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  • “The Passions Are Proportional to the Destinies”: A Brief History of Utopian Socialism

    Long before the back-to-the-land-ers and hippy communes of the 1960s, there were the utopian socialists. Rather than advocating revolution or reform, hundreds of thousands of men and women set out to construct ideal societies in miniature - founding hundreds of communal villages across the United States and elsewhere. 

    Being organized in Utopia School | 1 meeting
  • UTOPIAN CINEMA: Film Screening & Discussion Series

    For at least 40 years, cinematic depictions of dystopia have been more or less ubiquitous in our culture. The converse, however - films about utopia - are extraordinarily rare throughout film history.This dearth of specimens is probably the reason why films depicting utopia have rarely been considered alongside one another or theorized as a genre.But we want to do just that.Each Sunday evening in October, we’ll watch a different “utopian” film and then discuss it as a group.

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  • Creating Rituals for Our Times

    Creating Rituals for Our Times This workshop will look at examples of contemporary, personal and collective rituals, some of which integrate spirituality and activism (aka sacred activism) As part of this workshop, we will co-create our own ritual, primarily in the form of an altar as a living entity using natural and found objects. This altar will be part of the entire session of Utopia School, adapting itself to reflect the energies of movement over the course of the school. Part of the altar will include a Moyo Drum.

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  • “Global Squat Show”

    Utopia School show proposalre. “making an installation” (600 words)Working title I am certainly not wedded to:“Global Squat Show”

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  • Diamond Visione's Free Spaces

    This proposal is for a physical, "installation" element of the Utopia School. It will be a T.V. set programmed with videos from "Free Spaces" (aka Squats, eco-villages, land and forest occupations, social centers, hausprojekts, teepee villages, hacker spaces, etc.) Each "channel" on the T.V. will belong to a single space from around the world. Multiple videos from that space will play on a loop, and viewers will be able to change the channel on the T.V., switching from space to space and watching all the videos that space has to offer.

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  • What We Learned From our Parents: Generational Continuity in Alternative Living

    What We Learned From Our Parents: Generational Continuity in Alternative Living

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  • Utopia Library

    The Utopia Library will be a physical repository in the Utopia School where we will make available digitized texts, images and video files gathered through our collective research.The library will be a place where visitors can come "drop off" or "pick up" texts digitally. We will acompany these digital texts with three dimensional replications to that visitors may "browse" the library physically. 

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  • Treehouses of Resistance

    This class/collective research project will look at forest occupations and sites of deep green resistance around the world. Together we'll talk about the histories, tactics, architectures, and anthropologies of land occupations and what they mean for our futures.  

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  • How to build a green roof

    I will teach everyone how to make an earthship!

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  • Whack Utopias

    One of the aims of Utopia School is to look critically at Utopian spaces and projects with the aim of illuminating their challenges and flaws. Well, there are some spaces and projects who's flaws are hard to miss-- in fact, they are the overwhelming theme of their existence. This group class/research project will take a look at some seriously whack Utopias -- cults, communes, authoritarian regimes, groups and spaces dominated by the powerful and charismatic-- and the current issues some of us face in our spaces today.

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  • Utopian Opportunism

    By necessity (I'm based in Paris), this discussion would start out in a long-distance arrangement (via IRC, or perhaps Skype) but that could culminate in a two-evening, or weekend seminar in NYC, at dates to be defined.Concretely, the proposal is to rehabilitate the notion of opportunism from a utopian perspective -- especially challenging inasmuch as the two terms are pretty much construed as being antinomous. Utopian Opportunism (the dialectic between utopian opportunists and opportunistic utopians). In short, a kind of reconsideration of the notion of the Opportune.

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  • The Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency

    The growth of cryptocurrency has been one of the most radical technologies of our decade. Technologies that have our society examining and experimenting with our preconceived notions and understanding of the value of money and currency.

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  • Radio Utopia

    Any utopia worth its salt should have a free radio station, both to give a voice to the members of the utopia and to help disseminate their message to the outside world. This proposal would bring a radio station to Utopia School for the duration of the 2014 fall term in New York City. Our first meeting will be a class, in which attendees will learn the technical aspects of creating a low-power AM/FM (and/or internet) radio station. Together, we'll set up a radio station which will remain in one of the Utopia School facilities for the duration of the term.

    Being organized in Utopia School | 1 meeting
  • Performing autonomy

    A workshop in the form of theatre by Siggalycke Folkskola Delving into the recent history of collective utopian projects in Scandinavia (such as the Bauhaus Situationiste/Drakabygget in Sweden, Thylejren in Denmark and more) the workshop seeks to investigate the possibilities of withdrawing from the incessantly accelerating deadly spirals of too-late-capitalism, building new spaces of autonomy at the (rural) margins of society, 'zones of therapeutic contagion' (Bifo) where bodies can be healed and solidarity rebuild. We will no

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  • What Happened to Partnership Societies?

    Cultures (or Societies) that honor the Sacred Feminine tend to be partnership societies, rather than dominator societies.  In this historical talk, we will look at the role of the sacred feminine, past, present and future. Drawing on art, myth and somatic and reflective meditations of the world's sacred feminine, we will explore what is possible for humans. How did the sacred feminine get lost in human culture, and what can we do to reclaim it?

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