is the opening chapter of notes from Utopia
, a concrete fiction excavating connections between the extractive industries (mining, oil and gas, rare earth), occult practises, popular subcultures, and the lyrical-conspiratorial ghosts of modernity.
Taking the form of a journal and a collection of snapshots found in at the abandoned Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station in the Gascoyne mining region [link 1
] [link 2
] [link 3
], we feel out the story of an unnamed protagonist who, having left society to build an alternative spiritual community, begins to question the very roots of the Utopian dream.
Performed in September 2020 with contributions from Christian Roncea, Torre Alain (Halo), Isabelle Adams, Bora Akinciturk, Matas Buckus, Omsk Social Club, Rinella Alfonso, the estate of Bodhi Wind, the estate of Nathan Axelrod, Alister Lebeau, Anna Zemankova, Rasheed Mirza, Valerie You, MRZB, Patient Creatures, Willow H, in.finit, Marie Komatsu, Kexin Hao, Szymon Hernik, Aaron Jablonski, additional photography by Anca Barjovanu and Valerie You