Unlike most parties or get-togethers, there is an event host that invites a bunch of friends, and the host’s responsibility is to show everyone a good time. Make sure they have enjoyable drinks, introduce them to pleasant people, craft a nice atmosphere, that sort of shit. At Amphibian, we’re more concerned with providing a springboard that allows people to use their own unique talents to create a vibe that others will enjoy. So we’re basically flipping the traditional party on its head. We’re not promising to provide anything. We’re promising to provide an environment that allows everyone a chance to contribute to the vibe that emerges.
We do this in a secluded place, free of restrictions that most people take for granted. Just about the only rule is “don’t destroy property that doesn’t belong to you.”
So, you want to dance with fire? Have at it.
Think it would be fun to play croquet with wickets that burn and a flaming ball? It’s fine; the grass will grow back.
Decorate a golf-cart to make it look like a hedgehog? Sounds good to me!
Stand on the roof and recite a manifesto? Go ahead, but please don’t fall cuz I’m having too much fun and don’t want to drive your ass to the hospital right now.
What to expect
Hopefully, by now, you get the idea that those most at home at Amphibian are doers. In other words, they have some wacky idea and want to share it with others, for better or for worse. To give some examples, here are some activities that are planned:
- Gambling for Toad Bucks: You buy in for $15 and you get $1 million Toad Bucks in return. Use your Toad Bucks however you want, and whoever has the most Toad Bucks at the end of the event, wins the entire buy-in pot.
- Pyrotechnics for fun and…more fun: So some of us like to make loud noises with chemistry. We usually know what we’re doing, and when we don’t, we warn you in advance to keep a safe distance away. Remain aware of your surroundings.
- Flaming croquet: ’nuff said
- Effigy burning: We’ve got an enthusiastic and prolific artist Nik Boyer who has volunteered to build a kinetic, flaming wooden sculpture. It’s a wooden globe that spins and burns and opens as it’s burning to spew burning embers all around
- Storytelling: over the course of the 2015 season, we’ll be recreating the Toad Meadow creation myth in three parts to later turn it into highly polished video art. Come to Amhibian 15:2 and 15:3 to see how the story concludes. This video relies on spontaneous participation in our performance art.
- Totem pole creation: We have a Totem Pole built. Now we need creative bastards to contribute design ideas. It will be burned over and over again at future Amphibian celebrations. If you lack metalworking skill, we will do that part and help make your design a reality that all can enjoy.
So that’s a taste of what’s in store. I want to emphasize again that Amphibian emerges from the people that attend. All the cool shit listed above doesn’t come from us; it comes from people that share the Vision of Amphibian. It comes from people like you. They are people that want to share their contributions for your benefit.
We’re not here to entertain you or show you a good time. If you do come to Amphibian, you should do it to share your unique talents with other people. And if this all seems sort of overwhelming, it’s cool. We understand. Show up anyways and do what you can. Something as simple as a platter of barbecue chicken cooked on the grill at 2am will be a giant hit and have people beaming for days to come.
So that’s Amphibian, I guess. Any questions? Write them in the comments below!