Welcome to a platform exploring how art can shape alternative living, spaces + sustainable systems for communities to thrive.
The Teleporter by Celeste Beyers + Aaron Glasson at Desert Daze, Joshua Tree.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - R. Buckminster Fuller”
This experimental project will see me travel + immerse in research living with alt communities from communes, co-op’s to ecovilliages around God's green Earth, gathering insights found in permaculture to arcology architecture, while I offer community organising + event skills, facilitating local collaborations + documenting each community's unique rhythm in photography, folk song + film.
Live art will play a role in applying learned knowledge, with the purpose of causing change in our ways of being alone + together in community, both temporal + enduring. enacting possibilities by harnessing the spectacle of a dramatic act + re-wilding ourselves to commune with nature and each other, in search of a 'Tangible Utopia'
P.S. this is the start of this site’s life. In time, the pages will overflow with stories from hived minds; artist’s to philospher’s and community leaders, who’s gift is to cast a lens on the possibilities for our future, taking insights from the past to offer unified solutions to issues facing our generation.
WARNING: CU is NOT for consumption, expect no quantifiable outcomes, yet ongoing, going, grOwing.
In this crystal-clear decline of our capitalist neoliberal system, more + more people are choosing to unravel from unharmonious mainstream constructs, amidst consumerist discontent... CU is an invitation to imagine what society would look like if we were to "rip it up + start again"+ co-create a 'tangible utopia'!
The context for Common Unity evolved in the warehouse enclaves of Hackney Wick East London, my home of over 4 years + at one-time, the World’s densest Artist community, now under daily demolition by a corporate goliath resisted by neighbours campaigning to #SaveHackneyWick! This self-educating sustainability project came at an essential time, a reflective space upon turning 30, I became keen to discover how I could craft a lifestyle of collective significance; how the skills in my hands [and so all of ours] could actively build community in harmony with the natural landscape, weather City, forest or desert + be sustained off grid away from external threat, political or otherwise.
The instinct to nurture the radical love, generosity + flourishing creativity I’ve known to be a way of life in ‘the wick’, is a reference for navigating the road ahead starting in the Californian desert; Joshua Tree to LA + along the West Coast investigating the counter culture’s impact 50 years on.