Magazine article New Internationalist

A Taste of Utopia

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Taste of Utopia

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Three years ago Isa and I went on a journey through 11 European Utopian communities.* Out ofthat experience came a book-film, Paths Through Utopias. Last month the tome finally hit French bookshops and we finished a mini-launch tour of squats, autonomous art spaces and self-managed community gardens in Paris, where we gave talks and showed the film. To our surprise, everywhere we went was packed out. It seemed that hundreds wanted to taste Utopias, or at least our representation of them.

Most of our work is about trying to transform the world through action, whether that's working on climate camps, the clown army or creative direct actions with our collective, the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. We always knew that each word written for the book was also a step towards setting up our own post-capitalist utopia.

By the time the last pages were drafted we desperately wanted to leave our London rhythm, unghie ourselves from our computers, and reboot our lives. …

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