The Creative Collectives for Utopia
An imaginative theatrical event to discover pathways from present rural deadlocks to possible rural utopias: ‘RURAL UTOPIAS’ is the final exhibition of a 10-week-long Mixed Classroom run by the Urban Futures Studio, which brought together 40 policymakers, artists, farmers, activists, and master’s students. Together they explored the question: how to emerge from rural political deadlocks in the Netherlands and cultivate more hopeful possible futures? The social movement “The Creative Collectives for Utopia” emerged from this course and guides the audience through a series of rooms and experiences. In these different rooms, participants get the opportunity to actively rehearse and collectively prefigure different kinds of stories, ways of thinking, feeling and taking action together to emerge from rural deadlocks.