UTOPIA 1.0 - Educational/Library DVD


UTOPIA 1.0 - Educational/Library DVD


Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D! is a first-person expedition to Second Life, the once thriving virtual 3D online world, in search of what remains - ruins that do not decay, speculative real estate, realtors' offices, wide open spaces with 'for sale' signs, Harvard University’s virtual ‘sandbox’, and an art gallery on its last days. Given the invitation to come build anything imaginable, what is it that we chose to create?

20 mins. Color. Stereo. HD. Cinemascope. 2015.

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF: The Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight | Kasseler DokFest, Germany | Antimatter [Media Art] Festival | Experiments in Cinema San Diego Underground Utopia Film Festival Roma Cinema DOC, Italy Janela Internacional de Recife, Brazil KFFK, Germany

RECENT CONFERENCE AND SYMPOSIA PRESENTATIONS: IMPAKT FESTIVAL, The Netherlands | i-Docs, United Kingdom CongRegation, Ireland

UTOPIA 1.0 is appropriate in the following areas of study: Film | Cinema | Media American Studies | Arts Economics Political Science | Science & Technology Architecture & Urban Planning Economics | Innovation

“Utopia 1.0 is at once thought-provoking, emotionally riveting, and envelope-pushing in its exploration of the intersection of contemporary culture and technology.” - Caveh Zahedi

"I screen Annie Berman's Utopia 1.0 as part of my advanced new media studio class for undergraduates called 'Spaceship Earth.' The class addresses creative projects in imaging the scale of the planet from the urban to the galactic, and the often hybrid material and virtual forms they take. Utopia 1.0 sparks rich discussions about embodiment and spatial navigation in virtual worlds, as well as the social constructs of class, capitalism, race and inequality that accompany us into fabricated spaces. The video surfaces with humor those deep anxieties of the performance of the self online within asymmetrical power dynamics within which young people struggle to navigate today." -Caitlin Berrigan, professor of emerging media at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging

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