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Let's start with an enigmatic post ...

Hallo world! (Dreamland)
Hallo world! (Dreamland)
Dreamland
Are we smart? (Dreamland)
Are we smart? (Dreamland)
Dreamland
Are we smart? (Dreamland)
Are we smart? 
Or how smart are we?
Our survival
 
Our urban colonization of the Earth 
by us sedentary humans 
started out with a stewardship 
akin to colonies of termites 
cultivating fungi in their self-built nests, 
while we used local mineral 
clay and excrement 
to create shelter and cultivate 
edible plants. 
But as the city sprawled, 
extending its eventually industrially-produced 
brick-metal-concrete-asphalt claws 
and fuming its carbon-toxin-laden breath, 
it started to claim and cover more 
of the non-human animal, 
plant and mineral world. 
We had put our survival first, 
above all other life, 
while these increasingly alienating 
hubristic machines, 
and the human creators who enabled them 
to roam freely and untamed, 
actually aimed at polluting and taking over 
each and everyone in the environment, 
with humans and their cute pets 
becoming robots
and machines ruling supreme 
on an Earth turned into 
a literal spaceship Earth. 
 
As the city sprawled
we had put our survival first 
Our survival first 
Are we smart? 
Are we smart?
Or how smart are we? 
 
This insolence ignited the spark 
for the growth 
of an urban counterculture, 
of indignant more ecocentric, 
less egocentric humans 
who want to create an urban habitat 
that is again beaming with life 
by reintroducing local fauna and flora, 
revitalizing the cityscape with city-wide 
public parks, gardens, ponds and lakes. 
It would mean a return to cultivation 
of edible plants in the city centre 
just like in our ancient cities.
It would mean a removal 
of the car-centric infrastructure, 
a reclamation of the streets 
by making room for free public transport 
and healthy ways of moving around 
as pedestrians, cyclists and skaters 
in large, open, partly-paved public playing grounds 
which we as playful beings can share 
with our fellow city dwellers and visitors. 
During frequent inclusionary block parties, 
the live creation, performance and reflection 
on urban culture 
will contribute to thriving communities 
using hip hop music, rap poetry, breakdance, 
street art, bmx, skating and slow fashion 
to inspire people, 
to make them feel the responsibility 
to contribute to a better tomorrow
 
We as playful beings 
We can share 
We with our fellow city dwellers 
We and 
We as playful beings 
We can share 
We with our fellow city dwellers 
We
 
Dreamland
We 
We
Dreamland
We-we-we
We
 
We as a collective want to tell the story of this reclamation, 
of the currently on-going, soul-crushing, fierce battle, taking place in the public arena,  
We want a more healthy, safe and appealing city and country life for us all, 
not just for machines,
not just for machines  
We want to capture how this invasive yet exciting new technology feels like
and translate it into ever-morphing, dark and light, physical and virtual mediascapes.  
We dream and yearn for the day we can grab some veggies, 
fresh from the city streets, 
while biking through a vibrant, biodiverse urban dreamland..
 
Dreamland
Dreamland
Dreamland (How smart are we?)
Dreamland
Dreamland
Dreamland (How smart?)
 
Dream, dream, dream, 
dream, dream, dream, 
dream, dreamland
Dreamland
Dreamland
Dreamland
Dreamland
 
... more to come!
 
Posted : 15/12/2021 6:38 pm
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Here's the video of the Dreamland Manifesto created by the E-Soul Collective: https://vimeo.com/657019254

 
Posted : 21/12/2021 11:45 am
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Kevin, thanks for the link. Could you run me through what you think this means, who it is for and why? Also, you mentioned a manifesto. Is Dreamland the manifesto or somewhere else? 

 
Posted : 22/12/2021 11:00 am
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Love the test, really nice writing, 

 
Posted : 22/12/2021 11:06 am
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@henry The video is the manifesto!

Our work 'Dreamland' is a poetic reflection on the future of the city in the form of a multimedial manifesto in which problems and solutions are raised.
Indigenous peoples and ancient cities like Angkor already showed how we can live sustainably in cities. In our day and age we suffer from pollution by making use of relatively inefficient machines but we can also benefit from new iterations of machines that allow for a more healthy life in our increasingly crowded cityscapes.
We think the continuous creation and presentation of urban arts on inclusionary playful platforms can play a pivotal role in creating lively public spaces that reflect what is going on in the local community and in the world at large.

 
Posted : 22/12/2021 11:22 am