ECOTOPIA

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By Ruth Dusseault

The Flower Children’s children were called Generation Y. Raised in the full spectrum of the internet, they entered the economy on a downward slide and found no gold at the end of its rainbow. With their inherent faith in the balance of nature, small bands quietly retreated to the woods to live off the land like their legendary aunts and uncles.

These new villagers brought their cell phones, laptops, solar panels and signal repeaters. Bucky Fuller smiled in his dreamless sleep. They shared know-how on YouTube. They built technology-enabled homesteads and promoted them online as climate change classrooms, remote maker spaces, design-build workshops and living laboratories for life after the fall.

As a filmmaker and ethnographer traversing North America, I recorded a range of post-recession tech-enabled communes from 2012 to 2018, from rural outposts to urban sanctuaries. Circling back to the same social landscape as the communalists of the late 1960s, I focused on the legacy of DIY and how it has transformed between generations from a protest against systems of mass production into a mass system of individual production. Featured sites include Open Source Ecology and Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, among others.

 

Text written by Ruth Dusseault

 


Ruth talked about her inspirations and ethnographical approach to make film.
Check it out at our event ‘Behind the Scenes’ from here.