'Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3d!' explores the remnants of Second Life, a formerly thriving virtual 3D world, and investigates its susceptibility to the same economic pitfalls that plague our “real” world.
A fully immersive version also exists for the Oculus Rift created in collaboration with Dave Tennent, Lee Tusman, and Annie Berman at Art-a-Hack, ThoughtWorks, NYC summer artist residency.
RT: 20 mins. Color. Stereo. HD. Cinemascope.
'Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D!' is a twenty-minute expedition through a largely abandoned virtual 3D world known as Second Life in search of utopia. It is an absurd idea, as the title suggests. There is no such thing as post-neo-futurist-capitalism just as there is no such thing as utopia. Utopia, literally defined from the Greek etymology means “no place.” Thomas More invented the word to name his invented island – a place (a “no place”) that represented a perfect society. Yet, despite its existence, our very notion of progress depends on our ability to imagine utopia, to imagine a better world.
This film is not even in 3D. but rather depicts a 3D rendered world in 2D. But more than mere trickery, the title reaches for the imaginary while suggesting that something better is yet to come.
EPK at http://tinyurl.com/utopiaepk