Les sentiers de l’utopie (Paths through utopias) 2011
Discussion: Film-book by Isabelle Fremeaux, John Jordan and Kypros Kyprianou
From this experience came our film-book, fusing reflective travel writings with an attached DVD. Whilst the book is a rich travelogue, analyzing the communities, their practices and their histories, the film is a magicorealist road movie set in an imagined post-crash future but shot in the style of a ctional documentary during the journey.’
In the next Artscience practises session we want to watch and discuss excerpts of the film ‘Les sentiers de l’utopie’ (Paths
through utopias), 2011. The film was published as a Film-book in French and in German. The film is available with English
subtitles and I will try to add a bit from the additional information in the book. We plan to watch the part where they visit
Longo Maï in France and some of the other destinations.
John Jordan is an art activist. He co-founded the direct action groups Reclaim the Streets and the Clown Army, worked as a cinematographer for Naomi Klein’s The Take, co-edited the book We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism (Verso 2004).
Isabelle Frémeaux was a senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College-University, London, until she resigned in December
2011 to escape wage labour and academia. Her action research explores popular education, storytelling and creative forms of
resistance. Together they co-founded the art activism and permaculture collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination
(www.labofii.net) whose infamous interventions continue to erupt across Europe. In 2011 they publishedthe book/ lm Paths Through Uto- pias
(La Decouverte,2011), after which they set up the community la r.O.n.c.e (Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist) which
lies 70kms from la ZAD, the autonomous area in resistance on the site of the planned Notre-Dame-des-Lande’s airport.