New New Babylon
The New New Babylon project takes the liberated country as its starting point. We are in an indefinite moment in the future. The Netherlands has largely been flooded, and New Babylon has been realized from the remains of cities and industries as New New Babylon. Not as a completely new construction, but composed of the ruins of a world based on infinite economic growth. Former flats, church towers, oil rigs and wind turbines are now the pillars that connect the sectors of New New Babylon. Sea containers are no longer transported, but have themselves been converted into residential sectors for habitation and transition connections. Agriculture no longer manifests itself horizontally as a colonizer of the landscape, but vertically along the pillars of the post-urban transnational commune. Roofs of sectors form widespread patterns of solar panels for energy production. The country has liberated itself, forcing the human community to free itself from the system that made the country unlivable. The solarpunk commune of New New Babylon has had to break old dichotomies: those between man and nature, between city and countryside, between private and public property.
But how does New New Babylon operate? How does New New Babylon guarantee collective food security, energy democracy, health and communal governance? And how does it go beyond climate adaptation, but is it committed to climate transformation? These questions are central to the artistic research that will lead to the realization of a short documentary video and video artwork, with a focus on the East Netherlands as a case study: a region that experienced a large-scale rise of (textile) industry in the past and where the labor movement gained in strength, and which has to reinvent itself politically, economically and spatially in the 21st century.