This mixed media installation was part of a group show entitled ‘Kaleidoscope’ which took place at Platform Art Space, in Melbourne’s CBD. The curator, Rozalind Drummond, asked participating artists and designers to draw reference from the utopian, nobel, failed, social experiments of the back to the land movement.  

The search for utopia is often coupled with a desire for self-sufficiency – and both are incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Each time we try to find utopia ‘off the grid’, ‘the grid’ fights back. It is a fraught journey. Utopia isn’t going to be found ‘out there’ – if anything, the mythic idea of such a society is a distraction from the issues our real society faces.

Photographs by Jesse Marlow

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