OPEN-ISLAND, social sculpture and humanitarian design study

Joy works on floating sculptures and installations since his 70m2 recycling raft „future-raft“ for the worldfair EXPO2000. 12 years and several floats later, he founded the maritime Maker platform Sealand Multiversity and started the construction of asap-island in Goa/India with local partners and an international community. The plan was to create an autarkic floating island in subtropical waters, low-budget and open-source. Inspired by the climate-change related rise of sea-levels, asap-island is ment as a pilot project, research platform and design-study for bottom-up development help.


While Joy considers this process of cocreating a floating habitat as a glocal social sculpture, the asap-island project grows interdisciplinary in its different directions within the collaborative cocreation.

After the catamaran raft i-land Goa for the Arabian Sea in 2012 and the riverboat Saly on River Sal in 2013, the Sealand Multiversity now initiated the 5 weeks „asapisland 3.0“ workshop in India. Once again, the German NGO „Positive Nett-Works“ cooperated with „Art Escape“ and „Design Intervention“ in Goa.


See the logbook of these 5 weeks of passionate work, cocreative improvisation and joyful learnings within a multicultural interdisciplinar team, creating a  floating island out of recycled and renewable materials, the beginning of OPEN-ISLAND.

Open-Island at night

See hundreds of pictures from this floating adventure and follow the process through the original day-by-day logbook entries. Open the logbook.pdf or see all pictures in higher resolution at flickr (CC-license to spread the news)


asap-island 3.0 workshops open now

Sealand Multiversity proudly presents the upcoming workshop series, Jan/Feb 2014 in lovely Goa/India.

asap-island 3.0

We´ll expand asap-island through thematic workshops on:
> EPIC- and other floats for asap-island (11.-26.1.2014, Dave/Texas, USA)
> BAMBOO flexidomes (18.1.-2.2.2014, Nirmal/Assam, India + Vinesh/Mumbai, India)
> Asap-island design (25.1.-16.2., Joy/Hanover, Germany)
> DIY- island-Apps (1.-16.2., Deepak/Mumbai, India)

asap-island3.0 workshopsParticipation fee (materials, tent, food): 20 €/day on location or 100 €/week via Indiegogo crowdfund campaign (some sponsorships available on request); workshop location: South Goa (at Checkers/river Sal, then at BambooHouse/riverbank and seashore)


Decentral parallel projects are mostly welcome, we´ll also launch a „Glocal Online-DIY+CC-workshop“ on island design in January…

Download your invitation (including asap-island background & philosophy)
and if interested, the detailed asap-island 3.0 workshop program 2014.