited to invite our supporters out for a unique and special CAMP OUT WEEKEND with the boat in Locke, CA. We are being hosted by a group of local artists who have offered their property and dock for the event!
Space is limited so please RSVP soon!

We’ll send out specific directions to guests individually. RSVP:

Recent work weekends on the Relentless

Boat maintenance continues as we keep this beauty afloat. New propellers are giving her improved power to combat high winds and current. See photos from the past two work weekends below!

Call For Proposals

Hello Artists and Experimenters of all kinds,

We’re thrilled to open up the Artstead  Boat Project to new ideas and new collaborators this summer with an open call for proposals. Be adventurous! We will be accepting applications in the following categories:

Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Media Arts

Keep in mind that your project can be very large, very small, virtual, conceptual, ephemeral and experimental. A schematic with dimensions of the boat is available by request. All entries can be sent via email.

To submit a proposal send us the following information by the July 15th Deadline:

Your name, address, and contact information

The title of your project

Drawings, schematics, and or research to support you proposal

Resume and artist statement

Link to website and portfolio

A detailed budget

Your availability this Summer and Fall fro a one month project.

We’re working on funding but in the mean time we will have to be resourceful. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

The newly rebuilt engine is installed. Drawings are in progress for stages and canopies. Can’t wait to test out the new steering mechanisms!

The maiden voyage of The Relentless took place the weekend and week of August 24th in the Sacramento River Delta where a collection of like minded adventurers dropped anchor for a unique gathering. In the middle of the channel near Mandeville Tip County Park we joined a group of boaters interested in exploring the political and social freedoms of life on the water. The growing movement and interest in seasteading was the topic on all of our minds.

The Artstead is our exploration of life and art on the water. It took a dedicated crew of extremely talented individuals to get this girl moving and we are so pleased with the results. We were thrilled to have world class performers like Jason Webley and Miriam from Vau-De-Vire Society headlining the Saturday night show. Jason had the whole festival singing and dancing along with his accordion. There was even a spontaneous dance to an accordion cover of Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller.” Miriam performed on the trapeze suspended out over the water and actually splashed the audience during her act!

Now we’re back at the boat yard and gearing up to make the trip through the Carquinez Strait and into the San Francisco Bay. This will require some more work including better steering mechanisms and fine tuning of Chicken John’s signature Mercedes long-tail engine.

As of today we have 9 days to reach our funding goal or we get zero of the pledged funding. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might want to get involved by backing the project!

Photography and updates by Anja Ulfeldt

Dinner and the Dr. Hal Show Wednesday Night!

Artstead Fundraiser/Ephemerisle Kickoff

Date From July 21, 2010 8:00 PM
Until July 21, 2010 10:00 PM   Location Chez Poulet
3359 army street
San Francisco, CA 94110     Price $35.00   Website     Description Come on down and join us for a tasty meal and the Ask Dr. Hal Show. Proceeds from this event benefit The Artstead Boat Project, a floating venue for art and performance based here in San Francisco.

Dinner is made my Chef Mable, with some help. Menu posted Tuesday.

Wednesday July 21st 8:00-10:00 pm. $35.00
25 days to go!

Hello supporters of art and possibilities!

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the Artstead Boat Project thus far. We are forever in your debt for being crazy enough to love this idea. The ability to see potential is our greatest asset and the fuel on which we run. Against all logic we have cleared our calendars and turned down actual paid work because we feel that this visionary idea is exciting enough to literally loose sleep over. We are looking forward to announcing Bay Area show dates this summer and fall.

At this time we have exactly 30 days to reach our funding goal so if you know anyone who might see something in this endeavor and want to contribute please do forward this message! If we don’t reach the goal we get zero funding from kickstarter, that’s the deal. Chicken John is threatening to wash cars in a bikini on Army Street and believe me nobody wants that. Yikes!

Upcoming events include a fundraiser dinner Wednesday the 21st and a work day this coming Friday the 16th.

"Dinner and a Show" will take place at Chez Poulet on Wednesday the 21st of July, 7-10 pm, $35.00

The work day will begin at 9:30 in Oakland and we will carpool to the boat and work 4 or 5 hours. We have a bunch of antique european velvet we will be using to upholster the interior. Wow! (labor intensive but so worth it!) Call Anja if interested!

For updates and pictures of the boat check out the site!

Many thanks and much love,

The Artstead Boat Project Crew