Esozone this weekend in Portland

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The Esozone festival, a "weekend event of fringe science and magick" featuring artist Paul Laffoley this weekend in Portland:

An alternative but not necessarily parallel universe is forming in Southeast Portland this weekend.

They call "Esozone: the other tomorrow" a festival, but don't expect corn dogs and Ferris wheels. Fringe thinkers, visionary artists and occult musicians from around the world will gather at Watershed, a rambling, ramshackle building near Sellwood for a weekend of … well … the inexplicable.

Noah Mickens, who will take part in the festivities, defines it this way: "Esozone is an exhibition of scientists, philosophers, magicians and performance artists, gathered together by a subculture of young radicals who don't recognize the distinction between the four."

Of course, you still may be a little fuzzy about exactly what goes on. You're not alone.

Esozone this weekend in Portland

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  1. It’s a great weekend to be in Portland, also happening is the maker-friendly Oregon Manifest.

    “Meet some of the finest handmade bikes in the world and the personalities behind them. From bikes built in Portland to bikes built across the country, this show will highlight what can be created with two hands, a set of files, a thousand degrees of heat, and a valiant heart. Builders will be showing their bikes, sharing their stories, and collectively demonstrating the depth and breath of American cycling culture.”

    oregonmanifest dot com

  2. people of portland: do not miss this! I went last year and was surprised it didn’t get more media attention. Paul Laffoley made me crap my brain.

  3. I’m looking forward to going. Rumor has it there will be orgies every three hours involving sex workers flying in from Costa Rica just for this event, some sort of mass ritual offering to their dark god of lust, I dunno the details. Also, I hear there’s a special gift if you suck on the bottom right corner of the ticket, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. And the sword fighting is to the DEATH. So they say. It’s gonna be spectacular, they got all these release forms and a notary and everything. Also, they hooked up with the portland zoo and got all these vicious little monkeys to throw feces at people walking through the hall of mirrors in the basement, so I would recommend bringing some grapes or something to placate them, since that’s where the real party’s gonna be, in the vip lounge down there. None of this stuff is on their website because they didn’t want to get the cops breathing down their necks, but yeah, it’s gonna be sick. I know some of the organizers so yeah, for real totally awesome stuff.

  4. Already bought my weekend pass for Esozone. It’s going to be brilliant!

    If only you were going, Richard. Huge fan of your work and you would make an awesome addition to the speakers-list.

    But seriously everyone – look at this schedule:
    http://esozone.com/schedule/

    Chock-full of awesome.

  5. I’m so there. I love me some poo-throwing monkeys, so count me in as a philosopher. Also, a good excuse for me to traverse the I-5 bridge.

  6. Sounds like a great time, to bad I live in the other Portland (maine). I always get excited for a half sec when I read about something interesting happening in Portland, then realize it’s on the other side of the country. Oh well, I hope whoever goes has a helluva time.

  7. an exhibition of scientists, philosophers, magicians and performance artists, gathered together by a subculture of young radicals who don’t recognize the distinction between the four.”

    Whoo-hoo! Welcome to the new Dark Age!

  8. Whoo-hoo! Welcome to the new Dark Age!

    Yeah, exactly. With Paul Laffoley as chief nutcase. This stuff is ok as entertainment but it shouldn’t be mistaken for anything other than New Age religiosity.

  9. #11, #9 – Yes. The Dark Age. New Age religiosity.

    Feel free to stay far away. They don’t want you there anyways.

    Have fun with your global economic meltdown. We’ll be having much more fun with the mental meltdowns.

  10. #11

    “This stuff is ok as entertainment but it shouldn’t be mistaken for anything other than New Age religiosity.”

    it’s funny to me that you say that because I have never met a group who hated ‘new age religiosity’ more than these people right here.

    kinda shows how little you actually know…

    your armchair comfy over there?

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