The Sound of Surviving Utopia

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Date(s) - 17/08/ - 19/08/
All Day

Trashion work space


Did you know that many intentional communities have survived since the 60’s & 70’s? In this exhibit you can get to know some of the stories behind these long-standing communities and you can listen to the voices of real Utopians talking about what it is like to live out the dream of intentional community.

A sneak peek into the making of a radio documentary about long-standing intentional communities around the world. Through two ‘case-studies’ the viewer will get an opportunity to learn about specific communities by looking at pictures and reading research documents, infographics and personal accounts from the archives of audio-documentarist Cornelius Lundsgaard. Two listening stations will also be playing small audio clips from interviews with community members living in the two communities, one in India and one in New Zealand. Some of the time, Cornelius will also be present to answer questions and engage in discussions about intentional communities. 

Cornelius Lundsgaard is a 38-year-old Danish globetrotter with a passion for communal lifestyles. A long time member of the (in)famous Freetown of Christiania, he has visited and documented alternative communities across the world, often living and working there as a resident. Presently he is based on a small hippie-island off the coast of Western Canada.
His many travels in search of what makes intentional communities successful and sustainable, has given Cornelius a broad range of unique and colourful insights into what community living is actually like, and what it takes to maintain a sense of equality and healthy balance, when living as a group.
Cornelius’ own radio documentary in-the-making, “The Sound of Freedom”, is a series of intimate portraits of some of the largest and oldest communities he has come across; from his native Christiania in Denmark, over Auroville in South India, Nimbin in Australia and to Tui Community in New Zealand as well as several others in Europe and North America. He is currently editing more than 100 hours of audio, packed with real voices from the growing movement of intentional communities and their many enthusiastic inhabitants.