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Grindfest 03 - Nature of Man
Fri, Apr 28, 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun, Apr 30, 2017, 10:00 PM PDT
Main location: 19445 Adalante Court, Tehachapi CA, 93561
Off-site on 4/29/17: Overnight trip to Ballarat, CA
Grindfest 3 will be an exploration of violence and the nature of man. The intent is neither glorification or condemnation of violence but rather to open up discussion on how augmentations will alter the forms violence takes and how violence and the inherent nature of humankind will alter the forms we create or adopt.
Grindfest 3 is meant to be as apolitical as possible. There is no agenda beyond the promotion of dialogue and collaboration in the biohacking community. Misanthropists and pacifists alike are welcome. Violence is a heavy theme and were this any other group of people it wouldn’t have been chosen. This hesitance is because we understand suffering and know that trivializing it can lead to increased tolerance for it.
It’s uncharacteristic for me (Cassox) to quote the Bible, but I think 1 Corinthians 6:12 explains it best. “Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial.” So come out and have fun. Blow some things up in the desert. Laugh at people hurting each other and debate why physical humor is found in most societies. Harness your instinctual drive to survive in the paintball war. More importantly though use this as an opportunity to create. Yes, violence has always been a part of life, moreover a part of being human. As grinders we are trying to create the future -- a better future where we redefine what it means to be human.
We plan to discuss the instinctual drive to survive, experience first hand how we channel our innate aggressions, and set aside time to create and collaborate. Lets share our skills and ideas in order to make some really cool shit happen.
Day One Fri 4/28: Grindfest starts at the Auglim Lab. Along with the normal trove of collaborative projects and modification, we’ll be examining the more insidious expressions of violence — it doesn’t always take the form of physical force causing bodily injury. Volunteers will be undergo psychological, physical and/or pharmacological methods of interrogation. We’ll be competing for prizes to see who can last the longest and trying to find ways to circumvent or overcome the associated discomfort via biohacks. We feast in the evening, including the use of Miraculin, a glycoprotein known for its ability to make acidic foods taste sweet. With miraculin, even the sourest of citrus fruits are a delicious dessert. We may not be able to escape from the violence in our genome, but perhaps through grinding and augmentation we’ll find a way to overcome or modify them…turning our inherited behavioral lemons into lemonade.
Day Two Sat 4/29: Most everyone will be heading to Ballarat, California. This is a ghost town in a valley of the Panamint Mountains. Once the caravan arrives and camp is set we’ll spend the day firing both conventional and unconventional weapons at ballistic gelatin people and trialing armors against these munitions. As night falls, we’ll be dividing into two teams for a Grinder paintball war. This war is more than mere faux violence; it’s an opportunity to pit each team's augments and innovations against the other's. One team will be focused on defense while the other will be on the offense.
Note: If you choose the option to have a paintball gun and supplies waiting for you.. it's going to be a JT US-50 Semi Auto 0.50-Calibre Paintball Marker. This is a CO2 driven pistol that uses the little cartridges and has a somewhat limited capacity. Basically, it's a kind of shitty little gun but hey! You get to take it home and break it or turn it into a tranquilizer gun or something. I suggest either purchasing something a little nicer and having it shipped to the lab, or bringing your own if you're serious about the war event.
Day Three Sun 4/30: The morning of the 30th the Ballarat caravan will return to the Auglim lab for some much earned rest and relaxation interspersed with brainstorming sessions and lectures. Take a dip in the sensory deprivation tank while waiting to have the latest Grinder tech implanted. To contrast the preceding violent days, volunteers will be trialing intranasal oxytocin, a hormone known to increase sympathy and facilitate emotional bonding.
Things to do and see:
Talk or Teach sessions – you should sign up for a timeslot and tell/show us something
Experiment stations – different things to try out on yourself or others
Working on projects (bring your supplies!)
Implants and Piercings – if you want an implant let Cassox know now and get on the schedule
Paintball war – Make sure to bring any weapons and supplies you intend to use and sign up early so you can collab with your team
If arriving by plane, LAX or Bakersfield are your best bets. You’ll still need a car/ride after that. For everyone needing a ride (which is everyone) carpooling is active, check out the biohack.me forum thread.
Drivers – It’s out in the middle of nowhere and Google maps doesn’t play nice.
Set the GPS to get you to the Save Mart grocery store: 841 Tucker Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561
Once there, set the GPS for the AugLim Lab 19445 Adalante Court, Tehachapi CA 93561 and it will get you there the sane way.
Where to Stay:
At the Lab – There is a big living room with plenty of floor space available, so bring a sleeping bag and you’re set. Just make sure you like cats — they will sleep on you. It’s also nice and warm at night if anyone wants to bring a tent. There is a big kitchen, BBQ grill, five acres to roll around in like a puppy, and of course the work space.
In Town – The other option is one of the three hotels in town about 10 min away. You can probably find some people to go in on a room with.
Generally people crashed here, save their hotel monies and chip in on resources (like food or booze) and have a great time. One way or another we’ll make it work.
Things to Bring:
Bring all your hardware. There is one anemic RadioShack and a Home Depot. If you run out of something, you may be out of luck. Donations for supplies will be met with positive feedback.
When it’s all over be sure to share photos, videos and great stories. Also please let me know what you liked, what you hated, what you want, what you really really want…