Eridu Society is difficult to describe. Depending on when you ask, it could simultaneously be described as an art collective, theme camp, explorer’s club and secret society of time travelers. The collective’s mission: travel through time and space and several of the better dimensions and then periodically gather to regale each other with stories of exploits and adventures.
It has been a huge success in nearly every respect, except for the whole secret society part. Note to our future selves: please advise our past selves that it’s probably not a good idea to go naming a camp after the secret society… word may get out.
We are a motley group of designers, builders, and makers who are fans of steampunk, time travel, history, science fiction, and whimsy. Members of the Eridu Society have been participating in the Burning Man event since as far back as 1996.
The camp’s own art theme and projects have been known to change from one year to the next, sometimes quite dramatically. Camp members have built and worked on a number of different mutant vehicles and playa art installations, produced events of varying sizes, and in recent years we have built art and interactive spaces within the camp itself.
In 2016 Eridu Society ran with the concept of Brainy Bar. The result was so damned much fun that we went all in and re-branded the camp.
- 6500BCE-5400BCE – early and less interesting times in Sumerian history
- 5300BCE – founding of Eridu and things start to get interesting
- 5300BCE-3200BCE – Abzu installation years
- 600BCE – Eridu site is abandoned
- 1855 – Eridu rediscovered
- 1918 – Eridu rediscovered yet again
- 1946-1949 – excavation years
- 2007-2010 – art support and global misadventure years
- 2011 – Steampunk Airship Outpost
- 2012 – Fertile Minds Idea Deli
- 2013-2015 – Ziggurati installation years
- 2016-2019 – Brainy Bar